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Schubert: Winterreise — ‘version that is thoughtful, warm and rich’ + MORE

The Copenhagen String Quartet plays skilfully, and Johan Reuter’s singing is admirably sure and true.... More »

I Warned You. + MORE

Back in September, I worried out loud about the number of cancelations on the SF Opera schedule. (Since then, Albina Shagimuratova has missed the opening Magic Flute.)And now the upcoming Meistersinger has been hit by the cancelation curse: A press release tells me that Greer Grimsley, who was .... More »

SoundBox 2, Zellerbach Recital Hall, San Francisco — review + MORE

The young composers’ showcase incorporated digital culture as well as quotes from Mahler and Vivaldi.... More »

First Out of the Gate: It's Seattle Opera! + MORE

Season announcement season for summer 2015 and 2015-16 started today with Seattle Opera's announcement of their 2015-16 season. This is being billed as the first with Aidan Lang's imprint, but this is the moment when I have to mention that David Gockley, who retires as SF Opera's general direction a.... More »

Ezra Sims (1928-2015) + MORE

News comes that the composer Ezra Sims has died.  He was a fixture in Boston New Music and a well-know practitioner of microtonal music, but was always an independent and his music fit into no category other than his own.  Alabama-born, he studied at Harvard and then a Mills College under .... More »
Beethoven wrote only nine symphonies, a fact that threw up a creative block for later composers: if Beethoven couldn’t manage a tenth, what hope for lesser mortals? Pure superstition, but in Peter Maxwell Davies’s case the “prophecy” almost came true. Almost exactly a year after the 2012 premiere of his Ninth Symphony, Max, as he is universally known, learnt that he had leukaemia.

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Richard Strauss Feuersnot – streaming from Munich

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Richard Strauss Feuersnot - streaming from MunichRichard Strauss’s Feuersnots are breaking out all over! Above a still from the production in January at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo (read more HERE) . There’s another new production in June at the Volksoper, Vienna, which should be interesting, too. There was a concert performance in December in New York conducted by Leon Botstein…

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Rameau minus one elitist convention

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Rameau minus one elitist conventionFellow blogger Jessica Duchen offers admirable advocacy of the Rameau anniversary. However my antipathy towards composer anniversaries means I have little enthusiasm for the 250th anniversary of Rameau’s death, despite a profound admiration for his music. But, in view of the general acceptance that formal dress is one of classical music’s elitist conventions, I do have one wish for the Rameau anniversary: that Warner reissues Scott Ross’ masterly 1988 recording of the complete harpsichord music using the original artwork seen above…

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Future National Theatre boss Rufus Norris reveals he is about to start work on the film version of hit stage musical London Road.

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More greatest recordings you never saw before

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More greatest recordings you never saw beforeYesterday, we acclaimed the welcome return of the Westminster recorded catalogue after a generation gathering dust in the vaults. Today, we have been reminded of some of its less glorious visual moments. Supply your own captions. The producer refused to comment.   Dvorak is not for dancing.   Sour notes…

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Italian conductor Riccardo Muti extends his contract as musical director at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra until at least 2020.

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Yet Another Set of Paganini Variations

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Here’s what happens when Marc-Andre Hamelin gets his hand on a famous theme:Around 4:00, there is a riff on LvB op. 109. Around 5:45, he is quoting different Beethoven. Around 7:30, he is almost quoting one of Rachmaninov’s variations. Something vaguely familiar is going on around 9:00.

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The maestro’s nose: Fabio Luisi is making smellsFabio Luisi and his FL Parfums — photo by Barbara Luisi
A silly title, to grab your attention, about the very serious hobby of one of the world’s top conductors: Fabio Luisi creates perfumes.
Luisi’s pastime has recently taken on a more professional aspect, as he’s decided to sell his creations commercially: FL Parfums…

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     A Taste of Venetian Baroque

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  Marini, Salaverde, Turini, Bertoli, Ziani, Castello, Vivaldi , Marcello: Ubi Caritas, Band of the BaroqueTaftMuseum of Art, Cincinnati, Ohio. 2.2.2014 (RDA).   Amanda Carmen Bower (soprano) Richard Arnest (recorders) Loren Berzsenyi (oboe) Lauren Piccirillo (bassoon) Jennife Jill Araya (cello and voice) Michael Unger (harpsichord)   Richard Arnest is the organizer of Ubi Caritas, the invaluable group […]

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Sure-Handed Sibelius, Cat-Like Rachmaninoff

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 Sibelius, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky: Daniil Trifonov (piano), Osmo Vänskä (conductor), San Francisco Symphony, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. 30.1.2014 (HS) Sibelius: Night Ride and Sunrise Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments Sibelius: Symphony No…

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Kasper Holten’s production is disappointingly superficial, but there are sparks in the performances of Malin Byström and Elizabeth Watts

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Video: Roger Scruton - Wagner and PhilosophyHow are Richard Wagner’s operas shaped by his interest in philosophy? How can Immanuel Kant’s vision of the human condition inform our understanding of Tristan und Isolde? Can the same interpretation be applied to Der Ring Des Nibelungen? How does that alter our understanding of the moral framework of the opera? And what are we to make of Wagner’s last opera, Parsifal, which Nietzsche described as “a secret attempt to poison the very presuppositions of life”? Does Parsifal represent a rejection of the moral spheres of Tristan and the Ring, or can we arrive at a more subtle interpretation of it?Philosophical Conversations – Sarah-Jane Leslie, Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University, conducts interviews with some of the world’s leading philosophers through her association with the Marc Sanders Foundation…

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Audio Book & Text: A Wagner Matinée. Willa Cather“The first number was the Tannhäuser overture. When the violins drew out the first strain of the Pilgrim’s chorus, my Aunt Georgiana clutched my coat-sleeve. Then it was that I first realized that for her this singing of basses and stinging frenzy of lighter strings broke a silence of thirty years, the inconceivable silence of the plains…

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