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A little recap on some of the JDCMB highlights of 2014Mourning, anxiety, flashmobs, victimisation of one sort or another and an April Fool's joke proved dominant in this year's reader stats. Glad to say that also scoring highly (so to speak) are a certain wonderful tenor, a great composer to whom I .... More »
The federal government has upped its support for the Handel Festival at Halle from 50,000 Euros to 150,000.
A festival at Gottingen receives the same boost.
Small beer, but a significant signs of central approval.
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The weekly list of US classical sales becomes ever more depressing.
Only Bocelli reached 1,000 CD and download sales on Nielsen Soundscan last week; the next best record failed to sell 400.
But the most shocking stat is that a new DG release by Piotr Beczala, the Polish tenor who has been wowing Met.... More »
You don't have to go to a resort or a spa to relax: classical music can help you take the stress out of everyday chores and routines. Here are ten times when music by your favorite composer can help you breathe a little more easily..... More »
You figured it out a fortnight ago, cher public: “The Metropolitan Opera… said Wednesday that it was also asking its solo singers voluntarily to lower their fees, including some of opera’s biggest stars.” [New York Times].... More »
On April 30, Seattle-based composer Nat Evans stepped onto the Pacific Crest Trail, beginning a summer musical residency. His project, “The Tortoise and His Raincoat: Music for a Very Long Walk”, spans five months and 2600 miles, following the Pacific Crest Trail as it winds from the Mexican border in California to the northernmost region of Washington State…
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Is opera a quest for novelty? A depressing question, because it suggests a hardening of the arteries of the soul. Change is fundamental to civilization. Throughout history, people have been motivated to take risks and do better (or worse). The inescapable fact is that no-one can ever be a clone of anyone else, even in supposedly stagnant societies…
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“Truth to Power”: That’s the name of a festival the Chicago Symphony is offering from May 22 to June 5, with the idea of highlighting “music’s ability to connect people and harness the power of shared experience,” and to “inspire justice and fairness.”
The title, of course, is a shortening of “Speak truth to power,” one of the most powerful rallying cries in politics…
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Royal Festival HallRavel – Valses nobles et sentimentalesBerlioz – Les Nuits d’été, op.7Saint-Saëns – Symphony no.3 in C minor, op.78Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano)Stephen Disley (organ)Royal Philharmonic OrchestraCharles Dutoit (conductor)The orchestral version of Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales opened promisingly, the first waltz glossy, its surface properly shimmering, inviting and yet evading the question of what lay underneath…
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Brett DeanThe BBC Symphony Orchestra’s 2014/15 season at the Barbican includes some very tempting offerings. There are three operas, Smetana’s Dalibor, Bartok’s Bluebeard and Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland. Total Immersion covers John Tavener, Pierre Boulez and Percussion. Brett Dean is the featured composer, but there is also music by Kevin Volans, Thomas Larcher, Ryan Wigglesworth, Detlev Glanert, Christopher Rouse and Henze…
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Volltext aus dem Bayreuther Blätter, Juni 1878. Constantin Frantz (12. Sep 1817 – 2. Mai 1891) gehört ursprünglich um den Junghegelianer wie Max Stirner, David Strauß, Ludwig Feuerbach, Arnold Ruge sowie Marx und Engels. Später aber tritt Frantz von Hegelianismus zurrück und ging zu einer reaktionäre schellingianische Seite über…
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Letter from Pereira to Salzburg confirming that La Scala will buy their production of Falstaff.
Milan Mayor, Giuliano Pisapia, who is head of the Board of Directors at La Scala, announced today that they were offering Alexander Pereira only a year’s contract as sovrintendente of Milan’s Opera House…
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Padmore/Stefanovich/Larcher(Harmonia Mundi)A Padmore Cycle, Thomas Larcher’s songs written in 2011 for tenor Mark Padmore, sets poems by Hans Aschenwald and Alois Hotschnig. The gnomic texts sometimes seem to occupy similar territory to those of Schubert’s great song cycles. But if Larcher’s settings, which are beautifully tailored to the colour, clarity and expressive strengths of Padmore’s voice, evoke any specific 19th-century song composer it is Schumann…
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Considering that our industry is saturated, audiences are small, and funding is limited, it’s essential to think about how you’re going to fit into the world of new music. Perhaps it would be more worthwhile to seek an ensemble where you can share your ideas and join an already fully formed team instead of pursuing a similar venture from scratch.
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Virtuoso Rossini Arias, L. Brownlee, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, C. Orbelian (Delos, 2014)
Spiritual Sketches, L. Brownlee, D. Sneed (2013)
It is always good when Lawrence Brownlee is back in town. The American tenor has been featured in these pages many times before, at Wolf Trap, where he got his start, Washington National Opera, Vocal Arts Society, Washington Concert Opera (and in 2006
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The German soloist can do anything with his fiddle; that’s well established. Still, his performance of Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2 came as a fresh shock: his massive, earthy tone, razorlike rhythmic precision and saturating lyricism. And the acrobatics! Don’t miss this program, which repeats through Saturday at Davies Symphony Hall with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.
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