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VIDEO: When Japanese and Western concertos collide + MORE

Miyabi, a brand new violin concerto, combines Japanese and western musical tradition.... More »
strings

Ensemble. Two Ballets + MORE

Giuseppe Pennisi experiences a new dance in Rome.... More »
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Anniversary joy: Korngold plays Korngold + MORE

It's Korngold's birthday (118) and how better to celebrate than listening to him play his own music? This is the 'Pierrot Tanzlied' from his most popular opera, Die tote Stadt, recorded in 1951 during the composer's optimistic yet short-lived attempt to return to Vienna after more than a decade.... More »
virtuosos

'Seeking the Infinite': New film tells the story of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski + MORE

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski's appearances this week at Orchestra Hall will be preceded by screenings of a fascinating new documentary about his long and distinguished life..... More »
recitals

Pittsburgh visit + MORE

I spoke at Carnegie Mellon last night, in the Humanities Center's "Music: Mind, Machine, and Milieu" lecture series. Many thanks to David Shumway, Richard Randall, and others for hosting me. This was my first visit to Pittsburgh since 2000, when I saw Mariss Jansons lead the Pittsbur.... More »

Nightmare at Santa Fe as two opera stars pull out

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Nightmare at Santa Fe as two opera stars pull outThe tenor Warren Mok has withdrawn from the US premiere of Huang Ruo’s opera Dr. Sun Yat-sen, citing other commitments. The show is due to open in a fortnight.
The soprano Laura Tatulescu has dropped out of Don Pasquale ‘due to severe allergies’.
To lose one star is a misfortune. To lose two…
 

 
 
 
 
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A critical guide to classical music performances and festivals in the New York City area.

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The 2014 Minnesota Beethoven Festival Chorale had a great week in Winona, MN with the legendary Dale Warland. Learn about their experiences through Twitter.

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The New York Philharmonic will dedicate Tuesday night’s concert to Lorin Maazel after the cancellation of Monday night’s concert in Central Park.

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Delicate exotic fruit

– parterre.com

Delicate exotic fruit“The immediate subject was a Boris Godunov, described to me, in which allegedly Boris could have been Joseph Stalin at his cruelest. This despite the fact that Mussorgsky’s music and the text describe a Czar of almost infinite kindness, consumed by guilt for his means of coming to the throne…

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BBC New Generation Artist Louis Schwizgebel peforms Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 'Moonlight'; Schubert's Sonata No. 16 in A minor, D845 and Haydn's Sonata in C major, Hob XVI:50…

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Opera Atelier in international demandWith tours to Versailles, Salzburg and La Scala, and San Francisco to come, opera company’s dance card is increasingly full.

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Autumn at St John's Smith Square

– www.planethugill.com

Autumn at St John's Smith SquareArtur PizzaroThe Autumn season at St John’s Smith Square is an interesting mixture of the old and the new. There is a new Young Artists Programme, plus the Sunday at St Johns, whilst music varies from premieres of works by Harrison Birtwistle, Stephen Montague and Alexander Campkin, to the Early Opera Company in Rameau and actor Simon Russell Beale as Debussy…

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Prodigy became a formidable maestro

– www.theaustralian.com.au

OBITUARY: Lorin Maazel. Conductor. Born Paris, March 6, 1930. Died Virginia, July 13, aged 84.

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On TV soon: Addicts in the symphony orchestra

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On TV soon: Addicts in the symphony orchestraChannel 4 has made a voyeuristic documentary. Press release below.

 
 
The highly respectable world of classical musicians is rarely linked to addictive behaviour. In this uplifting one-off documentary, the composer and musician James McConnel examines music’s extraordinary transformative power, as he unites ten classical musicians whose lives have all been blighted by addiction, in an orchestra for a spectacular one-off performance with the London Symphony Orchestra…

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Hespèrion XXI review  a glorious medieval melting pot of musicSir Jack Lyons concert hall, YorkJordi Savall’s early music ensemble connects three great ancient musical cultures Jewish, Islamic and ChristianCenturies of trade and conflict between the Christian and Arab-Islamic worlds brought textiles, spices and bowed stringed instruments to Europe. No one knows precisely when the violin’s middle-eastern ancestors first infiltrated the Mediterranean; though there does not appear to be one of them that the great Catalan viol player Jordi Savall has not been able to master…

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Lorin Maazel

– irontongue.blogspot.com

The eminent conductor Lorin Maazel died earlier today, age 84. I never heard him conduct in person, missing my chance when his Castleton Opera visited Cal Performances a few years ago and another when he subbed last year during the VPO’s visit, so I have little personal testimony to give on him. I can say that I never made it to the end of his Tosca recording; while the casting of Nilsson, Corelli, and DFD may have sounded like a good idea at the time, it doesn’t work out very well…

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Crimea – The Opera

– orpheuscomplex.blogspot.com

Crimea - The Opera St Petersburg Chamber OperaPublic life is changing fast in Russia, and like all other media, the arts are increasingly put to the service of unchecked nationalist propaganda. I was in St Petersburg last week and attended the press conference and dress rehearsal for a new opera production, Crimea. Both were quite chilling, not only for the extreme rightwing messages being put across, but also for the fact the whole enterprise was presented as if it were business as usual, with no hint of dissent (even from the press), and not even a suggestion that any other interpretation of the Crimea conflict could be possible…

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