Vivid vim and vigour – the Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival + MORE Sep 23rd

 

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conductors

LatinoUSA.org – The Complexities of Tania León + MORE

Tania Justina León (b. 1943) has a web site at http://www.tanialeon.com/ and is featured at AfriClassical.com"I am of the mind that I am a composer.  I am not a Black composer.  I am not a woman composer.  I am not a Caribbean composer." [Tania León in  inte.... More »
symphonies news

Sex and Nuns : Hindemith Sancta Susanna + MORE

Paul Hindemith's opera Sancta Susanna still has the power to scandalize. Nearly 100 years after it was written, (January/February 1921) it's still a shocker in many ways. It's a psycho-drama, where the emotions of the protagonists are thrown into extreme focus, the music emphasizing psychic trauma.&.... More »
performance

Ionarts-at-Large: A Special Place in Hell (Orfeo with Minkowski) + MORE

Picture (detail) courtesy Salzburg Mozart Woche, © Matthias Baus Bejun Mehta will never be my favorite countertenor, but singing Orfeo as he does here in Salzburg, in Ivan Alexandre’s lame demi-production of Orfeo ed Euridice, he makes it impossible not to admire him. Relaxed and more naturally .... More »
recitals

Songs by David Lang and J. Ralph Denied Oscar Performance + MORE

During a year in which the Oscars have received strong criticism for their lack of diversity, this seems an especially odd move--not only in terms of the music itself, but also when considering that it means the absence of Korean soprano Sumi Jo and transgender performer ANOHNI..... More »
virtuosos

Don’t axe me why + MORE

Conceived to showcase homegrown star soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, the Metropolitan Opera’s much vaunted so-called “Tudor Ring” of three royal operas by Donizetti got off to a bumpy start Saturday afternoon with a revival of Anna Bolena that stubbornly refused to cohere either musically or drama.... More »

Symphony guide: Shostakovich's 15th

– www.guardian.co.uk

Symphony guide: Shostakovich's 15thShostakovich’s final symphony asks profound and disquieting questions and offers only ambiguities in return, writes Tom ServiceRoll up, roll up for a circus of musical meaning, a surreal carnival where nothing is quite as it seems, where strange musical machines and even a glittering musical toyshop become an existential journey into the beyond…

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Elektra – Royal Opera House – the director speaks

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Elektra - Royal Opera House - the director speaks“Opera directing is very different to theatre directing,” Charles Edwards, director of Elektra at the Royal Opera House, told me in 2008.  “It has to be the music that motivates you.” In this second revival, Andris Nelsons is conducting, which alone almost guarantees an absorbing musical experience…

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Windows into Tristan & Isolde, Royal Opera House - music reviewLibrettist Mike Phillips must have enjoyed updating Richard Wagner’s opera, about a man desperate to conceal the fact that he murdered his lover’s fiancé, to the present day. The tragedy’s topical element of economic migration suited this time-shift perfectly but that’s where all resemblance to the original ends…

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The famously smart and fearless pianist explores Bach's masterful harnessing of "infinite possibility from a single piece of code." There's grace and humor to spare in Bach's work, but also a fair amount of wild-eyed, mad-scientist machinations, and none of these elements escape Denk's attention.

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Don't kill Lulu

– davidnice.blogspot.com

Don't kill LuluMen have been doing it since 1894, when Frank Wedekind first shocked the world with his Lulu play(s) about an amoral child-woman abused by men and doing what she can – which turns out not to be much – to get her own back. At least Wedekind had the half-decency to wonder whether (spoiler alert) Jack the Ripper should casually slaughter Lulu’s lesbian admirer Countess Geschwitz on the way out of her garret; Geschwitz did survive in Christof Loy’s mesmerising, minimalist Royal Opera production of Berg’s operatic version…

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Turkish pianist is sentenced again

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

There was international outrage earlier this year when Fazil Say was sentenced to ten months in prison, suspended, for blasphemy after retweeting a poetic line about Islam. A retrial was ordered. Fazil did not attend. Sentence was handed down on Friday. The verdict: 10 months, suspended. More protests, anyone?  

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Tobias Picker’s operatic take on Stephen King’s novel is a modestly compelling melodrama that offers pleasures for the eye that are unavailable to the ear

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A Carmen at Los Angeles Opera, Short on Sex Appeal

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Bizet, Carmen: LA Opera, Placido Domingo (conductor), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, 21.9.2013-6.10.13 (JRo) One of the most iconic characters in opera is the fiercely independent and willful Carmen, drawn from the pages of Prosper Mérimée’s nineteenth century novel.  Prizing freedom above all else, she’s willing to die to preserve that freedom…

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Vivid vim and vigour - the Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival

The Old Palace,
Hatfield House

Friday 20 September saw the opening concert of the second Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival, whose artistic director is cellist Guy Johnston. The festival had started the previous day with an education event at St Etheldreda’s Church in Old Hatfield. Friday night’s concert took place at the Old Palace at Hatfield House…

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Vacuum packed opera

– operacreep.wordpress.com

Yesterday Peter Gelb, the General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera wrote for Bloomberg: Throughout its distinguished 129-year history, the Met has never dedicated a single performance to a political or social cause, no matter how important or just. Our messaging has always been through art. You can read the rest of his argument for not […]

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Watch Now: The Colón Ring - Wagner in Buenos Aires

A fascinating documentary on the making of this, what became “drama filled” production – both on and off the stage.

In German and English with English subtitles. 96 minute running time. In two parts. Trailer below to help decide whether you wish to watch the entire thing. Recommended

The documentary  film “Der Colón Ring – Wagner in Buenos Aires”, directed by Hans Christoph von Bock, follows each step of the unusual production…

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Cameron Watson plays C P E Bach and Beethoven, heard by Andrew Schartmann. ‘… nothing can save Watson from his erratic and ill-conceived interpretation of the music …’

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This week: concerts in New York (September 23 – September 29, 2013)Hotel Elefant | Ear Heart MusicHotel ElefantEar Heart Music opens its second season at Roulette with Hotel Elefant performing music inspired by themes of extremities, brilliance, and shadow. The concert features music by Richard Carrick, including the world premiere of Prisoner’s Cinema, commissioned by the ensemble…

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