What makes Messiah endure? + MORE Dec 21st


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Review: Gay Love in the Time of McCarthy + MORE

The opera “Fellow Travelers” offers an unusually timely perspective into the persecution of gays during the “lavender scare” of the McCarthy era..... More »
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Finally, words and music find true consort in opera-play mash-up + MORE

The Folger Consort and Folger Theatre mingle Shakespeare with Purcell in a successful alliance. .... More »
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Tales of the Unexpected: saying yes to today's composers + MORE

From requests for disused shops, paperbacks, toys, to an ocean bed, composers have kept BCMG on their toes. Outgoing artistic director Stephen Newbould reflects on the challenges and excitement at the cutting edge of contemporary music What do you do when a composer announces that the work you’ve .... More »

Latin American High Points in a Wayward Recital by Sergio Tiempo + MORE

 Brahms, Beethoven, Debussy, Prokofiev, Chopin, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Ginastera: Sergio Tiempo (piano), Queen Elizabeth Hall,  29.04.2014 (RB) Brahms – Intermezzo in B Minor Op 119, No. 1 Waltz in A Flat Op 39, No 15 Beethoven – Sonata No. 23 in F Minor Op 57 ‘Appassionata’ Debu.... More »
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Vocal Disasters Mar the ROF’s La donna del lago + MORE

ROF 3 – Rossini: La donna del lago:  Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Comunale of Bologna/Michele Mariotti (conductor). New production with Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège and dedicated to the memory of Gae Aulenti. Adriatic Arena, Pesaro, 11.8.2016. (JB) Cast: Giacomo V (James V of Scotland).... More »
National Children's Orchestras at the Royal Festival HallNCO Under 13 Orchestra at the Anvil in Spring 2013 photo Alex von KoettlitzThe National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain (NCO) celebrated its 35th birthday this year and the final event of their season was a concert at the Royal Festival Hall on 8 December 2013 by the Main Orchestra, conducted by Peter Stark, and the Under 13 Orchestra conducted by Roger Clarkson, Principal Director of Music…

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G.Fauré / J.S.Bach Requiem et al.
N.Short /
Tenebrae, LSO Chamber Ensemble
G.Nikolitch, G.Davidson, W.Gaunt

Heavenly Interspersed

If the performance and recording of the Fauré Requiem (in the slimmer second, 1893 version) on this disc weren’t one of the most powerful and satisfying, transparent and focused, all the clever programming around it would be for naught…

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Exclusive: The pianist they tried to put in jail returns to the concert platform tonightLaia Martin, a young pianist, found herself in the world’s headlines this year when a neighbour persuaded police to prosecute her for noise pollution, an offence that carries a maximum seven-year jail term. Laia, 28, was acquitted on all charges and retreated to her piano studio, away from the unwanted limelight…

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The Week Ahead | Classical Music: Levine and Mahler, Laredo and MozartDuring Christmas week, Carnegie Hall is surprisingly active, starting on Sunday afternoon at 3, when the Met Orchestra performs an all-Mahler program conducted by James Levine.    

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Dream team

– parterre.com

Dream team“Music lovers are in for a treat this Saturday when Kathleen Battle, one of the greatest soprano’s of her era, performs at the annual Christmas concert of the Chamber Players of Canada…. Also on the bill is Dr. Fraser Rubens, a cardiac surgeon at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute who is also a recognized tenor…

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Bach’s Christmas Joy from the Platinum Consort

– www.seenandheard-international.com

Bach: Platinum Consort, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Scott Inglis-Kidger (conductor). Kings Place, London 19.12, 2013 (GDn) Bach: Christmas Oratorio: Parts I, III, V, VI   In a season dominated by Messiahs, spare a thought for the Christmas Oratorio. Were it not for Handel’s perennial singalong, Bach’s masterpiece would have far higher visibility on […]

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Londonderry UK City of Culture year draws to a close with a crowd-pulling symphony.

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For the Fourth Sunday in Advent

– www.boulezian.blogspot.com

Wagner has received his fair share of attention this year, but even he, even Mozart, even Beethoven, must ultimately take second place to the greatest composer of all. This evening, I shall be hearing the B minor Mass from the Aurora Orchestra and the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, at Kings Place…

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The naked cellist is born again… on Facebook

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

The naked cellist is born again… on FacebookCharlotte Moorman was a cellist who made her name by taking off her clothes in the interest of avant-garde music. She was most closely associated with John Cage and with the Korean composer Nam June Paik. In one work, she invited the audience to cut her clothes off, snip by snip.   Eager to be […]

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Mitsuko Uchida and Colleagues: Chamber Music at its Finest

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Berg, Schubert, Messiaen: Mitsuko Uchida (piano); Musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra: Daishin Kashimoto (violin); Ludwig Quandt (cello); Wenzel Fuchs (clarinet). Wigmore Hall,  London, 17.12.2013 (CC) Berg – Adagio from the Chamber Concerto, arr. piano, violin, clarinet Schubert – Notturno, D897 Messiaen – Quatuor pour le fin du temps This challenging and rewarding programme, so […]

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Indeed a great chance to be a canard“Verdi revered Shakespeare and would turn over in his grave.” [The Opera Critic]

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What makes Messiah endure?

– www.theglobeandmail.com

Three versions of Handel’s oratorio range from traditional to experimental – all manage to shake off the death rattle of convention

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Day 21 — Die Frauen sind oft fromm und still

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Day 21 — Die Frauen sind oft fromm und stillThis is the final song from Strauss’s 1887–88 Schlichte Wiesen, comprising five settings of Felix Ludwig Julius Dahn’s poetry. While Dahn’s text here may seem a little Gemütlich for modern tastes, Strauss sets it with great sincerity, beautifully contrasting the woman’s calm sagesse with the gruffer attitudes of the man…

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