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Sacrifice of an Opera Singer + MORE

One of the finest Cantonese movies ever made, and one which deserves to be in the canon of world cinema, Parents Heart (父母心) starring Ma Tse Tsang  (,馬師曾) (1900-1962),  the paramount actor and opera singer of his era. As a young man, Ma was a megastar, galvanizing Cantonese ope.... More »
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Karen Cargill Extraordinary + MORE

Alma and Gustav Mahler, Lieder, K. Cargill, S. Lepper (Linn, 2014) Charles T. Downey, A noteworthy D.C. debut by Karen Cargill Washington Post, April 9 If you’ve never heard the name Karen Cargill, let this review be your notification. The Scottish mezzo-soprano had a grand and long-overdue Washi.... More »
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About The Lesser Spotted Composer + MORE

It is a great delight that so many concert halls around the world are filled with the music of the very greatest composers to have lived. But it can be easy to forget that those names, so familiar to today’s concert-goers, make up just a tiny proportion of the overall compositional output. The pre.... More »
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Pittsburgh visit + MORE

I spoke at Carnegie Mellon last night, in the Humanities Center's "Music: Mind, Machine, and Milieu" lecture series. Many thanks to David Shumway, Richard Randall, and others for hosting me. This was my first visit to Pittsburgh since 2000, when I saw Mariss Jansons lead the Pittsbur.... More »
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Just in: Divisive maestro withdraws + MORE

The Brazilian media are reporting that Roberto Minczuk’s contract as principal conduct0r of the Brazil Symphony Orchestra (OSB) has ended. He will be known as conductor emeritus and a successor will be announced next year. Minczuk aroused international attention four years ago when he dismisse.... More »
Every Monday, I join John Birge on Classical MPR to talk about some of the stories we’re featuring on our website. Here are the stories we’ll be discussing today.

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Peter Grimes review  flashback device is a mixed blessingThere is strong singing in this powerful production, but does Sams’ added back story stray too far from Britten’s enigmatic original?In his many successful translations of opera librettos for English National Opera, most recently in Cosi Fan Tutte, Jeremy Sams has never been afraid to embellish the original texts…

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John Malveaux: Fifty-first Anniversary of William Grant Still Opera 'Highway 1, USA' May 31; Encore Performance in AITR 196, 5 PM Wed. June 4, 2014[William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List by Prof.Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com]John Malveaux of www…

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Exclusive: Six bows seized by US Customs as festival orchestra hits New YorkWe hear that six Hungarian string players were forced to surrender their bows on suspicion of ivory importation when the Budapest Festival Orchestra arrived in New York at the weekend.
The orch gave a stunning Dvorak concert Sunday night at Lincoln Center, so we assume the bows have been returned to their rightful owners, but the chaos created by Washington’s elephant protection ordinances has not abated yet at major airports, despite a slight easing of the rules…

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Milton Court Concert HallVaughan Williams – Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas TallisHolst – Eight Canons: ‘If you love songs,’ ‘Lovely Venus,’ ‘David’s Lament for Jonathan,’ ‘The Fields of Sorrow’Birtwistle – The Fields of SorrowBirtwistle – Melancolia IVaughan Williams – Flos CampiJoy Farrall (clarinet)Helen Tunstall (harp)Clare Finnimore (viola)Britten Sinfonia Voices (director: Eamonn Doughan)Students from the Royal Academy of MusicBritten SinfoniaBaldur Brönnimann (conductor) This final concert in the Barbican Centre’s ‘Birtwistle at 80’ series – I managed to attend all but one – presented some of the composer’s music in a more general English context…

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Vivian Ellis: Muse in Mayfair

– landofllostcontent.blogspot.com

Vivian Ellis: Muse in MayfairMayfair is a part of London that I feel very at home in. I guess it is the expensive hotels and opulent houses. Beginning at Handel’s former residence in Brook Street, the explorer can discover the Church of St George in Hanover Square, hear the nightingale in Berkeley Square, have quick snifter in The Punch Bowl public house before shopping in the Burlington Arcade and indulging in afternoon tea at Claridges or The Dorchester…

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Symphony guide: Bruckner's 6th

– www.guardian.co.uk

Symphony guide: Bruckner's 6thBruckner’s “saucy” sixth is the symphony that disproves those lazy received opinions about his musicHe wrote the same symphony nine times. "His one-dimensional orchestration is all thanks to his training as an organist. They’re "cathedrals of sound. "They sound like Schenkerian middlegrounds and other such clichés…

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A New American Ring Begins

– www.the-wagnerian.com

A New American Ring BeginsA bold new project is about to start in Hartford, CT this summer as Hartford Wagner Festival launches the first part of what it says will eventually be  annual Ring cycles. Beginning, logically enough, with Rheingold. While  fully staged the production will attempt to reduce the usual high costs involved in producing a Ring cycle with the use of a “digital orchestra” In order to understand what this means  we spoke to the festival’s President/Artistic Director Charles M…

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The official classical chart

– www.classical-music.com

Week ending 31 May 2014
 



1

Elgar: Symphony No. 2
Staatskapelle Berlin/Daniel Barenboim
Decca 478 6677
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2

Jenkins: Motets
Polyphony/Stephen Layton
Deutsche Grammophon 479 3232
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3

Miloš: Aranjuez
Miloš Karadaglic
Mercury Classics 4810811
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4

Walton: Violin Concerto
Tasmin Little (violin), BBC Symphony Orchestra/Edward Gardner
Chandos CHSA 5136
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5

The Romantic Hero
Vittorio Grigolo
Sony Classical 88883756582
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6

The Tudors at Prayer
Magnificat/Philip Cave
Linn CKD 447
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7

Vigilate!
Monteverdi Choir/Sir John Eliot Gardiner
SDG 720
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8

A Tale of Two Cellos
Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (cellos)
Naxos 8…

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Noel Pointer Foundation: 10-Year-Old Pianist Zachary Sanchez Shares Stage with Borough President Eric Adams 6:30 PM Wednesday at B.A.M., New York CityNoel Pointer FoundationCheck Out Our Special GuestsWhat do a 10 year old pianist and a Borough President have in common? They’re both speaking at NPF’s cocktail & concert event THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT! Take a look!June 4, 2014   /   6:30pm – 9:00pmBAM Fisher321 Ashland Place Brooklyn, NY 11217


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Poulenc Dialogues des Carmélites

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Poulenc Dialogues des CarmélitesFrancis Poulenc Dialogues des Carmélites at the Royal Opera House. Review HERE, but first a consideration of interpretation. Interpretation is  paramount to assessing any production. Criticism often latches onto things like sets and costumes because these are easy to isolate. But they’re absolutely secondary to interpretation…

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Anachronisms Happen

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

Via Susan Scheid, I learned that the Ghost Ensemble’s performance of my piece Sang Plato’s Ghost and other works actually got a review, by George Grella. I didn’t think that kind of thing happened anymore.

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Power couples in classical music

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Power couples in classical musicIn an art where sex-equality is a fairly recent innovation, there have always been couples who ran parallel careers. Not many of them lasted the distance as travel and stress took their toll, but there is currently a growing pack of musical pairs with a lengthening track record.
Here’s the Slippedisc power couples list for 2014…

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