2013 – looking back + MORE Jan 1st

 

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Francesconi Quartett Linbury Royal Opera House + MORE

Luca Francesconi's Quartett has at last made it to Britain. Francesconi is hardly obscure. His music has long been championed by Irvine Arditti and the Arditti Quartet , and is regularly heard in European new music circles. There's even a Francesconi premiere at this year's BBC Proms. (apparently ca.... More »
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Daily Download: Louis Moreau Gottschalk - Grande Tarentelle + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Louis Moreau Gottschalk - Grande Tarentelle, performed by Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra; Michael Gurt, piano..... More »
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Save JS Bach’s house from becoming a parking lot + MORE

A petition is going to be sent to the German government to prevent the site of the Weimar house where Bach composed some of the Brandenburg concertos from being wasted. You can read and sign it here (in English). Sample: The foundations of his home and the original Renaissance vaulted cellar have be.... More »
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Ionarts Exclusive: Dover Quartet @ Dumbarton Oaks + MORE

The Dover Quartet formed at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music in 2008. After their sweep of the awards at the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2013, they have been regular visitors to Washington. The latest stop was at Dumbarton Oaks, where I heard their second performance .... More »
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Pianist Mark Boozer: I just wanted to let you know about my new YouTube channel, which contains uploads of several performances of standard repertoire. + MORE

Mark BoozerMark Boozer, classical pianist, recording artist, Associate Professor of Music at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit http://www.cau.edu/department-of-music/music-faculty/mark-boozer.htmlMark Boozer plays Robert Schumann - Fantasy in C Major, O.... More »
London pianist is convicted of groping girl while wooing her mumThe verdict is reported here. Robin Zebaida, 49, has been placed on the Sex Offenders List.

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Highs and Lows of 2013

– www.wheresrunnicles.com

We’ve reached that time of year again…Best Opera: Honorable mentions go to the outstandingly sung revival of Don Carlo at the Royal Opera (I was lucky enough to hear Anja Harteros’s sole performance) and the Proms Gotterdammerung (Andreas Schager’s moving Siegfried especially lives in my memory) but the outstanding opera event of 2013 was Aldeburgh Music’s Grimes on the Beach in both its Maltings and seaside incarnations…

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January at the Barbican

– www.planethugill.com

January at the BarbicanJanuary at the Barbican includes the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Colin Matthews, Shostakovich, Martinu and Max Richter. Visitors include Magdalena Kozena (with Les Violons du Roi) and Andreas Scholl (with the Academy of Ancient Music). The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and the Sixteen give you a chance to hear oratorios by both Handel and Haydn…

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Andras Schiff goes gold

– jessicamusic.blogspot.com

This was the moment on 21 December when Andras Schiff was presented with the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society at the Wigmore Hall. Receiving it makes him the successor to such figures as Rubinstein, Horowitz, Curzon and only a scant handful of other tip-tip-tip-top pianists. He had just given a remarkable recital consisting of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in the first half and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations in the second…

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2013 – looking back

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

2013 - looking backNot so much the highs and lows of 2013 but a guess at what the year might have meant. Anniversary years bring composers mass publicity but that’s not necessarily a good thing. Mahler’s anniversary turned him into Mahlerkugeln. Wagner, Verdi and Britten fared rather better, though. This year’s BBC Proms will be remembered for Daniel Barenboim’s concert performances of the Ring…

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Music Review: ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ at Symphony SpaceThe energetic Albert Bergeret and his New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players offer an update of the Savoyard favorite “The Pirates of Penzance” at Symphony Space.    

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One Crazy Day

– www.planethugill.com

One Crazy DayPoet Richard Morris and his daughter, the artist and designer Hatty Morris, joined forces to produce an illustrated poetic re-telling of the story of Wagner’s Ring Cycle (see my review). Now they have followed this up with another, this time produced One Crazy Day: the story of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro…

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John Malveaux: Gwendolyn Brown posted Opera America grant opportunity for female composers on Facebook.John Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites:Gwendolyn Brown posted Opera America grant opportunity for female composers on Facebook. See http://grants.operaamerica.org/  John Malveaux

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Ten most viewed postings of 2013

– www.boulezian.blogspot.com

This exercise would at least verge upon the pointless without my readers. Thank you so much for your eager attention over the past year. Herewith a list of the ten pieces that most frequently caught your attention, the most viewed first and so on downward. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the anniversary year and the general level of interest shown by his followers, Wagner looms large:1…

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Featuring works by Johann Kuhnau, as well as more familiar Bach pieces, this was a performance of vitality from the period instrument ensemble

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Is it surprising classical music has problems?When an embedded journalist recommends a recording I run a mile, because there is invariably a hidden agenda. When John McLaughlin Williams recommends a recording I buy it, because John is probably the least embedded person on this planet. Back in December 2010 I ran a post highlighting John’s recommendation of Paul Constantinescu’s Byzantine Christmas oratorio The Nativity, which he described as a “beautiful, mystical work”…

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With one look

– parterre.com

With one lookLyric Opera of Chicago’s 2014-2015 season will consist of Tannhäuser, The Passenger, Tosca, Porgy and Bess, Il Trovatore, Anna Bolena, Capriccio and Don Giovanni. This is according to a leaked screenshot from a part of the company’s website that obviously was not supposed to go public until about early February…

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Ensemble. Alive and Well

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Comic operas in Berlin, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

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