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Tenebrae at St John's

The service of Tenebrae during Holy Week, inspired many composers to produce music. There are settings both of the Lamentations of Jeremiah which form the readings during the service, and of the individual Responds sung before and after the readings. Show More Summary

Oh, all right then...

... it's Friday, it's gone 4 o'clock and it's high time we had a quick look at what Jonas Kaufmann is up to.Singing Walther in Meistersinger in Munich, that's what. Opening night is 16 May, Kirill Petrenko conducts, Sara Jakubiak sings...Show More Summary

In Praise of Now

I always remind my students that when we play we are always thinking about where we are, where we have been, and where we are going at the same time. In order to make for a meaningful performance, we have to be aware of where a phrase started and where it is heading. Show More Summary

Homages: A Musical Dedication - Christoph Denoth

Malats, Narvaez, Llobet, Sor, Villa-Lobos, Falla, Turina, Albeniz, Rodrigo; Christoph Denoth; Signum Records Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 23 2015 Star rating: 5.0 Imaginative selection of guitar pieces mainly from Spain, all linked...Show More Summary

A Pair of Passions

Bach - St Matthew Passion - Bach's fair copy of the revised version I am sure that there are plenty of performances of Bach's St Matthew Passion occurring on Good Friday (3 April 2015) but two London performances caught my eye. The first,...Show More Summary

Laid to Rest

King Richard III, last Plantagenet king of England, has been laid to rest in Leicester Cathedral, not far from the car park where his remains spent the last 520 years or so.

Boulez at 90

George Benjamin has a fine appreciation in the Guardian. Previously: Boulez at 70, Boulez at 80, Boulez at 85.

All Publicity is Not Good Publicity

The Italian-American Museum in NYC owns several buildings on Mulberry Street in the area still called Little Italy - even though there are hardly any Italian Americans living there. Like the rest of Manhattan, it is gentrified and apartments...Show More Summary

More workshops for Morley - details

Morley College has announced the next in its series of workshops for young women music students to try their hands at conducting, led by the conductor Alice Farnham: CONDUCTING WORKSHOPS FOR FEMALE MUSIC STUDENTS In March 2014 Morley College ran its first Women Conductors weekend workshop. Show More Summary

The Indian Queen

Henry Purcell The Indian Queen, Daniel Purcell Masque of Hymen; The Sixteen; Coro Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 20 2015 Star rating: 5.0 A stylish and complete account of Henry and Daniel Purcell's music for Henry's last major stage...Show More Summary

Tippett's Ice Break

I first heard Tippett's opera The Ice Break when it was performed in concert at the Proms in 1990 woth Heather Harper coming out of retirement to sing the role of Nadia (a role she had created) and David Wilson-Johnson demonstrating his versatility by singing both in the Tippett and in Handel's Belshazzar during the same week. Show More Summary

The Crisis in Education Today

Only one student in my theory class today recognized the song “Lydia the Tattooed Lady,” and I had to sing it to jog his memory. There is no hope.

Stravinsky double bill

Two enterprising young companies, Constella Ballet and Orchestra and Helios Collective, are collaborating to present an all-Stravinsky programme at the Bloomsbury Theatre on 31 March and 1 April 2015. The programme is a double bill of...Show More Summary

I musicisti dell'imperaatore - Music from the reign of Charles VI of Austria

Piani, Caldara, Scarlatti, Vivaldi; Raffaella Milanesi, G.A.P. Ensemble; Pan Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 17 2015 Star rating: 4.0 Viennese Imperial court style in 18th century music written for Emperor Charles In the 18th century the Hapsburg Emperors in Vienna ruled a huge empire, which stretched as far south as Italy. Show More Summary

Miscellany

Symphomania, Will Robin's twenty-four-hour festival of twenty-first-century orchestral music, is under way on Q2. The discovery of the morning has been Georges Lentz's gorgeously hellish Jerusalem (after Blake), a pick by the ever-inquisitive David Robertson.... I'm looking forward to hearing...

Two opera singers were aboard the doomed Germanwings plane

The opera world is in shock at the news that mezzo-soprano Maria Radner and bass Oleg Bryjak were aboard the Germanwings plane that has crashed in the French Alps. 150 people are believed to have been aboard the flight and it is expected that nobody has survived. Everyone's thoughts and hearts are with those who have lost loved ones in this appalling tragedy

Oleg Bryjak and Maria Radner, RIP

Baritone Oleg Bryjak and mezzo-soprano Maria Radner have died in today's GermanWings plane wreck in France. The two had just sung Alberich and Erda, respectively, in the Gran Teatro Liceu's Siegfried production, according to tweets sent by the opera house.

Compare & Contrast 29: Boulez Wows the Critics

I missed Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich's all-Boulez program in Berkeley, for which I will forever kick myself, especially given the rave reviews: Anthony Tommasini in the Times Joshua Kosman in the Chron. John Marcher at A Beast in the Jungle

It’s All About Piano

The Institut français is running its celebration of all things piano again this weekend. Their It's All About Piano festival runs from 27-29 March 2015 with a whole plethora of exciting events throughout the weekend. Concerts run throughout...Show More Summary

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