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Armchair Operas and Amusements 11.

Perhaps we can call Luci mie traditrici Sciarrino’s most popular opera. It is unquestionably comprehensible and absorbing, not just because it takes inspiration from Don Carlo Gesualdo’s sordid crime.

Armchair Operas and Amusements 11.

Perhaps we can call Luci mie traditrici Sciarrino’s most popular opera. It is unquestionably comprehensible and absorbing, not just because it takes inspiration from Don Carlo Gesualdo’s sordid crime.

Snapshots:
Serenity, Perturbed – Aribert Reimann

Nacht-Räume is neither song nor song-cycle. Indeed, it is mostly not a vocal composition at all.

Snapshots:
Serenity, Perturbed – Aribert Reimann

Nacht-Räume is neither song nor song-cycle. Indeed, it is mostly not a vocal composition at all.

Review: Farinelli and the King

As a castrati historian and enthusiast, I’m intrigued by all things related to the male treble voice, past and present. So to discover that Claire van Kampen had written a play based partially on the life of the most famous castrato was to be euphoric indeed.

Review: Farinelli and the King

As a castrati historian and enthusiast, I’m intrigued by all things related to the male treble voice, past and present. So to discover that Claire van Kampen had written a play based partially on the life of the most famous castrato was to be euphoric indeed.

EA Bucket 22: Including Solo Instruments

Sikora’s expert duets for instrument and tape are not conversations but confrontations. Her method appears to involve serializing episodes, rarely relying upon repetition or traditional development. Many remarkable gestures show just once.

EA Bucket 22: Including Solo Instruments

Sikora’s expert duets for instrument and tape are not conversations but confrontations. Her method appears to involve serializing episodes, rarely relying upon repetition or traditional development. Many remarkable gestures show just once.

String Theory 12: Violin (with Piano, Mostly)

Fokkens declares a natural and mature style through efficient notes and rhythm.

String Theory 12: Violin (with Piano, Mostly)

Fokkens declares a natural and mature style through efficient notes and rhythm.

Eight Beacons

My enthusiasm for the new in music has faded in recent years… I therefore take this opportunity to give some attention to eight composers 40 and under.

Eight Beacons

My enthusiasm for the new in music has faded in recent years… I therefore take this opportunity to give some attention to eight composers 40 and under.

More Rebuses

A fresh set of rebuses constructed with far more liberties in phonetics and orthography, including somewhat cryptic constructions.

More Rebuses

A fresh set of rebuses constructed with far more liberties in phonetics and orthography, including somewhat cryptic constructions.

Used Bin Troll Tweets N.

Powerful, unpredictable but engaging melodic contours tell forgotten stories, like reshuffled Copland pages molded into Sibelian peaks.

Used Bin Troll Tweets N.

Powerful, unpredictable but engaging melodic contours tell forgotten stories, like reshuffled Copland pages molded into Sibelian peaks.

Percussion on mode

Huang (re)introduces a particular genre of percussion music, works written for Trio Le Cercle. These films use close-ups, overlays and subtitles, so that the DVD experience is far richer than a live one.

Percussion on mode

Huang (re)introduces a particular genre of percussion music, works written for Trio Le Cercle. These films use close-ups, overlays and subtitles, so that the DVD experience is far richer than a live one.

Musica geriatrica

I call out these orchestras for their ineptitude. I call them out for pandering, for being complacent and for providing a disservice rather than enrichment to the cultural life of their respective cities.

Musica geriatrica

I call out these orchestras for their ineptitude. I call them out for pandering, for being complacent and for providing a disservice rather than enrichment to the cultural life of their respective cities.