Christmas is coming to the Barbican with the choir of King's College, Cambridge, Britten Sinfonia, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Academy of Ancient Music. This year's centenarian, Benjamin Britten, gets further performances including Simon Keenlyside in one of his song cycles. Show More Summary
I'm only vaguely familiar with the late Eleanor Hovda, but Borealis Music is an interesting work influenced by the environment but not necessarily an ersatz copy of it. Stephen Ellis in Fanfare about the work:...a soundpiece with brittle textures...
It’s Angela Lansbury. Need we say more? She’ll appear in Noel Coward’s Blithe spirit.
I was thrilled when the members of the SkyeProMusica asked me to make a transcription of my Skye Boat Fantasie for their ensemble, and am happy to let you know that they will be performing it on their Winter concert next week. Here's...Show More Summary
For his third program as music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Louis Langrée showed that he knows how to swing. Music Hall was dressed up for the holidays, and the 3,417-seat house was packed for a program that included Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and Ravel’s jazz-infused Concerto for the Left Hand with guest pianist […]
… and women can do it just as well as men. Read the Finn’s 10 top tips for being a 21st century maestro. Right here.
I started logging the amount of time I spent this month listening to various composers. The top 10 is full of the usual suspects plus some names new to me: Philip Glass Phill Niblock Steve Reich Terry Riley Duane Pitre...
We drew your attention in summer to the adventurous opera season that is held in a disused quarry in Dalhalla and had dreamed of going out to see it there ourselves. However, we learn today that the local authorities in Dalhalla have called off all Ring performances next August in order to vacate the quarry […]
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra issued the following notice at 5pm, a coule of hours before concert time: Following last night’s tragic incident, and its developments, BBC Scotland has cancelled tonight’s concert, Japanese Masters conducted by Ilan Volkov, out of respect for everyone affected. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you […]
The Royal Opera House's new production of Parsifal opens in three-quarters of an hour. I'm not going until 11th, but can't wait...it will be my 4th Parsifal of this year. I simply couldn't stand the thing when I first heard it. Yet now the piece has got under my skin the way no opera has since Die Zauberflote. Show More Summary
The Orion Orchestra's concert at the South Bank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall on 9 December 2013 is something rather different. Brain-child of the orchestra's artistic director Toby Purser, Serenata Latina combines the Orion Orchestra...Show More Summary
On this new disc from the Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam and the instrumental ensemble Oltremontano, directed by Wim Becu, is a selection of motets and instrumental pieces from Giovanni Gabrieli's Sacrae Symphoniae of 1597. The collection,...Show More Summary
and a fascinating conversation with Seiji Ozawa
Congenial, respectful, unfailingly encouraging.
Much quieter and more prosaic than you’d expect.
Tomorrow morning my Building a Library on the Chopin 4 Ballades is on BBC Radio 3 at about 9.30am. I may live-tweet it. Or I may hide. Haven't decided yet.After the Wagner play last Sunday, another Alicia's Gift two nights ago, getting...Show More Summary
Next week is the third annual Composers Concordance Festival in New York City. They’ve called it ‘Timbre Tantrum,’ organizing the concerts by instrumental family: PERCUSSION Dec. 1 – 3pm ArtBeat with Glen Velez, Lukas Ligeti, Peter Jarvis. Dimenna Center (W. 37th St. NYC) 3pm Dec. 2 – 7pm ArtBeat (repeat of program) William Patterson University […]
That last blog posting was number 2500.
San Francisco Opera, Les Troyens, 1966: Photo by Jones San Francisco Opera, Rigolett, 1997-: Photo: Weaver