Classical music's big opportunity is neglected music + MORE Dec 29th

 

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Aldeburgh Festival 2014, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, UK + MORE

In this first world war centenary year, Aldeburgh’s first ever production of Britten’s pacifist opera was an appropriate festival centrepiece.... More »
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Review: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Dives Into Romanticism + MORE

Two works from the 19th century, and one written this year, were on the bill when the orchestra opened its season at Carnegie Hall..... More »
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SF Opera's Don Pasquale Reviews + MORE

Production Web Site | SF Opera's Blog Reviews of San Francisco Opera's Don Pasquale (Act III pictured left with Maurizio Muraro and Lucas Meachem, photograph by Cory Weaver) are positive. Performance Reviews: San Francisco Chronicle | San José Mercury News | San Francisco Examiner | San Francisco C.... More »
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Sabine Devieilhe: Mozart & the Weber Sisters CD review – irresistibly good + MORE

Devieilhe/Pichon/Pygmalion(Erato)On being rejected by Aloysia Weber – oldest sister of Constanze, whom he would later marry – Mozart is said to have sat at the Webers’ keyboard and played a song inviting her to kiss his arse. Spoiler alert: that’s a hidden track at the end of this disc of ir.... More »
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Clarinetist Anthony McGill and Composer & Performer Daniel Bernard Roumain Join Board of Directors of League of American Orchestras + MORE

Anthony McGillwww.anthonymcgill.comDaniel Bernard Roumainwww.danielroumain.comToday the League of American Orchestras announces seven appointments to its Board of Directors, including two prominent musicians we have often featured, Anthony McGill and Daniel Bernard Roumain.... More »
It all began on May 2, 2013, as Grant Luhmann and I grew tired of idly standing by while the Minnesota Orchestra lockout continued on. It was time that Grant and I stood up for what we believed in: bringing our musicians back to work, with fair compensation. Classical music played too significant a role in our lives for us to voluntarily allow the Minnesota Orchestra to be destroyed.

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Macabre maestro humour from the Bolshoi

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Macabre maestro humour from the BolshoiThis comes our way from a Moscow insider: Two members of the Bolshoi staff are discussing the candidates for chief conductor. What do you think about Vladimir Jurowski?, – asks one of them. – Well? He is good, – answers another.- But he is obviously too busy, has a lot of obligations and that’s why it […]

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Placido Domingo and Frederica von Stade are among the special guests at a San Francisco Symphony concert

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Nights at the opera: 2013

– operaobsession.blogspot.com

Nights at the opera: 2013The calendar year is tapering quietly to its end; here in Mainz, the days are rainy and the archives are closed, providing ideal conditions for retrospection on a year of opera-going. I've already been enjoying the reports of others on the year in opera: John Gilks at Opera Ramblings, Mark Berry at Boulezian, and the anonymous Opera Traveller…

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F.Schubert Schwanengesang, Piano Sonata D.960
(Schubert Edition, v.6)
M.Goerne, C.Eschenbach
Harmonia Mundi

Canticum Cygnus

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Mozart's sacred music from New College, OxfordHaving given us a superb disc of sacred music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier for their previous disc, Edward Higginbottom and the choir of New College Oxford have turned their attention to Mozart’s sacred music for Salzburg Cathedral from the 1770’s. Accompanied by the period instruments of Collegium Novum, Higginbottom and his forces perform Mozart’s Litaniae Lauretanae K195, Sonata in C K329 and Vesperae de Dominica K321, again on the choir’s own label Novum…

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Classical music's big opportunity is neglected musicHere is beautiful music – straightforward, deeply felt, expertly made yet far removed from deliberate cleverness, serene, affirmative, even holy. Harrison and Hovhaness complement one another with rare energy, and one suspects that this album will find new admirers for both men.That is the concluding paragraph from a sleeve note by Tim Page – who knows a thing or two about these things…

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The catfish king

– auv.blogspot.com

The catfish kingTwo Boys – Metropolitan Opera, 11/14/2013Spence, Coote / RobertsonNico Muhly’s much-lauded and -promoted piece isn’t all bad — there’s about half an act of impressive music. But it’s not very operatic, and the libretto stinks.The good has been much praised, and accords with Muhly’s pre-operatic experience: the choral interludes, mostly in the first part…

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Shostakovich Bolt Ballet online

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Shostakovich Bolt Ballet onlineAt last online, Dimitri Shostakovich’s “lost” ballet Bolt , the famous Bolshoi production choreographed  by Alexei Ratmansky. The premiere in 1931 was greeted with vociferous opposition, and remained unknown until a complete edition was prepared for Gennady Rozhdestvensky to conduct in 1995. Bolt, Shostakovich’s op 27a is scored in eight movements allowing the ballet to develop over a series of vignettes…

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Bach Mass in B Minor at Kings Place

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Bach Mass in B Minor at Kings PlaceAs the culmination of King’s Place’s year long exploration of Bach’s music, Bach Unwrapped, there was a performance Bach’s Mass in B Minor on Saturday 21 December 2013. The events of Bach Unwrapped not only explored Bach’s music but different styles of performance. The Mass in B Minor was performed by the Aurora Orchestra (performing on modern instruments) and the choir of Clare College, Cambridge (director Graham Ross), conducted by Nicholas Collon with soloists Malin Christensson, Jennifer Johnson, William Towers, Joshua Ellicott and Benedict Nelson…

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An Ishmaelite welcome

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An Ishmaelite welcomeIt’s the best part of the Christmas story, or rather the one according to Berlioz, Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus, having escaped the most obscene horror, arrive in Sais, Egypt, close to starvation. In the third part of L’enfance du Christ, they are rejected by Egyptians and Romans in the town with the same cry: ‘away with you, filthy Jews!’ An Ishmaelite father, however, welcomes them into a lively household…

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Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

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When you have an impressively supple orchestra such as the one in the Vienna State Opera, a conductor must feel tempted to pull all the stops. Therefore, I understand Michael Güttler’s inclination to make it fast and loud and exciting – and the outpouring of glittering, transparent and clear sounds from the pit were indeed a pleasure in itself…

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