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Briefly Noted: Haydn 2032 + MORE

Haydn, Symphonies, Vol. 2 (nos. 22, 46, 47), Il Giardino Armonico, G. Antonini (released on June 30, 2015) ALPHA671 | 75'18" Vol. 1 (1, 39, 49) (2014) ALPHA670 | 70'52" Any good recording of Joseph Haydn's symphonies is welcome at Ionarts, where the Austrian composer's music is a matter .... More »
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Another concert for today + MORE

i’ve been saying that classical music  needs to be a contemporary art. Gave an example here of how it can be. Here’s another one. Imagine the Kennedy Center concert hall at 6 PM this Tuesday, packed with people attending a concert of works by a living composer. The concert, featuring.... More »
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Brigitte Poulin and Jean Marchand: Two Pianos at Music and Beyond + MORE

Ottawa’s Music and Beyond festival is one of two major chamber music festivals in Canada’s capital. Even in such a.. Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!.... More »
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Tomáš Hanus and WNO Perform Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony Stupendously Well + MORE

Mahler: Rebecca Evans (soprano), Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano), Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Community Chorus / Tomáš Hanus (conductor), St David’s Hall, Cardiff, 2.10.2016. (PCG) Mahler: Second ‘Resurrection’ Symphony Whereas the performance last year by the BBC Nation.... More »
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Der Fliegende Holländer, Covent Garden, review: 'darkly impressive' + MORE

Bryn Terfel and Andris Nelsons team up for a rewarding revival of Wagner's masterpiece, says Rupert Christiansen.... More »

All the ladies are doing it

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All the ladies are doing itI rolled my eyes a little bit when James Levine was recently described in the Times as “somebody who may be the greatest opera conductor in history.” But after last night’s Così, the fourth performance in his triumphant return to the Met, I can at least understand the thinking behind it (though I still don’t agree)…

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Beware the bulls north of the borderIt’s not yet ten o’clock in the morning but already we’ve discussed Bach’s early development, the concentration of influential composers born around 1685 and somehow, and I’m really not sure how, we have shifted to the subject of whether the temperature controlled LSO truck is suitable for the transportation of bull semen or if it’s just not cold enough…

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Alastair McAlpine 1942-2014

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I was terribly saddened to hear today of the death of Alastair McAlpine at home in Italy yesterday.  Alastair served as chairman of our National Opera Co-ordinating committee in the 1980s.  This was the group of all the British opera companies which shared information about their plans to ensure that silly clashes did not happen…

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My eyes! My eyes! (Oedipe in Frankfurt)

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My eyes! My eyes! (Oedipe in Frankfurt)What’s a pessimistic old director to do when the opera he or she is directing has an ending that is just too damn redemptive? If you’re Hans Neuenfels and are dealing with George Enescu’s Oedipe, a production currently at the Oper Frankfurt, you chop off the optimistic last act. The result is a tight and well-paced tragedy, set to Enescu’s unique voice…

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Playlist.

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Celer – Voyeur (Humming Conch)
Otomo Yoshihide/Sachiko M/Evan Parker/John Edwards/Tony Marsh/John Butcher – Quintet/Sextet (OTOroku)
Whitney George – Blue Nine (Blue Tapes)
Various artists –  v-p v-f is v-n, cs02 (winds measure recordings)
Tuluum Shimmering – Festival at the Shallow River (Noumenal Loom)
International Parallives Institute – Memoirs of Anomie Gray (Noumenal Loom)
Billy Gomberg – Give or Give In (Digitalis)
Noveller – ARTIFACT (Saffron Recordings)
Josh Mason – Dark Threads & Other Colors (SEM Label)
Ralph Vaughan Williams – Phantasy Quintet; String Quartets Nos…

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Stage mother

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Stage motherThe internecine machinations of those who ruled—or sought to rule—the Roman Empire have long provided rich material for writers and composers, and on Thursday evening operamission continued its ambitious plan to stage in chronological order all of Handel’s operas by presenting one of the most delicious of those Roman-based works, Agrippina which premiered in Venice in 1709…

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Saturday at 10 a.m., join host Lynne Warfel for classical music from the movies. Today's theme is music from all-time great movies (according to the American Film Institute). Plus, some thoughts from the Cube Critics about film reboots.

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The girl who beat Trifonov

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Last night I had my first introduction (live) to the playing of Yulianna Avdeeva, winner of the 2010 Chopin Competition in Warsaw. She took first prize as Daniil Trifonov pulled in third (and second prize was shared between Wunder and Geniusas, two contestants with fine names in every sense). To say that the competition sent waves of controversy through the pianophile community at the time probably isn’t saying enough…

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Current Estonian harpsichord initiatives include Harpsichord XXI and the forthcoming Harpsichord Days festival in April 2014

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La Quinta essentia

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La Quinta essentia Masses by Lassus, Palestrina & Ashewell: Huelgas Ensemble/Paul Van Nevel Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jan 18 2014 Rating: 4.0 starsFascinating contrasts in three different massesThis disc, a reissue of a Harmonia Mundi recording originally made in 2005, places three renaissance masses by rather different composers in close proximity…

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Chicago and Houston to stage Holocaust opera scorned by most London criticsWhen David Pountney staged Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s The Passenger at English National Opera in September 2011, most of the London critics reached deep into their dictionaries of scorn.  Mine was one of few voices that argued for the importance of the work, not as a holocaust memento but as a masterwork of modern opera…

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Italian composer and musicologist Flavio Testi died in January 2014, aged ninety-one

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Manon; James MacMillan Viola Concerto – reviewRoyal Opera House; Royal Festival Hall, LondonA soft-shoe shuffle is the least of Manon’s worries. And a new viola concerto is a cause for celebrationOperatically speaking, Manon is the girl who walks on stage a schoolgirl virgin heading for a nunnery and, within minutes, has hooked a lover, tasted money and thrown away her chastity belt…

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