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Hilliard Ensemble - Transeamus

Transeamus; The Hilliard Ensemble; ECM New Series Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 28 2014 The final disc from this ensemble after a 40 year career This disc is virtually impossible to review, not because you cannot have a critical opinion...Show More Summary

Domino Effect: Met Cast Changes

Marina Poplavskaya has withdrawn from her scheduled Met Traviata performances (as Violetta, natch). The results: Sonya Yoncheva sings the tubercular courtesan on January 14, 17, 21, and 24, making her North American and Met role debut. Show More Summary

David Bates and La Nuova Musica

23 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

La Nuova Musicaphoto credit Ben Ealovega Last night (29 October 2014) we heard David Bates and his group La Nuova Musica giving a private concert. They were joined by sopranos Lucy Page and Mary Bevan, counter-tenor Tim Mead and baritone Jonathan McGovern in a programme of music by Rameau, Cesti, Conti and Handel. Show More Summary

Camerata Alma Viva: from Handel to Hendrix

23 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Hendrix, Handel, Schoenberg, Reich; Camerata Alma Viva; St. Johns Smith Square Reviewed by Hilary Glover on Oct 23 2014 Star rating: 3.0 A range of styles from young conductorless ensemble Camerata Alma Viva is a group of young musicians who all met while playing quartets together at a Gábor Takács-Nagyschool. Show More Summary

All That AND Joyce Di Donato!

Awright, that was some series, and I say that as someone who hadn't watched a baseball game in years. Hunter Pence! Pablo Sandoval! (Pay him what he wants!)And what about that Madison Bumgarner?!?! Three Two wins and one save in this...Show More Summary

SF Opera Cast Change: La Cenerentola

Baritone Efrain Solis, an Adler Fellow, will sing Dandini in the upcoming run of La Cenerentola, replacing Fabio Capitanucci, who has withdrawn for health reasons. Cenerentola opens on November 9 and runs to the 26th.Solis had a memorable...Show More Summary

Cassandra takes wing

In today's Independent, my interview with the young choreographer Ludovic Ondiviela and Royal Ballet rising star Olivia Cowley about the new ballet Cassandra, opening tomorrow at the Linbury. I watched a rehearsal and it was shapingShow More Summary

Chad Hoopes plays Mendelssohn and Adams violin concertos

Mendelssohn, Adams; Chad Hoopes, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jarvi; naive Reviewed by Hilary Glover on Oct 13 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Fascinating pairing of violin concertos from young American violinist Listening to his first recording it is hard to believe that Chad Hoopes is only 19. Show More Summary

Les Martyrs is coming

Gilbert Duprez, the first Polyeucte inDonizetti's Les Martyrs Yesterday I had the joy of being about to attend one of Opera Rara's recording sessions for their latest recording, Donizetti's Les Martyrs. I heard Michael Spyres, JoyceShow More Summary

Compare & Contrast 27

Some disagreement about LA Opera's Dido & Aeneas/Bluebeard's Castle double bill, directed by Barrie Kosky. Out West Arts: " You should see the double bill that LA Opera just opened on Saturday night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. It’s not just that it is one of the best productions the company has mounted in the last four years. Show More Summary

Weighing in on Suzuki

The latest discussions about whether or not Shinichi Suzuki fictionalized his credentials as a violinist makes more sense after watching this film clip:Here's the blog post that started the current ruckus, and a response from 2013 to O'Connor's earlier blog post. Show More Summary

Nightafternight playlist for Halloween

— Ustvolskaya, Violin Sonata, Clarinet Trio, Duet; Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Markus Hinterhäuser, Reto Bieri (ECM) — Milhaud, L'Orestie d'Eschyle; Lori Phillips, Dan Kempson, Sidney Outlaw, Sophie Delphis, Brenda Rae, Tamara Mumford, Jennifer Lane, Julianna Di Giacomo, Kristin Eder, with Kenneth Kiesler...

Haydn plaque for London

18 Great Pulteney Street, Soho where Haydn lived in 1791 Haydn's first visit to London was in 1791-1792 and he came back in 1792-94. He was initially brought over by the impresario Johan Peter Solomon to perform his music at the Hanover Square rooms. Show More Summary

Wigmore Hall Spring season preview

Jonas Kauffmann© Gregor Hohenberg/Sony Music New year at the Wigmore Hall opens with quite a bang with bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni and pianist Wolfram Reiger in Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Schubert (2/1/2015), soprano Robert Invernizzi,...Show More Summary

Who is your favourite British contemporary composer II?

I've been awake half the night remembering all the composers I didn't include in the poll of 12 British contemporary composers, so this morning I've added a second group featuring another 12. You can vote once IN EACH GROUP and you have until 3 Nov to vote in Group 1 and until 4 Nov to vote in Group II. Show More Summary

Rubin Institute for Music Criticism

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music is hosting the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism November 5-10, with a host of events at various places. I have some thoughts, which I'll try to get into a separate posting, but there's a press release below the cut. Show More Summary

Honoring Jonas Salk

The great scientist's 100th birthday is on October 28, 2014, and there's a Google Doodle in his honor: The polio vaccine has prevented thousands of cases of polio annually just in the United States.

Welcome Back!

After much too long a break, I am so happy to see that new postings are appearing at Out West Arts, the fabulous Los Angeles (and world-spanning) music, opera, theater, and sometimes art blog. Welcome back, Brian!!

Tomoko Fukui

Gaku Yamada obtains some astonishing sounds from the guitar in Fukui's color song III.

Rant on Immortality

My mother, who painted the above watercolor, is very much alive, but she no longer paints because she can no longer see. When I told her that I wanted to put her paintings on a blog so that her friends and acquaintances could see her work, she remarked that she wasn't able to get much money for the paintings she sold because she was a living artist. Show More Summary

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