Gerard Mortier on cancer, opera and Wikipedia + MORE Dec 29th

 

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JDCMB Top 12 Posts of 2014 + MORE

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 »
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Rachel Barton Pine's 'Testament' to the Music of Bach + MORE

By Laurie Niles: Playing in church is what taught Rachel Barton Pine the meaning of being a musician. It also taught her to love and revere the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, the subject of her latest recording, Testament, which includes all Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. She also w.... More »
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CD Spotlight. Seeds of Excellence + MORE

Haydn and Debussy from Masahiro Yamaguchi, heard by Howard Smith. 'I was agreeably surprised at Masahiro's sparkling clarity ...'.... More »
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A new orchestra, a new concert hall - an encounter with conductor Laurence Equilbey + MORE

Laurence EquilbeyThe French conductor Laurence Equilbey is, perhaps, best known in the UK for her work with the choir Accentus which she founded. However in 2012 she founded the period instrument orchestra Insula. The ensemble recently made their UK debut (21 September 2015) at the Barbican performi.... More »
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Renee Fleming: What’s changed in my life? Supertitles + MORE

The diva’s looks back with Toronto Symphony music director Peter Oundjian. .... More »

Castleton reunion!

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Emily Becker, Charlotte Gulliver, Carmen Santoro, Paç Pavaci and Nancy Gustafson
What a happy time we had yesterday evening with a remarkable, and somewhat surreal, reunion of some of the Castleton team at Café Des in Covent Garden. Nancy Gustafson and Emily Becker had flown in from the US, Paç Pavaci (leader of the Castleton Festival Orchestra) was in London with his wife Carmen, and Charlotte Gulliver had taken a train up from Petersfield to be with us for this celebration at the Café des Amis off Floral Street in Covent Garden…

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The energetic Albert Bergeret and his New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players offer an update of the Savoyard favorite “The Pirates of Penzance” at Symphony Space.    

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Martin Kušej’s production faces the challenges of Verdi’s opera head-on, while Anja Harteros gives a towering performance as Donna Leonora

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31 Memorable Recordings from 2013

– www.sequenza21.com

31 Memorable Recordings from 2013File Under ?’s Best Recordings of 2013 (in no particular order)

Yvar Mikhashoff, Panorama of American Piano Music (Mode)
Robert Levin and Ursula Oppens, Piano Music 1960-2010 – Bernard Rands (Bridge)
New York Polyphony, Time Go By Turns (BIS)
Julia Holter, Loud City Song (Domino)
Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner, Signs, Games, and Messages (Cedille)
Christopher O’Riley, O’Riley’s Liszt (Oxingale)
Boards of Canada, Tomorrow’s Harvest (Warp)
Oneohtrix Point Never, R Plus Seven (Warp)
Lewis Spratlan, The Architect (Navona)
Julianna Barwick, Nepenthe (Dead Oceans)
Stile Antico, The Phoenix Rising (Harmonia Mundi)
Gloria Cheng, Calder Quartet, The Edge of Light – Messiaen/Saariaho)
Pierre Boulez, Complete Works (DG)
Phosphorescent, Muchacho (Dead Oceans)
The Knife, Shaking the Habitual (Rabid)
Ian Pace, The History of Photography in Sound – Michael Finnissy (Métier)
Chris Thile, Sonatas and Partitas, Vol…

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It's not over till the fat lady sings – quietly: Maestro wants volume turned down on Mozart - as the composer intended
A major new production of Mozart’s operas will turn the volume down on the tenors and sopranos whose deafening vocal techniques and relentless vibrato have made it “virtually impossible” to hear the composer’s music as he intended.

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Superb Traviata—with Skeletons

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 Verdi, La traviata: Soloists, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Massimo Zanetti, (conductor), Civic Opera House, Chicago. 20.12.2013 (JLZ) Cast: Violetta Valéry: Marina Rebeka Flora Bervoix: J’nai Bridges Marquis d’Obigny: Will Liverman Baron Douphol: Nicholas Pallesen Doctor Grenvil: Richard Ollarsaba Gastone de Letorière: Adam Bonanni Alfredo Germont: Joseph Calleja Annina: Julie Anne Miller Giuseppe: John Irvin Giorgio […]

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Opera: The best and worst of 2013

– www.express.co.uk

Opera: The best and worst of 2013DESPITE all of the razzmatazz surrounding the bicentenaries of the operatic giants Wagner and Verdi this year’s centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth has had a more profound influence on musical tastes.

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Jaime Laredo conducted the New York String Orchestra in a Carnegie Hall program that included Tchaikovsky.    

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Polish pianist and composer Wojciech Kilar, who was Bafta-nominated for his score to Roman Polanski’s Oscar-winning film The Pianist, has died aged 81.

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Polish composer Wojciech Kilar has died at the age of 81, following a long illness.

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Composer Wojciech Kilar dies at 81

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Composer Wojciech Kilar dies at 81Polish pianist composed scores for films including Roman Polanski’s The Pianist and Francis Ford Coppola’s DraculaWojciech Kilar, a Polish pianist and composer of classical music and scores for many films, including Roman Polanski’s Oscar-winning The Pianist and Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula, died on Sunday…

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Gerard Mortier on cancer, opera and Wikipedia

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Gerard Mortier on cancer, opera and WikipediaAbout to undergo his second round of chemotherapy, the ever-combative opera chief has given a frank account of his illness, his future and his place in the world. The interview, with a Belgian magazine, De Theaterkrant, is in Flemish/Dutch. Sample quotes:   – If  I were a family man , I would respond differently to this disease …

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The allegory of the Currentzis“Teodor Currentzis, the provocative young conductor who has won a string of awards for his reinvention of Mozart’s works, will next year unveil his ‘no compromise’ studio recording of three of the composer’s most famous works. The often black-clad 41-year-old, described as the ‘Nick Cave of classical’…” [The Independent]

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