There seems no end to the works which the late John Tavener can magically produce: ‘Oh where, tell me where?’ has now received its UK premiere by the Bach Choir for whom he wrote it, and though premiered in Shanghai it still had the tincture of novelty.
In the world of opera, a young star's path to fame usually moves through incremental steps: well-received recordings, high-profile recitals, new stage roles at some prestigious house. The soprano Pumeza Matshikiza – one of an outstanding generation of young South African singers who have made a global impact since the end of Apartheid – has done all that.
John Adams received a rapturous response for the world premiere staging at ENO of his Passion oratorio, The Gospel According to the Other Mary – and well he might. Bursting with fury, compassion and inspiration, this elemental score seems to carry the composer to a whole new level of expression.
There are many ways in which Donizetti’s send-up of the love-potion idea in Tristan can work its spell.
"When I was a kid, I wanted to be famous." So begins Blaise Bellville, founder of the music platform Boiler Room, former editor of indie magazine Platform, the brains behind All Age Concerts and now teaming up on a project with one of the members of Radiohead. You'd never guess that he left school at 18 and sold knock-off budget makeovers to passers-by on Oxford Street – and the fact that the understated entrepreneur is still in his twenties but has owned so many businesses that he's "genuinely lost count" should be enough to make you sick.
Has the last bassoon been blown in Bradford? The National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain is struggling to find young instrumentalists in Scotland and the north of England, raising fears that classical music will become the preserve of a white, south-eastern elite.
The English National Opera has been forced to cancel a forthcoming production “for the first time in recent memory” as a direct result of severe cuts to its funding earlier this year.
When Kasper Holten became director of the Royal Opera three years ago, he declared that he wanted to take audiences “out of their comfort zone”. Mission accomplished, Kasper. At the latest Covent Garden production of Mozart’s Idomeneo, the director Martin Kusej, hired by Holten was greeted at the curtain call by what has been described as “a Mexican wave of booing”.
If any composer has changed our world, it is Philip Glass. You know his music even if you don’t think you do: those purling textures, repetitive patterns and slowly evolving harmonies became hallmarks of the “minimalist” style. Glass distanced himself from that term long ago; but beyond it, the hypnotic, meditative, melancholy atmosphere of his language has likewise become ubiquitous. His music’s impact upon modern culture – whether in film, TV, stage or concert hall – is immeasurable.
A one-handed concert pianist is to perform a special First World War Remembrance Day concert at the Royal Albert Hall paying tribute to an extraordinary legacy of music produced during the conflict for musicians who lost limbs.
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