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After the atonal terrors of Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima, his breakthrough work, Penderecki dismayed both the western avant-garde and the atheist Polish state by writing an overtly devotional church oratorio. Premiered for the 700th anniversary of Münster cathedral in West Germany in March 1966, it was greeted with shifting unease and polite reviews. By presenting it as ‘a homage to J S Bach’ the composer only increased the confusion. Penderecki was Catholic, Bach Lutheran. Nowhere in this hour-long recitation of modernist discords and vocal shrieks can the orderly and respectful spirit of Bach be definitely ascertained. Heard again,…

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The Orchestra will give a recorded concert at the Maison symphonique for broadcast this week Montreal, June 1, 2020 — The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is pleased to announce that its musicians have started a much awaited return today to the Maison symphonique for a reduced ensemble concert to be broadcast on June 4. This was made possible after the Minister of Culture and Communications Nathalie Roy announced on May 22, the green light to recorded indoor performances and concerts without a live audience. During the pandemic, the Orchestra has multiplied online initiatives in order to maintain a close contact with its loyal…

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Fall performances canceled in response to the health crisis New York, NY (June 1, 2020)—The Metropolitan Opera announced today that the company has made the difficult decision to cancel the first few months of its 2020–21 season, based on current information regarding the ongoing health crisis. The new season is now scheduled to begin on December 31, 2020, with a special gala performance, the details of which will be shared at a later date. “Given the enormous organizational complexity of the Met’s schedule, we have no choice but to cancel our fall season,” General Manager Peter Gelb said. “The health…

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Since we’re unlikely in the next few years to hear another live performance of Berio’s massive Sinfonia – his collage tribute to Mahler’s second symphony – we’ll have to make do with the works that followed it. Coro developed out of Cries of London, written for the King’s Singers in 1973-74. It is a montage of street songs, madrigals, verses by Pablo Neuruda and snatches of colloquialism, built upon a large orchestral foundation – 84 instruments – of pure ascetic modernism. It’s wonderfully challenging to all our musical preconceptions and frequently beautiful beyond words. This is peak-period Berio, before he…

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AMSTERDAM, May 28 2020 – Under the baton of Gustavo Gimeno, the Concertgebouworkest has been working towards a configuration on the ground floor of the Main Hall of the Concertgebouw which would allow it to perform symphonic repertoire while duly observing all coronavirus measures in force. The rehearsals, in which the players maintain a distance of 1.75 m from one another, have shown that it is quite possible to perform symphonic works scored for not too large an orchestra in such an arrangement and – at least for the moment – without an audience. The rehearsals have also established that the Concertgebouworkest can…

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Around the turn of the century, an Argentine-Israeli composer living in Massachusetts was suddenly all the rage. Osvaldo Golijov was a maker of fusions, welding symphonic, jazz and folk music  into orchestral scores, often with a choral component. Such was his success, that he was showered with commissions by Big Five US orchestras and film deals from Hollywood. It all got a bit much for Golijov, who missed one deadline after another before eventually pronouncing himself blocked. Nothing has been heard from him for a decade and eclecticism has gone totally out of fashion. So I was quite thrilled to…

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“Darlings of the Muses.” Brahms: Symphony No. 1. Schumann: Symphony No. 1. Clara Schumann: Piano Concerto Op. 7. Gabriela Montero: Five Improvisations. Gabriela Montero, piano. National Arts Centre Orchestra/Alexander Shelley. Analekta AN 2 8877-8. Total Time: 122:17. Clara, Johannes and Robert (Schumann, Brahms and Schumann) have long been a source of voyeuristic fascination. In 1947 there was a sentimental movie, Song of Love, supposedly based on the triangle. Now there is Darlings of the Muses, a serious-minded album from the National Arts Centre Orchestra under Alexander Shelley combining orchestral music by all three with a set of improvised piano miniatures intended to…

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We continue to think of you during these difficult times and we hope that you are well. We are writing with important information about your organization’s potential eligibility for emergency funding relief during the COVID-19 crisis.  You are receiving this email because you are listed as one of the key contacts in our granting portal for an arts organization that received a project or core grant from the Canada Council over the past three years.  If you are no longer a key contact for an organization that has received funding from the Canada Council, please share this email with the…

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I wish more piano albums were like this, formed by an original idea and a lot of unfamiliar sounds to tweak the ear. All five composers performed were involved in some way with the Bauhaus that Walter Gropius founded at Weimar in 1919 to rethink the look of the built environment. Gropius was wedded to visual austerity even while he was married to Alma Mahler and the composers who gathered around him were not entirely a bundle of laughs. (One who does not feature here is Erwin Ratz, Gropius’s secretary, who went on to become a hugely controversial editor of…

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Lachine, May 13, 2020 – Concerts Lachine is very proud to have adapted its summer programming in order to allow the public to discover classical music without leaving the comfort of your home. Between July 4 and 19, you will be able to enjoy the Lachine Music Festival via Facebook and/or on other platforms. Obviously, this solution will not replace live events in the concert hall, but we believe that this initiative will be particularly appreciated by our artists and by our existing and new audience members to this exciting series that has been presented for over 40 years. As…

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