EIF 2014 – The Opening Concert, or, A Justly Resurrected Rarity + MORE


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Click on Classical: ​A Faure foray, a rite of Reich, and a toy opera + MORE

Every Monday morning at 9:15, I visit the Classical MPR studio to talk about some of the stories we're featuring on our website. Here are the stories Melissa Ousley and I will be discussing today..... More »

The Premiere of Ian Venables’ Important, Eloquent New Song Cycle + MORE

Venables, Vaughan Williams, Schumann, Gurney, Finzi, Quilter, Britten: Nick Pritchard (tenor); Louise Williams (viola); Benjamin Frith (piano), Perrins Hall, The Royal Grammar School, Worcester, 30.6.2016 (JQ) Ian Venables – Through These Pale Cold Days, Op. 46 (world premiere) The Send Off &#.... More »

'Evangeline!' -- Making History (Again) with The Longfellow Chorus & Orchestra in "Music from The Gilded Age" with Herb Smith, Trumpet & Tia Allen, Viola + MORE

[Kaitlyn Costello, as Gabriel, and Cree Carrico, as Evangeline, are encircled by Woodside One Wheelers during "100 Years Ago March" -- the grand finale of scenes from Edward Rice's comic opera "Evangeline!" in our "Music from The Gilded Age: Boston Theatre Orchestra Collection" production last .... More »

Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition - 2015 shortlist + MORE

The Arcadia Quartet, winners of the 2012 Competition, with John Gilhooly, Director of the Wigmore Hall.~photo Ben EalovegaThe 12 quartets have been announced who will take part in the 13th edition of the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. The shortlisted quartets, chosen after a .... More »

Making a splash with Der fliegende Holländer + MORE

Royal Opera House, 5 February 2015. ****(This is my review for The Independent, now online here.)Adrianne Pieczonka as Senta, with the chorus of ghost sailorsPhoto: Clive BardaBefore the opening night of Der fliegende Holländer some of the Royal Opera House Orchestra had already taken a soaking; ap.... More »
In advance of this year’s opening concert I had my doubts. Jonathan Mills has several times resurrected neglected works which prove to be deservedly neglected (Delius’s Mass of Life springs to mind). I recalled listening to a recording of the Debussy which made little impression on me. And Oliver Knussen at Aldeburgh tends towards the over full programme…

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Edinburgh Festival Opens with High Profile RSNO Concert

– www.seenandheard-international.com

        Edinburgh International Festival 2014 (1) – Schönberg, Scriabin, Debussy – The Opening Concert:  Kirill Gerstein (piano), Claire Booth (soprano), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Edinburgh Festival Chorus, Oliver Knussen (conductor).  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 8.8.2014 (SRT) Schönberg: Five Pieces for Orchestra Scriabin:Prometheus, the Poem of Fire Debussy:  Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien 2014 […]

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Video: Hindemith’s edgy homecoming

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Video: Hindemith’s edgy homecomingNewly retrieved film of Paul Hindemith conducting the Berlin Philharmonic in 1949 conveys some degree of tension between the composer, forced to emigrate in the late 1930s, and the somewhat threadbare resident players.
The commentary says he left Germany for America in 1934. This is untrue. Hindemith was not denounced by Goebbels until December 1934…

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New York Times: 'Great Divide at the Concert Hall: Black Composers Discuss the Role of Race' “The International Contemporary Ensemble performing the music of Beethoven and the composer and scholar George Lewis at the 2013 Mostly Mozart Festival.”  Credit Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times T…

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Slint, Prom 37, Green Man: this weeks new live musicSlint | Prom 37: Steve Reich | Green Man | Jabberwocky | Frank Fairfield | Huw Warren Continue reading…

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Glyndebourne: La Traviata podcast

– www.telegraph.co.uk

Ahead of our live stream on Verdi’s La Traviata at Glyndebourne on Sunday August 10 at 5.45pm, listen to an in-depth analysis of the opera about a ‘tart with a heart’

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Bel Canto drama in Bellini's Norma

– www.planethugill.com

Bel Canto drama in Bellini's NormaYvonne Howard and Joseph Wolverton  photo credit Fritz Curzon Bellini Norma; Yvonne Howard, Joseph Wolverton, Heather Shipp, conductor Dane Lam; Opera Holland Park Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Aug 8 2014 Star rating: 4.5Thrillingly dramatic musical performances in this rare revival of Bellini’s great bel canto operaThe challenges of the title role mean that staged performances of Bellini’s Norma can be something of a rarity; the last fully staged performance at Covent Garden was in 1987, and ENO has never staged the work…

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Erin Morley (Nightingale), Anthony Michaels-Moore (Emperor of China),
and cast in Le Rossignol, Santa Fe Opera (photo by Ken Howard)
Charles T. Downey, Stravinsky and Mozart make colorful music together in Santa Fe Opera double bill
The Classical Review, August 8
Santa Fe Opera had a special connection to Igor Stravinsky in the last fifteen years of his life…

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Musicians union issues warning on Jackie Evancho concertsDear Members,
Recording Artist Jackie Evancho is scheduled to perform in the following cities, with a locally-hired orchestra in each venue:
August 10, 2014  American Music Theatre (Lancaster, PA)
November 22, 2014 – Mayo Performing Arts Center (Morristown, NJ)
February 22, 2015 – Peace Concert Hall (Greenville, SC)
March 26, 2015 –  Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater, FL)
April 23, 2015 – Grove Theatre (Shippensburg, PA)
The Producers of this event have been resistant to file Local AFM agreements for these engagements, which is troubling in light of the Producer’s intentions to film one or more of these concerts for a planned public television project…

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Sophie of the moment

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Sophie of the momentThat’s not our Sophe, La Sarina, who is ALWAYS of the moment (read her very moving latest blogpost about how her father’s fellow Swedish woodsmen chipped in to fund the annual trachoma operations she organises in rural Mali), but the latest singer stepping in to portray Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s Mamsell Sophie Anna Barbara Faninal…

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At one time the expression ‘Cheltenham, Symphony’ was used as a disparaging term. Peter Pirie in his The English Musical Renaissance (Victor Gollanz, London, 1979) states that the phrase ‘was coined to describe a work in simple-minded sonata form, simple-minded tonality, and simple-minded faith in a scissors-and-paste method of composition…

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Music Review: Mostly Mozart, With the Conductor Paavo JarviPaavo Jarvi led the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen in an all-Brahms program as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival on Thursday.

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The Apollo Chamber Players, impress Howard Smith. ‘… this scantily adorned traditional music derives straight from the heartbeat of regions in Southern, Eastern, and Central Europe.’

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