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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

Plainsong vespers for Henry VI

Stephen Cleobury and the choir of King's College, Cambridge Plainsong Vespers, plus music from the Eton Choirbook and the Old Hall manuscript; Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury; Kings Place Reviewed by Robert Hugill...Show More Summary

Bryn Plus

I had a wonderful interview with Bryn Terfel last week and it is in today's Independent, here. Bryn sings the lead in Der fliegende Holländer at Covent Garden, opening tonight. Here are a few bonus bits of the interview. Bryn on...Andris...Show More Summary

I'll Be There.

Willy Decker won't be directing the new Met Tristan und Isolde after all; he has withdrawn owing to health problems. (Wishing him the best with whatever the specific issues are.)Instead, Mariusz Trelinski, whose double bill of Iolanta...Show More Summary

Gardiner auctions Hogwood's legacy

The late Christopher Hogwood's collection included 26 beautiful historic keyboard instruments, all of which are to go under the auctioneer's hammer in Bath at the Gardiner Houlgate auction rooms on 12 March. We can't help loving theShow More Summary

Music in Chile

The New York Times has a wonderful article and video by Melody Rivas about youth orchestras in Chile.

Aw shuks...

A friendly email arrived yesterday from the community manager of Forte Music Notation Software telling me that JDCMB is among 14 sites nominated for their Best Classical Music Website vote. The winner will be able to give away three licenses for Forte software use to his/her readers. Show More Summary

2015 Southwell Music Festival preview

The first Southwell Music Festival took place last year, in an around Southwell Minster in Nottinghamshire. Founded by baritone Marcus Farnsworth, who was head chorister at the cathedral, the festival takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Show More Summary

Going wild in East London with the NLCC

New London Chamber Choir - photo credit Andrew Moss Judith Bingham, Giles Swayne, Roberto Sierra, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Meredith Monk; New London Chamber Choir, Matthew Hamilton; Wilton's Music Hall Reviewed by Hilary Glover on...Show More Summary

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