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When I first wrote about him in my Companion to 20th Century Music back in 1991, he was so little known that there was no standard spelling of either of his names. I called him Moisei Vainberg. Nowadays his name is more commonly transcribed as Miecyslaw Weinberg, but he remains a mystery to most mus.... More »
Tirana Opera House 12:30 pm Saturday November 30 2013
We had the semi-final round yesterday evening, the first chance this jury had of looking at the candidates who had reached this point. And we were pretty pleased with what we saw and heard - the level is really good and there will be a tigh.... More »
In the early 1970s I bought a copy of Robert Still’s Symphonies No.3 & 4 which had been released on Lyrita Records (SRCS 46). Since that time I have heard virtually nothing else by this composer. There have been a few recordings over the years including a retrospective of his chamber music on .... More »
Confession time. I have never really liked Mozart, and at many a moment have even counted myself a Mozart hater.I dislike all of the hype surrounding his name. The last time I was in Vienna I was horrified by the plethora of Mozart bon bons, cakes, and other kitsch. There was even a flag with Mozart.... More »
A hundred years after its first performance, Gurrelieder is being performed tonight as an opera.
The text and story of Schoenberg’s oratorio are unquestionably dramatic and Pierre Audi of Dutch National Opera has been working all summer to bring the massive work to the stage next week.
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Much fuss was made about Nico Muhly’s Two Boys as an Internet opera, but starting today the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris will host performances of The End, Vocaloid Opéra, featuring the completely virtual "diva" from Japan, Hatsune Miku. Eléonore Prieur has a preview article (Le premier opéra virtuel investit le Théâtre du Châtelet, November 12) for Le Figaro (my translation):
It is the first
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I can’t think of another composer who manages, again and again, to create such an inverse relationship between the bald simplicity of the compositional plan and the crazy richness of the musical result. The more basic Lucier’s hypothesis—the more abstract the map—the more inexhaustible the experience.
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Boulez and Mahler: Kimberly Russ (piano), Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot (conductor), Benaroya Hall, Seattle, 7.11.2013 (BJ) Boulez: Notations I-IV Mahler: Symphony No. 6 This performance of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony in Benaroya Hall reminded me of a particular one I heard many years ago: it was so different…
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In a rather unusual turn of events – at least in regard to productions of Wagner’s work – it seems everyone liked the Stefan Herheim directed Salzburg Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. So we assume most will be pleased to know that it will receive a confirmed a release on DVD sometime in 2014 as part of a series called “Festival Documents”…
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There are currently some 44 CDs featuring the music of Richard Addinsell listed in the on-line Arkiv Music Catalogue. However, this is not quite as impressive as it seems. At least 30 of these discs feature the ubiquitous Warsaw Concerto, the work by which Addinsell in known to millions of listeners…
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Under the baton of Neeme Järvi, the Estonians played with pride and warmth, culminating in a lean yet lusty performance of Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony
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Broadcast two days ago and made available by ABC Radio’s “The Music Show. A fine introduction to the Ring cycle from Heath Lees whose 4-part documentary series- Wagner’s Ring- A Tale Told in Music is available on DVD.
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Emeritus Professor of Music Heath Lees, from the University of Auckland, is also a musicologist and broadcaster, and the founder of the Wagner Society of New Zealand…
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Sir John Tavener, who died today at the age of 69, was dogged by ill health for much of his life, but he remained busy to the end.
His new composition Three Shakespeare Sonnets will receive its world premiere on Friday 15 November at Southwark Cathedral, Shakespeare's own place of worship. Sir John hand picked the members of the Chamber Choir of Southern Iceland who will perform it…
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The great composer Sir John Tavener has died two months short of his 70th birthday.
Tavener, who was one of today’s best loved composers, studied at the Royal Academy of Music and rose to fame with the premiere of his iconoclastic oratorio The Whale in 1968, which was released on the Beatles' own Apple label…
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The British composer’s music is essentially spiritual, but in a much more fearless way than his detractors thinkJohn Tavener, who has died peacefully at 69 at his home, was the single most popular British classical composer of the late 20th and 21st centuries. His music has become part of public consciousness, making him a unique cultural figure…
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I’ll never forget the first time I heard the music of John Tavener, who has died at the age of 69. It was 1989: the world premiere of The Protecting Veil, his cello concerto, at the Proms. A sound began to emerge – one deep-set chord – and rose. And rose. And continued to rise, a shining, all-enveloping sound that sucked you in like a tunnel filling up with golden light…
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