Day 18 — Gesänge des Orients + MORE Dec 19th

 

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SoundBox 2, Zellerbach Recital Hall, San Francisco — review + MORE

The young composers’ showcase incorporated digital culture as well as quotes from Mahler and Vivaldi.... More »
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Chamber Music Survival Skills + MORE

By Paul Stein: I remember my introduction to orchestra playing as so cordial and natural that I felt no pain. One day in the fourth grade in Dallas I was given a school violin, a little too big for me. The same day Billie Cook, who I found out later had a perfectly beautiful vibrato, stood in front.... More »
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A lullaby and video for Natalie + MORE

Any child whose parent sings him or her a lullaby is lucky indeed. But when your mother happens to be Anne Akiko Meyers, a renowned composer writes a lullaby for you, and Mom performs it on violin. Meyers shares the story and a music video for the lullaby created for her daughter, Natalie..... More »
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The Adam family + MORE

On this day in 1841 the Théâtre de l’Académie Royale de Musique in Paris premiered the ballet Giselle.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_Dz3zgarUM Born on this day in 1902 composer Richard Rodgers… and Happy 60th birthday baritone Thomas Hampson! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCwPN.... More »
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Negotiations Don’t Cancel Concerts, People Cancel Concerts + MORE

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) has officially cancelled the next 47 days of concert events, through 11/8/2014. The official ASO statement asserts the cancellations are “due to negotiations between ASO management and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players’ Association (ASOPA) .... More »

A Festival of Song Opens in Singapore

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 Bach, Brahms, Pärt, Debussy, Tormis: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tõnu Kaljuste (conductor), Concert Hall, Esplanade, Theatres on the Bay, Singapore, 13.12.2013 (RP) Bach: “Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied,” BMW 225 Brahms: “Warum ist das Licht gegeben den Müseligen,” Op…

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Teaming up with members of the Berlin Philharmonic, the pianist performed Messiaen’s ‘Quatuor pour la fin du temps’ and works by Berg and Schubert

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The Sixteen/Christophers, Christ Church Spitalfields - music reviewHarry Christophers’ vocal and instrumental ensemble The Sixteen is, incredibly, approaching its 35th anniversary. Over the years the group has tackled a broad range of music, from Renaissance to contemporary, with a line-up that has varied the titular double octet as necessary.

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Tops and flops of 2013

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Tops and flops of 2013The soaring comets and falling stars of a classical year that celebrated Wagner, Verdi and Britten. The tops: 1 Jonas Kaufmann The tenor for all tastes 2 Anna Netrebko Every minigarch’s dream, she dumped an absentee husband and soared in Berlin’s Trovatore 3 Janine Jansen The first classical soloist to sell strongly on download 4 […]

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Andrea Breth’s superb production of Prokofiev’s opera is minutely observed and utterly black, mercilessly exposing the protagonists’ character flaws

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2013 in Concerts: A Top 10

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Last year, Daniel Barenboim’s Beethoven cycle at the BBC Proms sat atop my list as the most memorable musical experience.
I hate to be predictable like this, but it’s him again this year. Three concerts given by Barenboim make it onto my rather arbitrary and probably unnecessary ‘Top 10′ for 2013…

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Tattoo, amore, tu!

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Tattoo, amore, tu!In vintage issue #33: La Cieca gossips about Dr. Jonathan Miller, Renée Fleming‘s Lucrezia Borgia, a weekend at Glimmerglass and New York Grand Opera in Central Park; reviews by Andrew Cooper and Dawn Fatale; “La Canzone di Lydia”; the final installment of “Impossible Discs”; Act Two of “A Bitchy Class”; and offbeat recordings selected by Leila de Lakmé…

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Martin Lurther King seen, heard in provocative new way: Chicago Sinfonietta's Martin Luther King, Jr. TributeU.S. Premiere of JacobTV’s Mountain Top, multimedia work blending MLK’s “Mountain Top” speech with eye-popping visuals, is centerpiece ofChicago Sinfonietta’s Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Guest artists include hornist Nicole Cash, the Roosevelt University CCPA Conservatory Chorus and the Apostolic Church of God Sanctuary Choir Wentz Concert Hall, Naperville, January 19 Symphony Center, Chicago, January 20 (MLK Holiday)CHICAGO (December 11, 2013) – The Chicago Sinfonietta, led by Mei-Ann Chen, continues its 2013-2014 season with its Annual Tribute to Dr…

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Music Review: Strauss’s ‘Feuersnot’ via Leon Botstein at Carnegie HallRichard Strauss’s rarely performed opera “Feuersnot” is a lampoon of Munich’s provincialism and Wagnerian bombast.    

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Day 18 — Gesänge des Orients

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Day 18 — Gesänge des OrientsStrauss was no stranger to Orientalism, not only within Salome (1905), of course, but also in the less celebrated Die ägyptische Helena (1928), which he had just completed before embarking on these Gesänge des Orients. The texts are taken from Hans Bethge’s collection of Middle and Far Eastern poetry entitled Die chinesische Flöte, which had already furnished Mahler with the texts for his Das Lied von der Erde…

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Uchida/Kashimoto/Quandt/Fuchs – reviewWigmore Hall, LondonUchida and players from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra revealed the full force of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of TimeSome pieces of music should only be experienced in live performance. Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time is one of them. The luminous intensity of this extraordinarily beautiful work, largely written and famously first performed in a German prisoner of war camp in 1941, demands complete engagement across its 50-minute span…

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The Wagnerian Readers Choice Awards - 2013. Stage 1 Semi Finals: The SingersMost awards in the arts are provided by experts and critics in that field. Alas, few, if any, rely on the opinions of those that listen to and attend performances – the odd “listeners/readers” choice winner aside. However, we are more than aware of our many readers expertise in the area of Wagner performances, recordings, artist, books, etc…

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TT: Snapshot

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Avi Avital plays Joseph Szigeti’s violin arrangement of Bartók’s Hungarian Folk Tunes on mandolin, accompanied by Alice Sara Ott: (This…

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