Massive Mid-Century Masterpieces Link Two Modern Composers: John Cage & Olivier Messiaen Shared Their Piano Cycles in Paris + MORE
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Joshua Hopkins and Lisette Oropesa in The Marriage of Figaro, Washington National Opera (photo by Scott Suchman)
Many thanks to Robert R. Reilly for this review from the Kennedy Center.
On Saturday night, September 24, 2016, the Washington National Opera’s performance of Mozart’s The Marriage.... More »
Prom 65 – Bartók, Boulez, and Carter: Jeanne-Marie Conquer (violin), Andrew Gerzso (IRCAM computer music design), Carlo Laurenzi (IRCAM computer music production), Jérémie Henrot (IRCAM sound engineer), BBC Singers, Ensemble Intercontemporain/Baldur Brönnimann (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, L.... More »
If you haven't got a ticket yet for the West Edge Opera production of Alban Berg's Expressionist masterpiece Lulu, well, I hope you order one right now. For one thing, it is nearly sold out.For another, it is sensational. WEO was kind enough to invite me to last week's piano dress rehearsal, and wha.... More »
Duch/Tilbury/Davies (+3DB)In October 1981, the composer/Maoist activist Cornelius Cardew was evicted from the House of Commons gallery for shouting, during a speech by Enoch Powell, “this house stinks of racism”. He was killed in a hit-and-run two months later; who knows what mischief he would b.... More »
The full schedule for June 21 is announced. Some highlights: Henry Brant's Mass in Gregorian Chant for Multiple Flutes, John Cage's 49 Waltzes (hopefully incorporating all 147 NYC addresses), three smartphone-interactive pieces, the traditional Cornelia Street In C, Salvatore Sciarrino’s.... More »
Composer of 27 symphonies, Myaskovsky’s tenth is – in his own words – ‘as massive as if it were made of iron’. Tom Service gets his welding tools out• All articles in this seriesSomething a little different this week. Get your ears around the ferocious and concise drama of Nikolai Myaskovsky’s Tenth Symphony, a truly remarkable document of early 20th century symphonic history in terms of its sounds, structure, energy, musical language, formal compression, and even in terms of the performers for whom it was written…
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The CD you’ve been waiting for is out at last – the official release date in the UK was yesterday – and sure enough, it’s a humdinger.Winterreise is a piece that has scared us, devastated us and left us musing on Schubert’s state of mind: why was he drawn to create art that evokes emotions so far beyond despair? I was in a seminar group for it during my student days and we analysed it every which way, but there is always a kernel within it that eludes such treatment…
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English Touring Opera’s chamber version of Tippett’s work is surprisingly effective – but this lofty Homeric tale remains hard to love
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Puccini’s ‘Madama Butterfly,’ about the faithful Japanese teen who waits for her unfaithful American husband to return to Nagasaki, is irresistibly sad. In San Jose, it charms and shocks all over again.
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Charles T. Downey, Smithsonian Chamber Music Society concert engages on multiple levels
Washington Post, February 18, 2014
Bach, Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord, V. Mullova, O. Dantone (Onyx, 2007)Listening to music can occur on many levels, from the purely aural to the emotional and intellectual…
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Dedicated Proponents, Pianists Adam Tendler & Christopher Taylor Will Reveal the Intricacies of These Linked Works in a Pair of Linked Concerts at Jacaranda Music’s February 22nd Mid-Century Modern Program
Jacaranda’s 10th anniversary season continues on Saturday, February 22, 2014 with a dinner break — a break that separates the performances of two 20-movement mid-twentieth-century masterworks by John Cage and Olivier Messiaen…
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The composer’s studio has been saved for posterity, but the house itself? We have an exclusive on-site report from Gaffney Feskoe: I thought that I would provide your readers with an update on what is happening to the Charles Ives house in West Redding, CT. As I live about 20 miles from West Redding, […]
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The conductor Daniel Barenboim (who is also Jewish) is famous for saying that it is important that Wagner be played in Israel to deny the Nazis their “one last victory”.Today, it occurred to me that many people are driven by purely emotive arguments to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive by dutifully hating Wagner for allegedly inciting genocide or even of single-handedly causing the Holocaust…
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The formidably gifted composer-vocalist, whose website is here, just performed Fausto Romitelli's An Index of Metals at On the Boards in Seattle, with the Seattle Chamber Players. Above is Zubel's own work Not I, based on the Beckett monologue. More on contemporary Polish music in The New Yorker next week.
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The Boston Symphony Chamber Players are celebrating their 50th anniversary with five premieres, nearly doubling the group’s commissioned repertoire all at once. The four new pieces on the February 9 concert were deliberately local.
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One adjective you can never apply to Plácido Domingo is lazy.
In 2015 he's taking on a double bill at the Teatro Real in Madrid, conducting one opera and singing another. On the same night. Plácido Domingo is 73 (give or take), let's not forget.
Luckily for Domingo Goyescas, the only opera by Enrique Granados, is unfamiliar enough for the baritenor's conducting skills to escape comparison with the likes of Carlos Kleiber…
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