Superb Schubert followed by some altogether more mysterious and disorientating Mahler makes for a Sunday night treat at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Josep Pons.
The Tokyo Symphony gave the Japanese première of Shostakovich's Tenth in 1954, less than a year after its first performance in Leningrad. Jonathan Nott’s approach could scarcely have been more different.
When the Boston Symphony audience embraces a conductor with sustained, enthusiastic applause as they did with Jakub Hrůša, making his debut, they are not only expressing their approval; they are saying you belong.
Despite the black and white palate, this Makropulos Case has plenty of color. Nadja Michael heads the cast with her fiery portrayal of Elina Makropulos, and conductor Mikahil Tatrnikov makes a triumphant San Francisco Opera debut in the pit.
Part of Dance Umbrella, Laura Dannequin’s installation The Secret Slowness of Movement at the David Roberts Arts Foundation promises a refuge “to slow down, slow dance, or slow be” but succeeds only partly.
Clarinetist Kari Kriikku sauntered through the aisles of both the orchestra and audience, spinning around in two complete 360s and surely dousing the flabbergasted listeners in the floor seating with saliva.