The Killing Flower, Linbury Studio – opera review + MORE Oct 25th

 

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So who did you know who knew Mahler? + MORE

Gustav Mahler died 14 years after Johannes Brahms, for whom we found a handful of mutual acquaintances within living memory. But Mahler seems so much closer to us – in part, because of the modernity of his outlook and, in part, because many of his associates – Walter, Klemperer, Alma .... More »
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Wintry Darkness from the Tallis Scholars + MORE

Josquin des Prez, Cipriano de Rore, Tomas Luiz de Victoria, Hernando Franco and John Tavener; The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips; St John's Smith Square Reviewed by Ruth Hansford on Dec 21 2016 Star rating: 3.5Darkness & mystery in this programme of Renaissance musicIf you had walked into.... More »
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This week: concerts in New York (March 16 – March 22, 2015) + MORE

Michael Tsalka Pianist Michael Tsalka performs early and contemporary piano music. Monday, March 16 at 7:00 PM Tickets $15, $10.. Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!.... More »
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Berliner Philharmoniker/Rattler: Bruckner, Holt + MORE

Holt, SurcosBruckner, Symphony No. 8 in C minorPhilharmonie, 5 May 2017Simon Rattle has often opted to preface his performances of the great edifices of the Austro-German symphonic repertoire with much shorter works. I remember him bringing the Berlin Philharmonic to London’s Royal Festival Hall s.... More »
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Back to the City + MORE Nov 5th

I have managed to get a ticket to the sold out performance of a most rare double bill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama this evening. These two pieces by Debussy and Donizetti do not look like obvious bed fellows - except in so far as they are so seldom performed as to be of exceptional int.... More »
The Killing Flower, Linbury Studio - opera reviewBased on a 17th-century drama about the composer Gesualdo, who famously murdered his wife and her lover, the plot of Salvatore Sciarrino’s chamber opera The Killing Flower makes little claim to originality. Duke and Duchess seen in marital bliss; Duchess and Guest fall in love; Servant betrays Duchess; Duke kills Duchess and Guest (and Servant for good measure).

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Death in Venice, Opera North, review

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Benjamin Britten’s last opera Death in Venice is brought evocatively to life, but still leaves Rupert Christiansen deeply unsettled.    

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Sigurd, or le Ring francais

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Sigurd – Victoria Hall Geneva, 6 October 2013

Ernest Reyer's best-known opera shares a plot with Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, excuse enough for the Grand Théâtre de Genève to revive it as part of their Wagner bicentenary celebrations. Musically however there is little common ground.  While Wagner looks to the future, Reyer's template is grand opera, and his debt to his friend and musical hero Berlioz is here so great that Sigurd frequently curdles into pastiche…

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Virtual failure in commercial terms but who cares?My biography? Doesn’t “fit in”. From the wrong side of the tracks all the way. Virtual failure in commercial terms, but who the hell cares either way?That self-deprecation appears on Michael Finnissy’s website, which is also notable for the absence of social media links featuring the composer. Pianist Ian Pace has recorded Michael Finnissy’s epic The History of Photography in Sound in a superb interpretation on the Métier label…

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In case you missed it, here is video from the first Composer Conversation with American composer John Harbison and Classical MPR’s Emily Reese.

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When the evening started with the entire Los Angeles Philharmonic doing the wave, Classical MPR's Jay Gabler knew that October 23 wasn't going to be an ordinary night at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Read his review of the LA Phil's premiere of Frank Zappa's <i>200 Motels</i>.

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By Simon Streuff: Hello fellow bowing people. Next week I have a concert, where I play a small solo program with orchestra. Including Massenets Meditation and Sarasates Zigeunerweisen. Therefore I made a small trailer, wich just features the Meditation. If you like, you can watch it. And no, I am not proud of my chaotic room, but I have only this one 😉

To be frank I added a little reverb to the audio…

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Moveable Feast: Orchestra Hall and environs

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There is no orchestra in Orchestra Hall at the moment, but there are plenty of places in the south end of downtown Minneapolis to find a symphony of food and drink. John Birge and Rachel Hutton talk about where in this week's Moveable Feast.

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The irony of intimacy found in a giant old warehouse is not lost on me, but the cordoning off of spaces within these huge buildings makes for a very personal and connected chamber music experience.

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Peter Gelb’s new line at the Met

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Peter Gelb’s new line at the MetThe Met manager is the subject of 60 Minutes this Sunday on CBS. He has turned into the little Dutch boy with his finger in the dyke. Sample: The man trying to reinvigorate opera at its American temple in New York, says it’s a battle he wages every day to keep the centuries-old art form […]

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A trip to Baden Baden with the Gotham Chamber Opera

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A trip to Baden Baden with the Gotham Chamber Opera

Die Prinzessin auf der Erbse

Out of all the smaller opera companies in New York, Gotham Chamber Opera stands the best chance to fill in the gap left by (RIP) New York City Opera. Their new production, Baden-Baden 1927 recreates a quadruple bill that premiered at the titular music festival–four one-act operas by composers Darius Milhaud, Ernst Toch, Paul Hindemith, and Kurt Weill…

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Lieben, hassen, hoffen, zagen: Ariadne auf Naxos in FrankfurtArtistic philosophies go head to head. Photo (c) Oper Frankfurt/Monika RittershausBrigitte Fassbaender's new production of Ariadne auf Naxos for Frankfurt's opera house has me falling in love with Strauss's opera all over again. It works on multiple narrative levels, as perhaps any production of Ariadne must if it is to work at all…

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Ask Alice

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A visit to the theatre (ignoring the reviews), and praise for the latest Jason Seed Stringtet CD, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

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