Elektra – Royal Opera House – the director speaks + MORE Sep 23rd


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Help crowdfund volume of David Burge’s writings + MORE

I have been alerted to an Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund a book of the Keyboard Magazine columns of pianist David Burge (1930–2013). A great champion of new music for piano, Burge wrote more than 100 monthly columns for Keyboard Magazine (originally Contemporary Keyboard) between 1975 and 19.... More »

A Zemlinsky moment + MORE

The Escher Quartet, seen here playing the second movement of Zemlinsky's Third Quartet, will perform the composer's four quartets under the auspices of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center tomorrow night; the event will be streamed live. Of the four, the Second is particularly nota.... More »

Clarinetist Anthony McGill and Composer & Performer Daniel Bernard Roumain Join Board of Directors of League of American Orchestras + MORE

Anthony McGillwww.anthonymcgill.comDaniel Bernard Roumainwww.danielroumain.comToday the League of American Orchestras announces seven appointments to its Board of Directors, including two prominent musicians we have often featured, Anthony McGill and Daniel Bernard Roumain.... More »
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Ensemble. Endlessly Memorable + MORE

Britten's 'Death in Venice' from Garsington Opera at Wormsley, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett.... More »
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London Sinfonietta, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London + MORE

For all its philosophical pretensions, a new work from Dutch composer Michel van der Aa was simply a virtuoso clarinet concerto, bristling with life.... More »
Music Review: New York Philharmonic Plays ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’The New York Philharmonic performed music from “2001: A Space Odyssey” on Friday as part of a new initiative, “The Art of the Score.”    

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Holst Connections Abound in Concert of English Music

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Vaughan Williams, Holst, Elgar, Arnold, Bliss: Paulina Voices /Heidi Pegler (conductor); St Paul’s Girls’ School Chamber Orchestra / Leigh O’Hara (conductor); Flowers Band / Paul Holland (conductor); All Saints’ Church, Cheltenham, 21.9.2013 (RJ) Ralph Vaughan Williams: The cloud capp’d towers; Over hill, over dale Gustav Holst: Ave Maria Sir Edward Elgar: The Snow; Fly, singing […]

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Bryn Terfel finds not just malevolence but genuine tenderness in Puccini’s arch-villain, says David Fanning.    

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Autumn at LSO St Luke's

– www.planethugill.com

Autumn at LSO St Luke's

Autumn at LSO St Lukes features a series of BBC Lunchtime Concerts of Mozart’s chamber music with the Aronowitz Ensemble, London Winds, Lendvai String Strio, Chiaroscuro Quartet, Vilde Frang and Michall Lifts, the Eben String Quartet. There are also discovery days on Shostkovich and Berlioz. Joanna MacGregor, Graphic Scores, and the Aurora Orchestra all push the boundaries with their concerts…

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Mostly Symphonies 24: Schnittke’s TenGrant Chu Covell
[September 2013.]

“The Ten Symphonies.” Alfred SCHNITTKE: Symphony No. 0 (1956-57)0; Symphony No. 1 (1972)1; Symphony No. 2, “St. Florian” (1979-80)2; Symphony No. 3 (1981)3; Symphony No. 4 (1984)4; Concerto Grosso No. 4 – Symphony No. 5 (1988)5; Symphony No. 6 (1992)6; Symphony No…

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Tobias Picker’s operatic take on Stephen King’s novel is a modestly compelling melodrama that offers pleasures for the eye that are unavailable to the ear

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Because the Night…Tristan at WNO

– wellsung.blogspot.com

Tristan und Isolde, Washington National Opera, September 18, 2013Auguin; Theorin, Storey, Bishop, Rutherford, Schwinghammer

Well, DC’s love affair with Phillipe Auguin shows no signs of abating if this past Wednesday’s Tristan und Isolde (the second outing of this run) is any evidence. Auguin and the WNO received probably the biggest applause of the evening and it was well deserved, too…

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In Brief: Start of Fall Edition

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio, online video, and other good things in Blogville and Beyond. (After clicking to an audio or video stream, press the "Play" button to start the broadcast.)

Michael Boder conducts a production of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress at the Theater an der Wien, starring Toby Spence (Tom Rakewell), Bo Skovhus (Nick Shadow),

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Don't kill Lulu

– davidnice.blogspot.com

Don't kill LuluMen have been doing it since 1894, when Frank Wedekind first shocked the world with his Lulu play(s) about an amoral child-woman abused by men and doing what she can – which turns out not to be much – to get her own back. At least Wedekind had the half-decency to wonder whether (spoiler alert) Jack the Ripper should casually slaughter Lulu’s lesbian admirer Countess Geschwitz on the way out of her garret; Geschwitz did survive in Christof Loy’s mesmerising, minimalist Royal Opera production of Berg’s operatic version…

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Tosca – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

Tosca – reviewMillennium Centre, CardiffAs if matching the Welsh National Opera’s Tudor trilogy, this new Puccini has upped the gore countBy comparison with the glare surrounding Welsh National Opera’s Tudor trilogy, Puccini’s Tosca has seemed like the autumn season’s afterthought. But, with two queens already dispatched to the execution block in the former, there’s also a bit more blood and gore than previously in this revival of Michael Blakemore’s 1992 production…

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Music Review: Salon Sanctuary Opens With ‘The Heirs of Tantalus’Salon Sanctuary opened its new season with “The Heirs of Tantalus,” a concert of Baroque opera arias.    

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LaurisList.net: 'Ella Lee, a pillar of opera in LA'

Ella Lee

sends this link:


news this week, reported on the Facebook
page for LA
Met:  opera singer, teacher, producer and co-founder of Los
Angeles Metropolitan Opera died on Monday, September 16.  She
was beloved by her students, collaborators and proteges, and her
passion for opera impacted and inspired many…

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Elektra – Royal Opera House – the director speaks

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Elektra - Royal Opera House - the director speaks“Opera directing is very different to theatre directing”, says Charles Edwards, director of Elektra at the Royal Opera House, told me in 2008.  “It has to be the music that motivates you”. In this second revival, Andris Nelsons is conducting, which alone almost guarantees an absorbing musical experience…

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