Maturity Will Come, But Fun is Here Now + MORE Oct 20th

 

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French song in Wandsworth + MORE

The National Opera Studio just down the road from me in Wandsworth - well a 15-20 minute bus ride door to door.  So its relative distance from central London is not an issue for me.  But for others it is - nevertheless there was a splendid turn out in Wandsworth yesterday evening for an ex.... More »
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Good morning Wales + MORE

Another beautiful day here in Wales in prospect - perfect for a Sunday exploring parts of this beautiful country. Yesterday afternoon we were at the Mid Wales opera production of Carmen, in a chamber version with an immensely successful orchestration by Stephen McNeff, reducing the players to a mer.... More »
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Landestheater Coburg: Fidelio & The Cunning Little Vixen + MORE

Last week I took a little trip to Franconia. I was there to see the opera company of Landestheater Coburg perform two of its new productions under its dynamic music director Roland Kluttig. Having made his name primarily as a new music specialist, Kluttig was appointed Generalmusikdirektor at the st.... More »
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Hubris Meets Humility as Duo Deftly Clown Around Korngold’s Songs. + MORE

  Strauss, Korngold, Mahler: Christopher Maltman and Simon Lepper, Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff, 4.4. 2014 (LJ) Strauss, Five Lieder Op. 15 Korngold, Songs of a Clown, Op. 29 Mahler, Ruckert Lieder. Singing Strauss, Korngold and Mahler, Christopher Maltma.... More »
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Jacek Kaspszyk: Szymanowski CD review – mournful, mystical and mesmerising + MORE

Kurzak/Rehlis/Korchak/Rucinski/Warsaw Philharmonic(Warner Classics)Jacek Kaspszyk lets loose the considerable forces of the Warsaw Philharmonic on three of Karol Szymanowski’s vocal works. The Stabat Mater, fragrant with incense, finely balances liturgical stateliness with a cathartic emotional tu.... More »
 Mozart: Ruth Killius (viola), Royal Northern Sinfonia, Thomas Zehetmair (conductor/violin). Milton Court Concert Hall, London, 18.10.2013 (MB) Divertimento in D major, KV 136/125a Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major, KV 364/320d Symphony no.39 in E-flat major, KV 543   A new chamber-size hall for London as part of the Guildhall-Barbican complex: Milton Court Concert Hall – […]The post Top-Class Mozart Performances Grace London’s Newest Concert Hall appeared first on Seen and Heard International.

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Thomas Adès in San Francisco: A Warm, Welcoming Concert Among FriendsEarly October saw the San Francisco Symphony continuing it’s commendable streak of new music programming with a duet of programs highlighting the music of British composer Thomas Adès in both orchestral and chamber settings. Adès is considered in many circles a 21st century musical heartthrob: a conductor, pianist, and award-winning composer whose music seems to toe the line perfectly between widespread critical acclaim (in classical music terms) and adulation from new music aficionados…

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Maturity Will Come, But Fun is Here Now

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Prokofiev, Chopin, Kapustin, Stravinsky: Yuja Wang (piano), Jordan Hall, Celebrity Series of Boston, Boston, 18.10.13 (DA) Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.3 in A Minor, Op.28 Chopin: Piano Sonata No.3 in B Minor, Op.58 Kapustin: Variations for Piano, Op.41 Chopin: Nocturne in C Minor, Op.48/1; Ballade No…

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Autumn Music at the Temple: Sacconi Quartet

The Sacconi Quartet
Picture credit David Merewether

The Sacconi String Quartet
played last night (Tuesday 15 October) at the Temple
church just outside the city of London. The Temple church was
built in the 12th century by the Knights Templar, a
medieval military order of monks whose duty was to protect pilgrims
during the crusades…

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Columbus, OH music blogger Heather Brown tells you what it’s like to make an online contribution to various nonprofits around town:Opera Columbus: Five (5) steps.Promusica Chamber Ensemble: Five (5) steps.Columbus Symphony Orchestra: Up to twenty (20) steps. The process is so confusing that it’s barely possible to determine how long it will take any particular individual…

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Les Vèpres siciliennes; Arditti Quartet – reviewRoyal Opera House; Wigmore Hall, LondonThere are thrills, and a few spills, in Royal Opera’s first staging of a Verdi rarity. And happy birthday, Irvine ArdittiIf one term had to cover all eventualities in Les Vèpres siciliennes it would be “jolly rousing”. Even in less familiar repertoire such as this, Verdi never lets you down…

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Menachem Pressler (piano)(La Dolce Volta)Born in Germany in 1923, Menachem Pressler is best known as the pianist in the incomparable Beaux Arts Trio, which disbanded in 2008 after more than half a century. Pressler still teaches, and at the age of 89 recently resumed his solo career, somewhat curtailed by his chamber music making…

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Hippolyte et Aricie at Glyndebourne

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Hippolyte et Aricie at Glyndebourne07/07/13Rameau was one of the major opera composers of the 18th century and probably the only French baroque composer who surpassed Jean-Baptiste Lully, his great 17th century forebear. Already 49 when he composed it, Rameau’s first attempt at opera Hippolyte et Aricie was to to be the first of over 30 stage works and although he was already a highly successful and accomplished composer, this spate of operas represents a total shift in direction and a late flourishing in which he expanded and magnified his talents beyond anything that one might have expected from what he had produced before…

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The Rape of Lucretia, Glyndebourne Touring Opera (Review)Lucretia is quite literally pulled from the earth like a living artefact – and to the earth she will return. But when we arrive at the contentious final moments of Britten’s opera The Rape of Lucretia and the Female Chorus – seeking answers for this chaste woman’s violation and death – asks “Is it all?”, the question I was asking was how director Fiona Shaw would reconcile herself to the somewhat pat assertion of librettist Ronald Duncan that only God has the answers…

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Verdi Les vêpres siciliennes Royal Opera House

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Verdi Les vêpres siciliennes Royal Opera HouseKaspar Holten promised that Verdi Les vêpres siciliennes at the Royal Opera House would be a spectacle, and he was right. The sheer presence of singers like Bryan Hymel, Michael Volle, Erwin Schrott and Lianna Haroutounian guaranteed its success, and Antonio Pappano’s impassioned conducting made it orchestrally thrilling…

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In music there is an infinity of undecidables More evidence of how artwork changes the sound of CDs comes from this new release on the Spanish Enchiriadis label. Músicas Viajeras is a journey through the music of Christians, Sephardic and Muslim Spain performed by chamber choir Musica Ficta and early music ensemble Ensemble Fontegara with sonic enhancement from Juan Lucas’ cover photography…

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Interview: Ben Woodward. "Bayreuth? They stole our idea!"

One would have to admit that in UK this year those with an interest in Wagner have been well served – with the exception of the UKs two largest opera houses, whose Wagner has been conspicuous by its absence. Opera North continue with its semi staged Ring Cycle, WNO treated us to both a new Lohengrin and a new translation of Jonathan Harvey’s Wagner Dream, while the Proms gave us perhaps one of the most exceptional  Ring cycles of many years – certainly of this centenary…

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Ulysses Kay Project at Columbia University: Panel Discussion Mon. Oct. 21 at 5 PM; Harlem Chamber Players Concert Tues. Oct. 22, 2013 at 6 PM

Ulysses S. Kay, Jr. (1917-1995)

Ulysses Simpson Kay,
Jr. (1917-1995) is profiled at
AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works
List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma,
http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com.  He writes that Ulysses S. Kay, Jr. received a scholarship,
fellowship and awards which allowed him to take up residence in Rome
in 1949 to undertake studies at the American Academy in Rome…

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