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Coming Up: Death with Interruptions, by Kurt Rohde, March 19 & 21, 2015

If you think we're seeing a lot of new opera (and new old opera) these days, you're right. And Kurt Rohde, terrific composer, first-class violist, local, Rome Prize winner, etc., has a new opera being produced next month by Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. Show More Summary

Coming Up: La Cleopatra, March 14 & 15, 2015

There's a new group in town, Ars Minerva, which will be presenting Ventian music of the 17th and 18th centuries; they're calling this the Carnival Series.Their first performances are in about a month. They'll be performing La Cleopatra, which they're calling a modern world premiere. Show More Summary

Found in an Old Magazine

Although the mindset sounds like it could be from the 1930s (or earlier), the magazine this appeared in was published in the middle of 1999.

Taking Polunin to church

Sergei Polunin, "Take Me to Church" by Hozier, Directed by David LaChapelle from David LaChapelle Studio on Vimeo.It seems not so long since I went into a Royal Opera House interview room to meet a 21-year-old Russian soloist who'd been described to me, memorably, as a "sweet boy". Show More Summary

The Mastersingers of Nuremberg at the London Coliseum

Quentin Hayes, David Stout, Iain Paterson, Gwyn Hughes Jones photo credit Catherine Ashmore Wagner Die Meistersinger Nürnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg); Iain Paterson, Gwyn Hughes Jones, Rachel Nicholls, Andrew Shore, Nicky Spence,...Show More Summary

Mirror-Touch Synesthesia and Music Making

Invisiblia, one of the newer NPR podcasts, has a fascinating episode that you can listen to or read the transcript from about an extreme case of Mirror-Touch Synesthesia. It occurs to me that development of this extra sensory sensitivity...Show More Summary

Ten Years of Making Musical Assumptions

I started this blog on February 7, 2005. As I look back at 2005, I feel proud of the way I started, and as I look back at the 2006 posts I have made through the decade, I'm proud of the way I have continued. I wanted this blog to be a commercial-free space, and it has remained one. Show More Summary

Valentin Molitor's Epinicion Marianum

Valentin Molitor Epinicion Marianum; Basler Madrigalisten, Musica Fiorita, Daniela Dolci; Pan Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jan 30 2015 Star rating: 4.0 Conservative but quirky motets from a 17th century Swiss monastery Valentin Molitor (1637 – 1713) is perhaps not a name familiar to most readers of this blog. Show More Summary

Making a splash with Der fliegende Holländer

Royal Opera House, 5 February 2015. (This is my review for The Independent. It should be online on the site soon.) Adrianne Pieczonka as Senta, with the chorus of ghost sailorsPhoto: Clive Barda Before the opening night of Der fliegende...Show More Summary

Swinging out loud – the London a cappella festival

Swingle Singers A Cappella Festival; Swingle Singers, Anuna, Accent, Alexandre L'Estrange; Kings Place Reviewed by Hilary Glover on Jan 31 2015 Star rating: 5.0 All things a cappella at Kings Place, with workshops and concerts curated...Show More Summary

Joyce DiDonato at the Stonewall Inn

Joyce DiDonato A few days ago, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato popped into the Stonewall Inn, in New York and performed Dido's Lament from Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. Yes, you did read that right; one of the greatest singers around today...Show More Summary

Alan Gilbert Media Roundup

Might as well! Michael Cooper breaks the story......and talks a bit about possible (types of) successors Anne Midgette writes thoughtfully about what worked and didn't with Gilbert and whether his changes will last. Her remarks on Gilbert in the core repertory certainly accord with what I heard during his guest appearances in SF. Justin Davidson Anastasia Tsioulcas George Grella

Next Question: Who's in the Running?

Well, your guesses are as good as mine, and guesses they are. Will Robin (@seatedovation) has a running list: Matthias Pintscher (on the Bernstein->Boulez theory) Gaffigan Bychkov van Zweden Morlot Valcuha Mena Honeck Robertson My candidates: Susanna Malkki Vladimir Jurowski Anne Midgette mentions Malkki and Simone Young, also Sakari Oramo. Show More Summary

A Shocker From NY: Gilbert to Leave NYPO in 2017

I did not see this one coming, and from the flurry of tweets I'm seeing, it seems nobody else did. Michael Cooper has the story, above the fold at the digital NY Times. Short version: the renovation of Avery Fisher (sic) Hall will not start before 2019 and won't be completed before 2021. Show More Summary

On beauty...

'Stars' by VOCES8 from VOCES8 on Vimeo.There's such a thing as beauty in music. Actually there are many different things such as beauty in music. You can find it in the darkest, most terrifying concepts from Wagner and Mahler, in the...Show More Summary

Ensemble Plus Ultra

Guerrero, Lobo, Belling; Ensemble Plus Ultra; St John's Smith Square Reviewed by Hilary Glover on Dec 20 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Guerrero re-imagined in concert of ancient and modern from young vocal ensemble The Christmas concert (Saturday...Show More Summary

Minimalism Unwrapped – Satie, Stravinsky, Cage and Pärt

Joanna MacGregor Satie, Stravinsky, Cage, Part; Joanna MacGregor, Kate Howden, Joseph Havlat, Tom Lee, Paul Stoneman; Kings Place Reviewed by Hilary Glover on Jan 8 2015 Star rating: 4.0 Around Satie, a programme of minimalism and more...Show More Summary

Composers You Might Want to Hear

The WQXR follow-ons have me listening to composers I know (Fibich, Zelenka) and some new to me.Today it was Hubert Parry. Now, I'm sure I've heard some of his choral music and occasional pieces, but his piece in the WQXR follow-on list is the Symphonic Variations of 1897. Show More Summary

Two More Years!

That's when herzog & de meuron's Elbphilharmonie, the new Hamburg concert hall, is expected to be done: in 2017. When construction started in 2007, the anticipated completion date was 2010. And if you think that is bad, the initial cost was estimated at 77 million Euros. That has blown up to around 790 million Euros. (Don't they have Microsoft Project in Germany?)

London Philharmonic Orchestra new season

: The London Philharmonic Orchestra in the Royal Festival HallPhoto © Benjamin Ealovega The London Philharmonic Orchestra's 2015/16 season, recently announced, sees principal conductor Vladimir Jurowski extending his contract to 2018 and continuing his Mahler and Bruckner symphony cycles. Show More Summary

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