Pintscher & The SPCO

Premiere of bereshit for Large Ensemble German composer and conductor Matthias Pintscher was in Saint Paul this weekend to conduct the world premiere of his piece bereshit, commissioned by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. These concerts also marked the SPCO’s return to the Ordway Center after two weeks of neighborhood concerts following an end to the … Continue reading Pintscher & The SPCO

The SPCO Returns

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Conducted by Thomas Zehetmair Thursday night’s concert in Apple Valley marked The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra‘s return to the stage after a bitter six-month lockout. With only a small handful of musician-organized concerts having been held during the lockout, the audience was clearly eager to hear the SPCO perform again, … Continue reading The SPCO Returns

Accordo: Intimate Voices

Works by Sibelius, Kodály & Dvořák The final concert in the Twin Cities string ensemble Accordo‘s fourth season, titled Intimate Voices, brought together three pieces that were composed within a little more than two decades of each other, all of them incorporating influences from traditional folk music. Yet despite these surface similarities, the group gave … Continue reading Accordo: Intimate Voices

Mozart & Bruckner

Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra Conducted by Stanisław Skrowaczewski Thursday’s performance at The O’Shaughnessy auditorium in Saint Paul was the first time the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra have played a full-scale concert since Feb. 1st. Like previous concerts put on by the musicians during their seven-month lockout, this one was played before a supportive … Continue reading Mozart & Bruckner

Sibelius Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4

Minnesota Orchestra Conducted by Osmo Vänskä The Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä received much acclaim for their recent recording of Jean Sibelius’s second and fifth symphonies, which are among the composer’s most popular works. For their second Sibelius recording, the orchestra and Vänskä have taken on the less familiar first and fourth symphonies, turning out … Continue reading Sibelius Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4