(UK) Opera Today Review: "Philippe Jaroussky at the Wigmore Hall: Baroque cantatas by Telemann and J.S.Bach" (by Claire Seymour, 02 Dec 2016)
"On Tuesday evening this week, I found myself at The Actors Centre in London’s Covent Garden watching a performance of Unknowing, a dramatization of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben and Dichterliebe (in a translation by David Parry, in which Matthew Monaghan directed a baritone and a soprano as they enacted a narrative of love, life and loss. Two days later at the Wigmore Hall I enjoyed a wonderful performance, reviewed here, by countertenor Philippe Jaroussky with Julien Chauvin’s Le Concert de la Loge, of cantatas by Telemann and J.S. Bach.
What connects these two events? Well, on both occasions I found myself contemplating ...
"The most complete and authoritative edition of Mozart's works on 200CDs. In celebration of Mozart’s 225th anniversary, presented by Decca Classics and Deutsche Grammophon in partnership with the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation. This individually-numbered limited edition is a fusion of the latest scholarship with 240 hours of benchmark performances from 600 world-class artists and state-of-the-art sound recording. ...
(US) The New York Times Article: "Russell Oberlin, 88, Dies; Led Renaissance of Countertenor in U.S." (by Margalit Fox, 29 Nov 2016)
"Russell Oberlin, one of the 20th century’s most celebrated countertenors, whose voice was famed for an earthy robustness that belied the ethereal heights to which it could ascend, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 88.
His assistant, Zachary Stains, confirmed the death. ...
(CA) Globe and Mail Article: "Making arts experiences accessible to all is more important than ever" (by Kate Taylor, 25 Nov 2016)
"Everywhere you turn, arts institutions are getting wildly creative about drawing new audiences – or is that wildly desperate? Anecdotal evidence from arts administrators suggests their audiences are in serious decline. And this week the Canadian Index of Wellbeing came out with a challenging report suggesting that the decline is real and part of a larger social trend. ...
(US) Musica Pacifica CD Release: "Mi Palpita Il Cor: Baroque Passions" (Navona Records, 14 Oct 2016)
"MI PALPITA IL COR: BAROQUE PASSIONS is a compelling journey into the rich corners of the mid- and late-Baroque period. Featuring an array of thrilling instrumental and vocal compositions, the album is driven by the performances of French-Canadian soprano Dominique Labelle and American early music ensemble Musica Pacifica, founded in 1990, based in San Francisco, and whose playing has been called “a small miracle of precision and musical electricity” by the Washington Post. ...
(US) Ralph Locke Discusses Alexander the Great and the Indian Rajah Puru in Musicology Colloquium Series (06 Dec 2016)
Musicologist Ralph Locke (Emeritus, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester) will deliver a talk entitled “Alexander the Great and the Indian Rajah Puru: Exoticism in a Metastasio Libretto as Set by Hasse and by Handel” in the Peabody Institute Musicology Colloquium series this coming Tuesday, December 6 at 5PM. ...
If you missed the Festival d'Ambronay 2016, you may view and hear some of its concerts online thanks to the site "Culturebox". Visit the site before the videos lapse and are removed. ...
New recording of one of Jordi Savall's first performances of this wonderful work, recorded at the Church Santa Maria del Pi, Barcelona, in November, 2013, as a tribute to Montserrat Figueras. ...
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