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Memories of Jon Vickers + MORE

Jon Vickers as Peter Grimes at Covent Garden in 1975I first saw the Canadian tenor Jon Vickers (1926-2015) in November 1980 at Covent Garden in a revival of the venerable 1955 Peter Potter/Georges Wakhevitch production of Verdi's Otello (revived by Ande Anderson) a performance which came about, if m.... More »
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Richard Wagner: Supreme Annihilator of the German War Gods + MORE

In his book Wagner and Philosophy, Bryan Magee tells us that:Those of my readers who know Wagner only by his reputation may be surprised at the portrait I have presented so far of a left-wing revolutionary writing the libretto of The Ring while in political exile in Switzerland. The image of Wagner .... More »

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 »
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Sarah-Jane Lewis and Finnegan Downie Dear + MORE

Sarah Jane LewisSoprano Sarah-Jane Lewis, accompanied by Finnegan Downie Dear, won the 2nd prize in the 2014 Kathleen Ferrier Competition and we were lucky enough to catch them in a private recital last night (20 January 2015). For the first half of the recital Lewis sang a selection of French songs.... More »

Many cats are the death of the mouse + MORE

On this day in 1828, the mysterious feral child Kaspar Hauser was discovered wandering the streets of Nuremberg. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FioGST4B4Jg Born on this day in 1893 composer and conductor Eugene Goossens http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGMKtN_Mk6o Happy 94th (98th?) birthday so.... More »
The gags come thick and fast but some of Handel’s weightier themes seem trivialised in Robert Carsen’s revived staging of the opera

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Amernet String Quartet plays the music of Steven R. Gerber The Amernet String Quartet plays the music of Steven R. Gerber at (le) poisson rouge. Monday, August 11 at 7:30 PM Tickets $15 advance, $20 day of show (le) poisson rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY ..:: Website Lisa Bielawa: Residency at The Stone At […

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Mireille Asselin (Thérèse) in Les mamelles de Tirésias, Wolf Trap Opera (photo by Teddy Wolff)
The gods of ancient Greece punished presumption. This was the theme, in a way, that united the double-bill of early 20th-century French opera that closed the season at Wolf Trap Opera, heard on Sunday afternoon…

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I'm Looking at You, Sydney Symphony.

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I heard on Facebook that dates have been announced for Stuart Skelton to take on the summit of tenor roles, Tristan, at Sydney Symphony. I heard this from the tenor himself!So I went to the Sydney Symphony web site, where I found out a couple of things:To see their season brochure PDF, you have to register…

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Intimate Musicmaking from Benedetti and Friends

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 Edinburgh International Festival 2014 (4) – Brahms, Shostakovich: Nicola Benedetti and Friends, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 11.8.2014 (SRT) Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 Shostakovich: Piano Quintet Nicola Benedetti (violin) Susie Chen (violin) Benjamin Gilmore (viola) Leonard Elschenbroich (cello) Alexei Grynyuk (piano)   Chamber music is often described as being like a conversation, but when the participants are well […]

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The official classical chart

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Week ending 9 August 2014


Piano Reflections
Ji Liu (piano)
Classic FM CFMD33
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Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)
Decca 478 5334
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Bruckner: Symphony No…

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Faustian bargain

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Faustian bargainTwo debuts of legendary singers on a single night highlight this performance of Faust from the final season of the Old Met, courtesy of Jungfer Marianne Leizmetzerin.
Charles Gounod: Faust
Metropolitan Opera
Georges Prêtre, conductor
22 December, 1965
Faust – John Alexander
Marguerite – Montserrat Caballé (debut)
Méphistophélès – Justino Díaz
Valentin – Sherrill Milnes (debut)
Siébel – Marcia Baldwin
Marthe – Gladys Kriese
Wagner – Russell Christopher
In-house recording; mediocre sound quality

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One charming afternoon

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One charming afternoonIn recent years the enterprising Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble has brightened the usually arid weeks of August in New York City with some worthy operatic showcases for young singers. This year’s “A Summer of Shakespeare” opened this past weekend with an ambitious and satisfying production of The Fairy Queen, Henry Purcell’s glorious if challenging gloss on A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the East 13th Street Theatre right behind Union Square…

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Anything goes at Opera Australia? Rabbits!

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Anything goes at Opera Australia? Rabbits!Lyndon Terracini has announced his new season and it’s not a bad mix.
The veteran Elijah Moshinsky will return after a long absence to direct Verdi’s Don Carlos, seldom seen down under. David McVicar is back with a new Marriage of Figaro and his Covent Garden production of Gounod’s Faust, starring hot tenor Michael Fabiano…

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Prom 28: Beethoven, Brett Dean, StravinskySakari Oramo Stravinsky Oedipus Rex, Beethoven, Brett Dean; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo; BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Aug 7 2014 Star rating: 4.0Prom 28: Oramo’s first Proms outing – Stravinsky’s monumental opera-oratorio in an eclectic programmeIn typical Proms fashion, Thursday 7 August 2014’s Prom 28 saw Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex performed in an eclectic programme which started with Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and also featured Electric Preludes by the contemporary Australian composer Brett Dean…

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Norma Superb Cast Needing More Rehearsal Time

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 Bellini Norma. Soloists, Chorus,  Anders-Per Jonsson (chorus master), Jacob Piamorex Moscovicz (piano). Dala-FlodaChurch, Dalecarlia. 10.8.2014 (GF) Production:  Direction and costume design: Mathias Clason Narrator: Birgit Carlstén   In Dala-Floda, an area made up of several small villages some forty kilometres south of Lake Siljan, soprano Anna Eklund Tarantino runs her own opera festival in early […]

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A Babel of hope and possibility

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A Babel of hope and possibilityThe phrase is not mine but my bright young colleague Alexandra Coghlan’s on The Arts Desk, penned about Berio’s Sinfonia, which preceded a shattering but nuanced interpretation of Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony at Tuesday night’s Prom. I choose to apply it to the superlative team which gave one of the best Proms I’ve ever heard, our already-beloved European Union Youth Orchestra, and further, to the even younger members of nine British youth orchestras they mentored in an inspiring workshop featuring 180 young musicians on the platform of the Royal Albert Hall the morning after the EUYO triumph…

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The second installment of Frank Castorf’s staging of the Ring takes us to an oil drilling station in Azerbaijan. As in Das Rheingold, Aleksandar Denic’s complex revolving set does not admit changes. Therefore, Sieglinde and Hunding live in it, and Wotan and Brünnhilde just need to cross one door to find them, while a bunch of extras are drilling and a group of women in ethnic costumes sing ho-jo-to-ho amid the victims of a drilling accident…

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