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Classical Net Review - 15 May 2013 - The Rite of Spring 100 Years Young

Classical Net Review - 15 May 2013 - The Rite of Spring 100 Years Young | ballet and music | Scoop.it

There is no way to escape it: on May 29 it will be exactly a hundred years ago that Igor Stravinsky's seminal Rite of Spring was premiered in Paris, as part of the famous Ballets Russes seasons masterminded by Serge Diaghilev. While the fascination of dance-makers with the work has never diminished since its notorious creation at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées – very few scores have been so frequently choreographed throughout the years or triggered man's boundless imagination – the centenary promises plenty of concerts and music-related events commemorating the Rite. For that matter, one of the most original renditions were to be found at London's Royal Festival Hall where the complete Rite could be heard whistled in the lavatories – courtesy of Joao Penalva.

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Classical Net Review - Brahms/C. Schumann - Violin Concerto/Romances

Classical Net Review - Brahms/C. Schumann - Violin Concerto/Romances | ballet and music | Scoop.it

The Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili teams up for her second Deutsche Grammophon disc with the Staatskapelle Dresden and its principal conductor Christian Thielemann in this new recording of the Brahms Violin Concerto. The 33-year-old Batiashvili has quickly established herself as one of the most acclaimed and sought-after violinists of the day. She holds the position of "Capell-Virtuosin" in Dresden for the 2012/13 season, emphasizing her special relationship with the reputed orchestra and while falling short of being revelatory, her Brahms nonetheless makes a fine stand among the many reference recordings available.

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Classical Net Review - Schubert - Complete Symphonies

Classical Net Review - Schubert - Complete Symphonies | ballet and music | Scoop.it

Marc Minkowski founded Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble 30 years ago. Under his direction the orchestra developed into one of the foremost period instrument formations of the day, focusing on Baroque, Classical and Romantic vocal and orchestral repertoire. Coinciding with their 30th anniversary they released the complete Franz Schubert Symphonies cycle on the French Naïve label. The project was filmed and recorded live at the Vienna Konzerthaus by the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) in March of this year.

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Classical Net Review - Schubert - Symphonies #1 & 9

Classical Net Review - Schubert - Symphonies #1 & 9 | ballet and music | Scoop.it

Marc Minkowski and his Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble have embarked on an ambitious Schubert symphonies cycle (available as 4CD set on Naïve V5299). As most period-performance specialists Minkowski gradually ventured from the Baroque into the Classical, and now the early-Romantic era. Earlier this year he recorded with his ensemble the eight symphonies in Vienna for CD release and currently tours different concert venues across Europe. In Brussels I caught a performance of the First and Ninth Symphonies, as part of the Flemish radio music festival (Klarafestival) which offered the full cycle spread over three different cities.

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Classical Net Review - 23 November 2012 - Loud, Louder, Loudest

Classical Net Review - 23 November 2012 - Loud, Louder, Loudest | ballet and music | Scoop.it

In the Meet & Greet that preceded the performance, Swiss-born conductor Stefan Blunier pointed out how difficult it is to start a concert with Sibelius' Swan of Tuonela. That was unfortunately proven true in this concert with the National Orchestra of Belgium on the next to the last day of the Brussels Bozar Marathon Week. The program was dubbed "Strong musical stories". Strong they may have been, but the stories sounded surprisingly similar in Blunier's hands. Leading a massive orchestra for Sibelius' Swan, Blunier opted for a slow pace but remained more analytical than atmospheric and allowed far too outspoken contrasts and brusque interruptions of orchestral sections (especially brass and bass drum). The cor anglais made a commendable contribution but he was too prominent as if it was his concerto and a swifter tempo would have saved him from some uncomfortable moments. The violins, massed to the left, sounded rather cold, yet the lower strings created an impressive sonority.

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Classical Net Review - 7 April 2013 - Buniatishvili in London

Classical Net Review - 7 April 2013 - Buniatishvili in London | ballet and music | Scoop.it

At first glance, the concert of the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Paavo Järvi at the London Royal Festival Hall on April 7 couldn't have been further removed from the "blazing originality" label that the orchestra's 2012/13 cycle at the Southbank Centre brandishes on its posters and programs. Sibelius' Karelia Suite, Grieg's Piano Concerto and Dvořák's Seventh Symphony seem rather safe Sunday matinee fare instead. Yet with an electrifying Khatia Buniatishvili bringing insight and character to the Grieg, with an inspired maestro and above all a Philharmonia in tremendous doing, the concert was nothing short of revelatory.

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Classical Net Review - Dvořák - Symphony #9, Cello Concerto

Classical Net Review - Dvořák - Symphony #9, Cello Concerto | ballet and music | Scoop.it

Hyped as a "marriage made in heaven", Antonio Pappano ushered his Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome out of obscurity into the international spotlight. Guided since 2005 by the busy maestro – who combines his Roman post with that of music director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden – Santa Cecilia embarked upon a series of tours, recording at the same time for EMI Classics popular symphonic works from Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Respighi and Mahler, as well as operas from Rossini and Puccini. Their most recent release bravely pairs two Antonin Dvořák's warhorses, the 9th Symphony "From the New World" and the Cello Concerto, taped live and assembled from a handful of concerts in Rome in 2011/12.

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Classical Net Review - Chopin - Piano Concerto #2 & Piano Works

Classical Net Review - Chopin - Piano Concerto #2 & Piano Works | ballet and music | Scoop.it

Khatia Buniatishvili's second solo CD is dedicated to Frédéric Chopin and continues in the same vein as her acclaimed solo debut which focused on Franz Liszt. The 25-year old Georgian pianist proposes a highly personal album again, with a handpicked selection of pieces that form a compelling ensemble of 70 minutes of Chopin music, linked by inherent themes like youth and nostalgia, love and death. As in her Liszt CD Buniatishvili's pianism blends prodigious technique with a vivid imagination and instinctive musicality. By all means, it is a CD to savior slowly and gradually, because like some select wine it can hit rather heavily when taken in too quickly. When tasted with moderation however the rewards turn out to be so much bigger. Buniatishvili is a profound and intelligent artist, and evidently everything has been well considered, not only the choice of music but also the photos and the booklet essay. This may not be your everyday Chopin recital, yet it clearly comes straight from the heart with irresistible eloquence as well as tremendous skill.

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Guest Articles - Dance International

Guest Articles - Dance International | ballet and music | Scoop.it

Considering how closely it is linked to one of the most flamboyant and popular characters in Bavarian history, the ill-fated King Ludwig II (1845-1886), it is surprising that John Neumeier’s production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake — more precisely called Illusions — like Swan Lake — entered the repertory of Munich’s Bavarian State Ballet only last year.

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Classical Net Review - 21 November 2012 - A Stop at Beethoven in a Music Marathon

Classical Net Review - 21 November 2012 - A Stop at Beethoven in a Music Marathon | ballet and music | Scoop.it

Anyone who still considers classical music elitist or inaccessible, should have a go at the Music Marathon organized by the Bozar, aka Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels. In the space of just one week, November 18 through 24, Bozar is hosting a non-stop succession of big names. Cecilia Bartoli, René Jacobs, Nelson Freire, Leif Ove Andsnes, Alice Sara Ott, and Antonio Pappano appear with prestigious orchestras in celebrated works such as Mozart's The Magic Flute and Beethoven's Piano Concertos. And to make it even more attractive the program includes introductions, meet-and-greet opportunities, a video screening, and public rehearsals, all adding up to a thoroughly complete musical experience.

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