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Chairman’s Choice: Klaus Heymann spotlights some of July’s new releases (Jul 01, 2016) + MORE

ROSSINI Stabat Mater (1832 version), Giovanna d’Arco (arr. M. Taralli) Cullagh, Pizzolato, Sola, Palazzi, Württemberg Philharmonic, Fogliani Naxos 8.573531 This new release of Rossini’s Stabat Mater is the latest in our acclaimed Rossini in Wildbad ser.... More »
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Heinrich Schiff: Bach saved my life, literally + MORE

Special to Slipped Disc from Steven Isserlis: I have spent the past few days in Belgrade, playing Bruch’s Kol Nidrei and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the (lovely) Belgrade Philharmonic under the baton of a great musical figure, Heinrich Schiff. Alas, Heinrich’s health is far from good,.... More »
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Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar Thrill and Captivate with Messiaen + MORE

Musikfest Berlin 2016 [6] – Villa-Lobos, Messiaen: Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano), Cynthia Millar (ondes martenot), Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar/Gustavo Dudamel (conductor), Philharmonie, Berlin, 13.9.16. (MC) Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No.2 Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphony Messiaen’s.... More »
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Jonas Kaufmann, Lang Lang, Bambi and a beard + MORE

OMG...This was the performance by Jonas Kaufmann & Lang Lang at the BAMBI awards in Berlin yesterday. JK sings 'Dein ist mein ganzes Herz' with LL at the piano; first time they've worked together. The latter gives a very fast, but rather invigorating, Mozart Turkish Rondo first. Jonas is sportin.... More »
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5 Questions to David Smooke (composer, toy pianist) + MORE

Peabody Conservatory professor David Smooke is also a composer and performer. He has a new album out called Nutshell Studies of.. Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!.... More »
Trug des Herzens, Traum der Ahnung: Tristan und Isolde in FrankfurtLiebesnacht: Ryan/Wilson in Act IIPhoto © Oper Frankfurt/Wolfgang RunkelIt seemed appropriate to me to begin the month of May with Frankfurt's Tristan und Isolde, an opera I've loved since hearing it cold as my first live Wagner. Frankfurt's current run boasts not only an impressive pair of lovers in Lance Ryan and Jennifer Wilson, but strong performances in further roles, and a rich reading of the score from conductor Stefan Blunier…

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Yoncheva Withdraws From Traviata & Boheme

– operatattler.typepad.com

Soprano Sonya Yoncheva, who was scheduled to appear at San Francisco Opera as Violetta in six performances of La Traviata this summer and as Mimì in seven performances of La Bohème this fall, has withdrawn from the productions because she is expecting a baby. She is to be replaced by Nicole Cabell (pictured left) in the former production and Alexia Voulgaridou in the latter…

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Worlds Apart.

– lietofinelondon.wordpress.com

Zaïs (Sunday 27 April 2014, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London)
Zaïs (Jeremy Budd), Zélidie (Louise Alder), Cindor (Ashley Riches), Amour (Katherine Watson), Oromazès (David Stout), La grande Prêtresse (Katherine Manley), Une Sylphide (Anna Dennis) & Un Sylph (Gwilym Bowen).
Choir of the Enlightenment
Les Plaisirs des Nations (Ricardo Barros, Annabelle Blanc, Damien Dreux, Hubert Hazebroucq, Guillaume Jablonka, Fenella Kennedy, Adeline Lerme & Flora Sans)
Edith Lalonger (Choreographer)
Jonathan Williams (Conductor)
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Arias for Farinelli (Monday 28 April 2014, Wigmore Hall)
Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)
Les Talens Lyriques
Christophe Rousset (Director)
Last week I attended two concerts containing music written within roughly a decade or so of each other that couldn’t have been more different…

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Impassioned performances and a beguiling score impress Rupert Christiansen

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Music Review: ‘Pixar in Concert’ From the New York PhilharmonicThe New York Philharmonic, conducted by David Newman, plays scores from Pixar’s animated films.

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Opera North’s Never Failing La Bohème

– www.seenandheard-international.com

  Puccini,  La Bohème: Soloists, Chorus  and Orchestra of Opera North / Andrea Delfs (conductor), Leeds Grand Theatre, Leeds  29.4.2014 (JL) Cast: Mimi:  Gabriela Iştoc Rodolfo:  Sébastien Guèze Musetta: Lorna James Marcello: Phillip Rhodes Schaunard : Gavan Ring Colline: Jimmy Holliday Benoit: Geoffrey Dolton Alcindoro:  Geoffrey Dolton Parpigno:   Paul Rendall   Production: Director:  Phyllida Lloyd Revival […]
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Slideshow: Met Opera's 'I Puritani'

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Olga Peretyatko makes her highly anticipated Met debut as Elvira, the young woman driven to madness, opposite Lawrence Brownlee, Mariusz Kwiecien, and Michele Pertusi in Bellini's final opera. <em>I Puritani</em> airs Saturday, May 3, at noon on Classical MPR.

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And did those feet in ancient time…

– www.overgrownpath.com

And did those feet in ancient time... ‘BBC Proms unveils celebration of global classical music for 2014’ declares the BBC press release accompanying the infamous ‘Madame Tussauds’ photo of Sakari Oramo. Which is not quite true: in fact the 2014 Proms are an admirable celebration of Western classical music. Yes, there are orchestras from beyond the Western hemisphere such as the Qatar Philharmonic and the Singapore Symphony; but they are playing Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov spiced with compositions from local composers written in the Western classical tradition…

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Hey composers!
Dan Graser, the soprano saxophonist of the award-winning Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet, asked me to help announce the group’s 2014 Composition Competition. This looks like a very exciting opportunity!
Here are the basic facts (taken from the group’s online posting):
Eligibility: All student composers enrolled in the United States as of Spring 2014…

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Getting ready to propose? Make sure the orchestra’s readySweet human interest story on the NY Times site.  It would take most of us years to decide which orchestra…

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Arabella – Metropolitan Opera, 4/3, 4/11, 4/19 & 4/24/2014Byström/Wall, Banse, Volle, Luna, Saccà/Sorensen / AuguinThis final Richard Strauss/Hugo von Hofmannsthal collaboration is, disconcertingly for the foolish or first-time listener, a piece of two halves. The first act is thoroughly Hofmannsthal: germinated from his prewar story “Lucidor” — in which the characters now called Matteo and Zdenka were the leads and Arabella herself a cutout — it draws his characteristic passive/reflective heroine at a point of crucial suspension and ambivalence from/with a rather more “vulgar and dubious” social order than the Marschallin’s rococo Vienna…

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And the Snowman came too - piano music by Howard Blake played by Vladimir Ashkenazy Walking in the Air – piano music by Howard Blake: Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vovka Ashkenazy: Decca Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Apr 24 2014 Star rating: 4.0Fine survey of Blake’s piano music covering his entire careerThis new disc of piano music by Howard Blake  on Decca could be seen as a survey of the composer’s varied career as it not only includes recent music (his Parting, op…

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