Refinersfires is delighted to announce two new projects featuring Baritone EDWIN CROSSLEY-MERCER and pianist JASON PAUL PETERSON.
General News about classical music.
On Tuesday May 24th baritone Edwin Crossley-Mercer and Jason Paul Peterson premiered a song by Michael Linton, Silentium Amoris. Originally a poem written by Oscar Wilde, it has been set to music in a new song cycle by Linton. From the Cleveland Classical review, “The song is in two distinct sections. The first, in which the narrator […]
Edwin Crossley-Mercer performs Bach’s 1727 cantata for solo bass “Ich habe genug” BWV 82, performed April 30 at the Festival de Paques de Deauville. Skip to minute 31 to watch his performance.
“The chief splendor of the evening came from the singers. Baritone Edwin Crossley-Mercer turned Manon’s cousin, Lescaut, into a complex dramatic figure, a louche gambler and seducer who appeared to be making moves on his cousin when he meets her at the Inn in Act I.” To read the entirety of the Opera News article, […]
For nearly the past thirty years our family has had a custom of gathering together on Christmas Eve and singing a new carol. Sometimes the carols were new tunes to existing texts (as with the carol “Sanders”, a setting of John Donne’s poem “Nativity”) but sometimes Joseph Bottum provided me with a new poem as well […]
Today, November 23, is Krzysztof Penderecki’s 82nd birthday. While can be argued that he is our greatest living composer (only Boulez might challenge him in that position) there’s no doubt that he is our most influential; even if you’ve never heard any of his music if you’ve seen a horror movie from the last thirty years the terrifying, […]
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 […]
To A Stark Eyed Slut from Seven Franchetti Songs. The Seven Franchetti Songs will be released October 1, 2015.