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Exclusive to Slipped Disc readers as a treat for your weekend, we publish an extract from the new tell-all memoirs of the outstanding international mezzo-soprano.
Jennifer writes here about what she calls ‘The Abyss’ period between college and career when nothing is happening… and .... More »
“Disciplined and intelligent.” “Clean and transparent.” “Fleet and lithe.” Though Fabio Luisi’s Wagner performances draw frequent praise for their tidy professionalism, there’s often an undercurrent of frustration with the Genoese maestro for not wringing a little more blood out of t.... More »
This concert performance of HMS Pinafore continues two trends of the 2015 Festival. First, like the semi-staged Budapest Figaro it contained more drama than many fully staged operas seen in London this season (the contrast with ENO's dull fully staged Pirates was especially telling). Second, it.... More »
Britten, Pears & friends on Thorpeness Meare photo Aldeburgh Festival/Ford JenkinsThis year's Aldeburgh Festival runs from 9 to 25 June 2017 and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Snape Maltings concert hall. The festival features a new production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream .... More »
It's unclear who nominated legendary soprano Maria Callas (1923-1977) to posthumously participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge, but she has now done so, courtesy of Warner Classics..... More »
Rutland Boughton, The Immortal Hour: Soloists and Instrumental Ensemble / Inga Davis-Rutter (conductor), Finborough Theatre, London, 11.08.2014 (RB) Cast: Michelle Cornelius – Etain Stiofàn O’Doherty – Dalua Jeff Smyth – Eochaidh Thomas Sutcliffe – Midir with Matthew Crowe; Lydia Jenkins; Kate Marlais; Lee Van Geleen Production: Director: Benji Sperring Designer: Bethany Wells Lighting: Nic Farman […]
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Royal Albert HallBerlioz – Overture: Le Corsaire, op.21Elgar – Sea PicturesHelen Grime – Near Midnight (London premiere)Beethoven – Symphony no.3 in E-flat major, ‘Eroica’, op.55Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)HalléSir Mark Elder (conductor) One of the most saddening aspects of this year’s Proms has been the insulting disservice it has done to new music…
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Cecil Taylor, the improvisational pianist and performance artist, turned an interview in the Brooklyn district attorney’s office into a free-form riff.
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Narrator: Gary Merry, in On the axis of the world by Matt Rogers photo credit: Claire ShoveltonAs the Tête a Tête opera festival is drawing to a close I managed to get to another two performances. This year the event is hosted by Kings Place and Central St Martin’s and continues the tradition of exploration of creativity in opera…
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When Timothy Leary first offered Allen Ginsberg LSD the poet objected, saying “Walking on water wasn’t built in a day”, and responses to recent posts here underline that the new audience for classical music also will not be built in a day. My appreciation of Arnold Dolmetsch’s work with young people prompted Philip Amos to comment:The second paragraph of this fine post serves to bring again to my mind that the potential saviours of classical music are now about five years of age, if not younger…
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Laurie Niles has conducted one of her extraordinarily revealing interviews. This one is with the great violinist Aaron Rosand and it explores, among other things, the differing physiques and techniques of outstanding performers.
Rosand himself had an early start. He played the Mendelssoohn concerto at 10 with the Chicago Symphony, found a rich patron (whom he shared with Isaac Stern) and set off on what promised to be a glittering career …
Oh, read for yourselves…
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I am not sure that I will be able to be objective about today’s performance: after two Wagner performances marred by disappointing orchestral playing and conducting, the very sensation of hearing beautiful, rich and powerful sounds from the pit had the effect of opening the windows in a room where the air is stale…
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A major new development! The Oxford Lieder Festival has been offered amazing matched funding for its Sponsor a Song scheme. This means big money for a small but exceptionally worthy enterprise, which this year mounts the biggest and most comprehensive celebration of Schubert’s songs and chamber music ever attempted in this country, enhanced by talks (Graham Johnson), films, masterclassses, exhibits and community events…
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Marc-André Dalbavie’s “Charlotte Salomon,” which had its premiere at the Salzburg Festival, is a reminder that beautiful, thoughtful music does not equal an opera.
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Last month, The New Yorker announced all of its most recent pieces, plus the full archives back to 2007 and some even older selections, are free for the rest of the summer. So we took this opportunity to dig up some delicious classical music-minded pieces from the magazine's archives.
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Violinists Janine Jansen and Sakari Oramo were a virtuoso violin duo in the lunchtime recital, but Strauss fell flat in the evening
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