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I first came across Frank Chacksfield in 1970. I bought my mother a copy of his lovely evocative album ‘Mediterranean Moonlight’ (ECS 2041) as one of her Silver Wedding Anniversary presents. I was more interested in The Beatles and their break-up at that time, but somehow I did admire that attra.... More »
The Leipzig opera audience was informed before last night’s Wagner performance that cellist Hendrik Zwiener had died in a tragic road accident.
An orchestra member for ten years, Hendrik was a human rights activist with his own foundation that campaigned against notable acts of injustice.
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Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem, Soloists, Chorus of the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Alan Woodbridge (Chorus Master), Edo de Waart (conductor), Victoria Hall, Geneva, 12.3.2015 (AL) Svetlana Ignatovich (soprano) Violeta Urmana (mezzo-soprano) Riccardo Massi (tenor) Roberto Sc.... More »
English composer Arthur Butterworth died in November 2014, aged ninety-one.... More »
Harpist Oliver Wass has won the 2016 Gold Medal from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the School’s most prestigious prize for outstanding soloists. The prize is awarded to singers and instrumentalists in alternate years and this year was the turn of the instrumentalists. Oliver Wass’ win.... More »
From the Albertina Roof, December 2012, when I was working at the Arnold Schoenberg CenterBesides the large number of repertoire performances, six opera premières, including an Austrian première (The Tempest), are scheduled for the 2014/2015 season: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo (5 October 2014 – C: Christoph Eschenbach;D: Kasper Holten; with: Michael Schade, Margarita Gritskova, Maria Bengtsson, Chen Reiss); Modest Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina (15 November 2014 – C: Semyon Bychkov; D: LevDodin; with: Ferruccio Furlanetto, Christopher Ventris, Herbert Lippert, Andrzej Dobber; Ain Anger, Elisabeth Kulman, Norbert Ernst); Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto (20 December 2014 – C: General Music DirectorFranz Welser-Möst; D: Pierre Audi; with: Piotr Beczala, Simon Keenlyside, Valentina Naforniţă, Elena Maximova); Richard Strauss: Elektra (29 March 2015; C: General Music Director Franz Welser-Möst;D: Uwe Eric Laufenberg; with: Anna Larsson, Nina Stemme, Anne Schwanewilms, Falk Struckmann); Gaetano Donizetti: Don Pasquale (26 April 2015 – D: Jesús López-Cobos; R: Irina Brook; with: Michele Pertusi, Juan Diego Flórez, Alessio Arduini, Valentina Naforniţă);Thomas Adès: The Tempest (Austrian première on 14 June 2015 – C: Thomas Adès;D: Robert Lepage; with: Adrian Eröd, Audrey Luna, Stephanie Houtzeel, David Daniels)…
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We hear murmurs of a split in the UK Sibelius Society, with the resignation of its founder Andrew Barnett and talk of a breakaway group in the making. All very timely with the composer’s 150th anniversary coming up next year. Never knew old Sibelius could generate that much heat.
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The Argentinian pianist performed a programme of highly contrasted pieces, his playing veering from hushed and poetic to loud and clangorous
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Matt Pakulski, the founder of new Chicago record label FPE, discusses his wide-ranging tastes, his approach to the curation and creation of musical objects, and the label’s first release—an album from Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble.
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I was taking coffee today with the director of the Vienna State Opera, Dominique Meyer, when a number flashed up on his phone. It was the percentage of seats sold by the opera between the day the season opened, September 3, and yesterday. Take a valium before you read the number (especially if you’re […]
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A review in the NY Times by Vivien Schweitzer has gotten some discussion on Facebook. She’s not a fan of Morton Feldman’s music, but got sent to review a performance of the composer’s monumental, six-hour String Quartet No. 2. She didn’t enjoy it, no surprise, and doesn’t hear the virtues of the piece (and other Feldman works) that others hear…
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George I in his coronation robesThe Handel House Museum’s summer season of events and concerts celebrates this year’s 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian Succession, the coming to the English throne of the ruling dynasty from Hanover which had close links with composer George Frideric Handel. There is also and exhibition looking at the eventful life of the actress and singer Susannah Cibber…
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Kolonovits: El Juez (Los Niños Perdidos), BIOS Orchestra, Rossini Choir, David Giménez (conductor), Teatro Arriaga, Bilbao, 26.4.2014 (JMI) World Premier Cast: The Judge: Josep Carreras Alberto: José Luis Sola Paula: Sabina Puértolas Morales: Carlo Colombara Abbess: Ana Ibarra Old Woman: Milagros Martín Paco (Cameraman): Manel Esteve Nun/María: María José Suárez Nun: Itiziar de Unda […]
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(Reuters) – The Colorado Symphony is giving new meaning to hitting a high note, announcing on Tuesday a bring-your-own marijuana concert series, the first of which features its chamber ensemble and South-of-the-border food and booze.
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English National Opera (ENO) has announced it will be opening its doors to the world of musical theatre.
In a bid to attract new audiences and shore up its financial future, the British company is joining forces with theatrical impresarios Michael Grade and Michael Linnit…
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No one who heard Benjamin Grosvenor’s Washington debut recital in 2012, on the heels of a fine debut recording with Decca, was likely to think of missing his second Washington Performing Arts appearance. An impending deluge could not keep me away from hearing this talented and intelligent British pianist again, on Tuesday night in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater…
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Yesterday morning the English National Opera launched their new season as the last two years I popped in to see what the company has in store for the next year. The usual pitch by John Berry surely felt more confident but it was definitely missing the customary report on finances, which was relegated to a […]
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