Tag: classical music

The Quest: London Youth Opera’s commission for 2024

The Quest: London Youth Opera’s commission for 2024

Stuart Hancock: Pandora’s Box – London Youth Opera at Susie Sainsbury Theatre, Royal Academy of Music, 2023 (Photo: Nina Swann) Last December, London Youth Opera (LYO) presented Stuart Hancock and Donald Sturrock’s Pandora’s Box at the Royal Academy of Music’s Susie Sainsbury Theatre [see my review].  Charlie Swann, who sang Prometheus, has accepted a scholarship at Royal …

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REPOST: Edward German’s ‘Norwich’ Symphony

REPOST: Edward German’s ‘Norwich’ Symphony

Best known these days (if at all) for his operetta Merrie England, Edward German (1862-1936) was once highly respected. Sir Arthur Sullivan once famously said of German that he was “the one man to follow me who has genius”. He also wrote operas on Nell Gywn and Tom Jones. A performance of Tom Jones (written …

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Ruth Leon recommends… The Merry Wives of Windsor – Digital Theatre

Ruth Leon recommends…  The Merry Wives of Windsor – Digital Theatre

The Merry Wives of Windsor – Digital Theatre ​Click here to subscribe or rent The Merry Wives of Windsor is the only Shakespeare play which is set in his own time with characters who would have been familiar to his contemporary English middle-class audience. The tradition goes that Shakespeare wrote it at the personal request of …

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The Miro Quartet’s new CD is a mixed bag

The Miro Quartet’s new CD is a mixed bag

The Miro Quartet has been around since 1995, and astonishingly, 3 out of the 4 original members are still part of the group today. (The current 2nd violinist joined them in 2011). They haven’t made many recordings over the years, but two are especially memorable. Their 2003 recording of George Crumb’s Black Angels (part of the “Complete …

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Life, the universe and … Stephen Fry

Life, the universe and … Stephen Fry

The British actor narrates a cosmic new work by Sibelius descendant Lauri Porra. The composer’s wife conducts. You may well have heard it here first. The post Life, the universe and … Stephen Fry appeared first on Slippedisc.

All the Bruckner symphonies… on an organ

All the Bruckner symphonies… on an organ

Press release: Over the past four years (2020-2024), German conductor and organist Hansjörg Albrecht has recorded Bruckner’s complete symphonic oeuvre as a transcription for organ for the first time worldwide. This colossal project, entitled Anton Bruckner: Die Sinfonien, is under the patronage of Christian Thielemann and will find its crowning finale in mid-June with the …

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Watch: Wilhelm Kempff, 75, reimagines Mozart

Watch: Wilhelm Kempff, 75, reimagines Mozart

Extraordinary footage from 1970 of the German pianist at his most organic.   The post Watch: Wilhelm Kempff, 75, reimagines Mozart appeared first on Slippedisc.

Job of the Week: Early closing

Job of the Week: Early closing

Leave work before 1700: The Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge wishes to appoint a musicologist specialising in the period before c.1700 to the post of Assistant Professor, starting on 1 January 2025 or as soon as possible thereafter, and extending to 31 December 2026. This post arises as cover for a European …

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The most vivid recital disc of the year

The most vivid recital disc of the year

From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: The first we heard of Magdalena Kožená was a mid-1990s album of Bach arias, recorded when she was 22. The voice was at once light and dark — think Emma Kirkby in a John Le Carre novel. Given that Kirkby and Co had covered most of the Baroque, …

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Exclusive: A case of revenge porn

Exclusive: A case of revenge porn

We understand that the Houston Symphony has suspended its principal horn, Bill VerMeulen, for the rest of the season. Houston is about to host the League of American Orchestras conference and it does not want demonstrators on its doorstep. The horn player has been accused online of disseminating an intimate self-portrait. Slippedisc understands, from sources …

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