Massive Mid-Century Masterpieces Link Two Modern Composers: John Cage & Olivier Messiaen Shared Their Piano Cycles in Paris + MORE

 

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What’s Your Child Policy? + MORE

Yesterday’s post about the MTT situation at the New World Symphony prompted a number of direct replies from arts mangers who were all quite keen to share a wide variety of anecdotes and most took the time to mention their respective organization’s child policy (or lack thereof), al.... More »
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Donizetti Les Martyrs - Opera Rara next week + MORE

Opera Rara presents Donizetti's Les Martyrs  at the Royal Festival Hall, London on 4/11. Mark Elder conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Any Opera Rara production is an occasion : serious bel canto fans would have booked for this as soon as tickets went on sale (especially since .... More »
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Gordon Getty: 'My dad thought music was something I could do on the side' + MORE

As his opera Usher House premieres for the Welsh National Opera, Gordon Getty talks to Rupert Christiansen about his famous family and his musical passions.... More »
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Donizetti, Maria Stuarda, Metropolitan Opera, review: 'dazzling' + MORE

Joyce DiDonato's Maria combines technical skill with fiery passion, says Rupert Christiansen.... More »
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Red Note/Orchestre dAuvergne review haunting and hard-hitting new sounds + MORE

Music Hall, AberdeenOn its 10th anniversary, the sound festival commemorated the first world war with three new works alongside an arresting, coolly delivered violin concerto Continue reading....... More »

Symphony guide: Myaskovsky's Tenth

– www.guardian.co.uk

Symphony guide: Myaskovsky's TenthComposer of 27 symphonies, Myaskovsky’s tenth is – in his own words – ‘as massive as if it were made of iron’. Tom Service gets his welding tools out• All articles in this seriesSomething a little different this week. Get your ears around the ferocious and concise drama of Nikolai Myaskovsky’s Tenth Symphony, a truly remarkable document of early 20th century symphonic history in terms of its sounds, structure, energy, musical language, formal compression, and even in terms of the performers for whom it was written…

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Jonas's Winter Journey

– jessicamusic.blogspot.com

Jonas's Winter JourneyThe CD you’ve been waiting for is out at last – the official release date in the UK was yesterday – and sure enough, it’s a humdinger.Winterreise is a piece that has scared us, devastated us and left us musing on Schubert’s state of mind: why was he drawn to create art that evokes emotions so far beyond despair? I was in a seminar group for it during my student days and we analysed it every which way, but there is always a kernel within it that eludes such treatment…

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English Touring Opera’s chamber version of Tippett’s work is surprisingly effective – but this lofty Homeric tale remains hard to love

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Puccini’s ‘Madama Butterfly,’ about the faithful Japanese teen who waits for her unfaithful American husband to return to Nagasaki, is irresistibly sad. In San Jose, it charms and shocks all over again.

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Music Review: St. Petersburg Philharmonic Plays Carnegie HallThe St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, which Yuri Temirkanov has led since 1988, played at Carnegie Hall last week.    

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Bach Sonatas under the Bear

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Charles T. Downey, Smithsonian Chamber Music Society concert engages on multiple levels
Washington Post, February 18, 2014

Bach, Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord, V. Mullova, O. Dantone (Onyx, 2007)Listening to music can occur on many levels, from the purely aural to the emotional and intellectual…

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Dedicated Proponents, Pianists Adam Tendler & Christopher Taylor Will Reveal the Intricacies of These Linked Works in a Pair of Linked Concerts at Jacaranda Music’s February 22nd Mid-Century Modern Program

Jacaranda’s 10th anniversary season continues on Saturday, February 22, 2014 with a dinner break — a break that separates the performances of two 20-movement mid-twentieth-century masterworks by John Cage and Olivier Messiaen…

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What’s going down at the Charles Ives house?

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

What’s going down at the Charles Ives house?The composer’s studio has been saved for posterity, but the house itself? We have an exclusive on-site report from Gaffney Feskoe:     I thought that I would provide your readers with an update on what is happening to the Charles Ives house in West Redding, CT. As I live about 20 miles from West Redding, […]

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Time to Deny the Nazis their One Last Victory

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Time to Deny the Nazis their One Last VictoryThe conductor Daniel Barenboim (who is also Jewish) is famous for saying that it is important that Wagner be played in Israel to deny the Nazis their “one last victory”.Today, it occurred to me that many people are driven by purely emotive arguments to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive by dutifully hating Wagner for allegedly inciting genocide or even of single-handedly causing the Holocaust…

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Agata Zubel

– www.therestisnoise.com

The formidably gifted composer-vocalist, whose website is here, just performed Fausto Romitelli's An Index of Metals at On the Boards in Seattle, with the Seattle Chamber Players. Above is Zubel's own work Not I, based on the Beckett monologue. More on contemporary Polish music in The New Yorker next week.

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The Boston Symphony Chamber Players are celebrating their 50th anniversary with five premieres, nearly doubling the group’s commissioned repertoire all at once. The four new pieces on the February 9 concert were deliberately local.

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Ensemble. Expressive Nuances

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Holst, Mozart and Sibelius from Tasmin Little and the European Union Chamber Orchestra, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

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Domingo does Spanish double

– intermezzo.typepad.com

One adjective you can never apply to Plácido Domingo is lazy.
In 2015 he's taking on a double bill at the Teatro Real in Madrid, conducting one opera and singing another. On the same night. Plácido Domingo is 73 (give or take), let's not forget.
Luckily for Domingo Goyescas, the only opera by Enrique Granados, is unfamiliar enough for the baritenor's conducting skills to escape comparison with the likes of Carlos Kleiber…

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