Baroque sonatas, Sweelinck Ensemble, St Anne's Music Society + MORE Nov 10th


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Hast du Übermut? + MORE

From the legendary Mike Richter collection, here’s another segment of “El Anillo,” act two of Siegfried from the Teatro Colón. Wagner: Siegfried, Act Two Teatro Colón, October 12, 1962 Siegfried: Hans Hopf Der Wanderer: Hans Hotter Mime: Herold Kraus Fafner: Jorge Algorta Alberi.... More »

Daily Download: Leo Delibes - Lakme: Flower duet + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Leo Delibes - Lakme: Flower Duet, performed by Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra..... More »

Strauss Elektra Goerke Broadcast Royal Opera House + MORE Jan 6th

Another chance to hear Richard Strauss Elektra form the Royal Opera House : listen here on BBC Radio 3. Christine Goerke, Adrianne Pieczonka, Michaela Schuster and Iain Paterson sing, Andris Nelsons conducts. When this production premiered it was savagely attacked, much in the same way other good pr.... More »

5 questions to Lainie Fefferman (composer) about “Here I Am” + MORE

Composer—and community builder—Lainie Fefferman will be presenting “Here I Am” at Roulette on Thursday, May 1, 2014 @ 8:00 pm. We had a quick chat about this ambitious piece and what it meant for her… What inspired you to set these portions of the Hebrew Bible to music? I got m.... More »

Liszt, the keyboard and posterity + MORE

The following arises from a lecture given in Bergen op Zoom as part of a three-day symposium, ‘Liszt meets Ibach’. I was asked to give a general overview of the significance of Liszt’s keyboard music to complement the more specialised masterclasses, performances, and lectures. In considering .... More »
The Wagner Files Documentary: Now available In English

A few weeks ago we reviewed “The Wagner Files”, a German produced Ipad/Iphone app that had just been translated into English. At the time this was part of a “cross-media” project that also included a print graphic novel and a 96 minute docudrama of the same name. That docudrama has now been translated into English – details below…

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Vagn Holmboe, Concertos,
D.Slobodeniouk / Norköpping SO / E.Heide, L.A.Tomter

World Premiere Bookends

The timpanist in Vagn Holmboe’s 1992 (!) Viola Concerto op.189 whacks away at the opening of propulsive Allegro moderato first movement as if to give, double handedly, the finale of Nielsen’s "Inextinguishable" Symphony a run for its money…

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In a musical conversation with the San Francisco Symphony, led by Michael Tilson Thomas, soloist Jeremy Denk brought freshness and wonder to Mozart’s familiar Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major.

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A Gr8 nite in Brno


I can remember the first time I played Nuits D’ete. It was about, oh dear, 27 or so years ago. Like so many young musicians around the country, the bug of playing in an orchestra was started with a local youth group. For me it started with the Surrey Youth Orchestra and a concert in Guildford Cathedral…

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In the April 1947 edition of the Gramophone Magazine Mr. F.G. Youens presented the results of a survey of members of the National Federation of Gramophone Societies who had been asked to submit lists of works that they ‘wished to be recorded of re-recorded’. The top twenty works were as follows:-      Bach: Mass in B minorBax: The Garden of Fand (Beecham and the RPO or Barbirolli and the Hallé) Elgar: Symphony No…

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Christiane Karg and Malcolm Martineau - Wigmore Hall Live

This new disc on the Wigmore Hall Live label captures a recital given on 19 July 2012 at the Wigmore Hall by the German soprano Christiane Karg with Malcolm Martineau.  The perform songs by Richard Strauss, Gabriel Faure, Claude Debussy, Francis Poulenc, Hugo Wolf and Alban Berg. They open with songs by Strauss, Faure, Debussy and Poulenc on the subject of flowers, followed by songs by Strauss, Wolf and Berg on the subject of night…

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Never Put Schumann after Shostakovich


Shostakovich, Cello Sonata No. 1, S. Gabetta, Munich Philharmonic, L. Maazel (2012)

Schumann, Violin Concerto / Cello Concerto (arr.), J. Storgårds (soloist), Tampere Philharmonic, L. Segerstam (1996)The debut of John Storgårds, Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic and new Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, with the National Symphony Orchestra in 2011 made his return to

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A Bach cantata two decades in the making


How a Japanese ensemble won worldwide praise for interpreting a German composer’s work: practice, and a conductor with vision

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Goerke triumphant


Christine Goerke first made her name in the late nineties, in Handel, Gluck, and Mozart. I remember the fresh thrill of her Iphigénie at City Opera in 1997. In the early aughts, she underwent a vocal crisis, as she recounted to Opera News, and has triumphantly reemerged as an exponent of high-dramatic German repertory…

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Review: Das Rheingold - Valery Gergiev, Marjinsky LabelWagner: Das Rheingold

René Pape, Wotan
Nikolai Putilin, Alberich
Stephan Rügamer, Loge
Ekaterina Gubanova, Fricka
Andrei Popov, Mime
Alexei Markov, Donner
Sergei Semishkur, Froh
Viktoria Yastrebova, Freia
Zlata Bulycheva, Erda
Evgeny Nikitin, Fasolt
Mikhail Petrenko, Fafner
Zhanna Dombrovskaya, Woglinde
Irina Vasilieva, Wellgunde
Ekaterina Sergeeva, Floßhilde
Mariinsky Orchestra
Valery Gergiev

DSD recording, Mariinsky Concert Hall , St
Petersburg, June 2010, February, April & June

It’s official, Valery Gergiev is the most inconsistent conductor of prominence today…

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Baroque sonatas, Sweelinck Ensemble, St Anne's Music SocietyIt has been a good six months now since the St Anne’s Music Society (in tandem with the Lutheran church in the City) moved from its base in Gresham St. to St. Mary-at-hill behind Monument Station. The larger, lighter, less symmetric Wren box was the original home for Peter Lea-Cox’s Bach cantatas project, upon which the Sweelinck Ensemble’s assumption of music making at the monthly Lutheran Bach Vespers has been founded…

Continue Reading On » Prof. Roosevelt Newson Plays Piano Music of John Work and George Walker 4 PM Sunday, Nov. 10 at Elizabeth City State University, NC

Professor Roosevelt Newson
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Pianist Roosevelt Newson will launch a new series of programs at
Elizabeth City State University on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. Free to the
public, this recital will be held in Robinson Auditorium of the Mickey
Burnim Fine Arts Complex…

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Sweatin’ with the passive-aggressive“I love walking, preferably in a beautiful European city, or in a place of natural beauty, but a hotel elliptical machine will do. Pilates is my preferred form of torture, and it has maintained enough core strength for me to continue to sing challenging concerts and opera, not to mention grappling 150 pounds of luggage on tour when I have to…

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