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Paisiello's Barber with the OSO: Figaro at the Fabbri Mansion + MORE

Editorial note: please welcome Opera Obsession's first guest blogger: none other than Alex, my Musicologist Roommate, covering New York opera happenings in my absence.**On Saturday, I jumped at the opportunity to see On Site Opera’s production of Giovanni Paisiello’s The Barber of Seville (.... More »
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On The Air This Week + MORE

Highlights from Feb. 23 to March 1 Tuesday, 1 p.m. Performance Today. Tuesday, 8 p.m. Choral Stream: The Phoenix Chorale’s and Kansas City Chorale’s Grammy-winning recording: Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vespers. Wednesday, 7:15 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amac.... More »
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Prom 64 Søndergård BBCNOW + MORE

At Prom 64, Thomas Søndergård conducted the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Like many organisations, orchestras can go throughout a period in the doldrums. Something interesting has been happening in Cardiff.  The BBC NOW are sounding reinvigorated and refreshed. Their Prom in July under Xia.... More »
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Uplifting Mahler Resurrection Symphony from the Czech Philharmonic + MORE

 Mahler & Bruch: Sarah Fox (soprano), Jana Hrochová Wallingerová (mezzo), Josef Špaek (violin), Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, CBSO Chorus / Jiří Bělohlávek (conductor), Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 24.4.2015 (GR). Gustav Mahler: Symphony No 2 in C Minor, Resurrection Max Bruch: Violin Con.... More »
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Composer György Kurtág celebrates his 91st birthday, and 70th wedding anniversary, with a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award + MORE

Today, Hungarian composer György Kurtág is celebrating his 91st birthday, and also his 70th wedding anniversary. He and his pianist wife, Márta, have been presented with a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award (£30,000) in recognition of their distinguished contribution to the world of music, as well as.... More »

BERLIOZ Harold en Italie, Le carnaval romain, Benvenuto Cellini: Overture
Berthaud • Lyon National Orchestra • Slatkin
8.573297
Also available on Naxos Blu-ray Audio NBD0042

Drawing on the adventures of Byron’s Childe Harold and the composer’s own Italian experiences as a Prix de Rome winner, Harold en Italie was intended for the great violinist Paganini who, having initially rejected the work, later repented, giving it his hig …

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Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 28

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Paavali Jumppanen performs the Adagio from the Sonata in A major, Op. 101

'[Paavali] Jumppanen is prodigiously gifted, and he provides deeply felt accounts of the slow movements, and dazzling pianism of the outer movements of the A major and C major Sonatas,' writes Misha Donat in his review of this recording in the May issue of BBC Music Magazine…

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With Rumpled Intensity, Skelton Soars as Grimes

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 Britten, Peter Grimes: Soloists, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor), Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. 26.6.2014 (HS) Director and production designer: James Darrah Cast: Peter Grimes: Stuart Skelton Ellen Orford: Elza van den Heever Captain Balstrode: Alan Opie Auntie: Ann Murray Mrs…

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Hot on the announcement that the Chicago Chamber Musicians was discontinuing all its artistic activiteis and would not be presenting a 2014-2015 season, another renowned classical music entity is announcing its closure…

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Hot calm Sunday – with music!

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Donald Runnicles and the Castleton Festival Orchestra 10:45 Sunday June 29 2014
It was great to see Donald Runnicles again after too many years.  He was here yesterday to conduct a beautiful Mozart programme – a nice 2 pm concert of Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Mozart's A major fiddle concerto, immaculately played by Eric Silberger, and the Jupiter…

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Lachenmann, Pesson, and Insubstantiality (or: Zombie Music)Robert Rauschenberg, Erased de Kooning Drawing, 1953In 1983, Hans-Werner Henze made West German headlines for singling out Helmut Lachenmann as the high priest of a veritable cult of “musica negativa.” Poor old Henze: he was only echoing the perception, still widely held in this country, that Lachenmann’s work “aggressively rejects almost everything that traditional classical music takes as a premise…

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Despite high-quality singing and a plausible attempt at a production, Mozart’s early opera remains a riotous, incomprehensible mess

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Just in: Vienna Opera ends season on record high

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Just in: Vienna Opera ends season on record high
Overall takings are up 1.3% to a record €33.5 million.
Audience numbers also up: a record 603,652 vs 599,525 the previous year.
Capacity for opera performances was 99.67%. Unbeatable.
Hats off to Dominique Meyer.
 
(The Met, by comparison, is below 80%.)
 

Official stats:

Erneut Einnahmen- und Besucherrekord an der Wiener Staatsoper 2013/2014
In der Spielzeit 2013/2014 konnte die Wiener Staatsoper erneut einen Einnahmenrekord von
33…

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Rédempteur à toute vitesseThis week, Our Own Jungfer Marianne Leizmetzerin presents what is perhaps the briefest Bühnenweihfestspiel on record, a 2005 performance of Parsifal from Bayreuth conducted by Pierre Boulez.
Richard Wagner: Parsifal
Bayreuther Festspiele
Pierre Boulez, conductor
29 July 2005
Amfortas – Alejandro Marco-Buhrmester
Titurel – Kwangchul Youn
Gurnemanz – Robert Holl
Parsifal – Alfons Eberz
Klingsor – John Wegner
Kundry – Michelle de Young
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Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra principal flutist Julia Bogorad-Kogan shares recordings of her flute idols on Learning to Listen.

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Birmingham Treasures the Moment with Nelsons and Mozart

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 Mozart: Soloists, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and CBSO Chorus / Andris Nelsons (conductor), Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 26.6.2014 (GR). Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K.550 isero! O sogno – Aura che intorno spin, K431 Per questa bella mano, K612 Mass in C Minor, K427 Soloists: Malin Christensson (Soprano I); Christine Rice (Soprano II); Ben […]

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REALITY star Olivia Palermo wears shorts and sweater on her wedding day, but it’s not the most unorthodox ensemble we’ve ever seen.

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Symphony guide: Liszt's Faust SymphonyLiszt’s Faust Symphony blows the bogus symphonic vs programme music debate out of the waterA notional symphonic principle has implicitly underscored much of the discussion of the pieces in this series thus far. The idea of symphonic integrity (another word that needs to be in quotation marks!) is often contrasted in music-historical writing with its orchestral antipode in the 19th century, programme music – music that sets out to tell an extra-musical narrative, such as attempting to describe a work from literature, or a natural phenomenon, or a painterly image in sound; as if the former were the one true faith of music history, and the latter were a somehow less pure (quotation marks again, sorry) form of music…

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