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Arthur Butterworth: The Path across the Moors- some further thoughts + MORE

I recently wrote an appreciation of Arthur Butterworth’s excellent tone-poem The Path across the Moors, in which I suggested that in spite of it having been issued on a ‘light music’ CD, it had considerable depth and emotional content beyond what is normally considered belonging to that genre..... More »
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O luce di quest’animation + MORE

On this day in 1940, the first “Tom & Jerry” cartoon debuted. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kqkcn9KtKkI Born on this day in 1898 playwright Bertolt Brecht http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVHtRk8a1nc Born on this day in 1900 mezzo-soprano Gianna Pederzini http://www.youtube..... More »
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'Honour killings' talk cancelled + MORE

The Sydney Opera House has cancelled a controversial talk by Muslim writer and activist Uthman Badar..... More »
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MIra, o Norma + MORE

Born in this day in 1899 American screenwriter and producer Irving Thalberg. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UzbEpyOtRg Born on this day in 1836 librettist Edouard Blau http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmsIKnKsTGo Born on this day in 1920 bass-baritone George London http://www.youtube.com/wat.... More »
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Tafelmusik offers a revelatory evening of overlooked Bach + MORE

Conductor Ivars Taurins leads a tapestry that rips the wig from Bach’s head to reveal the real human underneath.... More »
In this first world war centenary year, Aldeburgh’s first ever production of Britten’s pacifist opera was an appropriate festival centrepiece

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Owen Wingrave review  the drama of Britten's pacifist opera is still uncertainSnape Maltings, AldeburghAldeburgh festival’s first world war commemoration features fine singers, but Neil Bartlett’s staging fails to solve the problems of this difficult workAldeburgh festival’s contribution to this year’s commemoration of the outbreak of the first world war is a new production of Britten’s most explicitly pacifist opera…

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Falsch und feig

– parterre.com

Falsch und feigThe Hartford Wagner Festival’s production of Das Rheingold has been canceled “due to the vicious and coordinated attacks on the Hartford Wagner Festival by the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) which have forced the resignations of our Music Director and two of our performers with threats of loss of future work…

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Documenting Amacher

– renewablemusic.blogspot.com

Here is a short documentary video portrait by Elisabeth Schimana and Lena Tikhonova of the late composer Maryanne Amacher.  Over the end credits, there is a moment in which two of her assistants admit that they don’t quite understand her work, a feeling I share.  I always had the sense of something substantial going on — and sometimes even dangerous, whether bathing petri dishes with cultures labeled as “musicians of the future” in incredibly amplified sounds or exploring the possibilities of a “post-cochlear” mode of listening (possibinvolving direct transmission to the brain) —; her appeals to hard science were both studied and off-kilter enough to evoke musical liveliness, her environmental-acoustic consciousness was admirable, and her demand for quality in performance was real evidence of her seriousness (if often frustrating to those trying to help her present her work…

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 Brahms, Haydn:  Gisela Stille (soprano), John Lundgren (baritone), BBC National  Chorus of Wales, National Youth Choir of Wales, BBC National Orchestra of Wales/ Thomas Søndergård (conductor). St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 13.6.2014 (PCG) Haydn – Symphony No 99 in E flat (1793) Brahms – A German Requiem, Op…

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Frothy, Riotous Barber of Seville in Dickensian Setting

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Rossini, Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Opera Holland Park Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus / Matthew Waldren (conductor), Holland Park, London, 13.6.14 (RB) Cast: Figaro: Nicholas Lester Rosina: Kitty Whately Count Almaviva: Nico Darmanin Doctor Bartolo: Jonathan Veira Don Basilio/Fiorello: Nicholas Crawley Berta: Alinka Kozari Production Director: Oliver Platt Designer: Neil Irish Lighting Designer: Mark Jonathan Rossini’s […]

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The official classical chart

– www.classical-music.com

Week ending 14 June 2014
 

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1

The Voice of the Turtle Dove
The Sixteen/Harry Christophers
Coro COR16119
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2

Aranjuez
Miloš Karadaglić
Mercury Classics 481 0811
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3

Jenkins: Motets
Polyphony/Stephen Layton
Deutsch Grammophon 4793232
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4

Martha Argerich and Friends Live
Martha Argerich (piano)
Warber Classics 2564631220
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5

Sibelius: Complete Symphonies
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Jóhn Storgårds
Chandos CHAN108093
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6

From Spain to Eternity
Ensemble Plus Ultra
Archiv Produktion 4792610
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7

R Strauss: Lieder
Christiane Karg (soprano)
Berlin Classics 0300566BC
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8

Dvorák: Cello Concerto
Alisa Weilerstein (cello); Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Jirí Bēlohlávek
Decca 4785705
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9

Walton: Symphony No…

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In Brief: At the Lake Edition

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio, online video, and other good things in Blogville and Beyond. (After clicking to an audio or video stream, press the "Play" button to start the broadcast.) Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.
Watch Jakub Hruša lead a performance of Dvorak’s Stabat Mater at the Festival de Saint-Denis, with the Prague

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Four Quarters - Aurora Orchestra at Kings Place Ravel, Thomas Ades, Mozart; Aurora Orchestra; Kings Place Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 13 2014 Star rating: 4.0Two established chamber classics and a new classic from this lively young orchestraAs part of Kings Place’s series Chamber Classics Unwrapped, on Friday 13 June 2014, the members of the Aurora Orchestra performed Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro, Thomas Ades’s Four Quarters and Mozart’s Gran Partita, a wonderfully profligate piece of programming which saw no one player participating in all three works…

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Garsington reminder

– briandickie.typepad.com

Do not forget that the Garsington season is well under way with successful openings of Fidelio and Vert-Vert. And the third opera in this cleverly designed repertoire is The Cunning Little Vixen.  It opens in a week's time.
I am reminded of this because I was with my younger son for Father's Day and he had a specimen of the Garsington mug, designed by his cousin and my nephew Zeb Helm…

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2014 Ojai Music Festival – The Classical StyleThe 2014 Ojai Music Festival opened on Thursday June 12 to begin 4 days packed with informative talks, movie screenings, parties and concerts. The Festival’s Music Director this year is Jeremy Denk and the resident musical groups included The Knights orchestral collective and the Brooklyn Rider string quartet…

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Art should be dangerous

– www.overgrownpath.com

Art should be dangerousWhen did you last experience a true performance? Not one of those musically perfect but soulless concerts by a celebrity maestro and a touring orchestra – Edinburgh yesterday and Salzburg tomorrow – that is more restatement than performance. I mean a real performance, a one-off where routine is traded for risk, where the musicians become players in a drama, an event which, to paraphrae Carl Nielsen, gives us something else, gives us something new, instead of expressing deedless admiration for the conventional…

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Morning Glories: The Sounds of Spain

– minnesota.publicradio.org

As the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony is on its 10-day tour through Andalusia, this week's Morning Glories celebrate the sounds of Spain.

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