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Cheryl North: James Rutherford has his Hans Sachs role down pat + MORE

British baritone replaces an ailing Greer Grimsley in S.F. Opera's production of Wagner's 'Der Meistersinger von Nurnberg'.... More »

A loveable but strange Lulu at the Staatsoper Hamburg + MORE

There is much to admire about this production of Berg’s opera — but it frustrates, too.... More »

Sigh no more + MORE

As an addendum to April’s “Shakespeare-400” offerings, “Trove Thursday” presents Béatrice et Bénédict, Berlioz’s witty adaptation of Much Ado about Nothing, in a 2009 performance featuring Joyce DiDonato and Charles Workman and conducted by Sir Colin Davis.  Much Ado and its quarrels.... More »

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Joseph Kudirka - Beauty and Industry - Apartment House (Another Timbre) Jürg Frey - Circles and Landscapes - Philip Thomas (Another Timbre)> In Memoriam Cornelius Cardew; Circular Music No. 5; Extended Circular Music No. 2; Pianist, Alone (2); Miniature in Five Parts; Extended Circular Music No.... More »

Susanne Mentzer: Breaking the Sound Barrier + MORE

I go around and around about classical music and opera not being popular, especially with younger audiences. It really bugs me. How do you get them to enjoy it and not make it feel so foreign? Read more: From the Top, Television, Radio, Classical Music, Arts Education, Opera, Arts News.... More »
Pierre Audi directs a compelling staged version of Schoenberg’s epic, with conductor Marc Albrecht painting a dazzling spectrum of colours

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Now the cannabis orchestra drops dress code and admits cocktailsThe Colorado Symphony, in a state that has legalised cannabis, was the first to announce pot concerts.
Now it’s taking two steps further to relaxing the atmosphere. Musicians will no longer wear tuxedos and alcoholic drinks can be brought into the hall.
(By anyone, except the musicians).

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Singapore Symphony Orchestra Prom 61 Zhou Long

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Singapore Symphony Orchestra Prom 61 Zhou LongThe presence of Andreas Haefliger should have alerted audiences to BBC Prom 61 with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lan Shui. Haefliger played Zhou Long’s Postures, which he premiered in July in Singapore. Zhou’s Postures may not be newly written, but it’s genuinely new music. It’s not radical avant garde but it’s very imaginative and tightly written…

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On the Air This Week

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On the Air This Week Highlights from September 2 to 9 Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: violinist Grant Johnson. Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: The Westminster Choir College sings music by Daniel Elder. Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra:…

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Maestro moves: Soaring Pablo lands Madrid job

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Maestro moves: Soaring Pablo lands Madrid jobMadrid’s Teatro Real has appointed Pablo Heras-Casado as principal guest conductor for the next four years, working with music director Ivor Bolton.
Pablo made his company debut in 2010 with Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny with La Fura dels Baus, which was filmed for DVD and won the Diapason d’Or…

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PROM 59: A Magnificent Elektra at the Proms

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Prom 59 – Strauss, Elektra: Soloists, BBC Singers (chorus master: Paul Wiegold), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 31.8.2014 (MB)   Elektra – Christine Goerke Chrysothemis – Gun-Brit Barkmin Klytemnestra – Dame Felicity Palmer Orest – Johan Reuter First Maid – Katarina Bradić Second Maid – Zoryana Kushpler Third Maid – […]

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What exactly am I listening to - the vexed question of cuts and editions in live performanceGwynneth Jones as ElektraOn Sunday night Richard Strauss’s Elektra was performed at the BBC Proms (see my review). The title role was sung (Elektrifyingly) by Christine Goerke who is an experienced stage Elektra and sang off the book. The version of Strauss’s Elektra that we heard was the standard one, the one you (nearly) always hear in the opera house…

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Susanna Malkki has been named music director of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Briefly Noted: Troubadour Songs

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Nuits Occitanes, Ensemble Céladon, P. Bündgen
(released on May 27, 2014)
Ricercar RIC340 | 68’25"
The troubadour repertory, like Gregorian chant, is open to many different rhythmic interpretations because the notation in which it is recorded is mostly not precise in that area. All kinds of performances can work, unaccompanied or with instruments, rhythmically free with each note more or less

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Nelson Freire: Radio Days  Concerto Broadcasts 1968-1979 review  not a dud among them(Decca, two CDs)Nelson Freire is now firmly established as one of the great pianists of our age, but that recognition has been slow in coming. Until the past 10 years or so, the Brazilian pianist remained a bit of a secret. He has been hugely admired by colleagues, but reticent about publicity, and a slightly reluctant recording artist, so his early career he made his international debut in 1959 was never documented on discs as thoroughly as it might have been…

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Moura Lympany: Debussy’s 'Claire de Lune'

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On 3 November 1952 Moura Lympany recorded the ubiquitous ‘Claire de Lune’ from Claude Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque (1890). It was released on HMV C4203 coupled with Isaac Albeniz’s well known Tango in D major arranged by Leopold Godowsky. An advert for the record appeared in the January 1953 edition of The Gramophonemagazine alongside new releases such as Kirsten Flagstad and Gerald Moore performing Schubert’s ‘Frühlingsglaube’ and ‘Im Abendrot’ and Jascha Heifetz’s rendition of Saint-Saëns Havanaise Op…

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It is a great delight that so many concert halls around the world are filled with the music of the very greatest composers to have lived. But it can be easy to forget that those names, so familiar to today’s concert-goers, make up just a tiny proportion of the overall compositional output. The pressures of filling a concert hall mean that Orchestras will always return to those well-known names and pieces, but it is important to the art form that musicians continue to rediscover and reinterpret that work which lies beyond, new and old…

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15 badly behaved composers

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Each month, when putting together BBC Music Magazine, we are constantly reminded how composers past and present operate on a different creative plane from us normal beings. And which of us, when in thrall to a sublime Sibelius symphony or miraculous Mozart mass, haven’t allowed ourselves to be drawn into the conclusion that such genius can only have come from some sort of superhuman presence?
Allow us to break the spell for a while…

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