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Blog > Swanning around: Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin at the Royal Opera House
by Philip Eisenbeiss | July 14th, 2018

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The new Lohengrin at the Royal Opera House, a co-production with Opera Vlaanderen, is musically a very fine production. What it lacks, however, is a unifying concept. Neither direction (David Alden), stage set (Paul Steinberg) nor costumes (Gideon Davey) came [...] more >>

Artists > Interviews > Beautiful Song Beautifully Sung - An Interview with Kenneth E. Querns Langley
by Maureen Buja | July 14th, 2018

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An Interview with Kenneth E. Querns Langley

Three years ago, bel canto scholar and tenor Kenneth Querns Langley started working on the idea of a Bel Canto Festival and it came to fruition last year. This year will be the second Festival, built around the participation of [...] more >>

Composers > Inspiration > Music and Nature: Trees
by Maureen Buja | July 13th, 2018

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When we’re young and in dance class, we’re told to imitate trees – swaying in the wind, bowing down in a torrent of rain or just standing tall in the cold winter sun. Composers are equally inspired; they see trees [...] more >>

Composers > Anecdotes > Khachaturian: - Piano Concerto - in d-flat major, Op. 38 - Premiered today in 1937
by Georg Predota | July 12th, 2018

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Premiered today in 1937

Aram Khachaturian might easily be considered the poster child of Soviet realism in music. Joseph Stalin decreed that a composer in Soviet society had to be “an engineer of the human soul by writing music that communicates directly with the [...] more >>

Blog > A favourite album: - «Résonance de l’Originaire»
by Frances Wilson | July 12th, 2018

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«Résonance de l’Originaire»

Schubert works for piano duet and piano soloMaria João Pires & Ricardo CastroDeutsch Grammophon 2004 I was given this album by a friend for my 40th birthday in autumn 2006. I thought turning 40 would be easy: I told myself [...] more >>

Artists > Interviews > The Artist as a Human Being
by Maureen Buja | July 11th, 2018

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Kilian Chan of Andante Musica looked at the music business and saw something that others had missed: young Asian musicians needed a niche. In addition, he was struck by the fact that for most of Asia, the foreign musician is [...] more >>

Composers > Anecdotes > Ditters von Dittersdorf: - Doktor und Apotheker - (The Pharmacist and the Doctor) - Premiered today in 1786
by Georg Predota | July 11th, 2018

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Premiered today in 1786

Premiered at the Vienna Burgtheater on 11 July 1786, Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf’s comic opera Doktor und Apotheker (The Pharmacist and the Doctor) was a resounding success. The contemporary press declared it “the one work among all new German operas [...] more >>

Composers > Inspiration > George Rochberg - “No artist ever arrives”
by Georg Predota | July 10th, 2018

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“No artist ever arrives”

By the late 1950’s George Rochberg was celebrated as America’s first and foremost master of composition in a serial language. One of the great leaders of the American avant-garde, Rochberg’s journey to a newly found language based on the tonal [...] more >>