The Life and Death of Colonel Canard + MORE Jan 4th

 

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Next few days... + MORE

Tomorrow (24th) I am at the Richmondshire Subscription Concerts in North Yorkshire for a welcome reunion with Bradley Creswick (violin) and Margaret Fingerhut (piano) in Hungarian Dances, the Concert of the Novel. Do come along for Gypsy-style virtuoso thrills, gorgeous repertoire and a roller-coast.... More »
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Notte d’orror! + MORE

On this day in 1809, it became illegal to wear masks at balls held within the City of Boston, as its citizens believed this practice was “detrimental to morals.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAnisRJdbGs Born on this day in 1910 composer Paul Bowles http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dWSiQK.... More »
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In Brief: Happy New Year Edition + MORE Jan 5th

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. Watch the N.... More »
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Orchestras as metaphor + MORE

In an orchestra, diverse elements combine to serve a purpose.... More »
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VIDEO: Inside Tbilisi's restored opera house + MORE

The historic opera house in the Georgian capital Tbilisi has opened its doors after a six-year renovation..... More »
The Life and Death of Colonel CanardLa Cieca can’t even…
“…the grandest opera houses, where the better tickets are exorbitantly priced, are attended by people who want a good evening out, but are actually presented, as often as not, with what are often called ‘radical rethinkings’ of familiar or even not very familiar works, where the director has chosen to ‘deconstruct’ or ‘subvert’ the opera, so that instead of sitting there passively—this is the idea—the audience will be, in best Brechtian mode, forced to think rather than feel, to feel themselves ‘challenged’ rather than moved…

Continue Reading On parterre.com »

Placido Domingo debut is cancelled by Valencia after tiles fall off the roofThe former tenor was due to conduct Manon Lescaut next month, his baton debut in Valencia. But ongoing problems with the roof at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía has forced the opera’s cancellation. Legal action is being taken against the architects of the daring new building.  

Continue Reading On www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc »

Your Chance to Applaud Osmo

– irontongue.blogspot.com

Email from San Francisco Symphony reminds me that I have a ticket to see Osmo Vänskä conduct this tasty program on February 1:Daniil Trifonov pianoSan Francisco SymphonySibelius Night Ride and SunriseRachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of PaganiniStravinsky Symphonies of Wind InstrumentsSibelius Symphony No…

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On Saturday, Jan. 4, at noon, Classical MPR will broadcast the Metropolitan Opera's performance of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'. But what is 'The Magic Flute' all about? A new video from Classical MPR provides a plot summary of the iconic opera.

Continue Reading On minnesota.publicradio.org »

Opera Review: ‘La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers’ at St. Paul’s ChapelThe Gotham Chamber Opera performed the hourlong “La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers” at St. Paul’s Chapel.    

Continue Reading On www.nytimes.com »

This page (comma) Renewable Music (comma)

– renewablemusic.blogspot.com

This page, Renewable Music, has now been around for nine years and some 1760 items.  It began in Budapest, soon moving with me to Frankfurt, with occasional postings from places more exotic: Crete, Kathmandu, California, Mississippi among them.   Though the original idea was to be a group blog, said group didn’t materialize and instead, it’s been the notes and marginalia of one Californian expatriot composer, a public assembly of writings incidental to a composing life, including many of the small messages I typically write myself during the work on a piece of music…

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The face of a soprano: Fornasetti’s obsession with Lina CavalieriPiero Fornasetti with some of his plates
“Variation is not only a noble endeavour or a musical exercise, but also an intellectual tradition and virtuosity of the imagination,”
said Giò Ponti, Italian architect and designer, and close friend of Piero Fornasetti, the man whose obsession with the face of soprano Lina Cavalieri, his theme, led to more than 350 variations on plates, glasses, paperweights and candlesticks…

Continue Reading On www.gramilano.com »

CD Spotlight. A Short Straw?

– www.mvdaily.com

Skrowaczewski conducts Brahms, heard by Howard Smith. ‘… Brahms’ sonic architecture is overlooked.’

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Briefly Noted: Birth of the Symphony

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Birth of the Symphony, Academy of Ancient Music, R. Egarr
(released on November 19, 2013)
AAM 001 | 70’56"
Ensembles deciding to release all of their recordings on a private label are not new. The trend began small with the Tallis Scholars in 1980, and it was first attractive to niche outfits, like Orange Mountain Music, established in 2001 to distribute recordings principally of music by

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Music Review: Yefim Bronfman Performs With the PhilharmonicThe New York Philharmonic is providing a chance to hear one of the 2011-12 season’s most prominent new works, Magnus Lindberg’s Piano Concerto No. 2.    

Continue Reading On www.nytimes.com »

Call for Pianists: Graduate Assistantship at Stephen F. Austin State UniversityRon Petti from Stephen F. Austin State University sends along the following information about their graduate assistantship in collaborative piano:Responsibilities  Graduate assistants in piano accompanying are afforded the opportunity to work with nearly every area within the School of Music, including choral ensembles, opera workshop, wind ensemble, orchestra, vocalists, and instrumentalists…

Continue Reading On collaborativepiano.blogspot.com »

Best Recordings of 2013 (#9)

– ionarts.blogspot.com

High time for a review of classical CDs that were outstanding in 2013. My lists for the previous years: 2012, 2011, (2011 – “Almost”), 2010, (2010 – “Almost”), 2009, (2009 – “Almost”), 2008, (2008 – "Almost") 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004.
# 10 – New Release
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Complete Symphonies, volume 2, Danish National Chamber Orchestra, Adam Fischer (conductor), Dacapo SACD 6220537

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Still a few hours to go

– www.planethugill.com

You still have chance to enter our competition to win an evening with Masterclass and Company to one of their new evenings, Divas & Scholars – THE HISTORY OF OPERA; six evenings on the history of opera with a variety of expert lecturers and fabulous singers (with a glass of champagne!). The final evening will be a lecture/recital from Nelly Miricioiu…

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