St Matthew Passion review Bach turned battle of the bands + MORE

 

Today’s News & Buzz

 

Latest News & Posts
sonata

Review: Eric Yves Garcia’s ‘Pour Spirits,’ a Taste of Musical Role-Playing + MORE

This singer and pianist tried on various personas in his new show at the Metropolitan Room..... More »
composer

La bohème, Metropolitan Opera, New York — ‘Hyper-lavish, super-kitschy’ + MORE

The singers were often left to their own devices in this over-pretty, overpopulated production.... More »
classical music

This week: concerts in New York (August 4 – August 10, 2014) + MORE

Prague Symphony | Mostly Mozart Festival Christian Tetzlaff joins the Festival Orchestra to perform Mozart’s First Violin Concerto, written when the composer was still a teenager. Louis Langrée conducts the program, which also includes Mozart’s “Prague” Symphony, a Haydn overture, an.... More »
classical music recital

The Sixteen, Cadogan Hall, London + MORE

The early music specialists gave a positively ecstatic performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers.... More »
operas

Nazi Opera Conspiracies: a Right-Wing Rewriting of History + MORE

After much thought, a phrase occurred to me, one that encapsulated the very essence of the growing literature pointing the finger at Richard Wagner to single-handedly carry the blame for having caused World War II and the Holocaust, which are alleged to be historical events with purely cultural orig.... More »

Zurich Opera: mixed hand

– davidnice.blogspot.com

Zurich Opera: mixed handIt was a happy coincidence that ever-stylish director/designer Robert Carsen’s new production of Tchaikovsky’s Pikovaya Dama happened to be running at our old haunt the Zurich Opera following on from the not-too-hard-work Basel stint of my latest Swiss trip (which you can read all about over on The Arts Desk – though I have more to add on the city and the dreamlike Fondation Beyeler)…

Continue Reading On davidnice.blogspot.com »

John Malveaux: 'Meet Michele Rivet and learn about Kimbanquist Symphony Orchestra via CBS 60 Minutes and KUSC Arts Alive'November 15, 2007Georges Octors (b. 1923), Congolese Violinist & Conductor in BelgiumAfriClassical first wrote of the connection between the Congo and Classical Music in 2007.  In 2010 we learned Maestro Michael Morgan of the Oakland East Bay Symphony Orchestra had visited the Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra in 2001…

Continue Reading On africlassical.blogspot.com »

German soprano Diana Damrau delivered haunting soft singing and moments of drama of truly unbuttoned force

Continue Reading On www.ft.com »

 Tchaikovsky, Anna Karenina: Saint Petersburg Eifman Ballet, London Coliseum, London, 19.04.2014 (J.O’D)   Dancers Anna:  Natalia Povoroznyuk Karenin: Oleg Markov Vronsky: Oleg Gabyshev Aigerim Beketyaya, Dmitry Fisher, Denis Klimuk, Yulia Manjeles, Oleg Markov, Natalia Povoroznyuk, Angela Prokhorova, Sergey Volubuev Production Director: Boris Eifman Sets: Zinovy Margolin Costumes: Vyacheslav Okunev Lighting: Gleb Filshtinsky   On its […]

Continue Reading On www.seenandheard-international.com »

American Minimalists Concert at Cal LutheranThe Minimalist Jukebox set up shop at Cal Lutheran on Sunday, April 13, 2014 for a concert titled ‘American Minimalists’, featuring Gloria Cheng and the Areté Vocal Ensemble. The Samuelson Chapel was comfortably filled for this event, which is connected with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella concert series…

Continue Reading On www.sequenza21.com »

Power duo Pergolesi

– www.planethugill.com

Power duo PergolesiSonia Prina Pergolesi Stabat Mater: Roberta Invernizzi, Sonia Prina, the English Concert, Bernard Labadie: the Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Apr 17 2014 Star rating: 5.0Star duet partnership Roberta Invernizzi and Sonia Prina in Pergolesi’s Stabat MaterThe English Concert’s appearance, conducted by Bernard Labadie, at the Wigmore Hall on 17 April 2014 was clearly designed to showcase the talents of soprano Roberta Invernizzi and contralto Sonia Prina; both Italian and developing something of a reputation as a duet partnership in early music…

Continue Reading On www.planethugill.com »

The Paris orchestra’s conductor is nine years old

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

The Paris orchestra’s conductor is nine years oldThis is Pierino Gamba, ‘a tradesman’s son’, conducting the Lamoureux Orchestra in 1945. He grew up to become choef conductor in Winnipeg, Adelaide and Montevideo. From the newly released Pathé newsreel archive.

Continue Reading On www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc »

"If life were just, I would become a great conductor"One of my earliest and fondest memories is of standing in the center of our kitchen at about age four, stick baton in hand, “conducting” symphonies by Dvořák and Rimsky-Korsakov*. My mother had given in to my pleas for the 78 rpm records. She thought the music completely unappealing and constantly yelled at me for turning the volume up, but I loved her without bounds for buying me the ninety-eight cent record…

Continue Reading On www.overgrownpath.com »

St Matthew Passion review  Bach turned battle of the bandsSage, GatesheadKyra Humphreys’ outfit just shades it over Bradley Creswick’s in the Northern Sinfonia’s sparring contest-cum-performance of Bach’s St Matthew PassionBroadly speaking, there are two approaches taken with performances of Bach’s Passion settings: the historically informed route of gut strings, minimal choirs and parsimonious sound; or the civic approach of huge choral societies and ungainly 19th-century translations…

Continue Reading On www.guardian.co.uk »

In Brief: Resurrection Edition

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio, online video, and other good things in Blogville and Beyond. (After clicking to an audio or video stream, press the "Play" button to start the broadcast.) Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.

Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducting Concentus Musicus Wien, the Arnold Schoenberg Chor and

Continue Reading On ionarts.blogspot.com »

,Gounod / Liszt , Lucien Johnson, Debussy, Jenny McLeod, Lilburn, Ravel, Chopin:Jeffrey Grice (piano), Adam Concert Room, NZ School of Music, Victoria University, lburn Campus, Wellington, New Zealand, 7.4.2014. (PM) Gounod / Liszt – Hymne à Sainte Cécile Lucien Johnson – To the sea (Shimmer – Scuttle – Still) 
Debussy – Estampes 
Jenny McLeod – Tone Clock Piece […]

Continue Reading On www.seenandheard-international.com »

SDO Mass Board Exodus But Controversial Exec Remains

Following last week’s board meeting at the San Diego Opera (SDO), several key board members responsible for the initial decision to shut down the company resigned, including SDO Board President Karen Cohn. This doesn’t come as an unexpected surprise but the real curiosity here is the retention of the company’s general and artistic director, Ian Campbell; a figure many believe is the source of this quake…

Continue Reading On www.adaptistration.com »

Richard Eyre’s production of Puccini is a feeble staging of a bad opera – even Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role could not redeem the evening

Continue Reading On www.ft.com »

Comments are closed.