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Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 01/24/2011

Weekend links: strong pieces in Monday's Post

By various critics

In Monday's Washington Post, some extremely strong pieces. (I can say this, since they aren't by me.)

Miami's new concert hall, designed by Frank Gehry, by Philip Kennicott. Notable thoughts about one orchestra's systematic journey into the 21st century with a concert hall conceived to help create a new kind of concert experience. This is a must-read story.
Other views: Nicolai Ouroussoff in the New York Times.
Christopher Hawthorne in the Los Angeles Times.

Brian Ganz takes a wordy approach to Chopin, but his playing is masterful, by Robert Battey. The locally-based pianist starts a ten-year project of playing all of Chopin's piano works.

Eschenbach and Barto take on an all-American program at the NSO (scroll down), by Joe Banno. A review of the concert that's being recorded for release in May, the NSO's first commercial recording in 10 years.
Another view: Tim Smith in the Baltimore Sun.

Pianist Sofya Gulyak, former Kapell Competition winner, returns to DC, by Charles T. Downey.

By various critics  | January 24, 2011; 10:39 AM ET
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Although not in attendance, I was wondering if you might comment on something for me Anne. Where do reviewer's tend to sit? I do not have a particularly good ear and I attended the Brian Ganz concert at Strathmore. I enjoyed the concert tremendously despite the Tiger Moms with their youngsters who had a tendency to prefer playing with their toys or stretch out for a nap on their chairs. I also enjoyed Brian Ganz engaging the audience as he did with his comments and insights. I, however, wasn't particularly impressed by the sound coming from the piano. It wasn't as bright and crisp as I would have liked. Having watched the documentary "Note by Note", I know piano selection is an important aspect of a concert. Having what I had thought were ideal seats, I am just not certain if it was me, the piano, or where I was sitting. I thought you might have some recommendations. Thanks!

Posted by: donahuer | January 24, 2011 1:18 PM | Report abuse

A different view on the NSO program last weekend --

Posted by: Charles_D | January 25, 2011 10:49 PM | Report abuse

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