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Though the ‘regular’ performance season has ended, you don’t have to stop enjoying live performances. Summer festivals across the globe allow you to experience great performances with the artists you love all year long. Here are 15 festivals you should check out this summer. Can’t hop on a plane to Provence? Don’t worry. WFMT is taking you to more... more...
Today is International Friendship Day! Click to read more about some of the most famous friendships among composers in music history. Whether bosom buddies like Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams, or something more complicated like Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler, there’s no doubt that these composers enjoyed genuine friendships that would influence their personal and professional lives. more...
Tonight, July 31, is the second full moon of the month, or what we call a blue moon. Of course, a blue moon doesn’t really appear blue; rather, it’s their rarity that makes them special. According to numbers crunched by Western Michigan University, blue moons happen about 8 months out of 228, meaning there’s a 3.5% more... more...
The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) is currently presenting its 25th festival celebrating American tap and contemporary percussive arts, Rhythm World. I sat down with Lane Alexander, CHRP’s artistic director and co-founder, as well as several Rhythm World instructors and guest artists, to learn more about this unique festival, which honors tap’s past while helping it step into the future. more...
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Monteverdi might be surprised to find himself hailed as the inventor of the opera, and he disclaimed the role of revolutionary, but his Orfeo is a radical, innovative and extraordinary work
The Orpheus legend is utterly central to how opera emerged at the close of the Italian Renaissance and to the way its first pioneers tried to justify its existence as a revival of ancient Greek sung drama (a slightly spurious claim). Orpheus, its first definitive hero, is present at every intersection in opera’s 400-year story as it continued to evolve and then, after a few wrong turnings, attempted to reform itself thanks largely to Gluck.
When Claudio Monteverdi came to compose L’Orfeo in 1607 he seems to have had a particular empathy with Orpheus. As a court musician working in claustrophobic, mosquito-ridden Mantua, Monteverdi was in effect a feudal vassal of the Gonzaga dukes. There his moods seesawed between elation and dejection: intense bouts of audacious creativity were followed by moments of self-doubt - very much like the Orpheus of Greek mythology (as transmitted by Ovid and Virgil), who suffers, loves, exults, mourns, goes on a heroic rescue mission, stumbles at the last hurdle and finally reaches a new and deeper understanding of himself.Continue reading...
Royal Albert Hall, London
Donald Runnicles, conducting the Deutsche Oper Berlin’s chorus and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, brought precision and drama to Verdi’s Requiem
When the conductor Hans von Bülow sneeringly dubbed Verdi’s Requiem “an opera in ecclesiastical costume”, Brahms severely reprimanded him. Bülow would later retract his remark and Verdi apparently forgave him.
Yet Bülow had some sort of point. One entire section of the Requiem (the Lacrimosa) began as a scene in Don Carlos that was eventually dropped during rehearsals, while the inherently dramatic quality of Verdi’s Mass for the Dead is apparent throughout; nor would he have seen any contradiction in it being so.Continue reading...
Royal Albert Hall, London
A Luke Bedford premiere had strong ideas but lacked coherence, while Bruckner’s Third Mass was measured and spacious
The centrepiece of this Prom given by the BBC Philharmonic under the orchestra’s chief conductor, Juanjo Mena, was a substantial new piece by Luke Bedford, scored for large orchestra and lasting some 23 minutes. Its title is Instability.
Bedford has described how his original plan was to write a set of five or six movements, but the final version turned out quite differently: the eventually continuous result now cuts suddenly between strikingly contrasting ideas – not, Bedford hopes, in a random fashion, though certainly in an unexpected way.Continue reading...
The UK is to extend air strikes by RAF Tornados against the Islamic State group by an extra year, to March 2017, the defence secretary says on a visit to Iraq.
The police watchdog is to investigate whether officers failed to pursue allegations of child abuse made against former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.
The UK has "got a grip" on the migrant crisis in Calais, the foreign secretary says, as he confirmed 100 more guards would be deployed in its Eurotunnel terminal.
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