Alexander Toradze’s legacy at Indiana University South Bend: a unique teaching and performing experience

After 25 years at the Raclin School of the Arts at Indiana University South Bend, Alexander Toradze has retired as the Martin Endowed Professor in Piano. Since 1992, Mr. Toradze has created and led the unique Toradze Piano Studio, a community of pianists that toured internationally, performing thematic marathons of piano and chamber music by Bach, Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Scriabin, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky. These projects, created in collaboration with the cultural historian and concert producer Joseph Horowitz, were produced at such leading concert venues as ...

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“ADELSON E SALVINI” conducted by Daniele Rustioni is “Album of the Week” for The Times

The music critic Hugh Canning has selected the Bellini’s opera “Adelson e Salvini” – soon to be released on the label Opera Rara – as the “Album of the Week” for The Times. Canning wrote: «Adelson e Salvini (…) though no masterpiece, is revealed by Rustioni as much more than an apprentice work.» Daniele Rustioni is presently in Japan and has recently conducted his first Tosca for Opera Nikikai.

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Donato Renzetti opens the season of the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari with a rare opera of Respighi

«Di addormentate nella storia dell’opera ce ne sono moltissime. Poche però sono le belle. Questa di Respighi, che guarda caso di chiama “La bella dormiente”, meritava a pieno titolo di essere risvegliata. Il bacio, dopo un sonno quasi centenario, le è arrivato dal benemerito Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, che l’ha scelta coraggiosamente come titolo inaugurale della stagione affidandola alla regia delicata, piena di poesia, di Leo Muscato e alla bacchetta spiccia ed efficace di Donato Renzetti.» Il Sole 24 Ore, Carla Moreni «Donato Renzetti dirige in punta di ...

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Daniele Rustioni featured on «Facing the music» by The Guardian

From a teenage obsession with Wagner to the inspirational Giulini and the daily necessity of Bach, the conductor shares his musical passions. You can read the complete interview here!

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Highly respected Italian conductor Donato Renzetti joins AMC roster

We are proud to announce that the highly respected Italian conductor Donato Renzetti will join AMC’s roster with immediate effect. With him three generations of the revered Italian school of conducting will be represented by our agency: Donato Renzetti (67), Gianandrea Noseda (52) and Daniele Rustioni (33). “Donato Renzetti’s conducting skills and his human qualities have always fascinated me – says Ettore F. Volontieri – I am therefore honoured and proud to take the responsibility of his General Management. With his extraordinary talent, human depth and ...

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Karen Durgaryan in Antwerpen: «Spartacus» mit dem Ballet Vlaanderen

«Chatschaturians Musik hat alles, was so ein großes Handlungsballett braucht, vorantreibende Rhythmik bis in leichte Sentimentalität weisende Melodik, aber immer raffiniert instrumentiert, die nötige Differenzierung für die Charakterisierung der Rollen, auch bis in die kleinsten, solistischen Ansprüche. Mit Karen Durgaryan steht ein erfahrener Dirigent am Pult der Brüsseler Philharmoniker, ja er lässt es krachen, gibt der Melodik Raum und entdeckt vor allem immer wieder die Jazzelemente, eingefügt in die handlungsorientierte Symphonik, bis hin zur finalen Überh...

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Gianandrea Noseda conducts the NSO in an American music program

«The National Symphony Orchestra is getting better at connecting to the world outside its doors. On Thursday night, the day before the inauguration, Gianandrea Noseda, its music director designate, led an all-American, presidentially focused program, including Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” and suites from John Williams’s scores to “Lincoln” and “JFK”. It’s not always clear how seriously to take the “national” in this orchestra’s name, but after the last two inaugurations, which the orchestra basically ignored, this was a fitting concert for inaugu...

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Daniele Rustioni conducts La Traviata at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

«First among its virtues is the crisply propulsive conducting of that dynamic young maestro Daniele Rustioni. He makes music in the mould of maestri such as Riccardo Muti and Charles Mackerras, so there is no slop or slush in the orchestra here. From the delicately etched Prelude onwards, every note of Verdi’s score is given considered weight and precise colour, with clean textures and firm phrasing avoiding the sentimental or hysterical. Violetta’s tragedy acquires nobility and dignity in the process. Yet Rustioni’s baton also has a light touch that keeps the ...

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Gianandrea Noseda leads another successful premiere at the MET

«Gounod’s operas can feel overstuffed and saggy, but this “Roméo” had a swift sense of dramatic inevitability thanks to the committed, incisive conducting of Gianandrea Noseda. From the slashing violence of the overture to the magical weightlessness of the balcony scene and the grim formality of Juliette’s wedding to Paris, Mr. Noseda and the superb orchestra captured each scene’s particular energy. Romance bloomed and suffered without self-indulgence, and the focus stayed squarely on the love story, so when the lights went out on the dead pair alone in the ...

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«Spartacus»: gefeierte Ballettpremiere an der Bayrischen Staatsoper, dirigiert von Karen Durgaryan

«Jetzt wird „Spartacus“ zum ersten Mal in einer westlichen Kompanie gezeigt, der Ballettdirektor Igor Zelensky hat das dreistündige Werk samt der Partitur von Aram Chatschaturjan nach München geholt. Sie wurde vom Bayerischen Staatsorchester unter Karen Durgaryan ebenso sorgfältig einstudiert wie die Choreografie auf der Bühne.» Esslinger Zeitung, Angela Reinhardt «Kampferprobte Römer in Rüstung und mit Schilden treten auf, fliegend, marschierend, zum Schlag ausholend, ununterbrochen wirbelnd, und neben ihnen leidende Sklaven, klagend, sich beugend und ...

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