Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius; Symphony No 1 – review + MORE Dec 6th


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Pacific Symphony to Make its Carnegie Hall Debut for a Special Program Dedicated to one of Today’s Most Fascinating and Pre-Eminent Composers, Philip Glass + MORE

Pacific Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, has been invited to perform for the very first time at one of the world’s most prestigious venues, Carnegie Hall in New York City, in honor of one of today’s leading composers, Philip Glass. Joining them will be Pacific Chorale, also appe.... More »

First night of the Proms review – tribute to France opens a stirring evening + MORE

Royal Albert Hall, LondonConductor Sakari Oramo rightly began with an impromptu French national anthem, leading into Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and a compelling Elgar concerto from cellist Sol Galbetta, among other highlights Everyone, not only the Prommers, stood for the first piece played in.... More »

Women make up more than half of all US orchestral players + MORE

…. According to a reflective piece on Bloomberg by economics Professor Melvyn Krauss: Once considered a protected male preserve, symphony orchestras are becoming the most gender-blind employers in the U.S. The St. Louis Symphony had 18 women out of 88 musicians in 1964. In 2016, more than h.... More »

A Crisis Of Conscience Inside The AFM + MORE

The topic of equal pay for equal work as applied to substitute musician wages has been an uphill examination over the past year. We began exploring the topic in the wake of the Minnesota Orchestra settlement that ended their season-killing lockout after learning the agreement failed to maintai.... More »

Sir Frederic Cowen (1852-1935): Some Witty Definitions + MORE

The small book Music as she is Wrote is a ‘glossary of musical terms very much up to date by the composer and conductor Frederic H. Cowen.’ It was published c.1915, however this has not dated the humour. I give four short definitions from it below. CadenzaA display of musical fireworks, introduc.... More »
Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius; Symphony No 1 – reviewAuty/Breedt/Hancock/Collegium Vocale Gent/Royal Flemish PO/De Waart(Pentatone, two CDs)Recordings of the greatest 20th-century British choral work from elsewhere in Europe are unusual, so this Antwerp-sourced version, with Edo de Waart conducting the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and the superb chorus of the Collegium Vocale Gent, is welcome on rarity grounds alone…

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Free Online Audio Lecture Series:Wagner, Freud and the End of Myth (Inc: Bryan Magee)In September, the Freud Museum in London, held a one day conference named, “Wagner, Freud and the End of Myth ” With a set of speakers that included Bryan Magee, and author of the Wagner Complex Tom Artin. As is normal for the Freud Museum they recorded and have made available free each of the 7 lectures (interested readers might want to check out the museum’s blog where all of their lectures can be found)Below, can be found an introduction and each of these seven lectures…

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The ensemble specialises in original orchestrations of showtunes from MGM’s golden age, and its virtuosity is second to none

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Nelson Mandela was, quite famously, a fan of European classical music. His two favorite composers were George Frideric Handel and Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky, but he grew up exposed to the country’s rich tradition of vocal groups forging a unique form of sacred rhythm music.

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Ask Alice

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Confessions of a classical music agony aunt, with Alice McVeigh

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Music for Angelenos, by Angelenos

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This Tuesday, the Los Angeles Philharmonic finally took the leap and programmed a concert of works all by Los Angeles composers—Sean Friar, Julia Holter, Andrew McIntosh, and Andrew Norman. It was an extremely eclectic program that showcased the range and depth of talent here.

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Invisible Cities in LA: An operatic tour de forceLos Angeles’s Union Station, which will be celebrating its 75th anniversary next year, was the site of the premier of Christopher Cerrone’s new locative opera Invisible Cities, which had an extended run from October 19 through November 10, 2013. Both the brave LA-based opera production company The Industry and its artistic director Yuval Sharon asked their audience to “imagine our future city…

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Marriage in München

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Marriage in MünchenOur weekly find from the Mike Richter collection: Le nozze di Figaro from the Bayerische Staatsoper with a geniunely A-list cast.
From “Opera from München, Volume 1,” a live recording from July 27/29, 1987:
Figaro: Hermann Prey
Susanna: Helen Donath
Conte Almaviva: Thomas Allen
Contessa Almaviva: Margaret Price
Cherubino: Anne Sophie von Otter
Bartolo: Kurt Moll
Marcellina: Cornelia Wulkopf
Basilio: David Thaw
Antonio: Gerhard Auer
Barbarina: Frances Lucey
Don Curzio: Friedrich Lenz
Conductor: Colin Davis
Download audio file (nozze_1987…

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It’s a comment Maestro Scott Arkenberg has heard over and over and over again. “People tell me that they came to Holiday Pops because they wanted to find Christmas again,” he says, his voice quivering in the silence that immediately followed the sentence…

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Jihoon Kim Unusual Concert Royal Opera House

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Jihoon Kim Unusual Concert Royal Opera HouseJette Parker Young Artists at the Royal Opera House are always among the best but Jihoon Kim is unique. Get to his lunchtime recital on Monday 9th in the Paul Hamlyn Hall to hear why. Tickets here,  Kim has presence, he’s the Young Artist Principal and gets higher-profile roles. On the HD broadcast of Verdi Les vêêpres sicilennes, I noticed how often Stefan Herheim used Kim at many critical points in the drama, far more often than the actual singing part required…

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Doesn't Anybody Bother to Edit this Stuff?

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And don’t they know anything about music? Found in the Times compendium of classical music box sets and books:”…a former British businessman.” No, Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, actually, he’s a British former businessman, unless he gave up his citizenship when he retired from the business world.”…..

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Happy Birthday to the Ballades champion

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If you heard my BBC Radio 3 Building a Library on the Chopin 4 Ballades the other day, you’ll know that we ended up with three top choices: Krystian Zimerman (recorded c1988), Alfred Cortot (1929) and Sviatoslav Richter (1960). It’s Krystian Zimerman’s birthday today, as luck would have it, so here he is in the surprise wild card of the four: the heart-warming poem that is the A flat Ballade No…

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Brandon Cedel, Rising

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Charles T. Downey, Brandon Cedel makes Kennedy Center debut (Washington Post, December 6, 2013)

Vaughan Williams, Songs of Travel (inter alia), G. Finley, S. RallsAttentive Washington audiences recognize the voice of Brandon Cedel. I heard him as an apprentice singer at the Castleton Festival last year, and he appeared at Wolf Trap this summer…

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