May 7, 2003 |
It's official: Wolfgang Sawallisch will not make the American and South American tour with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Although this possibility was likely, and reported in the media, the official decision was made yesterday afternoon. The maestro has orthostatic hypotension, which makes his blood pressure drop precipitously when he stands up or stops conducting. He also has high blood pressure. He and his doctor agreed that he should not take the grueling tour through five American cities, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile after this weekend's concerts.
February 12, 1998 |
The long-anticipated return of Riccardo Muti, a focus on 18 works by American composers and the U.S. debut of a lost symphony highlight the Philadelphia Orchestra's upcoming 99th season. Music director Wolfgang Sawallisch, who outlined the new season yesterday, will conduct 11 of the 31 subscription programs, and delve into Americana - the Gershwin Piano Concerto for the composer's centenary and music by Barber, Hanson and Druckman. Former music director Riccardo Muti will return on Oct. 5 for one concert, an Italian program to benefit the orchestra's pension fund.
January 4, 1999 |
Two performers, new to the Philadelphia Orchestra, brought an appropriate flash of possibilities to the orchestra's year in their appearance Saturday at the Academy of Music. Berlin conductor Yakov Kreizberg and Austrian violinist Thomas Zehetmair collaborated in an arresting performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto, before the young conductor introduced music by the Latvian Peteris Vasks. It was a New Year's glimpse of programming possibilities to stir the mind. Kreizberg might seem destiny's child in appearing before this orchestra.
April 19, 2001 |
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA, Yakov Kreizberg conducting; Angela Hewitt, pianist. Academy of Music, 8 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday. Tickets: $16-$60. Info: 215-893-1999. When the staid Gramophone magazine reviews a performance of the Bach Partitas as "effortlessly eclipsing all competitors," you can anticipate a transcendent talent. No wonder pianist Angela Hewitt's other magnificent CDs of Bach and Messaien have made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut one of the most anticipated programs of the season.
March 17, 2011
Conductor Kreizberg dies at 51 From Peter Dobrin's "ArtsWatch" at . Yakov Kreizberg, 51, music director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo and chief conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic and Netherlands Chamber orchestras, died Tuesday at home in Monte Carlo. The Russian conductor, who often appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, died after a long illness, according to his management. Kreizberg was on the scene in Philadelphia quite a bit in the rocky days after Verizon Hall opened - he conducted the orchestra in nearly three dozen concerts between 1999 and 2007 - and took over a 2003 tour of North and South America for Wolfgang Sawallisch when the orchestra's music director was too ill to travel.
May 7, 2003 |
Russian-born conductor Yakov Kreizberg will replace Wolfgang Sawallisch on the Philadelphia Orchestra's forthcoming tour of North and South America. Kreizberg, 43, will lead the orchestra in three weeks of concerts starting Monday in Midland, Mich., and ending May 31 in Santiago, Chile. The tour was to have been Sawallisch's last with the orchestra. Continuing problems with dizziness and fatigue forced Sawallisch to cancel his part in the tour, as well as several concerts here.
March 25, 2005 |
If you're walking in Rittenhouse Square one day and bump into an old man named Iso Briselli, you might want to thank him for being the impetus for one of the most gorgeous violin concertos of the 20th century. It was for Briselli, a Russian-born violinist who studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, that the Barber Violin Concerto was commissioned - by Briselli's benefactor and American father-figure, soap manufacturer Samuel S. Fels (as in Fels Naphtha soap). While you're there, you may also want to tip your hat to Curtis, where Samuel Barber was schooled, and where Hilary Hahn, who played it so perfectly Wednesday night, also learned her craft.
November 8, 2001 |
Pianist Stewart Goodyear is a veteran of the concert stage at a mere 21, recently graduating from the Curtis Institute after distinguishing himself in his native Toronto. A brilliant pianist, he's also a skilled composer of chamber music who's working on his first concerto. Goodyear will perform the Rachmaninoff First Piano Concerto as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra this weekend. The piece was written to show off the composer's astonishing technique, bursting out at the opening with a challenge to the orchestra.
November 10, 2001 |
The composers' names were familiar, but the actual music wasn't, even - curiously enough - if you'd heard it before. Under the charismatic guest conductor Yakov Kreizberg, the Philadelphia Orchestra played Shostakovich's seldom-played Symphony No. 11, with pianist Stewart Goodyear joining in for Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1. Both pieces received mighty performances. And though listeners appeared to be thrilled, I'd be surprised if many sought out future relationships with these pieces.
October 30, 2003 |
Yakov Kreizberg is the kind of conductor you bring in when you want to hear music expressed in bold strokes. He's not exactly a detail man. And as for the ability to establish a rapport with an orchestra based on subtle gestures that get a nuanced response, well, Kreizberg is just not that kind of communicator. But for the program he put together Tuesday night in Verizon Hall with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Kreizberg was just fine. Dvorak's Carnival overture was propelled by animal energy, and quite exciting in its own way. The Ravel Bolero that ended the concert was like any other - that is, it ticked by with the inevitability of a time bomb, the ending assured to get a standing ovation pretty much regardless of who was on the podium.