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ENDNOTES, February 2019

ENDNOTES, February 2019 In this edition: choral music by Rautavaara, orchestral music by Künneke, reviewed by STUART MILLSON Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016) enjoyed fame in Britain in the latter part of his life. His orchestral music – semi-romantic and Sibelius-infused – … Continue reading

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Kát’a Kabanová

Kát’a Kabanová Opera in three acts; music by Leoš Janáček, libretto by Leoš Janáček based on a Czech translation of Alexander Nikolayevich Ostrovsky’s play The Thunderstorm, orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner, direction by Richard Jones, Royal Opera, Monday 4th February … Continue reading

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La Traviata, 2019

La Traviata, 2019 La Traviata, opera in three acts, music by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, after La dame aux camélias by Alexander Dumas (fils), conducted by Antonello Manacorda, directed by Richard Eyre, Royal Opera, 14th January 2019, … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, January 2019

ENDNOTES, January 2019 In this edition: Revive– from Chandos Records; George Antheil’s American Symphony; Nostalgia from Wim Henderickx, reviewed by STUART MILLSON What better way to begin our 2019 musical journey than with a lively and completely refreshing compilation from Chandos of baroque … Continue reading

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When the Fun Stops, Stop

When the Fun Stops, Stop The Queen of Spades, opera in three acts, music by Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, libretto by Modest and Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, after Pushkin’s novella Pikovaya Dama, conducted by Antonio Pappano, directed by Stefan Herheim, Royal Opera, … Continue reading

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Oral History

Oral History Hansel and Gretel; märchenspiel (fairy tale) in three acts, music by Engelbert Humperdinck, libretto in German by Adelheid Wette, after the fairy tale Hänsel und Gretel by the Brothers Grimm, directed and designed by Antony McDonald, orchestra conducted by Sebastian … Continue reading

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Carmen Review – Dance of Death

Carmen Review – Dance of Death Carmen; opéra comique in three acts, music composed by Georges Bizet, conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson, libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy after Prosper Mérimée’s novella Carmen, directed by Barrie Kosky, Royal Opera 30th November 2018, … Continue reading

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Joseph Bonomi’s Temple of Horus

Joseph Bonomi’s Temple of Horus By Bill Hartley Travelling west out of Leeds railway station the traveller can see three towers close to the tracks. They bring a touch of the Italian renaissance to a Yorkshire city and are all … Continue reading

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A Thought Experiment

A Thought Experiment By Mark Wegierski The thought-experiment is a recognized form of obtaining insight, even in the hard sciences. Aldous Huxley, who died on November 22, 1963, would probably have appreciated a hypothetical situation like the one below. Let … Continue reading

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Graffiti, Politti

Graffiti, Politti Royal Opera, Simon Boccanegra, opera in a prologue and three acts, 15thNovember 2018, directed by Elijah Moshinsky, music by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Francesco Maria Piave revised by Arrigo Boito, orchestra conducted by Henrik Nánási, reviewed by Leslie … Continue reading

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