Lavinia Edits

The ramblings and inspirations of a copy editor/classical musician living in glorious Manhattan.

Robert Spano Conducts the Juilliard Orchestra

Oh, the preciousness and vitality of youth! For their final performance of the season, the Juilliard Orchestra presented a fantastic program of Sibelius, Bartók, and Claude Vivier. At the helm was Robert Spano, leading the young players through some treacherous passages with the greatest of ease.

Many a professional orchestra should take note of the playing level of this ensemble; this is how you make music.

Head over to Feast of Music for my full review.

Screen grab from Roy Raz's music video for Anggun's “Echo [You and I],” the French entry for Eurovision 2012.

Screen grab from Roy Raz's music video for Anggun's “Echo [You and I],” the French entry for Eurovision 2012.

Creative Leadership Problems at the Boston Symphony

It seems like the Boston Symphony’s annual residence at Carnegie Hall has been plagued by conductor problems over the past several years. Stemming from James Levine’s chronic health problems and lack of time at the helm of the BSO, the orchestra has relied on many a last-minute pinch hitter. Unfortunately, this year’s residency was no different: Kurt Masur pulled out of the first concert due to ailments, and the final night was conducted by Stéphane Denève—a young French conductor that was not only making his Carnegie Hall debut, but had never conducted the BSO before.

For a full recap of the evening, click over to my review at Feast of Music.