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Pianist breaks into Yiddish on world stage

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Yevgeny Kissin was playing music by forgotten Russian composers at the Kennedy Center, D.C., when the urge overcame him to recite Yiddish poetry from memory. So he did. Reports here from John  Podhoretz and here from Anne Midgette.   There was no yeidel-deedle-deidel charm here, limited sweetness, little light. These were anxious musical pieces and anxious poems, […]

You Are My Hero, Andy Doe

Read his comeback to the "but classical music is dying" crowd, and also Anne Midgette.

Talking headspace

11 months agoArts : Parterre Box

Our Own JJ (pictured) joins in the debate over the Düsseldorf Tannhäuser with Anne Midgette and John Berry.

Carter Obituaries & Blog Postings

There'll be more. Allan Kozinn in the NY Times Mark Berry (Boulezian) Anne Midgette in the WashPost Alex Ross Patty Mitchell (OboeInsight) Tim Mangan Boosey & Hawkes

The State of Opera Today

A roundtable discussion including one of my favorite music critics, Anne Midgette, on NPR. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

A Remaining Question

If you read through the comments at the NY Times on either of the two articles about ONGate and over at Anne Midgette's blog posting, you'll see a couple of thoughts surfacing with some regularity: There's an inherent conflict of interest when somebody at ON reviews the Met. Show More Summary

‘Aaron Barnhart post struck a chord with me’

Letter to Romenesko From ANNE MIDGETTE, classical music critic, Washington Post: Your post about Aaron Barnhart struck a chord with me, because I encountered something similar when I went on maternity leave from October to January. During my almost-three-month absence, I had a lot of readers contact me and contact my editors to ask what … Read More

Opera takes a look at the 1950s fitness and dance crazes

2 years agoArts : Arts Post

If you remember Charles Atlas and Arthur Murray, or just love “Mad Men” and the 1950s, then “Positions 1956” might be for you. That’s the theme of an opera-in-the-making. Anne Midgette, the Washington Post classical music critic, reminds us that there is a workshop Wednesday night at 7:30 at Artisphere on this work. Read full article >>

Contest Reactions, Here and There

Time to start tracking the reactions around the blogosphere: Anne Midgette throws down a gauntlet that I am looking at squinty-eyed. Elaine Fine at Musical Assumptions is "taken aback;" not entering but answering the first question anyway. Show More Summary

More on Golijov

Osvaldo Golijov defends his work Sidereus, in an interview with Dan Wakin of the New York Times. Anne Midgette has also been musing on the matter. As I commented in a New Yorker blog post, I hope very much that...

Links: Julia Fischer; Kronos Quartet

Reviews from the weekend past: Julia Fischer dazzled at the Sixth and I Synagogue, reviewed by Anne Midgette. The Kronos Quartet joins musicians from Azerbaijan, reviewed by Samatha Buker. Read full article >>

Links: Blomstedt delights at NSO; Emerson Quartet; more

In Friday’s Washington Post: Herbert Blomstedt lets the music speak for itself with the NSO, by Anne Midgette. Edited to add: Charles T. Downey offers a contrasting view. Florian Boesch hits high note at Kennedy Center, by Joe Banno. Read full article >>

Will conductors ever learn?

I had an interesting head-to-head yesterday on WQXR with Anne Midgette of the Washington Post and Jesse Rosen of the Symphony League as to whether maestros can overcome past conduct and evolve into a more user-friendly species. The conversation arose out of the Roberto Minczuk and Mark Gorenstein issues raised on this site, but it [...]

Placido Domingo takes issue with Washington Post critic

3 years agoArts : Culture Monster

Placido Domingo hits out at Washington Post music critic Anne Midgette, who had harsh words for the tenor's conducting in a recent production of "Tosca" at the Washington National Opera

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3 years agoArts : Parterre Box

So Placido Domingo was all like, “Oh, that Anne Midgette is just a mean girl and she is SO JELLUS,” and then Anne was like, “Actually, no, maestro, I’m not.” [The Classical Beat]

Food Fight And Other Items Of Interest

3 years agoMusic / Classical : Sounds

Oh dear. The Washington Post's chief classical music critic Anne Midgette, a classical music critic we've long admired since she assumed her present position, has...

Stand Down, Placido.

Anne Midgette is right that you're a mediocre conductor at best. The only reason you get hired to conduct is that you're the World's Greatest Living Tenor. And forget about "defamatory:" nobody reading what she wrote would think that you deliberately undermined the Tosca performance she attended.

Links: NSO’s “Carmina;” Degas at the Phillips

In Friday’s Washington Post, a cross-pollination of music and art reviews. Philip Kennicott reviews Carmina Burana and Beethoven at the National Symphony Orchestra. Anne Midgette reviews the show of Degas’s dancers at the Phillips. Read full article >>

Links: NSO season opener, Weilerstein at BSO, FMMC gala

On Sunday, the National Symphony Orchestra opened its 81st season. My review: With much to celebrate, the NSO does just that, by Anne Midgette. On Saturday, the new MacArthur Foundation laureate Alisa Weilerstein performed with Marin Alsop, another MacArthur “genius,” and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Joe Banno reviewed. Read full article >>

Links: weekend review roundup

And so it begins: the 2011-12 season is upon us. Here are links to reviews in Monday’s Washington Post: Washington National Opera opens season with Tosca, by Anne Midgette. Washington Concert Opera scores with Verdi’s Attila, by Anne Midgette. Read full article >>

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