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LICHT on the horizon? + MORE

A decade ago, Stockhausen's gargantuan seven-part operatic cycle LICHT seemed on the verge of a complete performance, then faded away. A 2004 BBC News story announced that a production was planned in Dresden in 2008, in conjunction with Stockhausen's eightieth birthday. Sadly, the compose.... More »
conductors

Ensemble. Refreshingly Inventive + MORE

A recital by Soraya Mafi and Ian Tindale captivates Mike Wheeler.... More »
virtuosos

Maestro move: Robert Spano gets Euro agent + MORE

The veteran Atlanta Symphony music director signed with Linda Marks at HarrisonParrott today with a view to expanding his footprint in Europe and Asia.   .... More »
opera news

Shakespeare & co - Welsh National Opera's 2016/17 + MORE

Quirijn de Lang and Jeni Bern in Kiss Me Kate - photo Opera NorthWelsh National Opera's 2016/17 season, which was recently announced, doesn't quite have the bel canto theme which has run through some of their recent seasons. Instead the Autumn season kicks off with Shakespeare, with a trilogy of pie.... More »
symphonies news

Memorable Rachmaninov from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons + MORE

Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / Mariss Jansons (conductor), Barbican Hall, London, 11.4.2017. (CS) Prokofiev – Symphony No.1 in D major Op.25 (Classical) Shostakovich – Symphony No.1 in F minor Op.10 Rachmaninov – Symphonic Dances Op.45 “I like his s.... More »

The Madrigal Transformed

– www.planethugill.com

The Madrigal TransformedThe Monteverdi String Band at the Echi LontaniThe development of the Italian Madrigal in the 16th century took place at a time of great artistic ferment when artists of all kinds were making discoveries. Old classical texts were re-examined, re-translated and re-discovered, whole continents were being discovered and a new way of looking at the world…

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A Midsummer Night’s Temblor

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Timing is everything. On Saturday evening, Long Beach Opera staged the long-delayed Los Angeles premiere of John Adams’ I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky, and the concatenation of that piece’s concerns with contemporaneous events lent to it a weight and complexity that, frankly, it likely does not warrant on its own merits…

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Frans Brüggen, Pioneer in Early Music, Dies at 79Mr. Brüggen, who began his career as a recorder soloist, was a founder of the Orchestra of the 18th Century.

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CD Spotlight. Lions and Dragons

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Piano music by Schubert and Thomas Osborne, heard by Howard Smith. ‘Derek Kealii Polischuk … handles the Schubert D 935 Impromptus with considerable assurance.’

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Top maestros wear striped socks

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Top maestros wear striped socksSir Antonio Pappano got down to basics with the LSO today…
 

…. only to be snapped by Maxine Kwok-Adams, the Imelda Marcos of the orchestra world.

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Must great conductors be control freaks?

– jessicamusic.blogspot.com

Must great conductors be control freaks?After the first of two Proms by the Budapest Festival Orchestra, last night at the RAH, I’m pondering about what a great conductor can teach us about how to run things. Because running things, in general, is not the strong point of the planet right now. As you know, institutions of all kinds are mired in hesitation, disagreement, argument, ideology, trumped-up fears re political correctness, and so forth – a situation that puts our ideals and long-established triumphs (like the NHS and the BBC) in jeopardy…

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On successive Bank Holiday Monday Proms, two orchestras played dance-themed music by, among others, Dvořák and Brahms – with contrasting outcomes

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Kronos Quartet perform first world war multimedia project Beyond Zero: 1914-1918 for Edinburgh international festivalIn this exclusive video for the Guardian the Kronos Quartet’s leader Philip Harrington introduces their latest work which blends an emotive score by Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov with archive footage from the first world war reclaimed by film-maker Bill Morrison.Produced in association with the Edinburgh Film Company and Edinburgh international festivalMore in this series: Patricia Kopatchinskaja plays Bartók Michael Houstoun plays Ravel Collegium Vocale Gent perform Bach The Hebrides Ensemble perform Stravinsky Continue reading…

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PROM 50: Janáček, Dvořák, Beethoven.Alisa Weilerstein (cello); Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiří Bĕlohlávek (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 24.8.2014 (CC) Janáček           Overture: From the House of the Dead(Z Mrtvého domu) Dvořák            Cello Concerto in B minor, Op…

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CBSO/Nelsons review  vivid but slightly uncertainSymphony Hall, BirminghamThe CBSO plays Elgar’s Second Symphony brilliantly, but Wagner’s Parsifal extracts felt mundaneSince he took over the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 2008, Andris Nelsons has conducted relatively little Elgar. But the Second Symphony is featured prominently on the orchestra’s forthcoming European tour, and the Birmingham audience was given a preview of that performance in a concert that juxtaposed it with Wagner extracts from Parsifal and Lohengrin in which the soloist was Klaus Florian Vogt, the tenor with whom Nelsons has been working in Lohengrin at Bayreuth this summer…

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Composer Darren Korb of Supergiant Games has been featured on Top Score, and now you have a chance to win one of two Korb CDs: a copy of 'Transistor' or a signed copy of 'Bastion'.

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‘Anti-gay’ comments singer says: I’m a liberal. I like to bitch.Valerian Ruminski, the opera singer fired in Ottawa for supposedly anti-gay comments, has offered a fulsome explanation to Slipped Disc readers about his attitudes on life and the way he shares them on social media. He treats the issues raised by his conduct with frankness and self-awareness. He acknowledges his mistake and insists he has no prejudices about minorities…

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Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice Bejun Mehta

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“This elegant, smartly-paced film turns Gluck’s Orfeo into a Dostoevskian study of a guilt-wracked misanthrope, portrayed by American countertenor Bejun Mehta. The film is sung, played, danced and staged in a style not inappropriate to the day of the opera’s premiere in 1762 on the stage of the Baroque Theatre of Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic—or in the theater’s wings, stairs and basement, doing service for Orfeo’s journey to the Underworld…

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