Notes from the 2014 Salzburg Festival ( 15 ) Charlotte Salomon • Marc-André Dalbavie + MORE
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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (Chandos, three CDs)The latest set completes Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s Beethoven cycle. With the 32 sonatas grouped chronologically, it has emerged in three-disc volumes at roughly two-year intervals. This, the third and final, is necessarily the weightiest in musical terms, taki.... More »
San Francisco’s Bay Area Rainbow Symphony will be performing a free concert to remember and honor the victims of the Orlando Victims on Monday June 20th at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak Street. Music Director Dawn Harms will conduct Tchaikovsky’s Symphony #6 .... More »
Whenever opera-lovers are canvassed about what neglected operas they hunger to see revived, the resulting lists inevitably feature a goodly number of grand operas, those once wildly popular monstrosities–particularly by Meyerbeer–written primarily for Paris in the mid-19th century. Yet d.... More »
Soprano Renée Fleming is certainly making the role of the Countess in Richard Strauss’s final opera Capriccio the focus of her late-career years. After her Met run in 2010, she has made various stops in the role, including this 2013 Wiener Staatsoper production, released by Unitel Classica .... More »
The dumbing down of classical music by the BBC is truly scandalous. However, it it is ironic that Norman Lebrecht and other music journalists are getting so hot under the collar* over the loss of three minutes of Harrison Birtwistle’s music from BBC Four TV: because the same journalists have been assiduously ignoring – no, disingenuously denying – that BBC Radio 3 has been dumbed down for years…
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Charlotte Salomon • Marc-André Dalbavie
Dare Such Beauty!
Pictures above and below courtesy Salzburg Festival © Ruth Walz. Click on details to see entire picture.
I had thought, while sitting in Marc-André Dalbavie’s new opera, Charlotte Salomon, that I had found the perfect description for the work…
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Sandy Wilson who wrote the 1953 musical that made Julie Andrews a stage star, has died in Taunton on the English south coast.
He never equalled the triumph of The Boy Friend, while Andrews went on to much greater things.
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The lovers in question are Charles Ephrussi and Louise Cahen d’Anvers, both members of wealthy, 19th c. Jewish banking families.It is certain that the lovers shared a real interest in music, art and poetry — and in musicians, artists and poets. Louise’s brother-in-law, Albert, was a composer, and Charles and Louise went with him to the Opéra in Paris, and to the more radical premieres in Brussels to hear Massenet…
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Young Singers Project • Final Concert 2014
The Good, the Bad and the Goofy.
ABOVE AND BELOW PICTURES (DETAILS) COURTESY SALZBURG FESTIVAL, © Marco Borrelli / Lelli. CLICK FOR THE WHOLE PICTURE.
T’is good to keep your fingers on the pulse of what is up and coming in the world of classical music…
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Scottish Chamber Orchestra – photo Marco BorggreveThe late night Prom on Monday 8 September 2014, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra will be giving a concert to celebrate the birthday of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. In fact, 8 September is his actual birthday. Conducted by Ben Gernon, the orchestra will be joined by clarinettist Dimitri Ashkenazy and bagpiper Robert Jordan for an all Maxwell Davies programme…
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Beethoven: Diabelli VariationsMarquis Classics CD MAR455 (2014)Stewart Goodyear, piano http://stewartgoodyear.com/ Marquis ClassicsStewart Goodyear gained rave reviews with the release of his Beethoven: Complete Piano Notes: Sonatas (MAR 513), as well as releases of Beethoven: The Middle Sonatas (MAR 511) and The Late Sonatas (MAR 507)…
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Most music is referred to as ‘absolute music’. It simply comprises notes that combine to weave melodic charm. Most Haydn symphonies serve as an example.
At the other end of the composing spectrum lie artefacts—physical objects other than conventional instruments—that are used solely for the compositional process…
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An article popped up in the Guardian just before 6 pm today, titled “Why does the BBC assume its audience won’t like new music?” It deals with the fact that Harrison Birtwistle’s Sonance Severance has been dropped from the BBC TV 4 broadcast of Prom 33. Hang on! Before jumping on the sackcloth and ashes bandwagon, try a bit of common sense…
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All's right with the world when you can hear a Haydn string quartet sound like it's played just for you. The Jasper Quartet's performance of Haydn is in this week's Regional Spotlight.
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