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Classical & Opera Listings for Aug. 28-Sept. 3 + MORE

A critical guide to performances of classical music in the New York City area..... More »
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A debut in the land of enchantment: I chat to Rhian Lois about performing Zerlina in Santa Fe + MORE

Rhian Lois and ensemble - Don Giovanni - Santa Fe OperaWhilst I was in Santa Fe, the Welsh soprano Rhian Lois was also there making her American debut at Santa Fe Opera as Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni. I recently caught up with her to talk about how she had enjoyed singing at Santa Fe, to find o.... More »
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Michael Powell's Bluebeard's Castle + MORE

Actually Herzog Blaubart's Burg, and sung in German, this is a rather odd, and yet oddly appropriate, film made for German television in 1963.  If you have a Chromecast or other setup for watching it on your TV, go to this URL. Otherwise, here it is: The conducting is uncertain at times, and so.... More »
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Vola talor dal carcere + MORE

World-famous soprano Montserrat Caballé has reached a deal with the Spanish tax authorities over more than €500,000 that prosecutors claim she withheld in income tax on her 2010 return. The diva will admit her guilt and pay 50% of the expected fine. Because Caballé has no criminal record and any.... More »
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Invernizzi/Prina/Ensemble Claudiana review – exquisite blending of voices + MORE

Wigmore Hall, LondonInvernizzi’s soprano and Prina’s alto dazzled in this exceptionally beautiful concert of baroque chamber duetsThe chamber duet for female voices and continuo, usually on amatory or erotic themes, was a popular form during the 17th and early 18th centuries, though one that has.... More »

Symphonies at their Half-Century 1964

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Arthur Butterworth: Symphony No 2 (First Performance 1965) No recording availableBenjamin Frankel: Symphony No 3, Op 40  CPO 9994212Alan Rawsthorne: Symphony No 3  Two versions availableHumphrey Searle: Symphony No 5, Op 43Daniel Jones: Symphony No 5 No recording availableDaniel Jones: Symphony No 6Wilfred Josephs: Symphony No 2, Op 42 1963-4 (First Performance Cheltenham, 5 July 1965) No recording availableKenneth Leighton: Symphony No 1, Op 42Bernard Stevens: Symphony No 2, Op 35Malcolm Williamson: The Display, Dance Symphony No recording availableJohn McCabe: Symphony for 10 Wind Instruments  No recording availableWilliam Lovelock: Sinfonietta No recording availableRobert Still:  Symphony No 4I suppose that out of 13 symphonies to have 7 of them recorded is not too bad…

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Vivaldi’s Juditha triumphans at PBO

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* Notes * The 2013-2014 season of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra ended with Vivaldi’s only surviving oratorio Juditha triumphans devicta Holofernis barbarie. The work features a few of the more unusual Baroque instruments. Violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock played viola d’amore in “Quanto magis generosa” and clarinetist Eric Hoeprich played a chalumeau in “Veni, veni, me sequere fida…

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Youth Choir Demonstrates Continuing Success of El Sistema

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 Simón Bolívar Youth Choir, Lourdes Sánchez (conductor): St David’s Hall, Cardiff, 7.4.2014 (PCG) Prayer and Poetry Tomás Luis de Victoria – Quam pulchri sunt Thomas Morley – Sing we and chant it Claudio Monteverdi – Ecco mormorar l’onde Josef Rheinberger – Abendlied Randall Thompson – Alleluia Felix Mendelssohn – Denn er hat seinen Engeln befolhlen […]

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John Adams is one of the most frequently performed of American composers and justly so.

Shaker Loops continues to hold its allure. In its well-handl…
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The group performs an excerpt from Beethoven’s Quartet No. 9 in C (Op. 59, No. 3).

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Royal Opera new season

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Royal Opera new seasonMariusz Kwiecien as King Roger in Santa Fe in 2012The 2014/15 season at Covent Garden has much to enjoy. There are two new Verdi opera productions (I due Foscari and Un ballo in maschera), Giordano’s Andrea Chenier with Jonas Kaufmann, Szymanowski’s King Roger with Mariusz Kwiecien, Brecht and Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and Mozart’s Idomeneo…

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 Mozart, Bruckner:  Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin),  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Mariss Jansons (conductor), Barbican Hall, London , 3.4 .2014 (GD) Mozart: Violin Concerto No 3 in G major K 216 Bruckner: Symphony No 4 in E flat major, ‘Romantic’   Although the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra does not travel to these shores regularly they have now been […]

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Who’s free? Me, says Gergiev

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Who’s free? Me, says GergievCarnegie Hall, hustling round for a second replacement for the indisposed Lorin Maazel, followed the old dictum: always ask a busy man. It looks like the LSO get short measure from his translatlantic rescue mission, but that was never likely to bother their outgoing chief. Release below. VALERY GERGIEV TO CONDUCT MUNICH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA IN […]

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American cellist Alisa Weilerstein has won the BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Year Award with her debut concerto disc, the Elgar and Carter Cello Concertos, with the Berlin Staatskappelle and Daniel Barenboim, released on the Decca label…

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BBCSO/Davis: The Dream of Gerontius review  'Splendour and clarity'Barbican, LondonSir Andrew Davis, the BBC Symphony and its chorus take Elgar’s masterwork to soulful heights of emotionAndrew Davis is celebrating his 70th birthday this year conducting and recording choral works by Elgar. In addition to the well-known pieces, he’s also reviving at least one rarity next month in Bergen he gives a performance of the rarely heard King Olaf but with his former orchestra, the BBC Symphony, and its chorus, Davis began with the greatest and most frequently performed of them all: The Dream of Gerontius…

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Luke Bedford Through His Teeth Linbury ROH - best British opera in yearsCan this be the best British opera in years? Luke Bedford’s Through His Teeth at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre is exceptional. Drop everything and go. This packs more into less than an hour than many works which might last five times as long. It’s so concentrated that further hearings will only intensify the respect that it’s due…

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Celebrated British composer Michael Nyman’s Hillsborough Memorial symphony will open the 2014 Liverpool Biennial in July.

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A Curious Start To The Met Negotiations

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A Curious Start To The Met Negotiations

Given the mountain of negative publicity surrounding contentious labor negotiations at nonprofit performing arts organizations, it would seem that effort to avoid conflict within a broader volatile environment would be paramount for all parities. Nonetheless, The Metropolitan Opera (The MET) negotiations with three of its larger labor unions (orchestra musicians, singers, and stage crew) seems to be pursuing a different course…

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