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Chairman’s Choice: Klaus Heymann spotlights some of July’s new releases (Jul 01, 2014) + 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 o.... More »
symphony news

Katie Mitchell: 'Children are the harshest critics' + MORE

As she prepares to direct ENO's first children's opera, Katie Mitchell expects scrutiny even more severe than she gets for her 'serious' stage shows.... More »
conductors

Something extramarital + MORE

Saturday evening conductor Will Crutchfield revived Donizetti’s La Favorite—unheard in New York for fifteen years—as part of his invaluable series “Bel Canto at Caramoor” leading an appealing cast and making a strong case as he had two years ago with Verdi’s Les Vêpres Siciliennes and D.... More »
sonata

The Gospel According to the Other Mary review – a mesmerising aural world + MORE

Coliseum, LondonThe Other Mary has its longueurs, but John Adams’s remarkable score is brilliantly performed by English National Opera Continue reading....... More »
composer

Florida Orchestra and Milwaukee Symphony Settle + MORE

We have two new entries in our list of mid to large budget orchestras with expired agreements that managed to ratify a new contract without resorting to a work stoppage: The Florida Orchestra and Milwaukee Symphony. Florida Orchestra A new three-year agreement begins reversing several rounds o.... More »

Enjoy Passion at St Paul’s for free

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1,000 free tickets for the annual performance of Bach's St John Passion at St Paul's Cathedral on 15 April are now available online.
Hurry up if you're interested – these will go fast.

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Edgar: O gloria, o voluttà

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Edgar: O gloria, o voluttàOper Frankfurt assembled a luxurious cast for two concert performances of Puccini's second opera this week. Not knowing when I'd get the chance to hear Edgar live again, I jumped at the chance to do so, especially since it also offered the opportunity to hear Angela Meade again, and Bryan Hymel for the first time…

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The clown

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L’Elisir d’Amore – Metropolitan Opera, 2/1/2014Netrebko, Vargas, N. Alaimo, Schrott / BeniniIn a season with the profound pleasures of Frau and Falstaff, there’s also been room for delicious guilty enjoyment. And as great as Hvorostovsky’s “hey, I get to be ugly!” Rigoletto was in that vein, Erwin Schrott’s work in Elisir deserves particular mention…

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Total Immersion: Thea Musgrave – reviewBarbican, LondonThe BBC’s three concerts devoted to Thea Musgrave emphasised concepts of narrative, conflict and action in her workThea Musgrave’s output is much concerned with what she has called the search for “vivid dramatic forms for abstract music”. She is, of course, familiar as a stage composer…

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Since before the term “bucket list” was a thing, it’s been on my bucket list to listen to the entirety of the Beethoven Bicentennial Collection. With Beethoven’s sestercentennial coming up in six years, I figure that if I start now, I can proceed at a nice leisurely pace and still wrap up right around his 250th birthday on December 16, 2020.

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Classical music is not dead - it is suburbanizedMy recent post speculating on links between the Rite of Spring and Sufism quoted Turkish pianist Süher Pekinel on Stravinsky’s “global understanding”. One of classical music’s most enduring works may or may not have its roots in Turkish-Islamic trance rituals, but it is incontestable that classical music has a long history of embracing Eastern traditions…

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Teresa Palmer and Mark Webber have welcomed their son Bodhi Rain. “Thank you God for blessing us with the most divine gift of our baby son Bodhi Rain Palmer born safely & naturally,” the “Warm Bodies” star tweeted yesterday. She continued, “Bodhi means “Awakened one” Rain “Abundant Blessings From Above” and our babies will be Palmer’s as Marks firstborn didn’t take his name…

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Agata Zubel

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The formidably gifted composer-vocalist, whose website is here, just performed Fausto Romitelli's An Index of Metals at On the Boards in Seattle, with the Seattle Chamber Players. Above is Zubel's own work Not I, based on the Beckett monologue. More on contemporary Polish music in The New Yorker next week.

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Flash! Kiev Conservatoire is on fire

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Flash! Kiev Conservatoire is on fireThe building, on the edge of the Maidan, has caught fire during clashes between police and demonstrators. The National Music Academy is named after Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and founded in 1913. Police and protesters have been hurling firebombs and stun grenades at each other. UPDATE: Our correspondent adds: The building was evacuated and the fire extinguished…

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A powerful performance: Rigoletto at the ENO Verdi – Rigolette: ENO at the London Coliseum Reviewed by Hilary Gloveron Feb 13 2014 Star rating: 4.0Powerful performances in Christopher Alden’s new production of Rigoletto at the ColiseumQuinn Kelsey and Anna ChristyPhoto Credit: Alistair MuirPowerful performances by Quinn Kelsey as Rigoletto and Anna Christy as Gilda made this version of Verdi’s Rigoletto a pleasure to watch…

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Opera Review: A New ‘Werther’ at the Metropolitan OperaThe tenor Jonas Kaufmann stars in Richard Eyre’s production of Massenet’s 19th-century opera.    

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Paul Bunyan/English Touring Opera, Linbury Studio - opera reviewBritten’s early operetta Paul Bunyan nearly found a home on Broadway — a tantalising prospect — and like the best musicals it both celebrates the American Dream and interrogates it. Auden’s clever libretto — spiky, erudite and knowing — provides a marvellous vehicle for Britten’s enjoyable, tuneful score.

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Guest Violinist, Josiah Hamill, Winner of 2014 Concerto Competition

Denver – The Arapahoe Philharmonic presents “Classic Traditions” on Friday, March 14, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. with a program featuring Johannes Brahms’ lush Symphony No. 2 and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, one of the most popular and technical concertos for violin, with soloist Josiah Hamill, winner of the 2014 T…

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