Tristan

As part of my summer of Wagner, I recently saw Tristan und Isolde at Glyndebourne with the London Philharmonic conducted by Jiri Behlolavek. Nina Stemme was Isolde, Robert Gambill was Tristan and Rena Pape King Mark. The production was designed by Nikolaus Lehnhoff. There are plenty of glowing reviews of this production (for instance here […]

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Max Roach

There is one less giant among us today with the passing of the great jazz drummer Max Roach.    He was a virtuoso in the best sense of the word, but also a poet- no drummer ever had a sweeter touch or a more effortless sense of swing. Jazz fans like to talk about how […]

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Study is the reward

Study is the reward, not the price— “I can’t claim that I could always look at a score and hear everything that was there. However, now that I’ve rehearsed and performed these pieces many times, this is my reward- that I can sit with the score and hear everything in it, every articulation, every balance, […]

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Anwser of the Week

I’ve had some thoughtful comments on my Question of the Week post. My answer is this- I think it’s both cool and good that graduates from the RCICW don’t all look like graduates of the RCICW. Interestingly, some of the more experienced and advanced students did also look most representative of their respective schools, and […]

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