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Mr. Delugg accompanied Al Jolson, worked with the game show producer Chuck Barris and was a longtime musical director for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade..... More »
Born on this day in 1880 poet Guillaume Apollinaire.
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Born on this day in 1915 soprano Gré Brouwenstijn.
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Debussy, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Rachmaninoff.Andrei Ionuț Ioniță (cello), Yulia Matochkina (mezzo soprano), Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar (baritone), Dmitry Masleev (piano), Mariinsky Orchestra/Valery Gergiev (conductor), Cadogan Hall, London. 26.10.2015 (LB) Debussy – Prélude à l’après-mid.... More »
Soraya MafiThe Chilcott Award for Singers is a £10,000 award to support a 'major young artist with the potential to make an international impact'. The 2016 award has been won by soprano Soraya Mafi who is currently a Harewood Young Artists at English National Opera (ENO).With ENO, Soraya sang Papag.... More »
An Ensemble Intercontemporain programme of Boulez and Lachenmann showcased the extraordinary acoustics and flexibility of the new Philharmonie, the hall that will also be home to Daniel Harding and his Orchestre de ParisI was in Paris for the Ensemble Intercontemporain’s revelatory performance of .... More »
Review – Götterdämmerung (Leeds Town Hall, Saturday 12 July 2014)
First Norn – Fiona Kimm
Second Norn – Heather Shipp
Third Norn – Lee Bisset
Brünnhilde – Alwyn Mellor
Siegfried – Mati Turi
Hagen – Mats Almgren
Gunter – Eric Greene
Gutrune – Orla Boylan
Waltraute – Susan Bickley
Alberich – Jo Pohlheim
Woglinde – Katherine Broderick
Wellgunde – Madeline Shaw
Flosshilde – Sarah Castle
Vocal Consultants – Dame Anne Evans & Sir John Tomlinson
Chorus of Opera North
Orchestra of Opera North
Concert Staging & Design Concept – Peter Mumford
Lighting & Projection Designer – Peter Mumford
Richard Farnes (Conductor)
The success of Opera North’s Ring cycle cannot be overestimated either in terms of ambition and vision but also – ultimately – artistic standards…
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Aspen Music Festival (3): Soloists, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Aspen Percusssion Ensemble, Jonathan Haas (director), Aspen Philharmonic, Nikolas Nägele (conductor). Harris Concert Hall, Belly Up, Benedict Music Tent. Aspen, Colorado. 7-9.7.2014 (HS) Chamber music, 7 July Harris Concert Hall Mark Simpson: Septet Aspen Contemporary Ensemble Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasy in A-flat major, Op…
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Red Note Ensemble photo credit Wattie Cheung Bingham, Adams, Barber, RVW; Michal Rogalski, Red Note Ensemble; JAM at the City of London Festival, St. Andrew’s Church, Holborn. Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jul 11 2014 Star rating: 4.0World premiere of Judith Bingham’s oboe concerto in a dramatic and characterful programmeMichal RogalskiFor the second of their City of London Festival concerts, JAM presented the Scottish Red Note Ensemble in a programme of music for strings and oboe, which included the world premiere of Judith Bingham’s Oboe Concerto: The Angel of Mons alongside Bingham’s 2012 JAM commission, The Hythe, plus RVW’s Oboe Concerto and music by John Adams and Samuel Barber…
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David Pountney’s production is imposing on every level – but Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Holocaust opera still promises more than it delivers
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Maazel was an uncompromising technician and orchestral leader, a conductor whose sometimes baffling interpretations were inimitably his own, writes Tom ServiceLorin Maazel never minded courting controversy. He left the Vienna State Opera and what was then the worlds most prestigious job in opera after just two years in 1984 because the reforms he wanted to introduce were questioned by the Viennese Culture Minister…
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A performance of Rameau’s Zaïs, recorded at La Cour des Hospices for the Beaune Festival, performed by the Choeur de
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The Latvian maestro Andris Nelsons made his first Tanglewood appearances since being named to succeed James Levine as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s music director.
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By Karen Allendoerfer:
George Ogata founded the MIT Summer Philharmonic Orchestra (MITSPO) after 7 years as Concertmaster of the MIT Symphony Orchestra. Now in its 19th season, the MITSPO draws top amateur players from throughout the Greater Boston area to come together for a summer festival of music making…
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The eminent conductor Lorin Maazel died earlier today, age 84. I never heard him conduct in person, missing my chance when his Castleton Opera visited Cal Performances a few years ago and another when he subbed last year during the VPO’s visit, so I have little personal testimony to give on him. I can say that I never made it to the end of his Tosca recording; while the casting of Nilsson, Corelli, and DFD may have sounded like a good idea at the time, it doesn’t work out very well…
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I have had a busy 36 hours – beginning with Friday.
My old friend and colleague Marc Scorca (incidentally many moons ago in his youth General Director of Chicago Opera Theater) has been in town, and we went for a more or less spontaneous dinner at the Garrick on Friday evening. He says that that the last time he was there was also with me, and was probably more than 20 years ago…
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The latter part of Lorin Maazel’s decade as music director in New York was unhappy. Some of the players and several critics found his performances slick; the conductor’s face set in a rictus of resentment.
Tonight, the orchestra expressed regrets at his death.
NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC STATEMENTThe New York Philharmonic mourns the passing of Lorin Maazel, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic from 2002 to 2009…
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