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Anna Clyne and Mason Bates look back as they move forward

Receiving an appointment as composer-in-residence at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is a bit like being backed as chef de cuisine at a…

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Dutoit conducts Ravel (with Louis Lortie)

Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit starts and finishes with Ravel in this program, and explores rarely heard works by Vincent d’Indy…

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Pondering the enigma of Mahler’s Symphony No. 7

Just a cursory look at the commentaries on Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 in E Minor, and one has the immediate…

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Hurrah! Gloria! ¡Viva! Saluting Lincoln with Verdi at Juarez? Soitenly!

Abraham Lincoln, whose Springfield-bound funeral train stopped in Chicago days after his assassination 150 years ago on April 14, fascinates Gene…

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Specialist conductor Harry Bicket content to ‘miss out on the 19th century’

While English maestro Harry Bicket occasionally stretches into other eras, he’s content with his specialized focus of Baroque and contemporary…

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Debussy, Ravel and their new kind of ‘inward’ theater

Until recent decades, opera in Paris followed twin tracks of very different provenance and purpose. The Opéra, deriving from court…

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French pianists Tiberghien and Tharaud resist boundaries

Pianists from all countries are typically linked with the music of their homeland. But such associations are especially strong when…

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Stéphane Degout, the Pelléas of his generation, reflects on French style

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s recent spring festivals have explored the unusual. In 2013, the focus was Rivers: Nature, Power, Culture,…

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Murray Perahia prefers an in-the-moment approach to performance

Murray Perahia has given thousands of concerts since making his first big mark with a victory at the 1972 Leeds…

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Max Raabe, nights in Berlin and afternoons at the Chicago Public Library (mit Fotos aus dem Konzert)

Earlier this month, Max Raabe and his Palast Orchester glided through their winter residency at Berlin’s Admiralspalast, the 1910 theater…