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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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Staatsoper Hamburg: Otello + MORE

17 January 2017It’s not been a great couple of weeks for Calixto Bieito after the Met in New York pulled the plug on his Forza del Destino. His Otellohas, however, made its transfer the stage of the Staatsoper in Hamburg in one piece, having been unveiled in in Basel in late 2014. I’m afraid thi.... More »
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Fatoumata Diawara and Roberto Fonseca, Barbican, London — review + MORE

A showcase for the talents of the Malian singer and the Cuban pianist.... More »
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My Bach Pilgrimage – 1714 (Part Three) – Three Part Invention + MORE

After all this time we remain, I am afraid, both 1714 and in Weimar but with three cantatas that underline Bach’s enduring inventiveness. And we start with a joyous cantata, that in many ways presages his later – and some would say – grander works. Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget, ihr Saiten.... More »
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Ensemble. Sacred and Profane + MORE

Symphonies, cantatas and concertos by J S Bach, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi.... More »

Love in the Time of Cholera

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Christine Goerke and cast, Florencia en el Amazonas, Washington National Opera (photo by Scott Suchman)
An opera company’s choice of a season opener may make a statement, but it may not mean what one thinks it means. Washington National Opera, now firmly under the artistic aegis of Francesca Zambello, chose to open its season with Florencia en el Amazonas, premiered in 1996 by Mexican composer

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Femmes fatales

– parterre.com

Femmes fatalesIt’s official! You’ve cast your votes for the operas you most look forward to hearing at the Met this fall, and if the opera has “Macbeth” in the title, you’re there. Most popular among the cher public were Macbeth, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, The Death of Klinghoffer, Die Meistersinger and Le nozze di Figaro…

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Day one

– auv.blogspot.com

Although I’ve been snarky about the latest news, the announcement last month that the labor talks threatening to derail the season had successfully concluded pleased me rather more than I’d expected.It should not, perhaps, be news that an institution is determined to function, that it’s set on carrying out its mission despite the human failings of its management, employees, performers, audience, supporters, and critics – Ich selber exkludier’ mir net! – but given the endless parade of counterexamples that now greets the eye – not least in the opera-free zone across the plaza – it apparently now is…

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Ghoulish whispering and tantrum-like outbursts at times threatened to undermine the ambiguity of the Soviet composer’s music

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Prokofiev needs your help

– jessicamusic.blogspot.com

Gabriel Prokofiev – grandson of Sergei and a terrific composer and groundbreaking figure in his own right – asks for our input in a new book project about the alternative classical scene. Please jump in!’We Break Strings’Is a book of photos, interviews & essays charting the rise of the alternative classical music scene in London…

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Anti-Met demonstration seriously underachieves

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Anti-Met demonstration seriously underachievesProtestors wearing yellow stars and carrying anti-Gelb placards failed to fill the plaza outside the Metropolitan Opera yesterday as blck-tie patrons arrived for a season-opening gala.

 
 
Despite busing in classes of schoolchildren from the outer boroughs, the number of demonstrators was estimated by our observers at barely one thousand…

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Background of “La Paloma y el Ruiseñor”In early 2003 our dear friends Tom Brooks and his painter wife, Jessica Rice, invited us to visit Mazatlán. Unbeknownst to me, they had arranged a meeting with a gentleman who was the head of the Teatro Angela Peralta. He took me on a tour of the theatre and told me of its amazing history. Before leaving, he gave me a book about the history of the theater, but more so about the future heroine of our future opera, Angela Peralta…

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Most of the recordings of music by Frederic Curzon (1899-1973) listed in the Arkiv CD Catalogue are released on the Guild Light Music Series. The major exception to this is the fine retrospective of the composer’s music issued on 1991 on Marco Polo 8.223425. There are one or two other pieces scattered on the EMI and the Hyperion labels…

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More on Klinghoffer

– irontongue.blogspot.com

Over at New York Magazine, Justin Davidson has a lengthy analysis of the libretto and music of John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer, which opens next month at the Met. I’d call it a must-read; he clears away a fair amount of the accumulated past discussion of the opera, and clarifies what is actually going on…

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Interview: Rafael Payare

– blog.lso.co.uk

We catch up with Venezuelan hot-shot Rafael Payare, recently appointed Chief Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra, who tells us why everyone ought to come to his LSO debut concert on Thursday 9 October…
Imagine I don’t know a lot about classical music. How would you describe what a conductor does?
Well, first let’s say that of course the conductor is not the one that produces the sound, because actually only the musicians in the orchestra are producing any sound…

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CD Spotlight. Let It Be

– www.mvdaily.com

The Beatles for string quartet, heard by Howard Smith. ‘The four Wihan players … give this disc their best shot.’

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Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6

– www.classical-music.com

Philippe Jordan conducts the Wiener Symphoniker

Tchaikovsky described putting his entire soul into his Sixth and final symphony, the ‘Pathétique’…

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Is introducing children to opera smug parenting or a valuable cultural eye-opener?“Is introducing children to opera smug parenting or a valuable cultural eye-opener?” asks Chris Shipman of the Royal Opera House, ahead of a new opera for two to six-year-olds, entitled Dot, Squiggle, and Rest. The toddler-friendly opera will feature puppetry, dance and animation and has been intended as an introduction to the art form…

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