Hyeon-Sik Shin from Ensemble Sinawi playing the ajaeng Korean Fusion; Ensemble Sinawi; City of London Festival at LSO St. Luke's Reviewed by Hilary Glover on Jul 8 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Traditional Korean sounds mixed with chamber, folk, and jazz to create an entirely new and individual fusion. Show More Summary
George Rochberg's Electrikaleidoscope, with its amplified ensemble of flute, clarinet, cello, piano and electronic piano, is an artifact of the Seventies. From a Village Voice review: Though this piece has its amusing moments and seems tongue-in-cheek for a while, it...
... as a young man, and through his life: and as a string quartet player.
From Allan Kozinn's Times obit:In 1989, he was on a short list of candidates to succeed Herbert von Karajan at the Berlin Philharmonic. When Claudio Abbado was chosen instead, Mr. Maazel insisted that he never had any intention of leaving his Pittsburgh orchestra, and canceled his Berlin dates — not, he said, in a fit of pique, but so that Mr. Show More Summary
I'm in the middle of a major summer runaround at present - and the single most important thing to take along when you are dealing with planes, trains and so forth is a good book, whether paper or electronic. Here are a few suggestions...Show More Summary
The Ryedale Festival opened with a bang on Friday (11 July) with a performance of Monteverdi's Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (1610), conducted by Robert Hollingworth at Ampleforth Abbey with performers including monks from the Abbey....Show More Summary
Berlioz Herminie, La mort de Cleopatre; Lisa Lrasson, Het Gelders Orkest, Antonello Manacorda; Challenge Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jul 07 2014 Star rating: 3.0 Two of Berlioz's Prix de Rome cantatas in performances in performances...Show More Summary
Henry Jacobs is a name new to me. He is an American sound artist who presented taped recordings at KPFA in Berkeley in the 1950s. As of 2005, he was living somewhere on the coast of Northern California. So far,...
The eminent conductor Lorin Maazel died earlier today, age 84. I never heard him conduct in person, missing my chance when his Castleton Opera visited Cal Performances a few years ago and another when he subbed last year during the VPO's visit, so I have little personal testimony to give on him. Show More Summary
Red Note Ensemble photo credit Wattie Cheung Bingham, Adams, Barber, RVW; Michal Rogalski, Red Note Ensemble; JAM at the City of London Festival, St. Andrew's Church, Holborn. Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jul 11 2014 Star rating: 4.0...Show More Summary
Today is not only the 197th birthday of Henry David Thoreau, but the milestone 60th birthday of the composer (and my good friend) Robert Carl. His Fourth Symphony is on my web site if you’d like to celebrate. (Be warned, the beginning is very soft.)
Philip Glass. Metamorphosis. Jeroen Van Veen - Glass: Solo Piano Music Philip Glass. Mad Rush. Jeroen Van Veen - Glass: Solo Piano Music Philip Glass. Piece in the Shape of a Square. Clair Chase - Density Judith Shatin. View from...
I’ve been sitting on the scoop that the black metal band Liturgy is indeed reuniting for a new tour and record, but Pitchfork broke the news. That’s Bernard Gann in the back, I think, though with enough hair he and Greg Fox can look almost indistinguishable.
Neil Gaiman I had been looking forward to Neil Gaiman's 'The truth is a cave in the Black Mountains' at the Barbican Hall, but was not sure what to expect. What we were given was a delightful evening of music by FourPlaystring Quartet, stories by Gaiman, plus illustrations by Eddie Campbell, that I wish I could have seen and heard again. Show More Summary
Opera Holland Park's James Clutton with theChristine Collins Young Artists and the cast ofThe Turn of the Screw. Thursday 10 July 2014 saw the second of this year's performances at Opera Holland Park by the Christine Collins Young Artists. Show More Summary
Lamento, music by Rossi, Carissimi, Strozzi, Monteverdi, Provenzale; Romina Basso, Latinitas Nostra; Naive Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jul 04 2014 Star rating: 4.5 Vividly thrilling exploration of the 17th century Italian lamento Lamento...Show More Summary
Walter Widdop If you put on any of Walter Widdop's Wagner recordings made in the late 1920's and early 1930's you hear a vibrant, evenly produced voice with perhaps a degree of tightness at the top. The clarity of production, evenness and firmness of tone impress, and his diction is superb. Show More Summary
Margalit Fox wrote a beautiful obituary for Seymour that is in today's New York Times.You can read it here.
I'll put links worth reading here on a rolling basis: Mezzo-soprano Suzanne Mentzer tells you what the stage crew, dressers, hairdressers, and makeup artists do, and why they are so important and well-paid. Michael Cooper (Times) writes about some of the issues
The Bristol Proms are in their second year, running from 28 July to 2 August 2014 at the Bristol Old Vic which, with its 18th century theatre, makes for a rather different experience to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. There's...Show More Summary