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  • Philip Gossett, scholar of 19th-century Italian opera, is dead at 75

    06/14/2017 10:31:27 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 13, 2017 | John von Rhein
    Dr. Philip Gossett, a retired music scholar and professor of music at the University of Chicago who was considered one of the world's foremost experts on 19th-century Italian opera, died Monday at his home in the Hyde Park neighborhood. He was 75. The cause of death was progressive supernuclear palsy, a rare degenerative disease, according to his son, Jeffrey. Gossett was widely respected as an authority on the operas of Gioachino Rossini and Giuseppe Verdi, having served as general editor of the collected Rossini works and coordinating editor of the collected Verdi works. The latter edition was published by the...
  • Sad news: Eminent conductor collapses and dies (Sir Jeffrey Tate)

    06/02/2017 10:57:23 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    Slipped Disc ^ | June 2, 2017 | Norman Lebrecht
    The management agency for Sir Jeffrey Tate has confirmed his death, this afternoon, at the age of 74. The eminent British conductor suffered a heart attack while visiting the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo, Italy, and could not be revived. Sir Jeffrey Tate, who was 74, was knighted six weeks ago for services to music.
  • Classical (Music) so white and male: Time is overdue for diversity

    03/08/2017 7:45:45 PM PST · by brucedickinson · 92 replies
    SF Chronicle ^ | 3-7-2017 | Joshua Kosman
    While organizations in other artistic fields — theater, literature, the visual arts — attempt, however haltingly and imperfectly, to broaden the scope of their activities to include a range of creative voices and life experiences, the leadership in classical music keeps on ignoring the whole subject. The field is just as committed now to the work of white men as it was 100 years ago or more. That’s a very bad look for any cultural organization in 2017. And it’s a particularly bad look for a field that needs to be thinking seriously about how far the traditional models can...
  • Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Minnesota Orchestra's conductor laureate, dies at 93

    02/21/2017 6:14:34 PM PST · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio News ^ | February 21, 2017 | Euan Kerr
    Minnesota Orchestra Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski has died. He was 93. Skrowaczewski came to Minnesota decades ago to lead what was then the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, and he never left. He changed the face of classical music in Minnesota, and remained a towering presence in the classical music world until the end.
  • Grand Canyon 'On the Trail' Theme Portrays Donkey Falling off the Edge

    02/20/2017 12:54:09 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 24 replies
    Freep | 2/20/2017 | CharlesOConnell After an Intro, Ferde Grofe's 'Grand Canyon Suite', Donkey Theme, starts with a picturesque depiction of pack mules on the trail for the first 8 measures. The second 8 measures of a descending, frenetic theme, don't make programmatic sense, unless there is an explicit visual depiction of a donkey tumbling off the trail. In the third 8 measure section, the donkey's plaintive hee-haw is heard.
  • Sadness: A clarinet legend has died (Gervase de Peyer)

    02/05/2017 9:19:00 AM PST · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    Slipped Disc ^ | February 4, 2017 | Norman Lebrecht
    We have been informed by close friends of the death of Gervase de Peyer, the foremost British clarinet player of his time. Gervase was 90. A founder of the Melos Ensemble, with whom he recorded extensively, Gervase was principal clarinet of the London Symphony Orchestra from 1956 to 1973. He was also a founder of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and an influential teacher.
  • French maestro conductor Georges Pretre dies at 92

    01/04/2017 11:58:07 AM PST · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | January 4, 2017 | Agence France Presse
    French maestro Georges Pretre, who regularly conducted the renowned Vienna Symphony Orchestra, died Wednesday aged 92, the Austrian capital's Philharmonic society said.
  • Composer and conductor Karel Husa dies at 95

    12/16/2016 12:31:36 PM PST · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    Cornell Chronicle - Cornell University ^ | December 16, 2016 | Daniel Aloi
    Influential and internationally acclaimed composer and conductor Karel Jaroslav Husa, who taught at Cornell for 38 years and conducted major orchestras as well as campus ensembles, died Dec. 14 at his home in Apex, North Carolina. He was 95... Husa was born in Prague on Aug. 7, 1921... Husa became an American citizen in 1959... Husa won the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1969 for his String Quartet No. 3, and the 1993 Grawemeyer Award for his Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, and many other composition prizes over his career. His best known work is the four-movement “Music for Prague...
  • Conductor Sir Neville Marriner dies aged 92

    10/02/2016 7:52:44 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 19 replies
    Sir Neville Marriner, one of the world’s greatest conductors, has died. The founder of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, who has conducted many of the world’s best orchestras, died in his sleep on Sunday, aged 92, the academy said.
  • Phyllis Curtin, American Soprano Who Championed New Music, Dies at 94

    06/07/2016 8:04:14 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 6, 2016 | Margalit Fox
    Phyllis Curtin, an American soprano celebrated as a champion of new music, died on Sunday at her home in Great Barrington, Mass. She was 94... A mainstay of the New York City Opera in the 1950s and ’60s, Ms. Curtin was noted for the purity of her voice, the sensitivity of her musical phrasing and the crystalline perfection of her diction. On the opera stage and in recital, she gave the premieres of dozens of works by 20th-century composers — “more first, and last, performances than any singer in history,” as she was fond of saying, ruefully...
  • Listen online tonight: Los Angeles Philharmonic performs Mahler's Third Symphony

    05/22/2016 2:42:20 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    Sunday, May 22 | 7 pm 
PDT / 8 pm MDT / 9 pm CDT / 10 pm EDT Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Tamara Mumford, mezzo-sopranoWomen of LA Master ChoraleLA Children’s Chorus Mahler: Symphony No. 3
  • Copyright expires on Bolero, world's most famous classical crescendo

    05/02/2016 6:05:35 AM PDT · by Borges · 56 replies
    Business Insider - AFP ^ | 4/30/2016 | Franck Iovene
    Almost 90 years after it was first performed in Paris, the copyright runs out on Sunday on one of the most popular and unique pieces of classical music, Ravel's "Bolero". "We are accustomed to say that a performance of Bolero begins every 10 minutes in the world. As the work lasts 17 minutes, it is therefore playing at all times somewhere," said Laurent Petitgirard of France's Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers (SACEM). "And it is likely that we will hear it even more now, in advertisements or in films".
  • The blind spots of Pierre Boulez

    03/27/2016 10:14:40 AM PDT · by Borges · 13 replies
    Slipped Disc ^ | 3/27/2016 | Max Raimi
    I first played under the baton of Pierre Boulez more than a quarter of a century ago, shortly after I joined the Chicago Symphony. I always admired him as a human being. He was kind, brilliant, generous, and by all accounts a great and loyal friend. On more than one occasion he rescued the Chicago Symphony on short notice after other conductors had to cancel on us. Indeed, he and Bernard Haitink stepped in to steer the orchestra’s artistic fortunes following Daniel Barenboim’s abrupt departure in 2006. All of us in the orchestra are very much in his debt. But...
  • British composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies dies aged 81

    03/14/2016 12:56:01 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 14, 2016
    Celebrated British composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, a former Master of the Queen's Music, has died at the age of 81. He was known for his modern and avant-garde works, but his most famous piece was a simple, haunting lament for solo piano - Farewell To Stromness. "He was, right to the end, a pioneer," Stephen Lumsden, Managing Director of music agency Intermusica, said. The Salford-born musician, who had leukaemia, died at home in Orkney.
  • Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt dies at 86

    03/06/2016 12:51:05 PM PST · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 6, 2016
    The celebrated Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt - considered to be the "pope" of the baroque music revival - has died in Vienna aged 86.
  • Happy 260th birthday, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart!

    01/27/2016 6:15:30 PM PST · by EveningStar · 53 replies
    January 27, 2016
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, christened Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was born January 27, 1756. He died December 5, 1791.

    01/11/2016 5:04:22 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | various | Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
    TRACKLIST : 01. Allegro In Fa Minore ( 05:53 ) 02. La Ricordanza ( 06:04 ) 03. Allegro Vivace In Sol Maggiore ( 03:57 ) 04. Allegro In Do Maggiore (I) ( 04:23 ) 05. Larghetto In Do Maggiore, "Una Furtiva Lagrima" ( 02:54 ) 06. Presto In Fa Minore ( 03:58 ) 07. Larghetto In Do Maggiore ( 02:35 ) 08. Allegro In Do Maggiore (II) ( 07:20 ) 09. Adagio Ed Allegro In Sol Maggiore ( 06:37 ) 10. Due Motivi Del Celebre Maestro Fäer Messi In Suonate ( 10:15 ) 11. Valzer In Do Maggiore ( 04:01...
  • Pierre Boulez, conductor of bracing clarity, dies at 90

    01/06/2016 5:47:57 AM PST · by Borges · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/6/2016 | Tim Page
    Pierre Boulez, who began his career as a radical modernist composer dedicated to overthrowing classical traditions and lived to become one of the most revered and sought-after orchestral conductors in the world, died Jan. 6 in Baden-Baden, Germany. He was 90. His family announced the death to the Philharmonie Paris but did not disclose a cause. Mr. Boulez (pronounced boo-LEZZ) came to public attention as the leading voice of postwar avant-garde music in France, an enfant terrible given to making public suggestions such as “the most elegant way of solving the opera problem would be to blow up the opera...
  • Gilbert Kaplan, conductor - obituary

    01/02/2016 4:01:03 PM PST · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | January 1, 2016
    Gilbert Kaplan, who has died aged 74, was an American economist, journalist and businessman who came to wider attention through his determination to be an orchestral conductor and in particular his obsession with Gustav Mahler's Symphony No 2 (the Resurrection), a work that he conducted on more than 100 occasions. Some saw him as a charlatan, a Wall Street millionaire who had "bought" his way on to the podium with his lavish donations to impecunious orchestras. Others felt that he offered a fresh insight into the music, unsullied by a traditional approach to interpretation and the institutionalised training of the...
  • Orchestra conductor Riccardo Muti appeals for spiritual revival in Italy

    12/24/2015 3:00:54 PM PST · by nwrep · 5 replies
    Slipped Disc ^ | December 24, 2015 | Norman Lebrecht
    Maestro Riccardo Muti laments the decline of the essence of Italy, its savours, its habits and its music. He has a nice way of evoking an image: The Alps separate the world of frost and suet from the sun and the oil. Our blood circulates differently. And the essence of our spirit is melody. Pavarotti was the greatest of the past half-century not just for voice, but because he sang with a mixture of joy and sadness that is in our nature. Unfortunately Italy today can no longer either suffer, or smile. … I remember the first time I went...