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Classical & Opera Listings for Aug. 28-Sept. 3 + MORE

A critical guide to performances of classical music in the New York City area..... More »

Gidon Kremer: I fail to understand some of my unnamed colleagues + MORE

The great violinist has issued the following non-political statement via Slipped Disc on the darkening Russia-Ukraine situation. Gidon asks: what can music do when politicians are pushing us to war? There is no easy answer. Read Gidon’s words, share, and reflect.   “Gidon Kremer: My Ru.... More »

Composer György Kurtág celebrates his 91st birthday, and 70th wedding anniversary, with a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award + MORE

Today, Hungarian composer György Kurtág is celebrating his 91st birthday, and also his 70th wedding anniversary. He and his pianist wife, Márta, have been presented with a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award (£30,000) in recognition of their distinguished contribution to the world of music, as well as.... More »

Lang Lang to Deliver a Love Letter to New York, in Music + MORE

The pianist has planned a concert, “New York Rhapsody,” for May 3 at the Rose Theater and invited guests including Rufus Wainwright and Suzanne Vega..... More »

PBO and SF Opera Adlers + MORE

* Notes * A number of San Francisco Opera Center's Adler Fellows (pictured left) performed with conductor Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra last night at the SFJazz Center. The evening was a delight from beginning to end. The first half of the program featured four instrument.... More »

Nothing Is As It Disappears

– www.afoolintheforest.com

Long Beach Opera is not a company that regularly revives past productions, but it is currently making an exception with a return of David Lang’s The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, which it originally staged in 2011. At that time, I foamed and raved more than somewhat in my enthusiasm for the piece and the performance…

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How Met musicians are leaving Gelb for dead

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

How Met musicians are leaving Gelb for deadThe current pay negotiations between the Metropolitan Opera and its musicians are like no previous round.
What in the past was a mud-wrestling bout between professional union officials and opera house management with occasional nods to print media, is now a social media war which the musicians are winning hands down…

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Nerd Composer

– www.newmusicbox.org

Growing up, I was ashamed of being a nerd. This was pretty typical. At the time being labeled a nerd was considered about as bad as showing up to school in nothing but your underwear. Times have changed. It is now a badge to be worn proudly by all of us. We all finally grew up. And took over.

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The official classical chart

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Week ending 21 June 2014


Walton: Symphony No. 1; Violin Concerto
Tasmin Little (violin); BBC Symphony Orchestra/Edward Gardner
Chandos  CHSA5136
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Jenkins: Motets
Polyphony/Stephen Layton
Deutsche Grammophon 4793232
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The Voice of the Turtle Dove
The Sixteen/Harry Christophers
Coro COR16119
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Miloš Karadaglić (guitar); London Philharmonic/Yannick Nézet-Seguin
Mercury Classics 4810811
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Martha Argerich and Friends Live from Lugano
Martha Argerich (piano)
Warner Classics 2564631220
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Anna Bonitatibus (mezzo-soprano)
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 88725479862
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A French Baroque Diva
Carolyn Sampson; Ex Cathedra/Jeffrey Skidmore
Hyperion CDA68035
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Schubert: Winterreise
Jonas Kaufmann (tenor), Helmut Deutsch (piano)
Sony Classical 88883795652
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Elgar: Symphony No…

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Looking as though she’d stepped out of a Pre-Raphaelite painting, Anja Harteros came on stage at La Scala in a pinky-red Greek tunic: Euterpe in person.Harteros manages to fold her large voice down to a scale suitable for Schubert and Brahms, which made up the majority of her recital programme. It is certainly an impressive instrument with a rich lower register having a burnished colour that she manages to take up over the passaggio…

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Francesconi Quartett Linbury Royal Opera House

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Francesconi Quartett  Linbury Royal Opera HouseLuca Francesconi’s Quartett has at last made it to Britain. Francesconi is hardly obscure. His music has long been championed by Irvine Arditti and the Arditti Quartet , and is regularly heard in European new music circles. There’s even a Francesconi premiere at this year’s BBC Proms (apparently cancelled some weeks ago, see below)…

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Going Gold at the Royal Northern

– jessicamusic.blogspot.com

Going Gold at the Royal NorthernI can think of few greater privileges in the musical world than having the chance to listen to the crème-de-la-crème of a college’s talented youngsters perform all day. Last weekend I was lucky enough to be on the panel for the Royal Northern College of Music’s Gold Medal Competition, together with the college’s principal Linda Merrick, its artistic director Michelle Castelletti, composer Robert Saxton and general manager of the BBC Philharmonic Simon Webb…

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Tracy Silverman: Concerto for One | Performance and Party In Concerto for One Tracy takes orchestra works written for him by John Adams, Kenji Bunch, Nico Muhly, and Terry Riley, and arranges them into solo performances using electronics and live loop recordings for a virtual symphonic experience…

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American composer Lee Hyla died in June 2014, aged sixty-one

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A Mozart Bruckner Concert with a ‘Special’ Quality

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Mozart, Bruckner: Lise de la Salle (piano), London Symphony Orchestra / Fabio Luisi (conductor). Barbican Hall, London, 19.6.2014 (GD) Mozart: Piano Concerto in A major, No. 23 K488 Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor   One could say that all of Mozart’s concerti respond well to ‘period’ performance…

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On today's Learning to Listen, pianist Richard Goode shares his insights about Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 30 – the first of Beethoven's remarkable last three sonatas for piano.

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Tamar Iveri’s contract with Opera Australia has been terminated after it appeared the singer had made homophobic comments on her Facebook page.
The Georgian soprano, due to play Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello next month, caused outrage with a post on Facebook condoning the violent oppression by Christian Orthodox Groups of a pride march in Tbilsi last March…

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Rupert Christiansen has some suggestions for English National Opera

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