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John Mauceri’s distinguished and extraordinary career has brought him not only to the world’s greatest opera companies and symphony orchestras, but also to the musical stages of Broadway and Hollywood, as well as the most prestigious halls of academia. Regarded as the world’s leading performer of the music of Hollywood’s émigré composers, he has taken the lead in the preservation and performance of many kinds of music and has supervised/conducted premieres by composers as diverse as Debussy, Stockhausen, Korngold, Bernstein, Hindemith, Elfman, Ives, and Shore. As an accomplished recording artist, John Mauceri has over 70 albums to his name, and is the recipient of Grammy, Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, Edison, Cannes Classique, Billboard, two Diapasons d’Or, two Emmys, and four Deutsche Schallplatten Awards.

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Music for Alfred Hitchcock named one of top five releases of 2015 by Fanfare magazine

Posted December 7th, 2015

fanfare-logoMusic for Alfred Hitchcock has been recommended by Robert Markham in his ‘Want List’ as one of the top five releases of 2015 in Fanfare magazine (membership required).

 

 

 

From Robert Markham at Fanfare:

Enthusiasts of film music have much to be thankful for over the past year. One of my very top choices is Music for Alfred Hitchcock, not just for the music, but for the spectacular playing of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Mauceri with tremendous flair, rhythmic urgency, and obvious love for what he’s doing. Four numbers have been recorded for the first time (albeit “in this version” for some), including the opulently Romantic, larger-than-life “cantata” Bernard Herrmann arranged in 1956 from Arthur Benjamin’s score for the 1934 The Man Who Knew Too Much. Toccata’s stunning sound adds a further measure of pleasure.

TOCC0241-jc-cover-copy.jpgMusic for Alfred Hitchcock, Conducted by John Mauceri, and performed by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.
Now available for download at: Classics OnlineToccata ClassicsiTunes, & Google Play
You can also order the CD from Amazon.com.
You can also listen to the album on Spotify (account required).

Ballets Russes

Posted December 6th, 2015

John is pleased to share four unreleased tracks from Ballets Russes performed by the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2013 on the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Rite of Spring.

Polovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin

Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun by Claude Debussy

Jeux by Claude Debussy

Daphnis et Chloe – Suite 2 by Maurice Ravel

What Football Can Teach Classical Music

Posted December 4th, 2015

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Whether or not you are interested in football, you undoubtedly noticed a few weeks ago that the University of Missouri football team’s threatened boycott of their game forced the resignation of their president, Timothy M. Wolfe, and the chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin. As the New York Times reported, “The prospect of a strike by a team in the country’s most dominant college football league, the Southeastern Conference, drew national attention, and officials said that just forfeiting the team’s game Saturday against Brigham Young University in Kansas City, Mo., would cost the university $1 million.” That would be $1 million for one amateur football game being broadcast on national television.

Many have praised the power of the team to force out what seemed to be an administration that persistently was unresponsive to the profound racial issues on the campus. And who would not praise those brave students? Even the White House noted the power of “a few people speaking up and speaking out” and having “a profound impact.”

The other day, the New York news channels were all abuzz on the firings of Rutgers University’s football coach, Kyle Flood, and its athletic director, Julie Hermann. Flood’s buyout has been reported at $1.4 million. His annual salary of $1.25 million was among the lowest in the Big 5 conferences. The next person to hold the job will get a lot more. “We look at this on a five-year basis, and as an investment in our future,” said Rutgers’s president, Robert L. Barchs.

Investment.

Anyone who watches football or the evening news has also noticed that Pfizer has launched a new ad campaign for Viagra that starts with a beautiful woman wearing an oversized football jersey. She looks longingly into the camera and says, “Watching football with your man is great, but cuddling after is great, too.” Then she tells us what happens to most men over 40. After seeing this commercial many, many times, I started to imagine another ad campaign.

A beautiful woman is on a bed, wearing a little black dress, high heels, and a string of pearls. She looks at the camera and says, “Going to hear Lulu at the Met with your man is great, but cuddling after is great, too.”

And then I wake up.


 

Read the full article What Football Can Teach Classical Music at Huffington Post Arts & Culture.

You can also read all of John Mauceri’s blogs in his author archive at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-mauceri

Leonard Bernstein’s Batonmaker

Posted November 14th, 2015

HUFFPOSTPOL.jpgToday we learned of the death of Dick Horowitz at the age of 91. You perhaps never heard of him. If you went to the Metropolitan Opera or listened to its broadcasts any time from 1946 until two years ago, you definitely heard Dick Horowitz. He played percussion and was the opera house’s principal timpanist.

Read the full remembrance of Dick Horowitz at Huffington Post Arts & Culture.

You can also read all of John Mauceri’s blogs in his author archive at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-mauceri