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"Let My People Go": Oratorio Society of Minnesota remembers the Underground Railroad + MORE

The Oratorio Society of Minnesota take their audience on a journey through the Underground Railroad this weekend with a concert-length oratorio by composer Donald McCullough that draws from African-American spiritual traditions..... More »
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Some More New on the Proms + MORE

On August 27, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Myung-Whun Chung, in its first appearance at the Proms, included, along with Debussy’s La Mer and the Tschaikovsky Sixth Symphony, Šu, a concerto for Sheng and orchestra by their compatriot Unsuk Chin, with soloist Wu Wei. The sound o.... More »
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Barbican Boulez Pintscher Ensemble Intercontemporain + MORE

A quick glance at this stage - what else but Pierre Boulez sur Incises, with Ensemble Intercontemporain, the orchestra he founded, and Matthias Pintscher, at the Barbican Hall, London, 28tth April 2015, part of the continuing Barbican Boulez at 90 celebrations.  This photo (courtesy Ensemble In.... More »
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Emily Dickinson poems the basis for Kiri Te Kanawa celebratory work + MORE

Sopranos celebrates milestone birthday at Ravinia with composer Jake Heggie’s new work in her honor..... More »
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Karine Deshayes, At Last + MORE

French Romantic Cantatas, K. Deshayes, Opera Fuoco, D. Stern (Zig Zag, 2014) Charles T. Downey, Mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes at the Kennedy Center Washington Post, February 5 Pierre Bernac, the singer and authority on the French “mélodie,” summed up this late Romantic song genre as “the art .... More »

Virtual Opera in Paris

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Much fuss was made about Nico Muhly’s Two Boys as an Internet opera, but starting today the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris will host performances of The End, Vocaloid Opéra, featuring the completely virtual "diva" from Japan, Hatsune Miku. Eléonore Prieur has a preview article (Le premier opéra virtuel investit le Théâtre du Châtelet, November 12) for Le Figaro (my translation):
It is the first

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I can’t think of another composer who manages, again and again, to create such an inverse relationship between the bald simplicity of the compositional plan and the crazy richness of the musical result. The more basic Lucier’s hypothesis—the more abstract the map—the more inexhaustible the experience.

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Morlot Masters Mahler in Riveting Sixth Symphony

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Boulez and Mahler: Kimberly Russ (piano), Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot (conductor), Benaroya Hall, Seattle, 7.11.2013 (BJ) Boulez: Notations I-IV Mahler: Symphony No. 6 This performance of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony in Benaroya Hall reminded me of a particular one I heard many years ago: it was so different…

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Stefan Herheim,/Salzburg Meistersinger To Get DVD Release In 2014

In a rather unusual turn of events – at least in regard to productions of Wagner’s work – it seems everyone liked the Stefan Herheim directed Salzburg Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. So we assume most will be pleased to know that it will receive a confirmed a release on DVD  sometime in 2014 as part of a series called “Festival Documents”…

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There are currently some 44 CDs featuring the music of Richard Addinsell listed in the on-line Arkiv Music Catalogue. However, this is not quite as impressive as it seems. At least 30 of these discs feature the ubiquitous Warsaw Concerto, the work by which Addinsell in known to millions of listeners…

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ArtsBeat: ‘Silent Night,’ Pulitzer Winner, to Air on PBSThe Pulitzer Prize-winning opera by Kevin Puts will be shown on PBS in December.    

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Under the baton of Neeme Järvi, the Estonians played with pride and warmth, culminating in a lean yet lusty performance of Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony

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Audio: An Introduction To The Ring (60 minutes)

Broadcast two days ago and made available by ABC Radio’s “The Music Show. A fine introduction to the Ring cycle from Heath Lees whose 4-part documentary series- Wagner’s Ring- A Tale Told in Music is available on DVD.

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Emeritus Professor of Music Heath Lees, from the University of Auckland, is also a musicologist and broadcaster, and the founder of the Wagner Society of New Zealand…

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Sir John Tavener’s final premiere

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Sir John Tavener, who died today at the age of 69, was dogged by ill health for much of his life, but he remained busy to the end.
His new composition Three Shakespeare Sonnets will receive its world premiere on Friday 15 November at Southwark Cathedral, Shakespeare's own place of worship.   Sir John hand picked the members of the Chamber Choir of Southern Iceland who will perform it…

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Sir John Tavener dies at the age of 69

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The great composer Sir John Tavener has died two months short of his 70th birthday.
Tavener, who was one of today’s best loved composers, studied at the Royal Academy of Music and rose to fame with the premiere of his iconoclastic oratorio The Whale in 1968, which was released on the Beatles' own Apple label…

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Sir John Tavener dies at 69: the veil falls for the final timeThe British composer’s music is essentially spiritual, but in a much more fearless way than his detractors thinkJohn Tavener, who has died peacefully at 69 at his home, was the single most popular British classical composer of the late 20th and 21st centuries. His music has become part of public consciousness, making him a unique cultural figure…

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I’ll never forget the first time I heard the music of John Tavener, who has died at the age of 69. It was 1989: the world premiere of The Protecting Veil, his cello concerto, at the Proms. A sound began to emerge – one deep-set chord – and rose. And rose. And continued to rise, a shining, all-enveloping sound that sucked you in like a tunnel filling up with golden light…

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