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Anton Bruckner, in search of the perfect score

Is it wrong to wish Anton Bruckner had been a little more stubborn? Certainly it would have simplified the work…

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Anna Clyne revives an honored guest, with Yeats set to frets for ‘The Seamstress’

William Butler Yeats’ poem “A Coat” gave Anna Clyne “a brushstroke of an idea” for her violin concerto The Seamstress. “It’s an experiment for me,” says Clyne, the CSO’s Mead co-composer in residence, of the work, which will receive its world premiere May 28, with Jennifer Koh as soloist.

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Charles Dutoit, keeping the French tradition alive

Ask Charles Dutoit about his recent activities, and he ticks off a long list of engagements with major orchestras around…

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Pianist Orion Weiss likes to keep it different

It’s hard to imagine legendary piano virtuosos like Arthur Rubinstein or Rudolf Serkin teaming up with the Salzburg Marionette Theatre,…

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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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Daniil Trifonov makes a case for Rach 1

Daniil Trifonov, who performs Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 1 this week with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, champions this work. “It…

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Jan Swafford’s ‘Beethoven’ searches for the man behind the myth

After writing well-received biographies of Charles Ives and Johannes Brahms, Jan Swafford took on the challenge more than a decade…

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Hear the CSO’s majesty in Ravel’s ‘Rapsodie espagnole’

In this video short, guest conductor Charles Dutoit leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole, as part of…

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When it comes to Rachmaninov, Daniil Trifonov votes for the First

At 24, young virtuoso Daniil Trifonov has already conquered most of the Russian piano repertoire. But he’s just recently gotten…

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Have baton, will travel on short notice: rising maestro James Feddeck

James Feddeck has become the go-to guy in the symphonic world. Whenever a major conductor is sick or has to…

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The unsung hero behind Mozart’s Requiem, Franz Xaver Süssmayr

Let us now praise obscure men. Those who perform thankless tasks, those who pick up where others have left off,…