Shostakovich's Politically-Charged Symphony No. 7 Comes to Life at Canellakis' Baton

Karina Canellakis
Dallas Observer

An orchestral program of Mozart’s darkest piano concerto and Shostakovich’s most complex symphony would challenge a conductor under any circumstances. Thursday night at Myerson Symphony Center, the Dallas Symphony’s assistant conductor Karina Canellakis stepped in for music director Jaap van Zweden (who was called away on a family emergency) with less than twenty four hours notice to take on this task with impressive success.

That Canellakis was up to the assignment was evident from the first moment in her confident and precise delivery of the multi-layered lines in the somber orchestral introduction of Mozart’s Concerto No. 24 in C minor, nicely setting up the stark entry of piano soloist David Fray. Van Zweden has trained the Dallas Symphony well in the not-so-easy art of presenting Mozart’s orchestral music in a large concert hall, and Fray, who owns a well-deserved reputation as an interpreter of eighteenth-century music on the modern piano, collaborated beautifully to explore a wide range of colors in this moody, quasi-operatic work.

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Seong-Jin Cho

Opus 3 Artists is thrilled to welcome pianist Seong-Jin Cho to our roster. Seong-Jin Cho has taken the world by storm since winning First Prize at the 2015 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw at only 21 years old. Four years before he won Third Prize at the Tchaikovsky competition. The wildly popular live recording of highlights from Cho's performances during the competition, released by Deutsche Grammophon, led to an exclusive recording contract with the prestigious label. Cho is set to record Chopin's First Piano Concerto in partnership with the Staatskapelle Dresden and Myung-Whun Chung in Dresden this April. ... »

Sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar sounds a searing cry against injustice in new Deutsche Grammophon album, LAND OF GOLD

Anoushka Shankar
Deutsche Grammophon

Land of Gold is set for international release on 1 April 2016. Anoushka Shankar will perform pieces from the album on tour throughout the year, including festival dates in the summer in Europe and concerts in North America, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, India and the United Arab Emirates.

Watch the trailer here.  

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