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Classical news: Hear Tchaikovsky's voice + MORE

This week's top classical music news items include a rare recording of Tchaikovsky's voice, the Philadelphia Orchestra ending its strike, and Homer Simpson visiting the Sydney Opera House..... More »
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Chicago Symphony Orchestra names Jeff Alexander as new president + MORE

Nearly nine months after Deborah F. Rutter announced that she would be leaving her post as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association after a hugely successful 11-ye.... More »
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Hvorostovsky Withdraws from Scheduled Opera Appearances + MORE

Dmitri Hvorostovsky at the curtain call for the September 25 performance of Verdi's Il Trovatore. Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan OperaFrom the Met:Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from his upcoming opera engagements, including this spring’s Met performances as the title character in Tchaikovsky.... More »
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Prom 13: CBeebies Prom - review + MORE

The first prom pitched at the under-fives keeps its young audience entertained with its mix of CBeebies favourites and rousing tunes.Royal Albert Hall, LondonTowards the end of the CBeebies Prom, Bernard Cribbins famous to his young audience as the eponymous hero of Old Jacks Boat announces that h.... More »
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Schubert as Goth : Wigmore Hall tomorrow + MORE

Tomorrow at the Wigmore Hall, (BOOK HERE) an extremely interesting programme of Schubert Lieder with Stuart Jackson, Marcus Farnsworth and James Baillieu. WHAT A WONDERFUL RECITAL IT WAS ! REVIEW COMING FRIDAY.  At the Wigmore Hall excellence is the norm, but this programme is adventurous, maca.... More »
Composer Julian Anderson has tackled his first opera commission in mid-career

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The first of three programmes in the Latvian conductor’s Bruckner-dominated London visit saw a measured performance of the Fourth Symphony

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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Jansons review  'Immaculately crafted'Barbican, LondonLuminous textures, warm melodies and spell-binding climaxes create a transformative journeyThe Barbican Hall’s acoustics could hardly be more different from that of the orchestra’s Amsterdam home, but the Royal Concertgebouw’s residencies there are now pleasingly regular. The latest centres on Bruckner, with three concerts in as many days under its chief conductor Mariss Jansons, including the Fourth, Seventh and Ninth Symphonies…

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Borodin's Prince Igor at the London ColiseumPrince Igor – Polovtsian Dances: Novaya Opera Borodin Prince Igor: Novaya Opera, Jan Latham-Koenig: London Coliseum Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Apr 1 2014 Star rating: 4.0Vibrant, if old-fashioned, production with some very fine voice.Borodin’s opera Prince Igor is a rare visitor to these shores so it was a pleasure to be able to catch Novaya Opera’s performance of the work at the London Coliseum (1 April 2014)…

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Caligula Comes To Buenos Aires

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 Glanert, Caligula: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Colón. Conductor: Ira Levin, Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires. 1.4.2014. (JSJ)   Cast: Caligula: Peter Coleman-Wright Caesonia: Yvonne Howard Helicon: Martin Wölfel Cherea: Héctor Guedes Scipio: Jurgita Adamonyte Mucius: Fernando Chalabe Mereia / Lepidus: Víctor Torres Livia: Marisú Pavón Drusila: Lara Tressens Four Poets: Nazareth Aufe, Marcelo Monzani, Cristian […]

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Enough with the whirling!

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Enough with the whirling!It’s time for lazy stage directors and lazy sopranos to find some other gesture besides the chain of clumsy pique turns (AKA “whirling”) that is the cliché go-to opera shorthand for “joy.” Nobody but drag queens actually twirl in real life, and they’re doing it ironically…

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Jonas Kaufmann cancels on Bryn Terfel

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Jonas Kaufmann cancels on Bryn TerfelThe least capricious of tenors has pulled out of a prestige date with Bryn Terfel in front of the Zurich Opera House on April 26, marking the inauguration of the redesigned Sechseläutenplatz. Jonas cited ‘personal reasons’ for the cancellation. Go figure. Bryn will have to make do with Julie Fox, Anna Goryachova and Benjamin Bernheim, the […]

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Ambitious Carmen from Ensamble Lírico Orquestal

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 Bizet, Carmen: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Ensamble Lírico Orquestal, Gustavo Codina (conductor), Auditorio de Belgrano, Buenos Aires. 28.3.2014. (JSJ)   Cast: Carmen: Mariana Rewerski Don José: Enrique Folger Micaela: Cecilia Layseca Escamillo: Sebastián Angulegui Frasquita: Ana Laura Menéndez Mercedes: Milagros Seijó Remendado: Sebastián Russo Dancairo: Sebastián Sorarrain Zúñiga: Claudio Rotella Morales: Alfredo González Reig Production: […]

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The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is not only the finest choir from a nation of singers, but arguably the finest choir in the world. Hear the choir's amazing performance from The Cathedral of Saint Paul last November.

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Throughout the history of FitzGerald’s nightclub in Berwyn, owner Bill Fitzgerald has seen thousands of musical acts take the stage, from complete unknowns, to those just on the brink, to some of the best artists in the business…

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Salonen’s insights lift CSO

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The partnership of Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen has become what might be called a win-win-win-win: The orchestra connects strongly with this provocative but thoughtful leader…

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One early music master calls out another

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One early music master calls out anotherPeter Phillips, director of the Tallis Scholars, has a blast at his colleague John Eliot Gardiner in The Spectator today, apparently in the interest of soliciting public views on the cult of the awe-inspiring maestro. Phillips refers to… the story that John Eliot Gardiner recently lost his temper with a brass player in the London Symphony Orchestra…

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The Week Ahead | Classical Music: How the Centuries Will Play OutFor music lovers, Thursday brings a clear choice between older and newer, both options tantalizing.    

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