Articles by Mike Goldberg
The Paris Conservatory is steeped in deep musical traditions and is widely considered to be a model for education in Europe, especially for the flute. Paul Taffanel (1844-1908) taught there and is considered a founding father of the modern day French flute school. In this new release, flutist Dionne Jackson (who studied at the Conservatory) explores music by a variety of French composers that she feels “a direct lineage” to, as many of her professors had either known or studied with these composers or their pupils and proteges. She is joined by pianist Marija Stroke.
The Richmond Ballet will present its “Studio Three” performances Tuesday, April 4th through Sunday, April 9th at the Richmond Ballet Studio Theatre. This show will feature a broad range of dance styles from classical to contemporary, beginning with “Notturno” choreographed by Salvatore Aiello, staged by Jerri Kumery and set to the music of Franz Schubert.
Virginia Opera concludes its 2016-17 season with Giacomo Puccini’s “Turandot” this weekend at the Carpenter Theatre in Richmond. Based on the ancient fable set in China, this story of the legendary Princess Turandot, so desirable that men risked their heads for her hand in marriage, weaves the quest for love with the ultimate consequences.
Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson pays tribute to the master of minimal music, Philip Glass, who recently turned 80 years old. Described by The New York Times as a “splendid pianist” and by Piano News as an “immense talent,” Ólafsson is much sought-after by international conductors, orchestras and artists as both a chamber and concert musician. In addition to the Etudes for solo piano, the album includes reworks of the originals for piano and string quartet.
Soprano Renée Fleming is joined by Sakari Oramo and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Selections include Samuel Barber’ “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” and “The Strand Settings,” a four-song cycle by Anders Hillborg which was commissioned by Carnegie Hall and is dedicated to Fleming. The album concludes with three new arrangements of songs by Bjork.
1) Samuel Barber: “Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24”
Renee Fleming, soprano
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Sakjari Oramo, conductor
Pianist Jan Lisiecki’s new release “Chopin: Works for Piano and Orchestra” features pieces in the so-called “brilliant style,” a form of virtuosic pianism cultivated in the early 1800s by some of the leading performer-composers of the day. During his formative years in Warsaw, Chopin applied the style to such works for piano and orchestra as the Grande Polonaise Brillante (Op.22) and Rondo à la Krakowiak in F major (Op.14).