Classical Music News- 27th October

Thursday 27th October 2011

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music.

The Independent

Castor and Pollux, Coliseum, London

The operas of Jean-Philippe Rameau have always been revered in his native France, but in Britain he’s the Baroque composer everyone overlooks.

The New York Times

Delayed by Injury, Giovanni Still Arrives.

The Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecien looked nimble on his feet, sang robustly and threw himself into the title role of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” at the Metropolitan Opera on Tuesday night in the new production by the director Michael Grandage.

Jessica Duchen’s Blog

Jonas Kaufmann, packed in polystyrene

Magical: his ability to transform himself into the character he’s singing, no matter what’s going on around him.

The Times

RPO/Austin at Cadogan Hall

Peter Maxwell Davies’s attempts, 25 years ago, to write an opera about St Francis of Assisi were scuppered when Olivier Messiaen got there first. But the idea for an overture remained, and London heard it for the first time this week, played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Christopher Austin.

The Times

The Aurora Orchestra wants to terrify you!

The Aurora Orchestra is out to terrify its audiences, says its conductor. Scroll to end for eight other spooky arts events for Hallowe’en.