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Zurück vom Ring! 2016 tally for opera etc. + MORE

No further operatic plans for 2016, so here is my tally for the year. The 'etc.' indicates that I have included not only concert performances but other borderline cases, including music theatre. Beat Furrer's 'sound theatre' piece, FAMA, arguably does not belong here at all, but never mind; I though.... More »
virtuosos

Eight Easy Steps to Becoming a Successful 5-to-9 Composer + MORE

So how can you too hold down a glamorous, innervating office/day job and still find time to fulfill your artistic dreams, musical or otherwise? Here are eight suggestions (some of which I’m sure apply to “full-time” composers as well)..... More »
virtuoso

A chance to get to know the choral music of Dan Locklair in some fine performances + MORE

Dan Locklair sacred choral music; Winchester College Chapel Choir, Portsmouth Grammar School Chamber Choir, Sospiri, Jeremy Cole, Malcolm Archer, Christopher Watson Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Aug 25 2016 Star rating: 3.5A survey of the beautifully crafted sacred music by American composer Da.... More »
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Eight and a half days... + MORE

I have a busy week ahead! Please come and join in if you can make it to any of these. One, of course, only involves your kitchen radio.TUESDAY, 2 FEBRUARY: MUSIC INTO WORDSFran Wilson of The Cross-Eyed Pianist has organised a wonderful evening at Senate House, Bloomsbury, in which five speakers - ac.... More »
maestros

Pierre-Laurent Aimard opens a world of imagination in Ligeti's piano music + MORE

The composer’s favourite interpreter has provided an online guide to two of Ligeti’s pieces – and it’s something no admirer should missAnother week, another site that demonstrates a brilliant use of the possibilities of the web to enrich musical experience in hitherto-undreamed-of ways: pian.... More »

Scottish Opera’s Shoestring Rodelinda Attracts Praise

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Handel: Rodelinda: Scottish Opera on Tour / Susannah Wapshott (conductor), Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, 03.11.2013 (SRT)   Cast: Sarah Power – Rodelinda Bertarido – Andrew Radley Unulfo – Reno Troilus Grimoaldo – Richard Rowe Garibaldo – Andrew McTaggart Eduige – Sioned Gwen Davies Production: Chris Rolls (director) Oliver Townsend (designer) Mark Howland (lighting designer) Scottish Opera […]

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Hilary Hahn, one of the most artistically restless and resourceful violinists of our time, hatched an idea to restock the old pool of violin encores with fresh new pieces — not just two or three, but a couple dozen of them, now documented on the album In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores (out Nov. 12) with pianist Cory Smythe.

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Breaking: Orchestra pays out big time to the manager it fired within weeksThe Orchestre de la Suisse Romande has reached a last-minute, out-of-court settlement with its former manager, Miguel Esteban, who was suing for punitive damages of 1.8 million francs (US $1.95m). Esteban has done well out of the settlement and the orch will have much explaining to do to its financial and political supporters…

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Sokolović

– www.therestisnoise.com

Charles Downey's enthusiastic review of Ana Sokolović's opera Svadba, now playing at Opera Philadelphia, led me to the video above. More evidence of a fascinating sensibility can be found at Sokolović's website.

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Beatrice Rana @ Wolf Trap

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Charles T. Downey, Beatrice Rana’s immaculate performance at Wolf Trap
Washington Post, November 4, 2013

14th Van Cliburn
Competition, B. Rana
(released on November 12, 2013)
Victory at music competitions often goes to the performer who makes the fewest mistakes. Italian pianist Beatrice Rana, who won the Silver Medal at this year’s Van Cliburn Competition, gave an immaculate performance at

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Back to the City

– briandickie.typepad.com

I have managed to get a ticket to the sold out performance of a most rare double bill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama this evening. These two pieces by Debussy and Donizetti do not look like obvious bed fellows – except in so far as they are so seldom performed as to be of exceptional interest to magpie opera fanatics…

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What I Bought Last Night

– irontongue.blogspot.com

What I Bought Last NightI was hoping the San Francisco Opera shop would have this score, and they did. It was nearly $50, even with the subscriber discount.I am not lugging it to NYC with me, though. It weighs more than my laptop.

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Nielsen night

– www.therestisnoise.com

To restate a conviction offered in various fora and media over the years, going back to WHRB's Nielsen Orgy of 1990: Thomas Jensen's 1952 live version of the Nielsen Fourth and Launy Grøndahl's 1956 take on the Second are among the greatest, grittiest recordings ever made. If I ever hear an orchestra play with half the passion of those Danish Radio musicians of the fifties, I'll count myself very lucky.

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François-Frédéric Guy performs on a five-star recording

The French pianist François-Frédéric Guy has now recorded Beethoven’s monumental Piano Sonata No…

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‘Svadba’ at Opera Philadelphia

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Charles T. Downey, Opera Philadelphia presents American premiere of mesmerizing “Svadba”
The Classical Review, November 13
Opera companies should be presenting new operas. The risk is enormous, because many new works turn out to be duds and because a company’s most reliable audience often wants to hear the same ten operas over and over again…

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The official classical chart

– www.classical-music.com

Week ending 2 November 2013


1

Voice of Joy
Friar Alessandro
Decca 481 0507
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2

Brahms: The Symphonies
Gewandhaus Orchestra/Riccardo Chailly
Decca 478 5344
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3

Bach: Concertos
Janine Jansen (vln)
Decca 478 5362
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4

The Verdi Album
Jonas Kaufmann (ten); Coro del Teatro; Municipale di Piacenza; Orchestra dell'Opera di parma/Pier Giorgio Morandi
Sony Classical 88765492002
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5

Shostakovich: Symphony No…

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Wexford 2013 Discovery – Foroni Cristina Queen of Sweden

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Wexford I love because it experiments with operas that are “new” to modern audiences. Some  are obscure for good reasons but every now and then a treasue surfaces. Bu this year’s discovery sounds like something very special indeed. Jacopo Foroni’s Cristina, Regina di Svezia, (1849), an opera written for Swedish audiences by an Italian…

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Wozzeck, Covent Garden - opera reviewThere were objections in some quarters, when Keith Warner’s Wozzeck was new in 2002, that his gallery of grotesques was too outlandish. Yet coming out of the first night of its second revival on All Hallows’ Eve, one was confronted by gaggle after gaggle of gothic witches, ghouls and zombies. Halloween, of course, is commercialised entertainment not social critique, but it’s also theatre…

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