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EMI Classics & Virgin Classics February 2010 releases



Gautier Capuçon plays Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev

Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33;
Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante for Cello and Orchestra in E minor
Gautier Capuçon, cello
Mariinsky Orchestra / Valery Gergiev
CD and downloads available February 9 from Virgin Classics

“Five stars… . Capuçon [plays] with a blend of impeccable taste, Romantic ardor and technical aplomb… . Whether quizzical, rapturous, pensive, or demonstrative, Capuçon has full measure of [the music] here in a performance of impressive stature.”

Daily Telegraph (UK) 

The charismatic French cellist Gautier Capuçon joins Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra for works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, recorded live in St. Petersburg on December 24, 2008.  Gergiev, one of the world’s most prominent conductors, makes his Virgin Classics debut with this release; Capuçon records exclusively for the label, on which he has recorded a number of widely-praised solo and chamber releases.

Tchaikovsky’s Mozart-inspired Rococo Variations are a mainstay of the cello repertoire, but Prokofiev’s expansive Sinfonia Concertante is less frequently featured in concerts and recordings.  The work was premiered in 1952 by two musical legends: Mstislav Rostropovich as soloist, directed by Sviatoslav Richter, who exchanged his piano for the conductor’s baton.  The Sinfonia Concertante’s material is drawn from Prokofiev’s earlier cello concerto, written in the 1930s.

Since its European release, the new album has already met with several enthusiastic reviews.  The Sunday Times noted, “Gautier Capuçon’s French sensibility is ideally suited to Tchaikovsky’s nostalgic backward glance to the era of his favorite composer, Mozart.  He also digs deep into Prokofiev’s mid-20th-century angst.”

The new disc is Capuçon’s third album of solo works with orchestra for Virgin Classics.  His recording of concertos by Dvorák and Victor Herbert was released in early 2009.  The Sunday Telegraph reported,

“This is not the first coupling of these works, but it is perhaps the most distinguished.  The works have much in common and Gautier Capuçon makes the most of the music’s melodic appeal.  The Dvorák receives a powerful and intense interpretation with some superb orchestral solos to match the soloist’s eloquence.”  The Guardian found that, in the Herbert, Capuçon “capture[d] the work’s rhapsodic ambitions and the lyrical charm of its slow movement perfectly… . [T]his version just about has it all.”

Gautier joined his brother, violinist Renaud, for a recording of Brahms’s Double Concerto, released in 2007 and selected by Gramophone as an “Editor’s Choice.”  “There’s something totally compelling about this performance of the Double Concerto from the first few bars,” wrote the Guardian, “when Gautier Capuçon launches into the opening cello solo with a rhapsodic freedom and expressive abandon that seems to sweep all before it, gathering first his brother Renaud’s violin playing and then the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester and conductor Myung-Whun Chung into the same unstoppable flood of lyricism.”

Gautier Capuçon will give a solo recital on March 27 at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, joining pianist Menahem Pressler (of Beaux Arts Trio fame) for a program of Beethoven, Schumann, and Brahms.


Chopin: Music for Cello
Andreas Brantelid, cello
Vilde Frang, violin; Marianna Shirinyan, piano
CD and downloads available February 9 from EMI Classics

“[Brantelid brings] stylistic insight, elegance, and emotional power to match his striking technical aplomb.  This is an imaginative and fruitful combination of young talents on a disc that will be relished long after the [Chopin] bicentenary year is over.”

– Daily Telegraph (UK) 

The young Scandinavian cellist Andreas Brantelid is quickly establishing an international reputation.  In his second release for EMI Classics, Brantelid and his young colleagues perform an all-Chopin chamber program comprising the Cello Sonata in G minor (Op. 65), the Grand Duo on Themes from Meyerbeer’s Robert le diable, and the Piano Trio (Op. 8).  The release of Chopin: Music for Cello follows the critical success and strong sales of Brantelid’s debut album for EMI Classics, issued in 2008.  The cellist, who made his solo debut with orchestra at the age of 14, playing Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Royal Danish Orchestra, has since appeared with all major orchestras in Scandinavia.

 Supporting Andreas Brantelid on this release are Armenian pianist Marianna Shirinyan and EMI Classics’ latest signing, Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang.  Marianna Shirinyan, who studied in Hamburg with Mathias Weber, has won competitions in Germany, Spain, Italy, and Denmark, most recently landing the 2009 award of the Danish Music Critics’ Association.  Vilde Frang, the protégée of Anne-Sophie Mutter, made her debut at the age of ten with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and was subsequently engaged by Mariss Jansons to perform with the Oslo Philharmonic.

Geoffrey Norris enthused about the new album in London’s Daily Telegraph:

“The CDs likely to be released in this, Chopin’s bicentenary year can hardly fail to be weighted in favor of his solo piano music, since that is the area to which he devoted the bulk of his creative attention.  That fact alone makes this program of three ensemble pieces all the more welcome, but, even if there were suddenly to be an avalanche of discs of the Cello Sonata, the Piano Trio, and the Grand Duo on Themes from Meyerbeer’s opera Robert le diable, it would not diminish the dynamic impact of this one.  The young Danish cellist Andreas Brantelid, currently a member of the BBC’s New Generation Artists scheme, is joined by the ideally matched Armenian-born pianist Marianna Shirinyan and, in the Trio, by the Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang, for performances of remarkable flair and exceptional poise.”


Prokofiev and Sibelius: Violin Concertos
Vilde Frang, violinist
WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln / Thomas Sondergard
CD and downloads available February 9 from EMI Classics
“Vilde Frang is a refined and polished player.” 
– New York Times


The young Norwegian-born violinist Vilde Frang makes her EMI Classics debut with three of Sibelius’s elusive miniatures – the Humoresques Nos. 1, 2, and 5 – as companions to his powerful and more familiar Violin Concerto, to which Frang feels a deep connection, describing it as a work forged of “fire and ice.”  The Sibelius works are paired with Prokofiev’s hauntingly beautiful First Violin Concerto.  Joining Frang on her solo debut release for the label are the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln and conductor Thomas Sondergard.  The album is a co-production with WDR and was made with support from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.

Frang describes her excitement at making the new recording, and the appeal of the featured repertoire, in a video available at EMI Classics’ YouTube Channel:

Vilde Frang, a protégée of Anne-Sophie Mutter, was born in 1986 and made her debut at the age of ten with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.  She was subsequently engaged by Mariss Jansons to perform with the Oslo Philharmonic.  She began her studies at Oslo’s Barratt Due Institute of Music and subsequently worked with Kolja Blacher at the Musikhochschule in Hamburg.  Frang currently studies with Ana Chumachenco in the Kronberg Academy Further Master Studies program and holds a scholarship at the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation.


Special compilations, boxed sets, and reissues

Dance! – The World’s Favorite Ice-Dancing Music
Various artists
CD and downloads available February 9 from EMI Classics

Released just in time for the opening of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver (February 12-28), this two-CD set contains a wide selection of popular classical pieces used by ice skaters in their programs at major international competitions, including the World Figure Skating Championships and the Winter Olympics.

Competitive solo figure skating used to be based mainly on gymnastic and acrobatic movements, but the British champion skater John Curry was responsible for bringing the artistic and presentation aspects of men’s figure skating to a new level by introducing elements of ballet and modern dance into his performances, and most subsequent skaters have continued to follow suit.  In 1976, Curry’s inspired routine to music from the ballet Don Quixote by Minkus (included on this album) won him a gold medal at the European Figure Skating Championship, the World Figure Skating Championship, and the Winter Olympics.

It was also in1976 that Ice Dancing for couples was first included in the Winter Olympics.  The British team of Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean famously won the Olympic gold medal in Sarajevo in 1984 with a dramatic free skate to Ravel’s Boléro (included here), which earned unanimous 6.0s for presentation.

Some of the music on this album will be heard at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, in the routines of South Korean skater Yu-Na Kim (Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F) and her Japanese rival Mao Asada (Khachaturian’s Masquerade), as well as those of other leading skaters.

The album includes some specific recordings actually used in competition routines such as Maksim Mrvica’s arrangement of Liszt’s Totentanz (Michelle Kwan of the USA and Irina Slutskaya of Russia) and the violinist Vanessa-Mae’s interpretation of “Nessun dorma” from Puccini’s opera Turandot (Shizuka Arakawa of Japan and Denise Zimmermann of Germany).

Also included in the program are pieces of music that have proved popular with many different skaters over the years, such as the main theme from Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake and extracts from Bizet’s famous opera Carmen, which are used both on their own and in medleys.

Track list

CD One
1.   Khachaturian: Waltz from Masquerade
2.   Morricone: “Gabriel’s Oboe” from The Mission
3.   Gershwin: Allegro agitato from Piano Concerto in F
4.   Williams: Main Theme from Schindler’s List
5.   Tchaikovsky: Scene from Swan Lake, Act II
6.   Waldteufel: “Skaters’ Walz” from Les Patineurs
7.   Khachaturian: “Sabre Dance” from Gayaneh
8.   Minkus, arr. Irving: Pas de deux from Don Quixote
9.   Stravinsky: “Infernal Dance” from The Firebird
10. Beethoven: Adagio from “Moonlight” Sonata
11. Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana
12. Piazzolla: Libertango
13. Bizet: Prelude to Act I of Carmen
14. Bizet: Entr’acte from Act III of Carmen
15. Bizet Entr’acte from Act IV of Carmen
16. trad. Russian, arr. Dragon: “Dark Eyes”
17. Liszt, arr. Dunkley: Totentanz
18. Ravel: Boléro (conclusion)
CD Two
1.   Johann Strauss II: Overture to Die Fledermaus
2.   Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
3.   Puccini: “Nessun dorma” from Fantasy on Puccini’s “Turandot”
4.   Rachmaninoff: Variation 18 from Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
5.   Massenet: Méditation from Thaïs
6.   Norman: Theme from James Bond
7.   Rachmaninoff: Prelude in C-sharp minor
8.   Gardel: Por una cabeza
9.   Shostakovich: Romance from The Gadfly
10.  Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre
11.  Saint-Saëns: “The Swan” from Carnival of the Animals
12.  Huljic: “LeeLoos” Tune
13.  Debussy, arr. Stokowski: Clair de lune
14.  Khachaturian: “Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia” from Spartacus
15.  Monti, arr. Parkhomovsky: Csárdás
16.  Chopin: Nocturne No. 2 in E-flat, Op. 9 No. 2
17.  Herman: Overture to Mack and Mabel

Opera Series – three new titles
Various artists
Specially-priced CDs and downloads available February 9 from EMI Classics

With an unrivaled catalogue of over 450 complete opera recordings produced over the last 60 years – and an illustrious succession of artists that today includes such names as Angela Gheorghiu, Natalie Dessay, Joyce DiDonato, Roberto Alagna, Antonio Pappano, and Alan Curtis – EMI Classics, with its sister label Virgin Classics, can rightly claim to be the Home of Opera.

This month, three timeless operas join the specially priced Opera Series: Massenet’s Don Quichotte and Werther, and Verdi’s Attila.  Featured artists include legendary performers such as Teresa Berganza, Alfreno Kraus, and Samuel Ramey (details below).

Among the previous 21 releases in the series are such all-time great recordings – produced from 1953 to the end of the previous century – as Maria Callas in her first Tosca; Fidelio conducted by Otto Klemperer; Der Rosenkavalier, starring Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and conducted by Herbert von Karajan; and Plácido Domingo in Don Carlo under Carlo Maria Giulini.

From the 21st century come more recent but no less compelling recordings, such as Tristan und Isolde with Plácido Domingo, Nina Stemme, and René Pape conducted by Antonio Pappano; Dido and Aeneas, conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm with Susan Graham, Ian Bostridge, and David Daniels; and Natalie Dessay and Roberto Alagna in Lucie de Lammermoor.

Each CD multipack contains a 16-page booklet with introductions in English, German, French, and Spanish and a bonus disc containing synopsis and libretto with translations.

MASSENET: Don Quichotte
Michel Plasson; Teresa Berganza, José Van Dam, Alain Fondary

Michel Plasson; Alfredo Kraus, Tatiana Troyanos, Matteo Manuguerra, Christine Barbaux, Jules Bastin

VERDI: Attila

Riccardo Muti; Samuel Ramey, Cheryl Studer, Neil Shicoff, Giorgio Zancanaro

“20th-Century Classics” Series – Five new titles
Various artists
Specially-priced two-CD sets and downloads available from EMI Classics

The dazzling variety of music written in the last century is showcased in EMI Classics’ handsomely-packaged “20th-Century Classics” series.  The five new two-CD sets available this month offer a striking cross-section of the stylistic diversity of European classical music in the first seven decades of the 20th century.  From the neoclassicism of Roussel to the heart-wrenching chamber music of Shostakovich and volcanic emotions of Orff, these albums cover a remarkable range of expression.

With striking covers and budget prices, these sets provide a perfect introduction to a wide spectrum of music that will continue to enthrall listeners for many years to come.

ALBERT ROUSSEL: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4; Piano Concerto; Bacchus et Ariane
André Cluytens, Georges Pretre, Danielle Laval, Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Orchestre National de France

James Conlon, David Kuebler, Patricia Racette, Susan Anthony, Iride Martínez, Andreas Schmidt, Opernchor der Musikhochschule Köln, Gürzenich-Orchester Kölner Philharmoniker

CARL ORFF: Der Mond / Die Kluge
Wolfgang Sawallisch, Rudolf Christ, Gottlob Frick, Hans Hotter, Hermann Prey, Willy Rösner, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Philharmonia Orchestra

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH: String Quartets Nos. 3 & 7; Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2; Piano Quintet; Cello Sonata
Heinrich Schiff, Eroica Trio, Jerusalem Quartet, Atrium String Quartet, The Nash Ensemble

IANNIS XENAKIS: Atrées, Morsima-Amorsima, Nomos Alpha, ST/4, Achorripsis
Konstantin Simonovich, Paris Instrumental Ensemble of Contemporary Music, Georges Pludermacher, Pierre Penassou, Quatuor Bernède

Samuel Barber – Adagio (100th anniversary)
Various artists
Specially-priced two-CD set and downloads available February 23 from EMI Classics

EMI celebrates the centenary of the birth of the great American composer Samuel Barber (March 9, 1910 – January 23, 1981) with a two-CD commemorative set that surveys some of his most famous as well as his lesser-known works.  Samuel Barber’s music, masterfully crafted and built on Romantic structures and sensibilities, is at once lyrical, rhythmically complex, and harmonically rich.  His intensely expressive Adagio for Strings has become one of the most recognizable and beloved compositions, both in concerts and films (Platoon, The Elephant Man, El Norte, and Lorenzo’s Oil).

The first disc starts with the ever-popular Adagio for Strings in its orchestral guise and continues with the lively overture to The School for Scandal – Barber’s first work for orchestra, written in 1931.  This is followed by the 1939 Violin Concerto, with its exquisite slow movement – another early illustration of the composer’s gift for melody – and the beautifully nostalgic Knoxville: Summer 1915, for soprano and orchestra.  After the soaring rhetoric of his First Essay for Orchestra, written in 1937, Disc One concludes with an extract from the 1946 ballet Medea.

The second CD comprises some of Barber’s better-known chamber music and songs.  Dover Beach is an evocative setting of a poem by Matthew Arnold, written in 1931 for baritone and string quartet.  Then two examples of Barber’s piano music: the Excursions, Op. 20, from 1942-44 and the Piano Sonata of 1949.  These are followed by one of the most charming of 20th-century chamber works, the 1955 Summer Music for woodwind quintet.  Up next are four early songs, one from a group of three written between 1927-34 and the Op. 10 group, written between 1935-36.  The last item on the disc is the String Quartet of 1936, the slow movement of which Barber arranged for string orchestra two years later as the Adagio for Strings.



Ten titles in new series

Specially-priced two-CD sets and downloads available February 23 from EMI Classics

Essential Classics is a brand new series of two-CD sets drawn from the catalogues of EMI Classics presenting the best-loved and most popular works by the great composers, performed by the world’s leading artists.  The series provides a good introduction to classical music and will appeal to those who are seeking the most familiar classical pieces that have been heard in the popular media such as major films and TV commercials.

Artists featured in the program include the conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Neville Marriner, Riccardo Muti, Herbert von Karajan, André Previn, Bernard Haitink, and Wolfgang Sawallisch; violinists Yehudi Menuhin, Anne-Sophie Mutter, David Oistrakh, and Vladimir Spivakov; pianists Sviatoslav Richter, Christoph Eschenbach, Andrei Gavrilov, and Radu Lupu; guitarists Andrés Segovia, Angel Romero, Manuel Barrueco, Ernesto Bitetti, and Wulfin Lieske; singers Dame Janet Baker, Victoria de los Ángeles, Kiri Te Kanawa, and Lucia Popp; and many other distinguished performers.

ESSENTIAL ADAGIOS: Over two hours of serene melodies 

ESSENTIAL BEETHOVEN: Over two hours of Beethoven’s greatest masterpieces

ESSENTIAL GUITAR: Over two hours of passionate and relaxing guitar masterpieces

ESSENTIAL BACH: Over two hours of Bach’s greatest masterpieces 

ESSENTIAL MOZART: Over two hours of Mozart’s greatest masterpieces 

ESSENTIAL CELLO: Over two hours of mellow masterpieces 

ESSENTIAL WAGNER: Over two hours of Wagner’s greatest masterpieces

ESSENTIAL CHOPIN: Over two hours of Chopin’s greatest masterpieces 

ESSENTIAL RENAISSANCE: Over two hours of inspiring Renaissance masterpieces 

ESSENTIAL BAROQUE: Over two hours of sublime Baroque masterpieces 


EMI Classics / Virgin Classics win two Grammy Awards

EMI Classics and Virgin Classics received two Awards at the 52nd Annual Grammys, which were held in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 31.  The Virgin Classics recording of Britten’s Billy Budd, featuring Ian Bostridge and Jonathan Lemalu among the soloists and conducted by Daniel Harding, won Best Opera Recording, while Best Instrumental Soloist, Performance with Orchestra went to the EMI Classics release of Evgeny Kissin’s recording of Prokofiev’s piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Best Opera Recording [Award to the Conductor, Album Producer(s) and Principal Soloists]Britten: Billy Budd (Virgin Classics)
Ian Bostridge, Neal Davies, Nathan Gunn, Jonathan Lemalu, Matthew Rose, Gidon Saks
Gentlemen of the London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra / Daniel Harding
John Fraser, producer
Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (With Orchestra) [Award to the Instrumental Soloist(s) and to the Conductor]Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3 (EMI Classics)
Evgeny Kissin, piano
Philharmonia Orchestra / Vladimir Ashkenazy


Ebène Quartet: 2010 North American tour (revised dates and programs)

Feb 5; Lawrence University, Appleton, WI (Program 2)
Feb 8; University of Toronto, Toronto, ON (Program 1 with Orion Weiss)
Feb 10; Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, Tucson, AZ (Program 1 with Gilles Vonsattel)
Feb 12; Colburn School, Los Angeles, CA (Master class)
Feb 14; Clark Library, Los Angeles, CA (Program 1 with Orion Weiss)
Feb 16; (Le) Poisson Rouge, New York, NY (Program 1 with Orion Weiss)
Feb 19; University of Vermont, Burlington, VT (Program 1 with Orion Weiss)
Feb 21; University of Georgia, Athens, GA (Program 1 with Orion Weiss)
Feb 23; Washington Performing Arts Series, Washington DC (Program 1 with Orion Weiss)

Program 1:
Schubert: Trio in B-flat major, D.581
Fauré: Quartet for Piano and Strings, No. 2 in G minor, Op. 45
Brahms: Quartet No. 3 in C minor (“Werther”), Op. 60

Program 2:
Schubert: Trio in B-flat major, D.581
Beethoven: Duo in E-flat major for Viola and Cello (“Eyeglasses”), WoO 32
Beethoven: Trio for Violin, Viola, and Cello in D major, (“Serenade”), Op. 8

Artemis Quartet U.S. tour (all Beethoven!): February 27 – March 15

The Artemis Quartet returns to the U.S. this winter for a twelve-city U.S. tour that will feature the dynamic Berlin-based ensemble performing all-Beethoven programs across the country.  The tour begins in Columbia, Maryland on February 27 and features two concerts in New York (Feb 28 at Town Hall and March 15 at Carnegie Hall) as well as performances in Boston (March 5), Los Angeles (March 7) and Philadelphia (March 14).  A complete list of tour dates and cities follows below.

The Artemis has begun a recorded cycle of Beethoven’s complete string quartets for Virgin Classics that has already yielded two critically esteemed installments.  In 2005, the quartet’s debut release for the label comprised Beethoven’s Op. 59, No. 1 and Op. 95.  A second release in 2008 brought together Op. 59, No. 2 and Op. 18, No. 4, and introduced the ensemble’s newest members, Gregor Sigl (violin) and Friedemann Weigle (viola).  On April 6, the label will continue the cycle with the release of four additional Beethoven quartets.  Originally released as two separate CDs on the Ars Musici label, these will now appear on a single two-CD set from Virgin Classics.

A concert performance of Beethoven’s Op. 18, No. 4 in 2008 prompted the following reaction from the New York Times:

“The Artemis has always played with vigor, brilliance, and sensitivity.  More than that, its performances have had clarity of conception and unfussy directness.  All these qualities were abundant on this occasion… . Beethoven’s Quartet in C minor (Op. 18, No. 4) came across in this incisive and full-bodied performance as the audacious work of a supremely confident young man, especially in a moody menuetto, thick with slinky chromatic lines and wayward harmonies.”

Artemis Quartet: Beethoven tour

Feb 27; Columbia, MD (St. John’s Episcopal Church)
Feb 28; New York, NY (Town Hall)
March 1; Pittsburgh, PA (Carnegie Science Center)
March 3; Miami, FL (University of Miami, Maurice Gusman Concert Hall)
March 5; Boston, MA (Jordan Hall)
March 6; La Jolla, CA (Conrad Prebys Concert Hall)
March 7; Los Angeles, CA (University of California, Clark Memorial Library)
March 9; Houston, TX (Rice University, Shepherd School Concert Hall)
March 10; Urbana, IL (Krannert Center for the Performing Arts)
March 12; Kansas City, MO (Folly Theater)
March 13; Durham, NC (Duke University, Reynolds Industries Theater)
March 14; Philadelphia, PA (Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts)
March 15; New York, NY (Carnegie Hall)

Other EMI Classics and Virgin Classics: Artists on tour – Winter 2010

Feb 6 (six performances through Feb 22)
Diana Damrau: title role in Donizetti’s La fille du régiment
Metropolitan Opera (New York, NY)
Feb 17
Yannick Nézet-Séguin / Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Messiaen, Liszt, Strauss
Avery Fisher Hall (New York, NY)
Feb 19
Yannick Nézet-Séguin / Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Brahms, Verbey, Bartók
Avery Fisher Hall (New York, NY)
Feb 26
Sarah Chang: recital
University of California (Santa Barbara, CA)
Feb 26-28
Gabriela Montero: Grieg’s Piano Concerto
Detroit Symphony (Detroit, MI)
Feb 26; March 1 and 4
Diana Damrau: Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia
Feb 28
Sarah Chang: recital
Cerritos Center (Cerritos, CA)
Feb 28
Joyce DiDonato: Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro
Lyric Opera of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Feb 28
Alexandre Tharaud: recital (Couperin, Chopin, Scarlatti)
Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
March 4
Sarah Chang: recital
(Santa Fe, NM)
March 4, 5, and 6
Ingrid Fliter: Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K.488
National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, DC)
March 5
Alexandre Tharaud: recital (Debussy, Kodály, Schubert)
Salle Raoul Jobin (Burlington, VT)
March 7
Sarah Chang: recital
(San Francisco, CA)
March 7
Alexandre Tharaud: recital (Poulenc, Debussy, Schubert, Bach)
Frick Collection (New York, NY)
March 10
Alexandre Tharaud: recital (Poulenc, Debussy, Schubert, Bach)
Bates College (Lewiston, ME)
March 11
Sarah Chang: Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
March 11 and 13
Ingrid Fliter: Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D major
Seattle Symphony (Seattle, WA)
March 12
Alexandre Tharaud: recital (Poulenc, Debussy, Schubert, Bach)
Library of Congress (Washington, DC)
March 13
Alexandre Tharaud: recital (Poulenc, Debussy, Schubert, Bach)
Shriver Hall (Baltimore, MD)
March 16 (eight performances through April 9)
Natalie Dessay: Ophelia in Ambroise Thomas’s Hamlet
Metropolitan Opera (New York, NY)
March 20 and 21
Gautier Capuçon: Saint-Saëns’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33
Spokane Symphony (Spokane, WA)
March 22
Ingrid Fliter: Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
Cleveland Symphony / Ashkenazy
(Fort Myers, FL)
March 24
Ingrid Fliter: Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
Cleveland Symphony / Ashkenazy
(Miami, FL)
March 24
Gautier Capuçon and Gabriela Montero: recital
Savannah Music Festival (Savannah, GA)
March 27
Gautier Capuçon: recital with pianist Menahem Pressler
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)


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