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For 2007 I wrote something similar to the "Best Recordings" list for WETA's long-defunct blog, naming it: "These Are a Few of My Favorite Things", which ended up being divided into eleven parts:
I - Crossover
II - Concerto
III - DVD
IV - Keyboard
V - Choral/Vocal
VI - Orchestral.... More »
San Francisco’s New Century Chamber Orchestra has named Philip Wilder as its new executive director. New Century’s music director is the ever-interesting Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.
Wilder, a singer with Chanticleer, worked for seven years as an artist PR with 21C Media Group. Guess he’.... More »
It was a happy coincidence that ever-stylish director/designer Robert Carsen's new production of Tchaikovsky's Pikovaya Dama happened to be running at our old haunt the Zurich Opera following on from the not-too-hard-work Basel stint of my latest Swiss trip (which you can read all about over on The .... More »
Beethoven Fidelio at the Teatro alla Scala Milan, conducted by Daniel Barenboim. Musically superb: after hearing the BR Klassik broadcast live online, I was stunned. Now, having seen a copy of the video broadcast on RAI 5, I'm still stunned by the quality of the playing and singing but very disappoi.... More »
The Minnesota composer made accessible music that explored new ideas. He wrote pieces that players could play, but also challenged them. Paulus died Sunday. MPR News' Dan Olson has more..... More »
Kevin Puts’s new work, How Wild the Sea, premiered in Austin by the Miro String Quartet and the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra. And Los Angeles-based composers Sepand Shahab, Colin Wambsgans, and Michael Winter battle fierce winter weather to bring their own music to a small Austin club.
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Lyric Opera has whipped up a perfect holiday confection for opera lovers in “Die Fledermaus (The Bat)” by Johann Strauss Jr., which opened Tuesday night at the Civic Opera House…
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An enterprising revival of Richard Strauss’s fascinating, frustrating, rarely performed opera from Leon Botstein and his American Symphony Orchestra
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One of the finest current Gustav Mahler-combos—Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra—assembled before a packed Grosser Saal of the Vienna Konzerhaus December 4th. In tow their latest Mahler-project, the Ninth Symphony.
In the first movement, the orchestra displayed the qualities that make them so enjoyable to hear: playing alive with individuality, fully in control of the material (
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Daniel LippelDaniel LippelSpectrum is thrilled to present International Contemporary Ensemble guitarist Dr. Daniel Lippel. He will perform two sets of ambitious music for what is widely reputed to be the least-ambitious instrument in the history of human civilization. Wednesday, December 18 at 7:30 PM Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors Spectrum, 121 Ludlow, 2nd Floor, New York, NY …
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Our Own Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin has devised something to keep you warm on those long winter nights: a complete performance of Les Troyens from 1974!
Rafael Kubelik, conductor
16 March 1974
I: La prise de Troie
Cassandre – Shirley Verrett
Chorèbe – Louis Quilico
Enée – Jon Vickers
Ascagne – Judith Blegen
Priam – Edmond Karlsrud
Hécube – Jean Kraft
Helénus – William Lewis
Polyxène – Maureen Smith
Panthée – Richard T…
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Jihoon Kim is shining proof that the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, London, develops singers into complete artists. rich, resonant bass is much admired. During his two years as a Jette Parker Young Artist in 2011/13 he was cast in a wide range of roles at the Royal Opera House, from Alessio in Bellini’s La sonnambula and Colline in Puccini’s La bohème to the Ghost of Hector in Berlioz’s Les Troyens…
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Thanks to all the readers who emailed me about a rare Royal Opera House discount.
Top price stalls and stalls circle tickets for Manon are reduced to £85 (from £150-160) with a new TravelZoo offer.
The price cut is valid for three performances only- 17 January, 28 January and 4 February. Book via the ROH website, using the code tzoomanon…
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Royal Festival Hall, LondonAdams’s nativity oratorio with a contemporary, female, Latin American accent had power but a fitful momentumThe Southbank Centre’s year-long The Rest Is Noise series closed with a work premiered in 2000 – John Adams’s nativity oratorio, El Niño. While the composer has said that his religious beliefs are “shaky and unformed”, this two-hour piece for five soloists, large adult chorus, children’s chorus and sizeable orchestra, takes as its subject the birth of Jesus – viewed in an unconventional way…
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It was not long after Beethoven's death that people began to talk about "three periods" in his music. Despite the obvious simplifications involved, this division continues to be used and discussed today.
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I was at another performance of The Fizz yesterday – and delighted to see there Nicholas Kraemer, W11 Opera's co-founder and old friend from Glyndebourne and Chicago days. It was a great show. It had been already on Saturday afternoon, and the third performance was inevitably even better! This is a joyful beginning to the Christmas holiday season…
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By 1918, when Strauss wrote this triptych of Ophelia’s songs from Hamlet (in a German translation by Karl Joseph Simrock), he was a highly accomplished opera composer. Guntram, Feuersnot, Salome, Elektra, Der Rosenkavalier, both versions of Ariadne auf Naxos and Die Frau ohne Schatten were all under Strauss’s belt…
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