Classical Open Day
One of our special guests for the 2MBS Fine Music Sydney 2023 Open Day is renowned soprano singer Amelia Farrugia who has captivated audiences with her stunning vocal range and emotive performances in some of the world's most prestigious opera houses and concert halls.
Classical On This Day
Frederick Delius is widely regarded as one of the most influential British composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Although he spent most of his life in France, his music was heavily inspired by his time in the United States and South America. In 1897, Delius composed his first opera, Koanga, which premiered at the Stadttheater in Elberfeld, Germany.
Classical Program Highlights
During the early 1900s, England saw the rise of several provincial orchestras outside of London, Manchester, and Birmingham. These orchestras were often founded by local music enthusiasts and musicians who aimed to bring classical music to their communities.
CD Reviews Classical Paul Cooke
Felicity Wilcox’s major composition, the chamber opera Threading the light, was completed and recorded in 2012 as part of her PhD in composition. It has now been released, spurred on by its recent world premiere performance by The Cooperative at Pitt Street Uniting Church. Its title, and those of its four movements (Light, Water, Blood and Fire), reference the importance of ritual in transcending worldly concerns.
Classical Fine Music Magazine
Former French Prime Minister Charles de Freycinet was walking amongst the urbane people of Paris when he recognized César Franck approaching at a fast trot, his uniform an oversized frock coat, grey trousers hoisted too high, top hat haphazardly brushed against the nap. The Prime Minister slowed to talk, but Franck, without breaking stride, called as he passed, “Will you come with me to Sainte-Clotilde? But don’t speak to me. I heard last night heavenly things, and I don’t want to forget them!”
CD Reviews Classical James Nightingale
The Swedish pianist, Peter Friis Johansson, has combined with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra to bring us three premiere recordings of Swedish concertos, two modern, one from the early 20th Century. Most well-known of the composers is Sven-David Sandström, whose Five pieces for piano and orchestra dates from 2017.
The Wagner tuba, also known as the Bayreuth tuba, is a brass instrument that was invented by Richard Wagner for use in his operas. It is a unique instrument that looks like a cross between a French horn and a tuba, with a conical bore and a wide bell.
Born On This Day Classical
Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839-1901) was a German composer and organist known for his prolific output of choral, chamber, and organ music. He was born in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, and showed musical talent at a young age, eventually studying at the Munich Conservatory where he later became a professor.
Angela Cockburn introduces a new series on librettists. Starting in January and running through to June, in the first week of the month Treasures of the Voice will feature a series about the librettists – the wordsmiths that create the stories and the dialogue that keeps an opera or a musical moving right along while still being singable for the performers.