Lohengrin Performances – 2014 + MORE Jan 1st
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Colston Hall, BristolVasily Petrenko brought authority and integrity to a programme that included Sibelius, Mahler, Schubert – and a nod to Norwegian prideThe Colston Hall audience clapped the Norwegians long and hard by way of welcome – the legacy of affection dating from the days of Mariss Jan.... More »
Bach, Selected Organ Works, P. Jacob (JAV, 2004)
Johann Sebastian Bach, in Nicolas Slonimsky's memorable turn of phrase, is "the supreme arbiter and lawgiver of music." This week's program from the National Symphony Orchestra, heard at the second performance on Thursday night, a special sc.... More »
The Latvian composer Peteris Vasks wrote a terrific concerto for Gidon Kremer in 1997 and another for Richard Tognetti in 2008. It is played here by Sebastian Bohren together with members of six of Europe’s finest string quartets – the Alban Berg, Casals, Galatea, Gémeaux, Schumann .... More »
Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci at the Royal Opera House. This Cav & Pag is worth seeing, even if it's pricey, because, in its quiet thoughtful way, it reminds us what opera is really about. "Io sono il Prologo" a figure (Tonio) intones. What we are about to experience is an .... More »
On this day in 1927 Mae West was sentenced to ten days in jail for obscenity for her play Sex.
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Born on this day in 1892 composer Germaine Tailleferre
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Poet Richard Morris and his daughter, the artist and designer Hatty Morris, joined forces to produce an illustrated poetic re-telling of the story of Wagner’s Ring Cycle (see my review). Now they have followed this up with another, this time produced One Crazy Day: the story of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro…
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A. Vivaldi, Orlando furioso (1714), R. Novaro, R. Basso, Modo Antiquo, F. M. Sardelli
(released on November 13, 2012)
Naïve OP30540 | 160’40"Orlando furioso is Vivaldi’s most famous opera, having been known in modern revival since the 1970s, and it was already recorded for Naïve’s Vivaldi Edition in 2005, by Jean-Christophe Spinosi and Ensemble Matheus…
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Weimar Lohengrin Nationaltheater WeimarNew production7 September 2013 to 18 April 2014Graz Lohengrin Opernhaus GrazNew production28 September 2013 to 30 May 2014Würzburg Lohengrin Mainfranken Theater WürzburgNew production29 September 2013 to 31 January 2014Basel Lohengrin Theater BaselNew production20 October 2013 to 15 June 2014Hamburg Lohengrin Hamburg State Opera22 December 2013 to 12 January 2014Düsseldorf Lohengrin Deutsche Oper am RheinNew production18 January to 15 June 2014 Vilnius Lohengrin Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet30 January to 21 May 2014Madrid Lohengrin Teatro Real, MadridNew production3 to 27 April 2014Warsaw Lohengrin Polish National Opera11 to 17 April 2014Vienna Lohengrin Vienna State OperaNew production12 to 28 April 2014Bayreuth Lohengrin Bayreuth Festival31 July to 17 August 2014
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January at the Barbican includes the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Colin Matthews, Shostakovich, Martinu and Max Richter. Visitors include Magdalena Kozena (with Les Violons du Roi) and Andreas Scholl (with the Academy of Ancient Music). The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and the Sixteen give you a chance to hear oratorios by both Handel and Haydn…
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Blah blah blah, music of another old dead guy, you say? What is the point? 272 years ago a German immigrant to England, George Frideric Handel, composed his oratorio Messiah in just 24 days.
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We’ve reached that time of year again…Best Opera: Honorable mentions go to the outstandingly sung revival of Don Carlo at the Royal Opera (I was lucky enough to hear Anja Harteros’s sole performance) and the Proms Gotterdammerung (Andreas Schager’s moving Siegfried especially lives in my memory) but the outstanding opera event of 2013 was Aldeburgh Music’s Grimes on the Beach in both its Maltings and seaside incarnations…
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Highlights from Dec. 31 to Jan. 7 Tuesday, 10 am: Handel’s Messiah, with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Tuesday, 5:30 pm: Music with Minnesotans: High school counselor Anna Sattler. Wednesday, 10 am: New Year’s Day Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic….
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A Happy and Prosperous New Year To All Readers of The Land of Lost ContentSignificant Composer Anniversaries for 2014Thomas Attwood Walmisley (1814-1856) Bi-Centenary of BirthEugene d’Albert (1864-1932) 150 year Anniversary of BirthWilfred Mellors (1914-2008) Centenary of BirthFrank Chacksfield (1914-1995) Centenary of BirthWilliam Lloyd Webber (1914-1982) Centenary of BirthAndrej Panufnik (1914-1991) Centenary of BirthArnold Richardson (1914-1973) Centenary of BirthSome Important British Works that are Celebrating Significant Anniversaries (Composed, First Performed or Published) include:-100 years ago:-Charles Villiers Stanford: Irish Rhapsody No 4 Edward Elgar: Sospiri; Carillon: Recitation with orchestraFred…
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The Israeli pianist and his wife played violin sonatas by Mozart and Prokofiev in a scrappy programme that also featured Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky
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Angelina Jolie takes on Sleeping Beauty while Terry Gilliam tackles Berlioz as the stars come out to confound our expectations in the coming yearFilmAngelina Jolie in MaleficentHollywood’s most formidable leading lady is back after a relatively quiet spell, in a role playing on her scariness and seniority…
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It’s difficult to stand anywhere near composer and vocalist Lisa Bielawa and not feel energized by proximity. An extrovert to the core, she acknowledges that her highly social nature has taken her in some specific directions both as a composer and as a musical citizen.
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