Covent Garden’s Carmen Has Spectacle but Little High Drama + MORE Dec 25th

 

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Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra Excel in the Music of Three French Masters + MORE

Berlin Festtage (7) – Debussy, Boulez, and Ravel:  West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim (conductor). Philharmonie, Berlin, 4.4.2015 (MB) e Debussy – Prélude à l’après-midi d’une faun Boulez – Dérive 2 Ravel – Rapsodie espagnole Alborado del gracioso Pavane pour une infant .... More »
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Slideshow: Met Opera's "Hansel & Gretel" + MORE

On Saturday, January 3, at noon, we'll air Richard Jones's haunting yet witty production of "Hansel and Gretel," in a live broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera, starring Aleksandra Kurzak as Gretel and Christine Rice as Hansel..... More »
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VIDEO: Young Afghanis bring music to UK + MORE

The youth orchestra bringing the sounds of Afghanistan to the UK..... More »
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Mørk/Concertgebouw/Jansons - Haydn and Bruckner, 4 April 2014 + MORE

Barbican HallHaydn – Cello Concerto in C major, Hob.VIIb/1Bruckner – Symphony no.7 in E majorTruls Mørk (cello)Royal Concertgebouw OrchestraMariss Jansons (conductor) It was the Haydn C major Concerto, which, despite the massed ranks of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Bruckner sym.... More »
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Flicks in Five: Hamlet + MORE

On this week's Flicks in Five, we'll hear composer Patrick Doyle's musical depiction of the ghost of Hamlet's father in Kenneth Branagh's 1996 production of 'Hamlet'..... More »

From Abgesang to Zurich

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From Abgesang to ZurichWagner created new worlds within his operas, yet he also generated a new world by them. Has there been any other composer, including Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, who has commanded such an enormous following and fascination? Judging by the thousands of entries in The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia – from Abgesang to Zurich – I think not…

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Day 24 — Morgen

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Day 24 — MorgenAnd so the Richard Strauss Lieder Advent Calendar comes to a close, albeit an open-ended one. Behind the last window is the 1894 Lied ‘Morgen’, the final part of Strauss’s wedding present to Pauline. This represents the ’til death do us part’ of marital commitment. After an aching introduction, the voice enters almost absentmindedly…

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In a concert that made emotional as well as intellectual sense, Edward Gardner showed how Wagner changed musical history

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Metropolitan Opera artist Latonia Moore returns to Hamburg State Opera to sing the title role in Mme Butterfly on four events in January 2014Latonia Moore (Dallas Opera/Kilponen)John Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites:After her well acclaimed role debut of Aida in Hamburg in 2010, Metropolitan Opera artist Latonia Moore will now return to Hamburg State Opera to sing the title role, which she did before, in Mme Butterfly on four events in January 2014 in Hamburg…

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Hans Zimmer: In film, you’re working with people who encourage you to failThe sought-after film composer and five of his pals sit around a table and chew out the business in a fascinating colloquy for THR. Thomas Newman says: ‘You have to let people know you’re flexible. If you come in like the guy who knows what he’s doing, and this is what it is, that’s tough…

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Hall One, Kings PlaceMass in B minor, BWV 232Malin Christensson (soprano)Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano)William Towers (counter-tenor)Joshua Ellicott (tenor)Benedict Nelson (baritone)Aurora OrchestraChoir of Clare College, Cambridge (director of music: Graham Ross)Nicholas Collon (conductor)  And so, Kings Place’s year-long series, ‘Bach Unwrapped’, came to a close with one of the towering masterpieces of Western civilisation, the B minor Mass…

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Love Haendels…..

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Love Haendels.....By Stephen Brivati: Greetings,

When I was a mere stripling I happened to hear Ida Haendel playing the Walton violin concerto in the Proms. There was a brief passage of the most sensual double stopping in the last movement which she played so beautifully it made my hair stand on end. From that time on I always wanted to hear that same gut wrenching sadness from whoever was performing…

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Bach's Christmas Oratorio

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Bach's Christmas OratorioAs part of the Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square, the choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, conductor Stephen Layton, performed parts one, two, three and six of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, with soloists Katherine Watson, Iestyn Davies, James Gilchrist and Neal Davies…

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Covent Garden’s Carmen Has Spectacle but Little High Drama

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 Bizet, Carmen: Soloists and Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Daniel Oren /(conductor), Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 21.12.2013 (JPr)   Cast: Carmen: Christine Rice Don José: Yonghoon Lee Escamillo: Kostas Smoriginas Micaëla: Sarah Fox Frasquita: Anush Hovhannisyan Mercédès: Rachel Kelly Le Dancaïre: Adrian Clarke Le Remendado: Stuart Patterson Luniga: […]

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Although Schubert is probably the most famous and prolific Lieder composer, he had an unrequited love for opera that never resulted a stage work currently in the repertoire. He flirted too with oratorio, but his religious drama in three acts has only survived in incomplete form. Nobody knows if Schubert gave up composing it in the beginning of act II or if he composed further than the extant material…

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Michael S. Wright: 'Nelson Mandela was the person I most admired, period! I was more saddened by  his passing than I ever expected.'Nelson R. Mandela (1918-2013) (1999 Photo by Mike Hutchings, Reuters)On December 20, 2013 AfriClassical posted:  African Musical Arts presents Songs of Africa Ensemble in Nelson Mandela Tribute, 4 PM Dec. 29, 2013, Pilgrim Congregational Church, St. Louis MOMichael S. Wright writes:Thanks Bill for posting this and other tributes…

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  Wagner, Webern, Berg, Strauss: Christine Brewer (soprano), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner (conductor). Barbican Hall, London, 20.10.2013. (JPr) Wagner – A Faust Overture Wesendonck-Lieder Tristan and Isolde – Prelude Act I Webern – Passacaglia, Op. 1 Berg – Seven Early Songs Strauss – Death and Transfiguration   Over very many years I have had an […]

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It Is Not Too Late For Redemption

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It Is Not Too Late For Redemption

Although it isn’t unusual for arts orgs to launch holiday sales campaigns promoting the benefits of giving tickets as holiday gifts, how often do we take our own advice? This question entered the back of my mind a few weeks ago and since then, I’ve been asking friends and colleagues among the ranks of musicians, managers, and board members if they purchase orchestra tickets (or gift certificates) as holiday gifts…

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