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  • Haydn’s Music- Bathed in Fire and Blood

    Kenneth Woods- conductor
    Kenneth Woods
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    (Disclaimer- I’ve broken my no-swearing rule in this post. Apologies for any offense. I think Haydn’s music merits a bit of good profanity) Long-time Vftp readers will know that I’m quite the Haydn aficionado. Last Saturday, I broke a long, heart-wrenching dry spell since my last performance of a Haydn symphony with a very satisfying rip through the Master’s Symphony No. 44 in E minor, “Trauer (“”Mourning”). A satisfying performance? Maybe that’s not quite the right description. I dare say I was satisfied, nay, even pleased with how the orchestra played it and how…
  • 19 Jazzy Christmas Piano Solos

    Grace Miles
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    This year, I’m feeling the big-band! I can’t wait to unveil what I’ve been working on. In the mean time, I’ve collected 19 jazz-inspired Christmas piano solos. I wish I had time to play all these. Sheet music is linked below (ranging from late intermediate to advanced). Enjoy! The first pieces are loud and boisterous… […]
  • Nightafternight playlist for St. Cecilia's Day

    Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
    Alex Ross
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Recent releases of interest. Ted Hearne, The Law of Mosaics, Andrew Norman, The Companion Guide to Rome; A Far Cry (Crier Records)     [Q2 stream here] Lully, Amadis; Cyril Auvity, Judith van Wanroij, Christophe Rousset leading Les Talens Lyriques (Aparté) Fantasticus: works of Weckmann, Bertali, Buxtehude, Krell, Schmeltzer, Vierdanck, Oswald; Quicksilver (Acis)     [A Weckmann sample here] Anna Þorvaldsdóttir, Aerial; various ensembles, including CAPUT, Iceland Symphony, Nordic Affect (DG) Mahler, Symphony No. 9; Jascha Horenstein conducting the Vienna Symphony (Pristine) Jacques…
  • A new dad's soundtrack: Edvard Grieg, Lou Reed, burps and giggles

    Classical Music Features from Minnesota Public Radio
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    When you become a parent, your soundtrack changes. The literal, everyday soundtrack changes, filled with more wailing, burping, giggling, babbling and farting than you ever thought possible. It changes the way you go about your work. More than that, though, your relationship with music as an adult shifts in the grand reorganization that is your life.

  • Why Does Music Sound Like Music? Part I: Overtones and the Cycle of Fifths

    Classical Commentary: Barry Lenson's Classical Music Blog
    Barry Lenson
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    Have you ever wondered why western music sounds the way it does?It was a question that was on my mind in my early days as a conservatory student. And I will never forget a class that took place one day, when my theory instructor sat at a piano to demonstrate how overtones work.  It was my first step toward understanding the cycle of fifths, key signatures, tonality, atonality, the different timbres of different musical instruments, and so much more.Since I founded this blog, I have been itching to write a series of blogs that would explain these concepts. However, I faced the problem of…
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  • 'Only The Truth' Gets At Reality Through Legend

    Jasmine Garsd
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:54 pm
    An opera nominated for a Latin Grammy explores Mexico's current political climate. It's based on a fictional bandida who continues to inspire fear and admiration along the border.» E-Mail This
  • Musicians' Brains Really Do Work Differently — In A Good Way

    Anastasia Tsioulcas
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    Watch a great little TED-Ed video that lays out the scientific evidence.» E-Mail This
  • A Flurry Of Premieres For American Orchestras

    Mark Mobley
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:03 am
    How about some good — even great — news from American orchestras? Today and tomorrow, four of the country's biggest ensembles are playing world premieres by prominent composers.» E-Mail This
  • Joyful Opera Performed In Nazi Concentration Camp Revived In Chicago

    Cheryl Corley
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:24 pm
    While the Nazis may have used the children's opera Brundibár as a propaganda tool, it also was a symbol of hope for the children who performed it. It is now a way to remember profound loss.» E-Mail This
  • Meredith Monk On Q2's 'Spaces'

    Kim Nowacki
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:04 pm
    The composer and singer describes her own sound as "folk music from another planet." Q2 visits the Tribeca loft that's been home to Monk's white-hot creative energies for more than 40 years.» E-Mail This
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    Slipped Disc

  • Fresh strife in Minnesota as opera chief quits

    norman lebrecht
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
    Kevin Ramach, 54, has resigned as president and general director of Minnesota, less than three years into the job. His predecessor, Allan Naplan, lasted no more than a year. Nina Archabal of the historical society has taken over as interim. Not looking good.
  • Opera houses in search of cheap singers

    norman lebrecht
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    The above headline in Le Monde is causing lots of waves. The article is a song of praise for directors and casting chiefs at Nancy and Bordeaux, who have kept their audiences happy by spotting big voices when they were young and cheap. Bordeaux tapped Nina Stemme long before she caught the eye of Bayreuth. The top fee at Bordeaux is 10,000 Euros, but it is paid only once or twice per season. For the rest, these opera houses are on the hunt. There’s not much content in the article, but the headline nails a prevalent phenomenon. The tenor Reinaldo Macias has responded online:  …
  • Second musician is jailed for child sex at UK music centre

    norman lebrecht
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am
    Wesley Hawryliw, 32, an orchestral musician from Leicester, has been jailed for eight years for offences against girls aged 11 to 15. Earlier this year, Christopher Dunn, a former teacher at the same Soar Valley Music Centre, given eight years for offences against girls of 15.  
  • Bayreuth bass has died, aged 66

    norman lebrecht
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:39 am
    Manfred Klein, a prize winner at the 1976 centennial Richard Wagner competition, has died at 66. Born in Bayreuth, he sang various roles there. Much of his career was spent at Wiesbaden, but he was heard on several international stages, including Amsterdam, Vienna and Prague.  
  • The weekend read: The slow death of a sacked NY arts director

    norman lebrecht
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    The sad tale of Sol Adler is told in New York magazine. Click here.  
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  • If You Aren’t Filtering Out Your Visits In Google Analytics, You’ll Regret It

    Drew McManus
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    One of the most fundamental enhancements you should make to your organization’s Google Analytics (GA) account is to create a filtered view that excludes all traffic from employees regularly accessing the site from work and/or personal computers. Doing so will provide a far more accurate picture for how your users flow through your site thereby allowing you to make necessary adjustments. Regardless of your GA skill level, this is super easy to setup and will take you less than 5 minutes. Step 1: Find Your IP Address Google the phrase “what is my IP address” and you’ll…
  • A Sad Day: James Erb Has Died

    Drew McManus
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    James (Jim) Erb, founder of the Richmond Symphony Chorus and well known for choral arrangements, passed away on 11/11/14 at the age of 88. I consider myself fortunate to have crossed his path and enjoy some one on one time with him over the course of a several years when my wife, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera concertmaster Holly Mulcahy, was a member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. A photo of Jim c.1962 from The Richmond Collegian in an article announcing his year sabbatical to study at Harvard as a Danforth grant recipient. There have been numerous tributes to Jim, many of which are…
  • How To Succeed In Bringing Your Kids To A Concert Without Really Trying

    Drew McManus
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    In the wake of the whole Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) kerfuffle over asking a mother and young daughter to move seats in the middle of a performance, Neo Classical author, and Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Concertmaster, Holly Mulcahy published an article with some genuinely spectacular, and simple, steps parents can do to not only prepare their young ones for an enjoyable early concert experience but make the entire process one that develops an enduring bond. Here’s an overview: Part 1: Groundwork Preparation Spoiler alert: it involves cookies! Part 2: Pre-Concert Preparation Spoiler…
  • Looking For A Job In Chicago?

    Drew McManus
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you’ve ever had a desire to work in the heart of downtown Chicago, there are now three openings at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance (I can see their front entrance right from my living room) that were recently posted at Adaptistration Jobs: Vice President Of Marketing, Annual Giving And Special Events Manager, and Digital Communications And Design Coordinator. There are also some recently posted listings CEO of Swallow Hill Music (Denver), Artistic Administrator at the Sphinx Organization (Detroit), and Artistic Ops Director at the Florida Orchestra (St. Petersburg). If you go…
  • Orchestra 990 Database Project Update

    Drew McManus
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    A number of readers have been rattling my cage asking about when the Orchestra 990 Project Kickstarter Mk II project is getting underway. For those not already in the know, the Orchestra 990 Database Project planned to convert a decade of professional orchestra IRS Forms 990 returns into a keyword searchable database with filtered results. A Kickstarter campaign took place in the spring of 2014 but ultimately fell short of the funding goal. At that time, the plan was to launch the Kickstarter again in the fall but the frustrating side of a bang up year for arts consulting and Venture Platform…
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  • miranda cuckson - melting the darkness

    Steve Hicken
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    She knows them all; trust me.My review of Miranda Cuckson's exciting and challenging new disc, Melting the Darkness, is up at Burning Ambulance.
  • gerald cohen

    Steve Hicken
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Review of clarinet music by Gerald Cohen at Sequenza21.
  • worth reading, to say the least

    Steve Hicken
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:50 pm
    This is the first of what will likely be a very occasional series, pointing you to some stuff I thought was, well, worth reading.Alex Ross on pop culture and power. Key sentence: "Between them, Adorno and Benjamin were pioneers in thinking critically about pop culture—in taking that culture seriously as an object of scrutiny, whether in tones of delight, dismay, or passionate ambivalence."A conversation with Richard Powers. Key sentence: "You can listen to music for millions of different reasons, and if you consider the fundamental components of music—melody, harmony, rhythm, texture,…
  • happy birthday!

    Steve Hicken
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Some music for the day:Bonus track:
  • music for one musician

    Steve Hicken
    19 May 2014 | 4:04 pm
    The redesigned Burning Ambulance launches today. One of the new offerings is my review of Rough Fields' recording of Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians.
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  • Classical Music Has Open Data Sets?

    Kevin Clark
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    In open data sets, Suby Raman found a lot of really interesting stories to tell about the performing arts. Because he's a composer, he knew what to look for in the data and what would matter to people. Because he's a programmer, he knew how to handle the big data set itself.
  • The Art of Doubting Myself

    Nick Norton
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:38 am
    If I write music that both satisfies and excites me, and is music that I want to hear, and I’m being honest about all of that, then I’m good. Anything beyond that is a lucky perk, and anything less than that can be worked on until it’s up to snuff in my musical worldview.
  • Susan Alcorn: Fearless Slides

    Molly Sheridan
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:46 am
    Composer, improviser, and pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn came up playing country and western music, but her ear eventually led her down a decidedly more singular experimental path. "You've got be naked in your mind to be able to play and express yourself—you have to be naked and fearless and that's not easy, especially the older you get."
  • Incarceration and Musical Inspiration Part Three: A Live Concert in Prison

    Julia Adolphe
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    We tried to describe what different instruments looked like and we realized that what we needed was a live concert. There was great concern among the prison administration that the violin was a dangerous instrument. The strings could be turned into a weapon. Emails and phone calls went back and forth for months.
  • Listen To Music, Dammit!

    Nick Norton
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    Listening to and trying to understand as much music as possible, even music that you don’t enjoy, is an incredibly important part of becoming a better and better musician. Knowing, experiencing, and learning from more than I knew, experienced, and learned from yesterday is a worthwhile goal.
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    Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise

  • Nightafternight playlist for St. Cecilia's Day

    Alex Ross
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Recent releases of interest. Ted Hearne, The Law of Mosaics, Andrew Norman, The Companion Guide to Rome; A Far Cry (Crier Records)     [Q2 stream here] Lully, Amadis; Cyril Auvity, Judith van Wanroij, Christophe Rousset leading Les Talens Lyriques (Aparté) Fantasticus: works of Weckmann, Bertali, Buxtehude, Krell, Schmeltzer, Vierdanck, Oswald; Quicksilver (Acis)     [A Weckmann sample here] Anna Þorvaldsdóttir, Aerial; various ensembles, including CAPUT, Iceland Symphony, Nordic Affect (DG) Mahler, Symphony No. 9; Jascha Horenstein conducting the Vienna Symphony (Pristine) Jacques…
  • Note about Meredith Monk

    Alex Ross
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    Downtown Shaman. The New Yorker, Nov. 24, 2014.
  • Picketing Verdi

    Alex Ross
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Virgil Thomson on the 1952 protests against Don Carlo at the Met: Just for pleasure, and also to impress a visitor from Europe, your announcer dropped in last Monday night at the Metropolitan Opera for a performance of Verdi’s Don Carlo ... It was something of a surprise to learn that the performance was being picketed. Investigation revealed the following facts. The Archdiocesan Union of the Holy Name Society of New York, the American Society for the Preservation of Sacred, Patriotic, and Operatic Music, and the Children’s Drama Guild have all made protests to the Metropolitan…
  • Miscellany

    Alex Ross
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Strange days at Lincoln Center: according to Robin Pogrebin's Times report, the complex "is essentially paying the [Fisher] family $15 million for permission to drop the name" of Avery Fisher from the main concert hall, so that another donor can offer his, her, or its name to the forthcoming renovation.... On Saturday in Cambridge MA, Blue Heron presents a multimedia event celebrating Thomas Forrest Kelly's new book Capturing Music, a lucid and absorbing account of the emergence of musical notation.... On Friday at Spectrum in NYC, Cantata Profana plays a program of…
  • Judith Ring

    Alex Ross
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:27 pm
    The Irish composer has a new album on Ergodos. Above is a piece called GONE, with footage and sound recorded at an abandoned factory in Rüdersdorf, outside Berlin.
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    Classical Performance Podcast

  • From the Steinway Society Piano Competition: Katherine Liu

    WGBH Educational Foundation
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Steinway Society of Massachusetts Competition winner Katherine Liu plays Moszkowski and Tchaikovsky. *** Moritz Moszkowski: From 15 virtuoso etudes – No.6 Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: From 6 Pieces, Op. 19 - Nocturne Katherine Liu, piano +++ Recorded at WGBH’s Fraser Performance Studio © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation
  • From the Steinway Society Piano Competition: Victor Li

    WGBH Educational Foundation
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Victor Li, winner of Division 4 (9th and 10th graders) of the Steinway Society of Massachusetts Competition, plays Liszt. *** Liszt: Concert Paraphrase on Verdi’s Rigoletto Victor Li, piano +++ Recorded at WGBH’s Fraser Performance Studio © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation
  • The Parker Quartet Plays Dvorák

    WGBH Educational Foundation
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Parker String Quartet performs Dvorák in the Fraser Performance Studio *** Antonin Dvorák: String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 51 The Parker String Quartet: Daniel Chong, violin; Karen Kim, violin; Jessica Bodner, viola; Kee-Hyun Kim, cello +++ Recorded at WGBH’s Fraser Performance Studio on June 6, 2008 © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation (photo of the Parker Quartet by Jamie Jung)
  • Beethoven from H+H

    WGBH Educational Foundation
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Handel and Haydn Society Trio performs Beethoven in the Fraser Performance Studio *** Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio No. 5 in D, Op. 70, No. 1 Members of the Handel and Haydn Society: Susanna Ogata, violin; Guy Fishman, cello; Ian Watson, fortepiano +++ Recorded at WGBH’s Fraser Performance Studio on June 5, 2012 © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation
  • Markus Schirmer and A Far Cry

    WGBH Educational Foundation
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Markus Schirmer and A Far Cry play Mozart in the Fraser Performance Studio *** Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K.414 Markus Schirmer, piano; A Far Cry +++ Recorded at WGBH’s Fraser Performance Studio on May 20, 2009 © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation photo of Markus Schirmer by BIG SHOT/Christian Jungwirth, courtesy of the artist
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  • Soviet Affair

    17 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    With its bold musical vision and frank eroticism, Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk incurred the wrath of none other than Joseph Stalin himself. The composer's opera of adultery and murder returns to the Met with Eva-Maria Westbroek in the leading role.
  • St. Petersburg Ballet to Grace the Stage in New York this Autumn

    10 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    In autumn 2014, for the first time in its history, the Ballet Company of the Mikhailovsky Theater will be going on tour in the United States.
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  • Mindblown.

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    John Adams's The Gospel According to the Other Mary opened in its first-ever full staging at ENO last night. I was mesmerised and mind-blown. Here's  my review... is something extraordinary about seeing a composer taking a bow for a really fantastic new(ish) piece in front of a standing ovation. It doesn't happen very often, and when it does, it's a privilege to be there.Dear ENO, why,…
  • Robeson rides again

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:29 pm
    The glad news that Steve McQueen is making a film about Paul Robeson is inspiring a good look at who this legendary singer, actor and activist really was, and what he did, and what America did to him. I've written this, for the Independent - out today.This is a recording of him performing and talking to the Welsh miners - many thanks to Peter Tregear for sending it my way.And here he is singing Sarastro's aria - transposed down!
  • Exploring John Ogdon, tonight

    17 Nov 2014 | 1:21 am
    This evening at the Richmond-upon-Thames Literature Festival I'm interviewing John Ogdon's biographer, Charles Beauclerk, about his tour-de-force book Piano Man. You may remember we did a similar event a couple of months ago at the Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival - it went so well that we're reuniting. The event is TONIGHT at York House, Twickenham. Starts 7pm, lasts about an hour, and Charles will be doing a book signing afterwards.Here is a taster of Ogdon's utter genius. This is rare film of him playing part of Liszt's Dante Sonata. (The opening announcements, by the way, are…
  • Jonas Kaufmann, Lang Lang, Bambi and a beard

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    OMG...This was the performance by Jonas Kaufmann & Lang Lang at the BAMBI awards in Berlin yesterday. JK sings 'Dein ist mein ganzes Herz' with LL at the piano; first time they've worked together. The latter gives a very fast, but rather invigorating, Mozart Turkish Rondo first. Jonas is sporting a beard, over which the jury is currently out, but he's in astonishing voice. Happy Friday, everyone.
  • Some very special visitors...

    14 Nov 2014 | 1:43 am
    The BBC has given a prime TV slot - 8pm on Sunday evening, BBC4 - to a new documentary about an actual orchestra. This isn't any old orchestra, though: it is the Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra from Congo, or rather the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste. The film follows its formation, development and journey to London to perform at the Royal Festival Hall in spring 2014 and is narrated by its own players. Do tune in. And if you can't, you'll be able to find it on the iPlayer for 30 days afterwards, here.Here is a taster to brighten up your day on this very rainy Friday...(Apologies - this video…
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    Classical Music Features from Minnesota Public Radio

  • Leader of the Minnesota Opera resigns

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Kevin Ramach says he is stepping down to do creative work. Nina Archabal, most recently the director of the Minnesota Historical Society, will become interim director.
  • New documentary spotlights Sharon Isbin's life and work

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Produced by Susan Dangel, the new film 'Sharon Isbin: Troubadour' offers an unprecedented look into the life of the award-winning, Minneapolis-born classical guitarist. "I'm very open about my life in a way that I've never been before in public," Isbin says.
  • A new dad's soundtrack: Edvard Grieg, Lou Reed, burps and giggles

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    When you become a parent, your soundtrack changes. The literal, everyday soundtrack changes, filled with more wailing, burping, giggling, babbling and farting than you ever thought possible. It changes the way you go about your work. More than that, though, your relationship with music as an adult shifts in the grand reorganization that is your life.

  • Minnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - Marisa Lin

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    Pianist Marisa Lin of Rochester, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2014 Featured Artist. She recently updated Classical MPR's Christine Sweet with her latest news.
  • Moveable Feast: Turkey Feast

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss more sustainable, humane alternatives for purchasing a Thanksgiving turkey.
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  • Dip Your Ears, No. 182 (Late Abbado in Early Bruckner)

    22 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    A.Bruckner, Symphony No.1 (1891 “Vienna” version) C.Abbado / Lucerne FO Accentus Stepchild in Lovechild Treatment “Abbado uncovered the radical nature of [this Symphony]” wrote Die Welt after the 2012 Lucerne Festival performance. Unlikely—Abbado isn’t so much the man for musical insights and un-coverings, than simply top-notch execution. The surprise-effect isn’t what Abbado did with
  • For Your Consideration: 'Diplomacy'

    Charles T. Downey
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Volker Schlöndorff, known for his film adaptation of Günter Grass's novel The Tin Drum, has just made a film of Cyril Gély's play Diplomatie, with the playwright serving as screenwriter. The play, premiered in 2011, takes up the same events as the book and film Is Paris Burning?, on a fateful night in 1944 when the German governor of Nazi-occupied Paris decided whether to carry out his orders
  • NSO and Busoni

    Charles T. Downey
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:46 pm
    F. Busoni, Piano Concerto, G. Ohlsson, Cleveland Orchestra, C. von Dohnányi (Telarc, re-released in 2002) Ferruccio Busoni's piano concerto is an epic, crazy piece of music: over seventy minutes in length, in five movements, one of them involving a men's chorus chanting to Allah. Needless to say, one does not hear it live all that often, although there are a couple of pianists who will play it
  • Czech Philharmonic Marks Velvet Revolution

    Charles T. Downey
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    This review is an Ionarts exclusive. Smetana, Má vlast, Czech Philharmonic, K. Ančerl (Supraphon, re-released in 2009) At the end of a U.S. tour that began in California, with a performance marking the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Czech Philharmonic played a tribute on November 17 for the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the student-led uprising which began on that day in 1989 and
  • Classical Music Agenda (January 2015)

    Charles T. Downey
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:48 pm
    The year is rapidly drawing to a close, so it must be time to make your concert plans for January. Here are the ten performances we most want to hear. Mozart / Haydn, A. Tharaud, J. DiDonato, Les Violons du Roy, B. Labadie (Erato, 2014) TOP BILLING: Ionarts favorite Alexandre Tharaud comes to town every two years or so, most recently in 2012. For his recital at the Phillips Collection (January
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    Soho the Dog

  • Organic fruit

    11 Nov 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Reviewing the Cantata Singers and Ensemble.Boston Globe, November 11, 2014.
  • Reflecting telescope

    4 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
    Reviewing Richard Goode.Boston Globe, November 4, 2014.
  • Back issues

    3 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    I haven't updated this space for several months now, for a lot of reasons. I've been writing elsewhere. I've been trying to compose. I've been out of town. I've been....Eh, who am I kidding? This is why I haven't been updating:Which is not to say I haven't been working, though. So, in a bout of real-work avoidance, I've at least gone back and filled in a bunch of links from the interregnum—Boston Globe reviews, NewMusicBox articles, other appearances here and there. I've also compiled a master list of all the "Score" columns I've written for the Globe over the past couple years. (Links to…
  • XL Tall

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    Reviewing Dinosaur Annex.Boston Globe, October 27, 2014.
  • Reverb and chorus

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    Boston: A Fight for Love and Glory—Pipeline! at 25. Reviewing Crazy Alice, Quintaine Americana, Kudgel, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, and Bulkhead.NewMusicBox, October 16, 2014.
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    Opera Today

  • Nabucco in Novi Sad
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:41 pm
    After the horrors of Jagoš Marković’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro in Belgrade, I was apprehensive lest Nabucco in Serbia’s second city of Novi Sad on 22nd October would be transplanted from 6th century BC Babylon to post-Saddam Hussein Tikrit or some bombed-out kibbutz in Beersheba.
  • La Bohème in San Francisco
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:08 pm
    First Toronto, then Houston and now San Francisco, the third stop of a new production of Puccini's La bohème by Canadian born, British nurtured theater director John Caird.
  • Radvanovsky Sings Recital in Los Angeles
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Every once in a while Los Angeles Opera presents an important recital in the three thousand seat Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
  • L’elisir d’amore, Royal Opera
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:56 pm
    This third revival of Laurent Pelly’s production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore needed a bit of a pep up to get moving but once it had been given a shot of ‘medicinal’ tincture things spiced up nicely.
  • Samling Showcase, Wigmore Hall
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    Founded in 1996, Samling describes itself as a charity which ‘inspires musical excellence in young people’.
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    aworks :: "new" american classical music

  • Two Instruments for Cello and Horn (1958). Morton Feldman +1 #nuanced

    9 Nov 2014 | 7:27 pm
    the Strad on music played by Marco Simonacci: ...his superb control of sound comes into its own: in a finely nuanced Two Instruments for cello and horn, it’s sometimes hard to tell the players apart And Raymond Tuttle's observation: I admit that the combination of cello and horn in former work is interesting in and of itself. 
  • aworks listening log :: panorama of works

    8 Nov 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Alan Hovhaness - Fanfare For The New Atlantis. Stewart Robertson: Royal Scottish National Orchestra -  Hovhaness: Guitar Concerto #2, Symphony #63, Fanfare For The New Atlantis [Naxos]. For the second time in two years, I've failed to organize my listening by album. So it's back to by "work" (or really, by "recorded performance" as a proxy for work). La Monte Young - Sarabande for any instruments. Yvar Mikhashoff - Panorama Of American Piano Music [Mode]. I had to check that this was really a piece by La Monte Young. Sufjan Stevens - The Human Plague. yMusic - Balance…
  • The Human Plague (2014). Sufjan Stevens #trippy

    1 Nov 2014 | 3:24 pm
    yMusic's new recording, Balance Problems, includes this: Closing the album is a piece composed by Michigan native Sufjan Stevens. "The Human Plague" acts as a trippy reflection of the album's ambitious vision. I'm not sure the significance of the title but the work is a rhythmic, minimalist pleasure. PopMatters: A calming coda, Sufjan Stevens’ “The Human Plague” succeeds in finally putting all of the players’ instruments, heretofore restlessly bouncing off one another, in sync, via a gated effect across the entire track. 
  • aworks album log :: no. 11 #phases #places #idiom

    26 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    American classical: Stefan Grasse - Guitar Phases [Gallileo Music Communication] Excellent recording of music by Steve Reich and others. Sarah Cahill - Mamoru Fujieda: Patterns of Plants  [Pinna Records]Joshua Kosman: "winsome but also a little wan." Sounds to me like Terry Riley in slow motion. This is a gargantuan amount of minimalism. Lois Svard - Other Places [Lovely Music]Works by Elodie Lauten, Jerry Hunt, and Kyle Gann.  Various - Sean Hicky: Cursive, piano and chamber works [Delos] Beyond: Zammuto - Idiom Wind [Make Mine] Weirdly creative music from a member of The Books. This is…
  • aworks album log no. 10

    18 Oct 2014 | 6:02 pm
    American classical John Schneider - Por Gitaro: Suites for Tuned Guitars How come I only discovered this album of Lou Harrison guitar music fourteen six years after it was released? [Mode] Brooklyn Rider - The Brooklyn Rider Almanac [Mercury Classics] Meredith Monk - Key [Lovely Music] Cypress String Quartet - How She Danced: String Quartets of Elena Ruehr [Cypress String Quartet] Joan Jeanrenaud & PC Muñoz - Pop-PopFormer cellist of the Kronos Quaret paired with a multi-disciplinary artist. I list this under "American classical" but it doesn't particularly sound like "American…
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    Sounds & Fury

  • Another Outrage Avoided

    A.C. Douglas
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:37 am
    Apparently determined to mount for the Bayreuther Festspiele an outrageous catastrophe even more egregious than the outrageously catastrophic 2013 Castorf Ring, Katharina Wagner signed up...
  • Concocted?

    A.C. Douglas
    5 Nov 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Critiquing a Critic". What's here described just HAS to have been concocted by the blog's author so lunatic is it.
  • The Most Devastating, Sly, And Intellectually Satisfying Putdown

    A.C. Douglas
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    This 1996 New York Times piece by the awesome (literally) music scholar and critic Richard Taruskin (a piece included in his splendid 2009 collection The...
  • Sound Like A Circus Act, Does It? It's not. It's A Natural.

    A.C. Douglas
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    After reading James R. Oestreich's piece for The New York Times yesterday ("Her Hands Lead, Her Voice Follows"), we decided to take a closer look...
  • For The Record - Online Forum Thread Re, Bayreuther Festspiele

    A.C. Douglas
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:48 am
    As in the past, we post this summary of a discussion thread from the venerable opera forum (listserve) Opera-L simply for the purpose of making...
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  • Professional Indemnity Insurance Policy: Seven Reasons Not To Take Cover

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Insurance protection can be a tricky method. You cannot just get a policy and anticipate it to fulfil all of your needs. There is a much more than truthful chance that the policy you get will absence one thing that you will find vital in the lengthy operate. The opposite could also arise. The insurance coverage that you select could include protection or policy that you know with out a shadow of a question will never ever be of any use to you. As you seem at insurance coverage guidelines that are becoming presented by various businesses you will commence to realise that a good deal of them…
  • How To Trace A Identify From A Mobile Phone Quantity

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:20 pm
    By chatting to one particular’s one particular self, it genuinely signifies hunting deep within one particular’s possess character, and accepting people characteristics that are non issue creators, and confronting people attitudes that contradict or helps make one particular act in a peculiar fashion, or results in recurring mannerisms. For instance, one particular might have self acutely aware practice of smoothening one particular’s hair all the time; other individuals can be nail biting, tapping toes or swinging the torso restlessly. There are two parts of info…
  • Reverse Mobile Phone Seem Up – Finding Information On Unknown Numbers

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Online people lookups are really well-known and hassle-free. You can look for for someone from one particular spot, you continue to be anonymous while you look for and some of the solutions are cost-free. Study about some of the handle lookups you can have out from the post underneath. Not basically did he conclude our stairwell with drywall, he taped and plastered, as effectively as tiled our loos, and mounted some plumbing leaks we had. He also concluded up some trim operate, and he billed specifically the exact same hourly price no subject what the task..and it all turned out ideal! If you…
  • How To Impact Your Kid To Discover To Play A Musical Instrument

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Music is an integral part of childhood advancement. A simple Internet investigation yields countless numbers of files supporting the relevance of music in brain advancement. From the initial seems of a lullaby to the repetition of fundamental nursery rhymes, every single child will reply to the most straightforward types of music. Many research report the fundamental fundamentals of music providing the basis for learning math as properly as building self-esteem and self confidence. Young children love to make music, even if it signifies basically bashing a saucepan with a spoon. Mothers and…
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  • Beat the devil

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    On this day in 1831, Meyerbeer’s Robert le diable was first produced. Born on this day in 1913 baritone Jacques Jansen Also born on this day in 1913 composer Benjamin Britten Born on this day in 1921 bass Günter Reich Happy 84th birthday director Peter Hall Happy 73rd birthday tenor Jerome Pruett Happy 65th birthday mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Laurence…
  • Woman behind bars

    La Cieca
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    Following in the footsteps of Lead Belly, Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Odetta, The Kingston Trio, Pete Seeger, The Beatles, Burl Ives, Big Joe Turner, Bobby Darin, Johnny Rivers, Cisco Houston, Mungo Jerry, Van Morrison, Little Richard, Buckwheat Zydeco, Otis Rush, The Spencer Davis Group, Lonnie Donegan, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, The Kentucky Headhunters, Andy Griffith and Creedence Clearwater Revival, the increasingly protean Jessye Norman intones the classic American anthem “Midnight Special.”
  • Dog bites man, part infinity

    La Cieca
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    “The soup is hot; the soup is cold; Norman Lebrecht got it wrong again.” Though it’s hardly worth noting every time the blog Slippedisc publishes a gross error of fact, La Cieca would like to point out that, contrary to what Lebrecht spewed earlier today, the Met did not “leak” any financial statements to the New York Times. A spokesman for the Met has confirmed to La Cieca that “The Times got the same release [other journalists] did – no one got the financial statement.”
  • Snow business

    Poison Ivy
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    Every year I say I’m not going to another La Bohème because I’ve seen this too many times. And every year I end up going to multiple performances. I always find an excuse. “Oh there’s so-and-so singing and I haven’t heard him in anything but Madama Butterfly and that doesn’t even count because the tenor doesn’t sing at all after the first act …” But today after I won the lotto for yet another Bohème I wondered if I go simply because the opera (and production) is comfort food. At this point in my second career as an opera-queen-with-two-X-chromosomes, La Bohème…
  • Disc drive

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    On this day in 1877 Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph. Born on this day in 1694 writer and philosopher Francois-Marie Arouet (better known as Voltaire) Happy 72nd birthday mezzo-soprano Julia Hamari Happy 68th birthday soprano Anne-Marie Rodde
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    The Wagnerian

  • Bayreuth Kick Jonathan Meese Out Of The Festival - Making Sense?

    16 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Johnathan Meese clearing out his desk at Bayreuth?Jonathan Meese has been a controversial figure from the moment he signed a contract with the Wagner sisters to direct 2016's Parsifal. Even we had our reservations, given his unconventional thoughts on Wagner and his lack of experience with directing opera (or given that this is Parsifal, more correctly drama). Other commentators have cited what some have called his obsession with Nazi symbolism or indeed what we described as his pythonesque response during and following his selection as 2016's director.   However, it is none of these…
  • The Wagnerian's Reader Choice Awards - 2014

    16 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Update: Due to a technical error (well, to be honest we thought we had closed the voting but we had not) we are keeping the polls open till the last day in November. The virtual award ceremony will run week beginning the 21 December 2014.  Who is the greatest living conductor of Wagner?  Plus who has our editor selected for special editors awards? Find out soon. Time flies so  quickly it seems, for it is now 10 months since we first asked you to nominate entries, in  a number of categories, in the first "Wagnerian's Readers Choice Awards (henceforth "The Wagnerians"),…
  • Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - 10 Day Study Course

    16 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
     Opera in Depth with David Nice: Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Frontline Club12 January – 16 March 2015 14.30-16.30 In the second term of his new Opera in Depth course at the Frontline Club, a year of epics, David Nice devotes 10 two-hour classes to Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - a masterpiece that will never outstay its welcome. David, who has now explored all the major Wagner operas over 25 years of opera classes, last took students through Meistersinger five years at the time of Richard Jones’s revelatory new production for Welsh National Opera…
  • Does Listening To Wagner Mess With Your Mind?

    15 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
     The following, free, event at the Birmingham Hippodrome looks very interesting, We will be there. Details from the organizers below: Hearing Wagner in the Being Human Festival: Does Wagner mess with our minds?Saturday 22 November 10:30 - 17:00 Birmingham Hippodrome Patrick Centre Theatre The emotional impact of music is undeniable, and this is nowhere more obvious than in Romantic music such as the operas of Richard Wagner. But can the effects of music be measured? Is this even desirable? The Hearing Wagner event taking place at the Birmingham Hippodrome on Saturday 22 November aims to…
  • Wagner Related Thought Of The Day

    1 Nov 2014 | 1:24 am
    One sometimes feels that no one has the measure of Nietzsche like Will Durant:  "Nietzsche was the child of Darwin and the brother of Bismarck. It does not matter that he ridiculed the English evolutionists and the German nationalists: he was accustomed to denounce those who had most influenced him; it was his unconscious way of covering up his debts.William James Durant . The Story of Philosophy.
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    Kenneth Woods- conductor

  • Haydn’s Music- Bathed in Fire and Blood

    Kenneth Woods
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    (Disclaimer- I’ve broken my no-swearing rule in this post. Apologies for any offense. I think Haydn’s music merits a bit of good profanity) Long-time Vftp readers will know that I’m quite the Haydn aficionado. Last Saturday, I broke a long, heart-wrenching dry spell since my last performance of a Haydn symphony with a very satisfying rip through the Master’s Symphony No. 44 in E minor, “Trauer (“”Mourning”). A satisfying performance? Maybe that’s not quite the right description. I dare say I was satisfied, nay, even pleased with how the orchestra played it and how…
  • Music seeks parallel lines

    Kenneth Woods
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    Imagine I suggest we go to the museum together to look at some art. What do you first imagine we’ll be looking at. If you’re like most people, you’ll first assume that we’re going to look at paintings. And maybe a few sculptures? Paintings have been very much on my mind of late. The ESO just premiered an incredible new violin concerto by Deborah Pritchard based on the astonishing series of paintings, “Walls of Water” by Maggi Hambling. Not only was Deborah’s concerto written in response to Maggi’s images, those images were projected (on a grand scale) behind the orchestra…
  • A rationale for reporting as false as the theory being reported

    Kenneth Woods
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    The media have been ablaze this week with news of a new film espousing the completely discredited theory that Anna Magdalena Bach actually composed the Bach Cello Suites and a number of other important works by Bach. BS is the food, water and air of the mass media, so should we be surprised or disappointed that so many major newspapers and media outlets covered such a patently false theory in such detail? Everything in this headline and the following bullet points is either completely false or wildly misleading. Here’s a comparison that makes me just a little cross.The number of…
  • Explore the Score- Schnittke String Trio

    Kenneth Woods
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Ensemble Epomeo- Penderecki, Kurtág, Schnittke and Weinberg String Trio’s £12.00 Add to cart The new recording on Avie Records of Schnittke’s String Trio by Ensemble Epomeo is released on October 27th in the UK, November 10th in the USA, but available direct from the Downbeat Store via the link above. The disc also includes string trios by Penderecki, Kurtág and Weinberg Alfred Schnittke Alfred Schnittke’s String Trio, composed in 1985, was commissioned in celebration of Alban Berg’s centenary. Schnittke later arranged the work as a Piano Trio, and his friend, Gidon…
  • Feature article on KW in The Tablet- “Rock to Redneck Mahler” by Rick Jones

    Kenneth Woods
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
      There’s a nice feature piece in the October 18th issue of The Tablet by journalist and critic Rick Jones. Click here to subscribe. You can read his reviews of selected Bobby and Hans CD’s on his blog Robert Schumann Symphony no. 1- KW/OOTS and Yannick Nezet Seugin/COE “Two Springs” Hans Gál and Robert Schumann- First Symphonies £12.00 Add to cart Schumann Symphony no. 2 and Gál Symphony no. 4 Hans Gál- Symphony no.4 “Sinfonia Concertante,” Robert Schumann- Symphony no. 2 £12.00 Add to cart            …
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    Iron Tongue of Midnight

  • So You Think We Have Problems with Congress.

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:55 am
    I'm reading Christopher Clark's The Sleepwalkers:  How Europe Went to War in 1914, and hoo boy, am I ever learning a lot. First, the 65 pages on Serbian history in the decades before the war were riveting; now I have started the long chapter on the Austro-Hungarian Empire.The Empire had two Parliaments. The Budapest Parliament consisted almost entirely of ethnic, Magyar-speaking Hungarians, and the eastern part of the empire had a policy of ruthless suppression of other languages and linguistic minorities. In the western Parliament, which met in Vienna, well, things were…
  • Guess I was Wrong About That

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Here I am, on Monday, March 13, 2013: [Jorge Mario Bergolio] is from the same mold as Cardinal Rat, and yes, we will be going through this again in 10 years or so.Whoops! No, not really from the same mold as the Pope Emeritus at all, and I hope Pope Francis will live to a very ripe old age.
  • The Future is Now: Adler Fellows' Concert

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:08 pm
    The annual event, from the press release:Tickets for The Future is Now: Adler Fellows Gala Concert are priced from $30 to $65 and may be purchased at or by calling the San Francisco Opera Box Office at (415) 864-3330. $15 Student Rush tickets are available on the day of the performance with valid ID (subject to availability).The Scottish Rite Masonic Center is located at 2850 19th Avenue in San Francisco. For more public transportation information, visit and sfmuni.comFeaturing the 2014 Adler FellowsStephen Lord, ConductorSan…
  • Worth a Look

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Found on the Web:Zoe Madonna's Rubin Institute reviews. (She was the winner of the $10,000 prize.)Suby Raman graphs gender in US orchestras.Suby Raman's Ten Graphs to Explain the Metropolitan Opera.
  • Cough, Cough: Vargas Out Again

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    Ramon Vargas is still sick - hey, in Boheme, it's the soprano who has the lung problems - and will miss several more performances of the Met Boheme. He is expected to return to the stage on December 1.Bryan Hymel (Nov. 20) and Charles Castronovo (Nov. 24 and 28) will sing Rodolfo in his absence.
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    Musical Assumptions

  • Some Cookies

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:55 pm
    I haven't posted a recipe for a while, so in honor of the upcoming food holiday I'm sharing the recipe for the very best batch of oatmeal raisin cookies I have made to date. I futz around a little with the recipe each time I make them, and after a few months of making them at least once a week, I hit cookie perfection tonight. These cookies are not too sweet, not greasy in the least, very satisfying, and actually probably healthy to eat. [The photo makes them look a lot bigger than they actually are: the wooden board is only about 6 inches long.]People who have come here from Michael's blog…
  • Musical Intelligence and School Music Programs

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    In this article for the new (just up today) magazine Create, Sir Anthony Seldon writes about the value of music for children in state schools:Research shows that self-discipline is a better predictor of success in life than IQ tests – and it has further shown that good character and resilience can be taught at schools, with lifelong benefits. Work at the University of Birmingham Jubilee Centre for Character and Values shows that an undue emphasis on exam passes robs young people of the broad education that schools should be providing.The argument has been put succinctly by the…
  • Empowering Musical Thought for the Day

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    There's much that I cannot control in the world, but I know that when I am practicing I have the ability to control the beginning (including the when and how) of every single note I play, as long as I pay attention and take the time and care to do so.
  • Russian Music for Viola and Piano Concert November 16th

    13 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    It's not just Anton Rubinstein (1829-1894) who is "neither fish nor fowl." Everyone here has influences from outside of Russia's borders. Even Reinhold Glière (1875-1956) who was born in Kiev, died in Moscow, and spent his entire career in Russia, became immersed with the folk music traditions from Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. The four Preludes for piano (from Opus 30) are right at home (or perhaps would be better to say appropriately far from home) in this cosmopolitan program.Alexander Winkler (1865-1935) was born in Besançon, a city near the German border of France, studied law and piano…
  • Supreme State of Bow

    10 Nov 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Remember the Smothers Brothers and the "Supreme State of Yo?" This video below is set at the right place, just in case this state is new to you.I have experienced the trance-like state that sets in when I am in the Supreme State of Mow (while mowing the yard, something I actually enjoy, as long as I'm not mowing up hill). When I practice scales or Bach in the morning, I find myself immersed in the Supreme State of Bow.
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  • Williamsburg

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:39 pm
      Our visit to the College of William and Mary happened to coincide with fall’s most spectacular colors, set against the bucolic backdrop of Colonial Williamsburg.  It’s a place I’ve been wanting to visit for years, so it’s quite serendipitous that we came at such a beautiful time and that I had a couple hours to walk around the town. I snapped some scenic photos and included some of Lisa’s gorgeous pics of the fiery trees. Enjoy!The post Williamsburg appeared first on eighth blackbird.
  • Hello Kitty

    10 Nov 2014 | 7:46 am
    We spent the past two days performing in and absorbing the strange, wonderful new sounds of the Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival at University of Richmond. This is my fourth year experiencing the festival and this was the best yet. We contributed an entire concert of sextets and solos, entitled All the Pretty Birds (I know, people can never resist), and attended the other three concerts. The festival opened with Matthew McCabe’s 14 years, a lush quartet that Michael, Nick, Tim and I performed. Incidentally, it was Matt’s fourteenth year with the festival, though…
  • Grammy buzz for In the Ivory

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
      Our recent collaboration with jazz bassist extraordinaire Matt Ulery, In the Ivory, is being considered for a Grammy nod in a few categories, including the new category of Contemporary Instrumental Album! We just joined Matt and his band at Littlefield in Brooklyn during their whirlwind east coast tour a couple weeks ago. We are also planning a special premiere in Chicago this summer – more on that at a later date.  Please help get the word out about this gorgeous album – get it here or on iTunes, and vote if you can!The post Grammy buzz for In the Ivory appeared…
  • BAM!

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    the hipster's view of Manhattan Brooklyn Bridge ussie! LA Dance Project company bow #pitstylin' rehearsal the Brooklyn Bridge in all its splendor   We just came back from a wonderful week in Brooklyn, where we made our debut (albeit in the pit) at Brooklyn Academy of Music. It was an exciting week full of meetings and rehearsals and even the requisite celebrity sighting: Natalie Portman at opening night with her husband Benjamin Millepied, who is the founder of LA Dance Project.  We had rehearsal the night of our arrival, which was mostly to check tempi and work out how we’d get…
  • Pattycake en masse

    27 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Who doesn’t know how to play Pattycake?? It’s one of those things that all children seem to do in the schoolyard – elaborate hand clapping routines with a partner accompanied by rhyming chants or songs. I certainly knew a whole bunch of them and loved playing them with my sisters and friends. I don’t remember how I learned them; they just seemed to come naturally. Lisa, Matthew, Nick, and I are learning Sean Griffin’s Pattycake for this year’s acoustic program. It’s a boisterous and theatrically satisfying clapping piece that anyone can do. Well, anyone with good rhythm and…
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    On An Overgrown Path

  • Now we rise and we are everywhere

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    Blake's poems were a great influence for Nick's lyrics, and the music of J.S. Bach inspired some of his songs. Nick loved the music of Bach, I used to play the 'Badinerie' on flute for him, but he also loved Mozart (the Clarinet Concert was one of his favourites and also the Piano Sonatas KV 331 and 333) and other composers like Schubert, Mussorgsky, Ravel, Strawinsky and Grieg. Apart from classic music we listened to John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy, Miles Davis, The Band (The Big Pink) amongst many others.That eclectic mix of influences* is the crucible in which Nick Drake's music…
  • I am not at all concerned with appearing to be consistent

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    I am not at all concerned with appearing to be consistent. In my pursuit after Truth I have discarded many ideas and learnt many new things. Old as I am in age, I have no feeling that I have ceased to grow inwardly or that my growth will stop at the dissolution of the flesh. What I am concerned with is my readiness to obey the call of Truth, my God, from moment to moment, and therefore when anybody finds any inconsistency between any two writings of mine, if he has still faith in my sanity, he would do well to choose the later of the two on the same subject'Those words by Mahatma Gandhi…
  • When orchestras used the ash trays on their music stands

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    That photo shows the composer Doreen Carwithen at a recording of her music. The image is held by Cambridge University as part of the William Alwyn Archive; because as well as being a noted composer in her own right, Doreen Carwithen was the second wife of William Alwyn. The caption provides no further information about the - presumably BBC - session at which the photograph was taken, but the sign on the front of the podium asking the musicians to 'Please use ash trays on music stands' is clearly legible. There has been much pleading recently for a higher profile for women composers, so it is…
  • Is this the world's most expensive cymbal crash?

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:44 am
    Vociferous complaints of inadequate funding by the classical music establishment are all too often justified. But sometimes it is difficult for outsiders to accept that classical music exists in a state of perpetual penury. An example is the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester's six concert tour to America which has just ended. On Twitter a player with the German orchestra has reported that one of the percussionists on the tour made the 9000 mile round trip to the States and spent ten nights in hotels to play in just two of the concerts. The percussionist's sole contribution at these two concerts was…
  • Horizons untouched

    17 Nov 2014 | 1:51 am
    Sinfini Music - which is owned and controlled by Universal Music - is profiling and puffing the ECM label. Now ECM deserves to be profiled and puffed, but some background is missing from the Sinfini article. So here is my contribution to the ECM profile, taken from a post that first appeared On An Overgrown Path in April 2013. Such is the degree of control exerted by global music corporations that the most unlikely parties have chosen - or been forced - to form alliances with them. One notable example is the charismatic ECM label which very successful portrays itself as a fiercely independent…
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  • Scott Dunn: The art of collaboration

    Roger Bourland
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:35 pm
    I have been blessed in my recent collaboration with pianist, conductor Scott Dunn who will be conducting the world premiere of my opera, La Paloma y el Ruiseñor at the Teatro Angela Peralta in Mazatlán, Mexico on November 14 and 15, 2014. Having scored several feature films, I have learned the value of “cutting”——this happens on all levels of the film industry, but in music it means that just because a composer provides good music for a scene, if, in the mind of the director, the music is not helping or doesn’t capture the mood, he asks that the music be rewritten. All…
  • My two favorite patter songs

    Roger Bourland
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    “Pick a little, talk a little” from Music Man by Meredith Willson. “Not getting married” from COMPANY by Stephen Sondheim. Both of these are inspirations for my patter song in LA PALOMA Y EL RUISEÑOR where Julián nervously reintroduces himself to Ángela as she returns to Mexico from Europe.
  • Armando Piña performs “Ja vas lyublyu” (Prince’s Aria) from The Queen of Spades by Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky

    Roger Bourland
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    A handheld private recording made by someone, but you’ll get a glimpse into the talent of Armando Piña performing in a recent competition who will be premiering the role of Julián in LA PALOMA Y EL RUISENOR, at the Teatro Angela Peralta; Nov. 14, 15, 2014 in Mazatlán, Mexico. The work Armando performs here is “Ja vas lyublyu” (Prince’s Aria) from The Queen of Spades by Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky. From Final del XXXII Concurso Nacional de Canto Carlo Morelli, conducted by Enrique Patrón de Rueda, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City.
  • Penélope Luna performs Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra by Reinhold Glière

    Roger Bourland
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:18 pm
    I had the honor of working with a most brilliant soprano on the faculty in Mazatlan, Penelope Luna, who will play Rosa in LA PALOMA Y EL RUISENOR. I made a number of adjustments for her voice and talent. And after I heard this Gliere performance, I felt free to go even higher! You will get an idea of her talent by this amazing performance of the Gliere Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra under the baton of Enrique Patron de Rueda. Conductor Scott Dunn and I are honored to have the assistance of Maestro Patron and Maestra Martha Félix in coaching the chorus and soloists in our…
  • Jessica Loaiza performs “Era desso il figlio mio” – Donizetti

    Roger Bourland
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Jessica will performing the role of Ángela Peralta in Mazatlán in November. Here she is performing “Era desso il figlio mio” by Donizetti VI Concurso Canto Internacional Sinaloa 2014 Jessica Loaiza Pérez, segundo lugar, premio del Público y premio La voz Sonfonic. Orquesta Sinaloa de las Artes Mtro. Enrique Patrón de Rueda, director Era desso il figlio mio de la Ópera Lucrezia Borgia de Donizetti
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    The Naxos Blog

  • Where corals lie

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, one of the planet’s greatest beauties, stretches for some 2,900 kilometres off the Queensland coast and provides the habitat for a cornucopia of corals, fish and sea mammals. Yet we read how swathes are being slowly decimated by climate change and pollution and, in this particular case, what the eye doesn’t usually see, the heart will certainly grieve for ever if the problem isn’t stemmed. This got me thinking that the undersea world is an unlikely source of inspiration for composers, since its tracts are largely silent domains, with…
  • Podcast: Capturing the captivating

    13 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Raymond Bisha introduces the first instalment of the Naxos series of flute concertos by François Devienne, the 18th-century composer-performer who laid the foundations of the French school of flute playing. Performed and directed by fellow Frenchman Patrick Gallois, these two illustrious musicians hold hands across the centuries in a celebration of the true French spirit of music-making.   Album details… Catalogue No. 8.573230
  • Playing with fire

    6 Nov 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Remember, remember, the fifth of November, The Gunpowder Treason and plot. I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason Should ever be forgot. Bonfires feature in a number of different traditions around the world, but perhaps the largest celebrations are held in Britain every 5 November. On this day, the above rhyme is traditionally chanted as the bonfire rages and consumes an effigy of Guy Fawkes, the English soldier and Catholic conspirator who attempted to blow up the entire English Parliament with a cache of gunpowder. The plot was foiled, Fawkes was arrested on 5 November, 1605 and…
  • Podcast: A Québec Classic

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    This month’s release in the Naxos Canadian Classics series focuses on the string chamber music of Jacques Hétu (1938-2010). The theme of past and present links composer and performers, as Raymond Bisha surveys Hétu’s works dating from the 1960s (when the original Orford String Quartet was formed) to music written a few years before his death, coincidentally the time of the formation of the New Orford String Quartet, who perform here with distinguished guest players. Album details… Naxos 8.573395
  • National airs and graces

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    One of the side discussions during the Scottish independence referendum held last month focused on what that country’s national anthem might be, should the majority vote to separate from the United Kingdom. Following the outcome of the referendum, the question became redundant. It got me thinking, however, about the anthems of three European nations in particular – Britain, France and Germany – and how they keep popping up in works by classical composers. If you need a reminder as to how they sound, click on the country’s name to activate the audio link: Britain  (8.225357)…
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    Anne Midgette: Most Recent Articles and Archives

  • L’affaire Lazic: a pianist and reviewer face off

    Anne Midgette
    4 Nov 2014 | 2:35 pm
    In 2010, I wrote a review of a recital at the Kennedy Center by the pianist Dejan Lazic. In 2014, he wrote the Washington Post and asked us to take it down. Neither of us expected that our words would have the effect they did. Read full article >>
  • The verdict(s) on “Klinghoffer:” a review roundup

    Anne Midgette
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    I am still in the process of reading all of the critical responses that have appeared so far to the “Death of Klinghoffer” at the Metropolitan Opera, and I know more will follow. I am compiling all the links here in part simply as a service to myself, but I’m sure I’m not the only person who is interested in the discussion. I’ll keep adding more as I get them. (ETA: Thanks to Lisa Hirsch at Iron Tongue of Midnight for her own compilation, which added several to my list.) Read full article >>
  • Lindsey, Portillo shine in Washington Concert Opera’s “I Capuleti e i Montecchi”

    Anne Midgette
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    The Wolf Trap Opera deserves a lot of credit. This is not, to be clear, a review of a Wolf Trap production. The show I saw on Sunday, Bellini’s “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” (a.k.a. “Romeo and Juliet”), was presented by the Washington Concert Opera, and an engrossing, melodious presentation it was. But two of its brightest lights have sung leading roles in this region. David Portillo, a tenor, and Kate Lindsey, a luminous mezzo-soprano, each spent two summers at the Wolf Trap company, which identifies and supports young talent. (Lindsey, from Richmond, was back at Wolf Trap for an…
  • Eric Owens on singers and opera companies: “We need to help them help us.”

    Anne Midgette
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    I wanted to write about Eric Owens, the bass-baritone, because he seems to be turning up an awful lot of places as artist-in-residence — Glimmerglass, Wolf Trap, and the Washington National Opera. I didn’t realize, however, just how deep his commitment to expanding his role actually is — something I outline in my article in this Sunday’s Washington Post, as he spends six weeks with the young singers at the Wolf Trap Opera. Read full article >>
  • The NSO’s ‘Fantasia,’ a critic’s guilty pleasure

    Anne Midgette
    31 May 2014 | 10:17 am
    Putting together a picnic, and sitting on the lawn with friends, sipping warm white wine out of plastic cups, a couple of which inevitably develop hairline cracks from being sat on or squashed in the car on the way over, while a balloon bobs over your picnic basket to make it easier for your other friends to find you in the crowd, until the person behind you protests that the balloon blocks her view and the usher comes over to tell you to get rid of it, and you wish you could let it drift up in the sky, like some of the other freed balloons, rising over the grounds and perhaps signaling to…
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  • Our Magazine Is Out On Android!

    Thomas Deneuville
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    “Finally!” Is that what you just thought when you read this headline? Yeah? Well, me too. I am really excited to announce that, as of today, our award-winning magazine is now available on Android (phones and tablets). Thanks to our partner, TypeEngine, the experience of our fantastic app was brought from the apple to the tiny [...] Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!
  • 5 Questions to Bryce Dessner about Black Mountain Songs

    Elias Blumm
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Black Mountain Songs, co-commissioned by BAM and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, will receive its world premiere on November 20 with performances through the 23rd. Featuring new music by Jherek Bischoff, Bryce Dessner, Tim Hecker, John King, Nico Muhly, Richard Reed Parry, Caroline Shaw, and Aleksandra Vrebalov (performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Choral director and conductor Dianne Berkun-Menaker), [...] Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!
  • This week: concerts in New York (November 17 – November 23, 2014)

    Sam Reising
    CONTACT!: John’s Playlist John Adams curates and hosts an evening of contemporary chamber music. The program features works by Daniel Bjarnason, Ingram Marshall, Missy Mazzoli and a New York premiere by Timo Andres. Monday, November 17 at 7:30 PM Tickets $35 SubCulture, 45 Bleecker Street, Downstairs, New York, NY ..:: Website MATA Jr. Face the [...] Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!
  • Howard Hersh’s Inventivity : Angels and Watermarks

    Joanne Lam
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Angels and Watermarks is the latest self-released album (Snow Leopard Music) by Howard Hersh, an American composer who lives and works in the Sierra Foothills. The album, featuring soloist Brenda Tom on the piano and harpsichord plus a ten-piece ensemble under the direction of conductor Barbara Day Turner, serves as a rich and expansive reservoir of Hersh’s musical ideas. Just [...] Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!
  • How To Take Charge Of Your Finances As A Musician (Part I)

    Astrid Baumgardner
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Kudos for choosing to make a life from your passion! What that means is that instead of going to work every day and cranking out spread sheets and memos, you get to create something meaningful that you share with the world. On the other hand, making a life from music means that you do not [...] Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!
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  • Dealing With a Student Who Hasn’t Paid (But is Training for an Important Performance)

    Grace Miles
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Take a look at this scenario… You are a piano teacher. There is a student you like a lot, whom you’ve been teaching for two months. You first heard her playing at her performance recital– and you were impressed. The mother is well-connected, and kind, but tough, a lady who knows what she wants and will ask […]
  • 19 Jazzy Christmas Piano Solos

    Grace Miles
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    This year, I’m feeling the big-band! I can’t wait to unveil what I’ve been working on. In the mean time, I’ve collected 19 jazz-inspired Christmas piano solos. I wish I had time to play all these. Sheet music is linked below (ranging from late intermediate to advanced). Enjoy! The first pieces are loud and boisterous… […]
  • 4 Ways to Move Forward (October Ideas)

    Grace Miles
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    My new piano student is quite low-maintenance and I spend virtually no time prepping– which was why I took her in the first place. My friend Kat says I am entrepreneurial, which I think is a good way to describe about my life right now. Each month, I will be sharing different ideas from what I am involved […]
  • How I Re-Started Teaching Piano in One Week

    Grace Miles
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Starting with students is different for everyone, and I’m not about to sugarcoat. I’m going to tell you how I jumpstarted my teaching again. A former student’s mother convinced me to teach piano to her daughter again. I don’t let people into my piano studio anymore, so I agreed to walk to their house each week. At home, I flip […]
  • 9 upbeat pop songs I had on repeat

    Grace Miles
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Many Classical pianists don’t “learn” pop music, but let’s face it: playing pop music can be motivating and catchy. Let’s add some pop into the mix. I picked out some favourite songs from my playlist for you. Then I paired these with video clips from the summer, that were swimming on my computer. The piano sheet music solos are […]
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  • Ode to the Piano, a Poem

    Guest Writer
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Mary Jo Balistreri, who has a hearing loss, writes of the piano as an honest friend and lifelong teacher in this uplifting poem dedicated to Nancy Williams. Guest Writer The full article Ode to the Piano, a Poem is on Grand Piano Passion™.
  • Music On My Mind

    Guest Writer
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Cochlear implants plus auditory memory restored music to Barbara Chertok, who studied voice and piano before sudden hearing loss in her twenties. Guest Writer The full article Music On My Mind is on Grand Piano Passion™.
  • Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, First Movement, Amplified

    Cosmo Buono, Special Contributing Writer
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Beethoven Moonlight Sonata's first movement is not as simple as it seems; find historical context and tips on ways to interpret the piece with rubato. Cosmo Buono, Special Contributing Writer The full article Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, First Movement, Amplified is on Grand Piano Passion™.
  • A Pianist Experienced with Hearing Loss

    Nancy M. Williams, Founding Editor
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Amateur pianist Joyce Morton plays Beethoven and talks about coping with hearing loss and customizing her hearing aids for music in this video interview. Nancy M. Williams, Founding Editor The full article A Pianist Experienced with Hearing Loss is on Grand Piano Passion™.
  • Your Brain on Adult Music Lessons

    Lesley Green Leben, Contributing Writer
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Studies show that music lessons are good for your brain as a child or an adult. An adult student wants to see if studying the flute will improve her memory. Lesley Green Leben, Contributing Writer The full article Your Brain on Adult Music Lessons is on Grand Piano Passion™.
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  • Freebie! Simple interval identification flowchart and accompanying online quiz

    5 Nov 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Greetings! Teaching my beginner students intervals, I often find that they want to count the lines and spaces for each interval rather than looking at the patterns of how these intervals look. In an effort to retrain one of my students, I came up with this handy flowchart to help her approach the answer correctly, using the method I’d like her to learn. So now, I’m going to share it with you lucky people. A note: This chart only addresses generic 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, and 5ths (not major, minor, perfect, etc). You can get the flowchart here.  Below’s a preview. After I get the…
  • Halloween worksheet on . . . dah dah dum “the devil in music”

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:22 pm
    As many of you may know, the tritone (aka augmented fourth or diminished fifth) has always had some spooky connotations. (For those of you who aren’t so familiar with its history and are interested, you can read about here and here Listen to a classic example of the use of the tritone in this great animated version of Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens. Teach your students about this interval using this very simple free worksheet. It’s written so that it can be used by students who aren’t ready to know about diminished and augmented intervals, instead discussing only whole steps.
  • Free piano concert tonight at Tulane @8pm

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    Here are the program details: Newcomb Dept. of Music Presents Pianist Andre Ponochevney Monday, October 20th- 8:00 pm Dixon Hall-Tulane University Free admission Program Domenico Scarlatti, Six Sonatas                                                                                      D Minor K 213 E Minor K198 C Major K487 B Minor K87 E Major K531 A Major K24 Sergey Prokofiev,    Sonata No.7 in B flat major, Op. 83                                                           Allegro…
  • Free Halloween worksheet pack from!

    13 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    I just happened upon this bundle from in my inbox this morning. It’s a great assortment of beginner music theory worksheets for children. I printed them all out and am going to assemble a worksheet packet that my students will work through up until Halloween. Kristin (the lady behind the packet) gives great suggestions for how to make these exercises extra fun for kids. I’m especially looking forward to the rhythm dictation worksheet called “Knock, Knock Trick or Treat.” If the student “knocks” correctly, they get the…
  • JK. We decided to stay here.

    13 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    I know I said we were moving, but wordpress called us back. So just ignore that moving thing we mentioned here.  Note: posts that were made on our website are still there.  Maybe one day I’ll move them here, but in the meantime, check there for content too.
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    Classical Music Headphones

  • Sennheiser HD 598 Headphones Review

    Matthew Simpson
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Sennheiser HD598 Review The HD598’s definitely stand out when compared to your typical headphones. The tan and beige color profile is modeled after, according to Sennheiser, the interiors of high-end European sports cars. Some people (like Digital Trends) don’t care for the unique look, but the more I use it, the more I like it. … Continue reading → The post Sennheiser HD 598 Headphones Review appeared first on Classical Music Headphones.
  • Best Headphones Under $100

    Matthew Simpson
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Whether you’re listening to music on your mp3 player, on your computer or for your TV, the choice of headphones can make all the difference. This guide will help you find the right headphones for you. We rank the best headphones under $100 in terms of comfort, design, and sound quality. In particular these headphones … Continue reading → The post Best Headphones Under $100 appeared first on Classical Music Headphones.
  • Best Headphones Under $300

    Matthew Simpson
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Welcome to our round up of the best headphones under $300!. Headphones in this price range are generally known as mid-range headphones, but in fact they are my favorite type of headphones. They hit the sweet spot: they are a monumental improvement over the under-$100 range headphones. But the sound improvements you find in ‘high-end … Continue reading → The post Best Headphones Under $300 appeared first on Classical Music Headphones.
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    Classical Commentary: Barry Lenson's Classical Music Blog

  • Why Does Music Sound Like Music? Part I: Overtones and the Cycle of Fifths

    Barry Lenson
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    Have you ever wondered why western music sounds the way it does?It was a question that was on my mind in my early days as a conservatory student. And I will never forget a class that took place one day, when my theory instructor sat at a piano to demonstrate how overtones work.  It was my first step toward understanding the cycle of fifths, key signatures, tonality, atonality, the different timbres of different musical instruments, and so much more.Since I founded this blog, I have been itching to write a series of blogs that would explain these concepts. However, I faced the problem of…
  • Let’s All Boycott The Death of Klinghoffer

    Barry Lenson
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    Is there any possible reason why an opera with this power and deeply moral message should be protested?Protests raged the other night when the opera The Death of Klinghoffer by John Adams was performed at the Metropolitan Opera.  It is good to protest operas that incite hatred, ask us to think about evil people, contain offensive stereotypes, or marginalize anyone.But if you want to do away with Klinghoffer, moral consistency requires that you boycott the following operas too, or possibly burn their scores . . . You must never again attend performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, which…
  • When Composers Need Promotion

    Barry Lenson
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    Carl Nielsen I always feel a little suspicious when the works of a particular composer need “promotion,” don’t you? The first such composer who comes to mind is Paul Hindemith. Back in the 1940s, my parents attended some meetings of a Hindemith Society in New York, an organization that endeavored to teach music-lovers about the system that Hindemith (1895-1963) used to compose music. The society also aimed to encourage listeners to appreciate his works. Today, several Hindemith societies still exist, including the Hindemith Institute in Frankfurt, Germany. And then there are the…
  • The Dumbest Thing I Ever Heard about Opera, Part One

    Barry Lenson
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Dolora Zajic – Are you going to tell me that anybody sang this aria better than this in years gone by?In case you missed it, the title of today’s post is a joke. But it is a joke with a point, because just when you think you have heard the dumbest thing ever said about opera, somebody seems to come along to top it.But of all the dumb things ever said about opera, this is surely one of the dumbest . . . “All the great voices . . . where have they gone?”I have heard this idiotic opinion many times over the years. I think the first time was about 40 years ago (gulp, I must be old) when I…
  • A Very Smart Bluffer’s Guide to Classical Music

    Barry Lenson
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    I recently wrote an article “Twelve Musical Works that Every Student Should Know,” for the Classical Archives Newsletter.In the weeks since then, I’ve been thinking about cultural literacy, which can be roughly defined as a person’s knowledge about the most important stuff that ever happened.   I don’t know about you, but I have come to know many people who have graduated from college – even very prestigious ones – who don’t know a dog-eared thing about some of the most important cultural milestones ever.  Here are some examples, which don’t pertain only to…
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    Stars & Catz » Classical Music & Opera Buzz

  • Britten Sinfonia/Ward review – typically self-effacing, but satisfying + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   Inspirational Rameau Platée, Early Opera Company St John's Smith Square –     Rameau’s Platée is a perfect blend of fantasy and fun, an ideal entrée to Rameau’s exuberant idiom. Paul Agnew is closely identified with it, since he sang the part of Platée in the groundbreaking production preserved on […]
  • Christian Blackshaw, Wigmore Hall, London – review + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:53 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   Just in: Bayreuth calls in ex-Cologne boss to steer a safe Parsifal – Katharina Wagner has appointed Uwe Eric Laufenberg, the overspending former intendant of Cologne, to direct Parsifal in 2016. She had previously fired Jonathan Meese, over alleged budgetary concerns. It’s a fantasy world, Bayreuth. Continue Reading On […]
  • Christian Blackshaw, Wigmore Hall, London – review + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:53 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   Just in: Bayreuth calls in ex-Cologne boss to steer a safe Parsifal – Katharina Wagner has appointed Uwe Eric Laufenberg, the overspending former intendant of Cologne, to direct Parsifal in 2016. She had previously fired Jonathan Meese, over alleged budgetary concerns. It’s a fantasy world, Bayreuth. Continue Reading On […]
  • Rameau: Maître à danser, Les Arts Florissants, Barbican, London – review + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:23 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   Communist Setting Adds Little to an Average Performance of Smetana’s Masterpiece. –  Bedrich Smetana. The Bartered Bride (sung in English with surtitles): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North/Anthony Kraus. (conductor), The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays. 18.11.2014. Singing Cast Kecal, the village mayor: James Cresswell (bass). Marenka, a […]
  • ArtsBeat: Armory to Offer Works by Laurie Anderson and Marina Abramovic + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   Orpheus Sinfonia – Revolution: The Beethoven Effect – Thomas Carroll and the Orpheus Sinfonia at the Cadogan HallThe Orpheus Sinfonia is an orchestra of young professionals which is designed to give those coming out of college greater support and opportunities. Conducted by Thomas Carroll, the group gives a […]
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    The Violin Channel | The World's Leading Violin, Strings & Classical Music News Source

  • VC INTERVIEW | Jason Price, Founder, Tarisio Fine Instruments and Bows – The 15th Anniversary

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    The Violin Channel recently caught up with Tarisio Fine Instruments and Bows Founder Jason Price, in London – on the 15th anniversary of the company’s inception. We sat down with Jason to discuss the highlights over the 15 years, the challenges, and the future of this revolutionary online fine instrument auction house. Hi Jason. Thanks for joining us here on the Channel. Tell us a little about yourself. “Hi VC. Great to be here. I started out as a cellist, but I soon learned I was more interested in the instrument itself than in playing it. I began working with a violin maker…
  • Russian Violinist Aylen Pritchin Awarded 1st Prize at Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    27 year old violinist Aylen Pritchin, from Russia has been awarded 1st prize at the Long-Thibaud Crespin International Violin Competition, in Paris. 2nd prize was awarded to 22 year old Naoka Aoki from Japan – and 3rd prize to 24 year old Frederike Starkloff from Germany. 4th prize was awarded to 19 year old Kyung Ji Min from South Korea – and 5th prize to 19 year old Hildegarde Fesneau from France. A student of Eduard Grach, Aylen is a former prize winner at the Tchaikovsky ,Yampolsky and Sion Valais International Violin Competitions. He will receive  €25 000 (US $31,000) and a number…
  • Candidates Announced for Inaugural Boris Goldstein International Violin Competition

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    The 31 opening round candidates have today been announced for the 2015 Boris Goldstein International Violin Competition, in Bern, Switzerland. The 2015 candidates are: Benjamin Baker (New Zealand/United Kingdom) Marie Bégin (Canada) Vlada Berazhnaya (Belarus) Yejin Byun (South Korea) Mizuki Chiba (Japan) Soo Jin Hannah Cho (South Korea) Maxime Gulikers (Netherlands) Victoria Gusachenko (Ukraine) Mone Hattori (Japan) Ryan Howland (Canada) Alexander Kuznetsov (Russia) Joanna Lee (USA/South Korea) Furong Li (China) Sean Yongjoo Lim (USA) Petya Lundstrem (Russia) Sofija Nikoska (Macedonia) Kana…
  • VC GIVEAWAY | Win 1 of 5 Signed Philippe Quint ‘Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto’ CDs

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    To help celebrate the international release, The Violin Channel in conjunction with Avanti Classic, is this week giving away 5 personally autographed Philippe Quint ‘Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto’ CDs – containing Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, recorded with conductor Martin Panteleev and the Sofia Philharmonic, coupled with Arensky String Quartet No 2 in A Minor for Violin, Viola and 2 Cellos. Exclusive VC Giveaway! | 5 Chances to Win! | Personally Signed by Philippe Quint! Enter now: Entries Close: 26th November, 2014 The post VC GIVEAWAY | Win 1 of 5…
  • London Symphony String Ensemble CD Winners Announced!

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    And the winners are in! The following 5 x lucky VC members will each be receiving a personally-signed, newly-released London Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble CD – containing Tchaikovsky’s ‘Serenade for Strings’ and Bartok’s ‘Divertimento for Strings’. Gabriel Aldrete from the United States Miguel Tanner  from the United States Felipe Robson from Brazil Penny Wong from Taiwan Benedict Graf from Germany Each disc is personally autographed by LSO String Ensemble Music Director, Mr Roman Simovic. The entire collection of LSO Live CD releases are available…
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  • EBOOK REVIEW: Masterpieces of Music

    10 Nov 2014 | 4:23 am
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 3Rating: **** Bach: Mass in B minorRating: **** Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1Rating: ***** By Matthew Rye Erudition Publishing ‘Then, like the opening of the gates of Paradise, the tune enters slowly (poco andante) in a glorious double variation, the richness of which has led some analysts…
  • CONCERT OF THE WEEK: London Cello Society: Two Cellos/Royal Academy of Music, London

    10 Nov 2014 | 1:36 am
    Sebastian Comberti, Steven Doane, Patrick Demenga, Thomas Demenga, Guy Johnston, Raphael Wallfisch (cello), Jennie-Helen Moston (piano), Maggie Cole (harpsichord), Royal Academy of Music String OrchestraThe Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, Sunday 16 November There’s a mouthwatering evening for cello lovers this week, as the London Cello Society presents…
  • AUCTION REPORT: October 2014 sales

    7 Nov 2014 | 7:51 am
    Plenty of high-value Vuillaumes but some low sales percentages marked out the autumn auctions week A bumper week of sales in late October featured a newcomer to the online auctions business as well as some bidding innovations. Violins by Stradivari, Guadagnini and Pressenda were among the top lots, alongside a…
  • COMMENT: Diversity – time to think outside the box-ticking?

    7 Nov 2014 | 3:48 am
    Jessica Duchen thinks we should be challenging the word ‘diversity’ If I write ‘diversity’ in the first sentence, you’ll probably stop reading. Do we maybe feel that that word has been a little bit overused? It’s as desirable as ever: in everything from the gene pool to the dinner table,…
  • BLOG: A fresh look at auction prices

    7 Nov 2014 | 2:08 am
    There are times when I am fairly sure that I am in the right job. This is one of them. Eagle-eyed readers might have noticed that we have introduced auction price data into our site. It needs designing - it’s fairly brutal at the moment - but there is a…
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