Jeffrey Roden threads of a prayer; Sandro Ivo Bartoli, Bennewitz Quartet, Szymon Marciniak, Wolfgang Fischer, Johannes Kornfeld; Solaire Records Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jan 13 2017 Star rating: 3.5 Evoking the music of Morton Feldman,...Show More Summary
For many amateur groups, the idea of commissioning a piece is a scary and remote process, whilst young composers do not always get the chance to embed themselves in a performing group and come to understand how to craft music to take advantage of the group's particular strengths. Show More Summary
The theme of this year's London Festival of Baroque Music is Baroque at the Edge. The festival, which runs from 12 to 20 May 2017, celebrates the 450th anniversary of the birth of Monteverdi and the 250th anniversary of the death of Telemann, Monteverdi is represented by two of his major works, though Telemann is less favoured. Show More Summary
The British pianist David Shenton was asked to accompany a singer in The Star-Spangled Banner at the inauguration of President Trump. He asked if there was a fee and was told it’s an honour to be invited. He asked about his fare from New York to Washington DC and was told it would not be […]
In a good week to bury bad news, the New York Philharmonic has been shedding key staff. Ed Yim, v-p of artists planning, quit yesterday for a better job. Today, the orchestra’s head fundraiser, Lisa Mantone, found her way to the exit. Lisa was Vice President for Advancement and Communications. She had only been in the post […]
The Opéra de Paris has confirmed that the German tenor will end his enforced five-month absence, singing Lohengrin tonight. There is, however, one cast change. Wolfgang Koch has pulled out as Teleramund. He is replaced by Tomasz Konieczny.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja Okay, this is one of those good-news-bad-news posts, except that the bad news isn't that bad. Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who had been scheduled to be Ojai's music director for 2020, will instead be the music director for 2018. Show More Summary
"Gus" Mahler I looked forward to the MTT/SFS semi-staged performance of Mahler's Das klagende Lied with great anticipation. While there were some darned good things about it - the orchestra's playing and the singing - I would not call the evening a success, for reasons I examined in great detail in my SFCV review. Show More Summary
Gemma Summerfield, Ian Page, Stuart Jackson, orchestra of Classical OperaFlickr photo credit treble2309 (Andrea Liu) 1767 - a retrospective, Mozart, Gassmann, Gluck, JC Bach, Abel, Haydn, Arne; Gemma Summerfield, Stuart Jackson, Ashley...Show More Summary
The baritone Christopher Purves has a throat infection and cannot sing in tonight’s Written on Skin. Good trooper that he is, he will act the part while James Cleverton sings from the wings.
El Mundo reports that a man was arrested yesterday after throwing his mobile phone at musicians of the Community of Madrid Orchestra during a concert in the National Auditorium. The disrupter, 64, has been charged with public order offences. He was said to be drunk. The concert of the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid […]
Wiebaden Opera has published details of the death of the international bass-baritone, Gerd Grochowski. On Sunday January 15, Gerd sang Wotan in the first performance of a new production of Wagner’s Die Walküre. He received great public acclaim and several ovations. On Monday he rang the emergency doctor, complaining of chest pains. He received prompt […]
Professor Angelo Persichilli, principal flute of Rome’s Santa Cecilia for 40 years from 1958, has died at 77. Among his notable recordings was a Bruno Maderna album for Hyperion.
Luca Buratto The young Italian pianist, Luca Buratto, winner of the Honens International Piano Competition, will be making his Wigmore Hall debut on Sunday 22 January 2017 in a programme of music by Thomas Adès, Beethoven, Byrd/Dowland and Schumann. Show More Summary
The Duet Philharmonic Orchestra, Ronald Corp & soloists at Royal Festival Hall performing Mahler's Symphony No. 8 In April 2017, 115 of talented young musicians will gather together for a long weekend to rehearse and play a programme which consists of Mahler's Symphony No. Show More Summary
Francesca Zambello, John Adams, Peter Sellars, Matthew Shilvock Photo: Scott Wall, courtesy of San Francisco Opera As I said the other week to various friends, we have known the bulk of the SFO 2017-18 season for some time. David Gockley...Show More Summary
A fire in Europe’s biggest musical instruments factory – at Reghin, in Romania – has wiped out much of its stock, including a estimated 4,000 violins. Damage is assessed at quarter of a million Euros. About half the stock was saved. Report here.
Bangor University. Photo: Iwan Williams Bangor University later this year is holding the First International Conference on Women's Work in Music, which runs 4-7 September. A call for papers is now open and the application deadline is 1 March. Show More Summary