Selecting a dozen significant classical-music events in 2016

Posted on: December 14, 2016

“As we begin our perennial task of reviewing the year passed, we remember all the moments that have made the year memorable,” writes Michael Rosin on Monday (12/12) at NYC classical radio station WQXR. “Below we have gathered 12 reasons why this is the case in the classical music world.” Among the standout items were the discovery of a lost work by Igor Stravinsky that was given its first performance in 108 years; the deaths of influential conductors and composers Pierre Boulez and Peter Maxwell Davies; James Levine stepping down as music director of the Metropolitan Opera after four decades; strikes that started on the same day by the musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; the release of pianist Daniil Trifonov’s recording of all of Liszt’s etudes; and the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Kaija Saariaho’s opera L’Amour De Loin—the first opera by a female composer at the Met in a century. Several of the items are accompanied by videos or links to complete articles about the events.

Posted December 14, 2016