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Performer: Jaap van Zweden

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BarcelonaHong Kong Philharmonic: Shostakovich "Leningrad"

© Sophie Zahl
Ravel, Shostakovich
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Jaap van Zweden; Khatia Buniatishvili

Hong KongJAAP’s 60th Birthday Gala

Hong Kong Philharmonic Society Ltd
Wagner, Chan, Beethoven
Academy Symphony Orchestra; Jaap van Zweden; Joshua Bell; Hong Kong Philharmonic Chorus; Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

Hong KongJAAP's Beethoven 3 | Akiko Suwanai

Hong Kong Philharmonic Society Ltd
Boznos, Prokofiev, Beethoven
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Jaap van Zweden; Linda Stuckey; Akiko Suwanai
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AmsterdamSaturday Matinees: Janáček and Kodály

Janáček, Kodály
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest; Jaap van Zweden; Netherlands Radio Choir (Groot Omroepkoor); Leo van Doeselaar; Mária Porubcinová; Judita Nagyová
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Ellen Reid premiere and Renée Fleming steal the show from Bruckner 4

Renée Fleming © Andrew Eccles

Ellen Reid’s evocative new work and Renée Fleming’s set of songs from her album “Distant Light” were the highlights of a program that included an uninspiring Bruckner Fourth Symphony.

***11
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Stunning Brahms from Janine Jansen eclipses NY Phil premiere

Janine Jansen and the New York Philharmonic © Steven Pisano for Bachtrack

Janine Jansen and the New York Philharmonic gave a transcendent, once-in-a-lifetime performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto. Tania Leòn’s new work and a Strauss suite paled in comparison.

*****
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First premiere of NY Phil’s Women’s commissioning Project 19

Jaap van Zweden conducts Tread Softly © Steven Pisano for Bachtrack

The satisfying kick-off to the New York Philharmonic’s Project 19 women’s commissioning project shared a bill with a disappointing Haydn cello concerto and a rewarding Mozart Mass.

***11
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Van Zweden and Lang Lang perform Beethoven with bounce and panache

Lang Lang © Ka Lam | HK Phil
Lang Lang joins Jaap van Zweden and the HK Phil for an all-Beethoven concert in Hong Hong, kicking off the composer’s 250th festivities in style.
****1
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A compelling tale of two Tenths in Hong Kong

Jaap van Zweden conducts the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra © Ka Lam | HK Phil
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra excels in the bleakest of times for Mahler and Shostakovich under chief conductor Jaap van Zweden.
*****
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Beethoven bread for Steve Reich sandwich at New York Philharmonic

Jaap van Zweden © Hans van der Woerd
A new work by Steve Reich shared the stage with two Beethoven favorites. While neither composer particularly illuminated the other, they shared their program nicely.
***11
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