Now Available on Naxos: Ravel’s “Antar”Read more
April 6, 2017
Naxos has released the next installment in the Orchestre National de Lyon’s Ravel cycle with the premiere recording of Antar. Ravel’s colorfully re-orchestrated selections from works by Rimsky-Korsakov have been revived and reconstructed alongside a new text that symbolizes the romance and chivalric spirit of Antar, the warrior-poet, and his beloved Abla.
Mahlerian MadnessRead more
I have a confession. Pretty much throughout my years as a student at the Juilliard School, I hated Gustav Mahler. The symphonies were too long, too loud, derivative and, at least to me, boring. One morning a friend spotted me in the cafeteria and said he had an extra ticket to a concert that night by the Philadelphia Orchestra. I asked what they were playing and he said, “The New York premiere of the Tenth Mahler.”
“Why would I want to hear a work by a composer I don’t like, much less one that he did not finish?”
“Because it is the Philadelphia Orchestra,” my friend replied.
That was good enough for me. And that night, I was not only captivated by the incredible playing but also moved by the piece. Thus started my relationship with the Austrian master.
APRIL 2017Read more
Following the successful tour of the ONL in the States and a few free days at Disney World, it was time to get back to Europe. But in this case, it was to work with two orchestras I had not seen for almost ten years and another that was a debut.
Milan may be the fashion capital of the world, but it is likewise notable when it comes to music and food, two of my passions. La Scala is obviously the drawing card, but the city also has a very good symphony orchestra, known simply as La Verdi. Having made several visits there over the years, I knew what to expect, even though there are many new musicians in the orchestra.
Slatkin to Lead DSO in Concerts Featuring Sharon IsbinRead more
April 3, 2017
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra welcomes guitarist Sharon Isbin for a concert program that includes Vivaldi’s Concerto for Lute and Chris Brubeck’s Affinity: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra. Mahler’s dramatic Tenth Symphony in the Deryck Cook completion rounds out the program.
Leonard Slatkin Receives Award for Cultural Diplomacy in ItalyRead more
March 20, 2017
The Consulate General of the United States of America in Milan, Italy, presented Leonard Slatkin with the Consul General’s Award for Cultural Diplomacy on March 19.
Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Lesson Six: A Few ExercisesRead more
March 15, 2017
In the sixth monthly installment of Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Maestro Slatkin demonstrates practical exercises designed to help students develop independence in their right and left hands.
Orchestre National de Lyon Triumphs in the StatesRead more
March 6, 2017
The Orchestre National de Lyon’s six-concert, six-city tour of the United States was met with overwhelmingly positive reviews. From Carnegie Hall to the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, the orchestra lived up to its reputation as “probably the most refined ensemble of the world” (The Guardian).
MARCH 2017Read more
That was the oft-quoted word that characterized my very first trip to the U.S. with an orchestra from another land. February was devoted to the ONL, with a week in Lyon and then a two-week, eight-concert trip to the States.
Taking a full symphony orchestra on a lengthy trip is, literally, always risky business. The promoters in most cities do not want to pay the full fee, and much of the burden falls on the orchestra itself in terms of dealing with the fiscal consequences. But the final result, if most everything goes as planned, can turn out to be a boon for not only the organization, but also the city it represents.
Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Lesson Five: Putting the Two Hands TogetherRead more
February 15, 2017
Leonard Slatkin has released the fifth installment in his Conducting School. This month’s video combines techniques demonstrated in previous lessons to show how the conductor uses both hands to communicate tempo and dynamics to the orchestra simultaneously.
Leonard Slatkin Brings the Orchestre National de Lyon to AmericaRead more
February 8, 2017
Beginning February 18, the Orchestre National de Lyon, “probably the most refined ensemble of the world” (The Guardian), tours the United States for the first time since 2003, playing concerts with music director Leonard Slatkin on a six-city tour.