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Monday, September 26, 2016


My Classical Notes

September 23

A Bonney Jewell

My Classical NotesTo the regret of so many music lovers, soprano Barbara Bonney has pretty well vanished from US audiences. Years ago she moved to Salzburg to teach at the Mozarteum, and later she founded a retail store in Mozart’s old home town. I miss the sound of her pure, rich, musical voice. So today I am trying to share with you a jewell that I located. It is the Aria “Et Incantus Est” from one of the Masses by Mozart. For me personally, I do not see this as a religious work, even though it clearly originated for that purpose. As I hear this music it is pure sound, sensitive interpretation, and pure pleasure. Here it is now for your own enjoyment:

Guardian

Yesterday

Così fan tutte; Verdi’s Requiem; Jeremy Denk – review

Royal Opera House; Barbican; Wigmore Hall, London There is an excess of everything, and a lot more besides, in Jan Philipp Gloger’s new staging of Così fan tutteWhat do women want? Less than you might think. When it comes to the Royal Opera’s new Così fan tutte, a work that addresses the question repeatedly, an awful lot less. Sometimes nothing at all would do perfectly. Here are some of the things women – men too, I dare say – may not want, or not all in the same production of Mozart’s two-act opera: a mock bewigged cast taking a mock bow before the curtain rises, the joke worn thin before the overture is over; a 1940s railway departure scene a la Brief Encounter which then ascends to the flies, wheels still showing like a dropped hem; the four lovers canoodling in a picnic spot in the garden of Eden with fat serpent curling up the tree of knowledge and melon-sized apples ripe for prelapsarian temptation.By the end, a long time after the beginning, it was hard to remember what this most sublime opera was all about Continue reading...






Royal Opera House

September 23

Your Reaction: What did you think of Mozart's Così fan tutte?

Production photo of Jan Philipp Gloger’s Così fan tutte © ROH. Photo Stephen Cummiskey Plenty of emotion in #ROHcosi if you were close enough to see the nuance of the acting: a wonderful evening — Jonathan Gibson (@jongib) September 23, 2016 #ROHcosi 1st Cosi for me. Music and singing were very good.Production interesting but could have shed one layer of complexity.Am going back. — Upper Slips Boy (@upper_slips_boy) September 22, 2016 #ROHCosi production was too like being read a sociology textbook. Sometimes clever & funny, sometimes not. Six great performances though. — Andrew Clark (@AndrewClarkArch) September 22, 2016 Production photo of Jan Philipp Gloger’s Così fan tutte © ROH. Photo Stephen Cummiskey #ROHCosi ROHcosi superlative cast enhance a revivable production that is attractive and involving but over busy — Michael Llewellyn (@michael456789) September 22, 2016 Beautiful music, fresh voices, inventive staging - l'm no buff but all together a delightful production #ROHcosi — Hannah Cox (@HannahClarity) September 22, 2016 @dredbeveridge glad I'm not the only one who found #ROHcosi slow. theme of identities a bit lost. #despina star for me — Tim McDonagh (@tim_mcdonagh) September 22, 2016 Corinne Winters, Sabina Puértolas, Angela Brower in Jan Philipp Gloger’s Così fan tutte © ROH 2016. The best of #ROHcosi comes from the pit. On stage sets are lovely to look at but it is like view from a train, no emotional engagement. — Yosh M (@yoshkosh10) September 22, 2016 Rather liked the self-conscious cleverness of #ROHcosi the blurring of stage & reality; truth & lies but the concept ran out of steam at end — David Cloke (@DavidCloke) September 22, 2016 Some stylish - at times sensational - singing from @teilzeitdiva and @angela_brower - bravi... #ROHCosi — Ed Beveridge (@dredbeveridge) September 22, 2016 Production photo of Jan Philipp Gloger’s Così fan tutte © ROH. Photo Stephen Cummiskey Press Reviews: The Stage ★★★★★ Evening Standard ★★★★ Independent ★★★★ The Times ★★★ Bachtrack ★★ What did you think of Così fan tutte? Let us know via the comments below. Così fan tutte runs 22 September–19 October 2016. Tickets are still available. This production will be broadcast in cinemas around the world on 17 October 2016. Find your nearest cinema screening .

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(1756 – 1791)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 - 5 December 1791), was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. Mozart composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers. Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood in Salzburg. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. At 17, he was engaged as a court musician in Salzburg, but grew restless and travelled in search of a better position, always composing abundantly. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of Mozart's death. The circumstances of his early death have been much mythologized. He was survived by his wife Constanze and two sons. Mozart learned voraciously from others, and developed a brilliance and maturity of style that encompassed the light and graceful along with the dark and passionate. His influence on subsequent Western art music is profound. Beethoven wrote his own early compositions in the shadow of Mozart, of whom Joseph Haydn wrote that "posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years."



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