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Larry Fuchsberg

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Larry Fuchsberg regularly contributes classical-music reviews and stories.
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Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski on Feb. 7 led the first Minnesota Orchestra concert at Orchestra Hall following the settlement of a labor l

Review: Minn. Orchestra returns to Orchestra Hall

Occasion was layered atop occasion Friday as “The Star-Spangled Banner” (in an arrangement by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, the evening’s stellar conductor) rang out in Orchestra Hall.…
Gidon Kremer

Gidon Kremer brings compelling music to Ordway

REVIEW: His Kremerata Baltica ensemble gave prominence to a work by composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg.
Greer Grimsley, left, is authoritative yet vulnerable in the title role of the Minnesota Opera’s “Macbeth.”

A gripping, corpse-strewn 'Macbeth' at Minnesota Opera

REVIEW: Superb singing by Brenda Harris and Greer Grimsley gives dark energy to Verdi's music in the Minnesota Opera production.
German pianist Hauschka, left, and American violinist Hilary Hahn.

Hilary Hahn and Hauschka pair up in concert at Aria

REVIEW: Violinist and pianist played an exhilarating 80-minute concert without a score.
Pekka Kuusisto is equally comfortable playing a contemporary Finnish work or a Haydn symphony, performing both dazzlingly.

SPCO on its game with Kuusisto at the helm

REVIEW: The wonderfully puckish violinist Pekka Kuusisto, together with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, offered a concert at Eden Prairie's Wooddale Church that will surely rank among the year's best.
Eiji Oue

Tchaikovsky program a holiday gift from Minnesota Orchestra musicians

In his first local concerts in a decade, former Minnesota Orchestra director Eiji Oue led the locked-out musicians and employed his vitality to deliver a dose of Christmas cheer.
Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

Musicians of Minn. Orchestra offer a flesh-and-blood Mozart

REVIEW: Pianist Lydia Artymiw and musicians of Minnesota Orchestra gave a spare, articulate reading of Mozart's A-major concerto.
Soprano Jacquelyn Wagner in Richard Strauss’ “Arabella” at Minnesota Opera.

Jacquelyn Wagner a true Strauss heroine in 'Arabella'

REVIEW: Soprano Jacquelyn Wagner casts a spell as the sensitive, questing heroine of the Richard Strauss comic opera.
Christian Zacharias

Zacharias shows strong rapport with SPCO musicians

REVIEW: Guest conductor Christian Zacharias got a glorious sound from SPCO musicians in Charles Ives' "Three Places in New England."
Michal Daniel Robb Asklof as The Dancing Master and Kelly Kaduce as Manon Lescaut in the Minnesota Opera production of Manon Lescaut.

Review: Minnesota Opera's 'Manon' rocks

Cast, costumes, choreography make for a strong staging.
SPCO artistic partner Edo de Waart captured the energy and density of the selections with leadership both expansive and detailed.

SPCO played blissfully in music of Dvorák, Beethoven, Schoenberg

REVIEW: The Chamber Orchestra, its ranks buttressed by locked-out Minnesota Orchestra musicians, played blissfully.
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra conductor Thomas Zehetmair pointed to the musicians as people applauded the orchestra's return to the stage at the begi

Classical: SPCO, Minnesota Opera, Liquid Music

The SPCO is back with attractive programs, distinguished artistic partners, a host of neighborhood venues and plenty of cheap seats. Plus more fall classical.
Minnesota Orchestra bassist William Schrickel reached for the hand of his student Nic Mathisen, 17, of White Bear Lake, and thanked Mathisen for comin

Minnesota Orchestra's Grammy celebration makes a statement

CONCERT REVIEW Minnesota Orchestra's Grammy-nod celebration freighted with meaning.
Adriana Zabala sings the role of Sister James,a young and innocent teacher; Christine Brewer is Sister Aloysius, the school principal in Minnesota Ope

Minnesota Opera offers riveting debut for 'Doubt'

REVIEW: Writer John Patrick Shanley takes his parable about certainty and doubt to opera with Douglas Cuomo's powerful score.
Adriana Zabala as Sister James, a teacher and a nun and Christine Brewer as Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the school principal in Minnesota Opera's "Dou

Operatic venue enhances dramatic power of 'Doubt

REVIEW: "Doubt," unveiled Saturday at the Ordway Center as part of Minnesota Opera's 50th season, is an absorbing opera of ideas -- a philosophical yet lyrical whodunit.
Guest conductor Edo de Waart joins the locked out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and an 80-voice choir to perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony Sat

A symphony with a message

REVIEW: Guest conductor Edo de Waart led the orchestra's musicians in a piece of music that often has been hitched to a cause.
Giovanna Seymour, Anna's lady-in-waiting (Lauren McNeese) and Enrico VIII, King of England (Kyle Ketelsen) in the Minnesota Opera production of "Anna

The sad fate of Henry's wife No. 2

REVIEW: Soprano Keri Alkema leads a cast of excellent singers in Minnesota Opera's "Anna Bolena."
Stanislaw Skrowaczewski thanked a packed audience as they gave him and the Minnesota Orchestra musicians a standing ovation as they took the stage. Th

Review: Music in midst of contract dispute

Locked-out orchestra musicians took their appeal to a sold-out hall.
Thomas Dausgaard

Performance under pressure

REVIEW: Dane, in conducting debut with SPCO, draws out moments of magic, despite musicians' contract turmoil.
Michael Christie

Fall classical: Fresh sounds, new spaces

'NABUCCO' Sept. 22-30 at Ordway Center Sophisticates may look down their noses, but Verdi's "Nabucco," which opens Minnesota Opera's 50th season, changed the face of…
Brenda Harris as Abigaille, presumed daugher of Nabucco and Jason Howard as Nabucco, King of Babylon in the Minnesota Opera production of Nabucco.

New life for 'Nabucco'

REVIEW: The Verdi opera's 19th-century political themes are re-dramatized in this new production, which features strong singing and a star turn by soprano Brenda Harris.
Edo de Waart

Edo de Waart, pianist dazzle with SPCO

The worth of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra was shown in the pieces by Strauss and Brahms.
"La Traviata"

Performance: Worlds collide in 'La Traviata'

In Minnesota Opera's non-trendy "Traviata," vivid singing carries the sad story.
Andrew Litton, Sommerfest artistic director

A stellar opera to end Sommerfest

REVIEW: Baritone Stephen Powell held nothing back in a stunning portrayal of Verdi's tortured Rigoletto.
Erin Keefe

Minnesota Orchestra's concertmaster shows brilliance

REVIEW: Erin Keefe's first solo performance, of Beethoven, at Sommerfest, was sublime.
The Minnesota Orchestra will close out the season with an intense performance at the soon-to-be renovated Orchestra Hall.

A last dance with 'Salome,' Mahler

REVIEW: Vänskä and Minnesota Orchestra end their season powerfully.
Julia Bogorad, right, with Peter Kogan

Juxtaposing Mozart with modernist by SPCO

CLASSICAL REVIEW: Superb performances of a legendary work by Varèse and two Mozart pieces are quite worthy.
Yevgeny Sudbin

Sibelius symphony rendered colossally

REVIEW: Osmo Vänskä conducts a masterful version of the Finnish composer's First.
Burt Hara, clarinetist for Minnesota Orchestra, performed with Accordo.

Accordo ends its season mixing known and rare

Two Minnesota Orchestra musicians were folded seamlessly into the ensemble.
At left, Concert Master Sarah Kwak.

Kwak gives farewell concert a tender, assured touch

Sarah Kwak's solo turn in Alexander Glazunov's Violin Concerto is her last before leaving to join the Oregon Symphony.
Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

Bending time with Bruckner

REVIEW: Stanislaw Skrowaczewski led the Minnesota Orchestra in a monumental Eighth, with profound results.
Jennifer Frautschi

New concerto brims with ideas

REVIEW Less might be more in James Stephenson's world premiere, "Tributes."
Anthony Ross, the fearless principal cellist with the Minnesota Orchestra, gets to show off his considerable skill on Prokofiev’s Sinfonia concertan

Cellist Ross superb in Prokofiev work

An all-Russian program gives the Minnesota Orchestra's principal cellist a solo turn, to triumphant effect.
An unhappy wedding day for Lucia (Susanna Phillips) and Arturo (A. J. Glueckert), in Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” At far right is Alisa (V

Susanna Phillips is exquisite in 'Lucia'

REVIEW: In Minnesota Opera's "Lucia di Lammermoor," the soprano displayed an opulent instrument and intelligent, charismatic acting.
Steven Copes

Steven Copes brings zest to violin concerto with SPCO

REVIEW: For his concerto, Korngold borrowed from his own film scores, which he described as "operas without singing."
Julia Fischer, violinist

Violinist's sound fills the Ordway Center

REVIEW: Julia Fischer brought understatement and purity of tone to her Schubert Club recital.
James Valenti is the obsessive poet Werther in Minnesota Opera's production of the Jules Massenet work.

To love or die in Germany

REVIEW: James Valenti owns the show as a tragic poet in Minnesota Opera's staging of Massenet's "Werther."
Soprano Christine Brewer

Wagner's 'Tristan' lights way for glowing offering

In a sumptuous and powerful performance, soprano Christine Brewer proved that there is great Wagner to be heard outside of the opera house.
Peter Serkin, pianist

Serkin channels genius of Brahms

Guest soloist Peter Serkin gave a masterful performance of the Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Minnesota Orchestra.
James Ehnes

Violin Concerto opens Brahms festival

REVIEW Guest soloist James Ehnes and the Minnesota Orchestra performed composer's only Violin Concerto.
Burt Hara, principal clarinetist of the Minnesota Orchestra, played music of Skrowaczewski and Messiaen Sunday with Chamber Music Society of Minnesota

Small works bring big rewards

REVIEW: Chamber music shows a moving and intimate side to composer/conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski.
Andre Watts

André Watts shows off mastery in all-Liszt recital

REVIEW: The pianist gave no sign of burnout from the 19th century giant in his Schubert Club concert.

Dean's impressive 'Pastoral Symphony' packed a punch

Concert review: The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra gave a convincing reading to both the aggressive newer work and a mellow Brahms, plus a vivid Beethoven concerto.

SPCO under Boyd presents vibrant variety of music

Friday's concert at the Ordway Center by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, led by former artistic partner Douglas Boyd, was inspiriting on several counts. It was encouraging to see Americans gathered on so-called Black Friday for a purpose other than shopping, and to see so many young people in the house. It was heartening to see that same audience applaud a newish work, Brett Dean's ironically titled "Pastoral Symphony," which, without ceremony, had just punched them in the gut. And it was gratifying to hear pianist Jeremy Denk play Beethoven (Piano Concerto No. 1) and, for an encore, Charles Ives (the Beethoven-haunted "Alcotts" movement from the "Concord" Sonata) about as well as anyone can.
Midori, violinist

Midori plumbs depths in Sibelius

A concert program at Orchestra Hall that looked conventional sounded sensational.
Conductor Scott Yoo

Big Bach provides SPCO centerpiece

The "Art of Fugue" is one of three pieces on the program.
Simone Dinnerstein, pianist

French music with a jazzy twist

ORCHESTRA REVIEW: Pianist Simone Dinnerstein combined freedom, control in bewitching Ravel concerto.
Christina and Michelle Naughton played Brahms, Schubert, Ravel and more at their Schubert Club recital Tuesday in St. Paul.

Two sisters at play, pianistically

The Schubert Club's International Artist Series brought in the Naughton sisters from Wisconsin to open the 2011-12 season with a varied program of piano duos and duets.
Members of the cast of the Minnesota Opera's production of "Cosi fan Tutte."

In 'Cosi,' passion rules

REVIEW: Minnesota Opera's "Cosi Fan Tutte" steers adroitly between brittle farce and vivid drama.
Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma joins the SPCO Sept. 16 and 17.

Violinist deftly reflects new concerto's romance

Simone Lamsma, with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, sounded splendid playing Magnus Lindberg's 2006 work.
"Silent Night"

Fall classical music preview: 'Silent Night' at the Ordway

Nov. 12-20: 'Silent Night' at Ordway Center Traditionalists, relax: Mozart & Co. aren't leaving town. But nothing bespeaks a healthy musical culture so much as…
Brooklyn Rider

Brooklyn Rider goes all-Glass

The Brooklyn-based group, which has been recording Philip Glass string quartets, played them Sunday with aplomb.
Accordo, from left: Ruggero Allifranchini, Steven Copes, Maiya Papach, Ronald Thomas and Anthony Ross. Ruggero Allifranchini, and Anthony Ross are per

Accordo, its future uncertain, plays Beethoven

REVIEW: The ensemble's home base is in doubt, but it hopes to keep performing in the coming year.
Yevgeny Sudbin

Kernis work finds rich echo in Bach

The Minnesota Orchestra is playing Pulitzer-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis' "Concerto with Echoes," along with Beethoven and Sibelius.
Jouko Harjanne

Review: Mahler 6 in all its grim glory

Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra spare none of the work's feverish intensity.
Conductor Joana Carneiro

SPCO raises an ambitious 'Son'

REVIEW A contemporary chamber symphony by John Adams is neatly bracketed by Beethoven and Dvorak classics.

SPCO previews its Carnegie Hall show

Concert review: Call it a partial preview, since the Chamber Orchestra performs only about half of the show it will take to New York City next month.
Jean Yves Thibaudet

MacMillan piece rooted in rosary

Concert review: The new piano concerto, commissioned by Osmo Vänskä makes its world premiere this weekend.

Minnesota Orchestra pays a Nordic tribute to resilience

The moving program spanning northern European works was dedicated to the people of Japan.
Edo De Waart

Edo de Waart leads SPCO in an antic Adams

Sometimes a program, though well-played, doesn't fit the mood of the listener, or the tone of the times.
Leila Josefowicz

Virtuosity on the violin

A recital at the Ordway showed why Leila Josefowicz is one of today's "indispensable" performers.
German composer and conductor Matthias Pintscher.

Matthias Pintscher conducts himself, SPCO beautifully

Matthias Pintscher, a young German composer, presents a work of his own in his St. Paul Chamber Orchestra debut.
Elizabeth Futral as Violetta Valery and Stephen Powell as Giorgio Germont in the Minnesota Opera production of "La Traviata."

Worlds collide gorgeously, in song

In Minnesota Opera's non-trendy "Traviata," vivid singing carries the sad story.
Martin Frost

Clarinet concerto in U.S. premiere

REVIEW: The work by Kalevi Aho gets an emotional performance by the Minnesota Orchestra and guest clarinetist Martin Fröst.
The Kronos Quartet

Kronos Quartet is still a potent force

The string quartet, known for redefining chamber music, drew from their album "Floodplain."
Judith Howarth as Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots and Brenda Harris as Elizabeth I, Queen of England in Minnesota Opera's production of "Mary Stuart."

Chilling story of cousins, both sopranos

Minnesota Opera's "Mary Stuart" is a grandly sung tale of blood and royalty.
Steven Copes practiced in a music room set up in his St. Paul home.

A life in violin

Steve Copes of the SPCO talks about famous teachers, desert-isle music and the ups and downs of being a concertmaster.
Edo de Waart

De Waart takes SPCO on tour of favorites

For his second weekend with the Chamber Orchestra, Edo de Waart chose music close to his heart, from Mozart to Adams.
Pianist Yuja Wang.

Pianist Yuja Wang gives bravura recital

Chinese-born musician, just 23, played at high intensity for two hours at her Schubert Club date.

Orchestra begins new Beethoven cycle

CD REVIEW Osmo Vänskä and soloist Yevgeny Sudbin share a devotion to lucidity and daring dynamics in their first disc of piano concertos.

Suggestions for a good classical CD

A handful of discs that caught my attention in the past year.
SPCO musicians Steven Copes, Ruggero Allifranchini and Ronald Thomas

SPCO finds zest, wit in Rameau

Music of the French baroque is followed by Haydn and Stravinsky.
Hans Graf

SPCO, Graf weave a tale of two cities

Austrian conductor Hans Graf put the dazzling music front and center as he led the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra through its stirring homage to Paris and Vienna. It was almost perfection, if not for the program notes.
Osmo Vanska

Vänskä leads riveting 'Fantastique'

Orchestra's performance of big Berlioz work swings between passion and pathos, menace and melancholy.
Andrew Wilkowske as Dandini, Daniel Mobbs as Alidoro, Roxana Constantinescu as La Cenerentola (Angelina) and John Tessier as Don Ramiro in The Minneso

'Cinderella' light and dark

A wonderfully sung Minnesota Opera staging of "Cinderella" stars a Romanian mezzo in her American stage debut.