Hilliard Ensemble 40th Birthday Party, Shoreditch Church – music review + MORE Dec 12th

 

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Hilliard Ensemble 40th Birthday Party, Shoreditch Church - music reviewThe Hilliard Ensemble may not have the longevity of the wrinkliest rockers but they’ve been around a while. Last night’s concert, part of Spitalfields Music Winter Festival, took place 40 years to the day after the group’s debut. Only one founder member remains but if the top can ever be the foundation, David James’s falsetto has always been what supports the Hilliards’ intricate vocal harmonies.

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Meyerbeer goggles

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Meyerbeer gogglesIn honor of Giacomo Meyerbeer, the unjustly or (depending on how you look at it) justly neglected 19th century opera composer, a selection from Mike Richter‘s “Meyerbeer Operas” CD-ROM.
Il Crociato in Egitto
Carnegie Hall, New York
March 28, 1979
Aladino, sultan of Damletta: Justino Diaz
Palmide, daughter of Aladino: Yvonne Kenny
Armando d’Orville, knight, also known as Elmireno: Felicity Palmer
Adriano di Montfort: Rockwell Blake
Felicia: Dana Krueger
Alma: Carol Cates
Osmin: James Atherton
Conductor: Gianfranco Masini
Orchestra and Chorus of the Sacred Music Society
West Point Military Band
Download audio file (crociato_richter…

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THE future of 480 young musicians is uncertain.

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ENO goes to the cinema, finally

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If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. After a few years of resistance to the craze for live opera relays to the cinema, ENO has at last stepped aboard the bandwagon. From February you’ll be able to see some of their productions at your local – starting with Peter Grimes starring Stuart Skelton, and subsequently the director Terry Gilliam’s return visit to Berlioz, his new staging of Benvenuto Cellini…

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Declaring Victory

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Declaring Victoryspotonlists.comThe Minnesota Orchestra Association put out a press release today about its year-end financial results. The press release may be summarized thusly:Look, we had a great year!Even though the orchestra hasn’t performed in 13 months.Alex Ross quite rightly calls out the following bullshit:’The fact that the organization’s deficit is substantially smaller in a year without any performances indicates the degree to which this business model is out of alignment,’ said Board Chair Jon Campbell…

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NJ.com: Trent Johnson plays 'Hallelujah Chorus' 'as one of the organists who perform in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular'Trent JohnsonTrent Johnson writes:Hello Mr. Zick,I thought that you might find this article about organists and playing Handel’s Messiah on the pipe organ interesting. Trenthttp://www.nj.com/entertainment/music/index.ssf/2013/12/organists_pull_out_all_the_stops_for_handels_messiah.htmlNJ.comOrganists pull out all the stops for Handel’s ‘Messiah’By Ronni Reich/The Star-LedgerDec…

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Three Grammy Awards shared with the San Francisco Symphony and a recent invitation to sing at a Nelson Mandela commemoration in Washington, D.C., indicate appreciation for their talents.

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A Concert of English Music on Decca (LXT2015)

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A Concert of English Music on Decca (LXT2015)A few days ago I featured an interesting Ace of Clubs record which had been released in 1963. Music from three earlier long-playing records was subsumed into this ‘Festival of English Music’. The two pieces by George Butterworth had been released some 8 years previously on Decca LXT 2015. This album was an exciting ‘concert’ that featured Sir Adrian Boult and the London Philharmonic Orchestra playing four well-regarded pieces on LP…

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Wagner’s music ‘was driven by migraines’

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The next five most powerful women in Europe’s music

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The next five most powerful women in Europe’s musicComing in behind the first five, at number….   6 Ilona Schmiel New-broom Intendantin at Zurich’s wealthy Tonhalle, with rising maestro Lionel Bringuier 7 Ruth Mackenzie Incoming director of the Holland Festival, formerly head of London’s Cultural Olympics 8 Katharina and Eva Wagner Clinging onto the composer’s wreckage at Bayreuth 9 Kathryn McDowell Managing director of […]

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Last year, composer and educator David Rakowski took it upon himself to create a new version of the holiday classic “The Christmas Song,” inserting lyrics that precisely describe what’s happening in Mel Torme’s famous melody.

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This immaculate Australian revival makes it hard to understand how Cavalli’s 1648 bodice-ripper could ever have been allowed to fall into obscurity

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