Adams “El Nino”, Royal Festival Hall + MORE Dec 16th

 

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Snapshot: Glenn Gould plays Hindemith + MORE

Glenn Gould plays the fugue from Paul Hindemith's Third Piano Sonata: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related....... More »
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Christian Gerhaher’s Mahler Recital Does Not Disappoint   + MORE

 Mahler: Christian Gerhaher (baritone), Gerold Huber (piano). Wigmore Hall, London, 19.12. 2014 (MB) Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn Kindertotenlieder   It has always proved a great pleasure for me to hear Christian Gerhaher, and this Wigmore Hall recital proved no.... More »
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Book Review: Gilmore, "Claude Vivier: A Composer's Life" + MORE

First published in I Care If You Listen Magazine on 2/20/15.Claude Vivier: A Composer’s Lifeby Bob GilmoreUniversity of Rochester Press, 330pp., $34.95Some of the most rewarding passages in Bob Gilmore’s long-anticipated biography of Claude Vivier, the Québécois composer whose reputa.... More »
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Apologies!! + MORE

The blog is back and I owe an explanation! Way back at the end of last year I took on a project with my friend and colleague Sarah Playfair - we became joint heads of casting at the English National Opera for three months while they recruited a new person for this vital position. Between us we had a.... More »
Berlioz: L’enfance du Christ BBC SO Roth Barbican 15.12.13Berlioz: L’enfance du Christ,Karen Cargill (mez), Yann Beuron (ten), Marcus Farnsworth (bar), Christopher Purvis (bs), BBC SO and Chorus, Trinity Laban Chamber Choir, François-Xavier Roth (cond.), Barbican Hall, London 15.12.13After the high-octane Berlioz performances from Gergiev and Salonen earlier in the year, this more measured reading from François-Xavier Roth came as a welcome relief…

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Adams “El Nino”, Royal Festival Hall

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During the momentous last century – so richly contextualised in the South Bank’s The Rest is Noise festival – there were two points at which factions within the musical establishment sought to step back, take stock, and clean house of their complex and ever more elaborate excesses. There was Schoenberg with his 12-tone disciplines imagining that intellectual and mathematical rigour was the natural antidote to self-indulgence and there were the lean, clean, Shaker-like minimalists for whom the musical equivalent of colonic irrigation was the way forward…

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Wigmore HallSchubert – Greisengesang, D 778Du bist die Ruh, D 776 Lachen und Weinen, D 777 Daß sie hier gewesen, D 775 Sei mir gegrüßt, D 741 Mahler – Rückert-Lieder Schumann – Widmung, op.25 no.1 Der Himmel hat eine Träne geweint, op.37 no.1 Clara Schumann – Liebst du um Schönheit, op…

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The annually recurring problem for Christmas-concert presenters: Do you gently tweak the standard Holiday Classix and risk boredom among your more inquisitive types? Or do you bring in something completely novel, skirting the edge of that indefinable quality of “Christmassy”?
The Bach Sinfonia, in its first holiday concert, probably had a little more room to operate than most, since people coming to the Sinfonia expect to hear something unfamiliar, or something they know in an unfamiliar way…

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Day 15 — Beim Schlafengehen

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Day 15 — Beim SchlafengehenWe now reach the third of the Four Last Songs, though ‘Beim Schlafengehen’ was actually the first of the Hesse poems Strauss set. This song prepares us for ‘night’s magic sphere’, beginning, as in ‘Frühling’, rather darkly and then turning, by means of a solo violin melody, to another rapturous outpouring…

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Download exquisite choral music by Victoria

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Nigel Short directs music from the composer’s Tenebrae Responsories

The Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria wrote his Tenebrae Responsores in 1585…

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The Poetry of Transience: David Lang's "the whisper opera" at Mostly MozartTony Arnold and Claire Chase perform David Lang’s the whisper opera at The Mostly Mozart Festival (photo credit: Richard Termine)Review: The Poetry of Transience: ICE Performs David Lang’s the whisper opera at MoMoFirst published on I Care if You Listen.com on 9/3/13.Note: I was extremely lucky to get the chance to attend the New York premiere of David Lang’s the whisper opera a couple of weeks back – “lucky” because Lang has imposed a hard audience cap of less than fifty on all performances of the work…

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Schiff – Bach English Suites, 14 December 2013

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Wigmore HallEnglish Suites, BWV 806-11András Schiff (piano) András Schiff is certainly not one to give himself an easy life. This concert is part of a series at the Wigmore Hall in which much of Bach’s piano music will be performed, culminating in a performance of both the Goldbergand Diabelli Variations…

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New video: In the Ukrainian revolution, a pianist plays Chopin’s revolutionary étudeAntoinette, a Kiev Conservatory student, plays Chopin’s Revolutionary etude in the thick of the Khreschyatik, centre of Kiev. Antoinette is quoted as saying: ‘We are a European country and value European classical music.’ Our man on the spot writes: ‘As the guys were lugging the piano to the spot, they got help from other protesters by […]

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Rich town kills orchestra, then slashes theatre

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Rich town kills orchestra, then slashes theatreGuildford, a picture-postcard kind of town in southeast England, earlier this year got rid of its Philharmonic Orchestra, acclaimed for its performances of English music with the late Tod Handley. Now it’s proposing to phase out subsidy to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre which, having already lost its Arts Council grant, would probably have to shut […]

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The Fizz!

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W11 Opera is something of a phenom – first of all it has been going from strength for more than 40 years.  Its longevity has been matched by its quality – its musical and production values are unique for a company dedicated to opera production by young people of school age.  These children are certainly starting out with a very high benchmark – and actually that is only to be expected given that my old friend and colleague Nicholas Kraemer was central to its beginnings in the early 1970s, and will have the bar very high indeed…

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Opera north

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The Canadian Opera Company recently announced that it had commissioned a new opera, entitled Hadrian, from the singer-songwriter-turned-opera-composer Rufus Wainwright. Reactions in the Canadian new-music community have not been entirely positive, as Robert Everett-Green indicates in a Globe and Mail article…

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Some rare Offenbach

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I was at another performance of The Fizz yesterday – and delighted to see there Nicholas Kraemer, W11 Opera's co-founder and old friend from Glyndebourne and Chicago days. It was a great show.  It had been already on Saturday afternoon, and the third performance was inevitably even better!  This is a joyful beginning to the Christmas holiday season…

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