Sep. 24 2016

9-26-16 Word On WIne Savoie Fare! :)

Savoie Fare!  Get it!  Vin de Savoie!!!  Hilarious!  I’m here all week ladies and gentlemen!  Try the veal and don’t forget to tip your waitress.  We have two super nice light red wines.  Most wine from the Savoie (which is the alpine region of France near Switzerland) is white but this is a nice light […]

Sep. 24 2016

Forbes Classical CD of the Week

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…The latter is very late-period Smetana, where mental trouble, probably due to syphilis, was already rearing its ugly head. It was written just a year before Smetana—long deaf by then—died in Prague’s Kateřinky Lunatic Asylum. The torn quality can remind, if faintly, of late Schumann—but the language firmly retains its Central European accent. The Talich Quartet’s warm, direct sound and rich

Sep. 24 2016

CD Review: Office of San Minias

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Charles T. Downey, CD reviews: Early music on the cutting edge
Washington Post, September 15

Officium Sancti Miniatis (Florence, Arcivescovado, s.c.), Coro Viri Galilaei, Ensemble San Felice
(released on July 8, 2016)
Bongiovanni GB5193-2 | 107’03”
[CD booklet]
The music we call Gregorian chant was not a monolithic, unified repertory. Melodies and texts varied widely from place to place,

Sep. 23 2016

At Washington Classical Review: WNO’s Rebuilding Year

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Charles T. Downey, WNO opens season with a visually attractive, vocally bland “Figaro”
Washington Classical Review, September 23

Sep. 22 2016

An Interview with D. Watkins

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Tyler Mendelsohn interviews D. Watkins in advance of his appearance at the Baltimore Book Festival:

Sep. 22 2016

Thursday 09/22/16 The Cleveland Orchestra

11:00 PM An archival concert in honor of Yehudi Menuhin’s centenary Yehudi Menuhin, conductor and violin Hephzibah Menuhin, pianist Cleveland Orchestra Chamber Chorus BACH: Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 15 in B-flat major, K. 450 BARTÓK: Divertimento for Strings SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, “Tragic”

Sep. 21 2016

At TCR: The Weekly Stream

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Get your Internet streaming music fix for the week:

Charles T. Downey, The Weekly Stream (The Classical Review, September 21)

Sep. 21 2016

Wednesday 9-21-16 Los Angeles Philharmonic

11:00 PM Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel Stravinsky Suites Nos. 1 and 2 Andriessen Mysterien Stravinsky The Rite of Spring FILL: Leos Janacek Sinfonietta Andre Previn, conductor TELARC CD80174

Sep. 21 2016

The challenge of presenting ‘African American music’: First, define it.

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The challenge of the Oprah Winfrey Theater at the NMAAHC: Is music art first, or artifact?

Sep. 20 2016

Latest on Forbes: World Premiere of A. Schreier’s Hamlet at Theater-an-der-Wien

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The Shakespeare Quadricentennial is upon us, hard, and Shakespeare music content is sprouting up wherever we look. If it is just rehashing the regularly played Verdi operas, then that is not much. Better to have something unknown revived, like the Bregenz Festival did with Amleto by Franco Faccio and with a libretto by Arrigo Boito (REVIEW) or commission a new work altogether. That is what the

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