In CNN segment on YouTube, pianist Roy F. Eaton compares his experiences as an advertising executive of color to the TV series ‘Mad Men’ + MORE

 

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A Swallow does make a Summer + MORE

British Youth Opera's Summer season this year gives us the chance to hear Jonathan Dove's first full length opera. The Little Green Swallow was written in 1994 and has a text based on the 18th century writer Carlo Gozzi's tale which was a sequel to The Love of Three Oranges. Setting an Eng.... More »
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SF Opera's Un Ballo in Maschera (Mulligan) + MORE

* Notes * Last night San Francisco Opera performed A Masked Ball a second time this season. The traditional production is the same as the one seen here in 2006, Jose Maria Condemi's direction is similarly straightforward, if not slightly bland. The ball scene (Act III pictured left, photograph.... More »
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Reading List: Fidelio, the novel + MORE

It is a matter of record that I have a particular enthusiasm for Beethoven's Fidelio. I love the orchestration, and how it changes color to reflect the different worlds of the domestic interior subtly infected by the violence and fear of the prison; of the prison garden that is both foretaste a.... More »
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More composers in fast cars + MORE

These five come courtesy of Mogens Madsen and Bart Diels, to add to our original collection pack. First, that Danish racer Carl Nielsen… followed by Mr & Mrs Paul Hindemith in an open top (she won’t give up the wheel), Roberto Gerhard out for a ride with his brother, and Hans-Wern.... 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 »

Munich’s Rosenkavalier – tasteful?

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This is the cover of the Munich Philharmonic’s new season brochure. What do you think?

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The Manhattan String Quartet performed in “100 Years of the String Quartet” at the Tenri Cultural Institute on Wednesday.

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Miami-based chamber chorus Seraphic Fire and Chicago’s Spektral Quartet joined forces Wednesday night for an even rarer pairing — two quite different versions of the same work, Haydn’s “Seven Last Words of Christ on The Cross” — essentially performed at the same time.

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Dance with Talk Doesn’t Quite Come Off

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Various Composers, If Play Is Play…: HeadSpaceDance, Royal Opera House (Linbury Studio Theatre), London, 16.04.2014 (J.O’D) Two Dancers: Christopher Akrill and Gemma Nixon Choreography: Johan Inger Music: ‘Silouan’s Song’ by Arvo Pärt Costume Designs: Sabine Lemaître Lighting Design:Simon Bennison Before the Interval Dancers: Christopher Akrill, Clemmie Sveaas, Jonathan Goddard Choreography and Sound Design:   Luca Silvestrini […]

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Another senior maestro graciously cashes in

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Another senior maestro graciously cashes inThe Boston Symphony Orchestra, announcing a replacement for Lorin Maazel, uses the obsequious language of three generations back to welcome the expensive Charles Dutoit on bended knee. Will Boston never wake up? And should we now start referring to cheerful Charlie as Maazel’s Maazel? press release below   Eminent Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit has graciously offered to lead […]

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So You Want To Write An Opera….

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I admit I attempted composing for opera long ago as an undergraduate. I remember seeing the Los Angeles Opera’s production of Billy Budd in the late ’90s and then seeing their production of Peter Grimes in the early 2000s, and I was convinced I absolutely had to write an opera.

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Not forgettable: Górecki’s final symphonyHenryk Gorecki Gorecki, Tansman & Stravinsky: Julian Rachlin, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrey Boreyko; South Bank Centre Reviewed by Hilary Gloveron April 12 2014 Star rating: 4.5World premiere of Henryk Gorecki’s fourth and final symphonyAlexandre Tansman with his first wife Anna Eleonora BrocinerThis memorial concert has been a long time in the planning but was worth the wait…

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In CNN segment on YouTube, pianist Roy F. Eaton compares his experiences as an advertising executive of color to the TV series 'Mad Men'A CNN segment on YouTube allows pianist Roy F. Eaton to compare his personal experiences as a pioneering advertising copywriter and music director of color to those depicted in the television series Mad Men on http://www.amctv.com/:My “15 minutes” extendshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb03Cx1l4JM&list=UUupvZG-5ko_eiXAupbDfxWw Love,Roytinyurl…

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For her most recent commissioning project, composer and pianist Joann Cho invited a large group of composers to write a solo piano piece for her and asked them to write their piece “for children.”

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One year ago, practically to the day, I posted this picture of what it looks like to search the complete Haydn symphonies on Spotify and lamented “Please: we’ve had digital music for nearly two decades now. Can we start to get our act together on this?” I mean, that list of results is basically useless…

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Semperoper’s Ariadne auf Naxos:an Estimable Pleasure

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 Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos: Soloists, Staatskapelle Dresden, Omer Meir Wellber (conductor). Semperoper, Dresden, 15.4.2014 (MB) Cast Music-Master – Markus Butter Major-Domo – Friedrich-Wilhelm Junge Lackey – Peter Lobert Officer – Michael Auenmüller Composer – Barbara Senator Tenor/Bacchus – Burkhard Fritz Wigmaker – Matthias Henneberg Zerbinetta – Romy Petrick Prima Donna, Ariadne – Marjorie Owens Dancing […]

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Almanac: Paul Hindemith on creation and irrationality

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“The ultimate reason for his humility will be the musician’s conviction that beyond all the rational knowledge he has amassed…

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"Mache dich…"

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"Mache dich..."Pick an occasion – any occasion – in the history of music at which you’d have liked to be present… Today I’ll choose the Bach St Matthew Passion as conducted in 1829 by the 20-year-old Felix Mendelssohn. The performance was organised by the young composer and his actor friend Eduard Devrient and the work enjoyed probably its first outing since the death of Bach himself, some 80 years earlier…

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