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The new Peugeot Pleyel piano

You may have thought that Pleyel, the French piano company, had stopped making pianos. But a new one is in the offing. The Peugeot and Pleyel piano has been designed by the Peugeot Design Lab and aims to re-invent the piano in order to improve musical quality. Show More Summary

Tête a Tête opera festival part 3: Exploring Life and life in the Antarctic

Narrator: Gary Merry, in On the axis of the world by Matt Rogers photo credit: Claire Shovelton As the Tête a Tête opera festival is drawing to a close I managed to get to another two performances. This year the event is hosted by Kings Place and Central St Martin's and continues the tradition of exploration of creativity in opera. Show More Summary

The Met as a Risk Taker?

Anthony Tommasini wrote an article about risk-taking at the Met, and Drew McManus followed up with a good analysis of both that article and the Met's situation. But there are some issues neither of them addresses at all that are relevant to the issue of the Met as an artistic leader and risk-taker. Show More Summary

Sydney Orchestra Update

See my previous posting for an update; the problems are not what I thought they were.

Vespri solenni per la fasta di San Marco

Monteverdi - Vespers for the Feast of Saint Mark; Rinaldo Alessandrini and Concerto Italiano; Naive Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jul 29 2014 Star rating: 5.0 Imaginative reconstruction using music from Monteverdi's Selva Morale ThisShow More Summary

Singers needed for masterclass with Rosalind Plowright

On 15 October 2014, Rosalind Plowright will be giving a masterclass at Cadogan Hall, Chelsea. The masterclass will be part of the Divas and Scholars Study Day. In the morning I will be lecturing on Puccini, his contemporaries and Verismo,...Show More Summary

Maastricht Undertones: drawing the line between visual art and music

'Everything about you' (2013) by Lyndsey Housden Part of the London Concord Singer's foray into Maastricht (covered here) included a visit to Marres House for Contemporary Culture to see part of 'Undertones' an exhibition examining what music we hear in the world around us. Show More Summary

A Necessity Outlived

2 weeks agoMusic / Classical : PostClassic

This is a rather idle comment, so don’t take it too seriously and get all outraged. I’m sitting here putting in, and fixing, footnotes in my book. I try to put them in as I’m first writing, but sometimes I write one from memory and don’t pause to look it up; or I find it […]

I'm Looking at You, Sydney Symphony.

I heard on Facebook that dates have been announced for Stuart Skelton to take on the summit of tenor roles, Tristan, at Sydney Symphony. I heard this from the tenor himself!So I went to the Sydney Symphony web site, where I found out a couple of things: To see their season brochure PDF, you have to register. Show More Summary

Radio Silence

It might be a while before I put up another music-related post because I am overwhelmed with communications with family and friends a an auto accident my brother Marshall had this past Thursday. He is in critical condition with injuries to his brain. Show More Summary

Hot off the press - Miserere mihi

My recently completed motet, Miserere mihi, sets text from Psalm 85 (Have mercy on me, O Lord) which is the Introit for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time which occurs between 28 August - 3 September. The motet is set for six part unaccompanied...Show More Summary

Contrasting pair - two amusing operas at Tete a Tete: The Opera Festival

Alistair Shelton-Smith, Christopher Diffey and Mark Beesleyin Edward Lambert's The Catfish Conundrum photo Claire Shovelton Our visit to Tete a Tete: The Opera Festival at King's Place on Sunday 11 August 2014 started as soon as we entered...Show More Summary

Handel's Rinaldo at Glyndebourne

Karina Gauvin as Armidaphoto Robbie Jack Handel Rinaldo; Karina Gauvin, Iestyn Davies, Christina Landshamer, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenmment, cond. Ottavio Dantone, direct. Robert Carsen; Glyndebourne Festival Opera Reviewed by...Show More Summary

I Mingle with Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian (Whoever They Are)

2 weeks agoMusic / Classical : PostClassic

Well, I don’t know how he did it or who got paid what, but David First somehow got me mentioned in People magazine. It’s in connection with his Star Ballads band that my son Bernard plays in, and someone thought People readers would gain some kind of helpful context from knowing that Bernard is the […]

Peter Schulthorpe’s Earth Cry

2 weeks agoMusic / Classical : Sequenza21

A reminder of the muscular, haunting style of Peter Schulthorpe, who passed away a couple of days ago.

Classical innovation in the Lake District

Gabriella Swallowappears 10 August Creating a classical music concert series in a way which is new, innovative and will attract newcomers to the genre is a talisman for many groups. On Sunday 10 August, a new venture launches at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. Show More Summary

Bel Canto drama in Bellini's Norma

Yvonne Howard and Joseph Wolverton photo credit Fritz Curzon Bellini Norma; Yvonne Howard, Joseph Wolverton, Heather Shipp, conductor Dane Lam; Opera Holland Park Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Aug 8 2014 Star rating: 4.5 Thrillingly dramatic...Show More Summary

Wild Arc (2013). Lee Weisert #electro-acoustic #timpani

2 weeks agoMusic / Classical : aworks

Lee Weisert is a professor at the University of North Carolina. Wild Arc is from a fresh sounding album of what I assume to be electro-acoustic music. In the work Wild Arc, it's "electronically manipulated timpani recordings and the acoustic...

Italian treat in store for Blackpool and beyone

Grand Theatre, Blackpool English Touring Opera will be returning to the Grand Theatre, Blackpool for the first time since 2005 as part of their Spring 2015 tour. The tour, which takes in Hackney, Truro, Poole, Norwich, Sheffield, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, Exeter, Canterbury, Buxton, Durham and Perth, features three Italian operas. Show More Summary

What Price Love? Opera North's Autumn season

Opera North's Autumn season contains three fairly mainstream operas, La Traviata, The Coronation of Poppea and The Bartered Bride. But taken together they make an interesting combination of ideas about women and relationships. And with...Show More Summary

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