Sunday, November 18, 2018

Music

Synesthetic Artist Melissa McCracken Paints Abstracted Depictions of Jazz, Funk and Pop Songs

“Wasn’t It Kind of Wonderful” (2017), oil on canvas, 48” x 48”Melissa McCracken paints what she hears, titling each of her abstract oil paintings after the songs that inspired the work’s expressive gestures and bright...

Home Listening: Virtuosic Violin Discs from Zhi-Jong Wang and Roman Simovic

Two great 20th-century works are united on a powerful new disc from Accentus: Jean Sibelius’s Violin Concerto in D minor and Igor Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto in D, played by the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted with cogent...

Das Rheingold CD Review – Hallé Bring the Drama where Patchy Protagonists don’t

It was 2009 when Mark Elder and the Hallé began to work their way through The Ring in concert. They started with the last work in the tetralogy, Götterdämmerung, and after nine years they’ll finally complete...

Matthew Aucoin, Rod Gilfry and Walt Whitman in the wilds of Beverly Hills

In an adventurous foray out from their downtown home, LA Opera’s experimental Off Grand series “in concert” performance of Matthew Aucoin’s Crossing took over Bram Goldsmith Theater at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in...

Contemporary Album of the Month – Jon Hassell: Listening to Pictures

In the late 70s, long before terms such as “world music” or “cultural appropriation” were in common usage, the trumpeter and composer Jon Hassell devised the term “Fourth World” to describe his music. It...

Britten Sinfonia/Adès Review – Barry’s Histrionics and Exuberant Beethoven

Aclassical concerto is sometimes described as a conversation between soloist and orchestra – in which case Gerald Barry’s Piano Concerto is a full-on slanging match. This 2012 work received its London premiere in a performance...

London Sinfonietta/Rundel Review – Premieres see the Orchestra Playing to its Strengths

A50th-anniversary season for the London Sinfonietta that began brightly last autumn has rather fallen away in 2018. Its designated birthday concert in January was underwhelming, while its first appearance in the reopened Queen Elizabeth Hall last...

Pianist Lauren Zhang wins BBC Young Musician

A 16-year-old pianist has won this year’s BBC Young Musician award. Lauren Zhang, who lives and studies in Birmingham, competed against 18-year-old saxophonist Robert Burton and 18-year-old cellist Maxim Calver to win the title in...

English Symphony Orchestra

Acarol, written for the winter solstice in 2015, and anticipating the spring to come, was the starting point for David Matthews’s new symphony. It’s his ninth, but, as if determined to avoid the grandiloquence that...

Sharks Love Jazz but are Stumped by Classical, Say Scientists

Researchers at Sydney’s Macquarie University have discovered that sharks can recognise jazz music. In a paper published in Animal Cognition, the researchers, led by Catarina Vila Pouca, trained juvenile Port Jackson sharks to swim over...

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