How the Whale Became; Remember Me: A Desk Opera – review + MORE Dec 15th

 

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A Gig Of Last Resort? Part 1 + MORE

There’s an interesting article by Tim Smith in the 3/8/2015 edition of the Baltimore Sun that examines the unusual decision by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) musicians to engage the services of a public relations firm. Although hiring a PR firm isn’t unusual in and of itsel.... More »
recitals

The Greeks had a word for it + MORE

On this day in 1845, Richard Wagner’s opera Tannhäuser premiered in Dresden. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gpXkyvIrGw Born on this day in 1900 soprano Erna Berger http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUpKdrT55Gg Born on this day in 1903 composer Vittorio Giannini http://www.youtube.com/wa.... More »
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Guildhall scenes + MORE

November is the time that the music colleges show off the achievements of their opera singers in waiting, both with productions and with "scenes" programmes.  And yesterday evening was my opportunity to see the Guildhall School of Music and Drama's best young up and comers - thos.... More »
singer

CD Spotlight. Sparkling Brilliance + MORE

Gergiev conducts Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker', enjoyed by Gerald Fenech. '... he delivers the big moments with overwhelming power.'.... More »
concerto

A New American Ring Begins + MORE

A bold new project is about to start in Hartford, CT this summer as Hartford Wagner Festival launches the first part of what it says will eventually be  annual Ring cycles. Beginning, logically enough, with Rheingold. While  fully staged the production will attempt to reduce the usual high.... More »
Dis(Arrangements) 2: Goldberg FeverGrant Chu Covell[December 2013.]A recent check disclosed 228 available recordings of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Most are for a single keyboard as intended, but there are also arrangements and transcriptions. Here’s a random scattering of BWV 988 arrangements and digressions. Johann Sebastian BACH: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (1741-42; arr…

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Guilty pleasure

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Wolf Harden is the soloist, with Heribert Beissel conducting the Slovak Radio Symphony; from a Marco Polo recording. In my library are Walter Gieseking’s 1943 account and a cpo release with Volker Banfield at the keyboard and Werner Andreas Albert leading the Munich Philharmonic. The latter disc includes a fascinating liner note by Hans-Christian Schmidt, with liberal quotations from Wolfgang Rihm’s essay “Zur Aktualität Pfitzners,” which states, among other things, that Pfitzner resides in a “secure position of uncontested complete contestability…

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CD Spotlight. Dramatic Effect

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Harpsichord music by Handel, heard by Robert Anderson. ‘… exciting and eloquent throughout …’

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Heroic Playing from RSNO in Lutoslawski Concerto

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 Ravel, Brahms, Lutoslawski: Nicola Benedetti (violin), Leonard Elschenbroich (cello), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 13.12.2013 (SRT) Ravel:                Valses nobles etsentimentales Brahms:            Double Concerto Lutoslawski:     Concerto for Orchestra   The RSNO were famously brilliant at French repertoire under their previous music director, Stéphane Denève, but I’ve mentioned a few times […]

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New video: Daniil Trifonov – ‘I wake up with Schoenberg in my head’In an intimate, concentrated interview, the Tchaikovsky-winning young pianist shows Zsolt Bognar how it’s done. And how to play the piano while lying on your back. Watch and learn.

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Rufus Wainwright to pen first opera in 19 years – but Canadian company could take a cue from Opera Philadelphia’s model of public engagement

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À Jordi, pour l'âme de Montserrat

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À Jordi, pour l'âme de MontserratMoroccan oud virtuoso Driss El Maloumi’s latest album Makan is dedicated ‘À Jordi, pour l’âme de Montserrat’ [To Jordi, for our soul mate Montserrat]. The new album is a delightful example of Maghreb-lite and was in heavy iPod rotation during my recent travels. Stand out track is a new interpretation of the traditional Berber lullaby (Berceuse Amazigh) that was recorded so movingly by the desperately missed Montserrat Figueras with Jordi Savall and Driss El Maloumi on her 2002 CD Ninna Nanna – an album that, incidentally, also contains two little known Arvo Pärt premieres…

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How the Whale Became; Remember Me: A Desk Opera – reviewLinbury Studio, Royal Opera House; Rivington Place, LondonA coloratura frog and a falsetto peacock hold court in an engaging new opera based on Ted Hughes’s creation storiesChildren may be more open-minded as audiences than the adults who accompany them but they expect certain routines: rude noises, wiggly bottoms, a man with a knotted handkerchief on his head, clumsy walks, visual transformations and at least one explosion which makes them jump though they feign nonchalance…

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L'Académie: 'Please consider supporting either of our sponsorship opportunities when making your 2013 year-end contributions.'“Music is a therapy. It is a communication far more powerful than words,  far more immediate,  far more efficient.” — Yehudi MenuhinLeslie Kwan writes:It’s hard to believe that we are in the last days of 2013. We hope this year was a memorable one for you as it was for us. We have so much to be thankful for:- ensemble in residence at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute- our first corporate sponsorship from the esteemed Boston Symphony Orchestra- our first benefit concert for the Susan F…

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Waltz's Rosenkavalier Coming to London

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Waltz's Rosenkavalier Coming to LondonAccording to a tweet by the Royal Opera House’s Director of Opera, Kasper Holten, Christoph Waltz’s production of Der Rosenkavalier is coming to the ROH in December 2016. The De Vlaamse Opera production opens tonight in Antwerp, directed by the fittingly-named Waltz, who said that, ‘I was born in Vienna, grew up in Vienna, went to school in Vienna, graduated in Vienna, studied in Vienna, started acting in Vienna – and there would be a few further Viennese links…

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Antonín Dvořák,
Symphony No.9, Heldenlied
Andris Nelsons / BRSO
BR Klassik

Old World New World

Late 2010, Andris Nelsons, incoming Music Director of the Boston Symphony but also loved, courted, and groomed by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, performed a program of Charles Ives, John Adams, and Igor Stravinsky in Munich—capped, almost incongruously, with Dvořák’s Ninth (review here)

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Lawrence Zazzo and La Nuova Musica in arias by Handel, Bononcini and AriostiLa Nuova MusicaHandel’s period writing operas for the Royal Academy in London in the 1720’s did not see him as the solo star composer of opera, he was joined by other composers deliberately recruited by the directors to provide London with a range of operas. So that alongside operas by Handel, Londoners heard operas by Giovanni Bononcini (1670 – 1747) and Attilio Ariosti (1666 – 1729)…

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Chord of the day

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The chord that opens Rudolf Kelterborn's Fourth Symphony. Horst Stein conducts the Bamberg Symphony, from a Musikszene Schweiz recording.

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