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December 10   -  

From Admiral Jellicoe, Happy Christmas NOT

December 9   -  

Swedish Xmas from Stone Records

Stone Record's Christmas discs  are always a delight but this year's offering is unique. Deck the Halls, with Susanna Andersson and the Little Venice Ensemble. Imagine yourself at a house party, where some of the young European musicians ...

December 7   -  

Fidelio live from La Scala Milan Barenboim

Eagerly awaiting live broadcast of Beethoven Fidelio from la Scala Milan.Audio only from BR klassik HERE and video (Italy only)  on RAI 5. Klaus Florian Vogt, Anja Kempe, Peter Mattei, Falk Struckmann, Kwangchul Youn and of course Daniel ...

December 7   -  

ORF Nikolaus Harnoncourt day

Nikolaus Harnoncourt turned 85 on Saturday. ORF 3, the Austrian culture channel devotes most of Sunday in his honour, from 9 am Austrian time. There's a new documentary about his life and a series of films where he conducts Mozart - symphonies, the ...

December 6   -  

Analyzed not demonized - Tristan und Isolde Royal Opera House

Wagner Tristan und Isolde at the Royal Opera House, first revival of the 2009 production – one of the first to attract widespread hostility even before the curtain rose on the first night. Modern costumes seems to attract extreme hatred. ...

December 5   -  

Le vin herbé Frank Martin's anti Wagner Tristan und Isolde

Wagner Tristan und Isolde at the Royal Opera House Friday, and the re-release  of the 1960 recording of Frank Martin's Le vin herbé: a good time to consider Martin's oratorio profane as an alternative to the extremes of ...

December 4   -  

In support of Kyung-wha Chung

So  Kung-wha Chung told the parents of a tetchy child: "Maybe bring her back when she's older" and the media explodes as though the violinist was a triple-headed monster. Chung is not the first musician to object to coughing and other disruptions ...

December 3   -  

Revenge for the Boundary Wall

Revenge for the Boundary Wall - an opera with a title like that has got be interesting..it's a short comic opera in four acts, by Ztgmunt Noskowski (1846-19090, a leading figure in the Warsaw music world of his time. read more about him ...

December 2   -  

Mahler on Chinese instruments

Mahler Das Lied von der Erde adapts Chinese poetry and uses figures reminiscent of Chinese music. Mahler had a friend who had recordings of Chinese music, so its possible that Mahler had an idea what they sounded like. So why not transcriptions ...

December 2   -  

Mahler rarities in NYT Xmas gift list

A specialist collection of Mahler rarities reaches the New York Times Xmas gift giving list ! its not often that a collection like this made by a small,independent company of serious Mahler enthusiasts competes with heavily marketed big corporations. ...
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