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maestros

Imagination and innovation from the Hermes Experiment. + MORE

The Hermes Experimentphoto Thurstan ReddingThe Hermes Experiment is a group of young performers who come together to perform contemporary music, much of it written for them. Their line-up is quite distinctive, using harp, clarinet, soprano and double-bass with performers Anne Denholm, Oliver Pashley.... More »
recital

Avi Avital and Mahan Esfahani - concerts by candlelight + MORE

Avi Avital - photo Guy Hecht Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Avital, Beethoven, Martinu, Bach; Avi Avital, Mahan Esfahani; Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Dec 07 2014 Star rating: 4.0Informal atmosphere and brilliant music making, all by candle-lightIsraeli-born mandolin virtuoso Avi A.... More »
opera

Rome opera house finds harmony with cost cuts and state cash + MORE

ROME (Reuters) - Rome's opera house has brought down the curtain on years of losses and infighting and started breaking even after cutting costs, taking special state funds and reaching a peace deal with fractious employee unions. .... More »
strings

Who needs a designer concert hall? + MORE

A recent post suggested that anyone who thinks I am overstating the disruptive impact of technology on classical music should use journalism as a case study. This view was vindicated by the announcement a few days later that the Independent newspaper will cease publication of a print edition. I also.... More »
virtuoso

Ensemble. Repetitive Chugging + MORE

Mike Wheeler comes face to face with Orff's Carmina Burana.... More »
Malmö Chamber Choir and Opera Chorus/Lund Student Singers/Malmö Opera and Symphony Orchestras/Engeset(Naxos)Volume 7 of Naxos’s Grieg edition focuses on the composer’s collaboration in the early 1870s with Bjørnstjerne Bjøornson, the nationalist writer and campaigner for Norwegian independence. The main work is Olav Trygvason, originally planned as an opera on the Norwegian conversion to Christianity in the 10th century…

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Shoes in Opera

– cheyneyk.blogspot.com

This article first appeared in auditionoracle.comAre you standing comfortably? Then I’ll begin!Recently I was passed a clip of Anna Netrebko singing Verdi at the Mariinsky. The aria, Veni t’afretta from Macbeth, is seriously demanding yet the remarkable Russian soprano performs in a pair of high-heeled shoes that would scare off vertiginously challenged catwalk models…

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St Petersburg 1914

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St Petersburg 1914So now I can stick on my CV that I’ve written a monologue for a famous actor. I’ve had scripts for two Glyndebourne ‘Opera Bites’ – a sadly defunct CD series of introductions – read by Fiona Shaw (Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers) and Timothy West (Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery), but this one ‘for’ Jonathan Pryce is slightly different…

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English National Ballet: Le Corsaire, Coliseum - dance reviewEnglish National Ballet has taken a gamble on this new production of Le Corsaire, a lavish revival of a 19th-century romp inspired by a Byron poem. It’s a ballet best known for its virtuoso showpieces, but rarely seen in its entirety, and some would say for good reason. Was it worth bringing back to life?

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Herself you shall adore

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Herself you shall adoreFrom an early Mike Richter CD-ROM, “Odd Opera” comes this gem, a live performance of Handel’s Semele at Carnegie Hall on February 23, 1985, the 300th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
Conductor: John Nelson
Semele: Kathleen Battle
Juno/Ino: Marilyn Horne
Jupiter: Rockwell Blake
Iris: Sylvia McNair
Cadmus/Somnus: Samuel Ramey
Athamas: Jeffrey Gall
Apollo: Walter MacNeil
Chief Priest of Juno: James Patterson
Orchestra of St…

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Food For Thought

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Food For Thought

Just a quick post today on the the topic of music journalism; specifically, some good articles about a recent discussion going on about whether or not the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s CSO Sounds & Stories website qualifies as what the CSO describes as a “dedicated music journalism site…

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In vibrant health under its new chief conductor, the orchestra brought finesse to Colin Matthews’ reference-heavy premiere, ‘Traces Remain’

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This magnificent mezzo will turn 80 next week

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

This magnificent mezzo will turn 80 next weekFriends call her Jackie. She taught America to love Rossini.  

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Singing for Dürer - the Courtauld Community ChoirIn connection with the Courtauld Gallery’s Young Dürer Exhibition, I joined the Courtauld Community Choir to perform at last night’s late opening (9 January 2014). The music for the evening was all themed around music of Dürer’s time, such as a group playing recorder consort music from the period. The choir, under the direction of Joseph Timmons, sang music by Heinrich Isaac and JS Bach along with some pieces to celebrate Epiphany and to get the audience singing as well…

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Wednesday’s opening of the San Francisco Symphony’s ‘Beethoven and Bates’ festival gave the audience a sense of ‘This is how it should be in the concert world,’ with a great orchestra showing (and enjoying) its command of both new (Bates) and old (Beethoven) repertory in a single concert.

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Britain’s newest music school to be opened by Russian national orchestraA few weeks ago, I gave a talk at Stowe, as green and pleasant a public school as you can find in the whole of England.   The head of music is my dynamo friend, Simon Dearsley, who gave me the hard-hat tour of the new music school and state of art concert hall that […]

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Review: The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia“Problems may be solved in the study which have baffled all those who have sought a solution by the aid of their senses. To carry the art, however, to its highest pitch, it is necessary that the reasoner should be able to use all the facts which have come to his knowledge; and this in itself implies, as you will readily see, a possession of all knowledge, which, even in these days of free education and encyclopedias, is a somewhat rare accomplishment…

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