Conservatories have produced a glut of fifth-rate composers + MORE

 

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Robert Scott Thompson - Pale Blue Dot (excerpts) (Anodize < Bandcamp; due Fall 2015) The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble - Komitas (ECM New Series; due Oct. 2) James Moore & Andie Springer - Gertrudes: music for violin and resonator guitar (New World)> Larry Polansky - 10 Strings (9 E.... More »
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John Malveaux: Barbara Sherrill now lives in Atlanta but her YouTube piano recording of AMAZING GRACE has provided inspiration to me. + MORE

"Amazing Grace " Played by Barbara G. Sherrill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEhP1bGBOS4John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:On February 13, 2003, I began a new journey in concert production with "An Evening of Grace & Style".  A Black History Month event .... More »
classical music

Appearance + MORE

On May 1 I will appear with the Portland ensemble Third Angle, reading some texts in support of a program devoted to West Coast composers, from Henry Cowell to John Luther Adams..... More »
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A Daphne to die for + MORE

The one-act opera that Richard Strauss wrote after losing his Nazi state position and his exiled librettist in 1935 is more than  a bit of a problem child. Based on classical myth and legend, it has two guys fancying a goddess who would rather be a tree. Or some such. Not much to engage heart and m.... More »
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Angela Hewitt review – Lizst of ferocious power + MORE

St George’s, BristolA programme of Beethoven and Liszt showed that Hewitt, best known for her Bach, can bring force and conviction to the Romantic repertoireIn this St George’s recital, Angela Hewitt chose to balance Liszt’s single massive sonata with two by Beethoven. Over the course of the e.... More »

Wagner in Berwick-upon-Tweed

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Wagner in Berwick-upon-TweedBerwick-upon-Tweed seems an unlikely  place to go for Wagner but if you visit The Maltings this weekend (23 & 24 August 2014), then Wagner is just what you will find. And not Wagner on the big screen, though The Maltings has an admirable programme of telecasts from Covent Garden. They are performing Act one of Wagner’s The Valkyrie, preceded by the Siegried Idyll…

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Bach – Mass in B minor, BWV 232Brahms – Ein deutsches Requiem, op.45Beethoven – Missa solemnis in D major, op.123Ah perfido, op.65Fidelio, op.72: ‘Abscheulicher! … Komm, Hoffnung’Mozart – Ave verum corpus, KV 618Strauss – Vier letzte LiederThe early Philharmonia Orchestra (featured on the greater part of these recordings) was an extraordinary band…

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The Fairy Queen: A Production Evoking the Spirit of Purcell

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    Purcell, The Fairy Queen: The Sebastians, Jeff Grossman (musical director), Christopher Caine (director and choreographer) East Thirteenth Street Theaters, New York  18.8.2014 (SSM)    I  had some difficulty starting this review. No, not the normal writer’s block, but rather a struggle to find the adjectives that would do justice to this performance…

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Tippett Quartet(Naxos)These two Polish composers, born and dying within years of one another, tackled the string quartet medium at different stages in their long careers. Witold Lutoslawski (1913-94) wrote his only example, in two sections and lasting just under half and hour, in 1964. He uses his favoured device of controlled aleatory as well as exploiting highest pitches, near inaudible pianissimos and brilliant furioso outbursts, which the Tippett Quartet deliver with relish…

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An “in tents” Festival…

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An “in tents” Festival…It feels an age since I have penned a blog, and in fact it is a couple of months since we have been on tour. Much has happened in our LSO lives. The departing in a tragic accident of Principal Trumpet Rod Franks was a huge blow to the Orchestra musically and professionally, and most of all, we lost a friend…

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My favourite Mozart opera

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A new production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) is among the highlights of Glyndebourne’s Festival 2015. Rupert Christiansen explains its brilliance

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Haydn – Die JahreszeitenBeethoven – Missa solemnis in D major, op.123Brahms – Ein deutsches Requiem, op.45 In our allegedly ‘historically-informed’ times, it has become unfashionable to laud Herbert von Karajan’s work in Classical repertoire. So much the worse for fashion. From Mozart’s divertimenti to Haydn’s oratorios, much of his finest work is to be found here…

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Conservatories have produced a glut of fifth-rate composersDear 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 – Liberty resides in the rights of the music you find most odious – naturally I completely agree with John Stuart Mill’s dictum, which is identical in substance to Voltaire’s much more famous statement on freedom of speech…

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CD Spotlight. Most Intriguing

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Music by Rameau, heard by Robert Anderson. ‘… much sensitive playing from the whole team.’

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Schubert's Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

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Schubert's Enigma of Kaspar HauserEver wondered why we don’t hear Schubert’s operas more often? Occasional extracts, recorded by the likes of Jonas Kaufmann and Christian Gerhaher, prove that within them there is some vintage Franzi music; now and then, too, an enterprising company in Germany or Austria sees fit to give Fierrabras or Alfonso und Estrella a peer over the parapet, though this is rare…

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Handel's Acis and Galatea

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Handel's Acis and GalateaChris Parsons with the cast and chorusPhoto Hannah TaylorHandel Acis and Galatea; Eboracum Baroque, dir Jennifer Bakst, cond. Chris Parsons; Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Aug 22 2014 Star rating: 4.0Lively small scale production of Handel’s pastoral serenataEboracum Baroque returned to the Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre with a production of Handel’s pastoral serenata Acis and Galatea (seen 22 August 2014) directed by Jennifer Bakst, with Gareth Edmunds as Acis, Naomi Sturges as Galatea and Charlie Murray as Polyphemus…

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Ilan Volkov Iceland Symphony Orchestra Tectonic Classics Prom“Classical tectonics” – strange name for Ilan Volkov’s Prom 48, but pretty good for a Prom featuring the music of Iceland.  A friend of mine loved Iceland because he said it was like no other place on earth. Most of the country is uninhabitable and closed off completely in winter. The people are fiercely independent, yet close knit…

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The quick smile of Mary Whitaker

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The quick smile of Mary WhitakerJonathan Taylor, who works for several New York orchestras, has written this touching tribute to his friend, the violinist  Mary Whitaker, who was shot dead by robbers at her upstate rural home.
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I had the privilege of working with Mary Whitaker for thirty years, primarily with the Westchester Philharmonic and American Composers Orchestra…

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