Two features from The New Statesman – the first on elitism in classical music, and the second, a review of a new book Music as Alchemy by Tom Service, The Guardian’s music writer, examining the careers of six conductors and their orchestras:
Opening night photos from the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Choir’s Bach Eternal programme. There are several more performances between now and May 19th. http://soundslikesydney.com.au/shows/brandenburg-earlybird-offer-for-bach-eternal/7136.html Images by courtesy of and taken by Steven Godbee.
Last week, SoundsLikeSydney reviewed a concert by the Australian Haydn Ensemble which included important transcriptions of two major works for smaller ensembles. One arrangement was of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no 2 in B flat major opus 19 (1795) arranged by Stephen Yates for piano solo and string quintet (2014) and the other, Mozart’s Symphony No 39 in E flat major…
Paulo Montoya nominates the 10 best opera movies in Limelight magazine. What do you think? http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/Article/264240,the-top-ten-opera-films.aspx/0 How about the 2009 Luc Bondy version of Tosca at The Met with Karita Mattllia, Marcelo Alvarez and George Gagnidze – the audience reacted with both cheers and catcalls. Reviews: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/sep/22/tosca-metropolitan-opera-review http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/musical/2009/10/05/091005crmu_music_ross You tube clips of this production of Tosca: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFMucDLo5KY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwWu3Y71AsI&feature=related
The prestigious Paul Lowin Prizes are open for nominations until 5 pm on June 30, 2016. The prizes comprise the Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize 2016 of $25,000 and the Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize 2016 of $15,000. Managed by Perpetual in collaboration with the Australian Music Centre, the Paul Lowin Prizes were last offered in 2013. They…
One of the great pioneers of historically informed performance, Nikolaus Harnoncourt has died in Vienna aged 86. Just last year, on December 5, one day before his 86th birthday, the audience of the Concentus Musicus Wien, the ensemble that he founded in 1953, found a personal letter of farewell from him in its evening programme….
Lennard Promotions have announced with regret the cancellation of Jessye Norman’s Australian tour, citing circumstances beyond the control of both the artist and the promoter. Ticket refunds are available from the place of purchase.