In 1970, the Boutinet family restored their ancestral property which had been badly damaged after the wars of religion in the 15th century and practically destroyed during the bloodbath of the French revolution.
Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc’s exhibition at the Kunsthalle in Basel pays hommage to the neglected music and provocative personality of the American musician, singer, and composer Julius Eastman (1940 – 1990).
If Srauss waltzes in gilded concert halls, or massive crowds roaming and shouting about public squares are not your idea of how to bring in the New Year, the sung Te Deum at the Igreja de São Roque in Lisbon might be an alternative well worth considering.
It has never seemed to me that the French art song, the mélodie, is suited to concert halls.... This musical form is in fact a privileged way of reciting poetry. The trouble is that singers like singing and only too often, that's what they do: sing, and go hang the words. The art of performing mélodie is to enhance the poetry with sung sounds.
The Orchestre National de Lyon embarks on projects that are not only interesting on paper but also work out in practice. After the complete works of Edgard Varï¿½e two years ago - less than two hours of music, in fact - came the idea of presenting the complete works of Anton Webern - just under four hours for the official canon - during a three-week period.