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Barry Ferguson: South and West Suite for organ + MORE

I recently acquired a copy of Roger Sayer playing the magnificent Klais organ in the Hallgrímskirkja Lutheran parish church in Reykjavík, Iceland. This CD was issued in 1996 as Volume 45 of the Guild Great European Organs. Works include Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in D major, Jean Langlais’ .... More »

Heft and excitement + MORE

About Alan Gilbert leaving the New York Philharmonic: Rightly or wrongly, he wasn’t perceived — at the very least by influential people in the orchestra field, and (from what I’ve heard) by many of the Philharmonic musicians — as someone with heft enough to be music director of such a big o.... More »

For the Record + MORE

L.A. Phil: In the Jan. 21 Calendar section, a review of the Los Angeles Philharmonic said that guest conductor Lionel Bringuier became music director of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in 2012. Though Bringuier was named music director in 2012, he did not assume the post until 2014. Vashon Island:....... More »
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Beethoven/Bavouzet: Piano Sonatas 3 CD review – freshness and enthusiasm + MORE

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 »

Just in: Great conductor announces retirement + MORE

In the programme book of a pair of Vienna concerts that he was forced to cancel through illness, Nikolaus Harnoncourt has announced in a shaky hand that he is stepping down as head of the Concentus Musicus and will not appear again on the concert stage. Harnoncourt, who turns 86 tomorrow (Dec 6), p.... More »

Faith – WNO in Cardiff and Birmingham

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Faith - WNO in Cardiff and BirminghamFor its Summer season Welsh National Opera (WNO) is offering four new operas and two contrasting pairs. Under the the theme of Faith, the company is giving new productions of Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron and Verdi’s Nabucco. Then in complete contrast Debussy’s unfinished La Chute  de la Maison Usher is being staged in a double bill with the world premiere of Gordon Getty’s Usher House…

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The Best Of Wagner On Kindle - Part OneOur editor reviews the “best” of Wagner to be found on E-readers. Part Two to follow shortlyI have a fondness for E-readers – and least we not forget there are many more then just Amazon’s Kindle. Portability and now much faster responsiveness together with a long battery life and the ever developing technology of back-lighting make them a welcome addition to my library…

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Opera Erratica: Triptych review  mixed quality but a burning sense of potentialAn erotic fantasy at a suburban dinner party is one of the fresh and daring results of this company’s workshop improvisationsA young woman learns English from her 78 record of L’Anglais sans Peine. As she repeats the phrases, the dialogue’s characters come to life, playing out a sexual fantasy about two couples at a 1950s suburban dinner party…

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Franz Reizenstein: Concerto Popolare –At the 1956 Hoffnung Music FestivalI first came across the German émigré composer Franz Reizenstein on an old Lyrita (RCS19) record which I found in Harrods record department sometime in the mid-1970s.  This included the important Piano Sonata in B Op.10 which was written in 1944 whilst the composer was working as a railway clerk…

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Critics attacked for describing Tara Erraught, who plays Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival, as ‘dumpy’

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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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Waley-Cohen Rounds Off Trio of Concertos with Brahms

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 Humperdinck, Jessica Davies, Schubert, Brahms: Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin), Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra / David Curtis (conductor), Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham, 17.5.2014. Humperdinck: Prelude to Hansel and Gretel Jessica Davies: Morning Views of Spoleto (world premiere) Schubert: Symphony No 8 (The Unfinished) Brahms: Violin Concerto in D It has been a fascinating experience over the space of […]

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It’s Sally Matthews, who stars as Blanche in the forthcoming run (the Robert Carsen production) at Covent Garden of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. The opera ends with the onstage beheading of 16 nuns. Here’s my interview with her from today’s Independent…

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Changing newspaper criticism: Der Rosenkavalier, 1911 and 2014Julius Korngold in the Neue Freie Presse, 9 April 1911Opening: Although his superior talents have caused him to be designated a leading musician, no one is less suited to this role than Richard Strauss. The Germans want a priest, someone who will champion an art that serves profound ends. Strauss is driven by the ego sensibility of the modern artist, who wants, first of all, to serve himself and his sensations…

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Simon Callow On Richard Wagner

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Simon Callow On Richard WagnerSimon Callow on Richard Wagner.Wagner was not promiscuous, he was serially amorousAn atheist, Wagner immersed himself in the work of Arthur Schopenhauer, who believed that life was essentially an illusion, and that the only contact we have with reality is when we make love. This notion struck Wagner, on the basis of wide personal experience, as deeply true…

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Just give me the fats

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Just give me the fats It goes without saying that any derogatory personal comment about a singer in a review is unacceptable. So I heartily endorse Norman Lebrecht’s outspoken Slipped Disc editorial declaring: ‘Fat should not be an issue in opera’, and all praise to BBC Radio 4’s flagship World at One programme for trying to engineer a confrontation between Norman and the ‘chubby critics’ on air today…

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Stars of the opera world react angrily to a series of reviews criticising the weight of Glyndebourne singer Tara Erraught.

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When critics were critics

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An opera review from the Daily Telegraph of 21 May 1914: 


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