Refinersfires is delighted to announce two new projects featuring Baritone EDWIN CROSSLEY-MERCER and pianist JASON PAUL PETERSON.
Author Archive | Michael Linton
Lots of choruses bookend their seasons, either at the beginning in the fall or at the end in spring, with Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Although conceived as an opera and first staged as one in 1937 it’s rarely done that way now and little is lost treating it as an oratorio; it’s Orff’s spectacular choruses that pull […]
Edwin Crossley-Mercer is having a very busy summer. After a recital in Dubai at the “One & Only Mirage Resort” on May 30th (the recital was called “It’s All About Love” and featured love songs in German, Russian, French, and English), Edwin returns France where he sings Robert Schumann’s rarely programmed “Paradise and the Peri” […]
Edwin Crossley-Mercer gets a rave for his Paris performance in Mozart’s “Magic Flute”! Here’s a link to the full review. The good part about Edwin “heartily applauds” his knack for Viennese humor, which is very high praise from the French (who never really forgave the Viennese for Marie Antoinette, or for inventing the croissant).
For the last twenty years or so, it’s been the Linton family custom to write a new carol during Advent and sing it together on Christmas Eve. Sometimes the texts are new (as in the case last year’s carol, “Winter’s Song” with a text by Joseph Bottum) but more frequently they are settings of old, […]
Thomas Kelley is one of the world’s greatest teachers. Prove me wrong. Here is his lecture on Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring”, courtesy of Harvard (where he teaches, among other things, music appreciation). And after you’ve watched this, of course for free, go and buy his book, “First Nights”. It’s marvelous.
Ultra Violet became Salvador Dali’s mistress when she first arrived in New York and she had a number of poignant things to say about the artist (none, at least in my hearing, at all mean spirited). Brian Sewell is one of Britain’s most insightful art critics, and his “Dirty Dali” is not the story of his […]
John Luther Adams won the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 for his orchestra piece “Become Ocean.” His music is a bit like the installations that become popular in the contemporary wings of art museums in the 1970’s, it’s environmental and needs to be heard in the contexts for which he created it. But here a taste of one […]
Bonnaroo is a marathon not a sprint! This comment was barked at me yesterday from the “What Stage”, and now that I am about to complete the four day festival, I agree. Dehydration? Check. Muscle cramps? Check. Great/Surprise performances? Check and Check. Day 2 12:30~ St. Paul & The Broken Bones 2:30~ Dr. Dog 3:30~ […]
Near the end of his life, Richard Strauss wrote one of the most hauntingly beautiful and intellectually profound works of the Twentieth Century: “Capriccio, A Conversation in Music”. Premiered in Munich in 1942, literally in the middle of the Second World War, Strauss’ opera is utterly indifferent to politics. It is a meditation, frequently highly ironic, upon the […]