The Muse and the Fashion

September 17, 2017

It was a strong opening night for the Yale Philharmonia and Maestro Oundjian, mainly owing to their chilling performance of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. I usually sit further back in the hall to hear a more balanced orchestral sound, but this time I sat three rows from the front to experience The Rite in full force, an experience I would recommend without reservation. The snarling brass and flut...

April 1, 2017

The Yale Philharmonia, led by Maestro Peter Oundjian, reached new heights in its Friday night concert with Brahms's Fourth Symphony, Op 98. The performance of the first movement alone proved how far the Philharmonia has come since it began working with Oundjian last year — it was probably the best rendition of the first movement I've heard in concert. The sense of scope, structure, and pacing w...

March 2, 2017

Russian pianist Vyacheslav Gryaznov stole the season at Yale's Sprague Hall with a phenomenal recital. While pursuing an Artist Diploma Degree at Yale School of Music, he also teaches as an assistant in the Piano Department of the Moscow Conservatory. Since this was technically a "student" Artist Diploma recital, tickets were (shockingly) free. But make no mistake, Gryaznov is a top-notch artist....

February 18, 2017

Yale Opera’s Friday night performance of Così Fan Tutte was enjoyable overall, but the quality of this production and the opera itself is inconsistent. The high points of the evening combined Lorenzo Da Ponte’s cheeky libretto with hilarious stage direction and playful singing. The low points of the evening were painfully boring, usually due to endless melismas and repetitions in the score that shou...

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