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Lulu review – sex, art and murder create a landmark night for the Met + MORE

Metropolitan Opera, New YorkIn a critical dialogue, Guardian US’s classical music and art critics review William Kentridge’s triumphantly radical production of Berg’s modernist masterpieceSeth Colter Walls: Hello, Jason! We both saw Thursday night’s premiere of a new production at the Metrop.... More »
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Mahler with Hampson and Vogt in Vienna is cloaked in Schoenberg + MORE

Schoenberg, Mahler: Thomas Hampson, Klaus Florian Vogt, Wiener Virtuosen. Große Musikvereinssaal, Vienna, 1.11.2015. (SS) Schoenberg – Verklärte Nacht, op. 4 Mahler – Das Lied von der Erde (arr. Arnold Schoenberg & Rainer Riehn) Having arranged Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden G.... More »
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Anxiety, Doubt and Terror in Honeck’s Bruckner + MORE

 Vivier, Bruckner: New York Philharmonic, Manfred Honeck (conductor), Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, 29.3.2014 (DA) Vivier: Orion Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor (ed. Nowak) Just a few months after his one-night-only turn upstaging Anne-Sophie Mutter in Dvořák, this last-minute .... More »
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Nicholas Collon CBSO Mahler 10 Webern Brahms + MORE

Nicholas Collon conducted the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Mahler 's Symphony no 10, or to put it more accurately Deryck Cooke's third Performing edition of Mahler's manuscript. Although it might seem redundant to point out that Mahler didn't complete the symphony, that basic fact is fun.... More »
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Gilchrist, Rameau and Clérambault Explore the Sorrows of Love + MORE

Marais, Rameau, Couperin, Clérambault: James Gilchrist (tenor), Ben Samsom (violin), Imogen Seth-Smith (Viola da gamba), Warwick Cole (harpsichord), Holy Apostles’ Church, Cheltenham, 6.2.2016. (RJ) Marin Marais (1656-1728):  Sonnerie de Sainte Geneviève du Mont de Paris Jean-Philippe Ramea.... More »
Women in Trousers: A Very Brief History of a Bizarre Operatic TraditionEllen MacDonald-Kramer[January 2014.]Giuditta Pasta as Tancredi (from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tancredi_Giuditta_Pasta.jpg) The first time I heard a female voice portray a male character was on a 1970 Decca recording of Glück’s Orfeo ed Euridice. The hero was sung by none other than the meaty-voiced virtuoso Marilyn Horne…

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Royal Ballet: Giselle, Royal Opera House: Natalia Osipova excelsThere have been thousands of performances of Giselle since its debut in 1841. You’d think there’d be nothing left to say about it but then along comes Natalia Osipova. The Russian 27-year-old is the Royal Ballet’s latest big signing, a former Bolshoi starlet who controversially jumped ship to the lesser-known Mikhailovsky Ballet and has now landed full-time in London.

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Andres Orozco-Estrada, the busy conductor who becomes the Houston Symphony’s music director in September, will become even busier when he adds a London orchestra to his responsibilities next year. “When I first heard Andres conduct in February 2011, I was immediately struck by his remarkable energy, electrifying conducting, and sheer ability to radio the joy of music making to both the orchestra and audience,” Walker said…

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Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson is a soprano with a stratospheric career ahead of her, says Rupert Christiansen    

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Music Review: London Haydn Quartet Brings Its Gut Strings to the MorganThe London Haydn Quartet, a period ensemble that uses gut strings, offered exquisite renderings of Haydn and Beethoven works at the Morgan Library & Museum.    

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Takács Plays Bartók, Part 1

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Bartók, String Quartets, Takács Quartet (2d ed., 1998)

Bartók, String Quartets, Takács Quartet (1st ed., 1985)
One of the most interesting things that the Fortas Chamber Concerts series, at the Kennedy Center, does is to host a complete cycle of a composer’s string quartets (pace Will Robin). The last of these we reviewed was the Shostakovich set performed by the Emerson Quartet in 2007 and

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James Manheim: George Walker's 'Mass' is 'a grand work'; 'The real find here is the performance of the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83'Albany Records Troy1447 (2013)On December 20, 2013 AfriClassical posted: New Albany CD: George Walker’s ‘Mass’ & ‘Psalms 96 & 117′ by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra & Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 83 by George Walker, PianoJohn Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.com sends a CD review by James Manheim, a critic for AllMusic…

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Don’t Expect Details Anytime Soon

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Don’t Expect Details Anytime Soon

According to Gwen Pappas, Minnesota Orchestra Association’s (MOA) Director of Public Relations, it may take “several weeks” for the organization’s new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) to be released. Pappas was the first to respond to requests for a copy of the CBA and at the time this post was written, a musician representative has yet to reply…

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LSO/Gardiner, Barbican Hall - music reviewIf the old prejudice about Mendelssohn as a slick purveyor of superficiality still lurks in some quarters, who better to demolish the myth once and for all than John Eliot Gardiner? Continuing his exploration of Mendelssohn’s orchestral works with the LSO, he probed beneath the polished surfaces of the Scottish Symphony to the rich seams of gloom and melancholy that so inspired the Romantic imagination.

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Classical radio loses yet more audience

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Classical radio loses yet more audienceIn response to my earlier post How classical music found a flourishing new audience a reader has pointed out the following news item:A court in Diss, Norfolk yesterday heard how a police raid last August on a smallholding near Thetford uncovered a cannabis factory. Giving evidence Detective Sergeant Peel said that more than 200 plants were found in the raided premises…

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B. F. deal

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B. F. dealTenors Bryan Hymel (pictured) and Joseph Calleja redeem otherwise routine Puccini revivals at the Met, says Our Own JJ in the New York Observer. (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

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“The Passenger,” Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Holocaust opera, depicts not only the human spirit’s strength in the face of cruelty, but also its weakness when it denies the call of conscience.

Weinberg’s long-neglected 1960s opera marshals ingenious storytelling and direct, potent music to bring both sides to life…

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John Malveaux: The playlist by host for KUSC Classical Radio 91.5 FM or www.kusc.org for January 20, 2014, Martin Luther King , Jr. DayDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Biography.com)John Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites:The playlist by host for KUSC Classical Radio 91.5FM or www.kusc.org included the following for January 20th, Martin Luther King , Jr. Day.Blake Lawrence: –Dennis Bartel: George Walker: Lyric for Strings, Chicago Sinfonietta                           Soprano Jessye Norman, Amazing Grace, Royal Philharmonic                           William Grant Still, Folk Suite #4, Sierra Winds                           Pianist Awadagin Pratt, Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Sonata #9 in E Op…

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