This year’s Bachfest Leipzig in Germany focused on what the festival called the master’s 33 best sacred cantatas. But what makes them so?
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Bachfest Leipzig brings together some of the composer’s best works, performed in the spaces they were created for by world-class interpreters.
At Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera musicians played two Mahler symphonies under the batons of Gianandrea Noseda and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Luciano Berio’s 1968 harbinger of musical postmodernism will feature Roomful of Teeth and be conducted by Semyon Bychkov, who knew the composer.
After 18 years of existence, the group went out at the top of its game with a concert on Saturday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Mr. Rattle, the new music director of the London Symphony, led that orchestra in transparent, lean, passionate performances of Mahler’s last works.
The bass-baritone Gerald Finley and the pianist Julius Drake presented a wide-ranging program on Wednesday at Alice Tully Hall.
Mr. Kissin, the Russian-born pianist, was a dynamo at Carnegie Hall, but the Emerson String Quartet’s veteran players seemed ideally matched with him.
The New York Philharmonic’s current program places a pseudo-concerto alongside a concerto that doesn’t sound like one, at least in the modern sense.