Latest from Alexandre Tharaud + MORE Nov 16th
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Every Monday morning at about 9:15, I'll be joining John Birge on Classical MPR to discuss some of the fun and fascinating stories we're featuring on our site. Here are three stories we'll be talking about this morning..... More »
Millennium Centre, CardiffAlan Opie brought a much-needed emotional boost to this visually stunning revival of David McVicar's popular productionHot on the heels of the sordid affair that was Manon Lescaut, Welsh National Opera's revival of David McVicar's highly evocative production of La Trav.... More »
Hall One, Kings Place Préludes: ‘La Colombe’ and ‘Plainte calme’Thème et Variations Quatuor pour la fin du temps Mark van de Wiel (clarinet)Alexandra Wood (violin) Oliver Coates (cello) John Constable (piano) I had not realised that Kings Place’s current ‘Chamber Classi.... More »
Queen Elizabeth Hall, LondonThis high-voltage concert revival of Bellini's version of Romeo and Juliet was one of the group's finest achievementsI Capuleti e i Montecchi was reckoned to be Bellini's problem piece until recently, and even though its popularity has grown in recent years, we are still .... More »
The Paris Opera Studio (Atelier) is producing the Rape of Lucretia this week. I will be there on Thursday to see it. Meanwhile the Athénée Théâtre is providing a helpful potted biography of Britten on its Blog.
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Happy birthday to Daniel Barenboim, whose festive cake awaits him backstage at the Staatsoper Berlin.
I get the sheet music, the baton and the Beethoven bust, but what's the significance of the blue hankie and the toilet roll? Anyone?
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I was persuaded yesterday evening to attend the first performance of a "new opera" at St Paul's, Covent Garden. This was The Invited by Richard Knight with "words" by Norman Welch. This was produced by a company called Opera Room Productions. They say "we're dedicated to writing and producing modern operatic works with a classical flair…
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For centuries, painters, musicians, writers and other artists flocked to the city in search of fame and fortune.
On Saturday, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music hosts a free all-day chamber music festival called Spotlight on Music From Vienna.
On Sunday the museum and Houston Friends of Chamber Music co-present the Viennese Tradition, a musical event designed to complement the current exhibition…
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St Giles, Cripplegate, LondonThe monastic intensity of Britten’s Noh-inspired opera parable – sung by a starry cast – contrasted to great effect with the hurly-burly of the City”What are those birds?” demands the Madwoman. In Britten’s “church parable” they are curlews – conjured up by a skittering, flutter-tongued flute – high above the land where she is looking for her lost son…
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AMERICAN OPERA PROJECTSARTIST Q&A TO FOLLOW MODERATED BY WQXR’S TERRANCE MCKNIGHTNew York, NY– AOP (American Opera Projects), and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will co-present an evening of scenes from Nkeiru Okoye’s folk opera Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom that tells of how a young girl born in slavery, becomes Harriet Tubman, the legendary Underground Railroad conductor…
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My best personal example is that I seem to have developed a resistance to the latest “sensational” pianist/soprano/tenor/whatever. This item provides a convincing rationale. Do I miss something with this attitude? Perhaps … but if the newest sensation lasts, you usually catch up with them sooner or later anyhow…
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* Notes * San Francisco Opera gave a second performance of Il barbiere di Siviglia (Finale of Act II pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver) this season with four different principal singers yesterday night. Emilio Sagi’s direction is funny but has som much going on at all times. There is an incredible amount of choreography and the corps de ballet is kept quite occupied…
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So much myth has accreted to Mahler’s Ninth Symphony that it is difficult to know where to begin any more. A farewell to life? A farewell to a culture? A farewell to tonality? An affirmation in the face of death? A piece more from eternity than earth?
All of the above, really, and such are the exalted heights of Mahler’s achievements in this greatest of his symphonies that a satisfactory performance – let alone anything beyond that – is rare……
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Autograph (Encores), A. Tharaud
(released on November 19, 2013)
We were early adopters of pianist Alexandre Tharaud here at Ionarts. I have covered two of his local recitals for the Post, in 2012 and 2008 (plus one with Jean-Guihen Queyras in 2010), and we have reviewed most of his recordings over the years with high praise…
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Charles Ives, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, and John Corigliano have all used music to promote social commentary, but these are all individuals who use their talents to create great music and see it performed. To the Great American Culture Machine, music is still mainly seen as a pastime marketed primarily to sexually frustrated adolescents with enough money to buy new product.
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We have tried to help raise awareness of the terrible state of the buildings associated with Romania’s foremost composer, Georges Enescu. It’s a battle worth fighting. Bucharest is sensitive to its cultural image. Today, a battery of composers and musicologists have launched a campaign in Germany to save the Enescu heritage…
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