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Vic Firth + MORE

Vic Firth, the legendary principal timpanist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and also a legendary manufacturer of drumsticks of all kinds, died the other day. Here are the obits I have seen:Jeremy Eichler in the GlobeMargalit Fox in the TimesFor once, I think Fox, who is usually a genius, put her e.... More »
symphonies news

Orchestras need to wake up and smell the coffee + MORE

That photo was taken in Concerto Records - a candidate for the best record store in the world - in Amsterdam on Monday. It shows part of the extensive range of new and reconditioned (Thorens etc) turntables on sale in the store, a range that is complemented by a wide selection of vinyl LPs. High en.... More »
symphonies

Benedict Mason at the Proms + MORE

Not only is it hard to describe Benedict Mason’s Meld, which was given it’s first performance on the late night Prom given by the Aurora Orchestra and the choral group Chantage, conducted by Nicholas Collon, on August 16, it’s hard even beginning to think about how to describe it. All of the.... More »
composer

First: live backstage stream of La Scala’s season opener, Fidelio + MORE

The most important season opening in the opera calendar will be streamed live from the wings.La Scala's Fidelio, with Daniel Barenboim on the podium for the last time as the theatre's music director, will be accompanied by a live stream showing what happens backstage at the world's most famous theat.... More »
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CD Review: Gergiev's Scriabin + MORE

Scriabin, Symphonies 1/2, E. Sergeeva, A. Timchenko, London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, V. Gergiev (released on May 13, 2016) LSO Live 0770 | 91'09" [Vol. 1] Charles T. Downey, CD Reviews: Scriabin, Symphonies 1 and 2, cond. Valery Gergiev (Washington Post, June 18) Scriabin’s symphonies.... 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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Britten Owen Wingrave – made for TV

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Britten Owen Wingrave - made for TVThis 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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Chelsea Opera Group’s Excellent Revival of Rare Verdi

– www.seenandheard-international.com

, 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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Bruckner’s Boa (Second Opinion)

– ionarts.blogspot.com

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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Arise, Sir András!

– jessicamusic.blogspot.com

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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Giving a Semi-Hearty Cheer for Semi-Staged OperaIn an operatic performance, does paring a work down to the bare score make it more potent, or do theatrical trappings enrich the experience?

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Warhorses

– irontongue.blogspot.com

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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A voice to die for – and looks to match

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Celebrations in Liverpool

– www.planethugill.com

Celebrations in LiverpoolVasily 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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Music Review: ‘Atthis,’ a Searing Monodrama by Opera Cabal and ACMEGeorg Friedrich Haas’s “Atthis,” a monodrama based on texts by Sappho, had its staged premiere at the Kitchen on Thursday.

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