Browsing: Orchestral

BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 1 in C minor. Te Deum. Lindsay Russell, soprano. Zoie Reams, mezzo-soprano. Jack Swanson, tenor. Kyle Albertson, bass-baritone. Houston Symphony Chorus & Houston Symphony Orchestra/Christoph Eschenbach. Jones Hall, Houston, Texas. March 5, 2017 Since he left the Houston Symphony in 1999 after an11-year tenure as music director, Christoph Eschenbach has returned from time to time as a guest conductor. Each time he has been received with enormous adulation and appreciation from audience and players alike. On his most recent visit, after a week of all-Bruckner concerts the reaction was the same; Eschenbach is beloved in Houston and…

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In the Hollywood walk of composing fame, Hanns Eisler is the forgotten man. Erich Korngold was the founding father, Waxman and Newman the busy bees, Rosza and Herrmann the atmosphere merchants. Eisler, who wrote the first book on composing for film and treated the craft as an art in its own right, is all but pushed off the sidewalk. A Hitler refugee, Eisler landed in New York in 1938, taught for three years at the New School, then moved to Los Angeles to work with Bertolt Brecht. In 1948, he was forced to leave the US during Senator McCarthy’s witch-hunt,…

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China’s Maestro Huang Feili died at his home in Beijing this past month (Feb. 19, 2017) at the age of 99). The following article is a reprint of my tribute to Maestro Huang – “Huang Feili: The Father of Chinese Conductors”, which appeared in La Scena Musicale on June 1, 2013. ___________________________ In March 2009, I was a Guest Lecturer at the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) in Beijing, China. My audience was a class of young conductors. My lecture, titled “Stokowski: the Limits of Interpretation,” considered the many changes that Stokowski had made in the scores of the music he conducted…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017: When Opera Philadelphia’s new adaptation of Lars von Trier’s searing Oscar-nominated film,Breaking the Waves made its world premiere in September 2016, the New York Times declared the opera “ambitious, accomplished, [and] dramatically direct,” and Opera Newssaid it “stands among the best 21st-century American operas yet produced.” It has since earned an International Opera Award nomination for Best World Premiere and made its New York debut with Beth Morrison Projects’ Prototype Festival to continued acclaim.Now, starting on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 1 p.m., home audiences the world over can listen to this spellbinding production in its…

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Here are your daily headlines in classical music and the arts ! Hard to believe, but it’s true: “Classical music concerts in Germany are officially more popular than football matches,” even though they have one of the best football teams in the world. [The Strad] [ClassicFM] CANADA OSM POP: Review of Arianne Moffatt’s concert with the OSM at the Maison Symphonique. [La Presse] [Le Devoir] Twittosphère : Yesterday at the McCord museum, guest speaker Monique Savoir said that Montreal should be more adventurous in its architectural projects. The former artistic director of the Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and former director of the Conservatoire…

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Here are your daily headlines in classical music and the arts! After the illumination of Jacques-Cartier Bridge, the Montreal-based firm Moment Factory had received has been called to illuminate the Notre-Dame Basilica. Both events are part of the 375th anniversary festivities in Montreal. [Radio-Canada] [Canoë] [TVA] [CNW-Newswire] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh5a3Hd7lrY CANADA Interview with violinist from Trois-Rivières Antoine Bareil, for the Quartango band. [La Presse] Death of Quebecois artist Claire Guérette. She was well-known for his textile works. [La Presse] INTERNATIONAL Estonia is working on the project named “An instrument for each kid,” who, as the title said, try to democratise music for all. The project takes place in…

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Under the Leadership of Andris Nelsons, Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and Leipzig’s Gewandhausorchester (GHO) Annonce Details of Unprecedented Partnership in World of Orchestral  Music BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA/GEWANDHAUSORCHESTER ALLIANCE—TO TAKE PLACE OVER A FIVE-YEAR PERIOD STARTING IN 2017-18—FEATURES CO-COMMISSIONING PROGRAM, EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES, SHARED AND COMPLEMENTARY PROGRAMMING, AND RESIDENCIES BY THE BSO IN LEIPZIG AND GHO IN BOSTON; NEW ALLIANCE ALSO TO INCLUDE MUSICIAN EXCHANGES BETWEEN THE TWO ORCHESTRAS AND THEIR RESPECTIVE ACADEMIES FOR ADVANCED MUSIC STUDIES HIGHLIGHTS OF BSO/GHO ALLIANCE BSO TO CELEBRATE “LEIPZIG WEEK IN BOSTON” (FEBRUARY 2018 AND NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018) AND GHO TO CELEBRATE “BOSTON WEEK IN LEIPZIG” (JUNE 2018 AND AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018), SPOTLIGHTING EACH OTHER’S MUSICAL TRADITIONS THROUGH SPECIALLY PROGRAMMED ORCHESTRA CONCERTS,…

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CHABRIER: España. Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole. BIZET-SHCHEDRIN: Carmen Suite. Philippe Quint, violin. Austin Symphony Orchestra/Peter Bay. Long Center. Austin, Texas. February 24, 2017 Canadian readers with long memories may recall that in 1967 when the Bolshoi Ballet was scheduled to appear at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, the Bizet-Shchedrin Carmen Suite was intended to be one of the featured ballets, with the legendary Maya Plisetskaya in the lead role. But it never happened. Yekaterina Furtseva, the Soviet Culture Minister, apparently decided that the ballet was too erotic and couldn’t be used to show off the Bolshoi. This was yet another case of…

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Monday, February 27 7:00PM. Maison de la culture Frontenac (Montréal), 2550 Ontario Est, Montreal. $0-2. Henry Purcell, Charles Avison, Georg Philipp Telemann, William Boyce, etc. 514-872-7882. 7:30PM. Music Faculty of University of Montreal, Jean-Papineau-Couture Concert-Hall (B-421), Montréal Québec, 200, avenue Vincent-d’Indy, Montreal. Piano Recital – Jean Saulnier’s Class. 8:00PM. Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place d’Arts, 175, Ste-Catherine Ouest, Montréal. $35-$65. Quatuor Hagen, cordes / strings: La réputation de l’ensemble n’est plus à faire. 514-845-0532. 8:00PM. Music Faculty of University of Montreal – Serge-Garant Concert Hall (B-484), 200, avenue Vincent-d’Indy, Montréal. Horn Recital – Louis-Philippe Marsolais’ Class: Mozart, Strauss, Dukas, Popper, Bozza et…

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Here are your daily headlines in classical music and the arts! The Boston Symphony Orchestra will play at the Maison Symphonique on. Their last visit was in 1984. The young director Andris Nelsons will perform the Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 with soloist Emmanuel Ax. [Le Devoir] [OSM] CANADA Return of the Symphonie du Millénaire, which was initiated by Walter Boudreau and Denys Bouliane in 2000 and involved more than 40,000 people. [Le Devoir] [La Presse] INTERNATIONAL Jordi Savall, in a project financed by the European Commission, has organised a series of concerts to financially assist refugee musicians to let them…

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