Articles by Adam Dahlgren

Society of Lincoln Center Chamber Music Romantic Quartets Review - Breaking the Mold

Society of Lincoln Center Chamber Music Romantic Quartets Review - Breaking the Mold A program from Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society previews a new recording, defined by intense approach to piano quartets

Chicago Opera Theater Therese Raquin Review - COT's Latest Production Comes Stocked With Suspense and Horror Elements

Chicago Opera Theater Therese Raquin Review - COT's Latest Production Comes Stocked With Suspense and Horror Elements Chicago Opera Theater finds another hidden gem, an adaptation of Zola's "operatic" novel

Lyric Opera Tannhäuser Review-Professionalism Rules the Day

Lyric Opera Tannhäuser Review-Professionalism Rules the Day A rare production of Wagner's opera is distinguished by several great voices and exceptional music making by orchestra and conductor

CSO Plays Beethoven 5 & Schubert & Strauss Lieder-Goerne's Generous Song Review - Unusual CSO Effort

CSO Plays Beethoven 5 & Schubert & Strauss Lieder-Goerne's Generous Song Review - Unusual CSO Effort CSO performance of Beethoven's Fifth notable for ambitious song presentation by German baritone

Lyric Opera of Chicago Tosca Review - Violence Rules the Day

Lyric Opera of Chicago Tosca Review - Violence Rules the Day The Puccini favorite returns to Chicago, bringing few surprises in new World War-II set production

CSO MusicNOW There Will Be Blood Review-Avant-Garde MusicNOW Delivers Abundant Novelty

CSO MusicNOW There Will Be Blood Review-Avant-Garde MusicNOW Delivers Abundant Novelty CSO's MusicNOW explores new ground, goes unusual places with eclectic program

CSO Plays Beethoven 7 Review-Familiar, Never Ordinary

CSO Plays Beethoven 7 Review-Familiar, Never Ordinary A trio of fairly standard repertoire distinguished by lively interpretation at Orchestra Hall

William Tell Teatro Reggio Torino Review - Noseda's Gamble Pays Off

William Tell Teatro Reggio Torino Review - Noseda's Gamble Pays Off A superlative performance of Rossini's final opera, a rarely performed gem, showcases a lot more than its famous overture

CSO Plays Brandenburg Concertos Review-Kraemer's Lightness Carries it Off

CSO Plays Brandenburg Concertos Review-Kraemer's Lightness Carries it Off The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's presentation of all six of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos is a success thanks to its conductor's light touch

Beyond the Aria Review-Blythe's Charismatic Performance Carries the Day

Beyond the Aria Review-Blythe's Charismatic Performance Carries the Day A fine trio of vocalists headline installment of Lyric Opera/Harris Theater series, but star mezzo steals the show

Bella Voce Faire is the Heaven Review - All-British Choral Program a Winner

Bella Voce Faire is the Heaven Review - All-British Choral Program a Winner Renowned local ensemble serves up another winner in an impressive setting

London Philharmonic Orchestra at Symphony Center Review-Rising Above the Material

London Philharmonic Orchestra at Symphony Center Review-Rising Above the Material The fine London Philharmonic Orchestra, along with their star conductor, present a program headed by Rachmaninov and Shostakovich

Macbeth Met in HD Review-Packing a Heavy Dramatic Punch

Macbeth Met in HD Review-Packing a Heavy Dramatic Punch First Met HD broadcast of the season is Verdi's Shakespearean adaptation with the usual big-name cast

CSO Plays Mahler 5 Review - In a Pinch, Runnicles and CSO Make it Look Easy

CSO Plays Mahler 5 Review - In a Pinch, Runnicles and CSO Make it Look Easy A last-minute substitution doesn't faze CSO in a thrilling performance of Mahler's masterpiece

St. Charles Singers Perform Mozart Sacred Works Review - Lesser Known Choral Works by Mozart Illuminated by Local Ensembles

St. Charles Singers Perform Mozart Sacred Works Review - Lesser Known Choral Works by Mozart Illuminated by Local Ensembles A showcase of some of Mozart's earlier sacred vocal and orchestral compositions from St. Charles ensemble highlighted by enthusiastic music making

Music Institute of Chicago Gala Anniversary Concert Review - For MIC Anniversary Concert, a Pleasant Triumph

Music Institute of Chicago Gala Anniversary Concert Review - For MIC Anniversary Concert, a Pleasant Triumph The faculty of one of the area's prime teaching institutions opens their season with a diverse mixed program

Macbeth at Chicago Opera Theater Review - Bloch's "Macbeth" Yet Another Found Novelty By COT

Macbeth at Chicago Opera Theater Review - Bloch's "Macbeth" Yet Another Found Novelty By COT Chicago Opera Theater presents an obscure adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy with its usual striking production and consistently high musical values, but also with its usual troubling experimental aspects as well

Grant Park Music Festival Plays Dvorak and Beethoven Review-Hough's Virtuosity Highlights

Grant Park Music Festival Plays Dvorak and Beethoven Review-Hough's Virtuosity Highlights Grant Park Musical Festival rolls along, highlighted by British pianist's brilliance and fine interpretation of Beethoven's "Pastoral"

Appalachian Spring Rush Hour Concert Review-American Classical

Appalachian Spring Rush Hour Concert Review-American Classical Copland's best-known work plays in its original arrangement for the Chicago-based summer concert series

Grant Park MusicFestival Plays Romeo and Juliet Review-Berlioz, In All His Glory

Grant Park MusicFestival Plays Romeo and Juliet Review-Berlioz, In All His Glory A performance of a somehow undervalued work by Berlioz makes for one of the concerts of the year from the Grant Park Music Festival

CSO Britten and Shostakovich-A Persuasive Case for Britten Violin Concerto, Plus an Old Standby

CSO Britten and Shostakovich-A Persuasive Case for Britten Violin Concerto, Plus an Old Standby The concluding concert of the CSO's "Truth to Power" series features two great contrasting pieces from twentieth-century masters

Emmanuel Ax The Brahms Project Review:Ax Stakes His Claim to Top Interpreter of Brahms

Emmanuel Ax The Brahms Project Review:Ax Stakes His Claim to Top Interpreter of Brahms A Chicago recital by a top pianist, one leg in the "project" showcasing the works of Brahms and works inspired by it

CSO Plays Strauss Review-Pulling it Off

CSO Plays Strauss Review-Pulling it Off The Chicago Symphony Orchestra presents an all-Strauss program highlighted by substitute performers and some standout soloists

CSO Plays Beethoven and Haydn Review-Strictly Classical, With Some Novelties

CSO Plays Beethoven and Haydn Review-Strictly Classical, With Some Novelties An all-classical program introduces new composers to the Chicago Symphony's repertoire

Elder Conducts CSO with Richard Goode Review - (Almost) Total Mastery

Elder Conducts CSO with Richard Goode Review - (Almost) Total Mastery A brilliant, diverse program from the Chicago Symphony, with a slightly disappointing solo performance from a top pianist

Salonen and Tetzlaff with CSO Review - Play It Loud

Salonen and Tetzlaff with CSO Review - Play It Loud One of the world's top violinists performs with the Chicago Symphony in a high-voltage program, conducted by the Finnish maestro (who brought along one of his compositions)

Chicago Bach Project St Matthew Passion Review - View of the Summit

Chicago Bach Project St Matthew Passion Review - View of the Summit Bach's masterwork, performed by a Chicago-based specialist in sacred works, is a performance which illuminates every detail of its singular content

CSO Muti Conducts Schubert and Elgar - Quiet Virtuosity

CSO Muti Conducts Schubert and Elgar - Quiet Virtuosity The Chicago Symphony's Schubert cycle continues with Schubert's great "Unfinished" and a lesser-known earlier cycle, in addition to a cello classic

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Schubert and Schumann Concert Review-Masterworks Brought Down To Earth

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Schubert and Schumann Concert Review-Masterworks Brought Down To Earth A pairing of piano concerto and symphony, each among the best in its genre, in interpretations that help us look at the works in a different way

La Clemenza di Tito at Lyric Opera Review - It's Rough Being Caesar

La Clemenza di Tito at Lyric Opera Review - It's Rough Being Caesar If there's any opera neglected among Mozart's output, it's this one, and Lyric Opera of Chicago assembles some big names and others perhaps headed for stardom

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