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September 5   -  

Salzburg Schubert Fierrabras Knights in white satin

Knights in white sarin - Schubert's opera Fierrabras at the Salzburg Festival, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher. Fierrabras is an opera with no performance tradition, whatsoever. The only performances between 1835 and the 1980's were concert ...

September 4   -  

Beethovenfest Bonn livestream Andris Nelsons

BEETHOVENFEST BONN LIVESTREAM7.9.2014 um 19 Uhr live aus der Beethovenhalle Bonn mit dem City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra und Andris Nelsons Mit den Beethoven-Symphonien 1, 2 und 3 (»Sinfonia Eroica«) beginnt am 7. September der ...

September 3   -  

Singapore Symphony Orchestra Prom 61 Zhou Long

The presence of Andreas Haefliger should have alerted audiences to BBC Prom 61 with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lan Shui. Haefliger played Zhou Long's Postures, which he premiered in July iin Singapore. Zhou's ...

September 2   -  

West Wycombe Festival 2014 - why you need to go

The West Wycombe Festival is a festival organized  by musicians, for musicians and those who like music making in a serious but informal setting. That's especially important when it comes to chamber music. Many of  the people involved, ...

September 1   -  

Electrifying Elektra Goerke Bychkov Prom

Electrifying Strauss Elektra at BBC Proms 59 = Semyon Bychkov, Christine Goerke. Amazing on radio asnd even more so live. Indeed, this was one of those rare occasions when you can say, in awe, "I was THERE!". The Royal Albert Hall is a huge ...

September 1   -  

Strauss Elektra Prom 59 - part ONE, part 2 follows

Richard Strauss Elektra, BBC Prom 53 – an amazing experience!  Semyon Bychkov, Christine Goerke, Felicity Palmer and a cast who could hardly be faulted.  Christine Goerke "is not one of those Elektras who start the opera as ...

August 31   -  

Stemme's stunning Salome Prom 58

Stunning Nina Stemme Strauss Salome Prom 58.  Full review in Opera Today by Robert Hugill "The problem with Salome (written in 1905), is that though premiered barely a century ago it dates from an era of different performing styles. ...

August 30   -  

Triumphant Mahler 2 Harding Prom 57

Triumphant! An exceptionally stimulating Mahler Symphony No 2 from Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Prom 57 at the Royal Albert Hall.  Harding's Mahler Tenth performances (especially with the Berliner ...

August 29   -  

Red herrings - why the BBC drops new music

An article popped up in the Guardian just before 6 pm today, titled "Why does the BBC assume its audience won't like new music?" It deals with the fact that Harrison Birtwistle's Sonance Severance has been dropped from the BBC TV 4 ...

August 28   -  

Seoul Philharmonic shines Prom 55 Chung, Wu Wei

When Unsuk Chin's Šu (2009) for sheng written for Wu Wei premiered in London at the Barbican in 2011, it didn't work for me at all.  I wrote then  that there were "overall the music didn't develop the possibilities beyond the ...
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