Platinum Consort OAE Christmas Oratorio Kings Place 19 December 2013 + MORE Jan 1st
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The betting’s open on the next chief of the NY Philharmonic, but even at 50-1 you’d get few takers on an American contender.
First, the last two music directors, Maazel and Gilbert, have been made in the USA. Time for change.
Second, no American is presently in contention for front-line .... More »
Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin. Rafal Blechacz (piano) Wigmore Hall, London, 8.1.2015 (CC) Mozart: Piano Sonata in D, K311 Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 13 “Pathétique” Chopin:Three Mazurkas, Op. 56. Three Waltzes, Op. 64. Polonaise in F sharp minor, Op. 44 I wonder if the original idea .... More »
Managing director of period instrument orchestra for 14 years, Baldwin leaving to manage Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts in Kingston.... More »
British Youth Opera's Summer season this year gives us the chance to hear Jonathan Dove's first full length opera. The Little Green Swallow was written in 1994 and has a text based on the 18th century writer Carlo Gozzi's tale which was a sequel to The Love of Three Oranges. Setting an Eng.... More »
Interpretations of the Finnish composer’s work have become more varied in recent years. The FT’s chief classical music critics rounds up the finest.... More »
Kate Soper and Gelsey Bell, by Kobi Davis
Welcome to 2014—and what a crazy weekend for contemporary American opera in NYC January 11-12 is turning out to be. Not only will the second PROTOTYPE Festival be in full swing (about which more to come), but Morningside Opera will present Here Be Sirens, a new chamber opera by composer-vocalist Kate Soper, at Dixon Place on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon…
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Paul Pelkonen must have been the only NY critic to eschew the bubbles on New Year’s night. He went to the Met and saw Fledermaus in Jeremy Sams’s new production. Here’s what he thought. Eisenstein (Christopher Maltman) woos Rosalinde (Susanna Philips) in Act II of Die Fledermaus.) Photo by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera.
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Antioch Chamber Ensemble, a 12-voice mixed choir from the New York area, have a new CD that puts clear, warm sound in the spotlight with 15 song settings by composer Matthew Brown.
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[José Silvestre White (1835-1918), Afro-Cuban violinist and composer. Shown here after he received the 1st prize for violin at the Conservatoire de Paris in 1856. Bibliothèque Nationale de France]José Silvestre White is featured at AfriClassical.com, with a Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www…
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It’s difficult to stand anywhere near composer and vocalist Lisa Bielawa and not feel energized by proximity. An extrovert to the core, she acknowledges that her highly social nature has taken her in some specific directions both as a composer and as a musical citizen.
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Buddha: V&A MuseumThe following is taken from a presentation given by Wagner scholar Peter Bassett during the Melbourne Ring in 2013 – which can be heard by clicking here. Printed here with kind permission of the author.Peter, is author, among much else, of lasts years study of Wagner and Verdi: 1813: Wagner and Verdi…
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A. Vivaldi, Orlando furioso (1714), R. Novaro, R. Basso, Modo Antiquo, F. M. Sardelli
(released on November 13, 2012)
Naïve OP30540 | 160’40"Orlando furioso is Vivaldi’s most famous opera, having been known in modern revival since the 1970s, and it was already recorded for Naïve’s Vivaldi Edition in 2005, by Jean-Christophe Spinosi and Ensemble Matheus…
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Grossenbacher/Ensemble Modern/ORF SO Wien/Deutsches SO Berlin/ Deutsche RPO Saarbrucken/Hefti(Col Legno)This collection of orchestral pieces conducted by David Philip Hefti himself overlaps with a Neos disc of the 38-year-old Swiss composer’s music that appeared last year. The sibling pieces Klangbogen from 2009, and the cello concerto Gegenklang, composed immediately afterwards and seemingly continuing the musical argument of its predecessor, are common to both; the remaining pieces here follow the timeline of Hefti’s orchestral work right up to last year…
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Bach: Christmas Oratorio: Parts I, III, V, VIPlatinum Consort, Orchestra of the Age of EnlightenmentScott Inglis-Kidger, condKings Place, London 19 December 2013In a season dominated by Messiahs, spare a thought for the Christmas Oratorio. Were it not for Handel’s perennial singalong, Bach’s masterpiece would have far higher visibility on our Christmas programmes – and it certainly does on the continent…
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Review – Arias For Senesino – Sonia Prina & Ensemble Claudiana
Sonia Prina’s recital at Wigmore Hall was one of vocal verve, staggering technique and interpretive eloquence.
Rarely – if ever – have I heard these arias written by Handel for Senesino performed with such gusto, Ms Prina and Ensemble Claudiana imparting a deep love of Handel’s music from start to finish…
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Silvester fireworks in MainzI have an operatically eventful January ahead of me here in Germany: Enescu in Frankfurt, Verdi in München, hopefully a Wozzeck double-bill in Darmstadt, and if I can manage it, Elektra in Dresden. I am, believe it or not, planning to get some work done as well. But while all this excitement is keeping me busy over here, my beloved New York will also be having a very exciting month of opera…
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