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Grant Chu Covell[December 2013.]A recent check disclosed 228 available recordings of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Most are for a single keyboard as intended, but there are also arrangements and transcriptions. Here’s a random scattering of BWV 988 arrangements and digressions. Johann Sebastian B.... More »
Tomorrow night (3 December) Solomon's Knot, the baroque collective, returns to St John's Smith Square to perform parts I, IV, V and VI of Bach's Christmas Oratorio. Following on from their chamber version of Handel's Messiah last year, they will be performing the Christmas Oratorio with just eight s.... More »
This article first appeared at auditionoracle.com Photo: operacreep.wordpress.comLast night I was one of many who had the opportunity to see Terry Gilliam Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini at the cinema. There are all sorts of wonderful things to talk about but I thought I might just dwell on o.... More »
Coliseum, LondonENOs version of the opera comes close to sending up the action but its detailed portrayal of the mining community is compellingYou could, I suppose, convincingly transplant Puccinis goldrush opera to an oil-boom town in Scotland or Norway towards the end of the 20th century, but the .... More »
For 2007 I wrote something similar to the "Best Recordings" list for WETA's long-defunct blog, naming it: "These Are a Few of My Favorite Things", which ended up being divided into eleven parts:
I - Crossover
II - Concerto
III - DVD
IV - Keyboard
V - Choral/Vocal
VI - Orchestral.... More »
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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