Moses und Aron, Welsh National Opera/Wales Millennium Centre, review: 'never falters' + MORE

 

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Energizing with Opera + MORE

Advertising its new FIFA 16 video game, EA Sports used 'Figaro' from 'The Barber of Seville' to create energy and to capture the passion and excitement of soccer..... More »
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Met Opera: Rusalka + MORE

Join us at noon on Saturday, Feb. 25, for a live Met Opera broadcast of Antonin Dvorak's Rusakla, starring Kristine Opolais in the role that helped launch her international career..... More »
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The Flying Tenor + MORE

Says a cast change announcement from the Met:AJ Glueckert will make his Met debut as Erik in Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer and will sing the role in the first four performances of the opera at the Met this season on April 25, 29matinee, May 4, and 8. The American tenor repl.... More »
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Anniversary joy: Korngold plays Korngold + MORE

It's Korngold's birthday (118) and how better to celebrate than listening to him play his own music? This is the 'Pierrot Tanzlied' from his most popular opera, Die tote Stadt, recorded in 1951 during the composer's optimistic yet short-lived attempt to return to Vienna after more than a decade.... More »
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Sabine Devieilhe: Mozart & the Weber Sisters CD review – irresistibly good + MORE

Devieilhe/Pichon/Pygmalion(Erato)On being rejected by Aloysia Weber – oldest sister of Constanze, whom he would later marry – Mozart is said to have sat at the Webers’ keyboard and played a song inviting her to kiss his arse. Spoiler alert: that’s a hidden track at the end of this disc of ir.... More »

Poulenc Les mamelles de Tirésias, BBC SO, Barbican

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Poulenc Les mamelles de Tirésias, BBC SO, BarbicanFrancis Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites starts at the Royal Opera House this week. In complete contrast, Poulenc’s  Les Mamelles de Tirésias, at the Barbican, conducted by Ludovic Morlot, with the BBC SO, BBC Singers and a good cast of soloists. Dialogues des Carmélites presents Poulenc, the Catholic, deeply spiritual and uncompromising…

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Opera Review: Dudamel Leads Mozart’s Opera With a Zaha Hadid SetGustavo Dudamel conducts “Così Fan Tutte” in Los Angeles in a production designed by the star architect Zaha Hadid.

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In Brief: Memorial Edition

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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.) Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.

Watch a concert of improvisations by pianist Gabriela Montero, recorded at the Montreal International Musical

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NEW VIDEO: Federico Colli's London recital

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This is the performance of the Schumann Piano Sonata No.1 that took pianistic London by storm last month. Federico Colli has just uploaded the entire recital to Youtube (in three chunks). I hope you enjoy it as much as we all did in the flesh. You can find the rest here. It was part of the International Piano Series at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

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Richard Wagner Supports Constantin Frantz's Denunciation of Prussian Militarism and Pan-GermanismWahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn!Wohin ich forschend blick’in Stadt- und Weltchronik,den Grund mir aufzufinden,warum gar bis aufs Blutdie Leut’ sich quälen und schindenin unnütz toller Wut! Madness! Madness! Everywhere madness!Wherever my searching eye does gaze,In chronicles of cities and the world,The grounds thereof to find,Why, to the point of drawing blood,People torment and mistreat each otherIn senseless frenzied rage!Hans Sachs’ Monologue from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg In 1869, Richard Wagner dedicated the second edition of his Oper und Drama to the Young Hegelian thinker, Constantin Frantz (1817–1891)…

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It ain’t over until the fat lady sings…We all know how the old saying goes, especially the opera critics. I should look up its origins, but the internet on this tour is shaky and patchy enough for me to not bother trying. In any case, on this five-concert tour it’s irrelevant; there are no singers of any body configuration to herald the final curtain…

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Moses und Aron review  unmissable, rare Schoenberg operaMillennium Centre, CardiffA wonderfully contained Moses, suave Aron, and score delivered with clarity and sincerity only the updated staging did this unfinished masterpiece less than full justiceSchoenberg’s only full-length stage work stands alongside Berg’s Lulu, Puccini’s Turandot and Busoni’s Doktor Faust as one of the great unfinished operatic projects of the 20th century…

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Volume 3 of James Brawn’s Beethoven, praised by Andrew Schartmann. ‘… his interpretive choices are exquisite.’

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Jewish, Christian, German nationalist, anti-Hitler – Arnold Schoenberg was an elusive genius

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Happy Memorial Day!

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Happy Memorial Day!

Whether you’re home all day enjoying the holiday with family and friends or your orchestra is putting on a performance today, try to take a few moments to remember the reason for the holiday. Furthermore, take a moment to remember that the single largest employer of full-time professional musicians is the United States Armed Forces…

The United States Air Force Band
The United States Army Band
“The Presidents Own” United States Marine Band
The United States Navy Band
The United States Coast Guard Band

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Words from the women…

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I have a little guest spot in the Observer today, re the conundrum facing young female soloists in the classical music world re sounding good versus looking good… It’s connected to Susannah Clapp’s larger article, here.Meanwhile Fiona Maddocks has written such a brilliant take on Glyndebourne’s Der Rosenkavalier that I think we should campaign for her to receive a DBE for services to opera, wit and good sense…

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Constantin Frantz: Offener Brief an Richard WagnerVolltext aus dem Bayreuther Blätter, Juni 1878. Constantin Frantz (12. Sep 1817 – 2. Mai 1891) gehört ursprünglich um den Junghegelianer wie Max Stirner, David Strauß, Ludwig Feuerbach, Arnold Ruge sowie Marx und Engels. Später aber tritt Frantz von Hegelianismus zurrück und ging zu einer reaktionäre schellingianische Seite über…

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This production of Schoenberg’s opera Moses und Aron is an austere but enthralling masterpiece, says Rupert Christiansen

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