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Guest Post: Death of Klinghoffer Review

Pamela McCorduck, author of Machines Who Think and co-author of The Futures of Women, was at the Met opening of The Death of Klinghoffer and sent me this review, which I am publishing with her permission:Arrived to a tremendous police presence, which saddened me, but which also reassured me. Show More Summary

Curtain Up!

The latest on The Death of Klinghoffer, which opened this evening at the Met. Here are the latest articles about this opera. 'Klinghoffer' Protesters Flock to Met Opera House, Michael Cooper, Times. (Sorry, staging this opera doesn't...Show More Summary

Metropolitan Opera Cast Change: Aida

From the Met: George Gagnidze will sing the role of Amonasro in five performances of Verdi’s Aida this season, replacing the originally announced Andrzej Dobber, who has withdrawn from the performances. Gagnidze will sing Amonasro on December 26 and 29 and January 2, 5, and 10 matinee. Show More Summary

Congratulations to A Beast in a Jungle!

The San Francisco Bay Guardian has named fellow blog A Beast in a Jungle as the winner of its readers' poll for Best Arts/Music site! Congratulations to blogger John Marcher.Note Beast's Coming Up, Calendar, and Half-Price Ticket links. You might find this stuff useful. Just in time to go under. We know, we know.

aworks album log no. 10

6 days agoMusic / Classical : aworks

American classical John Schneider - Por Gitaro: Suites for Tuned Guitars How come I only discovered this album of Lou Harrison guitar music fourteen six years after it was released? [Mode] Brooklyn Rider - The Brooklyn Rider Almanac [Mercury Classics]...

Desperate Heroines

Mozart Desperate Heroines; Sandrine Piau, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Ivor Bolton; Naive Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 8 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Poised and technically fine account of soprano arias from Mozart operas For this disc, French soprano Sandrine Piau returns to Mozart for a recital disc for the first time in 13 years. Show More Summary

War and Peace in Wimbledon

This year's Wimbledon International Music Festival takes as its theme, War and Peace. Running from 8 to 23 November 2014 in various venues in and around Wimbledon the festival will be kicking off with the Academy Choir and Baroque Players...Show More Summary

The Evidence-Driven Pentagon

The extremely left-wingers in the Pentagon say that global climate change is an immediate threat to national security. I look forward to the climate-change-denying Republicans in Congress trying to cut or deny Pentagon funding to deal with related issues.

Metropolitan Opera Cast Change: Carmen

Aleksandrs Antonenko is ill, and rather than calling in the regular cover, they've got Brandon Jovanovich singing Don Jose tonight's performance of Carmen. Jovanovich is currently rehearsing for Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

The secrets of the great Domingo

In case you missed this wonderful web stream from the Royal Opera House yesterday, watch it here now. Tony Pappano interviews Plácido Domingo about his extraordinary career, singing baritone instead of tenor, and much, much more.

Resurrecting a Caldara rarity

Antonio Caldara La concordia de'pianeti; La Cetra; Andrea Marcon; Archiv Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Sep 23 2014 Star rating: 4.5 Engaging performance of Caldara's rediscovered, grand out-door serenata Antonio Caldara (1670 - 1736) isn't a familiar name. Show More Summary

Sober thank-yous...

Huge thanks to the friends and colleagues who have given generously to Macmillan Cancer Support via Go Sober for October, whether via my personal page or Team JDCMB! So far we have clocked up £211.THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! toClare...Show More Summary

Cecilia Bartoli in St Petersburg

Araia, Raupach, Dall'Oglio, Madonis, Manfredini, Cimarosa; Cecilia Bartoli, I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis; DECCA Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Sep 25 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Bartoli's latest exploration, rare and fascinating arias from 18th...Show More Summary

Die Fledermaus

Johann Strauss Opera Danube is a new operetta company aiming to give a platform for young singers. On 17 and 18 October at St John's Smith Square they will be performing Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus. They will be joined by the Orpheus...Show More Summary

Beethoven essay

Deus Ex Musica. The New Yorker, Oct. 20, 2014. Also in this week's issue, a column on Anna Netrebko at the Met and the NY Phil's Nielsen series.

aworks album log :: oct. 12, 2014 #carsick #book #rider

2 weeks agoMusic / Classical : aworks

Carsick Cars - 3 Upbeat Chinese rock with crisp guitars and drums. [Maybe Mars Music] Joseph Kubera - Books of Horizons Especially like Michael Byron's Book of Horizons. [New World Records] Meredith Monk - Key [Lovely Music] Brooklyn Rider -...

Seen at Macbeth...

The Met, bless its cotton socks, has a new project to display as an adjunct to its HD worldwide cinecasts. It says the intention is to expand its visual arts initiatives "with a new series of short films created by visual artists and...Show More Summary

Superficial Perceptions Are Permanent

2 weeks agoMusic / Classical : PostClassic

“[Composer Rinaldo Di Capua] thinks composers have nothing to do now but to write themselves and others over again, and the only chance they have for obtaining the reputation of novelty or invention must arise either from the ignorance or want of memory in the public – as everything both in melody and modulation that […]

Temporary Header

I probably won't leave the musical header up there for too long - I can't figure out how to make it a background image for the blog title and colophon - but I hope at least some readers recognize it.

Miscellany

Geoff Edgers, formerly of the Boston Globe and newly arrived at the Washington Post, has a richly detailed, wrenching piece on the Atlanta Symphony lockout.... A retrospective of the work of filmmaker Bill Morrison, who has collaborated so memorably with...

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