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George Frideric Handel: Hallelujah Chorus Context George Frideric Handel’s Messiah has remained one of the composer’s most beloved works. Incredibly, Handel completed this 260-page oratorio in just 24 days during the summer of 1741. The scriptural text was compiled by Charles Jennens, with the source being the King James Bible. […] The post appeared first on Classicalexburns.
Purcell: Dido & Aeneas - Katey Rylands, Sonny Fielding - HGO (Photo Laurent Compagnon) Blow: Venus & Adonis, Purcell: Dido & Aeneas; Elizabeth Green, Conall O'Neill, Ralph Thomas Williams, Katey Rylands, Sonny Fielding, Julia Surette, Helen Cooke, dir: Jessica Dalton, cond: Seb Gillot; HGO at the Cockpit An imaginative updating of the two 17th century English classics with a very fine young cast. Henry Purcell was John Blow's pupil and the two were friends as well as colleagues. It has long been accepted that Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas was influenced by Blow's Venus and Adonis. The two works being the earliest surviving English language operas, as well as some of the greatest. Recent scholarship has shown other intriguing links between them. Venus and Adonis was written for performance at the court of King Charles II, whilst the only known performance of Dido and Aeneas was at Josiah Priest's school for young ladies in Chelsea. […]
[…] Gyeantey, Belcore by Nicholas Lester and Dulcamara by Richard Walshe. In addition there is a semi-staged performance of the musical High Society, directed by John Lloyd Davies and conducted by Anthony Kraus. And as Kirsty points out, the work has a waterside setting. They also have their first Early Music evening. Soprano Miriam Allan joins lutenist Elizabeth Kenny for English lute songs, then after dinner harpsichordist Christopher Bucknall directs an ensemble in music from Purcell's King Arthur and The Fairy Queen. West Green has always tried to support and promote young artists, but this year things have gone a step further and there are covers for the roles and a cover showcase in London. Concerts continue with lunchtime recitals from members of the company and other young singers. LooKing ahead, Kirsty is keen to make the company better known, to build on their current success and widen the audience. West […]
Eun Sun Kim, San Francisco Opera's Music Director, conducts the National Brass Ensemble at Davies next month, on June 20 at 7 pm. The program isn't very long, but given he personnel, I'd expect it to be loud: RICHARD STRAUSS Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare JONATHAN BINGHAM DEIFIED [Emerging Black Composers Project Commission, World Premiere] ARTURO SANDOVAL Brass Fantasy [World Premiere] RICHARD WAGNER (Arr. Timothy Higgins) The Ring [World Premiere] Here's the player list: Boston Symphony Orchestra Michael Martin - Fourth/Utility Trumpet Toby Oft - Principal Trombone James Markey - Bass Trombone J. William Hudgins - Principal Percussion Jessica Zhou - Principal Harp Chicago Symphony Orchestra Gail Williams - Former Assoc. Principal Horn, Professor of Horn, Northwestern University The Cleveland Orchestra Michael Sachs - Principal Trumpet Nathaniel Silberschlag - Principal Horn Richard King - Fourth Horn, former Principal Horn Randy Hawes - Acting Bass Trombone Yasuhito Sugiyama - Principal Tuba Marc Damoulakis - Principal Percussion Paul Yancich - Principal Timpani Trina Struble - Principal Harp […]