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Regietheater is supposed to be an exercise in extracting the underlying truth in a libretto and bringing it to the fore by a radical revaluation or re-appropriation of its symbolic framework. In the big picture, Frank Castorf’s staging of Wagner’s Das Rheingold for the Bayreuth Festival .... More »
There are currently some 24 recordings of the Elgar Violin Sonata in E minor listed in the Arkiv catalogues. When these include such ‘big’ names as Nigel Kennedy, Hugh Bean, Tasmin Little and Lydia Mordkovitch, it has to be a special new release that would prompt me to purchase yet another versi.... More »
By Karen Rile:
It was Parents Weekend at junior chamber music camp. My daughter, just out of eighth grade, had been attending this program since she was ten. As for me, I was looking forward to a reunion with all the kids, parents, and staff I'd known for the past five summers.
But when I arri.... More »
Gerrit van Honthorst, Het concert (1623)National Gallery of ArtApril 6, 2014Louis Andriessen: La Commedia (2004-08)Cristina Zavalloni (voice)Lindsay Kesselman (soprano)Andrew Sauvageau (voice)Jacob Perry, Jr. (tenor)Children’s Chorus of Washington (chorus master: Joan Gregoryk)Third Practice (chor.... More »
They were, of course, applauded on to the platform – all of them – and when at the close Simon Rattle turned to us and said “I think you know this already but there is no audience in the world like this one” the tacet response was surely implicit that there is no orchestra in the wor.... More »
Aspen Music Festival (10): American Brass Quintet, American String Quartet, Anton Nel (piano), Aspen Philharmonic, Augustin Hadelich (violin), Hannu Lintu (conductor), Soloists from Aspen Opera Theater Center. Benedict Music Tent, Harris Concert Hall, Aspen, Colorado. 28-30.7.2014 (HS) American Brass Quintet, 28 July Eric Reed, French horn Kevin Cobb, trumpet Louis Hanzlik, trumpet Michael Powell, trombone […]
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* Notes * Merola Opera Program’s latest production of Don Giovanni (pictured left, photograph by Kristen Loken) opened with the first of two performances on Thursday night. Director James Darrah’s production goes against the text and the drama, with most of the action taking place in an artist’s studio, designed by Emily MacDonald and Cameron Mock…
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Tons of people have devoted their whole life to new music, but few people have done so to the same extent as composer/trombonist Jim Staley, who for more than a quarter of a century devoted his home to it as well. But 35 years on, Roulette has moved boroughs and has gone from being new music in someone’s home to a home for new music.
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A week from tomorrow, August 9 at 10 AM, I’ll be delivering a lecture on American opera at the Glimmerglass Festival. It’s a favorite subject of mine, and one I rarely get to talk or write much about. Other professors than myself teach copiously about opera at Bard, and one dream course I’ve never ventured […]
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A Strauss choral work and an Elgar symphony – Vassily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra shook things up with devastating impact at Prom 19. Strauss’s Festival Prelude was written for a grand occasion – the opening of a new concert hall in Vienna in 1913. It’s a massive, no-holds-barred piece glorying in drama and excess, ideal for grand surroundings like the Royal Albert Hall Strauss packs intense power concentrated in a relatively short piece…
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There's a complicated drama playing out offstage at New York's Metropolitan Opera. At its most basic, it's the story of management and labor unions fighting over a supposedly dwindling pot of money. The deadline to solve the squabble before a lockout, midnight Thursday, was met with little resolution but a 72-hour extension…
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The $22 million estate of Richard Adler, composer of The Pyjama Game and other Broadway hits, has become a battleground between the great man’s son and grandchildren and his ‘high-living’ fifth wife.
Counsel for the kids says the wife, Susan Ivory, 70, went on a spending spree in the years before Adler’s death in 2012, aged 90…
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Singers and musicians held a rally on Friday morning, as other Metropolitan Opera workers rehearsed and union leaders prepared for federal mediation.
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In the 1960s, perhaps a bit earlier, a lively conversation started about “opening up” musical form, or even more directly, about a formal genre marked by such an opening, an “open form.” This might mean that the composer opens up the continuity of a work to the non-obvious sequences, or that additional choices are given to the performer with regard to the same, or perhaps listeners might engage the form of the work in ways other than the simply chronological…
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No agenda here other than to share my enthusiasm for a recent purchase. ‘M. A. Charpentier at the Chapelle Royale de Versailles’ is the new 2 CD + DVD set from Jordi Savall, Montserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Le Concert des Nations, and it couples the composer’s Canticum ad Beatam Virginem Mariam with his Missa Assumpta est Maria and two instrumental works for viols…
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