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American Composers Orchestra/ Manahan, Zankel Hall, New York — ‘Disjointed’ + MORE

A promising programme turned out to be less than revelatory.... More »
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NEW! 2017 Lucerne Summer Festival + MORE

Lucerne Summer Festival – from 11 August to 10 September 2017 Riccardo Chailly and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra will devote themselves to symphonic programmes featuring works by Mendelssohn, Strauss, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky. Highlights Lucerne Festival Academy: Wolfgang Rihm leads the se.... More »
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Gergiev’s sister will judge Tchaikovsky Competition + MORE

The names of next summer’s judges have been released to Russian media (but not posted on the competition’s website). The competition’s chairman is Valery Gergiev, its artistic director Peter Grote. The judges include: Piano: Denis Matsuev (Gergiev and Putin pal), Vladimir Ashkenazy.... 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 »
classical music recital

Slideshow: Met Opera's "Hansel & Gretel" + MORE

On Saturday, January 3, at noon, we'll air Richard Jones's haunting yet witty production of "Hansel and Gretel," in a live broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera, starring Aleksandra Kurzak as Gretel and Christine Rice as Hansel..... More »
TheGuardian: Tom Service On Classical Blog: 'Class, Race, and Classical Music: the Debate'Tai Murraytaimurray.comCandace AllenOn January 30, 2014 AfriClassical posted:Novelist Candace Allen and Violinist Tai Murray Talk in London on ‘Instrument of Change, How Music Transforms Lives Across the Globe’ 7 PM Wed., 9 April 2014Sergio A. Mims writes:Well the talk did take place and I’ve sent you for for all your readers an article about the subject by Tom Service in his classical music column in The Guardian…

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CadenaAgramonte.cu: Afro-Cuban Maestro Leo Brouwer directs '13th edition of the International Guitar Festival and Contest on April 21-27'Leo Brouwer (b. 1939) is an Afro-Cuban classical guitarist, composer and conductor who is featured at AfriClassical.comRadio Cadena AgramonteHavana, Cuba, Apr 18.- Havana will host the 13th edition of the International Guitar Festival and Contest on April 21-27, under the direction of maestro Leo Brouwer…

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Bach’s Erbarme Dich….Sung in Arabic

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There’s something about seeing a theorbo in the middle of a large ensemble that is totally badass. Fadia el-Hage joins the Netherlands Blazers Ensemble with oboist Bart Schneemann in a unique performance of J.S. Bach’s Erbarme Dich from the St. Matthew Passion with the text sung in Arabic…

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Bechstein bunnies, dressing for Easterjet and Scriabanoffiev PieIn an increasingly off-the-wall Easter, we have here a fantastic greeting from Bechstein Pianos:Meanwhile stunning soprano Sarah Gabriel – who was our premiere production Vicky in my Wagner play Sins of the Fathers – found her concert dress falling foul of Easyjet’s carry-on baggage regulations the other day and in the resulting carry on, worthy of the eponymous films, she came up with a fine sartorial solution, which made it into the national papers…

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CPE Bach's St. John Passion

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CPE Bach's St. John PassionKirill Karabits – credit Sasha Gustov CPE Bach St John Passion: BBC Singers, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits: Cadogan Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Apr 16 2014 Star rating: 4.0Striking rediscovery of a hitherto lost CPE Bach passionWith this year being the 300th anniversary of CPE Bach’s birth, it was pleasing to be able to welcome a performance of his St John Passion of 1784 (a work only relatively recently re-discovered) at the Cadogan Hall, on 16 April 2014, as part of the Choral at Cadogan series…

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La Traviata review  'A soprano of matchless intelligence'Royal Opera House, LondonDiana Damrau, as Violetta in this revival of the Richard Eyre staging, is breathtakingly controlled in her singing and dramatically outstandingRichard Eyre’s strong yet unobtrusive Royal Opera staging of Verdi ‘s La Traviata is 20 years old this year. It’s been variably served since its premiere, though its current revival is among its most distinguished, its only drawback being the rather mannered conducting of Dan Ettinger, whose fondness for detail has a habit of impeding the music’s natural ebb and flow…

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Juan Diego Florez – L'Amour

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Juan Diego Florez - L'Amour Boieldieu, Bizet, Delibes, Donizetti, Adam, Massenet, Thomas, Offenbach and Gounod; Juan Diego Florez, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale Bologna, Roberto Abbado Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Apr 19 2014 Star rating: 4.5Juan Diego Florez’s first all French disc, with some spectacular repertoireFor his new disc on Decca, Juan Diego Florez moving into new territory and exploring roles which he does not (yet) have in his repertoire…

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…Krzysztof Chorzelski, the violist of the Belcea Quartet bemoans at the Dinner after their performance in the Mozart Saal that he missed the Camerata Salzburg with Philippe Herreweghe performing Beethoven and Chopin the night they were giving their first of their two Purcell-Haydn-Britten recitals…

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Cantique de Pâques – Arthur Honegger

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For Easter, the glorious Arthur Honegger: Cantique de Pâques  for  soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto, female choir and chamber orchestra. It was written in 1918, when the composer was in his mid twenties but it’s a surprisngly “modern” work. It isn’t heard nearly as often as it should be, because the ensemble isn’t the easiest to programme, and the piece runs 6 minutes…

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Lying About Hitler: Why Historians Reject Nazi Opera Conspiracies—and Why We Must Follow their ExampleEvery book has its target audience. The question is as to what the target of Nazi opera conspiracy books might be. It is likely to be an audience interested in opera, music and art history. It is likely to be a popular audience interested in the history of the Holocaust, some of whom have heard that it was caused by an opera composer—one who either deserves to be justly hated as the Holocaust’s root cause, or amongst Neonazi’s, revered for it…

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Ensemble. Deeply Gratifying

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The first performance of Ian Venables’ new clarinet quintet, heard by Roderic Dunnett

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Which opera house presents this barrier?

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It’s the only opera in the world where you wait for the baton to rise, not fall. Click here to discover where.

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Unique film of Philadelphia’s 1958 Soviet tour

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Unique film of Philadelphia’s 1958 Soviet tourFrom the British Pathé archives, a rare glimpse of the 1958 diplomatic icebreak by Eugene Ormandy and his orchestra. Anyone remember seeing this concert live?

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