Monthly Archives: January 2011

CD Review: Uchida plays Schumann

Much-anticipated release of Mitsuko Uchida’s Schumann CD displays exceptional musical understanding and command

Another CD of Schumann piano music! Released late in 2010, the Schumann bicentennial year, this recording just became available here this month. It’s undoubtedly the fruit of pianist Mitsuko Uchida’s concert activities during the past year

By Kevin Moore…

Jan. 18 Syracuse Stage: Rent

Syracuse Stage’s ‘Rent’ a well-choreographed visual feast of the popular rock musical

Anthony Salatino’s choreography and stage directing finds a happy medium between professionals and SU Drama students in this patchwork of loosely connected plot-lines centering upon relationships

By David Feldman

The rock musical Rent teeter-totters on the brink…

Jan. 8 Met simulcast: La Fanciulla del West

The Met saddles up ‘La Fanciulla del West’ and rides the happy trails –– bumps and all

Revival of Giancarlo del Monaco’s 1991 production of Puccini’s tale of love and forgiveness set during the California Gold Rush is visually appealing, but singing and acting are uneven

By David Abrams

Considering his well-documented fascination with American cowboy folklore…