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Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

March 7

An Italian maestro dies, at 89

Norman Lebrecht - Slipped discThe death is reported of Alberto Zedda, long-standing conductor of the Rossini Festival at Pesaro and an international authority on Handel, Bellini and Donizetti. As a young man, he was thrown out of La Scala by Herbert von Karajan. He went on to conduct at all the major Italian opera houses, including La Scala, as well as Covent Garden,Vienna, Paris, the Mariinsky, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He was an irrepressible enthusiast for Rossini and worked closely with Claudio Abbado on the new editions. Alberto Zedda died yesterday in Pesaro.

All the conducting master class

March 27

The Princeton Festival: Conducting Master Class June 18-24, 2017

The Princeton Festival: Conducting Master Class Princeton, NJ (USA) Conducting Master Class with The Princeton Festival Chamber Choir and Baroque Orchestra June 18 – 24, 2017 with Dr. Jan Harrington Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Conducting Indiana University Jacobs School of Music George Frideric Handel Chandos Anthem no. 11, “Let God Arise,” HWV 256a Antonio […]




Guardian

March 21

Faramondo review – mafiosi blaze a trail through Handel's hellhole

Britten theatre, Royal College of Music, London Overtones of The Godfather lurk around every corner of William Relton’s cool and clever staging of Handel’s problematic piece, which is exquisitely sungFirst performed in 1738, Faramondo has long been regarded as one of Handel’s problem pieces. Written while he was recovering from a stroke, it’s disquietingly bleak, and the dramaturgy is puzzling. The opera examines the relationships between desire and war and explores queasy ideas of sexual and military conquest. Yet there’s no real plot, only a static emotional gridlock, in which two pairs of men, allied on each side of an age-old conflict, find themselves rivals for women in the enemy camp: the protagonists, none of them remotely sympathetic, react rather than act throughout.A collaboration between the London Handel festival and the RCM International Opera School, William Relton’s staging relocates the work to some nameless modern urban hellhole. There are overtones of both The Godfather and West Side Story as mafiosi and bike gangs fight for control of the streets and knife-wielding psychopaths lurk round every corner. It’s consistently well sung, though Ida Ränzlöv’s Faramondo and Harriet Eyley as his sister Clotilde are particularly outstanding. Ränzlöv blazes through her arias with thrilling conviction; Eyley, silver-toned and effortless, is by turns virtuosic and exquisite. Continue reading...



George Frideric Handel
(1685 – 1759)

George Frideric Handel (23 February 1685 - 14 April 1759) was a German-British Baroque composer, famous for his operas, oratorios, and concertos. Handel was born in Germany in the same year as Johann Sebastian Bach and Domenico Scarlatti. Handel received critical musical training in Italy before settling in London and becoming a naturalised British subject. His works include Messiah, Water Music, and Music for the Royal Fireworks. He was strongly influenced by the great composers of the Italian Baroque and the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition. Handel's music was well-known to composers including Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.



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