Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 11:19 am
A film opened in the U.S. this weekend about the life of Simón Bolivar, the military leader who helped free much of Latin America from the Spanish Empire. Libertador, or The Liberator, tells that story with the help of rousing music by a first-time film-score composer: Gustavo Dudamel.
Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 2:15 pm
The Sept. 24 death of prominent conductor and musicologist Christopher Hogwood came just as the orchestra he founded in 1973, the Academy of Ancient Music, was set to take on some of his signature pieces: the Orchestral Suites Nos. 1-4 by J. S. Bach. Along with a new recording of the suites, the British ensemble is bringing them on the road.
Hear a live performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under their electrifying conductor Riccardo Muti, in a fascinating program inspired the sea — Debussy's La Mer and Mendelssohn's Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture — paired with Scriabin's brilliantly colored Symphony No. 3, "The Divine Poem."
• Mendelssohn: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture • Debussy: La Mer • Scriabin: Symphony No. 3, "The Divine Poem"
Hear a consummate master of early music, conductor and viola da gamba player Jordi Savall, lead his ensemble Le Concert des Nations in an exhilarating array of 17th- and 18th-century French compositions.
• Anonymous: Concert donné a Louis XIII en 1627 (selected by André Danican Philidor) ·· Les Ombres ·· Air pour les mesmes ·· Les Nimphes de la Grenouilliere ·· Les Bergers ·· Les Amériquains
Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 6:04 pm
This past April, composer John Luther Adams became the most recent winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his piece Become Ocean — a work commissioned by the Seattle Symphony, the recording of which comes out this Tuesday.
Adams says that he got the call with the good news in the middle of a afternoon power nap, during an exhausting teaching residency at Michigan Tech University.
"I heard the word and asked the person on the other end, 'You know, could I call you back?' " Adams remembers. "Talk about your wake-up call."
Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 7:46 am
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra was scheduled to open its 70th season this week, but musicians have been locked out of their workplace since September 7th, when their contract expired. The same thing happened just two years ago. Back then, negotiators reached a new agreement before opening night. This year, Atlanta classical music fans were not so lucky.