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A.C. Douglas
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Here's the honest way to do operatic Konzept Regietheater while saving it harmless from being, ipso facto, unmitigated Eurotrash. “Life is a bitter, painful fight”... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Sounds & Fury
As if in response to the announced death of Joseph Kerman the notable classical music critic and scholar who in his brilliant and seminal 1956... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
Musicologist, author, critic, essayist, and emeritus professor of musicology at University of California, Berkeley Joseph Kerman is dead at 89 after a long illness reports... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
(Left: Actor Steven Boyer / Right: Conductor Christian Thielemann) Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
Her co-directorship contract set to expire in September 2015 along with that of her half-sister and co-director Katharina Wagner, the 68-year-old Eva Wagner-Pasquier has asked... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
Comedy innovator and for many years early TV's guiding comedic genius Sid Caesar is dead at 91 after a brief illness family spokesman Eddy Friedfeld... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
We watched the two-and-a-half hour tribute to the Beatles on CBS last night on the 50th anniversary of their first live performance in America which... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
Although this last episode of Sherlock - Series III is the most successful of the three Series III episodes, it has far too many bizarre,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
This has all the makings of a great opera. All that's necessary is to raise Puccini alive and well from his resting place. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
A carelessly written, less than insightful, but largely factually accurate old-news-regurgitating article in Slate by one Mark Vanhoenacker headlined "Requiem: Classical music in America is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
When we first heard that doctrinaire 12-tone composer Charles Wuorinen was at work on an opera(!) based on Brokeback Mountain, an essentially tragic short story... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
We've little to say about "The Sign of Three", the second episode of Series III of the PBS Masterpiece Mystery series Sherlock, beyond saying that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
We were more than a little dismayed to read Martin Bernheimer's response to the revival of this Schenk/Schneider-Siemssen Rusalka staging in the review he wrote... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
The Empty Hearse" (what a dreadful Sherlockian pun!), the long-awaited (two years!) first episode of Season III of the PBS Masterpiece Mystery series Sherlock aired... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
The world of classical music has lost another giant. Claudio Abbado, the justly celebrated conductor in both the concert hall and the opera house, died... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
Watched our DVRed copy of this Met HD film last night, our very first Onegin. Its drop-dead gorgeous music notwithstanding, we don't quite get its... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
Wow! We can hardly believe this richly evocative, even quietly passionate (but properly disciplined) review by one Rebecca Marchand for The Boston Musical Intelligencer of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
We stayed with this Web-streamed production until we were absolutely certain there was nothing there (about an hour and a half) and then we cut... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
In response to a number of requests, we offer as an elucidation of our New Year Wish and as our new Featured Past Post the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at Sounds & Fury
[NOTE: This entry has been updated (1) as of 1:34 PM Eastern on 4 Jan. See below.] As it has been every New Year for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at Sounds & Fury
As regular readers of S&F are aware, we're no admirer of popular music, generally speaking, although we're quick to recognize and appreciate a great song... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2013 at Sounds & Fury
For the first time in many years we watched Christmas Mass from St. Peter's in Rome. Not as we remember it. It was hugely effete,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2013 at Sounds & Fury
He's back! Just as we all knew he'd be. Time & place: PBS, 19 January 2014, 22:00 Eastern (but check your local TV listings). Following,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at Sounds & Fury
Given our previously acknowledged ignorance of the workings of symphonic orchestra management procedures and dynamics, we were understandably hesitant to comment on what struck us... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at Sounds & Fury
Atque in perpetuum, Peter, ave atque vale. (Guardian obituary here.) Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2013 at Sounds & Fury