Benjamin Britten's epic War Requiem will be performed frequently in 2013, as the year marks the centenary of the great composer's birth. Our own John Evans, OBF executive director and president, has contributed to the recognition with his cover story essay on the masterwork for the latest edition of The Voice, the national trade publication of Chorus America.
John has authored many publications on the composer's life and works, has lectured extensively in the UK and North America, and most recently edited Journeying Boy: The Diaries of the Young Benjamin Britten.
Download a full PDF of the article.
More of Britten's music will... read more
Watch this video tour of OBF 2013's themes, guest artists, and major works, all part of a salute to artistic director Helmuth Rilling.
[caption id="attachment_9660" align="aligncenter" width="480"] The Miro Quartet. Cellist Joshua Gindele is at left. Photo: Nathan Russell.[/caption]
Caitriona Bolster of KWAX had a charming and illuminating conversation with cellist Joshua Gindele in advance of the Miró Quartet's concert this Sunday December 9 in Beall Hall.
In Part 1 the cellist talks about the quartet's formative days at Oberlin, winning perestigious competitions, and how it came to take the name of the Spanish surrealist artist.
In Part 2 he describes this Sunday's program of two "late, great Schubert quartets." Although they were among the first pieces the group ever performed, Gindele says they... read more
Matthew Halls and the Retrospect Ensemble’s recording of Bach’s Harpsichord Concertos is the BBC Music Magazine’s Record of the Month for December, earning a perfect five stars for both performance and recording. Reviewer George Pratt says that Halls and his ensemble, performing with one-to-a-part strings and perfectly matched harpsichord, transport the listener back to the days of Zimmerman’s Leipzig coffee house, where these pieces were likely first performed. “Halls’ sparkling articulation generates enormous exuberance,” Pratt writes. “All in all...irresistible.” The magazine’s three-page coverage includes an interview with Halls on the challenges of playing Bach and capsule reviews of three other... read more
The 2013 Oregon Bach Festival, June 24-July 14, celebrates Helmuth Rilling’s 80th birthday and honors his 44th and concluding season as artistic director with a three-week musical party featuring stellar guest artists, a multi-concert salute to composer anniversaries, and three of history’s towering choral masterworks. Click to view the schedule of concerts. The University of Oregon event will produce 31 concerts in Eugene, Portland, Ashland, Bend, Corvallis, and Florence, with more than 50 overall events including lectures, films and gatherings. Among the guest artists are violinists Midori and Chee-Yun, pianist/conductor Jeffrey Kahane, the Chuang/Levin piano duo, L.A-based baroque group Bach’s... read more
Video: Link to the LiveStream feed of Matthew Halls conducting appearance with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, including four different camera angles.
Here's a link to the LiveStream feed of Matthew Halls conducting appearance with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, a concert in which he subbed for Roger Norrington on less than a week's notice.
Matthew conducted Robert Levin in the October 26 event. read more
The Oregon Bach Festival has officially posted the latest addition to the Digital Bach Project: The Goldberg Seminar video. Taped at last summer's OBF and moderated by Hal Hinkle, the discussion about Bach’s work generated lively conversation amongst Angela Hewitt, Matthew Halls and Tim Smith. The distinguished panel analyzed a wide range of concepts regarding the piece, from its use of repeats, differences between piano and harpsichord performance, and formal structure. You might even find yourself pondering one of Hal Hinkle’s questions: “If you could ask Bach one question about his work, what would that be?” The Digital Bach Project... read more
Matthew Halls, the Oregon Bach Festival's artistic director designate, is in Eugene for a week-long residency at the UO School of Music and Dance, including rehearsals, conducting classes, and a free public lecture, culminating in a choral concert of works by Durufle and Scarlatti Saturday, November 10. Public Lecture: "Performance Practice and Historical Style: How do we know when we've got it right?" Thursday, November 8 4 p.m., Beall Concert Hall, Frohnmayer Music Building Halls will relate his experience as a harpsichordist and performance practice specialist with the UK's Resonance Ensemble in this lecture, which is free and open to... read more