Redressing the Balance + MORE Dec 9th

 

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virtuosos

Arise, Sir Bryn…. and other honours + MORE

The baritone Bryn Terfel has been knighted and percussionist Evelyn Glennie made a Companion of Honour (CH) in the UK list of New Year’s Honours.   The conductor Jeffrey Tate also received a knighthood, as did Barry Ife, outgoing head of the Guildhall School. There are OBEs for City of B.... More »
sonata

Minnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - Austin Kraft + MORE

Composer Austin Kraft of Savage was a Minnesota Varsity 2013 Showcase Composer and 2014 Featured Composer. He recently contacted Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share his experiences of the past year..... More »
operas

Mutter and the Band + MORE

Dvořák, Violin Concerto (inter alia), A.-S. Mutter, Berlin Philharmonic, M. Honeck (DG, 2013) S. Currier, Time Machines, A.-S. Mutter, New York Philharmonic, M. Francis (DG, 2011) Last week was to have featured the National Symphony Orchestra's debut performances of Bohuslav Martinů's first sym.... More »
recital

Le droit du canard + MORE

Oh, we’ve a veritable cassoulet of canards to feast upon this week, cher public, courtesy of our old friend Rupert Christiansen. In a little essay with the provocative title “Why opera directors must stop patronising people,” Mr. C. attempts to make a number of points, none of whi.... More »
symphonies

Budapest Thrills to a Dramatic Faust Festival + MORE

 Gounod, Busoni  Faust 225 Festival, Hungarian State Opera, Orchestra and Chorus, State Opera House, Budapest (Festival ran 17 May to 1 June) (RD) Gounod Faust d Michał Znaniecki, c Maurizio Benini Dario Schmunk (Faust), Gábor Bretz (Mephistophélès), Andrea Rost (Marguerite) 21 May Busoni,Do.... More »

Musical Energy

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  Schubert and Scriabin  Evgeny Kissin (piano) Schubert, Sonata in D op 53 D850; Scriabin, Sonata-fantasia no 2 in G sharp minor op 19 and Seven Studies from the Twelve Studies, op 8.  Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Sala Santa Cecilia, Parco della Musica, Rome. 05.12.2013  (JB) Musical energy is a fascinating subject –strikingly different in every […]

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Michael S. Wright: 'I will certainly audition this CD as I believe he has that refreshing sound I am looking for. Well done Daniel!'ATMA Classique ACD2 2698Michael S. Wright writes:Good grief! The repertoire listed includes pieces that my daughter learnt when she was about that age! These are works that may seem pretty easy to a seasoned concert pianist. I am at a loss as to why he missed out the first movement (allegro moderato) of the Haydn Hob XVI B flat sonata…

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National Children's Orchestras at the Royal Festival HallNCO Under 13 Orchestra at the Anvil in Spring 2013 photo Alex von KoettlitzThe National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain (NCO) celebrated its 35th birthday this year and the final event of their season was a concert at the Royal Festival Hall on 8 December 2013 by the Main Orchestra, conducted by Peter Stark, and the Under 13 Orchestra conducted by Roger Clarkson, Principal Director of Music…

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In the summer of 1987, my parents moved us to a farmhouse south of Kiester, Minnesota. We lived a softball's throw from Iowa. Mom was pregnant with my brother; Dad traveled as director with the high school's marching band; and I had ten cats, all named after classical composers.

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Redressing the Balance

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Redressing the BalanceToday at the National Gallery, I revisited the subject of Alma Schindler’s marriage to Gustav Mahler. I was appearing alongside pianist and Oxford Lieder Festival artistic director Sholto Kynoch. It’s been repeatedly stated that Alma was fundamentally a sort of temptress, a femme fatale, whose taste for the semen of geniuses was insatiable…

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Falstaff: the perfect opera for first-timers?

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Falstaff: the perfect opera for first-timers?That’s the verdict of our New York neophytes, Elizabeth Frayer and Shawn E Milnes. Read on here. But don’t ignore prior health warning here, with plenty of horse fodder in the ensuing discussion.

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The Recording Academy has bestowed upon the Minnesota Orchestra an honor made poignant by music director Osmo Vänskä’s recent resignation: a Grammy nomination, in the category of Best Orchestral Performance, for the orchestra’s recording of Sibelius’s first and fourth symphonies for the BIS label.

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Screen Music Awards: Some Hollywood tipsStrong relationships with filmmakers are the key to movie composer Ashley Irwin’s US success story.    

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Singers step out solo Dec. 13, join California Symphony Dec. 23

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President Barack Obama honours musicians Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock, Carolos Santana and opera singer Martina Arroyo at Kennedy Center Honors    

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'Six by Sondheim': TV review

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'Six by Sondheim': TV reviewSTEPHEN Sondheim says he hates the word “hummable.” Based on this new HBO biopic on the widely admired Broadway composer, he may not be big on “cuddly,” either.    

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Parsifal: crystal bells, magic garden

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Parsifal: crystal bells, magic gardenThose great bells which sound four notes so solemn-jubilant in Act One and so doomy-despairing in Act Three of Wagner’s Parsifal are making a discreetly joyful sound in my head now that I’ve sent over the script for Radio 3’s Building a Library. It’s by no means the end of the quest, which will happen once I’ve declaimed the holy text in the studio on Tuesday morning…

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‘Festival of English Music’ on Ace of Clubs .

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‘Festival of English Music’ on Ace of Clubs .I remember seeing this LP lying around the school music room. It was my first introduction to some of these favourite pieces of British Music. I had forgotten all about it until I discovered (by chance) a copy on sale on ‘ebay’.  The LP featured George Butterworth’s beautiful Rhapsody: A Shropshire Lad along with his The Banks of Green Willow – both for orchestra…

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