Singing for Dürer – the Courtauld Community Choir + MORE Jan 11th

 

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The Go-Between, Apollo Theatre + MORE

It has taken six years – and Michael Crawford – to bring Richard Taylor and David Wood’s poetic musicalisation of L P Hartley’s The Go-Between to the West End stage; and before the tired old debate begins as to what it is (opera? musical? play with music?), before anyone goes in sear.... More »
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Spare No Pity for Bayreuth in Deconstructing the Wagner Myth + MORE

With Nietzsche and Wagner we have the stories of two one-time close friends whose fates posthumously become closely associated with the Dritte Reich. In the post-war era, apologists found it far easier to defend Nietzsche from charges of proto-Nazism. The ease was related in no small part to the fac.... More »
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Russian choreographer Eifman brings 'Up and Down' to London + MORE

LONDON (Reuters) - Russian choreographer Boris Eifman's latest ballet 'Up and Down' arrives on the London stage this week, a two-act ballet set to the music of composers George Gershwin and Franz Schubert that chronicles a young psychiatrist's descent into madness. .... More »
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Resurrecting a Caldara rarity + MORE

Antonio Caldara La concordia de'pianeti; La Cetra; Andrea Marcon; Archiv Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Sep 23 2014 Star rating: 4.5Engaging performance of Caldara's rediscovered, grand out-door serenataAntonio Caldara (1670 - 1736) isn't a familiar name. Born 14 years before Handel and Bach, he.... More »
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Review: In ‘The Astronaut’s Tale,’ a Farm Boy Dreams of Flying to Mars + MORE

This chamber opera by the composer Charles Fussell is based on Jack Larson’s American update of Stravinsky’s 1917 music theater piece, “The Soldier’s Tale.”.... More »

Food For Thought

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Food For Thought

Just a quick post today on the the topic of music journalism; specifically, some good articles about a recent discussion going on about whether or not the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s CSO Sounds & Stories website qualifies as what the CSO describes as a “dedicated music journalism site…

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Papageno in silhouette Reiniger 1935

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Papageno in silhouette Reiniger 1935More Weimar silhouettes from Lotte Reiniger, this time a ten-minute fantasy on Papageno, made in 1935 as part of her projected series “Silhouetten Opernhaus”, the first of which was Zehn Minuten Mozart (1930). described by her as a “Schattenspile zu Meisterwerken der Tonkunst”, animations that illustrated music…

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‘I have been an opera subscriber for 75 years’

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

‘I have been an opera subscriber for 75 years’Sophia Marl is 104 years old. She went to school in Bayreuth and remembers Cosima Wagner coming to play the piano. In 1938 she took out a subscription to the opera at Hagen. Her enthusiasm is undimmed to this day. She regrets the decline in standards of audience dress, but does not at all mind […]

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Hallé/Znaider – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

Hallé/Znaider – reviewBridgewater Hall, ManchesterThe three month celebration of Richard Strauss kicked off with a composed, precise yet slightly glacial performanceHow do you organise a major collaborative survey of Richard Strauss’s orchestral songs? Chronologically? Thematically? Given the honour of commencing the Strauss’s Voice series, a three-month celebration that also features contributions from the BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata, the Hallé opted to start at the bottom…

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ENB Brings Exotic Pirate World to Life in Le Corsaire

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Adam, Pugni, Delibes et al,  Le Corsaire: English National Ballet and Orchestra / Gavin  Sutherland (conductor)), London Coliseum, London, 09.01.2014 (JO’D)   Principal Dancers: Medora: Alina Cojocaru Conrad: Vadim Muntagirov Gulnare: Shiori Kase Lankendem: Dmitri Gruzdyev Ali: Junor Souza Birbanto: Yonah Acosta Pasha: Michael Coleman Pasha Assistant: Juan Rodriquez Lead Villager: Nancy Osbaldeston Odalisques: Senri […]

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Richard Strauss: 1864 … 2014

– hugoshirley.blogspot.com

Richard Strauss: 1864 ... 2014If anything was going to inspire me to revive my blog, then it would be the Strauss anniversary that looms in various ways as 2014 gradually drags itself off the sofa, tries to work off the excess weight of seasonal over-eating and looks bleary eyed at its agenda.But I’m not sure I’m as excited as I should be…

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Shoes in Opera

– cheyneyk.blogspot.com

This article first appeared in auditionoracle.comAre you standing comfortably? Then I’ll begin!Recently I was passed a clip of Anna Netrebko singing Verdi at the Mariinsky. The aria, Veni t’afretta from Macbeth, is seriously demanding yet the remarkable Russian soprano performs in a pair of high-heeled shoes that would scare off vertiginously challenged catwalk models…

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Review: The Cambridge Wagner EncyclopediaThe Cambridge Wagner EncyclopediaEDITOR: Nicholas VazsonyiDATE PUBLISHED: November 2013FORMAT: HardbackISBN: 9781107004252Encyclopedias, especially specialist, one volume sets, are works fraught with risks. There is of course the question of what to include and what to exclude. The intrepid editor is unlikely to satisfy all readers with what is given inclusion and worse will be those facts that are left in the editors waste basket…

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Ana María Martínez’s Fête galante

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Charles T. Downey, At Kennedy Center, soprano Ana María Martínez excels with pleasing, lighter songs (Washington Post, January 10, 2014)

A. M. Martínez, Soprano Songs and Arias, Prague Philharmonic, S. Mercurio (2005)
Why singers connect to some types of music more than others often comes down to personal taste, and how music and language sit in the voice…

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Fairies fill the house

– intermezzo.typepad.com

Leipzig Opera have just reported a record year in 2013. 73.8% of seats were filled for opera performances, a massive jump from the previous year's 51%.
The Wagner anniversary celebrations did particularly well.  With a Ring cycle on offer, it may be surprising that the most popular show overall was Wagner's obscure first opera…

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Singing for Dürer - the Courtauld Community ChoirIn connection with the Courtauld Gallery’s Young Dürer Exhibition, I joined the Courtauld Community Choir to perform at last night’s late opening (9 January 2014). The music for the evening was all themed around music of Dürer’s time, such as a group playing recorder consort music from the period. The choir, under the direction of Joseph Timmons, sang music by Heinrich Isaac and JS Bach along with some pieces to celebrate Epiphany and to get the audience singing as well…

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ArtsBeat: Symphony Space Artistic Director ResignsLaura Kaminsky had been the artistic director of Symphony Space since 2010, and the overseer of its music programming since 2006.    

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CBSO/Nelsons – review

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CBSO/Nelsons – reviewSymphony Hall, BirminghamStravinsky’s Petrushka was a demonstration of just what an exceptional conductor Andris Nelsons can beSince he took over the City of Birmingham Symphony five years ago, hearing Andris Nelsons reveal more of the works in his repertoire has been one of the most compelling experiences British musical life can offer…

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