October 21, 2012 |
Success was all but assured at Yannick Nézet-Séguin's first Philadelphia Orchestra subscription concert as music director: Friday night's program was the Verdi Requiem , a big, bold, and loud piece whose requiem text arrives with fearsomely recurring emphasis on the Day of Wrath. Even when performances are reasonably competent, audiences experience a four-hour grand opera in 90 minutes. With a quartet of top opera soloists, the Westminster Symphonic Choir, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, the performance might well have matched former music director Riccardo Muti's supremacy in this repertoire.
October 20, 2012 |
Now it's l'Orchestre Yannick. Thursday night at the Kimmel Center, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the spirited 37-year-old Canadian conductor, opened his tenure as the Philadelphia Orchestra's eighth music director with a black-tie reception, concert, and dinner. Mayor Nutter urged the concert crowd to "keep the orchestra strong," and then introduced the maestro to his new city, asking for a welcome in "fine Philadelphia style. " The man of the hour never put down his baton for a microphone, didn't speak a word from stage all evening.
September 13, 2012 |
So many opera recordings are coming out these days - whether old performances from radio archives or new ones from the operatic provinces - that even a new Don Giovanni doesn't automatically have a sense of occasion. An exception, though, is conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin's new recording of Mozart's greatest opera - and his debut audio recording on the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label - with the kind of starry cast that few opera houses could assemble. Headed by Ildebrando D'Arcangelo and Luca Pisaroni (Giovanni and Leporello)
September 12, 2012 |
The publisher doesn't toss the morning paper onto your lawn, nor does the airline pilot walk down the aisle asking for your choice of beverage. So when the music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra popped up unannounced at the Kimmel Center box office Monday as season single tickets went on sale, the patron on the other side of the window was startled. And charmed. "He's a nice, young, exuberant and lovely person to represent the orchestra," Carolyn Platt of Abington said of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who this season becomes the orchestra's eighth music director.
August 12, 2012 |
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Another YNS triumph? That phrase, once used in modified form as Leonard Bernstein went from success to success, also applies to the last two weeks in the life of the music-director-designate of the Philadelphia Orchestra. After an acclaimed Mostly Mozart Festival week in New York, Yannick Nézet-Séguin debuted at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center with his soon-to-be-orchestra and clearly won new admirers, especially at the Wednesday program featuring Lang Lang playing Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Brahms' Symphony No. 4 . At Thursday's "Italian Opera Night," the spotlight was on singers Angela Meade and Bryan Hymel, both Academy of Vocal Arts graduates, for an audience that seemed to be experiencing much of this music for the first time.
July 15, 2012 |
This article was originally posted on Inquirer music critic Peter Dobrin's blog, Arts Watch. Find it at www.philly.com/artswatch . As mentioned by The Inquirer in January, incoming Philadelphia Orchestra music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will be recording with Deutsche Grammophon. The label officially announced the "long-term collaboration" Thursday. Nézet-Séguin is slated to make three DG recordings with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, of which he is music director, starting with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 6, "Pathétique.
June 29, 2012 |
BELFAST, Northern Ireland - Queen Elizabeth II and a former Irish Republican Army commander offered each other the hand of peace Wednesday in a long-awaited encounter symbolizing Northern Ireland's progress in achieving reconciliation after decades of violence. The monarch and Martin McGuinness met privately inside Belfast's riverside Lyric Theatre during a cross-community arts event featuring Northern Ireland musicians, poets and artists. Media were barred from seeing their first handshake during an icebreaker over coffee and tea. But the two shook hands again a half-hour later for the cameras' benefit, documenting a moment that would have been inconceivable back in the days when IRA leaders were plotting to kill the British royal family.
May 5, 2012 |
You remember Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.? He was the sixth-season proof positive that America's Got Talent . In the middle of a benefit concert in his native West Virginia last week, he instructed the audience members to refer to the handout sheets they had been furnished. Junior had an agenda. He wanted to set a world record for the most people singing a TV theme song in one place. Are you ready? Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, A tale of a fateful trip That started from this tropic port Aboard this tiny ship.
March 15, 2012 |
Try this Guinness-marinated steak sandwich for St. Paddy's Day, a refreshing change from stew or corned beef and cabbage. Guinness Marinated Flank Steak Sandwiches With Grilled Onions and Boursin Cheese Makes 4 servings 2-pound flank steak or London broil, at least 1-inch thick 14.9-ounce can Guinness beer 2 large red onions, cut into 1/2-inch slices 1 small container Boursin...