Dean: The Lost Art of Letter Writing; Testament; Vexations and Devotions – review + MORE Nov 7th

 

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In an Extended Residency, Muti Resurrects Rare Prokofiev and Gives a World Premiere by the Other Adams + MORE

Rossini, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Prokofiev, S. Adams, Schumann: Soloists, Chicago Symphony Chorus/Duain Wolfe (director), Chicago Children’s Choir, Josephine Lee (artistic director), Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Riccardo Muti (conductor). Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center and Holy Name Cath.... More »
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Classical Music News - Neville Marriner (1924-2016) + MORE

English violinist and conductor Neville Marriner died in October 2016.... More »
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A Verdi Macbeth remix in the Congo + MORE

Opera Philadelphia and FringeArts import a South African take on the classic.... More »
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Murder most melodic: Marc Almond's new album takes on London's grisly history + MORE

SOFT CELL singer Marc Almond has teamed up with saxophonist and Silent Witness theme composer John Harle to make The Tyburn Tree, an album chronicling the darker side of the capital's past.... More »
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Opera & Classical Music Listings for May 9-15 + MORE

A critical guide to exhibitions and installations in the New York area..... More »
The Week in Reviews, Op. 7: Itzhak Perlman, Anne Akiko Meyers, Lara St. John, and more in concertBy Robert Niles: Each week, Violinist.com brings you links to reviews of professional violin performances from around the world.

Itzhak Perlman performed Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” and conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Berlioz “Symphony Fantastique”Violinist.com: “(Perlman’s) humor as a performer, his ease of manner, and the vibrancy in his sound all make his presence so immediate…”Los Angeles Times: “In the two ‘Seasons,’ Perlman the violinist had a somewhat rocky beginning but soon regained his form – mostly straight-forward, subdued playing with the occasional burst of opulent tone and emotional generosity…

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Soprano Jacquelyn Wagner returns to Minnesota Opera this week for her debut as Arabella, the beautiful woman torn between her desire to marry for love and her family's need for her to marry for money. She and Minnesota Opera President Kevin Ramach came to Classical MPR to talk about the production and to sing an aria from it.

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Mohammed Fairouz: A Return to Language

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My friend and collaborator Seamus Heaney was buried two months ago. It seemed particularly cruel to me that we would lose a poetic giant in a time when the need for a return to language seems to be vital to the future of humanity.
Read more: Classical Music, Language, Seamus Heaney, Joseph Brodsky, W…

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Semi: Colon

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Semi: ColonThe abrupt withdrawal of Katharina Wagner from an abridged seven-hour Ring cycle she was to direct at the Teatro Colón last year prompted no shortage of scorn and Schadenfreude. It also triggered a salvage operation by director Valentina Carrasco and a creative team that synced half-cooked designs with a patchwork musical score over six weeks to get the show off on time…

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Copland in Bayreuth

– www.therestisnoise.com

A fascinating tidbit in Eva Rieger's biography of Friedelind Wagner (just out from Boydell & Brewer, in a translation by Chris Walton): when Michael Tilson Thomas worked as a musical assistant in Bayreuth in 1966 and 1967, Friedelind, the Meister's renegade grand-daughter, took an interest in him, and invited him to give a piano recital at Wahnfried…

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TT: Snapshot

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A production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera The Medium, originally telecast on Studio One in 1948 and featuring Marie Powers…

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New Classical Tracks: Opera, in brief

– minnesota.publicradio.org

A new violin-piano disc serves up operatic highlights, including famous melodies by Donizetti, Tchaikovsky and Gershwin.

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Ensemble. A Grand Sea Symphony?

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Giuseppe Pennisi was at a concert performance in Rome of Britten’s ‘Peter Grimes’

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Dean: The Lost Art of Letter Writing; Testament; Vexations and Devotions – reviewZimmermann/Sydney SO/Nott/Gondwana Voices/BBCSO/Brabbins/Robertson(BIS)The Lost Art of Letter Writing is Brett Dean’s 2007 violin concerto that won the Grawemeyer award for composition two years later. Frank Peter Zimmerman, the violinist who gave the world premiere, plays it quite wonderfully on this first recording…

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What's the Right Age?

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Kalimac is pointing to this blog posting of mine, about the latest kid singing Puccini on YouTube, and says it is like a dog walking on its hind legs; “one is amazed it is done at all.” The Dutch child is at least the third in the last few years to try this one; to see the previous kids, search for “Charlotte Church” and “Jackie Evancho…

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Gergiev's credibility has been shot to piecesCan – and should – we distinguish between Gergiev’s political and artistic beliefs? I don’t think we can anymore, writes Philip ClarkLast Thursday the human rights activist Peter Tatchell gatecrashed the opening night of the London Symphony Orchestra’s Berlioz season at the Barbican to protest against Valery Gergiev, calmly walking onstage before a note had been played to make a speech denouncing the LSO’s principle conductor’s support for Russian President Vladimir Putin…

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Less is more

– blog.lso.co.uk

Less is moreOn Sunday, 27 October, the LSO String Ensemble performed Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for String Orchestra, Bartók’s Divertimento for String Orchestra and Dvořák’s Serenade for String Orchestra in the Barbican Hall. The LSO’s string sound is world renowned, and on this stormy October evening they did not disappoint…

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ArtsBeat: Philip Smith, Philharmonic’s Principal Trumpet, to RetireMr. Smith will retire from the New York Philharmonic at the end of this season after 36 years with the orchestra.    

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