American Psycho, Almeida Theatre + MORE Dec 13th

 

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Bryn Plus + MORE

I had a wonderful interview with Bryn Terfel last week and it is in today's Independent, here. Bryn sings the lead in Der fliegende Holländer at Covent Garden, opening tonight.Here are a few bonus bits of the interview.Bryn on...Andris Nelsons (who conducts the Wagner tonight):"The first time I met.... More »
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Detroit Symphony Dives Headlong Into Streaming + MORE

After a bitter strike, the Detroit Symphony has the most ambitious free web-streaming program of any major American orchestra, as it tries to help secure its future.    .... More »
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Subdued BBCSO Rophé Franck Ravel Berlioz + MORE

At the Barbican, Pascal Rophé conducted the BBCSO,  replacing  François-Xavier Roth who was indisposed.   Cancellations happen (as I wrote in my piece on Jonas Kaufmann HERE), so even though Roth wasn't there, the serious music lovers were. Not that Roth appeals to the glitzy f.... More »
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These ocean crossings gave birth to a new society + MORE

Jardins Migrateurs is a new CD from Montreal-based Ensemble Constantinople (Iranian setar and tombak, and viola da gamba) and Sengalese kora master Ablaye Cissoko - sample the album here. The title refers to the travelling gardens - jardins migrateurs - that invoked paradise in Persian culture. Thes.... More »
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London Sinfonietta, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London + MORE

For all its philosophical pretensions, a new work from Dutch composer Michel van der Aa was simply a virtuoso clarinet concerto, bristling with life.... More »

National Opera Studio

– briandickie.typepad.com

The NOS had its Christmas show this afternoon at its Wandsworth headquarters.  And this brought out a distinguished bunch from our profession, always anxious to attend an afternoon rather than an evening event! And we were treated to an excellent showcase of the talents of the current members of the National Opera Studio…

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This immaculate Australian revival makes it hard to understand how Cavalli’s 1648 bodice-ripper could ever have been allowed to fall into obscurity

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Scintillating Christmas Treat from English National Ballet

– www.seenandheard-international.com

Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker: Dancers of English National Ballet, Students from Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, Choir and Orchestra of English National Ballet / Gavin Sutherland (conductor), London Coliseum, London, 11.12.2013. (JPr) Cast: Daria Klimentová (Clara) Vadim Muntagirov (Nephew/Prince) Junor Souza (Nutcracker) Fabian Reimair (Dr Drosselmeyer) James Streeter (Mouse King) Production: Choreography: Wayne Eagling […]

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Maria Pia de Vito/Francois Couturier: Il Pergolese – review(ECM Records)For five minutes or so, this dedication to 18th-century Italian opera and sacred-music composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi sounds like a respectfully operatic and relatively straight tribute to its subject – then Italian drummer Michele Rabbia’s muffled-hoofbeat drumming begins to edge in…

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Hindemith: Tuttifäntchen – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

Kumberger/Wallén/Lentner/Stier/Berlin Radio Choir/Deutsches SO Berlin/Zurl(CPO)Hindemith’s “Christmas story with songs and dance” was first staged in 1922, a year after the premieres that had established him as one of the rising stars of the avant garde. Yet this gentle pantomime is light years away from the expressionist extremes of those controversial pieces, the one-act operas Murder, Hope of Women and Nusch-Nuschi, and the Third String Quartet…

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Opera Review: ‘The Mother of Us All,’ at Manhattan School of MusicAt the Manhattan School of Music, the Virgil Thomson-Gertrude Stein opera “The Mother of Us All” celebrates Susan B. Anthony.    

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Bach Mass Lacks Polish Because of Last Minute Substitutes

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Bach: Mass in B minor: Lorna Anderson (soprano), Kitty Whately (mezzo), Andrew Tortise (tenor), Stephan Loges (bass-baritone), SCO Chorus, Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Jonathan Cohen (conductor), Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 12.12.2013 (SRT) The B minor mass is one of the greatest works in western music, but this performance fell somewhat flat…

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Listen To: ROH Parsifal (2013) Ondemand For 5 DaysCare of BBC Radio 3. Click the link below to listen.Parsifal…..Simon O’Neill (tenor)Kundry…..Angela Denoke (soprano)Gurnemanz…..Rene Pape (bass)Amfortas…..Gerald Finley (baritone)Klingsor…..Willard W. White (bass)Titurel…..Robert Lloyd (bass)First Knight…..David Butt Philip (tenor)Second Knight…

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Beethoven Celebration

– www.violinist.com

Beethoven CelebrationBy Laurie Niles: Last week I found myself listening to some very young string quartets playing very old and established music, the Beethoven String Quartets.

The concert was a “Beethoven Quartet Celebration,” the culmination of a semester-long examination of these works, led by cellist Paul Katz, who spent this past semester as a guest professor at University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, which is where the concert took place…

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Meyerbeer goggles

– parterre.com

Meyerbeer gogglesIn honor of Giacomo Meyerbeer, the unjustly or (depending on how you look at it) justly neglected 19th century opera composer, a selection from Mike Richter‘s “Meyerbeer Operas” CD-ROM.
Il Crociato in Egitto
Carnegie Hall, New York
March 28, 1979
Aladino, sultan of Damletta: Justino Diaz
Palmide, daughter of Aladino: Yvonne Kenny
Armando d’Orville, knight, also known as Elmireno: Felicity Palmer
Adriano di Montfort: Rockwell Blake
Felicia: Dana Krueger
Alma: Carol Cates
Osmin: James Atherton
Conductor: Gianfranco Masini
Orchestra and Chorus of the Sacred Music Society
West Point Military Band
Download audio file (crociato_richter…

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American Psycho, Almeida Theatre

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Having enjoyed privileged insight into the making of this musical with my audio podcast featuring composer Duncan Sheik’s original demos (check out Podcasts) and director Rupert Goold’s lively mind, this is not so much a review, more a reflection on this startling new arrival at the Almeida…

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Sokhiev, Mullova, Kalagina, Philharmonia. RFH 12 December 13 Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E MinorMahler: Symphony No. 4Viktoria Mullova (violin), Anastasia Kalagina (soprano), Tugan Sokhiev (cond.), Philharmonia Orchesta, Royal Festival Hall, London, 12.12.13A game of two halves this: a Mendelssohn Violin Concerto wholly lacking in enthusiasm, commitment and…

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Elizabeth Futral @ NMWA

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Charles T. Downey, Soprano Elizabeth Futral displays vocal power at National Museum of Women in the Arts gala (Washington Post, December 13, 2013)
On Wednesday night, it was time to celebrate at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. A gala event to raise money in support of the museum’s Shenson Chamber Music Concert series honored Elizabeth Futral with an award for excellence in the

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