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Advertising its new FIFA 16 video game, EA Sports used 'Figaro' from 'The Barber of Seville' to create energy and to capture the passion and excitement of soccer..... More »
Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini is incoherent, bombastic and nigh on unperformable. The perfect project, then, for Terry Gilliam to direct. We asked him to keep a diary as he brought the work to the English National Opera stage. Strap in for a bumpy rideJune 2011 The Damnation of Faust closes at the Col.... More »
Asian music for string quartet impresses Howard Smith. '... an exemplary, highly recommendable release.'.... More »
In the earliest years of the 20th century, Charles Ives was working for Charles H. Raymond & Co. insurance company in Wall Street. On weekends he would escape the city to Pine Mountain, a beautiful nature reserve south of Danbury where the Ives family owned land, in order to compose there. Some.... More »
Kaija Saariaho’s opera is loved by many, though some find it repetitive and simplistic.... More »
Matt Pakulski, the founder of new Chicago record label FPE, discusses his wide-ranging tastes, his approach to the curation and creation of musical objects, and the label’s first release—an album from Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble.
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Robert Spano leads his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a stirring performance of Britten's towering masterpiece. Broadcast live April 30, 2014 at 7 p.m. Central; 8 p.m. Eastern.
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Andris Nelsons must really, really like Parsifal. For the CBSO's just-announced 2014-15 season – Andris's last at the helm – he's programmed it twice.
The first outing is on 25 August 2014 (Bank Holiday Monday). Klaus Florian Vogt makes a rare UK appearance to sing extracts from Parsifal and Lohengrin, and there's Elgar's Second Symphony to follow…
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A review in the NY Times by Vivien Schweitzer has gotten some discussion on Facebook. She’s not a fan of Morton Feldman’s music, but got sent to review a performance of the composer’s monumental, six-hour String Quartet No. 2. She didn’t enjoy it, no surprise, and doesn’t hear the virtues of the piece (and other Feldman works) that others hear…
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“From terrorism, invasion and despair through to miracles, enlightenment and joy, two millennia of history, four centuries. of (opera)……. reveal the unique ability of opera to convey what it is to be human” …. a good summary of the English National Opera’s 2014 2015 season. Sixteen productions, eleven of them new, from Monteverdi Orfeo to another world premiere by a British composer…
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Back-stabbing mayhem: Birmingham Opera Company's Khovanskygate
I am off to Birmingham this afternoon for what appears to be a remarkable production created by Graham Vick. This version of Mussourgsky's Khovanschina has been widely admired so I am sure that the effort will be worth it…
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present point passed is the debut album of Brooklyn’s ensemble, et al., a percussion group comprised of Ron Tucker, Charles Kessenich, J. Ross Marshall, and Jeff Eng. Released on January 21, 2014 by Infinite Number of Sounds Recording Company, this six-track album is a minimalist affair from the music all the way down to the package design, yet present point passed does a wonderful job of achieving this simplicity without compromising the depth or playfulness of its musical ideas…
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English National Opera (ENO) has announced it will be opening its doors to the world of musical theatre.
In a bid to attract new audiences and shore up its financial future, the British company is joining forces with theatrical impresarios Michael Grade and Michael Linnit…
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Yesterday morning the English National Opera launched their new season as the last two years I popped in to see what the company has in store for the next year. The usual pitch by John Berry surely felt more confident but it was definitely missing the customary report on finances, which was relegated to a […]
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The Munich Biennale for new music theater opens next week with Marko Nikodijević's Vivier, an opera based on the vibrant life and violent death of the French-Canadian composer Claude Vivier. Bob Gilmore's biography of Vivier arrives in June…. IRCAM's ManiFeste festival runs in June and July; Georges Aperghis's Luna Park is among the offerings…
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George I in his coronation robesThe Handel House Museum’s summer season of events and concerts celebrates this year’s 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian Succession, the coming to the English throne of the ruling dynasty from Hanover which had close links with composer George Frideric Handel. There is also and exhibition looking at the eventful life of the actress and singer Susannah Cibber…
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