Orchestral music

CD review: The Complete Viola d’Amore Concertos

VIvaldi: The Complete Viola d'Amore Concertos CD cover

Rachel Barton Pine, Ars Antigua connect on Vivaldi’s viola d’amore concertos

The concert violinist, fascinated with this richly resonant instrument since her teen years, “sings” Vivaldi in a new voice

By David Abrams

When Rachel Barton Pine places her six-stringed 1774 Nicola Gagliano viola d’amore under her chin, 12 strings spring to life…

Mar. 7 NY Philharmonic: New Music from Nordic Countries

Program of ‘New Music from Nordic Countries’ hits the right notes, yet misses the mark

The NY Phil’s challenging program, part of the orchestra’s innovative ‘CONTACT!’ series, appeared to favor technique over expression

By Natalie Piontek
Goldring Arts Journalism program, Syracuse University

“This is not always the easiest music,” warned New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert prior to Saturday’s CONTACT! concert of contemporary Nordic music held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art…

Nov. 8 Symphoria Masterworks Series

Symphoria goes ‘all in’ for conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, reaches new artistic high

The orchestra’s impressive Masterworks program, anchored by Tchaikovsky’s cathartic Sixth Symphony, also showcased principal clarinetist Allan Kolsky

By David Abrams

If you think the glory days of symphonic music in this town perished along with the demise of the former Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, you must have missed Saturday’s Masterworks concert…