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Classical Music Reviews Archive

April 7, 2008
Helter Skelter

Alarm Will Sound turns the Beatles’ “Revolution 9”—this is not a joke—into chamber music.

March 24, 2008
Inglese, Per Favore?

Mencken called opera in English “about as sensible as baseball in Italian.” But it does have its charms.

February 11, 2008
Two Cheers for Manon

In a tough soprano role, Karita Mattila is a near miss. Plus: How to listen to Stalinist music without feeling guilty.

December 3, 2007
A Lot of Nachtmusik

Carnegie Hall celebrates Berlin’s two great eras—one of which is just getting started.

November 26, 2007
¡Qué Fantástico!

Gustavo Dudamel makes an enormously charismatic New York debut.

November 19, 2007
After the Disappearing Act

Barber’s Vanessa isn’t the forgotten marvel they say it is—but it’s a great vehicle for City Opera’s star soprano.

November 5, 2007
Fair Is Foul, and Foul Is Fair

Verdi’s Macbeth returns to the Met, in awkward, stagy fashion.

October 22, 2007
Vital Organist

Paul Jacobs can shake the rafters—and your soul.

October 15, 2007
Orchestrating Change

The New York Philharmonic is as reliable and consistent as a metronome—and about as dull.

October 8, 2007
Pretty Bloody Good

Natalie Dessay is a fabulous, if not exactly subtle, Lucia.

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