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Composer, conductor, and Trinity Church music director Julian Wachner believes that all music is meant to induce a transformative experience upon the listener and believes that changing listeners lives through music is a “moral responsibility of the compositional craft and the performative craft a.... More »
The hottest pianist of the moment, Daniil Trifonov, has cancelled his two dates at Tanglewood this week with an ear infection. He was playing last week at Verbier high altitude and departed in distress.
He is replaced by the Canadian Marc-André Hamelin in recital and by the Argentine Ingrid Flite.... More »
(Ediciones Singulares, 2 CDs)Antonio Salieri’s reputation seems destined to be tainted forever by the stories of his rivalry with Mozart and, thanks to Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, the part he supposedly played in his contemporary’s premature death (which was almost certainly none at all).Meanwhil.... More »
Resuming my blog after a gap…
I’m sorry that I said some provocative things about the SHIFT festival in DC, and then fell silent.
I hadn’t planned that. But life intervened, taking me by surprise, when my schedule got crazy.
My bad. I apologize.
And I also apologize for something off-base I sa.... More »
Salzburg Festival (4) – Pärt, Mahler, and Bruckner: Matthias Goerne (baritone), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta (conductor). Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 7.8.2016. (MB) Arvo Pärt – Swansong Mahler – Kindertotenlieder Bruckner – Symphony no.4 in E-flat major (1878-80 version).... More »
Radamisto From far left, John Holiday, Virginie Verrez, Pureum Jo and Elliott Carlton Hines in a production of Handel’s opera at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater. (Ruby Washington/The New York Times)Sergio Mims writes:I saw this review from yesterday’s New York Times of the Juilliard Opera’s production of Handel’s opera Radamisto with two African American singers – countertenor John Holiday (who also has his own website http://www…
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Bernard Parmegiani, who has died aged 85, was a groundbreaking electronic composer in France. Among other achievements, he wrote the earworm that was played to passengers in the Paris international airport from 1971 to 2005.
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Still from a March Unhasu Orchestra concertI find it very troubling that we’ve heard so little of any real substance, either from the traditional Western news outlets or from most of the various learnèd music bloggers, about the recent alleged execution-by-firing squad of a dozen members of North Korea’s elite Unhasu Orchestra (including the concertmaster, the Moscow-trained Mun Kyong-jin)…
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Carla Fracci and Laura Boldrini
The President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies (the Speaker of the Lower House of the Italian Parliament), Laura Boldrini, met with Carla Fracci yesterday to discuss the sharp decline of ballet companies in Italy, reported ASCA.
There are no more than five at this time, which means a total of approximately 230 professional dancers…
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It would be easy to harp on about the period instrument movement’s effects on Mozart – often that would be justified –but Fischer’s treatment of the composer’s last and greatest symphony was so inventive, stepping so far beyond any kind of performing tradition, however pernicious, that there would be little point…
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Bastille Opera 12:45 pm November 23 2013
I was here for barely 24 hours and am now back in London. But I had a wonderful few hours in the Bastille Opera Studio listening to eight of the members of the Atelier Lyrique – the Paris Opera’s excellent advanced professional development programme which was developed so successfully during Gerard Mortier’s time in Paris, and been run so capably for the last ten years by Christian Schirm…
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The Christmas Festival at St. John’s Smith Square is now an established event and this year’s is the 28th. This year we have Christmas music familiar and unfamiliar from Schutz, Bach, Victoria, Guerrero, Cipriano de Rore, Lassus and John Rutter. Performers include a fine array of college choirs with the choir of Kings College, London, the choirs of Clare College and of Trinity College, Cambridge, and Christ Church Cathedral choir, Oxford…
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Members of Rome Opera’s orchestra and chorus protest outside Campidoglio
After yesterday’s meeting between unions and Rome City Council at Campidoglio, a union representative said that there was “zero chance that Ernani would go ahead, either for 27 November [the opening of the opera season] or the subsequent performances”…
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Messiaen, Beethoven, Rachmaninov: Nikolai Lugansky (piano), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Peter Oundjian (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 22.11.2013 (SRT) Messiaen: Les offrandes oubliées Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances The Symphonic Dances was Rachmaninov’s final work, and he probably intended it that way…
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I am not usually an enthusiast of excerpting movements from symphonies, however when the composer himself did this on a regular basis I have to turn a blind eye. In fact ‘The Fair Day’ was the only movement of his symphony that Harty ever recorded. Hamilton Harty’s ‘Irish’ Symphony was composed in 1904 in response to a call from the Feis Ceoil in Dublin…
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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Brabbins(Hyperion)We’ve been reading recently of a hidden haul of valuable art found in a modest Munich apartment, all of it deemed “degenerate” by the Nazis. Composers suffered similar condemnation in 1930s Germany, among them Paul Hindemith, named “the standard-bearer of musical decay” and driven into exile…
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