A Christmas Oratorio closer to what Bach intended + MORE Dec 2nd


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Elektra, Semperoper Dresden, 15 December 2014 + MORE

Semperoper  Elektra – Elena Pankratova Chrysothemis – Manuela Uhl Klytämnestra – Jane Henschel Orest – Markus Marquardt Aegisth – Jürgen Müller First Maid – Constance Heller Second Maid – Stephanie Atanasov Third Maid – Christa Mayer Fourth Maid – Roxana Incontrera Fifth M.... More »
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Deborah Borda: President Trump is closing down the arts + MORE

The president of the Los Angeles Philharmonic has made a rare political intervention, publishing an op-ed in the LA Times on Trump’s closed-border policies. Here’s what she writes:     The arts breed compassion, and as Americans, we are at our best when we are compassionate. I.... More »

David Hertzberg Wins ACO’s Underwood Commission + MORE

American Composers Orchestra (ACO) has awarded composer David Hertzberg its $15,000 Underwood emerging composer commission for a work that will be premiered by ACO in the 2016-2017 season..... More »

VIDEO: Inside Tbilisi's restored opera house + MORE

The historic opera house in the Georgian capital Tbilisi has opened its doors after a six-year renovation..... More »

New York audience applauds ode to North Korean leader + MORE

Among the bizarre stories of 2016, this one takes the last biscuit in the Pyongyang tin. The musicians, it seems, were just doing a day’s work. But who were the audience that paid good money to hear a pick-up orchestra conducted by a sworn supporter of the Dear Leader, who lives in Teaneck, N.... More »
NPR is announcing that Serbian-born composer Djuro Zivkovic has been awarded the 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Composition for his 20-minute chamber orchestral piece On the Guarding of the Heart. (At the time of writing, this news has not been confirmed on the Grawemeyer website.) I must admit, I knew very little about Zivkovic before today, but … Continue reading →

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Opera Review: Looking for Answers at Royal Opera’s ‘Parsifal’Wagner’s last masterpiece returns to Covent Garden in a new staging by Stephen Langridge.    

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Sick list: Cough sweet man steps in for sinus-stricken YannickMTT gets a Carnegie date after the Canadian fails to recover from persistent winter ailments. The San Francisco conductor comes with free lozenges. Press release below:   Carnegie Hall today announced that conductor Michael Tilson Thomas has graciously agreed to step in for Yannick Nézet-Séguin, leading The Philadelphia Orchestra’s performance in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage this Friday, […]

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A Christmas Oratorio closer to what Bach intendedTomorrow 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 singers and 19 instrumentalists…

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Pianist David Wilde performs one of the composer’s most beautiful works

Liszt’s Liebesträume were originally composed as songs, and Liszt later transcribed them for solo piano…

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The holiday season will be celebrated with a Polish accent when the Lira Ensemble presents, “Polish Carols, Song & Dance,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 at Dominican University Performing Arts Center…

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UK music school is shocked by sudden student death

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UK music school is shocked by sudden student deathThe Purcell School has announced the death of a bassoon player, Toby Davies, who joined the school in September and was a popular member of several ensembles. He died in Addenbrooks Hospital, Cambridge, on Friday 22 November. We publish the announcement below. All thoughts and sympathies at this moment should be with Toby’s parents…

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Viva Maria! No wonder google want some Callas stardustCallas is an icon as much as she is a singerMaria! No wonder Google want a bit of Callas-stardust for their latest doodle: there is no other singer of the 20th century, in any genre, who better embodies the tragedy, glory, and high-camp glamour of what everyone wants an opera singer to be more than Maria…

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ArtsBeat: Michael Tilson Thomas to Fill In for Philadelphia Orchestra ConductorA severe sinus condition has sidelined the conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Philadelphia Orchestra announced on Monday.    

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Jim Svedja to interview Composer George Walker for 2 hours between 7 PM and Midnight, Dec. 5, 2013 on KUSC Classical Radio 91.5 FM or www.KUSC.orgGeorge Walker has a website at http://georgetwalker.com/ and is featured at AfriClassical.comJohn Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites:The United States’ foremost living and working classical composer, George Walker, will be interviewed for two (2) hours by Jim Svejda, between 7 PM and midnight, December 5, 2013 on KUSC Classical Radio 91…

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Happy Birthday Maria Meneghini CallasToday* would have been the 90th birthday of the quintessential prima donna. The cher public are invited to comment, reminisce, and generally reflect on the artistry of this magnificent soprano.
* Yes, La Cieca realizes that the traditional date chez parterre for celebrating this birthday is December 3, but we’ll have another (perhaps) noteworthy anniversary to recall tomorrow…

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András Schiff – review

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András Schiff – reviewWigmore Hall, LondonSchiff’s performance of Bach’s ‘French’ Suites and Overture was immaculate – a masterclass in exemplary tasteThe period performance revolution has driven the practice of performing Bach’s keyboard works on the piano into a tight corner [pdf], albeit a densely populated one. It’s not less popular than before, but there’s an increasing sense that the anachronism of presenting harpsichord and clavichord music on today’s gigantic half-tonne Steinways must be offset by artistry that is both unimpeachable and revelatory…

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Day 2 — Heimliche Aufforderung

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Day 2 — Heimliche AufforderungHaving dedicated much of his early career to Lieder, Strauss broke off to write a sequence of tone poems during the 1880s. They in turn provided the quasi-dramatic stepping-stones to the yet more radical operas that came in their wake. Yet as soon as love struck in 1887, Strauss returned to writing songs…

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