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This 103-year-old philosopher's to-do list will get you through self-isolation

Like everybody else, Romanian philosopher Mihai Sora is stuck inside. He is keeping busy for a 103-year-old man, and keeping the world up to date on his indoor adventures with Facebook. His to-do list is impressive, but not so impressive it can't be used by most people. The social isolation necessitated by COVID-19 is difficult for a lot of people. Between being mostly stuck inside, having reduced contact with other people, and the creeping boredom that comes after you've done everything on your...
Tags: Facebook, Parenting, Youtube, France, Life, Nazis, Nasa, Virus, Nature, Innovation, Romania, Philosophy, Goal-setting, Pierre Boulez, Bob Ross, Calvert Journal


Argerich/Staatskapelle Berlin/Mehta - Ravel and Stravinsky, 23 February 2020

Philharmonie Ravel: La Valse Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring Martha Argerich (piano) Staatskapelle Berlin Zubin Mehta (conductor) Martha Argerich notwithstanding, this was, I am afraid, a disappointing concert: in the vein of Zubin Mehta’s Berlin Philharmonic Bruckner Eighth in the autumn, only more so. Perhaps that was because what can to a certain extent pass muster in Bruckner, at best letting the music flow without...
Tags: Berlin, Religion, Pierre Boulez, Esa Pekka Salonen, Stravinsky, Ravel, Bruckner, Zubin Mehta, Mehta, Staatskapelle Berlin, Mark Berry, Martha Argerich, Argerich, Philharmonie Ravel, La Valse, Argerich Staatskapelle Berlin Mehta Ravel


BPO/Petrenko - Mahler, 23 January 2020

Philharmonie Symphony no.6 in A minor Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Kirill Petrenko (conductor) ‘Keine Pause’ (‘no interval’), announced the programme booklet for this Berlin Philharmonic performance of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony. Uncontroversial performance practice, one might have thought. Far more controversial, of course, is the ordering of the internal movements. I shall admit my heart initially sank on noting that Kirill Petrenko intended to follow the common recent...
Tags: Berlin, Religion, Vienna, Pierre Boulez, Mahler, Shostakovich, Schoenberg, Berg, Mark Berry, Bernard Haitink, Petrenko, Kirill Petrenko, Petrenko Mahler


Garanča/Staatskapelle Berlin/Barenboim - Schumann, Elgar, and Debussy, 16 December 2019

Staatsoper Unter den Linden Schumann: Symphony no.3 in E-flat major, op.97, ‘Rhenish’ Elgar: Sea Pictures , op.37 Debussy: La Mer Elina Garanča (mezzo-soprano) Staatskapelle Berlin Daniel Barenboim (conductor) Three composers in whose music Daniel Barenboim has long excelled, with the Staatskapelle Berlin on outstanding form: what could go wrong? Nothing, I am delighted to report. This proved a wonderful concert, opening with the finest live perfor...
Tags: Religion, Beethoven, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Strauss, Wagner, Barenboim, Debussy, Elgar, Staatskapelle Berlin, Mark Berry, Janet Baker, Cologne Cathedral, Elina Garanca, Garanca, Staatskapelle Berlin Daniel Barenboim


Barenboims and Soltani - Beethoven piano trios (1), 1 December 2019

Pierre Boulez Saal Piano Trio in E-flat major, op.1 no.1 Piano Trio in C minor, op.1 no.3 Piano Trio in G major, op.1 no.2 Piano Trio in D major, op.70 no.1, ‘Ghost’ Michael Barenboim (violin) Kian Soltani (cello) Daniel Barenboim (piano) Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal has already seen—and heard—a few portents of next year’s Beethoven anniversary. In September, the first concert of the 2019-20 season opened with Beethoven’s Horn Sonata, op.17. With Ad...
Tags: Berlin, Religion, Beethoven, Harmony, Mozart, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Haydn, Barenboim, Brahms, Mariss Jansons, Janus, Kakadu, Musiker, Soltani, Mark Berry


Staatskapelle Berlin/Schiff - Bach, 6 December 2019

Pierre Boulez Saal Orchestral Suite no.2 in B minor, BWV 1067 Piano Concerto no.3 in D major, BWV 1054 Orchestral Suite no.3 in D major, BWV 1068 Piano Concerto no.1 in D minor, BWV 1052 Claudia Stein (flute) Staatskapelle Berlin András Schiff (piano, conductor) Celebrating its 450thanniversary next year, the Staatskapelle Berlin traces its proud history long before Bach: be that its ‘own’, Carl Philipp Emanuel, his father, Johann Sebastian—‘Gentlemen...
Tags: Berlin, Religion, Leipzig, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Potsdam, Bach, Stein, Schiff, Adorno, Rondeau, Staatskapelle Berlin, Mark Berry, Andras Schiff, Sarabande, Theodor Adorno


Mutter/Ma/WEDO/Barenboim - Beethoven and Bruckner, 23 October 2019

Philharmonie Images: (c) Monika Rittershaus Beethoven: Concerto for piano, violin, cello, and orchestra in C major, op.56 Bruckner: Symphony no.9 Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin) Yo-Yo Ma (cello) West-Eastern-Divan Orchestra Daniel Barenboim (piano, conductor) Twenty years of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra: can it really be so? Indeed it can, and what an inspiration – musical, political, humanist – it continues to be. ‘Not in our wildest dr...
Tags: Religion, Palestine, Beethoven, Weimar, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Wagner, Ma, Yo Yo Ma, Boulez, Schubert, Mahler, Barenboim, Klemperer, Bruckner, Goethe


Boulez Ensemble/Barenboim: Beethoven, Bartók, and Boulez, 9 September 2019

Pierre Boulez Saal Beethoven: Sonata for horn and piano in F major, op.17 Bartók: Sonata for two pianos and percussion, Sz 100 Boulez: sur Incises Radek Baborák (French horn) Karim Said, Denis Kozhukhin, Michael Wendeberg (piano) Aline Khouri, Susanne Kabalan, Stephen Fitzpatrick (harp) Lev Loftus, Dominic Oelze, Pedro Torrejón Gonzáles (percussion) Daniel Barenboim (piano, conductor) Two-and-a-half years after the opening of Berlin’s Pierre ...
Tags: Berlin, Religion, Beethoven, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Bach, Boulez, Barenboim, Stravinsky, Pollini, Bartok, West Eastern Divan Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, Mark Berry, Michael Wendeberg, Lev Loftus


Here, Listen To Teenage Pierre Boulez’ Compositions, Written When He Was 19

Boulez erased most of his early compositions, but this one was preserved at the Paul Sacher Foundation. “After reviewing that score, ‘Prélude, Toccata et Scherzo,’ the Dutch pianist Ralph van Raat persuaded Boulez’s heirs and the Sacher Foundation to allow a belated premiere at the Philharmonie de Paris last September.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Philharmonie De Paris, Pierre Boulez, Boulez, Ralph van Raat, 04.19.19, Paul Sacher Foundation, Sacher Foundation


LSO/Hannigan - Ligeti, Haydn. Berg, and Gershwin, 17 March 2019

Barbican Hall Ligeti: Concert Românesc Haydn: Symphony no.86 in D major Berg: Lulu Suite Gershwin, arr. Barbara Hannigan and Bill Elliott: Girl Crazy : Suite London Symphony Orchestra Barbara Hannigan (soprano, conductor) I first heard Barbara Hannigan in 2008. She was singing songs by Berg and Webern with Pierre Boulez and immediately made a great impression. Since then, she has been one of those artists I should make an extra effort to hear; not...
Tags: Religion, Lulu, Mozart, Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez, Gershwin, Haydn, Leonard Bernstein, LSO, Schoenberg, Berg, Ligeti, Engel, Bill Elliott, Mark Berry, Hannigan


Wiget/Ensemble Modern/Benjamin - Boulez, Messiaen, Ustvolskaya, Ligeti, and Benjamin, 6 March 2019

Roundhouse, Camden Boulez: Initiale Messiaen: Sept haïkai Ustvolskaya: Composition no.2 , ‘Dies irae’ Ligeti: Ramifications Benjamin: Palimpsests Ueli Wiget (piano) Ensemble Modern George Benjamin (conductor) Pierre Boulez’s Initiale was chosen to inaugurate Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal almost two years ago to the day. If not quite inaugurating the Roundhouse, home to what seem to have been some of Boulez’s most memorable concerts du...
Tags: Berlin, Religion, Bbc, Pierre Boulez, Benjamin, Boulez, Messiaen, LSO, George Benjamin, Ligeti, Mark Berry, Yvonne Loriod, Gabrieli, Pierre Boulez Saal, Messaien, Wigmore Street


Esfahani - Rasmussen, Berio, Srnka, Cage, and Abbasi, 17 January 2019

Milton Court Concert Hall Sunleif Rasmussen: Quadroforone no.1 (2018, world premiere) Berio: Rounds (1965) Miroslav Srnka: Triggering (2018) Cage: HPSCHD (1967-9): 'Solo VII' Anahita Abbasi: Intertwined Distances (2018, UK premiere) Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord) Electronic Music Department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (electronic realisation) Images: Mark Allan/Barbican Now this is what I call a harpsichor...
Tags: UK, Religion, United Kingdom, San Diego, Pierre Boulez, University Of Illinois, John Cage, Urbana Champaign, Merriam Webster, Boulez, Milton, Rasmussen, Luciano Berio, Mahan Esfahani, Mark Berry, Milton Court


Best of 2018: Orchestral CDs

Best of 2018 – Orchestral CDs   In ictu oculi Kenneth Hesketh BBC Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Christoph Mathias Mueller Paladino   Three large orchestra works by British composer Kenneth Hesketh are attractively scored in multifaceted, often muscular, fashion. Hesketh’s unabashed exploration of emotionality, imbued with strongly etched motives and intricate formal designs, provides a cathartic journey for listeners.   Sur Incises Pierre Boulez The Boulez Ensemble, con...
Tags: Wales, Berlin, Religion, Romeo, Miller, Pierre Boulez, Tom, Boulez, Seattle Symphony, Barenboim, New York Philharmonic, Shostakovich, Ravel, Luciano Berio, Boston Symphony, Philharmonic


The Allure of 'Mountain': An Interview with Artistic Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti

None Mountain (2017) is a musical collaboration between the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) and filmmaker Jennifer Peedom. Exploring the alluring force mountains hold over the imagination of humankind, Willem Dafoe narrates the words written by Peedom and British writer Robert Macfarlane. The ACO and their Artistic Director, Richard Tognetti, appeared at The Barbican, London in October of this year for a live performance of Mountain, ahead of their scheduled return to the venue in 2019 and ...
Tags: Feature, Music, London, Interview, Documentary, Sports, Mountain, Canada, Banff, Picasso, Bernard Herrmann, Mountain Climbing, Pierre Boulez, Werner Herzog, Jen, Jennifer


Così fan tutte, Guildhall, 5 November 2018

Silk Street Theatre Guglielmo (Benson Wilson), Ferrando (Filipe Manu), Don Alfonso (Christian Valle), Fiordiligi (Alexandra Lowe), Despina (Zoe Drummond), Dorabella (Carmen Artaza)Images: Clive Barda Fiordiligi – Alexandra Lowe Dorabella – Carmen Artaza Despina – Zoe Drummond Ferrando – Filipe Manu Guglielmo – Benson Wilson Don Alfonso – Christian Valle Oliver Platt (director) Neil Irish (designs) Rory Beaton (lighting)Caitlin...
Tags: Religion, San Diego, West Coast, Naples, Mozart, Judy, Pierre Boulez, Wagner, Bach, Boulez, Despina, Don Alfonso, Don Giovanni, Oliver Platt, Alfonso, Da Ponte


Six Great Film Composers Tell Their Own Stories in Music for Solo Piano

When planning a recital, or a recording for that matter, it’s important to me to commingle works by composers who have a reason for being together, who share a connecting link of some sort. In the past I’ve combined John Adams with Terry Riley, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Steven Stucky with Witold Lutosławski, and Olivier Messiaen with Kaija Saariaho. It’s important to me to commingle works by composers who have a reason for being together Montage: Great Film Composers and the Piano was just such a ...
Tags: Religion, Los Angeles, Fox, Paris, John Adams, Grand Budapest Hotel, Columns, John Williams, Alexandre Desplat, Pierre Boulez, Bruce Broughton, Gloria, Olivier Messiaen, Tanglewood, Kaija Saariaho, Los Angeles Philharmonic


“Automation Divine”: Early Computer Music and the Selling of the Cold War

It was a love song—not what viewers expected, perhaps, who tuned into a July 1956 episode of Adventure Tomorrow, a science documentary program broadcast by KCOP, channel 13, out of Los Angeles. But, then again, it was a love song to a computer. Push-Button Bertha. Sweet machine. What a queen. Jack Owens, the lyricist (and, on that July 1956 episode, the performer), had taken his inspiration from the tune’s composer: a Datatron 205, the room-filling flagship computer of Pasadena-based ElectroData...
Tags: Maryland, California, Washington, Germany, Religion, Advertising, Articles, Los Angeles, Aberdeen, Analysis, Harvard, Cologne, Atlantic, Military, United States, Paris


Hardenberger/Gewandhaus/Nelsons - Zimmermann and Mahler, 8 October 2018

Royal Festival Hall Zimmermann: Trumpet Concerto, ‘Nobody knows de trouble I see’ Mahler: Symphony no.5 Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet) Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Andris Nelsons (conductor) Images: Southbank Centre/Mark Allan One can only be grateful for the performances that Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s centenary year has occasioned. This was my second hearing this year of his Trumpet Concerto, ‘Nobody knows de trouble I see’, the first also havin...
Tags: Religion, Vienna, Theresa May, Ed Miliband, Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Thomas Beecham, Bach, Zimmermann, Mahler, Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Shostakovich, Andris Nelsons, Southbank


Only in Los Angeles?

It could be said that Los Angeles has conspired, by countless means and for many decades, to make itself into as hospitable an environment for new music as possible. L.A. has had a freewheeling attitude from its inception. L.A. has had a freewheeling attitude from its inception. As early as 1925, around the time when John Cage was about to enter Los Angeles High School, the downtown Biltmore Hotel was playing host to Henry Cowell’s “New Music Society of California,” which championed works by ...
Tags: Europe, New York, Germany, Religion, Los Angeles, Analysis, New Jersey, Paris, Beverly Hills, Beethoven, John Adams, Columns, John Williams, EIC, Ucla, University Of Southern California


Beat LA! Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 100th birthday gala rocks!

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 100th season-opening celebration was a bash for the books. Conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, it filled the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Thursday with a potpourri of less than traditional musical offerings, spilled out onto Grand Avenue for a champagne-flowing block party that literally lit up the hall, and ended late into the night swaying to the sophisticated rhythms of Pink Martini! There was not a single note of Beethoven, Brahms, Bach, Mahler or Mozart to be heard. ...
Tags: California, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Chris Martin, Classical Music, Corinne Bailey Rae, John Legend, John Adams, Frank Zappa, Emily Dickinson, Refik Anadol, Chinatown, Janelle Monae, Mozart


Aspects of Liszt: Arranger and Arranged, Proselytiser and Performer

(This essay was originally published in a 2018 Salzburg Festival programme for a recital by Igor Levit.) Wagner, arr. Liszt:  'Solemn March to the Holy Grail' from Parsifal  Liszt, arr. Busoni: Fantasy and Fugue on the Chorale 'Ad nos, ad salutarem undam' Beethoven:  Piano Sonata in B-flat major, op. 106 – 'Hammerklavier' Caricature by Theodore Hosemann, 1842 Inventor of the piano recital The piano recital is a more recent phenomenon than many might suspe...
Tags: Europe, London, Religion, Paris, Beethoven, Voice, Zurich, Weimar, Pierre Boulez, Salzburg Festival, Wagner, Bach, Boulez, Mahler, Debussy, Donizetti


Prom 36: Philharmonia/Salonen - Webern, Mahler, and Wagner, 9 August 2018

Royal Albert Hall Webern: Five Orchestral Pieces, op.10 Mahler: Symphony no.10: ‘Adagio’ Wagner: Die Walküre , Act I Siegmund – Robert Dean Smith Sieglinde – Anja Kampe Hunding – Franz-Josef Selig Philharmonia Orchestra Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor) One of the joys of writing regularly – sometimes, just sometimes, I think too regularly – about performance has been the transformation, both conscious and unconscious, of my scholarship....
Tags: Religion, Beethoven, Pierre Boulez, Wagner, Esa Pekka Salonen, Mahler, Brahms, Albert Hall, Schoenberg, Lenz, Alban Berg, Salonen, Dean Smith, Selig, Philharmonia, Liszt


Munich Opera Festival (3) - From the House of the Dead, 30 July 2018

Nationaltheater Images: Wilfried Hösl Alexandr Petrovič Gorjančikov – Peter Mikuláš Aljeja – Evgeniya Sotnikova Luka Kuzmič (Filka Morozov) – Aleš Briscein Skuratov – Charles Workman Šiškov – Bo Skovhus Big Prisoner, Prisoner with the Eagle – Manuel Günther Little Prisoner, Bitter Prisoner – Tim Kuypers Governor – Christian Rieger Old Prisoner – Ulrich Reß Čekunov – Johannes Kammler Drunk Prisoner – Galeano Salas Cook – Boris Prýgl Smith – Alexander Milev Pop...
Tags: Mexico, Russia, Berlin, Religion, Munich, Azerbaijan, Ussr, Salzburg, Covent Garden, Eagle, Mozart, Pierre Boulez, Marx, Don Juan, Lenin, Don Giovanni


Munich Opera Festival (1) - Götterdammerung, 27 July 2018

Nationaltheater, Munich Gutrune (Anna Gabler, Brünnhilde (Nina Stemme)Images: © Wilfried Hösl Siegfried – Stefan Vinke Gunther – Markus Eiche Hagen – Hans-Peter König Alberich – John Lundgren Brünnhilde – Nina Stemme Gutrune, Third Norn – Anna Gabler Waltraute, First Norn – Okka von der Damerau Woglinde – Hanna-Elisabeth Müller Wellgunde – Rachael Wilson Flosshilde, Second Norn – Jennifer Johnston Andreas Kriegenburg (di...
Tags: Europe, Religion, Munich, Michael Gove, Stuttgart, Rhine, Gove, Robert Lepage, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Strauss, Wagner, Boulez, Gabler, Siegfried, Nina Stemme


New Boulez

The Dutch pianist Ralph van Raat has received permission to give world-première performances of a previously unknown early work by Pierre Boulez: the Prélude, Toccata et Scherzo, from 1944. The first performance will take place at the Paris Philharmonie on September 8; van Raat will then play it on the occasion of his Carnegie Hall début, on Oct. 24, and in Rotterdam on Nov. 25. Van Raat reports that the work begins in with gestures reminiscent variously of Bartók and Messiaen, but that hints of...
Tags: Music, Rotterdam, Pierre Boulez, Alex Ross, Carnegie Hall, Boulez, Messiaen, Bartok, Paris Philharmonie, Ralph van Raat, Raat, Van Raat


Pelléas et Mélisande, Glyndebourne, 30 June 2018

Glyndebourne Opera House     Mélisande (Christiana Gansch), Pelléas (John Chest), Golaud (Christopher Purves)Images: Richard Hubert Smith Golaud – Christopher Purves Mélisande – Christiana Gansch Geneviève – Karen Cargill Arkel – Brindley Sherratt/Richard Wiegold Pelléas – John Chest Yniold – Chloé Briot Doctor – Michael Mofidian Shepherd – Michael Wallace Stefan Herheim (director, lighting) Philipp Fürhofer (designs) To...
Tags: London, Berlin, Religion, European Union, Munich, Oxford, Cambridge, Germaine Greer, Lulu, Glyndebourne, Hamburg, Pierre Boulez, Wagner, Beckett, Boulez, Pelléas


Parsifal, Vienna State Opera, 5 April 2018

Amfortas – Jochen Schmeckenbecker Gurnemanz – Kwangchul Youn Parsifal – Christopher Ventris Klingsor – Boaz Daniel Kundry – Anja Kampe Titurel – Ryan Speedo Green Squires – Rachel Frenkel, Miriam Albano, Wolfram Igor Dentl, Peter Jelosits First Knight of the Grail – Benedikt Köbel Second Knight of the Grail – Marcus Pelz Flowermaidens – Maria Nazarova, Lydia Rathkolb, Rachel Frenkel, Hila Fahima, Mariam Battistelli, Stephanie Houtzeel Voice from Above – Zoryana Kushpler Alvis Herman...
Tags: Berlin, Religion, Vienna, Richard, Dresden, Hamburg, Pierre Boulez, Wagner, Otto, Thomas Mann, Nietzsche, Bayreuth, Ludwig II, Kwangchul Youn, Mark Berry, Alvis Hermanis


Top AJBlogs From The Weekend Of 03.25.18

Replay: Pierre Boulez conducts Debussy’s Jeux Pierre Boulez and the New Philharmonia Orchestra perform Claude Debussy’s  Jeux  on the BBC in 1966: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, Wednesday, ...  read more AJBlog: About Last Night Published 2018-03-23 Almanac: Winston Churchill on how to live “Nature is merciful and does not try her children, man or beast, beyond their compass. It is only where the cruelty of man intervenes that h...
Tags: Art, Massachusetts, Bbc, Winston Churchill, John Coltrane, Lincoln Center, Ajblogs, Jeux, Pierre Boulez, Claude Debussy, Debussy, AG, Paul Taylor, Maura Healey, Berkshire Museum, Doug Varone


From the House of the Dead, Royal Opera, 10 March 2018

Royal Opera House Luka Kuzmič – Štefan Margita Nikita, Big Prisoner – Nicky Spence Čekunov, Small Prisoner, Cook – Grant Doyle Prison Governor – Alexander Vassiliev Alexandr Petrovič Gorjančikov – Willard White Guard – Andrew O’Connor Antonič (Elderly Prisoner) – Graham Clark Skuratov – Ladislav Elgr Aljeja – Pascal Charbonneau Šiškov (Pope) – Johan Reuter Drunk Prisoner – Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts Šapkin – Peter Hoare Prisoner (Don Juan, Brahmin) – Aleš J...
Tags: Cook, Berlin, Religion, House, Royal Opera House, Amber Rudd, Moses, Covent Garden, Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez, Foucault, Dostoevsky, Dostoyevsky, Lidove, John Graham, Schoenberg


He's Been Dead 100 Years, And He's Still The First Modern Composer: Stephen Hough Writes About Claude Debussy

"Although it was Debussy's orchestral work Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune that Pierre Boulez described as 'the beginning of modern music,'" writes the MacArthur-winning pianist, "it was always at the piano where his revolutionary new approach to form and timbre developed." (includes sound clips played by Hough and a playlist of his favorite Debussy recordings)
Tags: Art, Music, Pierre Boulez, Claude Debussy, Debussy, MacArthur, Stephen Hough, Hough, 03.02.18