Impressive playing from the SCO in a Glasgow programme that contained something for everyone – Seen and Heard International

United Kingdom Various: Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Anthony Marwood (violin / direction). Grand Hall, City Halls, Glasgow, 4.11.2022. (MC) Anthony Marwood © Pia Johnson Ives – The Unanswered Question (1908)Alexander Raskatov – Five minutes in the life of WA Mozart (2001)Haydn – Symphony No.8 in G major ‘Le soir’ (1761)Bruckner – Adagio from String Quintet … Read more

Dmitri Tcherniakov experiments with Das Rheingold at Berlin’s Staatsoper – Seen and Heard International

Germany Wagner, Das Rheingold: Soloists, Staatskapelle Berlin / Christian Thielemann (conductor). Filmed (directed by Andy Sommer) on 29.10.2022 at Staatsoper Unter den Linden but available until 17.2.2023 on ARTE Concert. (JPr) Rolando Villazón (Loge), Johannes Martin Kränzle (Alberich) and Michael Volle (Wotan) © Monika Rittershaus Production:Director, Set Design – Dmitri TcherniakovCostumes – Elena ZaytsevaLight – … Read more

What I’ve Heard: October 2022

It’s time for the monthly post detailing what albums and artists I’ve been listening to called What I’ve Heard: October 2022 Edition. Only one more of these posts for the year before locking in my Top 20 Albums of 2022 albums post in December! The newest from Kings Kaleidoscope takes the top spot for me … Read more

Two fine casts in Il trovatore at Barcelona’s Liceu – Seen and Heard International

United Kingdom Verdi, Il trovatore: Chorus and Orchestra of the Gran Theatre del Liceu / Riccardo Frizza (conductor). Gran Theatre del Liceu, Barcelona, 27 and 28.10.2022. (JMI) Hibla Gerzmava (Leonora) and Yonghoon Lee (Manrico) © T. Bofill Production:Director – Alex OlléSets – Alfons FloresCostumes – Lluc Castells Cast:Manrico – Vittorio Grigolo / Yonghoon LeeLeonora – … Read more

Stasevska and the BBC SO’s Sibelius helps make for a hugely enjoyable evening – Seen and Heard International

United Kingdom Various: Sol Gabetta (cello), BBC Symphony Orchestra / Dalia Stasevska (conductor). Barbican Hall, London, 21.10.2022. (KMcD) Dalia Stasevska conducts Sol Gabetta (cello) and the BBC SO © BBC/Sarah Louise Bennett Iain Farrington – A Party with AuntieDai Fujikura – Glorious CloudsElgar – Cello Concerto in E MinorSibelius – Symphony No.1 in E minor … Read more

A sense of collegiality from Kate Royal and Christine Rice at the Oxford Lieder Festival – Seen and Heard International

United Kingdom Oxford Lieder Festival 2022 [1] – Clara and Robert Schumann, Brahms, Weill: Kate Royal (soprano), Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano), Magnus Walker (tenor), Julius Drake, Eunji Han (pianists). Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, 14.10.2022. (CR) Clara Schumann – Das Veilchen; Geheimes Flüstern hier und dort, Op.23 No.3; Walzer; Die gute Nacht, die ich dir sage; Beim AbschiedBrahms … Read more

Stravinsky’s Firebird soars under Esa-Pekka Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony – Seen and Heard International

United States Kidane, Sibelius, Stravinsky: Golda Schultz (soprano), San Francisco Symphony / Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor). Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, 7.10.2022. (HS) Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor) © Marco Borrelli Daniel Kidane – Sun Poem (San Francisco Symphony Commission, U.S. premiere) Sibelius – Luonnotar Stravinsky – The Firebird (complete) Esa-Pekka Salonen got positively athletic as the final … Read more

The Philadelphia Orchestra and Daniil Trifonov shine in Carnegie Hall’s season opener – Seen and Heard International

United States Various: Daniil Trifonov (piano), The Philadelphia Orchestra / Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor). Carnegie Hall, New York, 29.9.2022. (RP) Danill Trifonov (piano), Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor) and The Philadelphia Orchestra © Chris Lee Ravel – La valseLiszt – Piano Concerto No.1 in E-flat major, S.124Gabriella Lena Frank – ‘Chasqui’ from Leyendas: An Andean WalkaboutDvořák – Symphony … Read more

What I’ve Heard: September 2022

It’s time for the monthly post detailing what albums and artist I’ve been listening to called What I’ve Heard: September 2022 Edition. Top 25 Albums of September September was a month to highlight some fantastic ladies in music, as Indie Artist Jetty Rae, CCM Queen Amy Grant, and up-and-coming Madison Cunningham all got a high … Read more

Half of Public Has Heard Little or Nothing About the New COVID-19 Booster Aimed at Omicron; Many Don’t Know If the CDC Recommends That They Get the New Booster

Nearly 1 in 5 Parents of Children Under 5 Say Their Child Has Gotten a Vaccine, up from 7% in July, Though Half Say They Will “Definitely Not” Get Their Child Vaccinated Less than a month after the Food and Drug Administration authorized new COVID-19 booster shots that target both the omicron and original strains, … Read more