09. December 2011 · Comments Off on James Levine Press Release · Categories: Announcements

James Levine Withdraws from Met Conducting Assignments Through the End of Next Season

Met Music Director focusing on long-term recovery from most recent injury and surgery; Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi to conduct this season’s Ring cycles in April and May

December 9, 2011

New York, NY (December 9, 2011) – Music Director James Levine will not conduct at the Metropolitan Opera for the remainder of this season, or during the 2012-13 season, in order to allow for a full recovery from the spinal injury he suffered last August. After falling while on vacation last summer, Levine underwent emergency surgery that forced him to withdraw from his performances in the first part of this season.

Due to the severe injury to his spinal cord, Levine’s doctors have said that his post-operative recovery will be a long-term process. Since September he has been at a rehabilitation facility, which he will be leaving shortly. While his condition has greatly improved in recent months, it is uncertain exactly when he will be fully recovered and able to return to conducting.


09. December 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

So. I thought I was getting used to playing the oboe. Oh my goodness. I feel like all the air and molecular mass has been taken out of my head and thrust through my poor little oboe. I’m gonna die.

09. December 2011 · Comments Off on BachTrac™ · Categories: BachTrac™

Christmas Oratorio
Sir John Eliot Gardiner; Monteverdi Choir; English Baroque Soloists
Part Two


II. Evangelista ‘Und es waren’
III. Choral ‘Brich an, o schones Morgenlicht’
IV. Evangelista ‘Und der Engel sprach zu ihnen’
V. Recitativo ‘Was Gott dem Abraham verheissen’
VI. Aria ‘Frohe Hirten, eilt’
VII. Evangelista ‘Und das habt zum Zeichen’
VIII. Choral ‘Schaut hin, dort liegt im finstern Stall’

IX. Recitativo ‘So geht denn hin’
X. Aria ‘Schlafe, mein Liebster’

XI. Evangelista ‘Und alsbald’
XII. Coro ‘Ehre sei Gott’
XIII. Recitativo ‘So, recht, ihre Engel, jauchzt und singet’
XIV. Choral ‘Wir singen dir in deinem Heer’

09. December 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

omg , if you think the clarinets and the flutes are annoying then you probably didnt hear the oboe ..

09. December 2011 · Comments Off on Advent: Day 13 · Categories: Advent

(I’m going to do a series of different composers’ take on “O Magnum Mysterium” for the next few days.)

Ivo Antognini: O Magnum Mysterium
Vancouver Chamber Choir

O great mystery,
and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the new-born Lord,
lying in a manger!
Blessed is the Virgin whose womb
was worthy to bear
Christ the Lord.

In case you’ve missed earlier Advent posts:
Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, Day 12