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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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PROM 73: Extraordinary Mahler Performance from Gilbert and Gewandhaus Orchestra + MORE

 BBC Prom 73 –  Mahler: Gerhild Romberger (mezzo-soprano), Leipzig Opera and Gewandhaus Choir (women’s voices), Leipzig Gewandhaus Children’s Choir, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Alan Gilbert (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London, 11.9.2014. (JPr)   Mahler, Symphony No. 3 in.... More »
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Free Download: Boris Giltburg plays the Presto from Rachmaninov's 'Six moments musicaux' + MORE

This week's free download is the Presto from Rachmaninov's Six moments musicaux, performed by pianist Boris Gil.... More »
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Violinist Phyllis Fleming performs Concerto in D minor for Two Violins by J.S. Bach, with her student Yuri Popov (age 8), at St. Columba Church 11:15 AM, Feb. 8, 2015 + MORE

Phyllis Fleminghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFJyIE23xWMYuri Popov, 8, Left, was the youngest of 12 violinists up to age 21 who performed the Bach Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins with the National Chamber Ensemble in Rosslyn, Virginia on December 14, 2014. Uploaded December 16, 2014.Yuri, his .... More »
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Cecilia Bartoli and Antonio Pappano in conversation and concert in Rome + MORE

Cecilia Bartoli and Antonio Pappano celebrated Mozart’s 261st birthday with a concert in Rome. Pappano was conducting his orchestra and chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia at the Parco della Musica auditorium, which is Bartoli’s choice venue on the few occasions when she sings in .... More »

Opera’s new power couple?

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Conchita Wurst and Rene Pape both took to the stage at Saturday's Life Ball in Vienna – though, tragically, not together. Luckily for us they were able to compare beards backstage.
It seems everyone at the celeb-infested charity event was after a piece of Wurst…

…everyone except Bill Clinton that is…

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Rosalind Plowright CD launch.

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Rosalind Plowright CD launch.Rosalind Plowright’s new CD is her first recital CD (see my review) and she is giving a recital in London on 10 June to launch the CD, providing us with a welcome opportunity to hear her singing the repertoire from the CD live. The disc includes songs by Stradella, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Falla, Weill, Quilter, Stanford, Britten and Bridge and the recital will be a lovely chance to hear her performing some of them…

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Simon Rattle conducts a radiant account of Poulenc’s opera, sung by a strong ensemble and featuring a 67-strong community choir as the Paris mob

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When HBO rolled out a mockumentary poking fun at high tech this spring, Silicon Valley checked it out.Initially, its namesake geeks and nerds who spend their days coding, developing and hacking in a red hot tech economy weren’t so sure it was funny: “Most startups are a soap opera, but not that kind of soap opera,” said Tesla CEO Elon Musk, one of the valley’s most charismatic billionaires, after a premiere.

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Rupert Christiansen is impressed with the vocal cast of Rudolf Frey’s version of Verdi’s Nabucco, but the staging doesn’t match up

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Audience whoring is the blight of classical musicPreparations for my forthcoming trip to Ladakh include extended hikes through the glorious East Anglian countryside carrying a loaded backpack. For the trip, this notorious critic of low resolution audio files has upgraded to an iPod Classic 160GB to give virtually unlimited storage of low resolution audio files, and on the playlist* for my hikes are the six symphonies of Carl Nielsen…

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Breaking: Israel Opera replaces music director

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Breaking: Israel Opera replaces music directorDavid Stern, New Yorker son of the violinist Isaac Stern, is to be replaced as music director of the Israel Opera after six years in the job.
From the start of next season, the music director will be the Israeli Daniel Oren.

Stern has not done much wrong. Nor did his predecessor, Asher Fisch, who was ousted in 2008 after ten years in the post…

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La Traviata at Grange Park Opera

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La Traviata at Grange Park OperaClaire Rutter in act one of La Traviata photo Robert Workman Verdi La Traviata: Claire Rutter, Marco Panuccio, Damiano Salerno, Gianluca Marciano: Grange Park Opera Reviewed by Robert Hugillon May 31 2014 Star rating: 4.5Stylishly glamorous and moving new production of Verdi’s classicGrange Park Opera’s 2014 season opened on 30 May 2014 (with Peter Grimes), their second production of the season was Verdi’s La Traviata (31 May 2014)…

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Peeling The Onion That Is the Met Budget

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Peeling The Onion That Is the Met Budget

The 5/30/2014 edition of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published an article by Jennifer Maloney titled New York’s Metropolitan Opera Opens Its Budget Curtain although that’s really a misnomer. Having said that, Maloney’s article manages to peel back the first paper thin layer of the onion that is the Metropolitan Opera (The Met) budget and just as likely to make you cry…

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In Brief: Graduation Edition

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Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio, online video, and other good things in Blogville and Beyond. (After clicking to an audio or video stream, press the "Play" button to start the broadcast.) Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.

Listen to a performance of Rossini’s Tancredi, starring Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Tancredi) and Patrizia Ciofi (Amenaide),

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 Cheltenham Music Festival Celebrates its 70th Birthday (July 2nd – 13th) Preview   The doughty composer and suffragette Dame Ethel Smyth, if still alive, would be delighted at the strong representation of women composers at this year’s Festival. Of particular interest will be the opera Tokaido Road by Nicola Lefanu which will be receiving its […]

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Nabucco review  kitsch staging mars a strong performanceWales Millennium Centre, CardiffWNO capture the passions of Verdi’s score, but there’s too much glitz in Rudolf Frey’s productionVerdi’s Nabucco was the opera that gave the composer his first popular success. It was also the work that, in 1952, first established Welsh National Opera’s reputation. The almighty power of the chorus, as they lament at the hands of Nabucco, is also therefore a reminder of the opera’s symbolic status for the company…

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BBC’s Composer of the Week is the one the world forgotWhen I first wrote about him in my Companion to 20th Century Music back in 1991, he was so little known that there was no standard spelling of either of his names. I called him Moisei Vainberg. Nowadays his name is more commonly transcribed as Miecyslaw Weinberg, but he remains a mystery to most music lovers despite a slowly rising tide of recognition…

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