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Performer: Tamara Mumford

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New York CityJaap van Zweden conducts: Schoenberg and Mozart

Schoenberg, Mozart
New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Jaap van Zweden; Ying Fang; Tamara Mumford; Joel Prieto; Tareq Nazmi
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Bleak and hopeless: William Kentridge's Wozzeck at the Met

Peter Mattei (Wozzeck) © Ken Howard | Met Opera
Despite theatrical drawbacks, this Wozzeck is heartily recommend due to Yannick Nézet-Séguin's staggering understanding of all facets of Berg's score.
****1
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Kitschy, bombastic, virtuosic: the LA Phil and Dudamel’s Mahler 8

Gustavo Dudamel © Vern Evans
Mahler's Eighth was the composer’s “gift to the nation”; Dudamel’s performance was a gift to Los Angeles. 
*****
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Exploring late Bartók and Schubert in Cleveland

Franz Welser-Möst, Mitsuko Uchida and The Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni for The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst thoughtfully paired Schubert’s final mass with Bartók’s final piano concerto, the latter featuring Mitsuko Uchida in her 100th Cleveland Orchestra appearance.
****1
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A festive Messiah heralds the holidays in Cleveland

Tamara Mumford © Fay Fox
Jane Glover’s Cleveland Orchestra performance of Handel’s Messiah was both celebratory and historically-informed.
***11
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LA Phil’s multimedia Das Lied is a sight to hear

Gustavo Dudamel © Vern Evans
What can multimedia wizardry add to Mahler's masterpiece? 
***11
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Flute still mesmerizing at The Met

Markus Werba (Papageno) © Richard Termine | Metropolitan Opera
The musical experience was dominated by the imagery making spectators feel, at least at times, overwhelmed.
****1
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