Strauss Choir and Elgar Symphony Petrenko Prom 19 + MORE

 

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Composer says religion is music’s most radical force + MORE

The Scottish composer James MacMillan has released the text of a speech he is giving next week, recasting organised religion as a radical element in art rather than, as widely seen, a conservative one. He says: ‘From Elgar to Messiaen, from Stravinsky to Schnittke, from Schoenberg to Jonathan .... More »
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Ladies and Gentlemen, Place Your Bets! + MORE

Who will be the next General Director of San Francisco Opera?Why, we are going to find out next week. The announcement is coming on Tuesday, September 22.My personal desires are limited:David Gockley's business skillsPamela Rosenberg's programming interestsIt's 2015; can't we graft their brains toge.... More »
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Kerll, Fux: Requiems CD review – Vox Luminis excel in Viennese double bill + MORE

Vox Luminis/Meunier (Ricercar)The excellent vocal ensemble Vox Luminis goes from strength to strength with its deftly inflected, pure, rather un-English singing. This pair of requiems lies distantly behind Mozart’s unfinished classic, since both composers held posts at St Stephen’s, Vienna. Joha.... More »
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Together again for the first time + MORE

In honor of the Amazing Grace’s 80th birthday, a repeat performance from Unnatural Acts of Opera of her duo concert with Shirley Verrett at Carnegie Hall from January 31, 1982. .... More »
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New Bayreuth Wagner museum confronts family Nazi ties head on + MORE

BAYREUTH, Germany (Reuters) - A renovated Richard Wagner Museum opening in Bayreuth this weekend to coincide with the Bavarian city's annual Wagner opera festival puts the composer's anti-Semitism and his family's later ties to Adolf Hitler center stage for the first time. .... More »
Slint, Prom 37, Green Man: this weeks new live musicSlint | Prom 37: Steve Reich | Green Man | Jabberwocky | Frank Fairfield | Huw Warren Continue reading…

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Tete a Tete Opera Festival 2014

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Tete a Tete Opera Festival 2014New year, new shoes as the unwritten novel has it. The Tete a Tete Opera Festival of 2014 has moved across town to King’s Cross to the theatres in one end of the new Central Saint Martin’s building and then on to King’s Place, just the other side of the road. King’s Place is a known quantity now, an asymmetric, stratified atrium that’s well-suited for the informal communality spilling out after the set-piece shows…

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Just 28 years old, Mohammed Fairouz is an acclaimed and widely-performed composer. Having been raised as a world traveller, Fairouz – in the words of his official biography – "integrates Middle-Eastern modes into Western structures, to deeply expressive effect."

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He’s the voice

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HE’S a superstar of opera. What makes Jonas Kaufmann so special?

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August 9 is the 100th birthday of the conductor Ferenc Fricsay (1914-63). Along with many recordings, he left behind a fascinating documentary for German TV, showing how conductor and orchestra work together in rehearsal. For about 40 minutes, we see…

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The Apollo Chamber Players, impress Howard Smith. ‘… this scantily adorned traditional music derives straight from the heartbeat of regions in Southern, Eastern, and Central Europe.’

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National Youth Orchestra/Gardner  18-year-old Roberto Ruisi makes his borrowed Stradivarius singSage GatesheadGardner developed an instant rapport, igniting individual sections throughout the mysterious nocturne like firefliesWhat is the difference between the National Youth Orchestra and a full-time professional ensemble? Very little, other than that the pros are likely to possess more expensive instruments…

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Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe, famed for infusing his classical pieces with indigenous music, dies at the age of 85.

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Classical MPR’s Jodi Gustafson spotted this video of a talent-show performance by a group of fifth-graders. The music and the performance will make you smile.

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Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe died in August 2014, aged eighty-five

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Erin Morley (Nightingale), Anthony Michaels-Moore (Emperor of China),
and cast in Le Rossignol, Santa Fe Opera (photo by Ken Howard)
Charles T. Downey, Stravinsky and Mozart make colorful music together in Santa Fe Opera double bill
The Classical Review, August 8
Santa Fe Opera had a special connection to Igor Stravinsky in the last fifteen years of his life…

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Strauss Choir and Elgar Symphony Petrenko Prom 19

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Strauss Choir and Elgar Symphony Petrenko Prom 19A Strauss choral work and an Elgar symphony – Vassily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra shook things up with devastating impact at Prom 19.  Strauss’s Festival Prelude was written for a grand occasion – the opening of a new concert hall in Vienna in 1913. It’s a massive, no-holds-barred piece glorying in drama and excess, ideal for grand surroundings like the Royal Albert Hall  Strauss packs intense power concentrated in a relatively short piece…

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Stravinsky Oedipus Rex Oramo Prom 28

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At BBC Prom 28 2014, Sakari Oramo conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra. No surprises there: he’s their popular Chief Conductor, well respected for his years in Birmingham with the CBSO.  The BBCSO are the best of the BBC’s stable of orchestras, and with Oramo they have a fine conductor, They’re so reliable that anything they do will be worthwhile…

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