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Classical Music Mon Dec 11 2017 13:00:16 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Our reaching out for singularity these days is not unexpected, given that social media bombards us with opportunities to acquire the latest product or the swiftest device to put us out in front of the crowd. Our jobs are sometimes less about intrinsi
My choir London Concord Singers, conductor Jessica Norton, is giving its Christmas concert on Thursday 14 December 2017 with a concert celebrating 20th century British music. The programme centres on Vaughan Williams' Mass in G minor, writte
I’ve been watching my favourite film again, and I’ve discovered a worthwhile commentary on it in the form of a video essay.This format is especially well suited to a visual analysis of a film, and if there was ever a film that wou
Los Angeles Times: Conductor Jonathon Heyward and violin soloist Hilary Hahn perform Leonard Bernstein's Serenade with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Walt Disney Concert Hall. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)Los Angeles Times: Jona
Arvo Prt: Magnificat The Erebus Ensemble My soul glorifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour. He looks on his servant in her lowliness; henceforth all ages will call me blessed. The Almighty works marvels for me. Holy his name! His merc
Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana - Martina Belli, Bryan Hymel - Royal Opera House (Photo ROH/Catherine Ashmore) Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana, Leoncavallo Pagliacci; Bryan Hymel, Elina Garanca, Carmen Giannattasio, Mark S Doss, Simon Keenlyside, dir: D
#morninglistening to #Krenek w/@KennethWoods & @EnglishSymphon on @toccataMusicGrp : http://a-fwd.to/54s0a63 #Adventskalender Day 10. @SurprisedBeauty music! #pianoconcertos #20thcenturyclassical #surprisedbybeauty #classicalmusic #classicalmusic
"I am NOT pleased!" growls  Janne SibeliusThe Guardian questioned whether Sibelius was Finnish.  A rejoinder : does the Guardian do journalism, or clickbait ?  For the last three months, London has enjoyed two superlative s
BBC Radio 3http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09h3prc23 Days Left to ListenBBC Radio 3 writes: Chineke! at Bristol Radio 3 in Concert Their 2017 Proms debut was a massive popular hit. Now Chineke! Orchestra, Europe's first majority BME orchestra contin
Writing an earlier post The art of the classical maverick prompted me to listen again to David Munrow's 3 LP box Music of the Gothic Era recorded in 1976 for Deutsche Grammophon shortly before he took his own life. What is immediately striking is how
Veni, veni Emmanuel Traditional, arranged by Philip Lawson Taken from The King’s Singers’ new ‘Christmas’ DVD, recorded in Jerwood Hall at LSO St Lukes.
Photo by Adam Crane. Esa-Pekka Salonen, who is seen above on the Santa Monica beach in 2008. will be the subject of a Total Immersion program at the Barbican on Sunday. The day will culminate in BBC Symphony performances of... Photo by Adam Crane. Es
Arthur Ransome in Russia in 1917 Rachmaninov, Borodin, Mussorgsky, Alyabyev, Tchaikovsky; Ilona Domnich, Paul Whelan, Nigel Foster; London Song Festival at Hinde Street Methodist Church Reviewed by Anthony Evans on Dec 8 2017 Star rating: 4.
Multiplicity: Bach is advertised as a choreographic reflection inspired by the music and life of Johann Sebastian Bach. Just based on that PR-description, it might be either terrifically right or terribly wrong. When I first recommended in 2010, on W
Some personal recommendations for literaromusical gifts this Christmas - though please note, this is a personal selection so there may be quite a few others that I've missed. Listed here in no particular order. Enjoy.Being Wagner: the Triumph of the
photo : Roger ThomasThe photo isn't fuzzy. It's snowing hard !
So the Met has canceled all of James Levine's performances this season, while it investigates; Ravinia has "cut ties" with him; the BSO has issued a statement about its due diligence before they hired him as music director (but now it turns out - sur
Cadenza Artists reports that Lara Downes received the 2017 Classical Recording Foundation Award "at the 16th Annual Awards Ceremony!" Cadenza Artists writes:Cadenza Artists started working with pianist Lara Downes earlier this year, just as her caree
Recording and book of the year listicles don't do it for me. But one of my book highlights of 2017 demands a heads up. Don't Panic I'm Islamic was commissioned in response to the US travel ban on predominantly Muslim countries. Subtitled 'Words and p
Rachmaninoff: Bogoroditse Devo Voces8 Rejoice, virgin mother of God, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, for you have borne the Savior of our souls.
Night’s Bright Darkness Sally Read (Ignatius, 2016) 152 p. Not long ago I wrote about Robert Hugh Benson’s memoir of his conversion to Catholicism. As in most such stories, there was in that book a more-or-less clear thread that o
Owain Park (Photo Tom Gradwell)Owain Park is a busy young man, as he combines working with his vocal group The Gesualdo Six with a burgeoning conducting career, work as a composer including writing a commission for Nigel Short and Tenebrae's recent t
#morninglistening to #Dvoks #StabatMater w/@czechphil, @spikelmyres et al. on @deccaclassics : http://amzn.to/2BQ9PI6 #Adventskalender Day 9. (bit late, due to power outage.) RIP #jiribelohlavek #AntoninDvorak #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollectio
At a holiday lunch, the chap next to me asked (and it was not mere politeness, though it may be that my earlier visible disinterest, in the conversation about sports organizations, may have inspired the polite query) How's the music coming?As I took
Grave of Muzio ClementiWestminster AbbeyMay, 2014
Review: Walton Symphonies Nos. 1-2, Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony. Pacific Symphony Blog, Dec. 6, 2017. AdvertisementsReview: Walton Symphonies Nos. 1-2, Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony. Pacific Symphony Blog, Dec. 6, 2017
In preparation for returning again to Papal Provence I have revisited David Munrow's 1973 three LP set The Art of Courtly Love. With so much soul-searching about how classical music can reach a new young audience it is worth remembering that David Mu
Morris RobinsonJohn Malveaux and Dorian Payton HallJohn Malveaux writes:Attended Nov 19, 2017 final LA Opera performance of NABUCCO. Morris Robinson sang Zaccaria (chief priest of the Hebrews) to capture the Los Angeles audience with his compelling b
Schumann Street: love, loss, recoveryPhoto: Spitalfields MusicIf you're heading east in London this weekend, don't miss a whole streetful of Schumann and Schumann-derived songs. Spitalfields Music's Festival, which is on now, spans everythin
I know there are some who have recently suffered losses that make this holiday season so very difficult. Of course some of us suffered losses not-so-recently and we still miss our dear ones greatly. I’m posting this for anyone who needs the
An occasional tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears lately. Linda Catlin Smith - Memory Forms (Artifact Music; 2001) > Among the Tarnished Stars - The Burdocks; Through the Low Hills - Andrew Smith, Stephen Clarke;... An occa
Georg Philipp Telemann Bach, Telemann; Academy of Ancient Music, Bojan Cicic, Rachel Brown, Rachel Beckett, Alastair Ross; Milton Court Concert Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Dec 07 2017Star rating: 5.0Contrasting works from the two rivals and fri
Happy Second Advent Sunday to You! CDs of the Week are quite obviously recommendations. It makes little sense to write about ho-hum releases; its more fun to place the spotlight (if these posts can be called so much) on something deserving. But every
Here, plumb spang in the middle of re-reading the wonderful, beguiling, fu-fu-funny autobiography of Goshen's favorite son, Phil Proctor, I was ready to write the review.  It has posted to Amazon, but here, Seekers, is the Unexpurgated Versi
During Advent this year I intend to learn this lovely hymn, which is sung at Compline during the Advent and Christmas seasons. A happy Advent to all those observing it.During Advent this year I intend to learn this lovely hymn, which is sung at Compl
Lemminkinen and the Swan of Tuonela Celebrating Finnish Independence (and Jean Sibelius's birthday) at the South Bank, London with Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vilde Frang and the Philharmonia Orchestra.  A very inspired performance, Salonen
Space where the concert was held.I was lucky enough to see the great flutist Claire Chase the other night at Cal Performances. The venue was the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and not in the theater where movies are shown. Instead, the
Nine orchestral scherzos, some well known, others not, chosen by me. Playlist: Scherzos. Pacific Symphony Blog, Dec. 5, 2017. AdvertisementsNine orchestral scherzos, some well known, others not, chosen by me. Playlist: Scherzos. Pacific Symphony Blog
My recent post lamenting the shortage in classical music of mavericks, technologists and other agents of change attracted fewer readers than the joke post about Norman Lebrecht precededing it. Which I guess proves my point. But I don't give up that e
Speakers during MusicUNTOLD pre-concert gathering to celebrate LB Symphony inclusion of African American composer William Grant Still Symphony No. 2 in G Minor "Song of a New Race" during 2017 Veterans Day concert (John Malveaux, Dr. James Newton, Jo
Sasha Cooke as MarniePhoto: Richard Hubert Smith/ENOI finally got to see Marnie, Nico Muhly's latest opera, at ENO. Here's my review, for the Critics' Circle website - a second opinion for them, but it seems that I and the other critic were among the
Well, it's been awhile since I posted here, but 2017's not getting away that easily. This will be brief, but I've got a few more tricks up my sleeve before the new year.I mentioned in my previous post from June how a Facebook discussion led me to do
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An occasional tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears lately. Van der Graaf Generator - Do Not Disturb (Esoteric Antenna; 2016) Eli Keszler - Last Signs of Speed (Empty Editions; due Nov. 17, 2016) Linda Catlin... An occasional ta
I really enjoy the way these young Californian musicians play my transcription of Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty Waltz.
John Blow An ode on the death of Mr Henry Purcell; Samuel Boden, Thomas Walker, Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen; Hyperion Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Dec 1 2017 Star rating: 5.0Blow's ode for his great pupil in an attractive programme of odes by this negl
#morninglistening to #TerryRileys Dark Queen Mantra w/@delsolquartet on @sonilummusic: http://amzn.to/2kKuzxT #Adventskalender Day 9. #StringQuartet + #guitar (#gyanriley) #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #21stcenturyc
. . . was first sung by the First Church Boston choir, under the direction of Dr Paul Cienniwa, eight years ago today.Last night I dutifully practiced, and played through Just a Smoother Glide With Thee.  Yes, I shall practice some more.