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BBC Philharmonic/Gourlay review – Rachmaninov and Ravel’s grand face-off + MORE

Bridgewater Hall, ManchesterFine playing from four pianists – Martin Roscoe, Kathryn Stott, Peter Donohoe and Noriko Ogawa – revealed the connections between the two very different composers in this concert series finale Continue reading....... More »
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Silent Rosenkavalier bei Dr Caligari + MORE

A silent version of Der Roskenkavalier by the director of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari. In 1926, Robert Wiene made a version of Der Rosenkavalier with the enthusiastic support of Richard Strauss himself. The film was screened at the Dresden Opera House, where the opera itself had premiered fifteen yea.... More »
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The Semperoper’s New Production of Doktor Faust: A True Company Achievement + MORE

Busoni – Doktor Faust: Soloists, Dancers, Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden (chorus master: Jörn Hinnerk Andresen), Säschsische Staatskapelle Dresden/Tomáš Netopil (conductor). Semperoper, Dresden, 19.3.2017 (MB) Cast: Doktor Faust – Lester Lynch Wagner – Michael Eder Mephistopheles.... More »
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The young person's guide to homophobia + MORE Oct 24th

Good to see LGBT activism increasing in classical music. Among recent notable examples was the dedication of Somewhere Over the Rainbow performed by Joyce DiDonato and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Last Night of the BBC Proms to gay victims worldwide. But less than a month after this laudable pr.... More »
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NY Phil/Gilbert, Geffen Hall — ‘Breathtaking’ + MORE

Tricky pieces by two US composers prompted virtuoso performances on trombone and percussion.... More »

The Awfulness of Classical Music Explained??

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That’s the title of a Huffington Post piece which laments the atmosphere at classical music concerts. A sample: Although I loved the music I heard that evening, I was struck at the time by how matter-of-factly my guide dismissed my…

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Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar’s music is deeply rooted in Indian classical music, which she studied from the age of nine under her father, the legendary Ravi Shankar, who passed away last year.

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Alexei Sultanov plays Tchaikovsky's 'October'

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An exquisite performance of ‘October’ from The Seasons by Tchaikovsky, performed by the late Alexei Sultanov.This loss of this young Russian pianist was one of the great tragedies of the music world in recent years. He was the winner of the Van Cliburn Competition in 1989, aged only 19, and died in 2005 at only 35…

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The Wasp Factory at ROH

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02/10/13UK PremiereAlready premièred at the Bregenz Festival, Ben Frost’s new opera is an ROH co-commission with a libretto by David Pountney based on Iain Banks’ first novel The Wasp Factory. First things first: though we’re meant to believe in our post modern age that the boundaries between musical genres are being eroded daily, this opera does not belong to the genre of classical music…

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The Greatest Ever Season: Rome Opera’s 2013-2014 Programme On  27 February 2014 Anna Netrebko will make a triple debut: (1) at the Rome Opera, (2) under the baton of Riccardo Muti and (3) in the title role of Manon Lescaut.  Staging by Chiara Muti (Riccardo Muti’s daughter; see  http://www.seenandheard-international…

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Hans Zimmer was a double winner at the Classic Brits awards, winning composer of the year, as well as receiving an award for his outstanding contribution to music.

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CD Spotlight. Unerring Artistry

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Wendy Warner plays Haydn and Mysliveček, recommended by Howard Smith. ‘… her beguiling performances are alive with consistent ebullience …’

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In a rewarding concert that formed part of the Southbank’s The Rest Is Noise festival, Vladimir Jurowski brought the best out of four unfamiliar Britten works

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Does classical music really understand its audiences?Very exciting things are happening at the Southbank Centre’s Rest is Noise festival in London. So exciting that respected commentator Jessica Duchen has been moved to proclaim with almost religious fervour that the festival “will change concert-going forever”. The reason for all the current excitement is a Southbank Centre press release giving the good news that 76% of concert bookers for the Rest is Noise festival had not previously booked a contemporary classical music event at the Southbank Centre and 39% of festival concert bookers had not previously booked any tickets at the venue…

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Regional Spotlight: Diotima String Quartet

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The Diotima Quartet performed one of the most autumnal-sounding works by Brahms earlier this year as guest artists with the Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud, Minn.

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A selected guide to performances of classical music in the New York area.    

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Donato Cabrera’s Sunday program as new music director of Walnut Creek’s 27-year-old California Symphony featured music by Dvorak, Mozart and John Adams, performed with high spirits and splendid musical style.

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Alice Carey: From the Back Row

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The opera begins and ends with Anna saying, “I want to blow you all… a kiss.” As I bid farewell to City Opera, I too blow them a kiss for their brave attempt to bring opera to the people and to convert me to the opera Queen that I am.
Read more: Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Jean Dalrymple, Fiorello LaGuardia, Lincoln Center, New York, Classical Music, Opera, City Opera, New York City Center, Arts News

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