Rachmaninov’s 3rd piano concerto … for tuba + MORE Dec 8th


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31 Days of Classical, Day 6: Tugging at the heart strings with Brahms + MORE

31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Day 6, we listen to two versions of Brahms' German Requiem..... More »

Sydney Opera House: The Opera – as new as you're going to get in 2016 + MORE

Opera Australia’s 60th anniversary season of Bell’s Bizet, Turandot on the harbour and more rabbits may not satisfy all Australian lovers of the art formJulie Andrews to direct My Fair Lady at Sydney Opera House Kate Miller-Heidke, Lally Katz and Iain Grandage’s multiple Helpmann award-winning.... More »

Anton Webern: Langsamer Satz + MORE

The Belcea Quartett plays Anton Webern's «Langsamer Satz» in the Mozart-Saal of the Wiener Konzerthaus, Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 For those interested, you can read more about «Langsamer Satz» in the interview with the Belcea Quartet's Violist Krzysztof Chorzelski on the online Magazine of th.... More »

Invernizzi/Prina/Ensemble Claudiana review – exquisite blending of voices + MORE

Wigmore Hall, LondonInvernizzi’s soprano and Prina’s alto dazzled in this exceptionally beautiful concert of baroque chamber duetsThe chamber duet for female voices and continuo, usually on amatory or erotic themes, was a popular form during the 17th and early 18th centuries, though one that has.... More »
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Emerson Quartet, Warmth in the Ice + MORE Dec 11th

This review is an Ionarts exclusive. Journeys (Tchaikovsky, Schoenberg), Emerson Quartet, P. Neubauer, C. Carr The Emerson's current season in Washington, the first with new cellist Paul Watkins, began in October at the Kennedy Center. After missing the first of their concerts on the Smithsonian .... More »

Eugene Onegin: Kuda, kuda…

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Eugene Onegin: Kuda, kuda...Letters in the night: Eugene Onegin Act III. Photo © Staatstheater MainzSome nineteenth-century critics commented acerbically that Tchaikovsky's adaptation of Pushkin's masterpiece into "lyric scenes" ought not to be called Eugene Onegin at all, but rather Tatiana. Mainz's current run of the piece (trailer here), which I attended on Friday, reminded of the strengths of this position…

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Soloists, Swedish Radio Choir & Symphony Orchestra/Ticciati(Linn) (2CDs)The Christmas triptych that Berlioz conceived is one of his most lyrical works and originated with the famous “Shepherds’ farewell”, written in self-consciously antique style. There have been several lovely recordings, dating back to Colin Davis’s first account, and this new one is beautifully fluid, flexible and transparent…

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Scenes from Nkeiru Okoye's 'Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom' 6:30 PM Dec. 9, Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureFeaturing a Q&A with the artists after the performance, moderated by WNYC’s Terrance McKnight.  and a special performance of “Sugar Song” from Irondale Ensemble Project’s Brooklyn abolitionist musical “Color Between the Lines”Performances by

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Roomful of Teeth and Holly Herndon at (le) poisson rougeOn Monday, November 4, 2013, the a cappella ensemble Roomful of Teeth took to the stage at (le) poisson rouge to present the world concert  premiere of member and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw’s Partita for Eight Voices. Along with Shaw’s premiere, the group also performed numerous works by composers such as Caleb Burhans, Judd Greenstein, and Missy Mazzoli…

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He is big

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He is bigFalstaff, Verdi’s final opera, is exuberantly inventive, bubbling and roiling with ideas the 79-year-old composer was too impatient to develop. It’s a work bursting with miraculously youthful vigor, which the newly invigorated James Levine brought to the Metropolitan Opera on December 6. Levine rightfully reveres Falstaff, and his light, deft touch and detailed musical ear were matched in Robert Carsen’s witty, visually stunning production, where Shakespeare’s Merry Wives live in 1950’s Windsor, leaving their bright kitchens to lunch at smart restaurants…

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BBC Radio 3 - Wagner Weekend 7 - 8 DecThis weekend, BBC Radio 3 is having a “Wagner Weekend” consisting of a series of programs, unsurprisingly, with a Wagner theme. Details below.Through The Night – 1.00am Sat 7 DecVioleta Urmana joins the Radio France Philharmonic in Wagner from Paris – Tristan, Lohengrin, Tannhauser, the Flying Dutchman…

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Grammy Awards 2014: Thielemann, Kaufmann & Runnicles NominatedAdmittedly one has to go far down the nominations list to find the “Classical” section, but there, hidden away from the horrified eyes of  MTV’s latest reality show presenter,  we are happy to report that the recently released Thielemann/Wiener Staatsoper Ring cycle can be found (Best Opera)…

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Patrick Kinmonth is an artist, a set designer and a curator, but now he’s branched into direction, why the dearth of invitations, asks Rupert Christiansen    

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La Traviata at La Scala — first glimpsesToday’s the day, tonight’s the night. Milan celebrates Saint Ambrose (Sant’Ambrogio) and La Scala celebrates Giuseppe Verdi with a new production of La Traviata to open its 2013–2014 season.
This is no ordinary opening, with tickets costing €2,000 in the stalls, and Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, together with the President of the Senate, Pietro Grasso, and President of the Chamber of Deputies, Laura Boldini, in the Royal Box…

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Feldman Postscript

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Feldman PostscriptOne critique of Widmann that I didn’t have space to articulate in my printed review of Violin and Orchestra: following along with the UE score, I noticed that she treated all fermata rests as equal values, e.g. the time spent on a fermata placed above a sixteenth rest was, for all intents and purposes, equivalent to the time spent over a quarter rest fermata…

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How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

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How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?Just a slightly belated note to let my readers know that I was selected for, and am currently participating in, Carnegie Hall’s annual Weill Music Institute professional training workshop for composers, Creating New Music. Running the show is the estimable David Lang, 2013-14 Carnegie Hall composer-in-residence…

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Les Apotheoses - Christophe Rousset and Les Talens LyriquesChristophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques returned to the Wigmore Hall on Friday 6 December for a concert which looked at the rivalry between the French and Italian musical styles in the late 17th and early 18th century. They performed Francois Couperin’s Sonata from Premier Ordre: La Francoise from Les Nations, L’Apotheose de Corelli and the Apotheosis of Lully which concludes with the trio sonata La paix du Parnasse…

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