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City of London Festival: Korean fusion in LSO St Luke’s

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

Electrikaleidoscope (1972). George Rochbert #listeninglog #rock #nostalgia

2 weeks agoMusic / Classical : aworks

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...

Remembering Seymour Barab

... as a young man, and through his life: and as a string quartet player.

Found in a Maazel Obit

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

Summer reading: a list for music-lovers

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

Ryedale Festival - Italy, monks, Donald Swann and more

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 and La mort de Cleopatre

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. Sonata for Loudspeaker (1953-54) #listeninglog #kpfa

2 weeks agoMusic / Classical : aworks

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,...

Lorin Maazel

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

The Angel of Mons - premiere of Judith Bingham's oboe concerto

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

Symphonic Milestone

2 weeks agoMusic / Classical : PostClassic

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.)

aworks listening log :: july 12, 2014 #glass #lively #good-spirited

2 weeks agoMusic / Classical : aworks

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...

Reunion Anxiety

2 weeks agoMusic / Classical : PostClassic

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.

Illustrating stories: ‘The truth is a cave in the Black Mountains’

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

Still scary - The Turn of the Screw - Christine Collins Young Artists at Opera Holland Park

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 - Romina Basso and Latinitas Nostra

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

New York Times Obituary for Seymour Barab

Margalit Fox wrote a beautiful obituary for Seymour that is in today's New York Times.You can read it here.

Met Contract Talk Links

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

Bristol Proms

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

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