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Carl's Morning Quiz: Rossini's opera La Cenerentola (Cinderella) is now playing at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Rossini composed Cenerentola in 1817 when he was 25 years old, the year after he wrote The Barber of Seville. Who sings the title role in Lyric's production of Cinderella? Answer >>
Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq recently brought her sounds to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago during the 2015 World Music Festival Chicago. She has collaborated with some of today’s most acclaimed artists from Björk to Matthew Barney. Her recent album Animism won Canadian album of the year at the 2014 Polaris Music Awards, beating out more... more...
The stories of H.P. Lovecraft, one of horror fiction’s forefathers, have influenced artists in all disciplines from authors like Stephen King and Jorge Luis Borges to film directors like Guillermo Del Toro and John Carpenter. But, did you know that Lovecraft has also inspired composers? Composer Ryan Ingebritsen is gearing up for the more... more...
Everyone loves a fairy tale, and one of the most magical ways to experience one is at the opera house! Some of the most beloved operas of all time are inspired by fairy tales and other enchanting stories. What fairy tale opera are you? more...
Yup, that's right, J.S. Bach wrote a chamber opera about coffee. And not just coffee, coffee addiction! Here's some facts about Bach's "Coffee Cantata" and how the piece came to be about. more...
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Friedrich Cerha day | Jamie xx | Spector | A$AP Rocky | Colin Towns Mask Orchestra | London Sinfionetta: Feldman – For Samuel Beckett
For long-time indie rock trier Fred McPherson, Spector feels like the last-chance saloon. A mixture of smug fop meets Harry Potterish nerd, he fronts a similarly conflicted band, beset by vulnerability but convinced of greatness. Some were drawn to the band’s debut album Enjoy It While It Lasts, with its romantic exertions in the late-Britpop idiom, but the demand for a new LP, Moth Boys, was a surprise even to Spector. Unswerving from their original plan, the band still play strident synth-pop, atop which McPherson swoons theatrically. It’s a sound that demands a specialised audience – perhaps this will be the time they find it.Continue reading...
Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
Robin Holloway’s tuba concerto gave expressive voice to an orchestral underdog, while the RLPO sounded thrilling under an empathic Manze
Robin Holloway has pursued an equal-opportunities approach to concerto writing, having created showpieces for orchestral underdogs such as the viola, bassoon and double bass. The piece premiered this evening, Europa and the Bull, describes the birth of a continent from the rape of a nymph and takes the form of a concerto for the tuba.
Holloway believes the big daddy of the brass section to be unfairly maligned; a perception that a 20-minute expostulation of a tuba’s sexual activity may, on the face of things, seem unlikely to dispel. And though Holloway’s writing is fairly rampant in parts, he makes expansive room for exploration of the lyrical, even seductive qualities that give the instrument a certain nobility. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s heroic principal tuba Robin Haggart fully conveyed the profound, singing quality achievable from this very large yet surprisingly expressive horn.
Conductor Riccardo Chailly is at the height of his powers, so why is he determined to slow down? He tells Fiona Maddocks about leaving Leipzig’s Gewandhaus and his return to La Scala, Milan
“‘The sound knocked me back like a great crashing wave. It was a shock, a terrible blow to my body, to my head, to my soul. But in a nice way.” Riccardo Chailly, 62, has never forgotten his first rehearsal with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra nearly 30 years ago, at the Salzburg festival. The work was Richard Strauss’s early tone poem Don Juan, which bursts forth with strings soaring up like a fleet of rockets, brass detonating in mad retort. Those opening bars intoxicate and overwhelm, even from a safe seat in the audience. How much more electrifying to be on the podium, knowing a single flick of your baton has created this bolt of energy.
Back then, Chailly was a fervent, 33‑year-old Italian with reddish-chestnut flowing hair, a slightly unruly beard and a glittering career ahead of him. He was already music director of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, an ideal training ground for a fast-rising young conductor. His unlikely rival in the same, western half of a still-divided city was Herbert von Karajan, nearly 80, silver-haired and impeccably tailored, with most of his achievements as music director of the illustrious Berlin Philharmonic already in the past. Karajan remained, nevertheless, the most powerful figure in classical music and an unexpectedly generous mentor.Continue reading...
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Discover WFMT's Classical Italy next May! Join Peter van de Graaff on this exclusive twelve-day classical music lover's journey to "Bella Italia" next May. Imagine staying in the heart of Venice in a restored old abbey and experiencing Donizetti' opera La favorite at the historic La Fenice Opera House!