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Is Classical Music Dying? Is it Dead Yet? How About Now?

By Hannah Schoepe

“Classical Music: Dead or Alive?”
“Is classical music dead?”
“Here are all the reasons why classical music is dead as a genre.” 1,069 more words

Think Pieces

Richard Strauss / Eine Alpensinfonie / Herbert von Karajan / Berlin Philharmonic

I just finished watching “Eine Alpensinfonie” on DVD, taped at the Berlin Philharmonie in 1983 and released under the Sony label, as a part of the Herbert von Karajan “His Legacy for Home Video” series. 646 more words


György Ligeti, Le Grand Macabre, dir. by Peter Sellars, Berlin Philharmonic, cond. by Simon Rattle, 18 February 2017 [review]

Finally, Peter Sellars’ Le Grand Macabre has become available to watch online! As such, I am able to supply some critical engagement, all of which I’ve been mulling over for a week or so and have half forgotten. 424 more words

Le Grand Macabre directed by Peter Sellars

Peter Sellars’s production of Ligeti’s <i>Le Grand Macabre</i> is being live-streamed on the Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall today.

Berlin Philharmonic

A pre-review of sorts

Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre (1977)

Simon Rattle, Peter Sellars, Berlin Philharmonic

February 22nd 2017

Initially, the prospect of my favourite opera of all time and current object of scrutiny being performed by such a fantastic orchestra had me very excited, but my enthusiasm has already waned substantially. 360 more words

Dvorak Symphony no. 7 in D minor, Op. 70

performed by the Berlin Philharmonic under Rafael Kubelik

Yeah, a symphony that isn’t his ninth. And it’s superb, Dvorak at his finest.

Dvorak could be one of those composers who’s been cursed by his own success from a few very specific pieces, one of which we’ll be talking about later in the week (you know). 1,354 more words


5 Classical Music Stories That Prove 2016 Wasn't a Total Loss

I read the news this year, oh boy…

And so the Year of Death and Brexit and #MAGA comes to a merciful end. Yes, it was a horrific year for unity and truth and famous people staying alive. 579 more words

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