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Webcast: Semiramide + MORE

Watch and discuss, cher public, as the Bayerische Staatsoper streams a new production of Rossini’s Semiramide boasting a starry cast including Joyce DiDonato, Alex Esposito, Daniela Barcellona and Lawrence Brownlee. Semiramide,  which begins at 11:00 AM ET, is directed by David Alden and the.... More »

Towards creating new opera - the Helios Collective's Formations masterclasses + MORE

On Friday 6 November 2015 I went along to Formations, the first of a series of masterclasses being organised by the Helios Collective in which three short new operas are given supportive coaching by luminaries such as Stephen Unwin, David Parry, Kasper Holten, and Stephen Barlow. These culminate in .... More »
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Norma; Ariodante review – a fine druid double act and Handel with added bits + MORE

Coliseum, London; Theatre Royal, GlasgowTwo outstanding singers anchor ENO’s first ever staging of Bellini’s Norma. And Ariodante is on song at Scottish OperaWagner was a fan. So too were Chopin and Liszt. Schopenhauer called the opera the perfect tragedy. It is also one of the biggest challenge.... More »

Sarah Cahill Performs Lou Harrison in Los Angeles + MORE

On April 4, 2017 Tuesdays@Monk space presented Sarah Cahill in a MicroFest concert titled Happy Birthday Lou Harrison!, marking the centennial year of the influential composer. Aron Kallay, Yuri Inoo and Shalini Vijayan were also on hand as was Bill Alves, who introduced his new book “Harrison .... More »

Technocratic Pelléas Shuns the Magic + MORE

Debussy, Pelléas et Mélisande: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Swedish Opera, Franck Ollu (conductor). Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm. 10.4.2016 (GF) Production: Director: Keith Warner Sets and costumes: Ashley Martin-Davis Lighting design: Mark Jonathan Cast: Mélisande – Kers.... More »
York Bowen: Donald Brook’s Pen-Portrait from 'Composer's Gallery'Donald Brook wrote a series of books presenting short studies or pen-portraits of a wide variety of musicians and authors. Clearly he had met these people and had a chance to speak to them about their achievements and interests. Sir Granville Bantock endorsed Composer’ Gallery by insisting that it ‘will be welcomed by music lovers and the larger public throughout the civilised world…

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TMMagazine.org: Roy Eaton 'From Madison Avenue to Meditative Chopin'Enlightenment: The Transcendental Meditation MagazineIssue 19 From Madison Avenue to Meditative ChopinBy Rolf EricksonRoy Eaton was born in 1930, the son of Jamaican parents, and grew up in Harlem, New York. This was before Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, a time when most African Americans were denied a higher education and barred from many professions…

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Two Disparate Sonatas, Paired by a Master Pianist

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 Carter, Schubert: Nina Tichman (piano), International Keyboard Institute & Festival, Mannes College Concert Hall, New York City. 15.7.2014 (BH) Elliott Carter: Piano Sonata (1945) Schubert: Sonata in D Major, Op. 53 D. 850 (1825) In her program notes for this incisive recital, part of the International Keyboard Institute & Festival, Nina Tichman recalls her mother, […]

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Armless horn player joins music charity

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Armless horn player joins music charityThe German horn player Felix Klieser has joined the one-handed musical instrument trust (OHMI) as an ambassador, together with the one-armed English pianist Nicholas McCarthy.

Felix, 22, was born without arms and took up the horn at five years old. He has played with Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, and with Sting…

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Did Hitler ever say "whoever wants to understand National Socialist Germany must know Wagner"?Is there evidence that Hitler ever said: “whoever wants to understand National Socialist Germany must know Wagner”? The simple answer to this question is: no, there is currently no evidence that Hitler ever said this. The quotation is likely to be apocryphal. I will go into the authenticity of this quotation in some detail, as we attempt to track down the elusive primary source for this oft-repeated quote…

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The Yonghy Bongy Bo

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The Yonghy Bongy BoGiles SwaynePhoto credit Alice Williamson Swayne, McCabe, Handel; Mousai Singers, Simon Hogan, Daniel Cook, Sky Ingram, Rebecca Afonwy-Evans, Ashley Catling, Giles Underwood; JAM at the City of London Festival, St Bride’s Church Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jul 16 2014 Star rating: 4.0English premiere of Giles Swayne’s Lear setting from this dynamic young choirThe final concert in JAM’s season at the City of London Festival included a new commission and a revisiting of an older one…

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LSO/Chung review  St Paul's: 1, Beethoven: 0St Paul’s Cathedral, LondonThe 13-second reverberation of the venue muddied the sound and buried all detail, minimising Beethoven’s 9thAny review of a concert in St Paul’s Cathedral is a tale of a battle between a performance and the acoustic. One wishes it was otherwise, but discussion is inevitably dominated by the cathedral’s 13-second reverberation, the musicians’ ability to counter it and the suitability of particular works for the space…

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Ensemble. Steely Force

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A devastatingly fresh take on ‘Orfeo ed Eurydice’, admired by Mike Wheeler

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Stars in the Making 1: Luis Gomes (tenor) interviewed by Margarida Mota Bull   The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme of the Royal Opera House is designed to support the artistic development of young professional singers, conductors, directors and répétiteurs, as per information kindly provided by the Administrator…

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Briefly Noted: Gunnar Idenstam

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Ravel / Debussy (arrangements for organ), G. Idenstam
(released on July 8, 2014)
BIS-2049 | 73’46"Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel wrote no music for the organ. That bothered Swedish organist Gunnar Idenstam, who decided to make his own arrangements of some of his favorite pieces. With inventive registrations on the 1912/2002 Stahlhuth/Jann organ of St…

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Dvorak – In Love?

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Dvorak - In Love?Tony Palmer’s film Dvorak – In Love? has just made its debut on DVD (on Firefly Entertainment). Now, if you didn’t realise that Palmer had made a new film, you would be right! Dvorak – In Love? has a rather curious story. It was originally produced in 1988 in collaboration with Czechoslovak Television…

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“Ya proklinayu tebya, moy rokovaya krasota!”One of the late Mike Richter‘s most endearing traits was his fascination with rare or downright offbeat recordings, such as this complete 1963 performance of Verdi’s Don Carlos in Russian by artists of the Bolshoi.
Mike wrote on his “WWW Site on a Disc Volume 3″:
Russian recording did not get around to Don Carlos until 1963 when A…

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Fazil Say: They killed my festival

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Fazil Say: They killed my festivalWe reported a couple of days back that the Turkish pianist and composer had been evicted from the festival he founded by an Islamist mayor.
Today, he confirms the situation:
Important Announcement
As you know, I had founded the Antalya Piano Festival 14 years ago…
I am so sad to announce that I was forced to resign from my position as Artistic Director of Antalya Piano Festival due to current political situation……

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