We have been informed of the death today of Donald Thulean, conductor of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra from 1962 to 1984 and a familiar and popular figure on the US orchestral scene. Donald was 85 years old.
He is the subject of a sculpture by Anna Mahler, the composer’s daughter. Outside the.... More »
Laurence EquilbeyThe French conductor Laurence Equilbey is, perhaps, best known in the UK for her work with the choir Accentus which she founded. However in 2012 she founded the period instrument orchestra Insula. The ensemble recently made their UK debut (21 September 2015) at the Barbican performi.... More »
Christiane Libor (Senta) and company, The Flying Dutchman, Washington National Opera (photo by Scott Suchman for WNO)
Richard Wagner considered Der fliegende Holländer -- premiered in Dresden in 1843, with the composer conducting -- as the first of his true music dramas. To this day, it is the earl.... More »
Charles T. Downey, CD reviews: Eschenbach and Goerne take on somber Brahms
Washington Post, August 6
Brahms, Lieder und Gesänge, M. Goerne, C. Eschenbach
(released on May 27, 2016)
HMC 902174 | 55'49"
When the baritone Matthias Goerne has been a guest with the National Symphony Orchestra in .... More »
Saturday evening at the California Theatre in San Jose, David Amado and Symphony Silicon Valley honored the late maestro with ravishing, heartfelt performances of works by Beethoven and Schumann. Cleve passed away August 27 at his home in Berkeley. He was 79..... More »
Next week (Thursday 9 October), Radio 3's In Tune will link up with CBBC's Blue Peter for 'BBC Philharmonic Presents… Ten Pieces'. As well as the orchestra's performance of some of the ten works that have been specially chosen by the BBC to introduce primary school children to classical music, the programme will feature British violinist Jennifer Pike…
‘It’s the only way to prevent closure,’ says the Sovrintendente, Carlo Fuortes.
Read more here (in Italian).
The media are being told that orchestra and chorus strikes led to Riccardo Muti’s departure as music director. There is no precedent for dismissing an orchestra and chorus in a modern Italian opera house…
I recently reviewed Philip Sawyer’s magisterial Second Symphony on Nimbus 6281. I was seriously impressed with this work and also the Cello Concerto and the Concertante. Sawyers is an important composer that has not shied away from the vital twelve-tone technique that held music in thrall through much of the twentieth century…
Barry DouglasChandosBarry Douglas has reached the third volume of his survey of Brahmss piano works, continuing his mix-and-match policy of bringing together pieces from all periods of the composers output, often as incomplete works. The latest collection includes a sequence of late intermezzos the first and third from the four pieces of Op 119, followed by the fifth of Op 116 but the rest of the disc does consist of three complete works as Brahms published them: the Sonata in F sharp minor Op 2, the 16 Waltzes of Op 39 and the set of D minor Variations, one of the greatest of all Brahms early inspirations, which is better known as the second movement of the Op 18 String Sextet…
Following up on a question from earlier in the week on whether or not Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) interim CEO Terry Neal will be involved with negotiations, evidence has surfaced which confirms he will not be part of the bargaining process.
A 9/29/2014 letter from ASO board chair Karole Lloyd made it clear that Neal will only be focusing on the housekeeping roles associated with the CEO’s duties and responsibilities…
When NBC fired Dan Harmon in 2012 after three seasons running the sitcom he’d created — the innovatively funny, perennially low-rated meta-humor ensemble “Community” — he took to the road with the confessional, free-wheeling (and, in the case of voice mails from feuding star Chevy…
Beethoven, Mozart, and R. Strauss: Israel Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta (conductor), Dvořák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague, 22.9.2014 (BJ) Beethoven: Overture to Egmont Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor Strauss: Ein Heldenleben It was just by luck that we happened to be on hand for this concert. (More of that in a moment…
Franz Welser-Möst, who walked out of the Vienna Opera four weeks ago over artistic disagreements, is a much happier music director at the Cleveland Orchestra. So happy he has just extended his contract to 2022, meaning he will have spent more than 20 years with the orchestra.
Press release follows:
The Cleveland Orchestra announces extension of Franz Welser-Möst contract as Music Director to 2022
Extension confirms the continuing artistic success of the Welser-Möst/Cleveland partnership…
Louis Spohr Die letzten Dinge; Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Ivor Bolton; Oehms Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Sep 16 2014 Star rating: 4.0Rare outing for early Romantic oratorioThe German composer Louis Spohr (1784 – 1859) was a composer somewhat between eras. Two years older than Weber, his youth was the era of Classicism whilst his prime saw him the most important composer following the deaths of Beethoven and Weber…
Minnesota-born baritone Conor McDonald, who as a youth performed with the Minnesota Opera and the Children's Theatre Company, is featured in a Web series that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the life a musician.
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