Thursday, April 20, 2017


Boston Baroque's 2015 Agrippina has finally made it to WCRB's online archive. Come for Amanda Forsythe, stay for Susanna Phillips.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

sundry items

Just a reminder that the opener for the new Met Rosenkavalier will be streamed on the Met website on Thursday, April 13, starting at 7pm ET.

While you wait, here's Boston's Handel & Haydn Society doing the Monteverdi Vespers at the Temple of Reverb Dendur.

Or there's one of Eliza Carthy's big band projects live in Hull, with a rather killer opening set from Olivia Chaney, right here.

Sunday, April 2, 2017


One of the benefits of spring cleaning: opening boxes of tapes untouched for years. One of the benefits of Judicious Old Technology Retention: you still have something to play them on.

From an Independent review of a 2003 Proms Concert: "If Christine Brewer, Mark Wigglesworth and the London Philharmonic shrank the Royal Albert Hall to the size of the Wigmore a fortnight ago in Berg's Sieben frühe Lieder, von Otter, Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre turned it into a smoky, film noir, torch-song dive of the kind that probably ceased to exist in the mid 1950s."

A smoky dive where the dance band plays Rameau and the torch song is Scherza infida...

and for the record,

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Saturday Posting from the Ministry of Noise

Emily Barker's new one passes the Bechdel Test with flying colors and it's about Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Click through and read the liner notes (hey! liner notes!)

Friday, February 17, 2017

sundry items

The LA Times has a profile of Patricia Racette on the eve of her Salome at LA Opera.

What's that you say? Rhiannon Giddens has a new album out? Why yes she does, and you can listen to the whole thing right here courtesy of NPR First Listen. (Quick while NPR still exists.) Then you can go buy the album from the ever-awesome Nonesuch.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

game on!

The forces of Boston Early Music Festival, with Amanda Forsythe, Colin Balzer, Christian Immler and Emoke Barath, decamp to Bremen for an envy-inducing Steffani program.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Posted recently in one of the more knuckle-dragging precincts of social media: "You've been kidnapped! The characters from the last TV show you watched are trying to rescue you! Who is coming to save you?"

Well...okay then!

I'll see your crowd of History Channel Vikings and raise you one Charlotte with the crossbow and grappling hook, one Emily with the strategically-placed powder kegs, and one Anne with the getaway barouche.