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Horatio Radulescu (1942-2008), a Romanian spectral composer, created an instrument whe he named ‘The Sound Icon’. Drawing upon Eastern Orthodoxy and contemporary spectral music, he upended grand pianos, stripped them of their mechanical components and retuned the strings to create a stark instru.... More »
Henry Little is stepping down as Chief Executive of Orchestras Live at the end of December 2015 and taking up the post of Chief Executive at Opera Rara. Henry Little has been at Orchestras Live since 2008, and has been responsible for projects such as Beyond the Premiere, a programme that provides a.... More »
The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France should have been conducted this week by French whizzkid Lionel Bringuier, music director at Zurich’s Tonhalle. But he fell sick. So incoming music director Mikko Franck offered to step in.
Then he fell sick.
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For sixteen years now the BBC, as one of its many activities connected with the Proms, has run a program which it calls Inspire, comprising of a competition and several workshops for composers between the ages of 12 and 18. On this last Sunday, composer Fraser Trainer, who chaired the committee o.... More »
The Met Opera presents Verdi's timeless masterwork, "La Traviata," with rising soprano Marina Rebeka in the role of the title heroine. Stephen Costello is Alfredo, Quinn Kelsey is Germont, and Marco Armiliato conducts. Tune in Saturday, Dec. 27, at noon..... More »
An American Soldier, Washington National Opera, American Opera Initiative (photo by Scott Suchman)
The Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative continues its mission, to present new American operas on American themes. After Approaching Ali in 2013, the program presented its second hour-long opera on Friday night in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater…
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This year’s Aldeburgh Music Festival begins with Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave, which Britten himself conducted in the same theatre in November 1970. While the opera was in gestation, the revolutions of 1968 were raging. Paris was brought to a standstill by Danny The Red and student protestors. Russian tanks rolled in to crush the Prague Spring…
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An orchestra is a living organism, its members much more than parts of a machine yet combining and interacting with each other to make something greater than their individual selves…
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, Verdi Stiffelio Verdi Soloists, chorus and orchestra of Chelsea Opera Group, Brad Cohen (conductor). Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 8.6.2014 (CC) (concert performance) Stiffelio – Peter Auty Lina – Nelly Miriciou Jorg – David Soar Stankar – Gerard Quinn Rafaelle di Leuthold – Andrew Rees Dorotea – Sarah Champion Federico Di Frengel – Samuel Smith Verdi’s […]
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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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Last week amounted to a floodgate of new music being opened: from a few new subscription-series pieces per season from major figures and some encouragement to young talent by way of CONTACT! commissions, the Philharmonic and partners performed well over 60 pieces from composers of all stages and many walks of life.
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Many thanks to Robert R. Reilly for this review from the Kennedy Center.
Anton Bruckner is a difficult composer and, in a way, an acquired taste. Brahms called Bruckner’s symphonies “boa-constrictors”. Bruckner wrote them with such a sense of vastness and in a time scale so extended and at times seemingly suspended, that the listener needs very large ears to take it all in…
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And it’s a knighthood for maestro András Schiff in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. It couldn’t happen to a better guy or a finer artist. Congratulations! More here: http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk/about-us/news/sir-andr%C3%A1s-schiff
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Joshua Kosman tells you all about why I have started to skip most revivals of warhorses, in a review of San Francisco Opera’s La Traviata. This revival was planned for Sonya Yoncheva, who withdrew from this and the fall Boheme production on account of pregnancy, and might have been better with her, but Luisotti’s erratic conducting was not predictable, whereas Saimir Pirgu’s weak showing as Alfredo was entirely predictable based on his poor appearance in I Capuletti…
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Vasily Petrenko & the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra© Mark McNultyThe Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s 2014/15 season will be celebrating both the 175th anniversary of the Founding of the Liverpool Philharmonic, and the anniversaries of Tchaikovsky (175) and Sibeliuis (150). Not only that, but the refurbished Liverpool Philharmonic Hall will reopen in November 2014, cause for celebration indeed…
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