Baritone Antoine Griggs and Concert Pianist Richard C. Alston in Free Recital 4 PM Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, Northside Drive Baptist Church, Atlanta + MORE Jan 8th

 

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The ice-bucket comes to opera... + MORE

My latest interviewee tried to sing his way out of the ALS ice-bucket challenge - did his pals agree? The Times of Malta (clue to identity there) has the story and video here. Our tenorial hero's three next nominees include Bryn Terfel...With all of this going on, don't be too surprised if there's a.... More »
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Say it Ain’t So, Mr. Shipp + MORE

Matthew Shipp Piano Song Matthew Shipp, piano; Michael Bisio, bass; Newman Taylor-Baker, drums Thirsty Ear Records Pianist Matthew Shipp has been a prolific recording artist: he has released dozens of albums as a leader and appeared on dozens more as a collaborator. However, Piano Song, his 2017 re.... More »
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Hans Zender’s Remarkable Response to Schubert’s Winterreise Vividly Personified by Ian Bostridge + MORE

The Dark Mirror: Zender’s Winterreise: Ian Bostridge (tenor); Britten Sinfonia/Baldur Brönnimann. Barbican Theatre, 12.5.2016. (CC) Director, designer and video artist – Netia Jones Hans Zender’s response to Schubert’s Winterreise – or, as he puts it, a “composed interpretation” .... More »
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Strange afterlives : Hugo and Pavel Haas + MORE

Pavel Haas and Hugo Haas : brothers from Brno who led very different lives.   Pavel, the composer, was incarcerated in Terezin and murdered in Auschwitz. Hugo, a movie star and director, far more famous in his time, was able to escape and start a second career in Hollywood. Both brothers seem t.... More »
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The official classical chart + MORE

Week ending 25 October 2014       1 Stella di Napoli Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano); Orchestra & Choir of Lyon Ope.... More »
Wigmore HallMahler – Ich atmet’ einen linden DuftShostakovich – Morning Mahler – Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen Shostakovich – Separation Mahler – Es sungen drei Engel einen süßen Gesang; Das irdische Leben; Nun seh’ ich wohl, warum so dunkle Flammen; Wenn dein Mütterlein; Urlicht Shostakovich – Night Mahler – Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen Shostakovich – Immortality; Dante Mahler – Revelge Shostakovich – Death Mahler – Der Tambourg’sell Matthias Goerne (baritone)Leif Ove Andsnes (piano) This was in almost all respects a distinguished recital, at least as much for Leif Ove Andsnes’s playing as for Matthias Goerne’s singing; indeed, had I to choose, I should say that Andsnes was on even better form, quite rightly seeming to have lavished just as much consideration on the recital as he would, had it been a solo performance…

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Critic’s Notebook: Lessons in a Year of CrisesThe lesson of a year that saw the demise of City Opera and other crises in classical music is, in short: Artistic excellence is not enough.    

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Lend us a tenor: Italian opera houses in need of funding
The grim joke told with increasing frequency among Italian opera buffs is: “When is bankruptcy not a bankruptcy?” The answer: “When it affects an opera house.”

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Baritone Antoine Griggs and Concert Pianist Richard C. Alston in Free Recital 4 PM Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, Northside Drive Baptist Church, AtlantaAntoine GriggsAntoine Griggs, baritone, graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia Antoine studied voice with tenor, Timothy Miller and was also a member of the world renowned Morehouse College Glee Club, under the direction of Dr. David E Morrow. Antoine is now attending Georgia State University School of Music where he is studying with mezzo-soprano, Kathryn Hartgrove…

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Catch an eyeful of those shoes in the Naples Philharmonic OrchestraYou thought the footwear theme was finished? Far from it. These exotic images have been sent to us from Florida by the Naples Philharmonic, a memento of their Boogie Night. Eat your hearts out, Berlin Phil. You just don’t know the ground beneath your feet. Sania Whitaker – violin   Matthew Sonneborn  -principal trumpet   […]

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Shostakovich Songs Pale Beside Mahler’s

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 Mahler and Shostakovich: Matthias Goerne (baritone), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano). Wigmore Hall, London, 7.1.2014 (MB) Mahler – Ich atmet’ einen linden Duft Shostakovich – Morning Mahler – Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen Shostakovich – Separation Mahler – Es sungen drei Engel einen süßen Gesang Das irdische Leben Nun seh’ ich wohl, warum so dunkle Flammen […]

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Alternating songs by Mahler and Shostakovich, this recital took death as its theme, with ultra-sensitive performances from bass-baritone and pianist

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Patron Group Attempts To Help Dislodge MOA From Orchestra Hall

The latest news out of the labor relations scorched earth that is the Minnesota Orchestra Association (MOA) is an effort from the patron advocate group Save Our Symphony Minnesota (SOSMN) to pressure the city of Minneapolis to kick the MOA out of Orchestra Hall for defaulting on lease terms.
The 1/03/2014 edition of MinnPost…

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Matthias Goerne/Leif Ove Andsnes – reviewWigmore Hall, LondonA programme that alternated songs by Shostakovitch and Mahler made for a bitty experienceShostakovich much admired Mahler, and we regularly find their music programmed together. But can – and should – their works be interwoven, rather than performed side by side? Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes clearly think so…

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Rafal Blechacz wins 2014 Gilmore Artist Award

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The 2014 Gilmore Artist Award goes to 28 year-old Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz.

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Plying her trade

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Plying her trade“Renowned soprano Renée Fleming demonstrates how she can treat a song like a mini-opera.”

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Goerne Andsnes Mahler Shostakovich Wigmore Hall

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Goerne Andsnes Mahler Shostakovich Wigmore HallAt the Wigmore Hall, London, Matthias Goerne and Lief Ove Andsnes performed Mahler in a unique programme built around Shostakovich’s  Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti op 145 (1974). Who but Goerne would dare such an eclectic juxtaposition, framing six songs from Shostakovich’s eleven song cycle with songs drawn from Mahler’s entire output, each of which presents formidable challenges? Most singers would pale at the very prospect of singing songs from the Rückert Lieder, Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Kindertôtenlieder, and transcriptions from the symphonies, but by throwing Shostakovich into the mix, Goerne drew out new perspectives in both Mahler and Shostakovich…

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Luxembourg pianist Cathy Krier has immersed herself in the piano music of Leos Janacek. On her new recording she shares that music, along with the story of a composer who wrote authentic music that was ahead of its time.

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