Music Review: Mariss Jansons Leads the Bavarian in Berlioz and Shostakovich + MORE

 

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Chairman’s Choice: Klaus Heymann spotlights some of July’s new releases (Jul 01, 2014) + MORE

BERLIOZ Harold en Italie, Le carnaval romain, Benvenuto Cellini: Overture Berthaud • Lyon National Orchestra • Slatkin 8.573297 Also available on Naxos Blu-ray Audio NBD0042 Drawing on the adventures of Byron’s Childe Harold and the composer’s o.... More »
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CD Spotlight. Scintillating Performances + MORE

Asian music for string quartet impresses Howard Smith. '... an exemplary, highly recommendable release.'.... More »
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Anna behind bars + MORE

Anna Netrebko adds yet another veristic aria to her burgeoning repertoire: “L’altra notte in fondo al mare” from Boito’s Mefistofele.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XutMoFCn3CY (From a concert August 27 at the Beiteddine Festival. Orchestra: Filarmonica Gioachino Rossin.... More »
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You can't write that because it will deter sponsors + MORE

My intention to leave the hot potato of the ethics of funding alone has been blown out of the water by the letter in the Guardian from composers and academics opposing BP's sponsorship of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. What role ethics should play in classical music sponsorship has been a rec.... More »
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Knut Nystedt Dies at Age 99 + MORE

Grammy Award-winning Norwegian conductor, composer and organist Knut Nystedt died yesterday at age 99. Nystedt's music has made a lasting impression amongst classical musicians across the globe. Tesfa shares a personal favorite..... More »
Music Review: Mariss Jansons Leads the Bavarian in Berlioz and ShostakovichMariss Jansons led the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in energetic weekend performances of Berlioz, Shostakovich and John Adams at Carnegie Hall.

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In an esoteric programme, a new quartet by Julian Anderson was performed alongside three demanding pieces from the past half century

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Guy Barash

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The composer's début album, Facts about Water, is now out on Innova. There will be a related concert at Roulette on May 21, with readings by the author Nick Flynn, with whom Barash often collaborates.

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An incomplete C-Minor Kyrie by Mozart, known of but missing since 1936, has resurfaced and is going to be auctioned by Sotheby’s. Musicologists are, legitimately, barking at it like Fido at a tennis ball. A new Mozart manuscript? This is the best day of my life!
The extent to which something like this gets news coverage, by the way, seems to vary…

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A 17-year-old pianist from Essex wins the BBC Young Musician 2014 competition in what he described as the highlight of his life.

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In an Emanuel Ax piano recital at Carnegie Hall, intermezzos by the Australian composer Brett Dean got their New York premiere, paired with intermezzos by Brahms.

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Straussian high days and holy days

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Straussian high days and holy daysTussock time, as in leaping from one pleasure to another, truly began the Friday before last with the annual Europe Day Concert in St John’s Smith Square and continued on Sunday and Monday at Glyndebourne. 150th birthday boy Richard Strauss was central to both: for the Rosenkavalier Study Day, obviously, in anticipation of Richard Jones’s production opening this afternoon – can’t wait – and in the truly surprising component of the European Union Youth Orchestra’s yearly marriage with singers from the European Opera Centre (official credit to the European Commission for the concert photos)…

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Singer Jerry Vale dies at 83

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Jerry Vale, the beloved crooner known for his high-tenor voice and romantic songs in the 1950s and early 1960s, has died. He was 83.

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Gawain review  fully restored, pointlessly staged, superbly performed version of Birtwistle's fourth operaBarbican, LondonThe unexpurgated version of Harrison Birtwistle’s opera, kicking off the Barbican’s 80th-birthday season for the composer, let its magnificent singers down with a superfluous stagingThere are celebrations to come later in the year at the Proms and at the Southbank Centre, but the Barbican has got in first with its five-concert tribute to Harrison Birtwistle to mark his 80th birthday…

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Der Rosenkavalier, Glyndebourne Festival OperaYou can count on Richard Jones for challenging our perceptions and turning expectation on its head but the image of the Marschallin rising Venus-like from her bath while showers of water rain down like gold dust on her post-coital nakedness is not exactly one that a century’s tradition of Der Rosenkavalier would recognise…

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Where has all the wonder gone?

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Where has all the wonder gone?The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it seems pointless.That wisdom from the Nobel laureate physicist Steven Weinberg also applies to classical music. Radio presenters telling us why we should be moved by self-evident masterpieces simply makes the music pointless. Which explains why the UK audience for classical radio has plunged by 10…

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Bagged by Baron Ochs Glyndebourne Der Rosenkavalier

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Bagged by Baron Ochs Glyndebourne Der RosenkavalierRichard Strauss Der Rosenkavalier opened Glyndebourne’s 80th anniversary season, dedicated to the memory of George Christie, who created country house opera as we know it today. “My father loved Der Rosenkavalier”, said Gus Christie.”I think he would have likedthis production”, he added with a wink, “Though he would, as always, have had a lot to say about it”…

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Così Fan Tutte review  fun but superficial spin on MozartColiseum, LondonThe ENO’s new version of Mozart’s opera is visually full-on, but loses sight of some of its disturbing emotional underpinning Phelim McDermott: The wonderful thing about opera is you can never know what it might become.Visually, English National Opera’s new Così Fan Tutte pulls you straight into its funfair world from the first bar and rarely lets go…

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