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Curtis Orchestra in a Star-Spangled Banner of a different stripe + MORE

The orchestra and opera departments impress in first concert of the year.... More »
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Mozart's 'Magic Flute': an animated plot summary + MORE

Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m., we'll air the Minnesota Opera's production of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'. But what is 'The Magic Flute' all about? A new video from Classical MPR provides a plot summary of the iconic opera..... More »
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Ensemble. Fast Forward + MORE

Giuseppe Pennisi assesses three works at a contemporary music festival in Rome.... More »
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Semi-final + MORE Dec 2nd

Tirana Opera House 12:30 pm Saturday November 30 2013 We had the semi-final round yesterday evening, the first chance this jury had of looking at the candidates who had reached this point.  And we were pretty pleased with what we saw and heard - the level is really good and there will be a tigh.... More »
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Classical music's big opportunity is neglected music + MORE Dec 29th

Here is beautiful music - straightforward, deeply felt, expertly made yet far removed from deliberate cleverness, serene, affirmative, even holy. Harrison and Hovhaness complement one another with rare energy, and one suspects that this album will find new admirers for both men.That is the concludin.... More »

Saul Friedländer on Richard Wagner

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Saul Friedländer on Richard WagnerSorry for the long silence but I have been a touch distracted by life. One substantial blog entry a month is the best I can do, but I seem to have skipped a month. It gives me time to think about what I have written to ensure what you read is of high quality. As usual I’ve been spending weeks thinking things over, although sometimes it takes me longer than that…

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Salzburg Festival 2014

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Salzburg Festival 2014 As ever, the problem with the world’s greatest music festival – and we should remember that it is not only a music festival – is knowing where to begin; or, alternatively, to what we might narrow down our choices. Opera, of course, looms large. Last year saw Così fan tutte open the new Mozart-Da Ponte cycle, which is progressing, or regressing, in reverse order…

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An encounter with Harry Ogg

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An encounter with Harry OggHarry Ogg is a young conductor who will be taking up a post as Head of Music Staff and Assistant Conductor at English Touring Opera in January 2014. His recent experience has included assisting Mark Elder on the third act of Parsifal and conducting the Halle on recordings of Britten’s wartime film music in collaboration with Colin Matthews…

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Organist Trent Johnson Performs for Oratorio Singers 7:30 PM Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 at First United Methodist Church, Westfield, New JerseyTrent Johnson is an organist and composer whose website, www.trentxjohnson.com, lists his recordings and compositions, and provides footage of his tour of Russia.  He will perform at the 7:30 PM Friday, November 22, 2013 fundraiser for the Oratorio Singers.  The location is the First United Methodist Church, Westfield, New Jersey…

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Soaring, Fearless Hamelin and Pacifica Quartet

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 Shostakovich, Ornstein, Dvořák: Pacifica Quartet (Simin Gonatra, Sibbi Bernhardsson, violins; Masumi Per Rostad, viola; Brandon Vamos, cello), Marc-André Hamelin (piano), presented by San Francisco Performances at SFJAZZCenter, San Francisco. 11.11.2013 (HS) Shostakovich: String Quartet No 7 in F-sharp minor, Op…

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The revival

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Die Frau ohne Schatten – Metropolitan Opera, 11/7/2013 & 11/12/2013
Schwanewilms, Goerke, Komlosi, Kerl, Reuter / Jurowski

The premiere of this landmark production a dozen years ago — just months before director/designer Herbert Wernicke’s untimely death — was a visual-dramatic triumph aided by music, with Christian Thielemann and the Met Orchestra taking the sonic honors over the mixed cast…

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Playlist.

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Rangefinder – Night Ride (Bun Tapes)
Son Lux – Lanterns (Joyful Noise)
Tim Hecker – Virgins (Kranky)
Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner – signs, games + messages (Cedille)
Billy Gomberg – Waiting in Poor Lighting (Avant Archive > Bandcamp)
Juan Blanco – Nuestro Tiempo/Our Time (Innova)
GE Stinson – masters of the abstract (an homage) (Bandcamp)
Rhys Chatham – Harmonie du soir (Northern Spy)
Cenote Glow – Palmetto Rose (Worn Habit)
Noveller – No Dreams (Important)
Jaleel Shaw – The Soundtrack of Things to Come (Changu)
Cecil Taylor – 3 Phasis (New World)
King Crimson – The Road to Red (DGM)
Richard Strauss – Die Frau ohne Schatten – Leonie Rysanek, Christa Ludwig, Ruth Hesse, James King, Walter Berry, Vienna Philharmonic/Karl Böhm (Opera d'Oro)
Holly Herndon – Movement (RVNG Intl…

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Oliver Knussen: 'Britten pointed me on the right path in the simplest, kindest way'The arts interview: In the week of Benjamin Britten’s centenary Oliver Knussen, in a rare interview, tells Fiona Maddocks about their meeting in Aldeburgh, and the ongoing friendship that inspired his career as a composerWhen did you first meet Britten? What were the circumstances? What were you first impressions?I came up to Aldeburgh with my dad who was playing bass in the English Opera Group and the English Chamber Orchestra…

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D.Shostakovich, Symphony No.7,
Valery Gergiev / Mariinsky Orchestra
Mariinsky Live SACD

Shostakovich’s Humdinger

Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony is a prisoner of her own history and the resultant clichés: a triumph of propaganda, competition, intrigue, and daredevil plots. Laden with extra-musical meaning, the enjoyably crude humdinger of a symphony made Shostakovich an instant

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Richard and Hugo’s Pregnancy Patrol (Die Frau ohne Schatten)

Any sighting of the big and complicated Die Frau ohne Schatten at an opera house is an event. Strauss’s score is one of his most varied and exciting and unique (it’s not violent like Salome or Elektra, but nor is it hyper-romantic like Rosenkavalier or Arabella). The libretto is, shall we say, obscure, mixing spirits and mortals, symbols and talismans like a Zauberflöte without the proverbs, and even less logic…

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Popular media have been running a scare story that a Spanish pianist ‘might’ go to jail for inflicting noise pollution on a neighbour with excessive practising. At today’s court session in Gerona, the prosecution lowered its sentence demand from 7 1/2 years to 20 months. Since Laia Martin has no previous criminal record, she cannot […]

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Danses, Pièces et Suites. Pièces de Clavecin 7b.Grant Chu Covell[November 2013.]“Les Surprises de l’Amour, transcriptions de Monsieur Hesse.” Jean-Philippe RAMEAU: Les Surprises de l’Amour (1748, rev. 1753, 1757, 1758; arr. Ludwig Christian HESSE, ca. 1767). Monique Zanetti (sop), Stephan MacLeod (bar), Ensemble A Deux Violes Esgales: Jonathan Dunford, Sylvia Abramowicz (viols), Pierre Trocellier (hpsi)…

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How classical music painted itself into a cornerMy best personal example is that I seem to have developed a resistance to the latest “sensational” pianist/soprano/tenor/whatever. This item provides a convincing rationale. Do I miss something with this attitude? Perhaps … but if the newest sensation lasts, you usually catch up with them sooner or later anyhow…

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