Ruth Leon recommends… Renoir’s The Umbrellas – National Gallery
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by norman lebrecht
5h ago
Renoir’s The Umbrellas – National Gallery  Click here to watch Join us for a rainy day in Paris as National Gallery Educator, Belle Smith, introduces us to The Umbrellas (about 1881–6) by the French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir  (1841–1919). It was presented at an Impressionist exhibition in New York in 1886. Immerse yourself in the crowd beneath their brollies. Observe how their hands and feet intertwine in the composition of bright oranges, blues and greens. What do you think the expressions of the young woman and little girl, looking out at us from the picture, are saying? An ..read more
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Verdi’s Requiem, with subtitles in Latin
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by norman lebrecht
6h ago
Verdi’s Requiem, streamed by Slippedisc courtesy of OperaVision, is one of the most dramatic, and undoubtedly the most operatic, of its type. Roberto Abbado conducts this performance from the 2020 Festival Verdi Parma with Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini and Chorus of Teatro Regio di Parma with soloists, Eleonora Buratto (soprano), Anita Rachvelishvili (mezzo-soprano), Giorgio Berrugi (tenor) and Roberto Tagliavini (bass). In 1873, Verdi was moved to write his Requiem by the death of Alessandro Manzoni, a leading Italian author, best known for 1827’s I promessi sposi (‘Th ..read more
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Maestros and their motor cars (39): In the Met’s driving seat
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by norman lebrecht
14h ago
Aigul Akhmetshina, 27, the Metropolitan Opera’s recent Carmen, has roles booked for the next five seasons. She also looks after the gas station.   The post Maestros and their motor cars (39): In the Met’s driving seat appeared first on Slippedisc ..read more
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London Philharmonic choir chief retires after 30 years
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by norman lebrecht
14h ago
Press release: The London Philharmonic Choir, a world-renowned choral ensemble, today 22 February 2024 announces the retirement of its esteemed Artistic Director, Neville Creed, at the end of the 2024/25 season after a distinguished tenure of 30 years. Neville’s unwavering dedication and exceptional contributions have played a pivotal role in the Choir’s remarkable journey and outstanding musical achievements. He will maintain a connection with the Choir as Chorus Director Emeritus. Neville Creed has directed the Choir with distinction and critical acclaim since 1994, working alongside many of ..read more
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All that glitters: Peter Gelb’s plans when he entered the Met
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by norman lebrecht
15h ago
This was his vision in a 2006 interview with Martin Bernheimer: 1. Dramatically increasing the number of new productions to seven per season from the current average of four. 2. Placing a greater emphasis on securing more performances per season from the world’s greatest singers. 3. Making a strong commitment to producing contemporary work on an annual basis, including our new commissioning program with Lincoln Center Theater. 4. Creating new media initiatives with the digital distribution of our live performances to our global audience via movie theaters, new broadband subscription programmin ..read more
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Cleveland Orchestra lands $4.6 million gift
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by norman lebrecht
18h ago
Longtime patrons Myrna and Jim Spira have chipped in $4.6 million towards artistic programming, pension fund, and annual fund. They will also name the Myrna and Jim Spira Bass Clarinet Chair, currently held by Amy Zoloto. Spira has two favourite sayings: Victor Hugo: Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. Alphonse de Lamartine: Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends. The post Cleveland Orchestra lands $4.6 million gift appeared first on Slippedisc ..read more
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BBC seeks new Proms planner
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by norman lebrecht
1d ago
Sam Jackson, controller of Radio 3, has advertised for a semi-replacement for the departing Proms chief David Pickard. He asks: ‘How would you like to be Director of Artistic Planning for the world’s greatest classical music festival?’ That qualifies, at least, as our Job of the Week. Here are the specs: Working to the Controller, BBC Radio 3 & BBC Proms, the holder of this new post will take responsibility for the day-to-day artistic planning of the world’s largest classical music festival. This role will focus on implementing the creative vision as set by the Controller, as we look to fu ..read more
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London Philharmonic gets a series on Sky
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by norman lebrecht
1d ago
The London Philharmonic Orchestra has a four-part documentary series on Sky Arts, starting March 13. Titled ‘Backstage with the London Philharmonic Orchestra’, the cameras follow conductor Edward Gardner and musicians as they prepare for Mahler’s second symphony. Gardner said: ‘We thoroughly enjoyed filming this documentary series, knowing that we were showcasing both our wonderful orchestra and Mahler’s incredible score. Sky Arts viewers will be able to witness LPO phenomenal family of musicians and staff through the process to performance, with hard work and absolute passion for the music. I ..read more
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Dear Alma, An Israeli musician writes
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by norman lebrecht
1d ago
From our agony aunt’s mailbox: Dear Alma I’m a male instrumentalist, 30 years old, playing in an Israeli orchestra. My six best non-musician friends have spent most of the last four months on frontline service. Two were wounded, one seriously. I keep waiting for my call-up papers and nothing comes. I play concerts and imagine blank spaces in the hall, waiting for the hostages and the fighters to return, waiting for this war to be over. Here’s my problem. I once served as a first-respondent medic, but it got left off my papers. If I reminded my unit commander, he would have me back in unif ..read more
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The Met is now officially Second Hand Rose
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by norman lebrecht
1d ago
We reported yesterday that all four contemporary operas in the Metropolitan Opera’s new season had their first staging – with all risks taken – in other US companies. The plot now thickens. Salome, one of the two non-contemporary new productions, was developed at the Bolshoi in Moscow. Somehow, the Met forgot to mention that. Still, what has New York come to when its major oiopera house cannot create a single new show on its own. And why is the New York Times so supine it cannot put these questions to the general manager? Peter Gelb (pictured left) has been there far too long. The post The Me ..read more
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