An abridged guide to summer Classical Music festivals
July 15, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. —
At 10 a.m. each day this week, we'll give you a guided preview of one of the best summer classical music festivals.
Through recordings of top performances from featured artists or live recordings from previous years we'll have the sound and feel of a summer classical music festival.
Antonin Dvorak: Cello Concerto
London Symphony Orchestra; James Levine, conductor
Lynn Harrell, cello
The Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, has been under the direction of conductor Gerard Schwarz since 1997. He'll lead the festival's orchestra in a performance of Dvorak's magnificent cello concerto with soloist Lynn Harrell on July 27.
Ernest Chausson: Poeme
Quebec Symphony Orchestra; Yoav Talmi, conductor
James Ehnes, violin
Ehnes plays French favorites, including this Poeme by Chausson, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival on Sunday, July 21.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Quintet
Tokyo String Quartet; Richard Stoltzman, clarinet
On August 21, Stoltzman joins several talented friends to play Mozart at the Music at Angel Fire festival in northern New Mexico; also on the program, the premiere of a quartet for clarinet, piano, violin and cello by this year's Composer-in-Residence, Chick Corea.
Jean Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Philharmonia Orchestra; Giuseppe Sinopoli, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin
Shaham's taking several concertos to several major festivals this year, and will play Sibelius' exuberant showpiece with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, August 9-11. (If Tanglewood's too far, he's also playing it with the New York Philharmonic at Bravo! Vail on July 26th.)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Andre Previn, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano
You'll find Beethoven's piano concertos on the schedule at many of the larger orchestral festivals around the country. Emanuel Ax's performance of Beethoven's second concerto with the Mostly Mozart Festival's orchestra at Lincoln Center is sure to be worth the trip to New York City.