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

 

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Zurich Opera: mixed hand + 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 »
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Burni on Gurney: He was mad before the War + MORE

Interesting piece by Iain Burnside on the poet and composer Ivor Gurney, who is supposed to have lost his sanity on the Somme. Apparently, his medical records show signs of insanity that predated the War. Read Iain here.     .... More »
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Playlist. + MORE

Pausal - Sky Margin (Own Records > Bandcamp) G Sweems - Treasure Island (Noumenal Loom) György Kurtág - Grabstein für Stefan; Stele; Karlheinz Stockhausen - Gruppen - Jürgen Ruck, Berlin Philharmonic/Claudio Abbado, Friedrich Goldmann, Marcus Creed (Deutsche Grammophon) Luigi Nono - Como una .... More »
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Does cinema create new opera audiences? + MORE

The answer is a big fat NO, according to a new survey commissioned by English Touring Opera. The study of 234 operagoers "found that 81% of cinema opera attendees were over 60 years old, with an age profile slightly older than that typically found at live opera. In addition, the study indicate.... More »
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A Bach sermon on the mount + MORE

Any priest would be glad of the Utopian congregation - young and old, citizens of many nations and thence of the world - who attended Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Bach lecture in the courtyard of Montepulciano's Palazzo Ricci, home to the altruistic-sounding, Cologne-born European Academy of Music and .... 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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