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Composer: Dalbavie, Marc-André

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The French Connection: Jurowski and Bavouzet in Cleveland

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet © Benjamin Ealovega
Vladimir Jurowski built on the Cleveland Orchestra’s existing mastery of Debussy, along with a virtuosic performance by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet of Ravel’s G major piano concerto, and a recent work by Marc-André Dalbavie.
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NYC Biennial - Boulez

Pablo Heras-Casado © Felix Broede
The four pieces – all U.S. premières – created a portrait of Boulez minus Boulez, reminding me of a middle school art exercise in which we were asked to draw an egg without any white crayons.
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BBC Symphony and Lionel Bringuier

Lionel Bringuier © Jonathan Grimbert-Barré
Dazzling Dalbavie and Pesson, buoyant Ravel and shaky Beethoven from the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Lionel Bringuier at the Barbican.
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Anti-diva Magdalena Kožená conquers Baltimore

Magdalena Kožená  ©  Mathias Bothor / Deutsche Grammophon
On Sunday night Shriver Hall was packed with Baltimore opera fans who had gathered to enjoy a solo recital of the internationally acclaimed opera “anti-diva” Magdalena Kožená. True to her reputation, this Czech mezzo-soprano came on stage dressed in a casual black gown, which (ignoring the dress change tradition established by her stage colleagues) she chose to wear all night long.
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BBC NOW perform colourful all-French programme

©  Sheila Rock
A rare sunny afternoon in Cardiff Bay was the ideal setting for this afternoon’s concert: an all-French programme in the intimate surroundings of the Wales Millennium Centre’s Hoddinott Hall.Having long been overshadowed by the Rite of Spring (which received its premiere two weeks later), Debussy’s ballet Jeux has been unjustly neglected.