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Lawrence Brownlee

A high-flying tenor continues his path to the top

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Matthias Goerne

A gifted recitalist nears the end of a rewarding CD series

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Robert Ashley

We remember the late American maverick with a 2011 interview

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Best classical music of 2013

R. Andrew Lee made headlines with a newly reconstructed minimalist milestone

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Christian Gerhaher

The connoisseur's-choice baritone bids for wider recognition with a brilliant Mahler CD

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Recent Opera & Classical reviews

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Album review: Thomas Meglioranza, Winterreise

A New York new-music MVP puts his expressive stamp on a timeless Schubert song cycle Schubert’s lieder cycle Winterreise (“Winter Journey”) can be a grim ride if approached as the marmoreal icon it’s become in the art-song world. One of the strengths of the fine new recording by baritone Thomas Meglioranza and pianist Reiko Uchida is that although the implicit tragic love story is keenly traced and elaborated over the span of two dozen songs, a sense of youthfulness and recurring hope against the odds provides some respite from the potential gloom. Meglioranza mines any and every opportunity for variety in Wilhelm Müller’s text, which is beautifully articulated. Uchida, playing on a gorgeous-sounding 1881 Steinway, provides consistently supple and responsive rhythmic and melodic support. The New Jersey–raised Meglioranza is an integral part of New York’s new-music scene; Uchida, a Californian graduate of Mannes and Juilliard, teaches at Columbia. Both have broad artistic curiosity and experience, but very specific stylistic insights that prove complementary. The baritone easily encompasses the required range; plusher voices have recorded these songs, but his command of textual and dynamic nuance proves compelling throughout—plus, a hint of tonal fragility at climaxes doesn’t come amiss in this love-haunted work.—David Shengold Buy Winterreise on iTunes See more in Opera and Classical Music

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Album review: Hidden Handel

Swedish mezzo Ann Hallenenberg soars in mostly unfamiliar fare by Handel

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Album review: So Percussion, neither Anvil nor Pulley

The new-music quartet gets creative with a new virtual LP

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New York's best classical music venues

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Carnegie Hall

Artistic director Clive Gillinson continues to put his stamp on Carnegie Hall. The stars, both soloists and orchestras, shine most brightly inside this renowned concert hall in the Isaac Stern Auditorium.

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Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center)

The grandest of the Lincoln Center buildings, the Met is a spectacular place to see and hear opera. It hosts the Metropolitan Opera from September to May, with major visiting companies appearing in summer. Opera’s biggest stars appear here regularly, and artistic director James Levine has turned the orchestra into a true symphonic force. Audiences are knowledgeable and fiercely devoted, with subscriptions remaining in families for generations. The Met had already started becoming more inclusive before current impresario Peter Gelb took the reins in 2006. Now, the company is placing a priority on creating novel theatrical experiences with visionary directors (Bartlett Sher, Richard Eyre, Patrice Chéreau) and assembling a new company of physically graceful, telegenic stars (Anna Netrebko, Danielle de Niese, Jonas Kaufmann, Erwin Schrott). Their high-definition movie-theatre broadcasts continue to reign supreme outside of the opera house.

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Le Poisson Rouge

Tucked into the basement of the long-gone Village Gate—a legendary performance space that hosted everyone from Miles Davis to Jimi Hendrix—Le Poisson Rouge was opened in 2008 by a group of young music enthusiasts with ties to both the classical and indie-rock worlds. The booking policy reflects both camps, often on a single bill. No other joint in town books such a wide range of great music: young classical stars, feverish Afropop bands, indie-rockers, progressive jazzers and every subtle shade in between.

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Things to Do

Bargemusic

This former coffee-bean barge usually presents four chamber concerts a week (plus one jazz program) set against a panoramic view of lower Manhattan. It’s a magical experience (and the programming has recently grown more ambitious), but it wraps up in the winter. When the weather warms, enjoy a drink on the upper deck during intermission.

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