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A spouse tale + MORE

For this week I had planned a performance of Lakmé with Ruth Welting, Alfredo Kraus, and Paul Plishka, only to discover after posting it that somewhere in the technologic processes it takes to prepare an upload, 75% of it morphed into ear-shattering noise.  Since I am lacking in French opera, I ha.... More »
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Scordatura in Mahler 4: There’s a Skeleton in My Ear + MORE

By Holly Mulcahy: The second movement of Mahler’s 4th symphony has a notorious concertmaster solo in it. It’s not a super-technical or virtuosic solo, but it’s a solo that requires some planning beyond just practicing it. The solo requires two instruments: one violin tuned normally, and the o.... More »
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For Tony Conrad + MORE

The experimental composer, musician, artist, and filmmaker died on April 9th, at the age of seventy-six. He was to have attended the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville two weekends ago — the above picture is of a performance of Outside the Dream Syndicate by the band Faust, Laurie Anderson, and Con.... More »
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Laurence Vittes: Auryn Quartet Affirms Haydn's Humanity Amidst Hungarian Migrant Crisis + MORE

In 1785, Joseph Haydn was commissioned by a canon in Cádiz, the ancient port city in southwest Spain, to write sacred instrumental music for Holy Week illustrating the "seven last words of the Lord." Read more: Hungary, Migrant Crisis, Culture and Morality, Classical Music, Classical M.... More »
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"Hitler based his entire philosophy and the whole Nazi apparatus on ideas explicitly drawn from Wagner’s writings and operas" + MORE

As we saw in the previous post, part of a new series of shorter introductory study posts discussing the longest and most thoroughly researched post on this blog, the critique of Joachim Köhler's Wagner's Hitler, music journalist Anne Midgette confidently stated that:Joachim Köhler’s chilling and.... More »

Glyndebourne Handel Rinaldo Revived

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Glyndebourne Handel Rinaldo Revived Handel Rinaldo at Glyndebourne tonight. Rinaldo is set in the Crusades but has nothing to do with history, religion or even common sense. Handel’s glorious opera works because it’s hyper-fantasy. Knights, enchantresses, magic, battle scenes, mountains, oceans, anything but literal realism. Baroque audiences had no delusions that the opera and all the other Orlando sagas based on Tasso, had anything to do with historical fact…

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Accordionist Gives Virtuoso Display of Classical Works

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 Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 (3) – Classical Accordion at the Fringe: Paul Chamberlain, Over-Seas House, 9.8.2014 (SRT) This is my biggest surprise of the festival so far, and a pleasant one at that.  Paul Chamberlain used his accordion to shake off the instrument’s image as a background bandstand accompanist, and argues a convincing case for […]

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Vienna Philharmonic • Philippe Jordan

Unexpected Glory

Pictures above and below (details) courtesy Salzburg Festival, © Silvia Lelli. Click on above for entire picture.
The less well known a work, the less often heard, and the less easily digested (either due to lack of immediate quality or excess of complexity), the more you will want to hear it as best possibly performed…

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A Babel of hope and possibility

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A Babel of hope and possibilityThe phrase is not mine but my bright young colleague Alexandra Coghlan’s on The Arts Desk, of Berio’s Sinfonia, which preceded a shattering but superbly nuanced interpretation of Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony at Tuesday night’s Prom. I choose to apply it to the superlative team which gave one of the best Proms I’ve ever heard, our already-beloved European Union Youth Orchestra, and further, to the even younger members of nine British youth orchestras they mentored in an inspiring workshop featuring 180 young musicians on the platform of the Royal Albert Hall the morning after the EUYO triumph…

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The Week Ahead: Xavier de Maistre to Play for Mostly Mozart SeriesXavier de Maistre has expanded the repertory for harp with commissions and his own arrangements.

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Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)(Decca)He is that rarest of talents, a prodigy who is maturing into a real star. This concept double album of dances is not the world’s most original idea, but the delivery is absolutely winning. Benjamin Grosvenor may take a slightly skittish approach to Bach, with some rhythmic quirks in the fourth partita’s Aria, but once we are into Chopin he bowls you over with his flexibility and power: the Grande Polonaise Brillante is terrific (though why follow it with another polonaise?)…

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Tete a Tete Opera Festival 2014

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Tete a Tete Opera Festival 2014New year, new shoes as the unwritten novel has it. The Tete a Tete Opera Festival of 2014 has moved across town to King’s Cross to the theatres in one end of the new Central Saint Martin’s building and then on to King’s Place, just the other side of the road. King’s Place is a known quantity now, an asymmetric, stratified atrium that’s well-suited for the informal communality spilling out after the set-piece shows…

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At one time the expression ‘Cheltenham, Symphony’ was used as a disparaging term. Peter Pirie in his The English Musical Renaissance (Victor Gollanz, London, 1979) states that the phrase ‘was coined to describe a work in simple-minded sonata form, simple-minded tonality, and simple-minded faith in a scissors-and-paste method of composition…

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           Edinburgh International Festival 2014 (2) – Schoenberg, Stravinsky: Hebrides Ensemble, Graham F. Valentine (narrator), Queen’s Hall, 9.8.2014 (SRT) Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (arr. Steuermann) Stravinsky:   The Soldier’s Tale   The Hebrides Ensemble describe themselves as a collective, which is a good way of saying that, more so than most chamber groups, they […]

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De Staat/Multi-Story Orchestra; BBC Proms 27, 19, 25  reviewPeckham car park; Royal Albert Hall, LondonSpirits soared to Andriessen’s Plato in Peckham and John Tavener’s vision of eternityStanding in a car park in south London on a tropical summer’s night, you might not expect to have lines from Plato’s Republic pounding in your head unless you happen to be a classically trained retreating mayor…

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John Malveaux: The Musicalist Podcast with Phil Oliver: 'At 92 years old, composer George Walker remains sharp as ever'George Walker (b. 1922) has a website at http://georgetwalker.com/ and is featured at AfriClassical.comJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com sends this link to The Musicalist Podcast with Phil Oliver (29:15):Please see http://themusicalist.net/ThanksJohn MalveauxThe Musicalist [Excerpt]Fortunately, most of his major works are now becoming available on recordings…

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Ensemble. Spectral Music

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Women and War at the Salzburg Festival, by Giuseppe Pennisi

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Musicians union issues warning on Jackie Evancho concertsDear Members,
Recording Artist Jackie Evancho is scheduled to perform in the following cities, with a locally-hired orchestra in each venue:
August 10, 2014  American Music Theatre (Lancaster, PA)
November 22, 2014 – Mayo Performing Arts Center (Morristown, NJ)
February 22, 2015 – Peace Concert Hall (Greenville, SC)
March 26, 2015 –  Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater, FL)
April 23, 2015 – Grove Theatre (Shippensburg, PA)
 
The Producers of this event have been resistant to file Local AFM agreements for these engagements, which is troubling in light of the Producer’s intentions to film one or more of these concerts for a planned public television project…

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