Sean Hickey introduces “The Birds of Barclay Street” in this performance by pianist Carolyn Enger. “The Birds of Barclay Street” appears on the latest Sean Hickey release, Cursive!
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Soprano Ariel Pisturino and pianist Victoria Kirsch perform “I Live My Life in Growing Orbits” and “My Life is Not This Steeply Sloping Hour” from composer Mark Abel’s cycle “Five Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke” at Alvas Showroom, San Pedro, Ca., September 23, 2014.
The entire Rilke cycle appears on Abel’s Delos CD Terrain of the Heart.
- I Live My Life in Growing Orbits 0:00
- My Life is Not This Steeply Sloping Hour 4:08
Sean Hickey’s “Reckoning” appeared as a world premiere recording on his Delos release, Cursive, and recently received its world premiere performance! Watch the performance, as well as an introduction by Sean Hickey here:
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Have a listen to the interview segments from Michael Samis interview with Middle Tennessee Public Radio’s NPR affiliate, WMOT:
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“This recording, a sampling of Moore’s recent output interpreted by some of today’s best artists, shows why singers admire his work so much. … Moore’s perceptive and sensitive choices are matched by his ability to spin out phrases that play to singers’ strengths. Appleby sounds magnificent in ‘The Red Vineyard,’ an intimate setting of a piece in which van Gogh expresses a childlike wonder at the glory of color, and the tenor nails the slight melancholy in the closing ‘Souvenir’. Brian Zeger … emphasizes the lyricism in Moore’s sweeping piano lines. … Soprano Susanna Phillips is masterful in So Free Am I, with texts written by women from various historical periods, including two poems by sixth-century Buddhist nuns. …In each of the cycle’s seven songs, Phillips offers lustrous tone coupled with strong characterization, and Zeger’s accompaniment is marvelously clear and attentive. Brett Polegato’s gorgeous baritone closes the program with John Keats’s Ode to a Nightingale. Moore shows great finesse setting the dense beauty of the text’s eight stanzas, and has created a cycle that, like the other two, many singers would do well to add to their arsenal. Zeger combines clarity and sensitivity in Moore’s florid piano part. … Recording engineer Adam Abeshouse shows all three singers and the pianist in the best possible light.” —Bruce Hodges, Juilliard Journal
The Wall Street Journal published a fantastic new feature on Power Players artist Ildar Abdrazakov in advance of the Metropolitan Opera’s opening night. As the Met’s Peter Gelb is quoted, “With Ildar, you have the new great bass.” Read the wonderful feature, listen to audio excerpts from his new role in The Marriage of Figaro, and stream an interview all at online.wsj.com!Categories Delos Artist News
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“It could almost be the plot of an opera: a dark, dashing descendant of both Genghis Khan and Tamerlane appears and sweeps all before him. But in the case of Russian-born bass Ildar Abdrazakov — “I’m one-fourth Tatar and three-fourths Bashkirian,” he says with a smile—it happens to be true. A native of Ufa, the capital of the Russian republic of Bashkortostan (also known as Bashkiria), Abdrazakov, 37, has emerged in the past few years as one of the most sought-after young basses in the operatic world. He was pitch-perfect as the brooding prince in the Metropolitan Opera’s production last season of Borodin’s Prince Igor. But what Abdrazakov actually likes best is Italian opera: “I only started singing the Russian roles when I came west,” he says. His supple, burnished bass shines in the lyrical Rossini-to-Verdi canon, along with his comedic flair. …” —Annalyn Swan, Vanity Fair
- OperaVille: “Sondra Radvanovsky is everything I’ve ever wished for in a soprano.”
- Opera Today: “Sondra Radvanovsky may be the epitome of Norma’s in recent history.”
- San Francisco Classical Voice: “Radvanovsky’s Norma is not to be missed.”
- Bach Track: “Radvanovsky’s radiant tone and breathtaking control were a privilege to experience live.”
- Opera Warhorses says Sondra Radvanovsky’s performance is “itself worth the ticket price…”
- The Bay Area Reporter: “Sounding at times like the great Maria Callas, she possesses the same kind of tone and ability to float a haunting phrase.”
- SF Gate: “Radvanovsky’s contribution, in fact, was practically a catalog of operatic virtues…”
- Mercury News: “A soprano with a beautiful, creamy, agile voice is a rare creature.”
- The Examiner: “an extraordinary performance of sustained power and great beauty, comparable to those of fabled stars in the company’s long and distinguished history.”
- Huffington Post: “Sondra Radvanovsky is Bellini’s Norma.”
Another fantastic new video from Tracy Silverman’s Between the Kiss and the Chaos Concert at The Cell Theatre in New York as presented by Tribeca New Music on June 23, 2014:
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Entitled Sound Hunters, the film includes Peter Gabriel, Jean-Michel Jarre, Brian Eno and others. The film has the “haut patronage” of UNESCO. Beryl Koltz is the director and the film is being created by a_Bahn and Camera Talk Productions.
Congrats to Joe!