Friday, August 28, 2009
Brief clip of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa fishing in Norway. Really.
Dame Kiri will, no doubt, leave her fishing pole behind when she comes to Symphony Hall as special guest with Frederica von Stade on October 4.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
An excerpt from a longer production, this section features an interview and some duet clips with Frederica von Stade and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. The two will open the 2009-2010 Celebrity Series of Boston season on October 4 at Symphony Hall.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
In a not particularly surprising, but helpful, finding, researchers from Carnegie Mellon and Stanford Universities found that:
"... buying an album digitally reduces
carbon dioxide emissions by 40 to 80 percent relative to a best-case
scenario for purchasing a CD."
Read all of The Carbon Case for Downloading Music.
Monday, August 17, 2009
This commercial is from 2008. The Vienna Choir Boys will visit Boston, probably without footballs, for a holiday program at NEC's Jordan Hall on December 12.
Vienna Choir Boys web site.
Along with your CDs and DVDs, the Berlin Philharmonic's new YouTube channel will have to do until the real thing comes along (which, in Boston, will be November 15). Here is the official introductory video/montage/ad thingy.
While I'm on the topic, here is Sir Simon Rattle giving some of his thoughts on classical music and the digital revolution.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Mr. Paul, was not a Celebrity Series performer, but I couldn't let his passing go without a post.
"How High the Moon" via 26 tracks.
The American Time Use Study, conducted by the U.S. Census bureau, measures how we, by various groupings, spent our day on average in 2008. It is a picture not for the faint of heart:
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
This project has an air of inevitability to it, but London's Royal Opera House will perform an opera using Twitter contributions for the libretto. Here is a snippet of the AP story:
"In an effort to get more people involved with opera, which sometimes
suffers from an elitist, highbrow reputation, London's world-famous
Royal Opera House is turning away — temporarily — from classic talents
like Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini and giving the composer's pen
to ... just about anybody.
All you need to contribute is a
computer or a mobile phone and an account on Twitter, the popular
micro-blogging site that is open to all."
Read all of the Associated Press story.
Random assortment of contributions to date:
"Nuts, i love hazelnuts." Bang! The bird dropped from the sky, dead, its tiny wings were frozen."
"concerns of a nihilist. I would bring you flowers, but they would die. I would love you, but, why?"
"Still in park. Her, shivering with coffee: I’m so cold- let’s leave Boston. Him: Anywhere! Around the world India, then Egypt!"
"but the distance between us is psychological – not physical or intellectual. And what’s happened toooooo the ginger cat?"
"forget! forget! the natives won’t forget! Lovers, mysterious in the mosquito net!!"
View the line-by-line progress of the libretto.
Make a contribution to the libretto (login required).
Visit the Royal Opera House on Twitter (is that close to Covent Garden?)
Royal Opera House web site
"... the first serious
inquiry came in March, 1949, when David Niles, President Truman’s
administrative assistant, asked the Bureau to look into the young
musician’s background. Niles wanted the information because Truman and
Chaim Weizmann, the first President of Israel, were scheduled to attend
an event at which Bernstein was slated to perform."
Read Bernstein and the FBI.
Monday, August 10, 2009
And no I don't mean jazz "cats," I mean the furry, purring kind, on video. The video above is the first movement. Visit this page for the other two and an explanation of the project with source materials.
I'm not sure how to describe this. Is it "on the level?", "cruelty to animals?", "a joke?" Well, the cat videos are real and he really did attempt to recreate Schoenberg's famous work and no cats were harmed in the making of this video. On the other hand, how could it not be a joke? If it is a joke, it's no ordinary joke, etc.
Thanks to Soho the Dog for rooting out this gem.
"Fliter’s rubato remained a constant surprise: after such a fast, thrilling
opening, she quickly quieted down and slowly took the follow-up section,
offering a satisfying yet alternative interpretive contrast. Her rolling
arpeggios were delivered with such precision and transparency that they often
came across as far more legato and less percussive, a quality which drew more
attention to the overall melodic shape of the piece, as if she were playing
Read the complete review.
As this blog has written before, Ms. Fliter makes her Boston debut on November 1 in a recital at NEC's Jordan Hall.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
"'He's always welcome here,' said Perry Fellwock, marketing manager at the store. 'His piano playing is brilliant. He plays mostly classical music.'"
New York Daily News story
Artemis String Quartet plays Beethoven quartets Opus 59/ 1 & 95 (video excerpts with interviews).
Visit the official Artemis web site.
The Artemis make their Boston debut on Friday, March 5 at NEC's Jordan Hall with an all-Beethoven program.
Today's opinion piece on the New York Times Op/Ed page references a new Pew Research Center study on napping and comes away advocating for naps in the workplace. I would read the Pew study, but I just can't keep my eyes open ...
Monday, August 3, 2009
"I strolled down into the all-but-empty auditorium and grabbed myself a
great seat. The superb Russian pianist Yefim Bronfman was rehearsing
the concerto with the Aspen Festival Orchestra under the conductor
Peter Oundjian, for a concert scheduled to take place tomorrow. I had
just happened to be in the right place at the right time."
Read all of The Rehearsal.
"Q. What is it about music that makes it suitable for use as part of a torture regimen?
A. Music’s power does have a dark side. A daily example of this would be musical brainworms, the annoyingly repetitive musical phrases that may run through one’s mind for days on end ..."
Read the complete article.
UPDATE: Here is the more detailed New York Times story.