In 1968, director Stanley Kubrick amazed moviegoers with his epic sci-fi masterpiece, '2001: A Space Odyssey.' The accompanying soundtrack was an equivalent enchantment, featuring classic compositions from Richard Strauss, György Ligeti and Johann Strauss II.
Opéra de Montréal gave that city's first staging of 'Elektra' in November--and the first production ever by a resident Montreal company--finessing a presentation both stark and expansive, starring the brilliant American soprano Lise Lindstrom. Filling the titular role, Lindstrom easily carried the weight of Strauss' demanding single-act, 100-minute opera. But the spotlight wasn't hers alone; she shared it with a massive, 25-foot statue of King Agamemnon and the equally enormous vision of the company's artistic director, Michel Beaulac.
It wouldn't be the first time the maestro Daniel Barenboim meets the pope--citing earlier performances for Pope Benedict. Now, as of Nov. 17, Barenboim, 72, was received by Pope Francis.
Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra will explore music of Richard Strauss in their season-opening concert, "Marriage Actually," at Carnegie Hall on October 15.
It shouldn't take a 200th anniversary to send everyone scurrying to the shelves (or Spotify) to listen or re-listen to some great Strauss recordings. But anniversaries are useful for reminding us, and any reminder to hear again the ravishing recordings recommended here is to be appreciated...
One story is dominating the Twittersphere for opera fans just now, and that is the outraged reaction by singers to critics' observations of the body shape of a cast-member of Glyndebourne's season-opening production of Strauss' 'Der Rosenkavalier.'
Last week, David Lang, Carnegie Hall's Debs Composer Chair, oversaw a brilliantly curated series of concerts he called Collected Stories. From April 22-29, his programming explored subjects commonly found in music--heroes, spirits, love/loss, travel, (post)folk.
Classic science fiction films like '2001: A Space Odyssey' are ideal candidates for the concert hall because many of them are more luxuriously paced than the often frenetic films being made today. And there are few loud special effects to drown out the musical score, as happens frequently in contemporary sci-fi.
The English bass-baritone John Shirley-Quirk, one of the greatest of his generation, has died aged 82. Although he arguably could have turned his burnished voice, full of vibrant energy (often tastefully restrained by its owner), to a wider repertoire, there is no doubt that he knows what he did supremely well and concentrated on doing it.
The Ravinia Festival recently announced its 2014 season, “Summer of Love/Season of Stars,” featuring music that expresses the theme of love in all its various manifestations.
The ASO will return to “Botsteinburg” next season with a series of Carnegie Hall concerts that explore the dark side of the 20th century, the music of George Perle, the opera 'Mona Lisa' and Richard Strauss’ marriage music--among other creative and adventurous programs.
The first in a new series of conductor interviews finds James Inverne talking Strauss, sonic character and method acting with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's music director.
Clemens Hellsberg, the Vienna Philharmonic's president and first violinist, has broken his elbow and will miss the annual New Year's Concert on Wednesday.
Suffice it to say that Q4 of 2013 hasn't been too kind to, quote, "one of the greatest global living Indians." For starters, Zubin Mehta made a mess of things with Bavaria in Kashmir. (Why there wasn't more of an outcry from the Bayerisches Staatsorchester back in Munich, at least feigning diplomatic disgust, is beyond me.) And now, there's another Teuton, Maestro Franz Welser-Möst, caught in the middle of Mehta's latest in Salzburg.
Some 150 years later, it's easy to forget that much of Richard Strauss' music was once considered avant-garde--certainly his operas 'Salome' and 'Elektra,' as well as many of his tone poems. To wit, Leon Botstein's American Symphony Orchestra has chosen to perform one of his most controversial works, the one-act opera 'Feuersnot,' in a concert staging at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m.