Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
CPE’s Concerto for Fortepiano and Harpsichord in E♭ Major (Wq47) is a gloriously fun piece, that alternates bird call with scalar passages in a delightful call-and-answer. Together Levin and Cheung milked it for all it was worth.
San Jose Stage (the company that never says never) brings the iconic musical 'The Threepenny Opera' to life as part of its 31st season.
It’s one thing to sing high and entirely another to sing warm; Carter delivered perfectly, introducing just the right amount of vibrato to this intensely emotional air. He was aided by the violin section, which brought an edgy tension to this air.
A deliciously punky Cleopatra, Sampson was clearly in her element, with a confidence and panache that could wow any Marc Antony.
Grabbing a glass of wine and bite of cheese in their café and sitting on one of the long benches, strategically curved so as to provide an intimate moment, made me deliciously happy. By comparison, Davies Symphony Hall makes you feel as if you're in an airport.
This brilliantly colorful and lithe piece packs in everything from stately processional music, insouciant simpering, country dances, quartets and all-out chorale gut-busters.
In the hands of Egarr Richard, the harpsichord becomes variously percussive, mournful, exuberant – all the while pushing the music forward.