Konnichiwa? Turin’s Un Ballo in Tokyo + MORE Dec 11th

 

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Just got blown away by Beethoven on the Theremin + MORE

No excuses. This is not a new video nor an exceptionally illuminating one. But watched at the end of a long day, the sight of 167 Japanese students playing Beethoven’s 9th on electronic theremins built into Matryoshka dolls was simultaneously so weird and moving that we felt moved to share it..... More »
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Iván Fischer’s The Red Heifer Sends a Powerful Message   + MORE

Fischer: Die Rote Färse, Members of Budapest Festival Orchestra and Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, Iván Fischer (conductor), Konzerthaus Berlin, Werner-Otto-Saal, Berlin, 28.6.2014 (SH)   Cast: Gyula Krúdy: József Gyabronka Móric: Jonatán Kovács Eszter: Kyra Varga Kálmán: Zsombor Jéger.... More »
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Hilliard Ensemble 40th Birthday Party, Shoreditch Church - music review + MORE Dec 12th

The Hilliard Ensemble may not have the longevity of the wrinkliest rockers but they've been around a while. Last night's concert, part of Spitalfields Music Winter Festival, took place 40 years to the day after the group's debut. Only one founder member remains but if the top can ever be the foundat.... More »
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra celebrates Chaplin's Little Tramp + MORE

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's silent film Sunday evening at UCLA's Royce Hall is marking two important anniversaries: the 25th year of the gala that presents classic comedies with live musical accompaniment and the 100th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin's beloved Little Tramp character..... More »
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Dallas Opera fills artistic post + MORE

Ian Derrer is to be artistic administrator, alongshide music director Emmanuel Vuiillaume and chief exec Keith Cerny. Derrer has done stints at City Opera, Santa Fe and the Lyric Opera, Chicago.   Press release DALLAS, JUNE 25, 2014 – In the wake of Jonathan Pell’s decision to step down .... More »
On Tuesday, the Kennedy Center announced the appointment of Deborah Rutter, the president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, as its next president; she will succeed Michael Kaiser in the fall of 2014. Throughout the classical music field, the news was received with a mixture of surprise and delight; Rutter is admired, respected, unflashy, and has a superb track record without a history of blowing her own horn…

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir was in the spotlight at the Composer Portraits series, with Either/Or, at Columbia University’s Miller Theater.    

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Esprit Orchestra Celebrates Gamelan Music in TorontoEsprit Orchestra’s second concert of the season, held Sunday November 17, 2013, at Koerner Hall, Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto, was an extended homage to gamelan music. Of particular interest to the night’s thematic program, O Gamelan,  were the sounds, moods and techniques of traditional Indonesian (specifically Balinese, Sundanese, and Javanese) culture, in both music and dance, as interpreted through the lens of new music…

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War and Peace - The Choir of Jesus College, CambridgeThis new disc from the choir of Jesus College, Cambridge is entitled War and Peace: Music for Remembrance, with a selection of 19th and 20th century music, predominantly but not exclusively British, which reflects the theme of the fallen. Starting with Parry, there is music by Charles Wood, James MacMillan, John Ireland, Mark Blatchly, George Thalben-Ball, Matthew Martin, Geraint Lewis, William H Harris, Douglas Guest and RVW, plus Arvo Part, Johannes Brahms and Kirill Stetsenko…

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TT: Snapshot

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Rudolf Serkin, Herbert Blomstedt, and the San Francisco Symphony play Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto in 1986: (This is the latest…

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The country's oldest arts organization celebrates the season with Ives, Billings, and a familiar text, set to two melodies. Harry Christophers and Handel and Haydn Society's 'Joy to the World: An American Christmas' is featured in this week's New Classical Tracks.

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Despite an engineer or producer’s best attempts, a new work cannot pass transparently through a DAW; there are always stopgaps, enhancements, deletions, and tweaks being exerted that, I think, fundamentally color the recorded piece as separate from the composer’s instruction and the performer’s execution…

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WQXR.org: '...one of Mandela's greatest pleasures was listening to classical recordings while watching the sunset.'Nelson Mandela in 1990 (Michel Clement, Daniel Janin/AFP/Getty Images)John Malveauxof www.MusicUNTOLD.comsends this link:WQXR BlogWhen the late Nelson Mandela stood on 125th Street in Harlem in 1990, as part of a day-long visit to New York City, he invoked names from the American civil rights movement, including that of the opera singer Paul Robeson…

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Schreker: Der Schatzgräber – reviewFaveyts/Uhl/Very/Clark/Netherlands Opera and PO/Albrecht(Challenge Classics, two CDs)First performed in 1920, Der Schatzgräber (The Treasure Seeker) was Franz Schreker’s fifth opera. Though he completed four more before his death in 1934, it was the last to be widely successful. By repeating the dramatic recipe – violence, magic and sexual repression in a make-believe historical setting – that had worked so well in Der Ferne Klang (1912) and Die Gezeichneten (1918), which established him as one of the most significant modernist opera composers of his time, and matching it to a score that offered a watered-down version of modernism alongside late romantic music, Schreker appealed to both progressive and conservative opera audiences…

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5 questions to Luke Rinderknecht (Percussionist)Percussionist Luke Rinderknecht has recently returned to the Cleveland area after working from a New York City base for several years following completion of his studies at Juilliard. He is inserting himself into the new music world in Cleveland while continuing to work with Alarm With Sound and Metropolis Ensemble…

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Konnichiwa? Turin’s Un Ballo in Tokyo

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 Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio, Gianandrea Noseda (conductor), Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo, 7.12.2013 (RP)   Cast: Riccardo: Ramon Vargas Renato: Gabriele Viviani Amelia: Oksana Dyka Ulrica: Marianne Cornetti Oscar: Ai Ichihara Silvano: Federico Longhi Samuel: Fabrizio Beggi Tom: Jose Antonio Garcia A judge: Luca Casalin Amelia’s servant: Alejandro Escobar   […]

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The most treasured pianist on earth doesn’t turn 90 til Monday, but the party starts here tomorrow. Don’t miss it. In the first event of its kind for the school, a live video chat, “Menahem Pressler: Virtually Yours,” will be offered at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12. Participants may purchase access to the chat […]

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Wagner's Magic Lamp: an ongoing mystery - David ConwayThe following  article is reproduced with the very kind permission of the author Dr David Conway – whose book Jewry in Music we shall feature shortly. This is taken from his website of the same name which contains much we would recommend. To continue reading click the link at the bottom of the article, Onwards to Semper’s Early CareerWagner’s Magic Lamp: an ongoing mystery…

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