Grammy award-winning soprano Hila Plitmann is a glittering jewel on the international music scene, known worldwide for her astonishing musicianship, light and beautiful voice, and the ability to perform challenging new works. She regularly premieres works by today’s leading composers while maintaining a vibrant and extraordinarily diverse professional life in film music, musical theatre, and song writing. View full bio…
The soprano Hila Plitmann embraced the theatricality of the work, extracting intense expression from what is an abstract text and changing vocal timbre accordingly. There was something refreshingly relaxed about her technique, especially in the softer, more obviously melodic moments. Conductor André de Ridder effected the transitions smoothly, drawing a tense and dynamic performance from the musicians.
Concert Review of Romitelli’s An Index of Metals (London Premiere) by London Sinfonietta conducted by André de Ridder Read the full review
The performances are simply stellar and well-shaped with great color. Certainly worth exploring for those who are interested in new works of this type. It also seems to mark some further development of the composer’s artistic style and orchestral approach from earlier pieces as well. The Pacific Symphony and Chorale do great work here and Hila Plitmann’s voice serves these texts well in her interpretation.
CD Review of Danielpour’s Toward A Season of Peace (Naxos 8.559772), Cinemusical Read full review
The world-premiere recording of Richard Danielpour’s Toward a Season of Peace offers a dynamic performance that impresses with its immense forces and energetic playing and compels an emotional response with its pacifist sentiments and beautiful lyricism. Danielpour’s style is instantly accessible by virtue of its rich tonality and poignant melodies, and the flow of the music gives his oratorio a traditional appeal, with the right balance of dramatic tension and comforting release.
Soprano Hila Plitmann, the Pacific Chorale, and the Pacific Symphony, conducted by Carl St. Clair, give a lovely and reverent performance that is gorgeous in its harmonies and textures, and ultimately moving because of its simplicity and directness.
CD Review: Toward A Season of Peace (Naxos 8.559772) Read full review
Thursday, as part of its wide-ranging musical exploration “Minimalist Jukebox,” the Philharmonic presented a reprise of the “Rome Section” at Walt Disney Concert Hall conducted by Grant Gershon with a minimal staging created by Wilson protege Tanya Kane-Parry. The effect was impressive, moving, exceedingly well sung
Review of the LA Phiharmonic’s performance of Philip Glass’ CIVIL warS, April 2014, Jim Farber, San Bernadino Sun. Read the full review
Thursday night’s performance, conducted by Grant Gershon and featuring his Los Angeles Master Chorale and excellent soloists, gave the work its finest performance. Gershon found rich veins of lyricism, made Glass repetitions flow with the smoothness of sweet honey and conveyed the thrill of the operatic exuberance. The Master Chorale was the chorus of Glass’ dreams…
Thankfully nothing could diminish the piercing intensity of soprano Hila Plitmann’s Snow Owl
Review of the LA Phiharmonic’s performance of Philip Glass’ CIVIL warS, April 2014 by Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times. Read the full review