The Morning Call: ‘Renowned pianist Sandra Rivers performs, talks at Kutztown’ + MORE Nov 2nd


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ECM+ Presents Generation2014 in Ottawa + MORE

The evening of Tuesday, November 18 at the Ottawa National Arts Centre’s 4th Stage marked the eighth and penultimate stop for Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal (ECM+)’s eighth Canadian tour: Generation2014. Celebrating twenty years, a 140-page complementary volume was included as a memento.... More »

Briefly Noted: Haydn 2032 + MORE

Haydn, Symphonies, Vol. 2 (nos. 22, 46, 47), Il Giardino Armonico, G. Antonini (released on June 30, 2015) ALPHA671 | 75'18" Vol. 1 (1, 39, 49) (2014) ALPHA670 | 70'52" Any good recording of Joseph Haydn's symphonies is welcome at Ionarts, where the Austrian composer's music is a matter .... More »

Rusalka; OAE/Jurowski – review + MORE

Festival theatre, Edinburgh; Royal Festival Hall, LondonScottish Opera’s Rusalka is a gripping triumph, the OAE make Mahler their own, and the new Proms programme causes a stir…Poor Rusalka, woe, woe, woe. This is the repeated lament of a father watching his daughter try to turn herself into som.... More »

Office of Afro-Cuban Composer and Conductor Leo Brouwer: Les Voix Humaines Festival begins a new form of patronage, the Friends of the Festival + MORE

ISABELLE HERNÁNDEZ, General Director and Producer of the Festival Les Voix Humaines, writes: Friends of the FestivalLes Voix Humaines Festival begins a new form of patronage with the creation of the Friends of the Festival directed to individuals or companies who want to contribute to the main.... More »

'The Shining': Listen to the Minnesota Opera's complete production + MORE

We're pleased to present, for a limited time, the exclusive opportunity to listen to a recording of the Minnesota Opera's complete production of 'The Shining.'.... More »

November for UI


As winter quickly draws in, it’s Strauss month at the Metropolitan Opera. Herbert Wernicke’s Die Frau ohne Schatten will be excavated from storage for the first time in a decade (7 November), to be conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. An intriguing cast includes Anne Schwanewilms, Torsten Kerl, Johan Reuter, and, fresh from her London Elektra, Christine Goerke…

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TSO concert carries echoes of city politicsCarmina Burana gets a rousing rendition with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and guests.

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Gesamtcanardwerk“An ‘opera production’ is defined as a collection of sets and costumes plus a list of instructions of movements from one part of the stage to another. Communicating these (optional) instructions to the singers is the job of any old functionary the opera house happens to have handy: the director, the director’s ex-girlfriend, or the director’s ex-girlfriend’s assistant’s ex-assistant’s girlfriend…

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Wozzeck, Royal Opera House, review


Forget the stars – listen to the orchestra, says Rupert Christiansen    

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Music Review: Andras Schiff Plays All 6 Bach Partitas at Carnegie HallThe pianist Andras Schiff, a legendary Bach enthusiast, performed all six of the composer’s partitas on Wednesday night at Carnegie Hall.    

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Gergiev gets a London welcome


Last night was the first concert of Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra of their Berlioz cycle at the Barbican. In keeping with his recent appearances elsewhere Gergiev was greeted by protest in line with his refusal to make any statement in the past few months. About the dire situation in Russia for homosexual […]

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The Curious Case Of Carlos’ Compensation


The Curious Case Of Carlos’ Compensation

There’s an intriguing discussion brewing in Portland, OR where Oregon Arts Watch executive editor, Barry Johnson, ran into a brick wall while attempting to verify the annual compensation for Oregon Symphony music director Carlos Kalmar. It started with an article by Johnson on 10/29/2013 that reported on the conductor’s contract being extended through June, 2018 which also referenced a corresponding compensation figure from Adaptistration’s 2013 Compensation Reports…

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Ravel: Ma Mère l’Oye (Suite)
Salonen: Violin Concerto
Sibelius: Symphony No.5 in E Flat Major, Op.82 
Leila Josefowicz (violin)
New York Philharmonic
Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor) 
Avery Fisher Hall, New York
31 October 2013
It is to Esa-Pekka Salonen’s credit that one never really thinks of him as a ‘Finnish’ composer…

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Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at, which
features a comprehensive Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de
Lerma,  The listing for The Prince and the Mermaid Suite includes this recording:

CD: Oregon String Quartet [Kathryn Lucktenberg, Fritz Gearhart,
violins; Leslie Straka, viola; Steve Pologe, cello]…

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Wozzeck, Royal Opera, 31 October 2013


Wozzeck, Royal Opera, 31 October 2013

Gerhard Siegel (Captain), Wozzeck (Simon Keenlyside), Doctor (John Tomlinson)


Royal Opera House

Captain – Gerhard Siegel
Wozzeck – Simon Keenlyside

Andres – John Easterlin

Marie – Karita Mattila

Child – Sebastian Wright

Margret – Allison Cook

Doctor – Sir John Tomlinson

Drum Major – Endrik Wottrich

First Apprentice – Jeremy

Second Apprentice – Grant Doyle

Idiot – Robin Tritschler

Keith Warner (director)
Stefanos Lazaridis (set

Marie-Jeanne Lecca (costumes)

Rick Fisher (lighting)

Royal Opera Chorus (chorus master: Renato Balsadonna)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Sir Mark Elder (conductor)

Rankings may well be stupid,
pointless, pernicious, yet any performance of Wozzeck which has not reminded one that it is the greatest of all
post-Wagnerian operas has failed…

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Mandy Patinkin: the singing spyHeaven seems like an unlikely place to find a spy with an ear for opera.    

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The Morning Call: 'Renowned pianist Sandra Rivers performs, talks at Kutztown'

Sandra Rivers

(Biography: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music)

The Morning Call

By Philip A. Metzger, Special to The Morning Call

October 30, 2013

University’s music program has taken some steps forward recently, as
illustrated by the newly remodeled Schaeffer Auditorium, and the
upcoming appearance of Steinway pianist Sandra Rivers…

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LPO/Moser/Michail Jurowksi – reviewA breathtaking combination of skill and energy were brought to bear on Schnittke’s savage motorway pile-up of a symphonyAlfred Schnittke’s First Symphony can be placed in a small category of pieces which, though seminal, need only be experienced once or twice in a lifetime. Like Stockhausen’s Gruppen – performed earlier this month – the value of such works lies in their articulation of colliding historical forces…

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