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"Monty Python meets the Belles of St Trinians? Sacré bleu !"Jacques Offenbach's Vert-Vert at Garsington Opera at Wormsley features a girl’s school in collective mourning for a dead parrot"."The plot, suitably Pythonesque given the dead parrot, is more or less impossible to précis. Suffice.... More »
Dvořák, Violin Concerto (inter alia), A.-S. Mutter, Berlin Philharmonic, M. Honeck (DG, 2013)
S. Currier, Time Machines, A.-S. Mutter, New York Philharmonic, M. Francis (DG, 2011)
Last week was to have featured the National Symphony Orchestra's debut performances of Bohuslav Martinů's first sym.... More »
The manager who was whisked in by the aging Wolfgang Wagner in 2001 to run the festival until his daughter was ready to take over, has died suddenly at the age of 66. Klaus Schultz had been running a small state theatre on Munich’s Gärtnerplatz when he got the call from Wolfgang. He served B.... More »
Fiset/Paulin/Gonzalez/Toro/Deletré/Opera Lafayette/Brown(Naxos, 2 CDs)Provençal composer Félicien David (1810-76) is best known as a purveyor of fashionable operatic orientalism to the second empire, and Lalla Roukh (1862) was a big hit in its day. Based on the eponymous collecti.... More »
Usher Hall, EdinburghMälkki's conducting brought luminosity, lightness and clarity, but Liebeck didn't take control of Prokofiev's violin concertoSusanna Mälkki has a knack for weightlessness. The Finnish conductor brings luminosity to the darkest score and somehow makes a sprawling symphony orche.... More »
Though lip service (if not actual airtime) is given to a whole host of musical traditions from Tejano to bluegrass to opera, Album of the Year and Record of the Year (for a single) are still the most important Grammy awards and are inevitably given to commercial popular music, making all the other awards somehow feel like consolation prizes.
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When listening to Hyperion Records’ new disc of the music of Julius Isserlis, it proves impossible to separate what you hear from the experiences of its composer. Isserlis, pictured here with his grandson, the cellist Steven Isserlis, was born in what is now Chișinău in Moldova, then part of Russia…
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The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players are beating all other local concert presenters to the punch, in a big, big way: their upcoming Sweet Thunder Festival, scheduled for April 24-27 at Fort Mason, will include first Bay Area appearances (I believe) of the JACK Quartet and International Contemporary Ensemble, aka ICE…
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There were, it seemed, enough trumpets to serve Gabriel throughout eternity – and, as fanfares go, this one was stretching a point and then some. LSO On Track had commissioned it from Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and true to the spirit of this enterprise seeking to field young musicians of mixed abilities alongside players from the London Symphony Orchestra Fanfare: Her Majesty’s Welcome commandeered its battalions of extra wind from the nearby Guildhall School and gave “Her Majesty”, and us, an earful – the kind of public racket that would easily be heard all the way over in Buckingham Palace…
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Synchronize your watches for 2015 and get your cars revved up to 88 mph! A musical adaptation of "Back to the Future" will be opening in London’s West End next year, the 30th anniversary of the Robert Zemeckis-directed film that starred Michael J. Fox.
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LONDON (Reuters) – Roald Dahl’s “Dirty Beasts” poems have a musical cadence which may explain why, after the success of stage versions of “Matilda” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, three of them are being set to music to introduce young people to the orchestra.
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“In her first role in a play, Ms. Fleming will make her debut at the [Williamstown Theater Festival] in Living on Love, a new comedy from the Tony-winning writer Joe DiPietro (Memphis), adapted from the Garson Kanin play Peccadillo. Ms. Fleming will play an opera diva at odds with her husband over the people they’ve hired to ghostwrite their autobiographies…
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A 1715 Stradivarius violin, valued in “the high seven figures,” was snatched from the arms of Frank Almond, a violinist in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, after a concert this week.
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Maxwell Davis: Fanfare: Her Majesty’s WelcomeBrahms: Violin ConcertoWalton: Symphony No. 1London Symphony OrchestraJanine Jansen, violinAntonio Pappano, conductorAntonio Pappano is only an occasional collaborator with the London Symphony, but he works well with the orchestra. He delivers plenty of fire and passion, and is often extreme with his tempos and rubato…
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There were two items of note this week related to ticket pricing strategies. First up is The Metropolitan Opera (The Met), which released data detailing large losses in the wake of dynamic pricing initiatives that ushered in a wave of price increases.
Although The Met reversed the decision during Q1 2013, the damage was done and when the fiscal year was complete, they reported average attendance fell to 79 percent capacity, producing a nasty little drop in ticket revenue…
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