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After the excellently sung, superbly conducted, and rather warmly received Rheingold, Walküre, and Siegfried, the last of the tetralogy’s operas, Götterdämmerung, felt like a triumph. Never mind the boos, when Castorf came out, which were eventually overtaken by the counter-bravos… the show w.... More »
William Grant Still(Photo is the sole property of William Grant Still Music, and is used with permission.) Studio portrait of composer and conductor William Grant Still (1895 - 1978), the first African-American conductor of a major orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, 1936. Hulton.... More »
Many thanks to Robert R. Reilly for this review from the Kennedy Center.
Martinů, Symphonies, BBC Symphony Orchestra, J. Bělohlávek (Onyx, 2011)
I came for the Bohuslav Martinů, heard it, and was conquered. I apologize for the campy gloss on Julius Caesar’s famous "Veni, vidi, vici,&q.... More »
There is no doubt that the Henry Litolff’s Scherzo from the Concerto Symphonique, No.4, op.101 is a popular work: it is regularly played on Classic FM often in the recording by Peter Donohoe and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Litton (Hyperion CDA66889). This includes t.... More »
The Lyric Opera in Chicago has enjoyed a happy season.
Ticket sales rose to $28.8 million, up from $26.6 million in 2013.
Of 284,440 tickets sold, 67,485 were purchased by first-timers.
Lyric also beat its $23.6 million annual fund-raising goal by $100,000.
Anthony Freud, formerly of Welssh Natio.... More »
The latest disc from Anne Akiko Meyers features Vivaldi's classic of Baroque music — played on a remarkable violin. Anne says that it's an exciting combination. It's on New Classical Tracks this week, and you have a chance to win a copy of the CD.
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Britannia House, a large building just off Brick Lane in London’s East End, used to be a carpet factory. March 20-23, 2014, it was the trendy host to the London Contemporary Music Festival’s retrospective of the works of Bernard Parmegiani, an obscure but very cool experimental composer who died last year…
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The always worth reading Alex Ross in discussion with Todd Morman at the Indy Week.Ross has been exploring Wagner’s deep, broad cultural influence—he pays close attention, for instance, to what he calls “Black Wagnerism,” the affinity felt by people like W.E.B. Du Bois for Wagner’s work. The INDY spoke with Ross about Wagner, race and modern opera; an edited transcript is below…
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Sometimes it feels like the winter will never end. It’s April 15, I just had my lawn aerated, put down seed and fertilizer in the front yard a few days ago, and I woke up to snow yet again. After a speedy commute on the Go Train listening to one of my favorite podcasts, I taught my vocal lit class at the Royal Conservatory, where one of the students in my class did a presentation on Debussy’s Quatre Chansons de Jeunesse…
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Sheidt, Nicolai, Biber, Buxtehude, Weichlein, and Johann Christoph Bach, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Monica Huggett, artistic director and violin, Stephen Stubbs, chitarrone, Harry van der Kamp, bass, Vancouver Playhouse, 11.4.2014. Scheidt: Canzon super intradam æthiopicam a 5 Buxtehude:’ Ich bin eine Blume zu Saron’ (Song of Solomon 2:1-3) Nicolai: Sonata for three bass viols Biber: Rosary […]
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What American composer better embodies the spirit of the day than Irving Berlin? His music has graced innumerable Hollywood offerings from "White Christmas" to "Annie Get Your Gun." This week on Flicks in Five, Lynne Warfel celebrates Irving Berlin.
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Every book has its target audience. The question is as to what the target of Nazi opera conspiracy books might be. It is likely to be an audience interested in opera, music and art history. It is likely to be a popular audience interested in the history of the Holocaust, some of whom have heard that it was caused by an opera composer—one who either deserves to be justly hated as the Holocaust’s root cause, or amongst Neonazi’s, revered for it…
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* Notes * The last performance of the 2014 season at San Diego Opera was the matinée of Don Quichotte on Sunday, April 13. This may well have been San Diego Opera's final offering, complete with a Save San Diego Opera demonstration outside and capacity attendance inside. The production is a revival of the one at San Diego Opera in 2009…
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A new piece by Chinese-American composer Zhou Long was part of the programme in the latest chapter of this transatlantic musical exchange
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