Music for Heart and Breath

July 17th, 2014

    Richard Reed Parry Music for Heart and Breath DG CD   Richard Reed Parry is best known for his work in the Grammy award-winning band Arcade Fire. He is also active as a composer of concert music. On his debut portrait disc in this latter role, he enlists an all star roster of […]

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Is Ethics Only In The Eye Of The Beholder?

July 17th, 2014

By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq.    Dear Law and Disorder: An artist we have been representing for over 10 years just told us that he is leaving our roster and will be joining the roster of another management company. We didn’t have a written agreement, but we’ve never needed one as we’ve always believed that […]

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Botstein and the ASO Exhilarate at 20

July 10th, 2014

By Sedgwick Clark Leon Botstein just ended his 20th season as music director of the American Symphony Orchestra, during which he led an opera-in-concert performance of Richard Strauss’s Feuersnot, Bruch’s oratorio Moses, a concert of English music that included Walton’s Symphony No. 2, which Botstein called “one of the great symphonies of the twentieth century” […]

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When Is A “Work For Hire” Not A “Work For Hire”?

July 10th, 2014

By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq.    Dear Law and Disorder: An orchestra commissioned one of our artists to make an arrangement of a work for them to perform. We agreed that it would be a “work for hire.” Now, the orchestra wants to record their performance of the arrangement and has come to us asking […]

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Blacher Channels Maupassant

July 7th, 2014

By ANDREW POWELL Published: July 7, 2014 MUNICH — It was standing room only for Die Flut yesterday (July 6). Not only was Boris Blacher’s 1946 radio opera sold out, but the audience was expected to stand or stroll through it, as directed by Aernout Mik at a former riding hall here. Improbably part of […]

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Les Huguenots de Nuremberg

July 5th, 2014

By ANDREW POWELL Published: July 5, 2014 NUREMBERG — In Tobias Kratzer’s new staging here of Les Huguenots, the Catholic Comte de Nevers is an artist, ostensibly a portraitist but reduced through wild daydreams to paint-hurling abstract expressionism. His subjects include other characters in Meyerbeer’s grand opéra, one result being that we are confined for […]

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The Red Heifer at the Konzerthaus; Macbeth haunts the Staatsoper

July 3rd, 2014

By Rebecca Schmid A saying goes that where words stop, music begins. Trite as this may sound, The Red Heifer, a one-act opera by Iván Fischer which made its German premiere at the Konzerthaus last week, serves as a powerful example. As a reaction to right-wing politics in modern-day Hungary, Fischer’s home country, the work […]

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Verdi’s Lady Netrebko

June 28th, 2014

By ANDREW POWELL Published: June 28, 2014 MUNICH — Verdi’s Macbeth is back, for its eighth run in six years at the Bavarian State Opera, this time to open the dressy Opernfestspiele. The production’s giant chandelier, plastic sheeting, silly tent and field of skulls are now globally familiar, even if they don’t exactly transport us […]

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Kronos at 40

June 26th, 2014

  A Thousand Thoughts Kronos Quartet Nonesuch CD   Kronos Explorer Series Kronos Quartet Nonesuch CD Boxed Set   To celebrate their fortieth year of activities, Kronos Quartet has two releases on the Nonesuch imprint. The first, A Thousand Thoughts, is a single CD compilation of previously unreleased and newly recorded tracks. All of the […]

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Time for Schwetzingen

June 21st, 2014

By ANDREW POWELL Published: June 21, 2014 SCHWETZINGEN — The right setting makes all the difference. At the palace here, a probing six-week spring music festival mirrors the scale and serenity of its context, courtesy each year of Stuttgart broadcaster SWR. Two days last month afforded a sampling of the extended activities: the melodic Arcadian […]

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