Dis(Arrangements) 2: Goldberg Fever + MORE Dec 14th


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We’re halfway + MORE

Another real contrast in styles with conductors numbers three and four in the running order and it came across particularly in the way they approached their respective concertos. First, Jiri Rozen, content to sit back somewhat in the Sibelius, neat in the way he gave his cues, always in control and .... More »

Dallas Opera fills artistic post + MORE

Ian Derrer is to be artistic administrator, alongshide music director Emmanuel Vuiillaume and chief exec Keith Cerny. Derrer has done stints at City Opera, Santa Fe and the Lyric Opera, Chicago.   Press release DALLAS, JUNE 25, 2014 – In the wake of Jonathan Pell’s decision to step down .... More »
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Philip Cannon obituary + MORE

Versatile composer whose commissions included a requiem in one movementThe composer and teacher Philip Cannon, who has died aged 87, defied avant-garde trends with vocal and instrumental music that communicated immediately with listeners.His first acknowledged works date from his student years at th.... More »

Emanuel Ax Fashions a Crowd-Pleasing Doubleheader + MORE

Beethoven, Mozart: Emanuel Ax (piano), Vancouver Symphony Orchestra/Bramwell Tovey (conductor), Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, 18.1.2017 (GN) Beethoven – Wellington’s Victory Op.91 Mozart – Piano Concerto No.22 in E flat major K.482 Beethoven – Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 ‘Emper.... More »
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The Pittsburgh Symphony Strike Is Over + MORE

Just a quick post-Thanksgiving note today to make sure you haven’t inadvertently overlooked the good news that the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra work stoppage has ended and the group is back to work with a newly ratified collective bargaining agreement. Rumblings of a deal surfaced via a.... More »
Dis(Arrangements) 2: Goldberg FeverGrant Chu Covell[December 2013.]A recent check disclosed 228 available recordings of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Most are for a single keyboard as intended, but there are also arrangements and transcriptions. Here’s a random scattering of BWV 988 arrangements and digressions. Johann Sebastian BACH: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (1741-42; arr…

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John Malveaux: George Walker interview playlist on KUSC Classical Radio 91.5 on Thursday, December 5, 2013George Walker has a website at http://georgetwalker.com/ and is featured at AfriClassical.comJohn Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites:Jim Svejda, The Evening Program, interview of Composer George Walker on KUSC Classical Radio 91.5 on Thursday, December 5, 1013 included the following playlist:       8:51 pmGeorge Walker: Lyric for StringsSon Sonora String QuartetAlbany 1082 8:58 pmGeorge Walker: Sinfonia No…

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Masked Ballo in Maschera

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 Verdi, Un ballo in maschera: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Colón. Conductor: Ira Levin, Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires. 6.12.2013. (JSJ)     Cast: Gustavo III: Giuseppe Gipali / Marcelo Puente Count Ankarstrom: Fabián Veloz / Douglas Hahn Amelia: Virginia Tola / Iano Tamar Oscar: Sussana Andersson / Marisú Pavón Ulrica: Elizabetta Fiorillo / Alejandra […]

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Antonín Dvořák,
Symphony No.9, Heldenlied
Andris Nelsons / BRSO
BR Klassik

Old World New World

Late 2010, Andris Nelsons, incoming Music Director of the Boston Symphony but also loved, courted, and groomed by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, performed a program of Charles Ives, John Adams, and Igor Stravinsky in Munich—capped, almost incongruously, with Dvořák’s Ninth (review here)

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Fall and rise

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Falstaff – Metropolitan Opera, 12/9/2013Maestri, Oropesa, Meade, Cano, Blythe, Fanale, Vasile / LevineAs many around the world may discover today, there have been few shows in Met history as thoroughly joyous and satisfying as this one. James Levine seems again miraculously at the peak of his powers, the cast — particularly Ambrogio Maestri and the women — is a treat for the ear both solo and in ensemble, and director Robert Carsen, whose first Met masterpiece (yes, that just-retired Onegin, though it was even better before the changes for broadcast) never quite got him the esteem he deserved, responds to Verdi and Boito’s blend of humanity and clever construction with his own surplus of both…

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The Best of 2013… in Recorded Music

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The Best of 2013... in Recorded Music1. Mahler’s Sixth Symphony by the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Riccardo Chailly (Accentus Music)This film of Chailly’s 2012 performances of Mahler 6 in Leipzig is testament to his musical perspicuity, the orchestra’s world-class credentials and a really brutal reading of one of the bleakest works in the canon…

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À Jordi, pour l'âme de Montserrat

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À Jordi, pour l'âme de MontserratMoroccan oud virtuoso Driss El Maloumi’s latest album Makan is dedicated ‘À Jordi, pour l’âme de Montserrat’ [To Jordi, for our soul mate Montserrat]. The new album is a delightful example of Maghreb-lite and was in heavy iPod rotation during my recent travels. Stand out track is a new interpretation of the traditional Berber lullaby (Berceuse Amazigh) that was recorded so movingly by the desperately missed Montserrat Figueras with Jordi Savall and Driss El Maloumi on her 2002 CD Ninna Nanna – an album that, incidentally, also contains two little known Arvo Pärt premieres…

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Music Review: ‘Messiah’ Performances by Musica Sacra and St. Thomas ChoirTwo of the most venerable and reliable of the annual presentations of Handel’s “Messiah” in New York, the St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys and Musica Sacra, went head-to-head this week.    

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Only one woman gets through to ‘leading’ conducting contest (and she’s Irish)The finalists have been announced for the 11th Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition and the bad news is that only one female contestant got past the prejudice barrier in the preliminary round. She’s Sinéad Hayes of Ireland and she’s up against 12 males. We’re rooting for Sinéad…

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New video: Daniil Trifonov – ‘I wake up with Schoenberg in my head’In an intimate, concentrated interview, the Tchaikovsky-winning young pianist shows Zsolt Bognar how it’s done. And how to play the piano while lying on your back. Watch and learn.

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Falstaff, Live from the Met

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Tune in at noon for a live broadcast of Giuseppe Verdi's <i>Falstaff</i> from the Metropolitan Opera. Classical MPR's Rex Levang shares eight facts about the opera to enhance your enjoyment of it.

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Every performance of the Baroque oratorio, a staple of the holiday season, is different; performances are slated throughout the Bay Area in the coming days.

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From the archive: 14 December 1971: A year at the operaPeople can get opera in a way as never before, without setting foot in an opera houseTrying to see clearly through the opera glasses is like squinting through a kaleidoscope. Blue and murky one moment: then click, all pink and gold. The scene shifts. One needs a decade to pinpoint things: a year is untypical…

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