Stephane Denève conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra in French composer Guillaume Connesson's likable "Flammenschrift." Next week, they'll do another of his works.
Daniil Trifonov and Yannick Nézet-Séguin proved to be equal partners in a Rachmaninoff "Piano Concerto No. 2" performance. The live recording could break the mold - in a great way.
When a classical music concert is working particularly well, it tells you what you've been thinking and feeling, whether or not you consciously knew it.
On Tuesday, the star tenor and Opera Philadelphia artistic advisor world-premieres a song cycle meant to evoke the black male experience in America right now.
Former Philadelphia Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti was at the podium, and in good form.
Special kudos to first associate concertmaster Juliette Kang, who projected sincere emotionalism in Bruch's "Scottish Fantasy," a feat for the ages.
The first of three programs in the British Isles Festival was an invigorating surprise.
The concert at the American Philosophical Society will showcase some of the most admired but strangely neglected solo piano music.
The Philadelphia Orchestra gave the U.S. premiere of a suite from the Thomas Ades opera "Powder Her Face" so convincingly that the suite may be better than the opera.
The notes on the page stay the same, but classical music is constantly morphing in the face of history, from World War II to the Cold War to the scandal involving the Metropolitan Opera's James Levine.
From Mozart to John Cage, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia took a chance on improvisation on Sunday with mixed results, though the buck stops at the composer.
David Patrick Stearns is a classical music critic and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.