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Gilchrist, Rameau and Clérambault Explore the Sorrows of Love + MORE

Marais, Rameau, Couperin, Clérambault: James Gilchrist (tenor), Ben Samsom (violin), Imogen Seth-Smith (Viola da gamba), Warwick Cole (harpsichord), Holy Apostles’ Church, Cheltenham, 6.2.2016. (RJ) Marin Marais (1656-1728):  Sonnerie de Sainte Geneviève du Mont de Paris Jean-Philippe Ramea.... More »

Stellar Singers, Elder and the LSO in Sumptuous Strauss + MORE

 Mozart and Richard Strauss: Anne Schwanewilms (soprano), Lucy Crowe (soprano), Sarah Connolly (mezzo soprano), London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Mark Elder (conductor), Barbican Hall, London, 8.5.2014 (CS) Mozart: Symphony No 38 (Prague) Strauss: Extracts from Der Rosenkavalier   Marschallin –.... More »

Winter and Spring season at the Howard Assembly Rooms + MORE

Howard Assembly RoomsOpera North's activities in Leeds cover far more than just opera (see my article about the 2017/2018 season), and the Howard Assembly Rooms forms the focus of the company's smaller scale activities. The lively season there continues on 19 January 2017 with a collaboration with L.... More »

Royal Academy of Music students/Wright - Bartók and Stravinsky, 28 June 2014 + MORE

Hall One, Kings PlaceBartók – Seven pieces from ‘Mikrokosmos’, for two pianos, four hands, Sz.108Sonata for two pianos and percusson, Sz.110Stravinsky – The Soldier’s TaleFlorian Mitrea, Alexandra Vaduva (piano)Tom Lee, Paul Stoneman, Oliver Butterworth (percussion)Kate Suthers (violin)Fe.... More »

All our pomp of yesterday + MORE

On this day in 627, a Byzantine army under Emperor Heraclius defeated Emperor Khosrau II’s Persian forces, commanded by General Rhahzadh, in the Battle of Nineveh. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLcCojUkMuE Born on this day in 1900 tenor Arthur Carron http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qy9u5x.... More »
The Week Ahead | Classical Music: Levine and Mahler, Laredo and MozartDuring Christmas week, Carnegie Hall is surprisingly active, starting on Sunday afternoon at 3, when the Met Orchestra performs an all-Mahler program conducted by James Levine.    

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Exclusive: The pianist they tried to put in jail returns to the concert platform tonightLaia Martin, a young pianist, found herself in the world’s headlines this year when a neighbour persuaded police to prosecute her for noise pollution, an offence that carries a maximum seven-year jail term. Laia, 28, was acquitted on all charges and retreated to her piano studio, away from the unwanted limelight…

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Jonas yuletide treat

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With no operatic offerings on the TV schedules this festive season, we can at least look forward to the Bavarian State Opera's latest livestream.
On Saturday, December 28, Martin Kušej’s new production of La forza del destino will be streamed live from Munich on Staatsoper.TV.  Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros star, and Asher Fisch conducts…

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For the Fourth Sunday in Advent

– www.boulezian.blogspot.com

Wagner has had his fair share of attention this year, but even he, even Mozart, even Beethoven, must ultimately take second place to the greatest composer of all. This evening, I shall be hearing the B minor Mass from the Aurora Orchestra and the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, at Kings Place. That should be my final concert of the year: not a bad way to bow out…

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Others who made the top 10: Jeremy Denk, San Francisco Symphony and even Keith Jarrett.

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Day 20 – Blauer Sommer

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

Day 20 – Blauer SommerAs well as writing songs to mark his own marriage – the renowned Op. 27 set comprising ‘Ruhe, meine Seele’, ‘Cäcilie’, ‘Heimliche Aufforderung’ and ‘Morgen’ (still yet to come in the Advent series) – Strauss wrote three songs in 1895 for his sister Johanna’s wedding (published as Op. 31). ‘Blauer Sommer’, a setting of words by Karl Busse, is a rich rhapsody on nature’s estival joys…

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Wagner in Venice the "lost" Symphony

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“On the evening of Christmas day in 1882, within the Apollonian halls of the “La Fenice” Theater, Richard Wagner led an orchestra formed by the teachers and students of the “Benedetto Marcello” Conservatory. On that night, he proposed some music which, until that time, had been never revealed…

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What Primary School Orchestras can do

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This is an orchestra masde up of primary school students – under twelve years old. The music was recorded in an open air concert beside an extremely busy main street. See the flyover in the background.  Hardly optimum conditions but gives an idea what even very young musicians can do when they’re motivated…

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Tallis Scholars – review

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Tallis Scholars – reviewSt John’s Smith Square, LondonThe Scholars’ recital, from Victoria to Bruckner, may not have been festive, but their voices touched the sublime”It’s not very Christmassy, I’m afraid,” explained the Tallis Scholars’ founder and director, Peter Phillips. The confession was made by way of introduction to one of the rarer items on the programme, Philippe Verdelot’s Sint Dicte Grates Christo, written in June 1530 as a hymn of thanks for the lifting of the siege of Florence and intended, according to Phillips, to index something of the despair and depredation suffered by the Florentines…

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What makes Messiah endure?

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Three versions of Handel’s oratorio range from traditional to experimental – all manage to shake off the death rattle of convention

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Les Arts Florissants/Christie – reviewWigmore Hall, LondonA classy, sexy entertainment of short songs presented as a chamber opera about the shenanigans at a posh weddingLes Arts Florissants’ Wigmore concert, directed from the harpsichord by William Christie, presented a programme of what the French call airs sérieux et à boire – a specific genre of songs for one to five voices and a small group of instrumentalists, written for private performance at the French court in the 17th and early 18th centuries…

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G.Fauré / J.S.Bach Requiem et al.
N.Short /
Tenebrae, LSO Chamber Ensemble
G.Nikolitch, G.Davidson, W.Gaunt

Heavenly Interspersed

If the performance and recording of the Fauré Requiem (in the slimmer second, 1893 version) on this disc weren’t one of the most powerful and satisfying, transparent and focused, all the clever programming around it would be for naught…

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Bach’s Christmas Joy from the Platinum Consort

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Bach: Platinum Consort, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Scott Inglis-Kidger (conductor). Kings Place, London 19.12, 2013 (GDn) Bach: Christmas Oratorio: Parts I, III, V, VI   In a season dominated by Messiahs, spare a thought for the Christmas Oratorio. Were it not for Handel’s perennial singalong, Bach’s masterpiece would have far higher visibility on […]

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