Wagner Parsifal, Royal Opera House + MORE Dec 20th

 

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New Classical Tracks: Winter Journey + MORE

Franz Schubert's song cycle about a winter journey through loss and depression has just been recorded by Jonas Kaufmann, who calls it a unique masterpiece. PLUS: This week you can enter for a chance to win a copy of Kaufmann's CD..... More »
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How Does a Musician Know It's Time to Quit? + MORE Jan 16th

That's a serious question. We've all heard singers who were still on stage years after their voices had become threadbare; we also all know of singers who retired, tantalizingly, when they were in prime form, apparently with years of good work ahead of them.I'm raising this question because of a con.... More »
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Lying About Hitler: Why Historians Reject Nazi Opera Conspiracies—and Why We Must Follow their Example + MORE

Every book has its target audience. The question is as to what the target of Nazi opera conspiracy books might be. It is likely to be an audience interested in opera, music and art history. It is likely to be a popular audience interested in the history of the Holocaust, some of whom have heard that.... More »
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Birtwistle at 80 (4) - 'Fields of Sorrow': Britten Sinfonia/Brönnimann, 30 May 2014 + MORE

Milton Court Concert HallVaughan Williams – Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas TallisHolst – Eight Canons: ‘If you love songs,’ ‘Lovely Venus,’ ‘David’s Lament for Jonathan,’ ‘The Fields of Sorrow’Birtwistle – The Fields of SorrowBirtwistle – Melancolia IVaughan Williams – Flo.... More »
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Just in: Composer assaulted, opera cancelled in St Petersburg + MORE

Ilya Demutsky, whose opera on the Pussy Riot protesters won an award in Italy last year, has been physically attacked in St Petersburg after being lured to a public location for a supposed television interview. Dumtsky claims his latest opera, about a paedophile hunter who resembles a Russian nation.... More »
Music Review: New York Philharmonic’s ‘Messiah’ at Avery Fisher HallSoloists have moments in the New York Philharmonic’s “Messiah” at Avery Fisher Hall.    

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Bayreuth, Parsifal, and the Artwork of the Future(I was delighted to be invited to speak in late November at the Internationaal Wagner Congres Amsterdam 2013. Below is the text of my paper. A considerably longer, fully-referenced version will be published as an essay in a 2014 issue of the German journal, wagnerspectrum. However, it will not have the pretty pictures…

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Paul Rudy: Life Improvisations

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Composer Paul Rudy takes to heart the idea that “nature’s wisdom follows the path of least resistance.” Active listening and intuition play vital roles not only in his composing process, but also in his work as an educator and performer.

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BBC Radio 3 To Rebroadcast Barenboim/Proms Ring - Dec 2013If you were unfortunate enough to miss the Prom’s Ring cycle in the summer, fear not. During December BBC Radio 3 will rebroadcast it in its entirety. Very, highly recommended.Monday 23 Dec 20137.02pm–9.45pm Das Rheingold (160 mins)(concert performance; sung in German)Iain Paterson baritone (Wotan)Stephan Rügamer tenor (Loge)Jan Buchwald baritone, Proms debut artist (Donner)Marius Vlad tenor, Proms debut artist (Froh)Ekaterina Gubanova mezzo-soprano (Fricka)Anna Samuil soprano (Freia)Anna Larsson mezzo-soprano (Erda)Johannes Martin Kränzle baritone (Alberich)Peter Bronder tenor (Mime)Eric Halfvarson bass (Fafner)Aga Mikolaj soprano (Woglinde)Maria Gortsevskaya mezzo-soprano (Wellgunde)Anna Lapkovskaja mezzo-soprano, Proms debut artist (Flosshilde)Staatskapelle BerlinDaniel Barenboim conductorTuesday 24 Dec 20137…

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 Bach: András Schiff (piano), Wigmore Hall, London, 18.12.2013 (GDn) Bach: Well-tempered Clavier, Book II   András Schiff picked up the 48 more or less where he left off with the first book at the end of November (review). Now, as then, he gave a focussed but flowing account, balancing his habitually detached touch against the […]

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Day 19 — Winterliebe

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Day 19 — WinterliebeStrauss wrote two ‘winter’ songs, published together in his 1900 Fünf Lieder Op. 48. Unlike ‘Winterweihe’ (the fourth in the set), which is cosy, domesticated even, ‘Winterliebe’, number five, truly embraces the season, with a heroic gait, striding out into the winter sunlight. Would that we could all have the optimism of Karl Friedrich Henckell’s poem or Strauss’s setting, with its bold fanfares…

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Gergiev double protest

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It wasn't just the anti-Putin protestors who had it in for Valery Gergiev on Wednesday night. 
The Munich Philharmonic's new chief conductor-in-waiting has drawn flak from critical quarters too.
The Merkur's Markus Thiel describes Gergiev's Gasteig concert as "poorly rehearsed"…

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Found the Grail! Parsifal Royal Opera House HD

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Found the Grail! Parsifal Royal Opera House HDWhat a difference HD makes! My initial misgivings about the new Wagner Pasifal at the Royal Opera House were transformed by the HD broadcast When its initial teething difficulties settle in, this production could be a keeper. The Royal Opera House needs a flagship new Wagner and this could be it. It’s different, but it isn’t nearly as wrong as some think…

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Theft alert: Horn is stolen from Vienna Philharmonic playerJosef Reif went for a drink with colleagues in a wine bar after finishing at the opera on Wednesday night. He put the instrument at his feet in a silver-gray Samsonite backpack that looks rather like a laptop bag. When he looked down, the bag was gone. Auf Deutsch here. The horn, valued at $8,000, is registered […]

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Les Arts Florissants/Christie – reviewWigmore Hall, LondonA classy, sexy entertainment of short songs presented as a chamber opera about the shenanigans at a posh weddingLes Arts Florissants’ Wigmore concert, directed from the harpsichord by William Christie, presented a programme of what the French call airs sérieux et à boire – a specific genre of songs for one to five voices and a small group of instrumentalists, written for private performance at the French court in the 17th and early 18th centuries…

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Towards zero

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Towards zeroOur Own JJ (not pictured) counts down his 10 favorite New York opera performances of 2013 in the New York Observer. Not that you need encouragement, cher public, but don’t be afraid of offering your own such lists in the comments section.

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Kaufmann’s got his gun

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Kaufmann’s got his gunLive from Munich on Saturday night: Verdi’s Forza with hot tenor. Make a date of it. On Saturday, December 28, the Bayerische Staatsoper will be presenting the season’s third transmission on STAATSOPER.TV. This time, Giuseppe Verdi’s La forza del destino will be streamed live and free from Munich…

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Wagner Parsifal, Royal Opera House

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Wagner Parsifal, Royal Opera HouseAny new production of Wagner’s Parsifal would be welcome, if only to banish memories of Klaus Michael Gruber’s staging from the 1990′s where the Knights of the Grail were so comatose they had to be wheeled across the stage on a conveyor belt. But the Knights wore Knight suits and it was a “traditional” production so no-one dared demur…

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