John Rutter: Partita for orchestra + MORE Dec 6th
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Mina Zikri is doing something else that promising new artists sometimes manage to do. He's quietly gathering around him a group of other artists, like-minded people inspired by what he imagines, and dedicated to making what he imagines real.
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It’s a Wagner lover’s dream! Our friends at Opera Depot are offering a 50% discount on all Wagner recordings, including a new collection of “tantalizing, but incomplete” historical recordings. (And while you’re perusing the site’s offerings, you can enjoy a free d.... More »
Six young composers survive a competition to have their works played by the New York Philharmonic; three get public performances..... More »
Young musicians are fortunate to have many role models from previous generations. One potent example of an admirable music entrepreneur during the twentieth century is a man named Irving Gifford Fine (1914-1962).
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Francis Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites starts at the Royal Opera House this week. In complete contrast, Poulenc's Les Mamelles de Tirésias, at the Barbican, conducted by Ludovic Morlot, with the BBC SO, BBC Singers and a good cast of soloists. Dialogues des Carmélites presents Poul.... More »
“Listen to me, everyone speak about Callas. But I know Callas. I know Callas before she was Callas.
She was fat and she had this vociaccia — you know what a vociaccia is? You go kill a cat and record its scream. She had this bad skin. And she had this rich husband. We laugh at her, you know that?
And then, I sat in on a rehearsal with Maestro Serafin…
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Phyllis Chen is an accomplished pianist, both on the full-sized concert instrument and on the pint-sized toy piano. In addition to her frequent appearances with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) as a composer and performer, she is also the Director of the UnCaged Toy Piano Festival, which she started in 2007 to expand the interest in and repertoire for this captivating instrument…
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Symphony Hall, BirminghamBrahms’s Third began almost glutinously, but recovered irresistibly, while the violinist Isabelle Faust’s Britten was startlingly freshLast season, Andris Nelsons worked his way through all nine of the Beethoven symphonies, but he is taking his time exploring Brahms with his City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra…
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Nelson Mandela was, quite famously, a fan of European classical music. His two favorite composers were George Frideric Handel and Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky, but he grew up exposed to the country’s rich tradition of vocal groups forging a unique form of sacred rhythm music.
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Ahead of an opera version of Ted Hughes’s How the Whale Became, librettist Edward Kemp reveals the challenges of rounding up a menagerie of vain and devious animals for the stageI first encountered Ted Hughes’s How the Whale Became in the edition lushly illustrated by Jackie Morris, which we bought by chance on a family camping holiday in Wales…
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Many people will be listening to, and singing the music of, John Rutter over the coming few weeks. He is now traditionally regarded as ‘Mr Christmas’ in the musical world. Certainly sales of his delightful Christmas carols will have made a strong impression on his bank account. Yet there is another side to this composer which has been largely ignored not only by the general public, but the by composer himself…
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One of Mandela’s close friends in the 1950s was the Welsh-born pianist Harold Rubens, who moved to South Africa when his prodigy career dried up (he is pictured below as a boy, playing for George Bernard Shaw). A brother of the novelist Bernice Rubens and the hero of her novel, Madame Sousatzka, Harold became […]
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Review – Die Frau ohne Schatten (Live stream from Bayerische Staatsoper, Sunday 1 December 2013)
Die Kaiserin/Empress – Adrianne Pieczonka
Der Kaiser/Emperor – Johan Botha
Barak, the Dyer – Wolfgang Koch
The Dyer’s Wife – Elena Pankratova
Die Amme/ Nurse – Deborah Polaski
The Messenger – Sebastian Holecek
The Falcon – Eri Nakamura
The Dyer’s Brothers – Tim Kuypers, Christian Rieger & Matthew Peña
Watchmen – Andrea Borghini, Rafal Pawnuk & Leonard Bernad
Voices of the Unborn – Laura Tatulescu, Heike Grötzinger, Tara Erraught, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Eri Nakamura & Okka von der Damerau
Director – Krzysztof Warlikowski
Stage & Costume – Malgorzata Szczesniak
Lighting – Felice Ross
Choreography – Claude Bardouil
Video – Denis Guéguin
Animation – Kamil Polak
Dramaturgy – Miron Hakenbeck
Orchestra of the Bayerische Staatsoper
Kirill Petrenko (Conductor)
Hats off once again to the Bayerische Staatsoper for their commitment to live-streaming opera from their magnificent opera house…
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Charles T. Downey, Brandon Cedel makes Kennedy Center debut (Washington Post, December 6, 2013)
Vaughan Williams, Songs of Travel (inter alia), G. Finley, S. RallsAttentive Washington audiences recognize the voice of Brandon Cedel. I heard him as an apprentice singer at the Castleton Festival last year, and he appeared at Wolf Trap this summer…
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This Tuesday, the Los Angeles Philharmonic finally took the leap and programmed a concert of works all by Los Angeles composers—Sean Friar, Julia Holter, Andrew McIntosh, and Andrew Norman. It was an extremely eclectic program that showcased the range and depth of talent here.
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Pianist Aaron Fagerstrom from Thief River Falls, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2012 and 2013 Featured Artist. He recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what he's doing now.
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This 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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