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Musicals at the opera house? + MORE

ENO’s staging of ‘Sunset Boulevard’ proves that purists have nothing to fear.... More »
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Michael Masser, Composer Who Wrote Hits for Whitney Houston, Dies at 74 + MORE

After leaving a career as a stockbroker, Mr. Masser wrote songs recorded by Ms. Houston, Diana Ross, Roberta Flack and many other star vocalists..... More »
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Critic's Notebook: Brad Mehldau Evolves in ‘10 Years Solo Live,’ a New Boxed Set + MORE

A compendium by this pianist, who is set to play a solo recital at Zankel Hall and perform as a featured guest at Town Hall, adds up to an ambitious self-portrait..... More »
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     A Taste of Venetian Baroque + MORE

  Marini, Salaverde, Turini, Bertoli, Ziani, Castello, Vivaldi , Marcello: Ubi Caritas, Band of the BaroqueTaftMuseum of Art, Cincinnati, Ohio. 2.2.2014 (RDA).   Amanda Carmen Bower (soprano) Richard Arnest (recorders) Loren Berzsenyi (oboe) Lauren Piccirillo (bassoon) Jennife Jill Araya (ce.... More »
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Winter fun at Spitalfields Music + MORE

Billed as extraordinary music in unexpected places, this year's Spitalfields Music Winter Festival runs from 4 to 15 December. This year events include Paul Agnew directing Les Arts Florissants in Monteverdi Madrigals in Christ Church, Spitalfields, tenor Allan Clayton performing Schubert's Die Wint.... More »

Barbican 2014-15 (2) BBCSO plus

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Barbican 2014-15 (2) BBCSO plusThere’s hope for classical music in London!  The Barbican 2014-2015 season is a lot stronger than it looks at first glance. It’s a relief to get away from gimmicks and back to “own curated” series created by musicians rather than marketing men.To prove the point, the Barbican is hosting a traverse of Carl Nielsen’s symphonies, where Sakari Oramo will be conducting the BBCSO…

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Raising the bow

– www.theaustralian.com.au

IN the international spotlight since her early teens, violin virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter tells Review she’s yet to master her instrument.

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NSO: Mark Elder, Stephen Hough

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Charles T. Downey, NSO review: Mark Elder, Stephen Hough offer a spirited performance of Lizst concerto
Washington Post, January 14, 2014

Elgar, In the South (inter alia), Hallé, M. Elder (2003)
One hallmark of Christoph Eschenbach’s tenure at the National Symphony Orchestra has been innovative programming…

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Transfer rumours in Spain: Barenboim to Barcelona?

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Transfer rumours in Spain: Barenboim to Barcelona?His name appears on a long-list of 46 candidates to succeed Joan Matabosch as artistic director of the near-bankrupt Liceo. Barenboim, rather wearily, tells El Pais: ‘At my age, the temptations are viewed with less enthusiasm than before. I am the director of the Berlin Opera and this is my last post…

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Boss quits orch after 20 years to run composer bash

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Boss quits orch after 20 years to run composer bashPress release: Lahti Symphony Orchestra’s general manager Tuomas Kinberg to become an organizer for the 2015 Sibelius anniversary year photo: Kinberg signs chief conductor, Jukka-Pekka Saraste   The Lahti Symphony Orchestra’s general manager Tuomas Kinberg is to become an organizer for the events in Lahti that will mark Sibelius’s 150th anniversary year in 2015…

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Gerald Finley/Julius Drake – reviewWigmore Hall, LondonThe duo took a theatrical approach to Die Winterreise, delivering a harrowing account of Schubert’s dark journeyA century ago, and blessed with the same rich vocal endowments, a singer such as Gerald Finley might have been content to offer a more purely beautiful and stoic rendering of Schubert’s Winterreise than the Canadian bass-baritone did in this Wigmore recital…

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The players never don tuxedos, the program never includes an intermission, and the orchestra never plays alone. The Lakeview Orchestra, a young neighborhood ensemble in Chicago, depart from the traditional orchestral model while still presenting serious, high-quality classical music.

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Seattle Opera Announces Finalists for 2014 International Wagner CompetitionSeattle Opera Announces Finalists for 2014 International Wagner CompetitionTen Singers to Compete for $60,000 in Prizes at 7:30 p.m. on August 7, 2014 at McCaw HallGeneral Director Speight Jenkins announced the singers selected for Seattle Opera’s popular International Wagner Competition on August 7, 2014The competition is part of a celebratory weekend which also includes a concert and dinner in honor of Speight Jenkins’ three decades at the helm of Seattle Opera (and featuring 15 of the company’s favorite singers) on August 9…

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Meadow festival

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Meadow festivalBeneath the pageantry, the paeans to German art and the self-referential allusions to the creative process, Die Meistersinger is a story about a community and human qualities like love, friendship, envy and hatred. One can get absorbed in Wagner’s multilayered portrait of medieval Protestant life or just connect with the straightforward narrative about two young lovers and the older man trying to help them…

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Out of Touch

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Out of TouchIn a press release that was obviously sent in 1985 and for some bizarre reason only just arrived an hour ago, Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced the production of a new Ring cycle with Sir Andrew Davis conducting and David Pountney directing. Now, if you’ll excuse La Cieca, she will slip into her power suit and head down to Area to celebrate…

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Minnesota Orchestra announces first concerts

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Minnesota Orchestra has announced four concerts at Orchestra Hall, scheduled for Feb. 7 to 15. Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski will lead concerts Feb. 7 and 8; Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts concerts Feb. 14 and 15. Tickets go on sale Jan. 22.

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BBCSO/Bychkov – review

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BBCSO/Bychkov – reviewBarbican, LondonThe BBCSO delivered one the greatest performances of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony in recent yearsSemyon Bychkov’s latest concert with the BBC Symphony Orchestra is best described as a thing of very different halves. The works that formed the programme – Martinů’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony – were both written during the second world war, but they’re poles apart in scope and intent…

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN (January 17, 2014)—The Minnesota Orchestra today announced plans for two weeks of homecoming concerts February 7 through 15, offering audiences the first chance to hear the ensemble perform in the renovated Orchestra Hall. The Orchestra’s return begins February 7 and 8 with a pair of historic concerts led by the ensemble’s eminent Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, highlighted by Beethoven’s heroic Third Symphony and Skrowaczewski’s own powerful orchestration of Bach’s D-minor Toccata and Fugue—the work that opened the first concert at Orchestra Hall in 1974…

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