Archive for the ‘Munich Times’ Category

Safety First at Bayreuth

Friday, August 19th, 2016

By ANDREW POWELL Published: August 19, 2016 BAYREUTH — Clouds over Europe’s festivals this summer are as figurative as they are literal. The trouble is not lower standards or Regietheater, or even money, but has to do with Europe itself and macabre shifts that are gradually but decisively threatening the way of life accepted since […]

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Bolton Saves Rameau’s Indes

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

By ANDREW POWELL Published: August 7, 2016 MUNICH — Two evenings after an “Allahu Akbar” eruption here cost nine mostly teenage, mostly Muslim, lives, it felt perverse to indulge in 280-year-old French escapism stretching to Turkey, Peru, Iran and the future United States. But there we were July 24 in the Prince Regent Theater for […]

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MPhil Launches Own Label

Monday, July 18th, 2016

By ANDREW POWELL Published: July 18, 2016 MUNICH — Late to an unprofitable game, the Munich Philharmonic on Friday announced a new recording label of its own, “MPhil,” in partnership with Warner Classics. Its purpose? To broaden the audience. Content will be sourced live, mainly from concerts at the orchestra’s Gasteig home. But archive releases […]

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Bayreuth Parsifal Due Online

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

By ANDREW POWELL Published: July 17, 2016 MUNICH — Bayerischer Rundfunk confirmed on Thursday it will video-stream the premiere of Uwe Eric Laufenberg’s new staging of Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival. — when: 9:57 a.m. EDT on July 25, 2016 — where: www.br-klassik.de/concert Laufenberg is reportedly intent on exploring the religious aspect of Wagner’s 1881 […]

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Harteros Warms to Tosca

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

By ANDREW POWELL Published: July 17, 2016 MUNICH — When Anja Harteros was singing her first Toscas three seasons ago, it was clear she had the vocal resources for the role, and the Mediterranean temperament. Even so, the portrayal didn’t quite compute. Enter Bryn Terfel, a Scarpia to rattle the aloofest, longest-legged of prima donnas. […]

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Meccore: Polish Precision

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

By ANDREW POWELL Published: June 11, 2016 SEESHAUPT — The men from Lódź, Zagań, Poznań and Warszawa who make up the Meccore Quartet bring phenomenal energy to their work. So goes their reputation, and so it was last Thursday (June 9) here in the Alte Post’s Festsaal on the south shore of Lake Starnberg. Energy, […]

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St John Passion Streams

Friday, May 27th, 2016

By ANDREW POWELL Published: May 27, 2016 NUREMBERG — Tired of paying for digitized concert-hall privileges? Here is a sumptuously sung, gloriously gratis (for the moment) St John Passion from Nuremberg’s Lutheran Lorenzkirche, filmed in June 2015: Windows; Android. Maximilian Schmitt is the Evangelist. Tareq Nazmi sings Jesus. Christina Landshamer, Anke Vondung, Tilman Lichdi and […]

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Mastersingers’ Depression

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

By ANDREW POWELL Published: May 17, 2016 MUNICH — Beckmesser blew his brains out at the end of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg last night here (May 16) in the Nationaltheater. That was after first aiming his gun at the back of the head of Sachs — who was sitting moping because Stolzing had ignored his […]

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Gloom, Doom from the Arcanto

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

By ANDREW POWELL Published: May 10, 2016 MUNICH — As if to unify its program of late Beethoven and Schubert last week (May 4) at the Court Church of All Saints, the Arcanto Quartet stressed gloom wherever possible. Playing of intensity and integrity supported this approach, and, to be sure, the Heiliger Dankegesang String Quartet, […]

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500 Years of Pure Beer

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

By ANDREW POWELL Published: April 23, 2016 MUNICH — Before there was Food Babe, there was Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria (reign 1508–1550), a man who valued good music and liked his beer free of nettles, sawdust, roots, and other 16th-century “adjuncts,” as unwelcome food ingredients are now termed. Wilhelm made musical history in 1523 […]

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