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V.com weekend vote: What is the most annoying extra noise at a concert? + MORE

By Laurie Niles: Cough drops, lollipops -- why is the crackly sound of a candy wrapper so annoying in a symphony hall? Let's face it, classical music thrives on fine details, and the ideal backdrop for listening to it is silence. Those details come across best in a special space with fine-tuned a.... More »
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The Depths and Daring of Alexander Ullman + MORE

 Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Beethoven.  Alexander Ullman (piano)  Recital of the Keyboard Charitable Trust at the Teatro Ghione, Rome.  18.01.2015(JB) Alexander Ullman, born twenty-three years ago in  London, has been doing some serious thinking about thought: musical thought, in this instan.... More »
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Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2014 + MORE

This year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf) runs from Friday 21 to Sunday 30 November 2014 in a action packed week-and-a-bit of events. The composer in residence this year is James Dillon and there are four concerts devoted entirely to his works, from the London Sinfonietta, BBC Sing.... More »
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Daily Download: Franz Schubert - Overture in D, D. 12 + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Franz Schubert - Overture in D, D. 12, performed by Prague Sinfonia..... More »
Acoustic Revive’s RAF-48H Air-Floating BoardMike Silverton[November 2013.]A geezer’s disinclination to heft major appliances directs my comments at audio’s lightweight peripherals. I’ve covered many and heard all doing something. Yet, like certain medications, effects sometime fade to where one wonders where they went. Among those items with staying power is Acoustic Revive’s RR-777, a Schumann-Resonance generator and successor to the likewise compelling RR-77…

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December at the Barbican

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December at the BarbicanChristmas is coming to the Barbican with the choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Britten Sinfonia, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Academy of Ancient Music. This year’s centenarian, Benjamin Britten, gets further performances including Simon Keenlyside in one of his song cycles. The year’s other two major centenarians get a mention in the Barbican cinema, and the London Symphony Orchestra celebrates Patrick Doyle’s film music and the great Russian Composers…

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Why there's nothing wrong with being bored by operaDo you find opera tedious? Do bits of Shakespeare send you to sleep? Well, you’re not alone. David Hare, Julian Barnes and John Eliot Gardiner talk to John Crace about the importance of being boredThere’s no hiding it. I find some passages of Wagner insufferably tedious. Take Parsifal, just opened at the Royal Opera House…

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In Brief: Thanksgiving Edition

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Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio, online video, and other good things in Blogville and Beyond. (After clicking to an audio or video stream, press the "Play" button to start the broadcast.) Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.

Watch Christophe Rousset conduct Salieri’s opera Les Danaïdes, with Les Talens Lyriques and starring Judith

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Parsifal at ROH (New Langridge Production)

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Parsifal at ROH (New Langridge Production)30/11/13photo copyright ROH/TelegraphParsifal is a tricky work. No one I know claims to fully understand it, and of Wagner’s mature opus it’s the one that gives me most trouble. The work is obviously exceptionally far-reaching intellectually, musically, emotionally, spiritually, but at times it also veers extremely close to utter absurdity…

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CD Spotlight. Infinite Hues

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Zina Schiff plays Sibelius, Barber and Ben-Haim, heard by Andrew Schartmann. ‘… Barber’s Violin Concerto … is easily the highlight of the disc.’

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L'étoile, New Sussex Opera, review

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A pro-am production unearths a rare gem, says Rupert Christiansen    

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Falla: Atlántida, Liceu’s Orchestra and Chorus, Josep Pons (conductor), Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, 28.11.2013 (JMI)   Concert Version   Cast: Narrator: Ángel Ódena Queen Isabel: Ofelia Sala Pirene: Gemma Coma-Alabert A Court’s Dame: Ana Tobella Gerion Tricephalous: David Alegret, Francisco Vas, Alex Sanmartí Pleiads: María Miró, Elena Copons, Mireia Pintó, Ana Alás i Jové, […]

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Advent mit Strauss

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Advent mit StraussIt is, once again, time for the Entartete Musik Advent Calendar. This year, following the series on the poetry of Winterreise, the music of The Nutcracker and the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, I am looking forward not only to Christmas, as any Advent calendar should, but also to 2014, marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss…

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Day 1 — Frühling (from the Four Last Songs)

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Day 1 — Frühling (from the Four Last Songs)Our Advent journey begins, perhaps fittingly, at the end. Indeed each Sunday will feature one of Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs. In 1943, in the midst of the Second World War, Strauss orchestrated his ‘Ich liebe dich’, an 1898 setting of a poem by Detlev von Liliencron. The previous year he had penned two settings of poems by the Austrian Josef Weinheber, but these were rarities in a life now dominated by opera…

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Playlist.

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Giuseppe Verdi – Falstaff – Regina Resnik, Cloe Elmo, Licia Albanese, Martha Lipton, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Leonard Warren, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus/Fritz Reiner (Sony Classical)
Clime – Paleochannels (S.I.N.K. CDs)
Nectar of the Moon – Synthetic Perceptions/Neural Oscillations (S.I.N.K…

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Jacques Imbrailo Wigmore Hall

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Jacques Imbrailo Wigmore HallI’ll be at The Royal Opera House Wagner Parsifal  Monday. Watch this space! Mark Berry will be reviewing it  for Opera Today. But first: Jacques Imbrailo at the Wigmore Hall, with pianist Alisdair Hogarth.The programme didn’t look promising in theory but Imbrailo is the kind of artist who can make anything interesting and individual…

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Verdi’s Ballo in Maschera is something of a tough cookie. Verdi seemed keen on trying superposition of “affetti”, not only by mixing comedy and tragedy, but by exploring situations in which characters in highly contrasting state of mind sing together. From the overture on, the shifts of mood can be sudden and difficult to manage – and the vocal parts are extremely challenging, especially the prima donna role…

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