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Mozart, Bruckner: Staatskapelle Berlin/Daniel Barenboim (piano/conductor), Carnegie Hall, New York City, 20.1.2017 (BH) Mozart – Piano Concerto No.20 in D Minor K.466 Bruckner – Symphony No.2 in C Minor (1877 version) At the end of this concert at Carnegie Hall—the second of nine in .... More »
It's unclear who nominated legendary soprano Maria Callas (1923-1977) to posthumously participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge, but she has now done so, courtesy of Warner Classics..... More »
Donizetti: Anna Bolena, Wiener Staatsoper Orchestra and Chorus, Andriy Yurkevich (conductor), Staatsoper, Vienna, 10.4.2015 (JMI) Cast: Anna Bolena: Anna Netrebko Percy: Celso Albelo Giovanna Seymour: Ekaterina Semenchuk Enrico VIII: Luca Pisaroni Smeton: Margarita Gritskova Lord Rochefort: Dan Pa.... More »
Bryn Terfel and Andris Nelsons team up for a rewarding revival of Wagner's masterpiece, says Rupert Christiansen.... More »
The month of March 2017 on parterre box can be summed up in three topics: Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann and religious Cretans. The top ten postings for the month:
Donna son io, signore, ed in mia casa
Broadcast: La traviata (March 11)
Beyond the sea
Start the revolution with me
Questa donna conosc.... More »
Here in Washington, there is relatively little to hear in the sleepy month of August, and one’s ears start to think ahead to the fall. This city offers a lot of high-quality music, more than most people can afford to hear. What are the performances that you should mark on your calendar now, the ones you do not want to miss? Here are my picks for the Top 25 events in classical music in the season
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Writing for the Atlantic group online (initially Quartz, “a digitally native news outlet launched by Atlantic Media in September 2012—it provides a 24/7 digital guide to the new global economy designed to serve business professionals who travel the world, are focused on international markets, and value critical thinking,” later on the Atlantic website itself), Far East Specialist Gwynn Guilford takes on musical exoticism in “It’s Time to Stop Using ‘Exoticism’ as an Excuse for Opera’s Racism” (July 23, 2014)…
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A Strauss choral work and an Elgar symphony – Vassily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra shook things up with devastating impact at Prom 19. Strauss’s Festival Prelude was written for a grand occasion – the opening of a new concert hall in Vienna in 1913. It’s a massive, no-holds-barred piece glorying in drama and excess, ideal for grand surroundings like the Royal Albert Hall Strauss packs intense power concentrated in a relatively short piece…
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* Notes * Merola Opera Program’s latest production of Don Giovanni (pictured left, photograph by Kristen Loken) opened with the first of two performances on Thursday night. Director James Darrah’s production goes against the text and the drama, with most of the action taking place in an artist’s studio, designed by Emily MacDonald and Cameron Mock…
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Singers and musicians held a rally on Friday morning, as other Metropolitan Opera workers rehearsed and union leaders prepared for federal mediation.
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By Daniel Broniatowski: My dear readers,
In my last article, Why We Need Classical Music, I outlined my belief that more than ever, the world needs classical music today because of this genre’s unique ability to act as a conduit for peace.
Because this topic needed to be explained from a general perspective, I feel that I did not fully explain my premise in a specific, practical way…
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Tons of people have devoted their whole life to new music, but few people have done so to the same extent as composer/trombonist Jim Staley, who for more than a quarter of a century devoted his home to it as well. But 35 years on, Roulette has moved boroughs and has gone from being new music in someone’s home to a home for new music.
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A week from tomorrow, August 9 at 10 AM, I’ll be delivering a lecture on American opera at the Glimmerglass Festival. It’s a favorite subject of mine, and one I rarely get to talk or write much about. Other professors than myself teach copiously about opera at Bard, and one dream course I’ve never ventured […]
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In the 1960s, perhaps a bit earlier, a lively conversation started about “opening up” musical form, or even more directly, about a formal genre marked by such an opening, an “open form.” This might mean that the composer opens up the continuity of a work to the non-obvious sequences, or that additional choices are given to the performer with regard to the same, or perhaps listeners might engage the form of the work in ways other than the simply chronological…
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Three Choirs Festival (7) Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Rasch; Matthew Trusler (violin), Yeree Suh (soprano), Peter Hoare (tenor), Roderick Williams (baritone), Choristers of the Three Cathedral Choirs, Singers from Die Kantorei der Kreuzkirche, Chemnitz, Festival Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra, Baldur Brönimann (conductor), Worcester Cathedral, 31…
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The $22 million estate of Richard Adler, composer of The Pyjama Game and other Broadway hits, has become a battleground between the great man’s son and grandchildren and his ‘high-living’ fifth wife.
Counsel for the kids says the wife, Susan Ivory, 70, went on a spending spree in the years before Adler’s death in 2012, aged 90…
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There must be something in the water but regardless the reason it is tough not to miss the sharp uptick in the number of orchestra press releases coming in using the adjective that shall not be named…the b-word…beloved.
If there’s a better example of old school “greatest-art” era promotional jargon that needs to go, I can’t think of one…
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