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Tribune Music CriticHere is one critic's assessment of the best and most memorable classical concerts and opera performances given in Chicago during the past year, presented in chronological order: Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde" at the Lyric Opera, Jan. 31 to March 4. How...
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Tribune Music CriticNow that globalization has pretty much erased any remaining characteristics of sound and playing style that once gave each of the world's leading orchestras their identity, it's getting easier to spot those few ensembles that retain personality traits...
++++++++++++++++++++ || Find classic and opera events: - Sept. - Oct. - Nov. - Dec. - Symphony Center - Civic Opera House || ++++++++++++++++++++ Funny thing about classical music in Chicago. While we cannot pretend we are unaffected by the...
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MOVIES `THE BLUE ANGEL' A newly restored version of one of the great classics of movie eroticism is now at the Music Box: Marlene Dietrich and Emil Jannings 1930's "The Blue Angel." Jannings was regarded as the best film actor of his day when he...
Tribune music criticPoised as it is between sacred music and opera, spirituality and theatricality, Verdi's monumental Requiem Mass demands something of the same split personality from its interpreters. Daniel Barenboim tends to favor a devotional view of the "Messa di...
Tribune Music CriticCecilia Bartoli is among the handful of classical superstars who can write their own tickets anywhere they consent to perform. The acclaimed Italian mezzo-soprano, who delighted a sold-out Orchestra Hall at her song recital there two days earlier, had the...
Tribune Music CriticThe good news is she showed up. The best news is that she was in glorious voice. Cecilia Bartoli's frequent habit in recent years of calling off concerts on her crowded schedule at the eleventh hour has given her the nickname "Cancellia." But the...
Special to The TribuneAnton Bruckner must have learned a lot about composition from his lifelong, devoted study of Mozart's music, but his own music shows no evidence of it; the two Austrian composers are polar opposites in almost every respect. They illustrate a curious thing...
Tribune Music CriticThe chamber music equivalent of the Super Bowl, World Series and Chicago Marathon, all rolled into one. That was the all-star concert presented by pianist Daniel Barenboim and friends Itzhak Perlman, violin, Pinchas Zukerman, viola, and Yo-Yo Ma, cello,...
Tribune Music CriticYou would hardly think that any piano duo would be able to reduce Orchestra Hall to the intimate proportions of Schubert's salonsite of the composer's famous Schubertiads where he regularly tried out his latest creations for piano four hands on musical...
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Special to the TribuneFor a concert touting an explicit theme, Daniel Barenboim could hardly have assembled a program with three such dissimilar works as those at Thursday evening's Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert at Symphony Center. The centerpiece was the premier of Cliff...
Tribune Music CriticYes, Daniel Barenboim can say no. Sometimes. At the conclusion of his piano recital Sunday afternoon at Symphony Center, after playing the first two books of Albeniz's ferociously difficult "Iberia," he acknowledged the crowd's long standing ovation and...
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