Jürgen Jürgens’ Trauer-Ode + MORE Dec 28th


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Bushwick leagues + MORE

LoftOpera is just one, though perhaps the liveliest, of many homegrown opera troupes in Brooklyn. I’ve never been ashamed to cross the East River for a fix.   Thus I have fond memories of Cavalli’s L’Erismena and Donizetti’s Il Furioso dell’ isola di San Domingo back in the day, not to me.... More »
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Carly Paoli: Lorry driver’s daughter on road to opera stardom + MORE

A lorry driver’s daughter from Mansfield will next week realise a dream as she takes the stage where the Three Tenors – Jose Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo – debuted together a quarter of a century ago..... More »

CD Review: Braunfels Lieder + MORE

W. Braunfels, Lieder, M. Petersen, K. Jarnot, E. Schneider (released on February 12, 2016) Capriccio C5251 | 55'40" Charles T. Downey, CD review: The forgotten bird songs of a ‘degenerate’ composer (Washington Post, April 24) In the 1930s, Walter Braunfels (1882-1954) ran afoul of the Nazi .... More »

Strauss Elektra Goerke Broadcast Royal Opera House + MORE Jan 6th

Another chance to hear Richard Strauss Elektra form the Royal Opera House : listen here on BBC Radio 3. Christine Goerke, Adrianne Pieczonka, Michaela Schuster and Iain Paterson sing, Andris Nelsons conducts. When this production premiered it was savagely attacked, much in the same way other good pr.... More »
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Rhythmic Sleight-of-Hand + MORE

By Paul Stein: Rhythm seems simple-a basic beat and a few subdivisions. Sure, the combinations are endless, but how difficult could it possibly be? Could we be so lucky that it falls into the category of “All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten?” A string player starts his musical .... More »

Italy’s opera houses are 300 million Euros in debt

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Italy’s opera houses are 300 million Euros in debtA thoroughly researched piece by Elisabeth Braw on the irresoluble Italian opera crisis yields this incomprehensble statistic. How did anyone in authority allow them to run up such a huge deficit? And how will it ever be paid off? Read the excellent article here. It contains, inter alia, a snarky remark by Peter Gelb to […]

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Christmas was yesterday, and the ingestion of Gänsebraten and Sekt is usually high this time of the year. For singers who had to appear in Beethoven’s Fidelio the next day, this must have required tremendous willpower. Anyway, one member of the cast – the Leonore, Ricarda Merbeth, did not even make it…

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Large voices and extra instruments - styles in performing baroque musicIn 1973, fresh out of university I joined the local choral society in the Scottish town in which I was working. They did a traditional repertoire including Elgar’s Music Makers and Handel’s Messiah which was the first work I sang with them. The conductor was a mature gentleman whose name I have forgotten…

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CD Spotlight. Rare Provenance

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Sue Addison plays Elgar’s own trombone, heard by Howard Smith. ‘Recommended without hesitation.’

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The Paramount Theatre in Aurora will ring in the New Year with a new act: “Piano Men: A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel.” “I looked at the Billy Joel tribute artists currently working and they did not bring everything to the show that I would have liked,” said singer and pianist Craig A…

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Critics Pick Recordings to Celebrate Verdi’s BicentennialAs the bicentennial celebration of Verdi’s birthday draws to an end, critics of The New York Times note their favorite recordings of his work.    

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Jürgen Jürgens’ Trauer-Ode

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Jürgen Jürgens’ Trauer-OdeWalt Mundkowsky[December 2013.] Johann Sebastian BACH: Cantatas BWV 27 (1726), 158 (1713-17) and 198 (Trauer-Ode) (1727). (Rec. 1966.) Rotraud Hansmann (sop), Helen Watts (alt), Kurt Equiluz (ten), Max van Egmond (bs), Monteverdi-Chor Hamburg, Concerto Amsterdam, Jürgen Jürgens (dir.). Teldec 2564 64763-2 (http://www…

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A selected guide to performances of classical music in the New York area.    

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My classical music top ten of 2013

– www.guardian.co.uk

My classical music top ten of 2013Tom Service picks his musical highlights from a year that was dominated by Wagner, Verdi and Britten. Tell us about your picks of the year in the comments section belowThat was the year that was: 12 months dominated, of course, by the celebrations marking the anniversaries of those three titans of music: the 300th birthday of Jan Benda, Étienne-Nicolas Méhul’s 250th, and Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow’s 350th…

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Performances of the Year, 2013

– www.boulezian.blogspot.com

As ever, it has proved both a joy and a challenge to select performances of the year; there are certainly a good few others which demanded inclusion. I have decided to stick with the format to which I reverted last year: twelve, so as to average one per month. (In 2011, I decided to split performances into categories, partly to help out opera, which, so many variables being involved, seemed to have had something of a bad deal; yet, this year and last, it has proved itself in more need of restraint than assistance…

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Veteran producer Allan McKeown, who was behind hits including Jerry Springer: The Opera at London’s National Theatre, has died at the age of 67.

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Coupe de grâce

– parterre.com

Coupe de grâceThose among the cher public who did not find enough Wagner in their Christmas stockings (or who are still reeling from the recent ROH travesty they called a Bühnenweihfestspiel) will be pleased to hear that our good friends at Opera Depot are currently offering a free download of Parsifal conducted by Hans Knappertsbusch at the 1963 Bayreuth Festival.

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Mass in B Minor Wraps Up “Bach Unwrapped”

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Bach: Malin Christensson (soprano), Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano), William Towers (counter-tenor), Joshua Ellicott (tenor), Benedict Nelson (baritone), Choir of Clare College, Cambridge (director of music: Graham Ross), Aurora Orchestra, Nicholas Collon (conductor). Hall One, Kings Place, London, 21…

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