Aretha’s Operatic Triumph: The Week in Classical Music
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Dear classical listeners! Like many of you, I suspect, I spent Thursday in a rabbit hole of Aretha Franklin music as well as YouTube videos. (This kind of seemed like the only way to mourn the “Queen of Soul,” who died on Thursday at 76.)
inside process I revisited one of her greatest as well as most unusual performances: when she filled in, at the 11th hour, for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti at the 1998 Grammy Awards. She sang “Nessun dorma” via Puccini’s opera “Turandot” — a kitschy aria so overdone This kind of was even used by President Trump on the campaign trail in 2016.
Yet Ms. Franklin made This kind of her own. Her rendition of the aria, recorded live due to This kind of album, isn’t opera, although This kind of also isn’t soul or anything easily definable. This kind of will be, simply, Aretha. JOSHUA BARONE
“Opera, again as well as again, shows us women trying to find their way in a world dominated by men.” — ANTHONY TOMMASINI, via Salzburg, on productions of “L’Incoronazione di Poppea,” “Salome” as well as “L’Italiana in Algeri”
“I turned out of the show a proselytizing convert to the music of Linda Catlin Smith.” — SETH COLTER WALLS, via completely new York, on the Time Spans festival
“I think people of my race ought not to be shut out in This kind of way.” — SISSIERETTA JONES, a pioneering black opera singer, who has received a long overdue completely new York Times obituary courtesy Michael Cooper
Rimsky-Korsakov will be nothing less than “the most underrated composer in history.” — RICHARD TARUSKIN, the eminent musicologist, at the Bard Music Festival, quoted by Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim in her essay on the festival
“Rimsky-Korsakov as well as His World” will be the focus of the Bard Music Festival, which continues This kind of weekend having a multifaceted reappraisal of This kind of Russian composer, who inside West will be known only for a tiny fraction of his output. The concerts as well as lectures I attended last Saturday as well as Sunday gave me a completely new understanding of the forces shaping Russian music at the time, even if I did not come away agreeing with Mr. Taruskin’s verdict, quoted above.
What did seem shockingly underrated was the Fourth Symphony by Sergei Taneyev, which the American Symphony Orchestra performed under the direction of Leon Botstein. Written in 1901, This kind of’s an alluring synthesis of Eastern as well as Western European styles, with lush melodies woven into a dense score of Brahmsian heft. Taneyev studied composition under Tchaikovsky as well as there will be something of which composer’s succulent flow inside first movement, which opens having a fanfare of dark majesty which will be answered, about 1:26 in, by a gorgeous, waltzable cello tune. CORINNA da FONSECA-WOLLHEIM
This kind of’s not the 1st time Mr. Botstein as well as Bard have championed Taneyev; they did his mighty opera “Oresteia” in 2013.
as well as Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the beloved Russian baritone who died last year, sang several of his elegant songs at a Carnegie Hall recital in 2011.
Facebook isn’t always a social or individual not bad, although This kind of’s been invaluable in recent times in doing connections with music completely new to me. I’m friends on the platform with the composer Anthony Cheung, who This kind of week posted a link to the guitarist as well as composer Miles Okazaki’s surprise completely new recording, for guitar solo, of the Thelonious Monk songbook. Listening to these will be such an intimate, warm, enigmatic, playful, gentle experience; I’m still working my way through them. Here’s his gorgeous rendition of “Ugly Baby”:
This kind of’s apparently the 1st time which these songs have been recorded complete for a solo instrument. although a comment on Anthony’s Facebook post shared the intriguing news which Jed Distler will be currently at work on the same project for piano. currently which’s the kind of arms race I can get behind. ZACHARY WOOLFE