Anthony Roth Costanzo Sings Handel at National Sawdust

07.20.17
Anthony Roth Costanzo
The New Yorker

Costanzo’s performance, musically and dramatically, was both sweet and strong. However, starring in the sold-out run of Handel’s serenata “Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo,” which he co-produced (with Cath Brittan), at the Williamsburg music club National Sawdust, he was just strong, as he had to be.  ... »

Branford Marsalis Quartet with Kurt Elling, Barbican, London — charisma and lyricism

07.17.17
Branford Marsalis
Financial Times

When Branford Marsalis invited Kurt Elling to record the album Upward Spiral with his long-running quartet, he gained a front-line partner as well as a charismatic vocal lead. Elling doesn’t just interpret a song, he inhabits it, drawing out its character through phrasing, note choice and tone. As the CD also proved, he is an ideal foil for the trenchant lyricism of the saxophonist’s aesthetic.
One year on, and the partnership flourishes. At this long, single-set performance, vocals intertwined with sax, mood-soaked harmonies were bittersweet and solos dug in, veered off at angles and stopped on the point of a pin.  ... »

Review: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Daniil Trifonov terrific at Tanglewood

07.15.17
Daniil Trifonov
MassLive

I've heard Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 many times, but I have never heard a pianist perform this elegant, understated piece with such passion and precision. Listening to Trifonov, he made Mozart's music sound like his own composition, as if Trifonov had written each note and made it his own. At one point during the slower, second movement, I had goose bumps and my scalp tingled as I listened to Trifonov gently coax every single note of out the piano. ... »