Often performed in a double bill with Ravel’s other one-act opera, L’Heure Espagnole, this is a richly colourful and inventive score. Continue reading
Apparent musical simplicity does not equal emotional simplicity. As Fischer-Dieskau used to say to his accompanist before walking onto the stage, I hope you all have a good journey with these wonderful songs.
Britten learnt much from this opera, and its influences are perhaps most obvious in Peter Grimes and The Turn of the Screw. Gritty, brutal and uncompromising, this is a crucial masterpiece of operatic modernism.
This is such a gorgeous anthem. I’ve had the pleasure of singing it many times now, and I thought it would make a worthy subject for a brief post. As my old teacher Dickers put it, ‘it’s a fine piece, if a tadge cruel on the tenors.’
Everyone is familiar with the phenomenon known as the Three Tenors, where three of the most successful tenors of their generation (Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, Plácido Domingo) came together. Who are my favourite three? Who are your favourite three? Continue reading
With the amount of parodied music, Rinaldo has at times been called an anthology. Handel’s Greatest Hits, if you will.
The cellist and conductor talks about the relationship of musicianship and scholarship, accompanying recitative on the cello, and the importance of understanding the language of music.
Have you heard of Die tote Stadt? No? Well you should have. It’s about time it became Die lebende Stadt once again.
Saccharine it may be, but it’s not without its touches of bitterness. This week’s guide is on Der Rosenkavalier, consistently admired and beloved since its first performance. Did Strauss give up the avant-garde struggle after Salome and Elektra? Perhaps not entirely, for Rosenkavalier is innovative in its own ways.
Purcell packed a marvelously rich variety of music into this work’s hour-long duration. Is there a more powerfully moving expression of resignation in the face of death? Its conciseness is an added bonus for a masterpiece that defined English opera for more than three centuries. Continue reading