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January 19   -  

Rattle tries to terrify Boulez

"That shirt, YOW"

January 17   -  

Overwhelmed by riches - the Philharmonie de Paris and more

Overwhelmed by the riches to watch and listen to, all at once, this week.  Some have been so good you need to enjoy them more than once. 24/7 listening if possible.  Absolutely, the crowning glory is the inauguration of the Philhamonie de ...

January 16   -  

Boulez Birthday Bash Baden Baden

Pierre Boulez turns 90 on 26th March. On Sunday 18th January, a special concert will be broadcast on arte.tv.    François-Xavier Roth conducts the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg with Pierre-Laurent Aimard. ...

January 14   -  

Paris Philharmonie Grand Opening Galas - links

The Philharmonie de Paris opens today.  It's a huge project, many years in evolution, designed to give Paris a world class cultural centre, like the Philharmonie in Berlin, or the South Bank in London (as was).  The former Cité de la ...

January 12   -  

Schumann Das Paradies und die Peri, Rattle, LSO Barbican

Is  Robert Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri an oratorio or an experiment towards a new form of music theatre?   Simon Rattle and the LSO at the Barbican,  London,  confirmed its rightful place in the repertoire.  ...

January 10   -  

Ian Bostridge - Schubert's Winter Journey : Anatomy of an Obsession

Schubert's Winter Journey : Anatomy of an Obsession, by Ian Bostridge, isn't yet another book about Winterreise.  Like the cycle, it is a journey of exploration. charting Bostridge's lifelong saga into the heart of the music, and ...

January 9   -  

Wagner Das Liebesverbot Trieste, Lohengrin Amsterdam

Wagner Das Liebesverbot at the Teatro Verdi, Trieste reviewed HERE in Opera Today  "Aron Stiehl’s production of this rare early Wagner opera cheerfully brings commedia dell’arte to La Cage aux Folles.At the ...

January 9   -  

Sanglots

Sanglots - Guilliame Apolliniare Notre amour est réglé par les calmes étoiles Or nous savons qu'en nous beaucoup d'homme respirent Qui vinrent de très loin et sont un sous nos fronts C'est la chanson des rêveurs Qui ...

January 8   -  

Why I love the ROH Un ballo in maschera

"At last" said a man in the audience at Verdi Un ballo in maschera at the Royal Opera House, "A production there's nothing to boo about" though, pf course, some sections of the audience like getting get incandescant with hate, and would feel ...

January 7   -  

Staffies for Wagner

My Staffy hears music all the time, and isn't much bothered. One day, however, Fafner roared out of the speakers  Instant alert ! Much jumping and growling. That dog has more imagination than some people !
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