Latest from Alexandre Tharaud + MORE Nov 16th
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No excuses. This is not a new video nor an exceptionally illuminating one.
But watched at the end of a long day, the sight of 167 Japanese students playing Beethoven’s 9th on electronic theremins built into Matryoshka dolls was simultaneously so weird and moving that we felt moved to share it..... More »
While auditioning for the concertmaster’s post at Chattanooga, Holly Mulcahy sniffed something in the air-conditioning and recognised it as romance. What’s going on? she asked when they gave her the job. Here’s what she found out: There have been over 20 blind dates.... More »
Photo posted to Twitter by @matthewshilvock"Same great company. First day in a new office. So excited for what lies ahead with my phenomenal colleagues @sfopera"It's August, which means that Matthew Shilvock is now the General Director of San Francisco Opera, with David Gockley retire.... More »
* Notes * West Edge Opera opened its 2016 festival with The Cunning Little Vixen last night at the abandoned 16th Street train station last night in Oakland. While the orchestra could have been crisper under Maestro Jonathan Khuner, the beauty of Janacek's score comes through. Pat Diamond's pr.... More »
* Notes * My review of West Bay Opera's Faust is on San Francisco Classical Voice.
* Tattling * There was light whispering during the first act. Watch alarms sounded at 9pm. Audience attrition was noticeable after each intermission..... More »
Happy birthday to Daniel Barenboim, whose festive cake awaits him backstage at the Staatsoper Berlin.
I get the sheet music, the baton and the Beethoven bust, but what's the significance of the blue hankie and the toilet roll? Anyone?
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I was persuaded yesterday evening to attend the first performance of a "new opera" at St Paul's, Covent Garden. This was The Invited by Richard Knight with "words" by Norman Welch. This was produced by a company called Opera Room Productions. They say "we're dedicated to writing and producing modern operatic works with a classical flair…
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For centuries, painters, musicians, writers and other artists flocked to the city in search of fame and fortune.
On Saturday, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music hosts a free all-day chamber music festival called Spotlight on Music From Vienna.
On Sunday the museum and Houston Friends of Chamber Music co-present the Viennese Tradition, a musical event designed to complement the current exhibition…
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St Giles, Cripplegate, LondonThe monastic intensity of Britten’s Noh-inspired opera parable – sung by a starry cast – contrasted to great effect with the hurly-burly of the City”What are those birds?” demands the Madwoman. In Britten’s “church parable” they are curlews – conjured up by a skittering, flutter-tongued flute – high above the land where she is looking for her lost son…
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AMERICAN OPERA PROJECTSARTIST Q&A TO FOLLOW MODERATED BY WQXR’S TERRANCE MCKNIGHTNew York, NY– AOP (American Opera Projects), and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will co-present an evening of scenes from Nkeiru Okoye’s folk opera Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom that tells of how a young girl born in slavery, becomes Harriet Tubman, the legendary Underground Railroad conductor…
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My best personal example is that I seem to have developed a resistance to the latest “sensational” pianist/soprano/tenor/whatever. This item provides a convincing rationale. Do I miss something with this attitude? Perhaps … but if the newest sensation lasts, you usually catch up with them sooner or later anyhow…
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* Notes * San Francisco Opera gave a second performance of Il barbiere di Siviglia (Finale of Act II pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver) this season with four different principal singers yesterday night. Emilio Sagi’s direction is funny but has som much going on at all times. There is an incredible amount of choreography and the corps de ballet is kept quite occupied…
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So much myth has accreted to Mahler’s Ninth Symphony that it is difficult to know where to begin any more. A farewell to life? A farewell to a culture? A farewell to tonality? An affirmation in the face of death? A piece more from eternity than earth?
All of the above, really, and such are the exalted heights of Mahler’s achievements in this greatest of his symphonies that a satisfactory performance – let alone anything beyond that – is rare……
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Autograph (Encores), A. Tharaud
(released on November 19, 2013)
We were early adopters of pianist Alexandre Tharaud here at Ionarts. I have covered two of his local recitals for the Post, in 2012 and 2008 (plus one with Jean-Guihen Queyras in 2010), and we have reviewed most of his recordings over the years with high praise…
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Charles Ives, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, and John Corigliano have all used music to promote social commentary, but these are all individuals who use their talents to create great music and see it performed. To the Great American Culture Machine, music is still mainly seen as a pastime marketed primarily to sexually frustrated adolescents with enough money to buy new product.
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We have tried to help raise awareness of the terrible state of the buildings associated with Romania’s foremost composer, Georges Enescu. It’s a battle worth fighting. Bucharest is sensitive to its cultural image. Today, a battery of composers and musicologists have launched a campaign in Germany to save the Enescu heritage…
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