On the Nose: Early Shostakovich at the Met + MORE Dec 13th


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LA Sonnambula : Attractive but Hardly Convincing + MORE

 Bellini: La Sonnambula, Liceu’s Orchestra and Chorus, Daniel Oren (conductor), Barcelona’s Liceu, 1 & 2.2.2014 (JMI)   Casts: Amina: Patrizia Ciofi/Annick Massis Elvino: Juan Diego Flórez/Celso Albelo Count Rodolfo: Nicola Ulivieri/Michele Pertusi Lisa: Eleonora Buratto/Sabina Puér.... More »

Saturday Cinema: John Waxman + MORE

On this week's Saturday Cinema, Lynne Warfel talks to John Waxman, son of famous film composer Franz Waxman. There will also be a tribute to Marni Nixon, who passed away this week at age 86..... More »

SHOCK: Top London orchestra will relocate to Germany + MORE

New home: the Elbphilharmonie, HamburgThe London Philharmonic Orchestra has allegedly accepted a remarkable offer from the City of Hamburg to move to Germany after Brexit, adopting a new home base at the magnificent Elbphilharmonie. The UK orchestra is thought to be planning its migration for the ye.... More »

Muted response to English National Opera’s last throw + MORE

Few signs of enthusiasm or confidence have greeted Friday’s appointment of Daniel Kramer, 39, as ENO’s next artistic director. Kramer, 39, arrived at ENO nine years ago as a protege of the opera-loving actor Simon Callow. He was tasked with directing Harrison Birtwistle’s graphic P.... More »
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Royal Opera House 2014-15 season analysed + MORE

The Royal Opera House's 2014-15 season is a good balance of artistic venture and business savvy. London must be doing something right with sales running at 96% capacity and HD broadcast attendance running neck and neck with live performances. When opera houses and orchestras seem to be imploding els.... More »

Day 13 — Cäcilie

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

Day 13 — CäcilieHeinrich Hart’s poem ‘Cäcilie’ was written for his wife, so it proved a fitting inclusion in the Op. 27 songs, Strauss’s wedding present to Pauline. Although the mood is one of rapt celebration, Strauss and Hart chart life’s complexities in this brief but stirring song. The promise of ‘ardent kisses’ gives way to stormy nights and Strauss’s flowing accompaniment takes a turn towards the darker end of the harmonic palette…

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Bach Mass Lacks Polish Because of Last Minute Substitutes

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Bach: Mass in B minor: Lorna Anderson (soprano), Kitty Whately (mezzo), Andrew Tortise (tenor), Stephan Loges (bass-baritone), SCO Chorus, Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Jonathan Cohen (conductor), Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 12.12.2013 (SRT) The B minor mass is one of the greatest works in western music, but this performance fell somewhat flat…

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Messing with Handel’s Messiah

– www.thestar.com

Messing with Handel’s MessiahWould you rather watch a barefoot, dancing, costumed Messiah while eating poutine? Or stick to tradition with the Toronto Symphony?

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On the Nose: Early Shostakovich at the Met

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On the Nose: Early Shostakovich at the MetНос (The Nose)October 3, 2013Kovalyov: Paulo SzotPolice Inspector: Andrey PopovThe Nose: Alexander LewisYakovlevich: Vladimir OgnovenkoIvan: Sergey SkorokhodovWilliam Kentridge (Director, Sets)Greta Goiris (Costumes)Catherine Meyburgh (Video Editing)Valery Gergiev (Conductor)I wasn’t in town back in April 2010 when the Met first debuted William Kentridge’s riotously inventive production of Shostakovich’s first opera, Hoc, to rave reviews, so there was no way I was going to miss out on the current run…

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Beethoven Celebration

– www.violinist.com

Beethoven CelebrationBy Laurie Niles: Last week I found myself listening to some very young string quartets playing very old and established music, the Beethoven String Quartets.

The concert was a “Beethoven Quartet Celebration,” the culmination of a semester-long examination of these works, led by cellist Paul Katz, who spent this past semester as a guest professor at University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, which is where the concert took place…

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Hilliard Ensemble at 40 – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

Hilliard Ensemble at 40 – reviewShoreditch church, LondonThe all-male vocal quartet’s anniversary celebration embraced plainsong and premieres with passion and precisionFor most of us, the Hilliard Ensemble seems to have been there, as a quietly specialist musical institution throughout our concert-going lives. The all-male vocal quartet – countertenor, two tenors, baritone or bass – gave its first concerts in 1974, and is now celebrating its 40th birthday…

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The woman who posted the photo, Anastasiia Bereza, says the pianist “charmed everyone” with Chopin and other music, at least temporarily lowering the temperature of a tense confrontation.

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Missa Solemnis

– www.planethugill.com

Missa SolemnisBeethoven’s Missa Solemnis is such a huge work, that performances tend towards the massive as if the theological concerns with which Beethoven was struggling could only be resolved by a chorus of thousands and slow tempi. On this new disc the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique numbers around 70 players, with 45 singers in the Monteverdi Choir, all conducted by John Eliot Gardiner in a performance which is lithe and vivid, but still with moments of transcendence…

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American Psycho, Almeida Theatre

– www.edwardseckerson.biz

Having enjoyed privileged insight into the making of this musical with my audio podcast featuring composer Duncan Sheik’s original demos (check out Podcasts) and director Rupert Goold’s lively mind, this is not so much a review, more a reflection on this startling new arrival at the Almeida…

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Day 12 — Zueignung

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

Day 12 — ZueignungThere is a great sense of purpose about Strauss’s 1882–3 song ‘Zueignung’. Fittingly it opened his first publication as a song composer. Strauss had written many songs before the Op. 10 set, yet it was with this particular Lied that he felt confident enough to launch his career as a songsmith. It fuses a strophic structure with something more rhapsodic, building, in the final verse, to a particularly stirring climax…

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NEA announces fair/unfair annual grants for music and operaFull lists here and here. The biggest grants seem to go to Big Five orchestras. All are in the five-figure bracket. The big guys would not die without this cash, but bureaucracy must have its way. Check the lists. See what you think.

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Everything’s coming up Rúni“Daniela Sindram will sing the role of Octavian and Rúni Brattaberg will sing the role of Baron Ochs in this evening’s performance of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. Géraldine Chauvet and Peter Rose, originally scheduled to sing the roles, have withdrawn due to illness.” So says the Met press office.

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