Birtwistle at 80 (4) – ‘Fields of Sorrow’: Britten Sinfonia/Brönnimann, 30 May 2014 + MORE

 

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Critic's Notebook: At Salzburg Festival, Musicians Tap Their Inner Mozarts and Schuberts + MORE

A stretched-out Schubert piece has been among the performances during this Austrian event’s full calendar..... More »
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Jenufa; St Luke Passion/MacMillan; Swanhunter – review + MORE

Theatre Royal, Glasgow; Barbican; Linbury Studio, LondonScottish Opera’s Jenufa transposed to the west of Ireland makes perfect sense. And the Britten Sinfonia lead an outstanding performance of James MacMillan’s St Luke Passion Continue reading....... More »
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Andriessen Overload 1: "La Commedia" + 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 »
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Ten times when classical music can help you relax + 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 »
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Review: Orpheus’s Shifting Glimmers From Angled Glass + MORE

The chamber group performed Harold Meltzer’s “Vision Machine,” which was inspired by a Jean Nouvel building, at Carnegie Hall..... More »
For the inaugural NY Phil Biennial, a large initiative devoted to the newest of the new, the Philharmonic borrowed a concept that is generally associated with the visual arts: the exhibition.

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Richard Wagner Supports Constantin Frantz's Denunciation of Prussian Militarism and Pan-GermanismWahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn!Wohin ich forschend blick’in Stadt- und Weltchronik,den Grund mir aufzufinden,warum gar bis aufs Blutdie Leut’ sich quälen und schindenin unnütz toller Wut! Madness! Madness! Everywhere madness!Wherever I searchingly glance,Through chronicles of cities and the world,The grounds thereof to find,Why, to the point of drawing blood,People torment and mistreat each otherIn senseless frenzied rage!Hans Sachs’ Monologue from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg In 1869, Richard Wagner dedicated the second edition of his Oper und Drama to Constantin Frantz (1817–1891)…

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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 – Flos CampiJoy Farrall (clarinet)Helen Tunstall (harp)Clare Finnimore (viola)Britten Sinfonia Voices (director: Eamonn Doughan)Students from the Royal Academy of MusicBritten SinfoniaBaldur Brönnimann (conductor) This final concert in the Barbican Centre’s ‘Birtwistle at 80’ series – I managed to attend all but one – presented some of the composer’s music in a more general English context…

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On paper, the current pairing by Chicago Opera Theater of two Central European and German one-act operas from 1943 appears jarring. Especially so when one was written in the Terezin concentration camp by a Jewish composer who was gassed the next year at Auschwitz, the other by a free man in Nazi Germany who went on to wealth and fame after the war and died in his native Munich in 1982…

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Music Review: Orchestra of St. Luke’s Explores George Benjamin’s InfluenceThe Orchestra of St. Luke’s played two early works by George Benjamin and explored links to them in pieces by three other composers in an NY Phil Biennial event.

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Musical Theater Meets Opera in Colorful Show Boat

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 Kern, Show Boat: Soloists, orchestra and chorus of San Francisco Opera, John DeMain (conductor), War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco. 1.6.2014 (HS) Cast: Magnolia Hawks: Heidi Stober Gaylord Ravenal: Michael Todd Simpson Cap’s Andy Hawks: Bill Irwin Julie Laverne: Patricia Racette Queenie: Anglea Renée Simpson Joe: Morris Robinson Parthy Ann Hawks: Harriet Harris Ellie May […]

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With its realistic setting, Jeremy Sams’s production is like a Dickens novel set to music but never quite gets to the dark heart of Britten’s opera

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The iconoclastic ensemble performed Julia Wolfe’s ‘Anthracite Fields’ in a programme that also featured Steven Mackey’s ‘Dreamhouse’

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Peter Grimes review  flashback device is a mixed blessingThere is strong singing in this powerful production, but does Sams’ added back story stray too far from Britten’s enigmatic original?In his many successful translations of opera librettos for English National Opera, most recently in Cosi Fan Tutte, Jeremy Sams has never been afraid to embellish the original texts…

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Gallos y Huesos Music of the Americas presents the US premiere of Pablo Ortiz’s chamber opera Gallos y Huesos (Roosters and Bones). Monday, June 2 at 7 PM Tickets $20, $10 students, Free for Americas Society Members HERE, 145 Sixth Ave., New York, NY ..:: Website Cinematic Masterpieces, hosted by Matt Marks Matt Marks’s series […

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Boulez, Benjamin and Disciples in NY Philharmonic Biennial

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 Circles of Influence: Pierre Boulez and George Benjamin: Elizabeth Mann (flute), Margaret Kampmeier (piano), Abigail Fischer (mezzo-soprano), Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Pablo Heras-Casado (conductor), Rose Theater, New York City, 31.5.14 and 1.6.14 (DA) Boulez: Mémoriale (… explosante-fixe …Originel) (1985) Mantovani: Turbulences (1998) Holliger: Ostinato funèbre (1991) Manoury: Strange Ritual (2005) Boulez: Une page d’éphéméride (2005) […]

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KC Chamber Players: Nine Is Enough

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Bach, Goldberg Variations (arr. D. Sitkovetsky), D. Sitkovetsky, G. Caussé, M. Maisky (Orfeo, 1996)
Charles T. Downey, Kennedy Center Chamber Players perform Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations,’ Rheinberger
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The Kennedy Center Chamber Players, composed of principal musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra, have many advantages…

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Ensemble. Phew!

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Mahler’s Ninth Symphony from Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra impresses Mike Wheeler

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