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Franz Liszt, 13, delights Manchester audience: archive, 25 June 1825 + MORE

25 June 1825: The performance of Master Liszt was received with a warmth of applause which must have been highly gratifying to his feelingsMessrs. Ward and Andrews’s second concert took place on Monday evening last, when the theatre was filled nearly in every part by one of the most respectable au.... More »
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Sarah Cahill Performs Lou Harrison in Los Angeles + MORE

On April 4, 2017 Tuesdays@Monk space presented Sarah Cahill in a MicroFest concert titled Happy Birthday Lou Harrison!, marking the centennial year of the influential composer. Aron Kallay, Yuri Inoo and Shalini Vijayan were also on hand as was Bill Alves, who introduced his new book “Harrison .... More »
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L’Amour de Loin, Metropolitan Opera, New York — ‘Precious’ + MORE

Kaija Saariaho’s opera is loved by many, though some find it repetitive and simplistic.... More »
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Texas Wind Ensemble premieres at Cadogan Hall + MORE

The University of Texas Wind Ensemble is touring at the moment and conducted by Jerry Junkin they will be performing at Cadogan Hall on Sunday 8 June 2014. The ensemble has been commissioning new music since 1988 and has given world premiere performances by John Corigliano, Michael Daugherty, Donald.... More »
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Whispering or Yelling, Young Composers Tell It + MORE

  MATA Festival, Concerts I and V: “Curiouser and Curiouser” and “Incomparable Contrivances”: Curious Chamber Players (April 14), Talea Ensemble (April 18), The Kitchen, New York City. 14/18.4.2015 (BH) April 14 Carlos Gutiérrez Quiroga: Jintili (2012) Tomi Räisänen: Sthe.... More »

Supernatural Puccini

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Supernatural PucciniThanks to Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin, here are a pair of short Puccini operas, Le villi and Suor Angelica.
Giacomo Puccini: Le villi
Wiener Staatsoper
Simone Young, conductor
23 October 2005
Anna – Krassimira Stoyanova
Roberto – José Cura
Guglielmo Wulf – Franz Grundheber

Giacomo Puccini: Suor Angelica
Opéra national de Paris
Philippe Jordan, conductor
Opéra Bastille, Paris
16 October 2010
Suor Angelica – Tamar Iveri
La zia principessa – Luciana D’Intino
La badessa – Barbara Morihien
La suor zelatrice – Louise Callinan
La maestra delle novize – Marie-Therese Keller
Suor Genovieffa – Amel Brahim-Djelloul
Suor Osmina – Claudia Galli
Suor Dolcina – Olivia Doray
La suora infirmiera – Cornelia Oncioiu
Prima cercatrice – Zoe Nicolaidou
Seconda cercatrice – Carol Garcia
La novizia – Chenxing Yuan
Prima conversa – Anne-Sophie Ducret
Seconda conversa – Marina Haller

(La Cieca offers her apologies that, due to technical problems, this week’s installment of Marianne was delayed…

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Charles T. Downey, Mendelssohn Piano Trio studies Beethoven
Washington Post, May 13, 2014

Beethoven, Piano Trios, opp. 70/2, 97, I. Faust, J.-G. Queyras, A. Melnikov (Harmonia Mundi, 2014)
The Mendelssohn Piano Trio plans to perform all of Beethoven’s piano trios during the next three years, a journey that began Sunday afternoon at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Steinway Series…

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Constantin Frantz: Offener Brief an Richard WagnerVolltext aus dem Bayreuther Blätter, Juni 1878. Constantin Frantz (12. Sep 1817 – 2. Mai 1891) gehört ursprünglich um den Junghegelianer wie Max Stirner, David Strauß, Ludwig Feuerbach, Arnold Ruge sowie Marx und Engels. Später aber tritt Frantz von Hegelianismus zurrück und ging zu einer reaktionäre schellingianische Seite über…

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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 finger at Richard Wagner to single-handedly carry the blame for having caused World War II and the Holocaust, which are alleged to be historical events with purely cultural origins in nineteenth century romantic opera…

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In 1986, four women gathered in a casual setting to sing through a bit of medieval chant. Little did they know they were launching Anonymous 4, an a cappella ensemble that has spanned nearly 30 years, 20 albums, countless concerts and more than a millenium of music.

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The Week in Reviews, Op. 31: Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Karen Gomyo in concertBy Robert Niles: In an effort to promote the coverage of live music, each week Violinist.com brings you links to reviews of notable violin performances from around the world.

Joshua Bell performed “Tzigane” and the Sibelius with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and a chorus of cell phones (really)The Star-Ledger: “After the hushed, undulating tremolo that opened the Sibelius on an otherworldly note, Bell began a performance that deftly balanced rhapsodic lyricism and steely resolve…

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Strauss Arabella Amsterdam

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Strauss Arabella Amsterdam“It took the Netherlands Opera to make a believer out of me that the concept indeed had something substantial to offer.” writes Jim Sohre of Strauss Arabella with the Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam. “In the title role, the radiant Jacquelyn Wagner’s flawless account announced to the world that she owns the part for the foreseeable future…

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Classical music fans will recognize the melody of the new Bob Dylan track: it’s based on the third movement of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor.

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Letter: Antony Hopkins improvised the children's tunes on the pianoAs schools officer for Granada Television in 1962, I remember Antony Hopkins being involved in the series The Art of Music. Schoolchildren with him in the studio in Manchester composed tunes, and he improvised on them on the piano. Eventually he orchestrated them so that the Hallé Orchestra could play the finished result in front of the children…

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Critic’s Notebook: A Look Back at a Year of Top VoicesThe Metropolitan Opera’s 2013-14 season has established that singing still comes first in this art form and that while the staging of new works is important, a director’s bold vision is often the key.

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Sicklist: Mariss cancels Berlin for urgent surgery

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Sicklist: Mariss cancels Berlin for urgent surgeryMariss Jansons is unwell. We wish him a speedy recovery. His Berlin Philharmonic replacement next month will be Gustavo Dudamel. The programme – Birtwistle and Mahler – is unchanged. Press release: Mariss Jansons sagt Konzerte mit Berliner Philharmonikern ab. Gustavo Dudamel dirigiert an seiner Stelle am 12…

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New on YouTube: Bournonville’s Napoli Divertissements with the Paris Opera Ballet, 1985After having seen the La Scala Ballet School’s ‘end of year’ performance of the Bournonville’s Napoli Divertissements, I went digging around to find other versions to watch, and found that on YouTube there are surprising few clips. One is of the Ballet Rambert’s end of year show.
Digging around in the old VHS tapes that are (very) slowly getting transferred to digital formats, there was a bad quality black and white video from 1985…

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Conductor Michael Francis will give TSO a good workout with Mendelssohn's Scottish SymphonyThe composer first got the idea for his composition in 1829 while on a walking tour of Scotland at the age of 20.

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