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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,…
  • Orchestras need to wake up and smell the coffee

    On An Overgrown Path
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:27 am
    That photo was taken in Concerto Records - a candidate for the best record store in the world - in Amsterdam on Monday. It shows part of the extensive range of new and reconditioned (Thorens etc) turntables on sale in the store, a range that is complemented by a wide selection of vinyl LPs. High end audio stores have majored on turntables for some time, but their appearance in mass market outlets is significant. The resurgence of vinyl can no longer be dismissed as a fashion fad. No one is suggesting that digital formats will be replaced by analogue LPs. But, as reported here recently, vinyl…
  • Slipped Disc partner is among Europe’s top 15 music start-ups

    Slipped Disc
    norman lebrecht
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    Top of the list is Spotify – surprise, surprise. #4 is SoundCloud #8 is Songkick. But what’s this at #10? It’s Slipped Disc community partners, Hello Stage! Check the start-ups list here. Check out Hello Stage right here.  
  • ArtsBeat: Classical Playlist: Dvorak, Haydn, Monteverdi and More

    NYT > Music
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:15 am
    Times critics share what they’ve been listening to lately.
  • Whoever Said Musicians Are Lazy Never Met This Guy

    Drew McManus
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Here’s a little something today for anyone looking for some good news. National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) principal trombone, Craig Mulcahy, recently underwent rotator cuff surgery on his left shoulder which will leave him without the use of that arm for anywhere from three to six weeks. Although that’s usually enough to get any good musician down, Mulcahy decided to figure out a meaningful solution for practicing. If you’ve ever watched a trombone player in action you’ve probably figured out by this point that the loss of an entire arm is pretty much a showstopper and…
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  • Stabat Mater: Young Composers Explore An Ancient Text

    NPR Staff
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:13 am
    British choral group The Sixteen sings new settings of the Stabat Mater. Director Harry Christophers says the ensemble was looking for "something that was very spiritual, very mystical."» E-Mail This
  • Celebrate Some Of The Year's Best New Releases With Q2

    Anastasia Tsioulcas
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    Watch performances of vocal, instrumental and electronic chamber music, as well as interviews with rising young composers.» E-Mail This
  • Guest DJ Jessye Norman: From Augusta To Valhalla

    Tom Huizenga
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    After decades of performing, the celebrated soprano's enthusiasm for music is irresistible. She chooses some of her favorite recordings for an informal session of listening and conversation.» E-Mail This
  • For The Season, Trio Mediaeval Spans Centuries

    NPR Staff
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:53 am
    The Norwegian group has a age-old salve for those who can't stand "Jingle Bell Rock" — 15th-century English carols.» E-Mail This
  • '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
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  • Whoever Said Musicians Are Lazy Never Met This Guy

    Drew McManus
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Here’s a little something today for anyone looking for some good news. National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) principal trombone, Craig Mulcahy, recently underwent rotator cuff surgery on his left shoulder which will leave him without the use of that arm for anywhere from three to six weeks. Although that’s usually enough to get any good musician down, Mulcahy decided to figure out a meaningful solution for practicing. If you’ve ever watched a trombone player in action you’ve probably figured out by this point that the loss of an entire arm is pretty much a showstopper and…
  • Is Your Group Doing Something For Black Friday?

    Drew McManus
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    The onslaught of Thanksgiving shopping days are at hand: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. By this time last year, my inbox was flowing with promotional offers from performing arts organizations but this year is a comparative trickle which makes me wonder if the timing has shifted or if arts groups are scaling back this season. Perhaps performing arts orgs need to get on the radar of deal tracking sites, most of which focus their efforts on stuff as opposed to experiences or perhaps it is time for a performing arts org focused deal tracker site, at least around the big…
  • The One Decision That Could Save Thousands On Your Next Web Redesign

    Drew McManus
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    The 11/21/14 edition of published an article by Paul Boag titled Why You Should Include Your Developer In The Design Process that is an absolute must-read for any arts organization considering a web redesign project. I’ve been trying to write about this very topic for months now but it always ended up on the backburner because it lacked a certain level of conciseness; fortunately, Boag had no such trouble. Ever since arts orgs started publishing websites, I’ve witnessed groups waste thousands of dollars per project in unnecessary development overruns and…
  • 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…
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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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  • Fromm Foundation Announces 2014 Commissions

    NewMusicBox Staff
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:27 pm
    The Board of Directors of the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University have announced the names of twelve composers selected to receive 2014 Fromm commissions.
  • Poultry Jam: A Chicago Thanksgiving Playlist

    Ellen McSweeney
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    Ah, Thanksgiving: a holiday as rich in calories as it is in cultural significance. What’s the proper soundtrack for a day that means so many different things? Why not canvas the work of Chicago composers for music that’s as complex as Turkey Day?
  • Incarceration and Musical Inspiration Part Four: The Last Class

    Julia Adolphe
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    After today, I would never know if a student went on to accomplish something, continue his education, or even be released from prison. I realized as I distributed the scores that I had included my full name as the composer; I was supposed to protect my own privacy.
  • 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.
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    Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise

  • Season's Greetings

    Alex Ross
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
  • Andris Nelsons in Boston

    Alex Ross
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Brushfires. The New Yorker, Dec. 1, 2014.
  • 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…
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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.
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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

  • Giving Thanks: A celebration of fall, food, and gratitude

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    With music and stories for Thanksgiving, host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday. For 2014, two great poets join us at the table. We remember Maya Angelou, and she shares her Thanksgiving blessing and memories. Nikki Giovanni reads food poems from her new book, and recalls the Thanksgiving she got kicked out of college.
  • Northern Voice Festival: New choral celebration to debut in 2015

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    A new vocal festival funded by a $75,000 Minnesota State Arts Board grant aims at raising the visibility for the many vocal ensembles, barbershop quartets, jazz singers, gospel choirs, folk duos, and other groups of people who come together in song around Minnesota.
  • Ten things you need to know about wild Up

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Wild Up make music; some is new and some is old. They bend the rules a bit and are a testament to the enduring power of classical ensembles in the 21st century.
  • Top Score: Inon Zur and 'Fantasia: Music Evolved'

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Inon Zur remembers his very first viewing of Disney's <i>Fantasia</i> as a small child. Now he's come full-circle, working on the soundtrack to Disney's new video game, 'Fantasia: Music Evolved'.
  • New Classical Tracks: Ryan Walsh, 'Classical's Cool'

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    As a lot of people are traveling for Thanksgiving, Julie Amacher shares the music of a guitarist she discovered while waiting in the airport in Portland, Ore. It's fitting that guitarist Ryan Walsh was playing in an airport; his music incorporates styles he learned during his extensive travels. Plus, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD.
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  • À mon chevet: 'La femme de trente ans'

    Charles T. Downey
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    À mon chevet is a series of posts featuring a quote from whatever book is on my nightstand at the moment. Between the Barrière d'Italie and the Barrière de la Santé, along the boulevard which leads to the Jardin des Plantes, you have a view of Paris fit to send an artist or the tourist, the most blasé in matters of landscape, into ecstasies. Reach the slightly higher ground where the line of
  • Mutter and Her Brood

    Charles T. Downey
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Vivaldi, Four Seasons, A.-S. Mutter, Trondheim Soloists (DG, 1999) Charles T. Downey, Veteran violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter brings her group of proteges to Kennedy Center (Washington Post, November 25, 2014) Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, who made her mark as a teenage prodigy, is giving back through the foundation that bears her name. For the last couple years she has toured with the Mutter
  • Perchance to Stream: End of an Era Edition

    Charles T. Downey
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:43 am
    Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio and online video from the week gone by. After clicking to an audio or video stream, you may need to press the "Play" button to start the broadcast. Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days. Listen to Diana Damrau, Dmitry Korchak, and Nathan Gunn star in a performance of Bizet's Les pêcheurs de perles, with
  • 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
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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 27th 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

  • aworks favorites :: nov 25, 2014 #yetanothersonatasandinterludes

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:13 pm
    American classical: Nothing today. I did listen to yet another recording of John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes. Yawn. Beyond: Steffen Basho-Junghans - The River Suite. Rivers and Bridges [Strange Attractors Audio House] Basho-Junghans' long-form guitar music may even surpass John Fahey's. Masami Akita - Looping Jane. Merzbow - Ikebana: Merzbow's Amlux Rebuilt, Reused and Recycled [Important] Sir Richard Bishop - Cultured in D Minor (w Ben Chasny at Great American Music Hall). Decompositions Michael Stearns - As the Earth Kissed the Moon (excerpt), from 'Planetary Unfolding' (1981). 'I Am…
  • aworks favorites :: nov 24, 2014 #guitar #space

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:48 pm
    American classical: Steve Reich - Nagoya Guitars. David Tanenbaum Guitar Recital [New Albion] Beyond: John Fahey - Juana. Sea Changes and Coelacanths: A Young Person's Guide to John Fahey [Table of the Elements] Abdel Gadir Salim - Umri Ma Bansa. Desert Blues: Ambiances Du Sahara [Network Medien] Weather Report - Mysterious Traveller. Mysterious Traveller [Columbia] Funky and spacey, with excellent playing by Wayne Shorter.  The Beatles - Eight Days a Week. Beatles for Sale [Capitol Records] Led Zeppelin - Four Sticks. Led Zeppelin IV [Atlantic] Steffen Basho-Junghans - Blue Mountain…
  • aworks favorites :: nov 23, 2014 #newage #electronic #pioneers #mysticism

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:53 pm
    American classical: John Cage - Williams Mix Forbidden Planets Volume 2 - More Music From The Pioneers Of Electronic Sound [Chrome Dreams] Alan Splet - Space travel w/ changing choral textures (1983) An Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music [Sub Rosa] Beyond: David Emanuel - 4 Arabian Fantasy, from 'Sound Paintings' (1980) I Am the Center: Private Issue New Age in America 1950-1990 [Lita] Li Sun, from 'Windscape' (1983) I Am the Center: Private Issue New Age in America 1950-1990 [Lita]Dare I say that early new age and early electronic music have in common a pursuit of the mystical.
  • aworks favorites :: nov 22, 2014

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:19 pm
    American classical Martin Bresnick - Ishi's SongLisa Moore. Bresnick: Prayers Remain Forever [Starkland] John Cage - The Unavailable Memory ofPhilipp Vandré. Vol. 37: Complete Short Works For Prepared Piano [Mode]Simple but exceptionally timbral. John Cage - Third ConstructionSo Percussion. Cage 100 - Bootleg Series [Cantaloupe Music] Alvin Lucier - In Memoriam Jon HigginsCrossings [Lovely Music, Ltd.] Alan Hovhaness - Fanfare For The New AtlantisStewart Robertson: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Hovhaness: Guitar Concerto #2, Symphony #63, Fanfare For The New Atlantis Beyond Jon…
  • 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. 
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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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  • Steps To Helpful Automobile Scrapping

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Are you shifting homes? Did you have a garage sale? Have you managed to get rid of all your old junk prior to you make the big transfer to a new residence? Are you struggling to get rid of an old wrecked non-functioning automobile? No thought about Scrap Auto Sydney? Keeping a automobile which is not in operating situation in your residence is not a very good choice. When you have previously make up your head that you do have to use it or even spend another dime to repair it then you should promote it proper absent. It will be considerably less complicated for you to promote this sort of a…
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    25 Nov 2014 | 3:14 pm
    The Pioneer AVH-P3200DVD is a dash double DVD device stereo that is introduced into the industry by company called as Pioneer. It is actually between the need to-have electronic gadgets for every single vehicle and tunes aficionados. This device has functional video and tunes playback which has the capability to convert any of the cellular into an actual cellular leisure centre. It is 7.two inches in size, at 5.two inches in breadth and four.four inches in top and weighs about 12 ounces. The P3200DVD is integrated with a quantity of thoughts blowing functions which will surely make you slide…
  • Pool Mend Guidelines For Concrete Swimming Pools

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:04 pm
    There are diverse varieties of swimming swimming pools, and a single common type is the vinyl liner pool, whose name is derived from the presence of vinyl sheet masking the pool basin. Other varieties, like the gunite and shotcrete pool, use plaster. Vinyl liner swimming pools have sand underneath, and have flooring that satisfy the walls. The walls are created of galvanized metal or thermoplastic. The wall panels have to be secured together and be supported by structures from powering, so that they will not collapse due to the stress of the drinking water. You ought to also just take…
  • Paid Surveys And So Forth 50 % Price Coupon Code

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:04 pm
    More than eighty per cent buyers of AT & T Uverse are highly content with the provider. AT & T Uverse is strongly advisable by its consumers for its exceptional high quality and reliability. If a man or woman desires to change to AT & T Uverse from its recent provider, the AT & T Uverse offers different offers in kind of Uverse coupon codes to preserve cash. These AT & T Uverse coupon codes supply the conserving up to 400 bucks to all of it new buyers on the bulk offers. Possess a research by way of the instruction sheet that came collectively with your refill package…
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  • Name that Rodolfo

    La Cieca
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:27 pm
    “Francesco Demuro and Michael Fabiano will sing the role of Rodolfo in the remaining 2014 performances of La Bohème, replacing Ramón Vargas, who has withdrawn from the remainder of the performances due to illness. “Francesco Demuro will sing the performances on December 1 and 5. The Italian tenor made his Met debut earlier this week stepping in to sing the role. American tenor Michael Fabiano will make his company role debut singing the performances on December 10 and 13. The performance on November 28 will be sung by Charles Castronovo.” Also: “American baritone…
  • Rossini crescendo

    La Cieca
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:53 am
    “Are we really only two months into the Met season? After acrimonious union negotiations that threatened to shutter the company, music director James Levine’s first opening night in four years, Anna Netrebko’s coruscating Lady Macbeth, the first night of Death of Klinghoffer disrupted by protesters, and, lately, a rash of star cancellation, it seems like it should be April already and we should be preparing to put the season to bed.” Sooner or later, Our Own JJ (not pictured) gets around to discussing the Met’s Barbiere di Siviglia and Juilliard’s Turco in…
  • Born to be Vlad

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:05 pm
    On this day in 1476, Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) defeated Basarab Laiota with the help of Stephen the Great and Stephen V Báthory and became the ruler of Wallachia for the third time. Born on this day in 1916 tenor Gerhard Unger Happy 87th birthday soprano Hildegard Hillebrecht
  • Separated at side part

    La Cieca
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
    “NeNe wants to be Nay-Nay; Nay-Nay wants to be NeNe…”
  • Grisette is the word

    La Cieca
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    “In case you missed it on Saturday, we took a look at early rehearsals for the new production of The Merry Widow, starring Renée Fleming and, in this clip, Kelli O’Hara!” Not to mention Deborah Voigt trying out a couple of her old Lohengrin moves.
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    The Wagnerian

  • Dame Gwyneth Jones Discusses "The Wagner Experince"

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    We have had many guest authors here over the years but surely none can be as special  as that of Dame Gwyneth Jones. In this review, Dame Gwyneth takes time from what remains an incredibly  busy schedule to review Paul Dawson-Bowling's book "The Wagner Experience"  Not only does it provide an unique review of Paul's two volume Wagner book but also an intriguing look at Dame Gwyneth Jones relationship to Wagner, his work  and productions of his work. A must read.THE WAGNER EXPERIENCE BY PAUL DAWSON-BOWLING: THE PERFECT GIFT, THE PERFECT POSSESSION Dame Gwyneth Jones…
  • 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…
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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
    Deborah Pritchard- Wall of Water £7.00 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 Kremer, transcribed it for string orchestra.  1985…
  • 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

  • And in that Other Opera with the Tubercular Soprano...

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Quinn Kelsey will sing Giorgio Germont in the first three performances of La Traviata, substituting for Ludovic Tézier, who is sick. Marina Rebekah sings Violetta and Stephen Costello Alfredo Germont.
  • And the Answer is.....

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:01 pm
    One of the two originally-scheduled tenors, plus four tenors subbing in for the other of the originals. Note: One of the subs is also subbing for a sub (Demuro in for Castronovo on November 24).Ramon Vargas has withdrawn from the rest of his scheduled appearances in the Met's La Boheme. Francesco Demuro and Michael Fabiano (currently in robust good health in San Francisco) will take the remaining performances not already accounted for, Demuro on December 1 and 5, Fabiano on December 10 and 13.So let's add this up. Vargas was originally scheduled for November 14, 20, 24, 28, December 1, 5, 10,…
  • Conductor Changes, LAPO, SFS

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Canadian conductor Bernard Labadie has withdrawn from all of his conducting commitments through the first half of 2015. He's being treated for a lymphoma that was diagnosed over the summer.In Los Angeles, Trevor Pinnock replaces Labadie on December 19, 20, and 21, and will conduct the following all-Mozart program, with soprano Miah Persson singing the vocal selections:Overture to La clemenza di Tito“Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben” from Zaide“Dove sono i bei momenti” from Le nozze di FigaroPiano Concerto No. 9, K. 271“Ch’io mi scordi di te—Non temer, amato bene,”…
  • How Many Tenors Does it Take to Sing Rodolfo?

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    In San Francisco, two (so far) for 13 performances: Michael Fabiano and Giorgio Berrugi.At the Met, they'll let us know at the end of the run: Charles Castronovo, who was scheduled to sing tonight and November 28, is ill. Perhaps he has whatever has knocked Ramon Vargas out. Francesco Demuro, who was supposed to make his Met debut singing Alfredo next month, will make his debut tonight as Rodolfo instead.(Demuo has appeared here in Rigoletto, Cosi fan tutte, and Falstaff. He was best in Cosi, and I sure hope Frizza keeps the orchestra down for him.)
  • This Just Makes Me Want to Curse Loudly.

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Found in yet another Times story about the ongoing GM ignition fiasco:Ms. Anderson, 21 at the time of the crash, suffered serious injuries, including a lacerated liver. But the guilt surrounding her own survival and her boyfriend’s death, for which she was prosecuted on an intoxicated manslaughter charge, because of the trace amount of Xanax in her system, caused her more enduring pain, she said. Until this year, she wrestled with questions about her role in Mr. Erickson’s death. The police trooper who investigated the accident had deduced that Ms. Anderson was intoxicated before her…
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    Musical Assumptions

  • More Thanksgiving Music

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    Here's one more Thanksgiving arrangement that can be played with violin and viola or any combination of treble and bass instruments. You can download a PDF to print here. I wish a wonderful day of Thanksgiving to everyone who visits here!
  • Thanksgiving Music

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Most people know this traditional Thanksgiving Hymn as "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come," but the piece was originally called "St. George's, Windsor," and was written by Sir George Job Elvey (1816-1893) who was the organist there. It works very well as a duet for violin and viola.You can click on the images for a larger view, and a PDF will soon be available on this page of the IMSLP. Here's a note about the piece from the Psalter Hymnal Handbook George J. Elvey (PHH 48) composed ST. GEORGE'S WINDSOR as a setting for James Montgomery's text "Hark! The Song of Jubilee," with which it was…
  • 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.
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    eighth blackbird » Blog

  • Murphy’s Law

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:36 am
    Last Friday we drove four and a half hours in the morning from Richmond to Davidson, North Carolina, to play a concert that night. Little did we know what we had waiting in store for us… First, as we got ready to start our sound check, we realized that there was no toy piano. The stricken look on the faces of the poor stage crew was enough to know that they had been anticipating some kind of snafu with us given our uncharacteristic percussion rider. They insisted that they had their most anal guy triple-check our rider and there was no toy piano on it. We confirmed with Rachel that this…
  • 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…
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    On An Overgrown Path

  • Orchestras need to wake up and smell the coffee

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:27 am
    That photo was taken in Concerto Records - a candidate for the best record store in the world - in Amsterdam on Monday. It shows part of the extensive range of new and reconditioned (Thorens etc) turntables on sale in the store, a range that is complemented by a wide selection of vinyl LPs. High end audio stores have majored on turntables for some time, but their appearance in mass market outlets is significant. The resurgence of vinyl can no longer be dismissed as a fashion fad. No one is suggesting that digital formats will be replaced by analogue LPs. But, as reported here recently, vinyl…
  • Never mind the music, feel the algorithms

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:13 am
    That header photo shows pianist Valentina Lisitsa performing at the 2014 Bristol Proms - yes, there is a piano in there somewhere. As the caption on the Classic FM website explains: "There ain't no party like a Valentina party! Chopin, Beethoven, a crowd-sourced programme, YouTube clips, a Classic FM live blog projected onto the back wall - it was all happening at the Bristol Proms".In a planning meeting for the 1969 Woodstock Festival the festival's co-ordinator of underground advertising Bert Cohen proclaimed: "It's got to be prevalent in your advertising; you're gonna hafta take some of…
  • 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…
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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 Omniscient Mussel

  • Recitare 2015

    Miss Mussel
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    Like most people, I have many memories of my grandparents reciting poetry they learned 80 or 90 years previously in grade school. Thanks to the horror of rote memorization sweeping through the elementary schools I attended in the 80s, I...
  • Just Like Beethoven

    Miss Mussel
    29 Aug 2012 | 3:04 pm
    Old Spice Muscle Music from Terry Crews on Vimeo. Given the technology, I see no reason why he wouldn’t have written his music like this too. Think of the third to fourth movement transition in the fifth symphony…one of the...
  • London 2012: The bells toll for you

    Miss Mussel
    27 Jul 2012 | 12:30 pm
    It’s Olympic day! The bells are ringing, people are happy and it just started raining for the first time in a week. There was a lot of bell ringing this morning at 8:12 for Martin Creed’s “Piece 1197: All the...
  • Esa-Pekka Salonen Carries Olympic Torch

    Miss Mussel
    26 Jul 2012 | 12:23 pm
    I arrived 45 minutes early and staked out my spot. The dome of St Paul’s and a lovely green tree would make the perfect backdrop for a photograph of Esa-Pekka as he ran by with the torch. What I didn’t...
  • Invisible Art

    Miss Mussel
    9 Jul 2012 | 5:31 pm
    Nothing to see here…….OR IS THERE? (The less mysterious spambait-looking version is: the Hayward Gallery has an exhibition on now of invisible art. I went and I liked it very much. Read all about it, including some thoughts from gallery...
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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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  • Anne Akiko Meyers: American Masters

    Don Clark
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    In this imaginatively programmed disc from eOne Productions, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and conductor Leonard Slatkin leading the London Symphony Orchestra explore works for violin and orchestra from three American composers whose style is generally representative of their time. Beginning with the Samuel Barber “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra” (1939) the program proceeds to the John Corigliano “Lullaby [...] Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!
  • Giveaway: Q2’s Best of 2014 in New Music

    Thomas Deneuville
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Join Q2 Music on Tuesday, December 2 at 7 pm (Greene Space) for a star-studded celebration of some of the year’s most riveting, charismatic and jaw-droppingly gorgeous new-music recordings, hosted by Meet the Composer’s Nadia Sirota. We are giving away two tickets courtesy of our friends at Q2. How to enter? You can win more entries [...] Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!
  • Empyrean Atlas: Inner Circle Preview

    Thomas Deneuville
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Empyrean Atlas, the project of composer/multi-instrumentalist David Crowell, has been described by TimeOut NY as combining “Minimalist drive and Afropop shimmer – a bright infectious mix.” We were excited to feature them on our Winter 2012 Mixtape, to shoot a video with them for Issue 3 of our Magazine, and now we’re quite ecstatic to be [...] Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!
  • This week: concerts in New York (November 24 – November 30, 2014)

    Sam Reising
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    AXIOM AXIOM performs Cage’s Third Construction for percussion quartet with the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble, Nancarrow’s String Quartet No. 3, Nancarrow’s Three Movements for Chamber Orchestra, and Cage’s Concerto for Prepared Piano and Chamber Orchestra with Juilliard pianist Han Chen. Monday, November 24 at 8:00 PM Free Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY ..:: [...] Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!
  • 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!
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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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    Grand Piano Passion™

  • 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
    22 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

  • London orch snaps student as principal trumpet + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:23 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   John Malveaux: 150th Anniversary of 13th Amendment Coincides With Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend; Jumi Kim Sings ‘Candlelight’ by Joopoong Kim – Soprano Jumi KimJoopoong KimJohn Malveaux of writes:The Concert to celebrate the 150thAnniversary of 13th Amendment to the US Constitution Ending Slavery scheduled January 17, 2015 at Luckman Fine Arts […]
  • School Spotlight: Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:54 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   The soul of a city – Picking up now from one detail in my last post, about some Atlanta Symphony realities… When people say the Symphony is the soul of Atlanta, what do they mean? They can’t be saying that any large part of the town dances to […]
  • This week: concerts in New York (November 24 – November 30, 2014) + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   An English symphonist has died – We have been apprised of the death of Arthur Butterworth, composer of 7 symphonies, 8 concertos and much else in a mainstream English manner. He was 91. Arthur played trumpet in the Scottish National Orchestra, 1949–55 and in the Hallé, 1955–62. He wrote […]
  • Gergiev’s sister will judge Tchaikovsky Competition + MORE

    Oliver Braithwaite
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
      Today’s News & Buzz   Glare; Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi; Emerson String Quartet – review – Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House; Royal Academy of Music, LondonThe dream girl isn’t quite what she seems in the Søren Nils Eichberg’s Glare. And Puccini is in safe hands at the Royal Academy Continue reading… Continue Reading On […]
  • 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 […]
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    The Violin Channel | The World's Leading Violin, Strings & Classical Music News Source

  • Violinist Renaud Capuçon Announced as New Artistic Director of Swiss Festival

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:23 pm
    It has been announced today that French violinist Renaud Capuçon has been appointed as the new Artistic Director of the Sommets Musicaux de Gstadd Festival, in Switerzland. He will succeed founder Thierry Scherz – who passed away suddenly in July of this year. Renaud, 38 served as founder and Artistic Director of the La Ravoire Annual Festival, in France from 1996 to 2010. The post Violinist Renaud Capuçon Announced as New Artistic Director of Swiss Festival appeared first on The Violin Channel | The World's Leading Violin, Strings & Classical Music News Source.
  • VC BUZZ | Cellist Johannes Moser, Klengel ‘Hymmus’ for 12 Cellos – With Himself [VIDEO]

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:23 pm
    German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser performing Klengel’s ‘Hymmus’ for 12 Cellos – with himself. JOHANNES MOSER | JULIUS KLENGEL | HYMMUS FOR 12 CELLOS, OP. 57 The post VC BUZZ | Cellist Johannes Moser, Klengel ‘Hymmus’ for 12 Cellos – With Himself [VIDEO] appeared first on The Violin Channel | The World's Leading Violin, Strings & Classical Music News Source.
  • Applications Open for 2015 Washington International String Competition

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:05 am
    Applications are now open for the 2015 Washington International String Competition – from June 5th-7th, 2015. The competition is open to violinists, violists and cellists, of any nationality, aged 18-28 – who are are ready to embark on an international career, but who have not already secured professional management representation. 33 applicants will be chosen to compete in the final rounds, with the 1st placed violinist, violist and cellist to receive $8,000 USD and a number of performance opportunities – including a solo engagement at Washington’s John F. Kennedy Center for…
  • British Youth Orchestra Pioneer Ivey Dickson Has Died – Aged 95

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Concert pianist and former Musical Director of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Ivey Dickson has passed away – aged 95. Miss Dickson was part of the NYO’s inception in 1948, and served as Music Director from 1966 to 1984 – credited with laying the foundations for the development of today’s highly successful British youth music programmes. ‘We are all saddened by this news and recognise the enormous and significant impact that Ivey had on this organisation and orchestral music in Great Britain in general,” NYO Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Sarah…
  • Maestro Jahja Ling to Step Down as San Diego Symphony Music Director

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:41 pm
    It has been announced that San Diego Symphony Musical Director, Indonesian-born Jahja Ling is set to stand down at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season. “After the 2016-17 season, I look forward to pursuing more international guest conducting, passing on the great musical traditions to the next generation through teach and continuing with my volunteer work in the Christian mission,” Ling has said in a statement. “I am hopeful and confident that the future of this fine orchestra, led by our new CEO Martha Gilmer and supported by our talented administrative staff and committed board of…
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  • Annual Reader Survey 2014 – Summary

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    Click this picture for the full analysis I am so very, very, VERY grateful that my cloud server deletion occurred just after my Annual Reader Survey, and that I outsourced it! The results and my analysis were not lost and I can share them with you now, a little earlier than anticipated (because it’s so exciting!) This is the first year I invited participation from everyone interested in what I have to share, and the results are fascinating. You can expect a few changes in the focus of this website (as it is rebuilt) and how I intend to help others improve their lives… including…
  • A sample of the new concerto

    23 Jan 2014 | 1:52 pm
      My next composition isn’t quite ready yet. But I really like it and want to share it with you NOW. So, there’s a sample below! It may seem my 7 year #PsalmQuest has been on hiatus and maybe you even thought I’d given up already. Well, I was ahead of schedule so after all the Christmas performances I did take some time off over Christmas and New Year to visit lots of people up and down East Coast USA, and then I embarked on my long-awaited Concerto for Bass Clarinet and strings. It’s almost ready and we all have to be thankful to Calvin Falwell and Diana…
  • Flashing is popular again

    16 Jan 2014 | 4:28 am
      More and more musicians are doing it. Apparently there were over 40 reported incidents worldwide in 2013. Fortunately, many of them were caught on camera. Which of the following incidents from the past few years are worthy of international attention, and which are lucky not to find themselves in the Establishment’s penal custody for flashing in public? I’ll tell you my fave if you tell me yours! Share your thoughts and your favorites in the comments below… 1.   2.   3.   4. Haven’t reached my favourite one, yet! Remember – I’m a…
  • 12 books for the growing career

    10 Jan 2014 | 4:15 am
    I’m working hard on my next #PsalmQuest piece – a concerto for Bass Clarinet and Strings, and it is going well, but with the holidays and lots of travel it’s been hard to keep up. Should have something to share with you in a month or so. In the meantime, here is a list of 12 books all budding/ growing… people should read (At first I wrote “musicians” but realized there is a great deal of info here that is relevant for anyone trying to grow a business or even just their own career, even in the music-related books!). If you or someone you love is trying to…
  • Why I’m the slowest car on the road

    3 Jan 2014 | 4:28 am
      Over the past few years I’ve noticed I’m usually the slowest car on the road. Today, find out why. And hear about one of the decisions/ choices I’ve made that causes it! And then, if you dare, listen to how your own driving decisions are directly affecting the society we live in today. Click to play the video below to reveal all. In case you’re wondering: yes, my wife gets totally embarrassed whilst everyone else is passing us! We all have a multitude of decisions to make everyday, and I’d love to know why you think it is OK (or not) to exceed the speed…
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  • CONCERT OF THE WEEK: OAE/Tognetti, London

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:02 am
    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Richard Tognetti (violin, director)Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London, Tuesday 25 November After making his Academy of Ancient Music debut in February, Australian violinist and director Richard Tognetti is back in the UK for some more period-instrument action. This time the gut strings belong…
  • FEATURE: Kyung Wha Chung

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    In December, violinist Kyung Wha Chung will perform in London for the first time in ten years. The 66-year-old South Korean was a regular visitor to the capital in her early career, performing solo recitals, concertos and chamber music. But the violinist who walks onto the stage of the Royal…
  • 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…
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  • Meryl Streep Portrays World’s Worst Opera Singer In Upcoming Role

    D Grant Smith
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    There are few actresses with such remarkable resumes for iconic roles than Meryl Streep. The multi-Academy award winner has portrayed Margaret Thatcher (The Iron Lady), Julia Child (Julie and Julia) and Joanna Kramer (Kramer vs Kramer) among other great roles. She’s considered to be the greatest living actress. Streep’s latest acting project takes her to a new dimension of roles, portraying a woman not known for greatness but rather the opposite. Florence, a biopic about the life of Florence Foster Jenkins, will examine a woman considered to be the worst opera singer of all time. Jenkins…
  • Pittsburgh Symphony Plays Pokémon

    D Grant Smith
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Video games and anime have fans in many different genres and entertainment circles. One of those is the classical music ensemble of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Unlike most orchestral performances, Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions will include visuals projected onto large screens behind the performers. Pokemon has a rich history in entertainment covering nearly two decades through video games, TV cartoons and card games. Consisting of music from the Pokemon series, the Pittsburgh Symphony will perform classics from this collection in a one-time performance in January 2015 at Heinz Hall.
  • Extraordinary Concert Footage Of The Czech Philharmonic Performing With 24 GoPro Cameras

    Liviu Craciun
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s always nice to see orchestras trying to embrace new technology to build more of an audience for classical music and the Czech Philharmonic has decided to take things to another level by using 24 different GoPro cameras to let us visualize the music in a totally unique way! The cameras were placed among the musicians on stage of the Dvořák Hall and mounted on instruments, musicians, and the conductor himself. The Czech Philharmonic and maestro Manfred Honeck were performing Richard Strauss’ ‘Tod und Verklärung’ in Prague’s famous concert hall. The post…
  • ‘Baby Beethoven’ Performs On Steve Harvey

    D Grant Smith
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:59 am
    Jacob Velasquez seems like an ordinary seven-year old. He enjoys doing what he sees him parents do and thinks he can conquer the world. The difference between this young boy and your average kid is that Velasquez does have the ability to conquer great odds. Courtesy of The child was diagnosed with autism at a young age. At the age of four, while watching his father play piano, he decided that the act of piano performance was simple and he could do it. It turns out Jacob is somewhat of a prodigy. Now, at the age of 7, he is releasing his first album and has music on iTunes.
  • The Glass Child­: ‘I Must Be Gone And Live, Or Stay And Die’ Album Review

    D Grant Smith
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:46 am
    Passion leads to unexpected places, especially for artists. For Charlotte Erickson, music is more than a passion, it’s a journey that has taken her from Sweden to London and now Berlin. The indie singer-­songwriter has created more than just a handful of songs. She’s also birthed her own record label, Broken Glass Records, and garnered thousands of fans around the globe. The label has made 6 albums in all, and her own single “I Will Lead You Home” climbed to #2 on the Swedish iTunes chart.  Her moniker for music is The Glass Child, and the experiences inherent in life as an…
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