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The opposite sextoness + MORE

‘Tis the season, by which of course I mean that time of year when companies confirm or deny for us the rumors we’ve been crawling around the dark corners of the internet collecting. The San Francisco Opera has just done the big reveal for 2015-2016 and here’s what we have in store.  The .... More »
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Click on Classical: Are iPads the future of classical music? + MORE

Every Monday, I join John Birge on Classical MPR to talk about some of the stories we're featuring on our website. Here are the stories we'll be discussing today..... More »
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The leggy movie + MORE

Most of the video releases I receive for review are new performances to me, and any notions I have about them are received ones, which I try to put out of mind. Occasionally I have the opportunity to take a fresh look at something I did see when it premiered, and Nonesuch’s DVD/Blu-ray combo p.... More »
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Katie Mitchell: 'Children are the harshest critics' + MORE

As she prepares to direct ENO's first children's opera, Katie Mitchell expects scrutiny even more severe than she gets for her 'serious' stage shows.... More »
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CD Spotlight. Real Enchantment + MORE

Pergolesi Chamber Cantatas, enjoyed by Robert Anderson. '... episodes of tender pensiveness ...'.... More »

Gardiner Ibragimova LSO Barbican 23.3.14

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Gardiner Ibragimova LSO Barbican 23.3.14 Mendelssohn: Overture Ruy BlasSchumann: Violin ConcertoMendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 “Italian”John Eliot Gardiner, conductorAlina Ibragimova, violinLondon Symphony OrchestraBarbican, London, 23.3.14Everybody was working well outside their comfort zones this evening: John Eliot Gardiner led a modern instrument band, the LSO performed in ‘historically informed’ mode, and Alina Ibragimova tried her hand at the Schumann, hardly core repertoire for any violinist…

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Japanese pianist Yoshiki Hayashi is well known for his flair onstage.

The co-founder of the wildly popular group X Japan often dons elaborate, Dav…
Read more: Classical Music, Yoshiki Pianist, Yoshiki-Hayashi, Hologram Piano Battle, Yoshiki Hologram, X Japan, Yoshiki, Music, Japanese Pianist, Piano, Arts News

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Mixed Results from Gardiner and the LSO

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Mendelssohn, Schumann: Alina Ibragimova (violin), London Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor), Barbican Hall, London 23.3.2013 (GDn) Mendelssohn: Overture, Ruy Blas Schumann: Violin Concerto Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 “Italian” Everybody was working well outside their comfort zones this evening: John Eliot Gardiner led a modern instrument band, the LSO performed in ‘historically informed’ mode, […]

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The Brahms Festival with the Jerusalem Quartet

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Brahms: Jerusalem Quartet (Alexander Pavlovsky and Sergei Bressler, violins, Ori Kam, viola, Kyril Zlotnikov, cello); Inon Barnatan, piano, Hsin-Yun Huang, viola, Sharon Kam, clarinet, Vancouver Playhouse, 19-21.3.2014 Brahms: String Quartet in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1 String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No…

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5 questions to Robert Sirota (composer) about Pange Lingua SonataOn Wednesday, March 26, Hyeyung Julie Yoon (violin, Chiara Quartet) and Soyeon Kate Lee (piano) will be performing the New York premiere of composer Robert Sirota’s Pange Lingua Sonata at SubCulture. Pange Lingua Sonata for violin and piano was commissioned by Yoon in 2012 in memory of her grandfather, Myung Il Paek…

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Nazi Opera Conspiracies: a Right-Wing Rewriting of HistoryAfter much thought, a phrase occurred to me, one that encapsulated the very essence of the growing literature pointing the figure at Richard Wagner to single-handedly carry the blame for causing World Ward II and the Holocaust, which are claimed to have purely cultural origins. Such theories should be called Nazi opera conspiracies…

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John Malveaux: Ulysses Kay's 'Markings; Symphonic essay to Dag Hammarskjöld' is one of the greatest symphonies by an American composer'Ulysses Kay(G.D. Hackett/Pictorial Parade)On March 23, 2014 AfriClassical posted:Washington Post: Performance of Ulysses Kay’s ‘Five Portraits’ ‘was proof that this neglected piece of American chamber music should be heard more often.’John Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD…

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Social and personal: Andrea Bocelli gets married

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Social and personal: Andrea Bocelli gets marriedOur social secretary reports that the tenor has wed his longtime companion, mother of his child, occasional singing partner, Veronica Berti.

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Seven Last Words and an Earthquake

– www.planethugill.com

Seven Last Words and an EarthquakeRuth PadelWhat to do with Haydn’s Seven Last Words? It is ideal string quartet repertoire for Lent, but programming is a problem in a work designed to be interspersed with sermons – an option few concert promoters would dare risk nowadays. The Aspect Foundation is presenting the Endellion String Quartet in Haydn’s great work, and they are interspersing the movements with Ruth Padel’s poetry, Seven Words and an Earthquake…

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Ancient Voices – Dame Isobel Baillie

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Ancient Voices - Dame Isobel BaillieIf you mention Isobel Baillie’s name nowadays, it would probably call to mind the 1938 recording of RVW’s Serenade to Music in which she sang the top soprano part, or perhaps her recording of Elijah. But for much of her professional life (and it was a long one) Baillie was one of the most famous British sopranos…

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Soloists, Like Krystian Zimerman, Now Have a Positive Option To Shape Patron Smartphone Use During Concerts

June, 2013 was a month of well publicized reports related to pianist Krystian Zimerman stopping a performance to verbally spank the audience after seeing a patron allegedly using a Smartphone to video record a portion of his performance. At the time, the culture community, myself included, was abuzz about whether Zimerman’s response was justified (it wasn’t) but we all apparently missed the direction we should have been purporting…

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The programming of the Welsh National Opera under David Pountney’s leadership is continuing to explore themed seasons that make an intellectual argument in addition to adding to the repertoire mix of what must be Britain’s most ambitious regional opera company. Currently it looks at fallen women, a subject that fascinated composers and librettists and created […]

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Just because: Richard Strauss conducts Till Eulenspiegel

– www.artsjournal.com/aboutlastnight

Richard Strauss conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in a 1944 performance of excerpts from his Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks. (These unedited…

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