Finally, Movement on the Notation Front + MORE Nov 9th

 

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Plane and Berthaud Champion Neglected Bruch + MORE

 Bruch, Tchaikovsky, Bartók: Robert Plane (clarinet), Lise Berthaud (viola), BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Thomas Søndergård (conductor). Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff. 3 June 2014 (PCG) Bartók – Dance Suite (1923) Bruch – Double Concerto for clarinet and viola in E minor, Op.88 (1911) Tchaik.... More »
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Stellar Singers, Elder and the LSO in Sumptuous Strauss + MORE

 Mozart and Richard Strauss: Anne Schwanewilms (soprano), Lucy Crowe (soprano), Sarah Connolly (mezzo soprano), London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Mark Elder (conductor), Barbican Hall, London, 8.5.2014 (CS) Mozart: Symphony No 38 (Prague) Strauss: Extracts from Der Rosenkavalier   Marschallin –.... More »
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Conservatories have produced a glut of fifth-rate composers + MORE

Dear Bob, I am a freelance pianist-composer from the smallest state in the USA, and I have a personal stake in some themes you have blogged about recently, to wit, the difficulty faced by new composers in getting heard, and the low income of composers at large. Regarding the first of these themes - .... More »
virtuosos

Another concert for today + MORE

i’ve been saying that classical music  needs to be a contemporary art. Gave an example here of how it can be. Here’s another one. Imagine the Kennedy Center concert hall at 6 PM this Tuesday, packed with people attending a concert of works by a living composer. The concert, featuring.... More »
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The ladies in question + MORE

There is a truism that there are no small parts, only small singers. Last night’s Così fan tutte has made me consider another possible truism: there are no bad productions, only miscast productions.  The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Così fan tutte debuted in 1996 with an all-star .... More »

Classical Music Agenda: December 2013

– ionarts.blogspot.com

In December, much of the concert schedule is taken over by performances of the "Ho ho ho" variety, of which more after the jump. First, for some music that will not specifically get you in the spirit of the season, there are two free performances of Bach cantatas this month. Members of the Washington Bach Consort presents Schwingt freudig euch empor (BWV 36), which is for the first Sunday of

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A year and a half later, there are finally signs of what effects the Sibelius shakeup has had and what the future holds for those who see notation software as an irreplaceable tool.

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The Magic Flute – review

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The Magic Flute – reviewColiseum, LondonSimon McBurney’s new production is staged with great theatricality, but each idea seems isolated and no coherent view of this puzzling work is able to emergeSimon McBurney’s staging is the first new Magic Flute at ENO for a quarter of a century. It comes to the Coliseum from the Netherlands Opera, yet it doesn’t give any sense of being a show that has already been tested in a run of performances and fine-tuned accordingly; for a production that is effectively played out on a bare stage, with a platform that can rise and tilt as the only set, it seems very busy, even cluttered at times…

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Hector et Valery

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Roméo et Juliette – LSO/Gergiev – Barbican, 6 November 2013

Another night, another lacklustre crack at Berlioz from Valery Gergiev. The conductor’s challenge in this episodic work is to respect the very different character of each individual section while knitting them together into a coherent whole…

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Lang Lang has revealed how one of his first piano teachers suggested he “think about something else” other than becoming a pianist.

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Baroque sonatas, Sweelinck Ensemble, St Anne's Music Society It has been a good six months now since the St Anne’s Music Society (in tandem with the Lutheran church in the City) moved from its base in Gresham St. to St. Mary-at-hill behind Monument Station. The larger, lighter, less symmetric Wren box was the original home for Peter Lea-Cox’s Bach cantatas project, upon which the Sweelinck Ensemble’s assumption of music making at the monthly Lutheran Bach Vespers has been founded…

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So you wanted a young audience

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So you wanted a young audience Photo was taken at last night’s Hare Krishna Festival in Cambridge’s West Road Concert Hall, a venue more familiar as the University Faculty of Music’s performance space and sometime home of the Britten Sinfonia. A few years ago I wrote about the success of the George Harrison produced Radha Krsna Temple records and suggested classical music could capitalise on the enormous mind, body and spirit market…

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Off To Portland and #NAMPC

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Off To Portland and #NAMPC

I’m off to Portland, Or for the 2013 National Arts Marketing Project Conference (#NAMPC) where I’ll be taking place as a panelist for the Winning Websites: Optimizing The Patron Experience session.
I’ll be participating on the panel alongside Opéra de Montréal Director of Sales and Marketing, Guillaume Thérien and moderator Ceci Dadisman, Palm Beach Opera’s Director of Marketing & PR…

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McBurney's Mozart is a Flute for our times

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McBurney's Mozart is a Flute for our timesBefore we get down to business with Simon McBurney’s production of The Magic Flute, here’s 2 1/2p about opera in translation. The raison d’etre of ENO is to perform opera in the vernacular. But London today is such a cosmopolitan city that the concept is starting to look outdated. Yesterday The Magic Flute was in English; but the main language in the foyer seemed to be Hungarian…

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Audacious Mozart Magic Flute ENO

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Audacious Mozart  Magic Flute  ENOMozart The Magic Flute at the Coliseum could give the ENO a welcome boost. Simon McBurney’s production is audacious  but absolutely true to Mozart’s cheeky, irreverent generosity of spirit. Tamino and Papageno find Enlightenment (and the girls of their dreams) because they dare face the tests before them…

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Bournemouth SO/Dausgaard – review

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Bournemouth SO/Dausgaard – reviewLighthouse, PooleWith Dausgaard in robust form, Radu Lupu brought wonder to the familiar with his masterful renditions of Bartók and SchubertBartók’s Third Piano Concerto has always seemed the least compelling of his work in the genre, with little if any of the rebarbative intensity of its predecessors…

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Classical Music in America

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Thomas Eakins, Elizabeth at the Piano, 1875This month’s issue of Smithsonian magazine is given over to a survey of the iconic highlights of the American national museum’s collection, 101 Objects that Made America. No one is likely surprised that classical music is almost completely ignored, represented solely by the fur coat worn by Marian Anderson when she gave her era-altering performance — a

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Ask Alice

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Act I Scene I (on the doorstep), with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

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