Seraphic Fire’s ‘complete’ Mozart Requiem effectively blends old and new
The story of Mozart's Requiem is among the best-known in classical music. The fever-wracked composer races to finish a mass for the dead commissioned by an Austrian nobleman. He dies with some parts only sketched out and entire sections unwritten. His poor widow, in desperate need of the commission, hands the task of finishing the requiem to Franz Xaver Süssmayr, whose dutiful, uninspired completion is still performed today. More on Miami Herald
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Youthful in membership but now well established, having been founded in 2005, the Chiaroscuro Quartet put period instrument practice to the fore, playing on gut strings, with minimal vibrato and tuning to the lower pitch of A430 (modern concert pitch is A440 or higher). You hear this strangeness the instant the opening chords sound in Beethoven's String Quartet in F minor Op 95. It takes a moment to grow accustomed to the unfamiliar timbre but the rewards are immense... More on The Guardian
Mozart meets Minecraft in this university's new opera
A collection of university and high school students have banded together at Virginia Tech University to create a completely original opera that will be set to the works of Mozart and take place within the worlds of Minecraft. More on Polygon
Mozart: Symphonies Nos 39-41 – review
Orchestre des Champs-Elysées/Herreweghe
(PHI, two CDs)
Using an orchestra with a string section of 30 players, Philippe Herreweghe's performances of Mozart's three final symphonies are never short on impact. The Orchestre des Champs-Elysées provides the perfect riposte to anyone who believes that period-instrument Mozart has to sound anaemic. Herreweghe's performances don't hold back, either. He drives the music hard, which works well in the G minor Symphony K550, where the chromatic nerve ends of the finale are exposed, but seems much less convincing in the E flat Symphony K549 and the C major Jupiter K551... More on The Guardian
To Stay Focused, Listen to Mozart
New research from Japan finds listening to a Mozart minuet helps people ignore extraneous information. Score another one for Wolfgang Amadeus. Researchers report the soothing sounds of a Mozart minuet boosts the ability of children and seniors to focus on a task and ignore extraneous information.
Dissonant music has the opposite effect, according to Nobuo Masataka of Japan’s Kyoto University and Leonard Perlovsky of Harvard University. Their findings help make the case that music, sometimes thought of as a pleasant byproduct of evolution, has in fact played an active role in human development... More on Pacific Standard
Musical relics from Paganini and Mozart, still sending blessings
There was a processional element — and a good deal of unadulterated worship — in last week’s visit to New York City of another musical relic: Mozart’s violin... More on New York Times
The universal language: Using music in the classroom
Victor Hugo said, "Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." It is part of our collective unconscious. It transcends race, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic class and is experienced by everyone. Mr. Hugo said it more artfully, but the physical, social, and emotional benefits of music are well documented by countless studies. What do they say? Here are just a few things… More on examiner.com
Online, Mozart in Background Boosts Women’s Attractiveness
Do you want to come across as attractive to visitors to your personal homepage? Silly question: Of course you do. So you carefully choose the photos you present and the information you disclose.
But you may be forgetting one additional element that can make the difference between hot and not: Your all-important choice of background music. More on Pacific Standard
Don Giovanni - review
Petersen/Opolais/Avemo/Balzer/Skovhus/Ketelsen/Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/Langrée
Barely recognisable … Bo Skovhus and Kerstin Avemo in Dmitri Tcherniakov's 2010 production of Don Giovanni in Aix-en-Provence. Photograph: Pascal Victor/ArtComArt
Dmitri Tcherniakov's production of Don Giovanni caused ructions when it opened in Aix-en-Provence in 2010. It has curious echoes, in places, of Pasolini's film Theorem: Tcherniakov reimagines Mozart's protagonists as the uptight members of a present-day bourgeois family. Zerlina (Kerstin Avemo) has become Anna's daughter from her first marriage, while Leporello (a very callow Kyle Ketelsen) is "a young relative of the Commendatore's, living in his house"... More on The Guardian
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