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(US) Opera Today Review: "Wilhelm Friedemann Bach Cantatas" by Steven Plank (22 dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 12, 2012
“In Wilhelm Weitsch’s well-known painting of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, the eldest son of Johann Sebastian seems far distant from the cantorial world of his father.
  

(US) Opera Today DVD Review: "Wilhelm Friedemann Bach Cantatas" (Reviewed by: Steven Plank) (22 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 29, 2011
In Wilhelm Weitsch’s well-known painting of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, the eldest son of Johann Sebastian seems far distant from the cantorial world of his father.
  

(UK) Opera Today Review: François Couperin by Florilegium, Wigmore Hall by Claire Seymour (28 Nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 15, 2011
“Although François Couperin won his reputation as an esteemed composer at the ostentatious and vainglorious court of Versailles, under the patronage of Louis XIV, the ‘Sun King’, his work is often surprisingly discreet and intimate. 
  

(US) Opera Today Review: "Xerxes in San Francisco" by Michael Milenski (25 Nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 08, 2011
No cuts, not a single one, nearly four hours of non-stop arias, and its only hit tune happens within the first five minutes.
  

(UK) Opera Today Review: "Saul, Barbican Hall" by Robert Hugill (25 Nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 30, 2011

Handel’s oratorio Saul was the first dramatic oratorio that he wrote with a strong libretto.

Charles Jennens compilation, based on biblical sources, created a powerful structure which enabled Handel to create a work which became the first of his English music dramas.
  


(US) San Francisco Classical Voice Review: "Chalice Consort: Grant Them Rest" By Anna Carol Dudley (06 nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 16, 2011
“Chalice Consort observed the week of All Saints Day by singing a Requiem at the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, Sunday in San Francisco. Musical Director Davitt Moroney invited the audience to think, as the Requiem unfolded, about the lives of people they knew who have died.
  

(US) San Francisco Classical Voice Review: "Baroque Band: Attempts to Resuscitate Charlie's Angels" By Thomas Busse (5 nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 12, 2011
“One of the great things about the San Francisco Early Music Society’s concert series is that it gives exposure to emerging ensembles and new collaborations. On Saturday at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, I heard the Baroque Band, a Chicago string ensemble formed in 2007 by violinist Garry Clarke.
  

(US) Opera Today DVD Review: "Pavarotti at the Metropolitan Opera" by Chris Mullins (27 oct 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Nov 05, 2011
“Luciano Pavarotti died in September 2007, just short of his 72nd birthday and only a few years after his last performance at the Metropolitan Opera, in Tosca.
  

(CA) Arion Orchestre Baroque Concert: "Overtures for the Overture" (28-29-30 oct 2011) -- REVIEW La Presse

Contributed by Admin on Oct 29, 2011

Arion Baroque Orchestra opens its 31st season and enter the new room Bourgie this weekend with a program-Rameau Rebel entrusted to Christophe Rousset and given three times. Contrary to what is suggested in the advertisement, the renowned French harpsichordist appears only as a conductor. …“
  


(US) Harmonia Early Music: "A Spotlight On Harry Christophers" by Laura Osterlund (10 oct 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Oct 24, 2011
“We’re honoring the work of Harry Christophers – conductor, singer, and founder of The Sixteen. Plus, highlights from EMA’s Young Performer’s Festival and more …
  

(US) Harmonia Early Music: Bach’s Goldberg Variations Reinterpreted (Review by Anna Pranger)

Contributed by Admin on Oct 21, 2011

On this episode, Anna Pranger looks at“Chasing Goldberg” by Fred Lerdahl and“Variation on Variation with Variation” by Ralf Gothoni all performed by Lara Downes on the CD 13 Ways of looking at the Goldberg (modern piano).
  


(US) Opera Today Review: "Così fan tutte, Los Angeles" by Estelle Gilson (10 oct 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Oct 16, 2011
“The Los Angeles Opera Company’s charmingly understated new production of Così fan tutte will please your eyes and delight your ears, but its story might grieve your romantic soul.
   

(US) Opera Today Commentary: "The Inaugural Cambridge Handel Festival: a rosy dawn?" (By Sue Loder, 3 oct 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Oct 11, 2011
“The haughty beauties that are the ancient colleges of Cambridge were definitely feeling the heat this past weekend, and not even the cooling streams of the Cam and its tributaries could assuage the heat of an Indian summer in the Fens of Eastern England. 

(UK) The English Concert: "Critical acclaim at the Wigmore"

Contributed by Admin on Oct 02, 2011

We opened our 2011-12 season this week with Artistic Director Harry Bicket at Wigmore Hall with two performances of a programme featuring music by Alessandro Scarlatti, Handel, Vivaldi and Venturini. Scarlatti and Handel were sung by renowned tenor Ian Bostridge, while Mr Venturini, despite his name, turned out to have come from the Low Countries, only adding to the interest surrounding his unfamiliar Sonata in G minor, a piece that particularly attracted the attention of Geoff Brown in The Times


(US) Brilliantly Accessible: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco Classical Voice Review By Jonathan Rhodes Lee) (23 sep 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 28, 2011
“Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra inaugurated its 31st season with works of the Classical period. I heard them on Saturday night in Berkeley’s First Congregational Church.
  

(US) Review: Indy Early Music's '¡Sacabuche!' by Tom Aldridge (NUVO, Indy's Alternative Choice, Indianapolis) (25 jul 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 28, 2011
“"Sacabuche" is Spanish for "sackbut," which is the Renaissance version of the trombone, a featured instrument in this 17-performer group, their program entitled, Matteo Ricci: His Map and Music. A famous Italian cartographer, Ricci journeyed to China and in 1602 completed a map of the world, including the Americas, while residing in Beijing.
  

(UK) Viviana Sofronitsky, Wigmore Hall, London (The Independent, Review by Michael Church; 2011 July 31)

Contributed by Admin on Sep 01, 2011
“It wasn't clear which of the two debutants would upstage the other on Tuesday at the Wigmore Hall, where every inch of the stage was crammed with winged fortepianos.

(US) Harmonia Early Music: "From France, To Italy, To China: Highlights From The IEMF"

Contributed by Admin on Jul 30, 2011
“The final weekend of the Indianapolis Early Music Festival (IEMF) featured one evening of music by an up-and-coming group and one evening of Chinese and Italian music.

(US) Reenvisioning St. John Passion in Carmel Carmel Bach Festival By Scott MacClelland (San Francisco Classical Voice Review)

Contributed by Admin on Jul 20, 2011
“With the Carmel Bach Festival's new music director in charge, Bach himself has risen from the grave of encrusted tradition. Under Paul Goodwin's lead, last Sunday's performance of the St. John Passion, reclaimed the festival's namesake as Western music's greatest architect.
  

(US) Dancing, Whistling, and Vivaldi’s Lute: Hightlights from IEMF (By Anna Pranger -- Harmonia Review)

Contributed by Admin on Jul 17, 2011

“The Indianapolis Early Music Festival kicked off June 24, but this intrepid blogger was unable to attend that first weekend, so I bring you a summary from the second weekend of the festival.
  


(UK) Viva Vivaldi — Garsington Opera 2011 (Opera Today Review by Sue Loder)

Contributed by Admin on Jul 05, 2011
“Garsington Opera — in its superb new home on the Wormsley estate in rural Oxfordshire — has yet again confirmed the merit of its decision to promote Vivaldi’s long-ignored operas. 
  

(US) Opera Today Review: "Boston Early Music Festival: Niobe, Regina di Tebe" (Author: John Yohalem) (2011 June 20)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 30, 2011
“From a specialty occasion, a meeting of minds and interests and instruments for a week every two years, its classes and performances culminating in the sometimes casual staging of a forgotten opera from an obscure corner of the repertory, cast with singers soon to become Early Music A-listers (Suzie LeBlanc, Karina Gauvin), …
  

(UK) Andreas Scholl, Wigmore Hall (Opera Today Review Claire Seymour) (2011 June 09)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 12, 2011
“A capacity crowd at the Wigmore Hall eagerly awaited the arrival of Andreas Scholl and Tamar Halperin on the platform on Tuesday evening.
  

(US) Le Royaume Oublié: La Tragédie Cathare (Opera Today Review by Steven Plank)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 06, 2011
“Before a single track has been heard, Jordi Savall’s The Forgotten Kingdom impresses with its scale: a three-CD set packaged in a lavish, bound book that contains fifty dense pages of English commentary by nine different authors; adding the multiple translations, beautiful illustrations, and song texts, the book itself luxuriantly sprawls over 500 pages.
  

(US) Early music takes center stage (Boston Globe, May 22, 2011) (Boston Early Music Festival "preview", by Jeremy Eichler, Globe Staff)

Contributed by Admin on May 22, 2011
“With the days growing longer, the flowers (theoretically) blooming, and the year ending in an odd number, it can all mean only one thing: the Boston Early Music Festival is on its way.
 
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