Review: Joshua Weilerstein

Joshua Weilerstein
Ziarul Financiar

“The opening concert of the Festival was the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, with two young musicians with burgeoning international careers making their debuts in Romania: conductor Joshua Weilerstein and pianist Jonathan Biss. The sensitivity and refinement of interpretation in a remarkably diverse programme… were key elements in creating a special chemistry between orchestra and audience.”


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BalletBoyz Announce 2014 US Tour Dates


Hot off a week-long run at the Sydney Opera House and performances at the Royal Opera House (London), BalletBoyz will cross the Atlantic next month to embark on a seven-city tour of the US and Canada.  From the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia to the 50th Anniversary Season of Music Center Los Angeles, catch the winner of the 2013 UK Critics’ Circle Award for Best Independent Dance Company as they perform works by Royal Ballet Choreographer-In-Residence Liam Scarlett and the award-winning choreography of Russell Maliphant.


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Lehninger’s Beethoven begins BSO’s season with a bang

Marcelo Lehninger
The Boston Globe

The challenge of Beethoven’s Fifth is to strip away the “classic” varnish that’s accumulated over the past two centuries and restore the original revolutionary fervor. Leading a full modern orchestra with first and second violins grouped (rather than seated antiphonally), Lehninger made no effort to deliver a historically “authentic” performance — but it was authentic all the same.

The first movement had thunder and lightning, but also dynamic contrast, with lean strings, energetic timpani from Timothy Genis, and, at measure 268, a poignant one-bar oboe solo from Keisuke Wakao. The slow movement was by turns majestic and romantic; the scherzo, spooky at first, turned raw-boned and boisterous. The cataclysmic finale never drowned out Cynthia Meyers’s spunky piccolo. Revolution was in the air. Beethoven, I think, would have been proud.

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