October 24, 1990 |
Some conductors may be naturals, but each finds his way to the podium via a different route. Take Franz Welser-Moest, 30, the Austrian who will make his first appearance with the Philadelphia Orchestra tomorrow. He is now 16 years into his career, and has just taken a leap upward by being appointed music director of the London Philharmonic. Not artistic adviser or principal conductor, but music director, with all the responsibilities music directors of American orchestras have.
November 6, 2013 |
Mayor Nutter, in the midst of a trade mission to the United Kingdom and Israel, announced Monday that the Philadelphia Orchestra will tour Europe in 2015. The orchestra will conclude its tour with two performances in London, Nutter said. The mayor called the orchestra "a vital cultural ambassador for the city, and one that brings tremendous economic development to the city by making the case for doing business in Philadelphia. " Nutter pointed out that the orchestra, with music director Eugene Ormandy, toured Britain in 1949, becoming the first orchestra from America to cross the Atlantic after World War II. The ensemble performed 28 concerts in 27 days in England and Scotland.
February 16, 1991 |
Because Klaus Tennstedt had canceled his appearances, Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest, music director of the London Philharmonic, made his second appearance of the season last night with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Academy of Music. Welser-Moest partially changed the program, keeping the Beethoven Symphony No. 6, but replacing the scheduled Beethoven Symphony No. 7 with Schumann's Symphony No. 2. That change produced a program that shifted the focus from composer to musical mood, and made the program an essay on German romantic approaches to images of nature.
January 28, 2002 |
The Kimmel Center will host at least six major visiting orchestras next season, plus the first visit by superstar Italian mezzo Cecilia Bartoli in 11 years. Four international orchestras are already inked in: the Kirov Orchestra with jet-set conductor Valery Gergiev, the Vienna Philharmonic led by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the London Philharmonic under Kurt Masur, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with Lorin Maazel. We'll also hear the Pittsburgh Symphony with Mariss Jansons and the Cleveland Orchestra led by Franz Welser-Most.
April 12, 1990 |
Kurt Masur has been named music director of the New York Philharmonic, ending a 1 1/2-year search to find Zubin Mehta's successor. At a news conference yesterday in New York, Stephen Stamas, chairman of the Philharmonic's board of directors, announced that Masur had accepted a five- year appointment to begin during the 1992-93 season. Mehta will leave the orchestra after 13 years, at the end of the 1990-91 season. During 1991-92, Masur will serve as music director-designate, conducting two weeks of subscription concerts in addition to planning future seasons and auditioning players.
January 3, 1988 |
New releases in compact discs are, in a sense, resurrecting the dead by making available historic performances by such artists as Arthur Rubinstein, Maria Callas, John Barbirolli, Eugene List, Otto Klemperer and Wanda Landowska. Nothing wondrous in these resurrections, only the shrewd business sense of recording companies that have years of music on digital tape that now can be transferred to CD format. The growing availability of these performances will further limit public interest in vinyl LP records.
December 6, 2001 |
Still only 19, pianist Lang Lang is a phenomenon. His young career is all landmarks - taking over for an ailing Andre Watts in Chicago, playing a Bach "Goldberg Variations" at an after-concert party that made the Chicago papers, filling in with the Philadelphia Orchestra in the Mendelssohn Concerto in May, and now playing the Prokofiev Third Concerto at their final programs in the Academy. In June, the Chinese-born Lang accompanied the Orchestra to Beijing, where he played with them at the Grand Hall of the People.
May 19, 2006 |
Any time one of the world's great orchestras plays a great special-occasion piece like Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, you don't have to be psychic to predict that the hall will be packed and the audience will leave exhilarated. So it was in the Philadelphia Orchestra's final program of the season at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, which delivered more than I could hope for in some ways - and a bit less in others. The concert's first half is a moving target this week, thanks to the inaugural festival of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ.
August 23, 1986 |
Mozart, Beethoven: Quintets for piano and winds in E-Flat. Andre Previn, piano; Vienna Wind Soloists (Telarc). Murray Perehia, piano; members of the English Chamber Orchestra (CBS). These two quintets were written 13 years apart: Mozart considered his unified chamber work "the best work I have yet composed" and Beethoven followed with a miniature piano concerto as tribute - or competition (he inserted an improvised piano solo at the premiere, which miffed the four wind players)
November 26, 2008 |
For reasons people don't often have the courage to contemplate, passionate love for music also comes with an inexorable need to prioritize. What's the best? Who's the best? You saw it in the Stephen Frears movie High Fidelity. And it's spread all over the December issue of Gramophone magazine, which lists the world's top 20 orchestras. Philadelphia's isn't among them. The story gets worse: Philadelphia rates a paragraph in a sidebar headed "Past Glories," along with the NBC Symphony Orchestra, which ceased to be in the 1950s.