Richard Wagner & The Case Of The Missing Boarding House + MORE

 

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Veteran US conductor, ex-president of ASOL, has died + MORE

We have been informed of the death today of Donald Thulean, conductor of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra from 1962 to 1984 and a familiar and popular figure on the US orchestral scene. Donald was 85 years old. He is the subject of a sculpture by Anna Mahler, the composer’s daughter. Outside the.... More »
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Benjamin Appl Schubert Wigmore Hall + MORE

Luca Pisaroni and Wolfram Rieger were due to give the latest installment in the Wigmore Hall's complete Schubert songs  series, but both had to cancel at short notice. Fortunately, the Wigmore Hall rises to such contingencies, and gave us Benjamin Appl and Jonathan Ware.   Since there's a .... More »
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Free Download: Allan Clayton sings 'Vedi L'ape Che Ingegnosa' from Handel's Berenice + MORE

This week's free download is the aria 'Vedi L'ape Che Ingegnosa' from Handel's Berenice. The rec.... More »
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Ensemble. Quite Different + MORE

A special 'Otello', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi.... More »
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John Malveaux: Los Angeles Opera production of TOSCA debunks NAACP IMAGE AWARDS + MORE

John Malveaux and Russell ThomasJohn Malveaux and Kihun YoonJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com  writes:Tenor Russell Thomas sang the role of Mario Cavaradossi during LA Opera’s final performance of TOSCA, May 13, 2017. I later reflected that the NAACP Image Awards w.... More »
Richard Wagner & The Case Of The Missing Boarding HouseWagner as he looked at the time of his London stayOur editor pops on a Deerstalker (a rather daft looking hat by the way) and becomes lost in Soho. Arriving in London on August 12,  1839, on the run, again, from debtors – this time from those in Riga – Wagner,  Minna and Newfoundland dog Robber needed a place to stay…

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Classical Minnesota Public Radio presents the critically acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble in concert February 13.

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Renée Fleming is Hanna and Nathan Gunn is Danilo in Lehár’s The Merry Widow. Credit: Brigitte Lacombe/Metropolitan Opera Live from…

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra played Brahms and Schumann on Tuesday night at Carnegie Hall, but it was Wednesday’s Ravel program that truly took flight.    

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Dutch composer Jaap van Zweden is a dynamo. His debut with the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall was all-around exciting; his Tchaikovsky was off the charts. The program, with soloist Simone Lamsma, repeats Friday.

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An open letter to Gustavo Dudamel on the Venezuela situationThe pianist Gabriela Montero goes public today on the disconnect between art in Venezuela and oppression. Raised in Venezuela before she moved as a child to the US, here is Gabriela’s powerful appeal: I think the time has come for me as an ARTIST, VENEZUELAN, WOMAN AND MOTHER to write a letter to Jose Antonio […]

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If religious music could ever be said to have  a raffish air, then Francis Poulenc’s Gloria does. Its opening fanfare has a genial swagger, while the Laudamus te (“We praise You”) is jaunty and conversational, as if Poulenc — or, in this case, the Philharmonia Chorus — was chatting to God as a friend.

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Time to Deny the Nazis their One Last Victory

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Time to Deny the Nazis their One Last VictoryThe conductor Daniel Barenboim (who is also Jewish) is famous for saying that it is important that Wagner be played in Israel to deny the Nazis their “one last victory”.Today, it occurred to me that many people are driven by purely emotive arguments to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive by dutifully hating Wagner for allegedly inciting genocide…

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A Windy Season of Vivaldi

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 Vivaldi: A Windy Season of Vivaldi, Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi (director and volinist), Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York, 11.2.2014  (SSM) Overture to Concerto in G Major for Oboe, Bassoon, and Continuo, RV 545 Allegro from Concerto in C Major for Oboe and Continuo, RV 449 Allegro from Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E […]

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Opening Night of the Bearcat Piano Festival

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 Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert: Frank Weinstock (piano), University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music, Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, Cincinnati, OH. 6.2.2014 (RDA) Beethoven: Capriccio in G Major, Op. 129 Schumann: Fantasy in C Major, Op.17 Schubert: Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960 One can think of no one better than Frank Weinstock to kick off […]

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Listener is performer and performer is listenerThat photo of Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic, which was taken on a tour of Japan in 1981, tells a different story to my 2008 post No flowers please for Herbert von Karjan. With the current fixation on attracting new audiences it is puzzling that the relationship between artist and audience is paid so little attention…

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Soundworld

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SoundworldThis morning at City Lit, one of the students in my Franz Schreker class asked about my use of the word ‘soundworld’. Truth be told I use it a bit too much, but only because I think it’s such a fantastic noun, which works brilliantly for describing the combination of sounds and ideas that makes up a composer’s individual language…

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Vox Luminis at Choral at Cadogan

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Vox Luminis at Choral at Cadogan Stabat Mater: Vox Luminis: Cadogan Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Feb 12 2014 Star rating: 5.0Plangently expressive singing from the Belgian ensemble in programme devoted to the Virgin at the foot of the corssFor their concert in the Choral at Cadogan series at London’s Cadogan Hall last night (12 February 2014), the Belgian ensemble Vox Luminis brought a programme of music based around the Virgin Mary and the Stabat Mater…

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