Matthew Gurewitsch
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Drypoint to Technicolor
Maury Yeston's December Songs reborn

December 9, 2022

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In Generational Relay, Bright Young Maestro Takes Baton And Flies
Meet Henry Kennedy, a Shropshire Lad in Wrocław

December 5, 2022  •  Classical Voice North America

Once again, allow me to point you to a story of mine in Classical Voice North America. The subject is the young British conductor Henry Kennedy, whom I happened to meet at Riccardo Muti's rehearsals for Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Chicago Symphony in June. Turns out Henry was one of the chosen conductors for Muti's fiercely selective Italian Opera Academy the previous December. Since then, as his increasingly busy schedule allows, Henry continues to look in on Muti's work.

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Same zeitgeist, other revelations
Afterthoughts à propos "Das Buch Mit Sieben Siegeln"

November 21, 2022

Post-Schmidt, a novel musical Apocalypse

As noted in my recent review of last month's performances of Das Buch Mit Sieben Siegeln (The Book With Seven Seals) in Vienna, Franz Schmidt was the first composer to seek a musical form for the Book of Revelations. Was he also the last?

Readers of Thomas Mann's novel Doktor Faustus, embarked on in 1943 and published in 1947, may remember reading of the demonic composer-hero's oratorio Apocalipsis Cum Figuris, inspired by and named for Albrecht Dürer's iconic woodcut series "Apocalypse With Pictures." Mann was a genius at making a reader hear music in the mind's ear, even music that exists nowhere else.

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Ingo Metzmacher leads Franz Schmidt's "Buch Mit Sieben Siegeln"
A report from Vienna, where this otherwise rarely heard oratorio is a fixture

November 19, 2022  •  Classical Voice North America

Ten days ago, I pointed readers to the website Classical Voice North America for two reports of mine on recent operatic events in Vienna, Basel, and Paris. Now I'm back to point you to another, this one on Franz Schmidt's oratorio Das Buch Mit Sieben Siegeln (The Book With Seven Seals), based on the Book of Revelation. It a fascinating work Americans seldom encounter. I hope you'll enjoy reading about it.

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Salome twice over, Mahler and Verdi in Vienna
My latest reports in Classical Voice North America

November 10, 2022  •  Classical Voice North America

I spent several weeks in September and October on the road, mostly in Europe. My reports on some of the musical highlights are posted now on Classical Voice North America, the online Journal of the Music Critics Association of North America. Please click on the links to read about new productions of Salome in Basel and Paris, one Art for Arts Sake, the other proudly feminist; and two nights at the Vienna State Opera, a morose tribute to Mahler and a repertory performance of Rigoletto supercharged by Simon Keenlyside's riveting turn in the title role.

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