Thursday, 10 July 2014
As Long As There Are Songs / Stephanie Blythe (CD Review)
As Long As There Are Songs
Le Nouvel ensemble vocal - enfin un chœur a capella juste!
Tuesday, 8 July 2014
Le Festival de Lanaudière du 8 juillet au 10 août
Monday, 7 July 2014
Muti in Chicago (last in a series of three articles)
|Muti with members of MCANA: Photo by Todd Rosenberg|
“At my age I don’t care what critics write anymore but I do care about presenting Italian opera the way the composer intended and I do care about using music to bring people together.” – Riccardo Muti (2014)
for 19th Century Italian opera what the historically-informed specialists have done for 18th Century music. How ironic, then, that in the session with our critics group in Chicago, Muti saved his most vitriolic comments for these folks; Nikolaus Harnoncourt was singled out as the worst offender.
In a lifetime of watching great conductors, I have seldom met a maestro of Muti’s stature who seemed so genuinely interested in what mere critics had to say. At his age, he doesn’t have to prove anything anymore. He certainly doesn’t have to ingratiate himself with several dozen critics who will have little effect on his reputation or his legacy. For those of us fortunate enough to be in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall this wonderful June afternoon, Muti left an indelible impression on us as a dedicated musician and a caring multi-dimensional human being.
Don Quixote Rides Again at Stratford
|Tom Rooney as Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote |
in Man of La Mancha. Photo by Erin Samuell.
The second comes near the end of the show. As the play unfolds, it is very clear that Don Quixote is a Christ-like figure, at least in Wasserman’s conception, but for his death scene we don’t need Don Quixote to mime a crucifixion pose. We get it without the underlining. Again, in my estimation, director McQueen went too far.
Alice Through the Looking-Glass
|James Reaney (1979)|
Sunday, 6 July 2014
This Week in Montreal: July 7 to 13
- Renée Banville
- Hassan Laghcha
- Renée Banville