Rich town kills orchestra, then slashes theatre + MORE Dec 15th

 

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Semele in Wales + MORE

Mid-Wales Opera, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD), and the Academy of Ancient Music are joining forces for a production of Handel's Semele which will tour Wales from 8 February 2016. The cast and orchestra will combine student singers and musicians with professional singers fr.... More »
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A Band Apart: Resident Evil + MORE

What does it mean when strangers show up, infiltrate our institutions, assimilate our knowledge, and then leave? Ensemble-in-residence...who does that?.... More »
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Wonderful Singing but Lame and Lacklustre Falstaff Revival + MORE

Verdi, Falstaff: Soloists, Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Bayerisches Staatsorchester / Asher Fisch (conductor), Nationaltheater, 19.3.2017. (MC) Verdi, Falstaff Production: Direction – Eike Gramss Sets and costumes – Gottfried Pilz Lighting – Manfred Voss Cast: Sir John Falstaff – Ambrog.... More »
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Gershwin: Piano Concerto, Eight Preludes etc CD review – persuasive swagger + MORE

Bebbington/RPO/Botstein(Somm)Pianist Mark Bebbington brings a nice balance of swagger and thoughtfulness to this all-Gershwin programme. He has said he finds a “Mahlerian melancholy” in the second movement of the Concerto in F, which is almost a concerto in itself, and his playing here is suppor.... More »
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John Powell interview: ‘I sold myself to the Devil, just a bit’ + MORE

John Powell came to compose his most famous soundtrack almost by mistake. In 2002, the director Doug Liman had just filmed a new action  thriller starring Matt Damon, loosely based on a pulp novel called The Bourne Identity. Another highly regarded film composer, Carter Burwell, had written a sco.... More »

Rich town kills orchestra, then slashes theatre

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Rich town kills orchestra, then slashes theatreGuildford, a picture-postcard kind of town in southeast England, earlier this year got rid of its Philharmonic Orchestra, acclaimed for its performances of English music with the late Tod Handley. Now it’s proposing to phase out subsidy to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre which, having already lost its Arts Council grant, would probably have to shut […]

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Berlioz: L’enfance du Christ BBC SO Roth Barbican 15.12.13Berlioz: L’enfance du Christ,Karen Cargill (mez), Yann Beuron (ten), Marcus Farnsworth (bar), Christopher Purvis (bs), BBC SO and Chorus, Trinity Laban Chamber Choir, François-Xavier Roth (cond.), Barbican Hall, London 15.12.13After the high-octane Berlioz performances from Gergiev and Salonen earlier in the year, this more measured reading from François-Xavier Roth came as a welcome relief…

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How the Whale Became; Remember Me: A Desk Opera – reviewLinbury Studio, Royal Opera House; Rivington Place, LondonA coloratura frog and a falsetto peacock hold court in an engaging new opera based on Ted Hughes’s creation storiesChildren may be more open-minded as audiences than the adults who accompany them but they expect certain routines: rude noises, wiggly bottoms, a man with a knotted handkerchief on his head, clumsy walks, visual transformations and at least one explosion which makes them jump though they feign nonchalance…

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Adams “El Nino”, Royal Festival Hall

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During the momentous last century – so richly contextualised in the South Bank’s The Rest is Noise festival – there were two points at which factions within the musical establishment sought to step back, take stock, and clean house of their complex and ever more elaborate excesses. There was Schoenberg with his 12-tone disciplines imagining that intellectual and mathematical rigour was the natural antidote to self-indulgence and there were the lean, clean, Shaker-like minimalists for whom the musical equivalent of colonic irrigation was the way forward…

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Peter Wright’s Venerable Nutcracker as Lively as Ever

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 Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker: Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Tom Seligman (conductor), viewed at Vue Piccadilly Cinema, London, 12.12.2013 (MB) Cast: Sugar Plum Fairy – Laura Morera Prince – Federico Bonelli Herr Drosselmeyer – Gary Avis Clara – Francesca Hayward Hans Peter/Nutcracker – Alexander Campbell Production: Peter Wright (production, scenario) Julia Trevelyan […]

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Catalogue of Revolution Records Many years ago (c.1972) I discovered a recording of Arnold Bax’s ‘The Tale the Pine Trees Knew’ in Symphony One, a small record shop in Glasgow. This was the first piece of Bax that I had consciously heard.  It had been released on the short lived Revolution record label…

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Opera north

– www.therestisnoise.com

The Canadian Opera Company recently announced that it had commissioned a new opera, entitled Hadrian, from the singer-songwriter-turned-opera-composer Rufus Wainwright. Reactions in the Canadian new-music community have not been entirely positive, as Robert Everett-Green indicates in a Globe and Mail article…

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 Verdi, Falstaff: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / James Levine. (conductor).  Met Live in HD broadcast to the Odeon Cinema, Chelmsford, Essex, 14.12.2013. (JPr) Cast: Nannetta: Lisette Oropesa Alice: Angela Meade Mrs Quickly: Stephanie Blythe Meg Page: Jennifer Johnson Cano Fenton: Paolo Fanale Falstaff: Ambrogio Maestri Ford: Franco Vassallo   […]

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New video: In the Ukrainian revolution, a pianist plays Chopin’s revolutionary étudeAntoinette, a Kiev Conservatory student, plays Chopin’s Revolutionary etude in the thick of the Khreschyatik, centre of Kiev. Antoinette is quoted as saying: ‘We are a European country and value European classical music.’ Our man on the spot writes: ‘As the guys were lugging the piano to the spot, they got help from other protesters by […]

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CD Spotlight. Dramatic Effect

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Harpsichord music by Handel, heard by Robert Anderson. ‘… exciting and eloquent throughout …’

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Waltz's Rosenkavalier Coming to London

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

Waltz's Rosenkavalier Coming to LondonAccording to a tweet by the Royal Opera House’s Director of Opera, Kasper Holten, Christoph Waltz’s production of Der Rosenkavalier is coming to the ROH in December 2016. The De Vlaamse Opera production opens tonight in Antwerp, directed by the fittingly-named Waltz, who said that, ‘I was born in Vienna, grew up in Vienna, went to school in Vienna, graduated in Vienna, studied in Vienna, started acting in Vienna – and there would be a few further Viennese links…

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LSO/Tilson Thomas – review

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LSO/Tilson Thomas – reviewBarbican, LondonPianist Simon Trpčeski excelled in Prokofiev, and Michael Tilson Thomas led the LSO on top form in a daring reading of Tchaikovsky’s fifth symphonyFrom time to time, when reviewing concerts, a critic must make mention of extraneous, non-musical things, such as coughing from the audience, latecomers, or, in the case of one recent LSO concert, Peter Tatchell’s one-man protest against Valery Gergiev…

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Day 15 — Beim Schlafengehen

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Day 15 — Beim SchlafengehenWe now reach the third of the Four Last Songs, though ‘Beim Schlafengehen’ was actually the first of the Hesse poems Strauss set. This song prepares us for ‘night’s magic sphere’, beginning, as in ‘Frühling’, rather darkly and then turning, by means of a solo violin melody, to another rapturous outpouring…

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