Rare Revival of Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine + MORE Dec 5th


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Royal Opera House 2014-15 season announced + MORE

Here's the link to the basics: Royal Opera House 2014/15 season details HERE.HERE IS MY ANALYSIS  -Seven new productions in the main house- Many others in the Linbury (incl Birtwistle and Glass).- Partnerships with WNO, Operalia, The Roundhouse and others. - -full HD and BBC broadcasts- Big sta.... More »

Ain Anger Sings Mussorgsky with Cavernous Authority + MORE

Dean, Mussorgsky, Beethoven: Ain Anger (bass), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Olari Elts (conductor), Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 7.4.2016. (SRT) Dean: Testament Mussorgsky: Songs and Dances of Death (arr. James Ledger) Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 Olari Elts is a regular collaborator with the Scottish Cha.... More »

Classical and New Music Culture in Taiwan + MORE

As a composer, I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to live in and personally get to know many different musical cultures and communities. Eight years ago I met two people who have given me a personal connection to the broader new music community in Asia. I have now been living in Ta.... More »

Music that matters in the 21st century + MORE

A recent post about Warner's re-issue of André Previn conducting the three great Tchaikovsky ballets generated much interest. So now I am highlighting another Warner reissue well worth seeking out. Daniel Barenboim's account with the English Chamber Orchestra of Mozart's piano concertos was o.... More »
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Prom 44: Braunstein/Soltani/WEDO/Barenboim - Schoenberg, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky, 18 August 2015 + MORE

Royal Albert HallSchoenberg – Chamber Symphony no.1, op.9Beethoven – Concerto for violin, cello, and piano, in C major, op.56Tchaikovsky – Symphony no.4 in F minor, op.36Guy Braunstein (violin)Kian Soltani (cello)West-Eastern Divan Orchestra,Daniel Barenboim (piano/conductor)This was an intrig.... More »
New video: Funeral procession for threatened opera houseThe Teatro Bellini in Catania is under threat of closure. The artists and staff are not taking it lying down. Read more here (in Italian) and share across your social media.

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British Composer Awards 2013 go to... 13 men and NO women“Major Strasse has been shot. Round up the usual suspects…” Now, this is in no way to derogate the life-force that is Harrison Birtwistle (it’s taken me a long time to become a fan, but I am one now). Nor is it to derogate George Benjamin, James MacMillan, Colin Matthews or any of the exciting “9 new winners”, their hard work or their fine compositions…

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Rare Revival of Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Meyerbeer: L’Africaine, Orchestra and Chorus Teatro La Fenice, Emmanuel Villaume (Conductor), La Fenice, Venice, 29&30.11.2013 (JMI)   Casts: Selika: Veronica Simeoni/Patrizia Biccirè Vasco de Gama: Gregory Kunde/Antonello Palombi Inés: Jessica Pratt/Zuzana Markova Nelusko: Angelo Veccia/Luca Grassi Don Pedro: Luca Dall’Amico Don Diego: Davide Ruberti Don Alvar: Emanuele Giannino Inquisitore: Mattia Denti Brahma Priest: Rubén Amoretti […]

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Apology & Correction: Wagner Is Not To Be Replaced By Aging Hippies After AllCorrectionPink Floyd?We recently reported the blight of Dalhalla Opera, whose productions, including a continuation of their Ring cycle, would not be able to continue in 2014 after owners of the Dalhalla venue  informed them that they had decided to rent their allotted time to other “artists”. We also noted at that time, that Dalhalla Opera had responded, noting that it would impact upon hundreds of artists already committed to the event…

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Books for Tyros

– www.classicaltyro.com

A few weeks ago I published a blog titled “A Tyro’s Guide to Understanding Classical Music.” I listed five steps in the process of learning to appreciate classical music. Since then, I’ve decided I can reduce the list to two:Listen to a piece of music several times until the subtleties of its form and structure become familiar to you  Learn something about the piece you are listening to — learn about its historical context, the composer who created it, and the terminology necessary to understanding it…

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The winners of the 2013 British Composer Awards have been announced: 14 talented composers. To be precise, that’s 14 talented male composers.

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Stravinsky: Three Movements from Petrushka; Liszt: Transcendental Studies – reviewVadym Kholodenko(Harmonia Mundi)The 26-year-old Ukrainian-born Vadym Kholodenko won the latest Van Cliburn Piano Competition held in Forth Worth, Texas, in May this year. By all accounts he wasn’t everybody’s choice for the gold medal, and certainly this disc, taken from his performances during the recital rounds of the competition, suggests that despite the hype he isn’t about to take the musical world by storm…

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Byron Smith of NANM Replies to Public Letter Proposing Lifetime Achievement Award for Composer George Walker, 91Albany Records Troy1430 (2013)John Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites that Byron Smith of the NANM has replied to the public letter proposing a Lifetime Achievement Award for composer George Walker, 91:Hello JohnThanks for the proposal idea. We will be meeting next week to discuss the possible recognition of George Walker at this years convention…

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New Bern Sun Journal: North Carolina Symphony Opens 'Holiday Pops' with 'Christmas Overture' of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, 7 PMSamuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com. We are collaborating with the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation of the U.K., www.SCTF.org.uk] A 1926 recording of Christmas Overture (6:23) performed by the BBC Wireless Orchestra, conducted by Percy Pitt, was originally released on UK Columbia 9137…

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Five things to expect at the Grammys

– www.mercurynews.com

Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift like to be king and queen of the prom.

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2013 British Composer Awards

– www.planethugill.com

2013 British Composer AwardsHarrison BirtwistleAccepting Instrumental Solo or Duo award2013 British Composer AwardsPhoto Mark AllanThe 2013 British Composer Awards were presented last night at an awards ceremony at the Goldsmiths Hall hosted by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA). The event was introduced by Sarah Rogers, the chairman of the British Composer Awards Ceremony, who in her opening remarks recalled the three major talents who had died in the past year, Jonathan Harvey, Richard Rodney Bennett and John Tavener…

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Ensemble. Real Verve

– www.mvdaily.com

Markus Stenz conducts the Hallé Orchestra, heard by Mike Wheeler

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Jihoon Kim Unusual Concert Royal Opera House

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Jihoon Kim Unusual Concert Royal Opera HouseJette Parker Young Artists at the Royal Opera House are always among the best but Yihoon Kim is unique. Get to his lunchtime recital on Monday 9th in the Paul Hamlyn Hall to hear why. Tickets here, (almost sold out)  Kim has presence, he’s the Young Artist Principal and gets higher profile roles…

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