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August 21   -  

Prom 46 Carl Nielsen Fabio Luisi, Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Carl Nielsen Prom 46 at the Royal Albert Hall, London, with Fabio Luisi conducting the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.  Nielsen's no stranger to the Proms : Barbirolli conducted Nielsen's  Symphony no 4 "The Inextinguishable " in ...

August 20   -  

Abbado - Music not muzak

Hearing the silence ?  I've been watching the documentary Claudio Abbado : Hearing the Silence, by Paul Smaczny, available thru Euroarts.  Some will be aghast at the very idea of "hearing silence" but I think true  music lovers ...

August 18   -  

Thielemann's Tristan und Isolde, Bayreuth

Christian Thielemann's Tristan und Isolde is powerfully demonic. When I heard it broadcast audio-only, the orchestral playing mesmerized: so stunningly deep and expressive that  visuals were hardly relevant. Thankfully, the production, ...

August 16   -  

Janácek Glagolitic Mass Eternal Gospel Tomáš Netopil

Now on BBC Radio 3 the 2014 recording by Tomáš Netopil of Janácek, The  Glagolitic Mass and The Eternal Gospel. Listen for free on the radio. This is interesting because it  makes connections between the ...

August 15   -  

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August 14   -  

Fidelio Salzburg : depressing, provocative but not wrong

Beethoven's  Fidelio is an opera designed to provoke outrage. Any production that doesn't provoke is a betrayal of the composer.. Salzburg's new Fidelio is provocative, but that's exactly how it should be. Fidelio is an ...

August 13   -  

Prom 36 Boulez Ravel Stravinsky FX Roth

Perhaps the best Prom of the season so far - BBC Prom 33 Boulez, Ravel, Stravinsky with Francois-Xavier Roth. and the BBCSO.  Roth, like Boulez himself, understands the fundamentals of the French aesthetic. Please read my article on the ...

August 10   -  

Prom 33 Fantastique Berlioz, Beethoven, JE Gardiner

Revolution in the Air!  Beethoven Symphony no 5 and Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, each of them explosive works that would change the course of music history  John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et ...

August 9   -  

Martyrs of Nagasaki

Seventy years ago today, on August 9th 1945, an atom bomb fell on Nagasaki.Why Nagasaki ? The most westernized city in Japan, the centre of Christianity and of foreign trade, which for centuries had been Japan's window on the world?  Perhaps the ...

August 7   -  

Why western opera audiences need to know Lam Kar Sing

Lam Kar Sing has died. Imagine if dozens of big names in the western opera, film, drama, popular music,  historians, athletes and arts names all dropped dead at the same time? That's how significant Lam was to Cantonese culture. Western audiences ...
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