Gustavo Leone’s ‘Absurdopera’ a comedic gem + MORE Nov 23rd

 

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The Vienna Philharmonic will be wearing Vivienne Westwood + MORE Dec 31st

Not the orchestra (pace the publicity headline). The ballet segment in the New Year’s Day concert is being kitted out in L0ndon. More pics here. The collaboration was engineered by Andreas Kronthaler, the designer’s Austrian husband and creative director. He said: ”I feel honoured.... More »
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Anxiety, Doubt and Terror in Honeck’s Bruckner + MORE

 Vivier, Bruckner: New York Philharmonic, Manfred Honeck (conductor), Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, 29.3.2014 (DA) Vivier: Orion Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor (ed. Nowak) Just a few months after his one-night-only turn upstaging Anne-Sophie Mutter in Dvořák, this last-minute .... More »
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Critic’s Notebook: National Youth Orchestra Prepares for Concerts + MORE

The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America rehearses for its Carnegie Hall debut..... More »
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Richard Addinsell: The Admirable Crichton + MORE

Richard Addinsell (1904-1977) is known universally for his magnificent parody of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 for the wartime film Dangerous Moonlight (1941) – the ‘Warsaw Concerto’. Addinsell was prolific in writing film music with an excess of 50 credits on the International Movie Dat.... More »
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A Babel of hope and possibility + MORE

The phrase is not mine but my bright young colleague Alexandra Coghlan's on The Arts Desk, of Berio's Sinfonia, which preceded a shattering but superbly nuanced interpretation of Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony at Tuesday night's Prom. I choose to apply it to the superlative team which gave one of th.... More »

Cheers for BB

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It’s you-know-who’s birthday today. I wanted to find something to post that is out of the ordinary, but close to my heart. So I’ve hunted down some video – from the Teatro Real, Madrid – of The Little Sweep, the children’s opera that involves major audience participation in some wonderful mass songs…

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Lost In The Dark

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Before JACK Quartet played Georg Friedrich Haas’ “In iij. Noct,” String Quartet No. 3 Tuesday night at the Lincoln Center White Light Festival, the stage crew turned the lights off in the Clark Studio Theater for a test run, so that everyone in the audience could gauge whether they could withstand the extended period of essentially total darknes…

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Marti Webb returns to Lloyd Webber musical written specially for herMarti Webb is returning to the London stage to star in Tell Me On A Sunday, the show with which she is synonymous, for what could be the final time

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Lawrence Brownlee to Make Company and Role Debuts in Los Angeles Opera's 'The Magic Flute' this weekend; CD 'Spiritual Sketches' at CDBaby.comLawrence BrownleeSpiritual Sketches Lawrence Brownlee and Damien SneedCDBaby.com (2013)Sergio Mims sends this release:Performs at Lincoln Center’s “American Songbook” this January On November 23, Lawrence Brownlee makes his role and company debuts at the LA Opera in a new production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute as Tamino…

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Benjamin Britten's true legacy : Hide in Plain Sight

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Benjamin Britten's true legacy : Hide in Plain SightBenjamin Britten was born 100 years ago today. He changed British music – and Britain – forever. He’s become a celebrity this anniversary year. Thousands all of the world who wouldn’t normally think much about “classical music” know who he is.  That’s quite some achievement for an intensely private man who didn’t play to the crowd or court public adulation…

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Pianist conquers the world

When Ingrid Fliter was a promising teenage pianist in her native Argentina, she was invited to an after-concert party for the scintillating pianist Martha Argerich, one of the country’s musical titans.

“Since I knew there was a slight possibility of playing for her, I prepared myself so intensively,” Fliter says…

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Britten Explains How Peter Grimes Rejects the Wagnerian theory of "permanent melody"Britten’s introduction to Peter GrimesThe composer wrote this introduction to his opera prior to its first performance at London’s Sadler’s Wells in 1945.I am especially interested in the general architectural and formal problems of opera, and decided to reject the Wagnerian theory of “permanent melody” for the classical practice of separate numbers that crystallize and hold the emotion of a dramatic situation at chosen moments…

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Five months before Houston Grand Opera launches its first staging of Richard Wagner’s “The Ring of the Nibelung,” the orchestra is performing its sequel.

Taking motifs from Wagner’s score in sometimes riotous new directions, Rouse’s percussion-and-orchestra fantasy imagines what might become of the saga’s key troublemaker after the final apocalypse – when Alberich is the only character Wagner doesn’t kill off…

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Robin Ticciati/Paul Lewis – reviewUsher Hall, EdinburghTicciati’s account of Schumann’s Fourth highlighted rare gems of orchestral colour but made too much of fleeting detailSchumann’s symphonies might not demand vast choral forces or orchestral overtime, but to underestimate their challenge is to deny the riches they contain. Schumann doesn’t always finish his sentences or dress up his impulses in formal rhetoric, and yet (or maybe therefore) these four works reveal his entire experience of life – and something of our own in the process…

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Gustavo Leone’s “Absurdopera,” is a briliant a pairing of two compact and highly successful one-act chamber operas musically animating two absurdist plays by Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco.

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Esprit Orchestra Launches New Era in Toronto Season OpenerEsprit Orchestra’s opening concert on Thursday, October 24, 2013, in Koerner Hall at Royal Conservatory Toronto was nothing short of a spirited affair. Celebrating the launch of their 31st season, the program featured works by three Canadian composers — R. Murray Schafer’s No Longer than (10) Ten Minutes (1970), Claude Vivier’s Zipangu (1980), and Samy Moussa’s Gegenschein and Zodiakallicht (2009) — followed by a reprise by popular demand of Alfred Schnittke’s Viola Concerto (1985), performed by soloist Teng Li…

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Les Chevaliers de Saint Hubert

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Les Chevaliers de Saint HubertLes Chevaliers de Saint HubertNamed for the patron saint of horn players, Les Chevaliers de Saint Hubert is an ensemble of four natural horn players. Normally the ensemble would consist of Anneke Scott, Joseph Walters, Jorge Renteria-Campos and Martin Lawrence. But Jorge Renteria-Campos was injured in the Santiago rail crash, so at the ensemble’s lunchtime concert on November 21 at St…

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Into Zeus's storm: The Invited at St Paul's Church, Covent GardenRoger Thomas writes :London is blessed with several small independent opera companies that give an opportunity for talented young singers to take on substantial leading roles rather than having their skills confined to the choruses of the big houses. This Opera Room Productions/Iris Theatre production at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden (the Actors’ Church) was a good example of the genre…

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