Elektra at ROH + MORE Oct 27th

 

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symphonies

Making the old new (1) + MORE

One of my recurrent thoughts is that classical music (you’ve read it here) has to become a contemporary art. And in two recent posts — here and here — I’ve blogged about concerts that seemed to do that. But they did it largely by playing new music. How can older classical music —.... More »
operas

Impressive Music-Making Outside the Top-Orchestra Circuit + MORE

Grieg, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Beethoven: James Rester, Kenneth Bell, John DeVivo, and Albert Houde (horns), Reading Symphony Orchestra, members of the Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra*, Andrew Constantine (conductor), Santander Performing Arts Center, Reading, Pennsylvania. 2.4.2016 (BJ) Grieg: F.... More »
performance

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 »
symphonies news

Beyond Arcady and Bethlehem - music by Michael Head for female choir + MORE

Michael Head Snowbirds & other songs, Ken Johnston, Gary Carpenter, Stephen Deazley; National Youth Choirs of Scotland Chamber Choir, Christopher Bell, Philip Moore; Signum Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jan 29 2016 Star rating: 3.5 Rarely performed Mi.... More »
virtuoso

Ensemble. Whipped Cream + MORE

Buxton Festival's 2014 Opera Gala, attended by Mike Wheeler.... More »

The Nose

– briandickie.typepad.com

© Ken HowardLast night William Kentridge's brilliant production of the absurd opera The Nose came to London's Kings Road for the Chelsea audience in the Curzon cinema.  And what a joy it was!
This must be the finest creation of Peter Gelb's opera producing career – he of course has also made some brilliant choices in presenting as co-producer the work of other houses…

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Luisotti Conducts Verdi’s Requiem

– operatattler.typepad.com

* Notes * Last night Nicola Luisotti conducted Verdi's Messa da Requiem at the War Memorial Opera House with the combined orchestras and choruses of Real Teatro di San Carlo and San Francisco Opera. The volume was occasionally deafening, especially the repeated part when the chorus sings "Dies irae" and the trumpets play…

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Midori (violin), Ozgür Aydin (piano)(Onyx)Ernest Bloch (1880-1959) studied violin to a high level – his teachers included the great Belgian violinist Eugène Ysaÿe – before turning his energies to composition, and throughout his life poured his expressive soul into writing for solo strings. This Violin Sonata No 2 (1924) remains fairly unknown…

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Regie: the early days

– www.therestisnoise.com

“I said
to Frau Cosima that I could not see that the stage trappings at Bayreuth or anywhere else were anything
like the visions [Wagner's] music conjured up. And I think I remember her saying ‘And
what pictures do you see, Mr. Craig?’ And I described something like the wild
pampas of South America, the rushing of the wind, perhaps a prairie fire, and
so on…

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Rising above the desert

– davidnice.blogspot.com

Rising above the desert‘Desert’ is probably the wrong word to describe early Minimalism: at the time it must have seemed more like a rainforest after the aridity of Darmstadt’s iron rule. So in writing my Arts Desk review of the BBC Singers’ and Endymion’s reduced-forces version of Steve Reich’s 1984 masterpiece The Desert Music, I fumbled for a compromise, ‘savannah’, in trying to describe the terrain from which it, and earlier (in 1980-1) John Adams’s equally individual chorus-and-orchestra spectacular Harmonium, took off…

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Royal Festival Hall

Poulenc – Piano Concerto
Prokofiev – Symphony no.7 in
C-sharp minor, op.131

Poulenc – Stabat mater

Alexandre Tharaud (piano)

Kate Royal (soprano)

London Philharmonic Choir

Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor)

 

 
None of these works is
over-exposed in the concert hall, though Prokofiev’s Seventh Symphony perhaps
comes closer to regular performance…

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Breaking Baden

– parterre.com

Breaking BadenBaden-Baden 1927 is the title Gotham Chamber Opera has given to its evening of four brief operas that premiered together at a festival in, yes, Baden-Baden on July 17, 1927. Paul Hindemith, the theoretician who headed the festival, contributed a jokey piece of his own and commissioned young, avant-garde composers from three neighboring nations: Germany (site of the festival and homeland of Kurt Weill), Austria (Ernst Toch) and France (Darius Milhaud)…

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Elektra at ROH

– capricciomusic.blogspot.com

Elektra at ROH23/09/13There’s this myth that is still perpetuated by many that Strauss was a progressive up until Elektra and that from Der Rosenkavalier onwards, his compositional career represents a retreat from Modernity. To posit this view is to grossly misunderstand not just Strauss’s compositional development and place in history, but more importantly perhaps for our understanding of Elektra, it represents a taking of the will for the deed, an attitude very common amongst people who claim that Elektra and Die Frau Ohne Schatten are Strauss’s greatest operas…

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IslandPacket.com: 'Sphinx Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra to perform Oct. 27 on Hilton Head'

Sphinx Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra

The Island Packet

October 21, 2013

The Sphinx Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra will perform at 4 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head.

The Sphinx Organization has worked to create
opportunities for black and Latino musicians to perform and grow…

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Shelter from the storm ? What's on broadcast

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Shelter from the storm ? What's on broadcastA big storm is predicted for Sunday/Monday night. A good opportunity to stay safe and warm at home (if you can). ; I’ve been unwell since Wednesday so I’ve been collecting stuff to listen to. Here are some highlights :Tonight on BBC Radio 3 LIVE from the Barbican, Marc Minkowski conducts Poulenc: Figure Humaine and Concerto for Two Pianos, Ravel Mother Goose Suite (complete) and Rousssel Symphony no 3 with the BBCSO,  the BBC Singers, pianists Guillaume Vincent and David Kadouch…

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Two Boys at the Met

– likelyimpossibilities.blogspot.com

Two Boys at the Met

A young composer premieres an opera at the old Met about how young and old people don’t understand each other. There’s something poignant about it. Your reaction to Nico Muhly’s Two Boys is going to be inflected by your expectations of opera as an art form (or lack thereof), from musical structure to choice of subject to language…

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The tightrope / the passenger

– auv.blogspot.com

Norma – Metropolitan Opera, 10/18/2013
Radvanovsky, Aldrich, Antonenko, Morris / Frizza
Norma – Metropolitan Opera, 10/24/2013
Meade, Barton, Antonenko, Orlov (d) / Frizza

Perhaps it’s from some listener fatigue on my part, but one of the more striking things about last Friday’s Norma seemed to be how much everyone else therein must have realized that this was Sondra Radvanovsky’s show…

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Rare Wagner is rescued from record company archivesIn the Wizard of Bayreuth’s bicentennial year Wagner’s rarely heard Under the Double Eagle march has been rescued from the archives in a notable new release from Warner Classics. The march is, of course, the work of the Austrian bandmaster and composer J.F. Wagner (1856-1908) and not his more illustrious namesake…

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