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These ocean crossings gave birth to a new society + MORE

Jardins Migrateurs is a new CD from Montreal-based Ensemble Constantinople (Iranian setar and tombak, and viola da gamba) and Sengalese kora master Ablaye Cissoko - sample the album here. The title refers to the travelling gardens - jardins migrateurs - that invoked paradise in Persian culture. Thes.... More »
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Fast and furious + MORE

The English Concert arrives at Carnegie Hall on 13 March with Orlando, and as a preview “Trove Thursday” presents the last time that auditorium hosted this astonishing masterpiece by Handel: a 1984 performance with Marilyn Horne, Valerie Masterson, Marvis Martin, Jeffery Gall and Robert Lloyd, c.... More »
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John Malveaux: Violinist Gregory Walker & Oberlin Orchestra Perform George Walker's 'Poeme for Violin and Orchestra' 8 PM ET Sat. Nov. 1, 2014 Streamed Live + MORE

George Walker (b. 1922) has a website at http://georgetwalker.com/ and is featured at AfriClassical.comGregory Walkergregorywalkerviolin.comJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Gregory Walker is playing his father's Poeme for Violin and Orchestra with .... More »
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Gothenburg Opera’s seamlessly executed Elektra + MORE

The Swedish company’s production features first-rate performances.... 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 »

Rhythmic Vitality in Kopatchinskaja’s Bartók Performance

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 Edinburgh International Festival 2014 (15) – Linberg, Bartók, Beethoven:  Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin), London Philharmonic Orchestra /Vladimir Jurowski (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 18.8.2014 (SRT) Lindberg:  Chorale Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2 Beethoven:   Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”   The last time the London Philharmonic and Vladimir Jurowski were due to play at the Edinburgh Festival, the concert […]

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New Classical Tracks: Ljova, 'Melting River'

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Violist and composer Lev Zhurbin, aka Ljova, has released a new album — and it's only available on vinyl or via digital download. Why not on CD? Ljova explains as he shares the story of his new album.

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CD Spotlight. Dust and Ashes

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Handel’s ‘The Triumph of Time and Truth’, impresses Robert Anderson. ‘… admirable performance …’

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Dominique-René de Lerma: Redefining Opera

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Dominique-René de Lerma: Redefining OperaJules BledsoeBlackHistoryNow.comDominique-René de Lerma:REDEFINING OPERAIt is doubtful that anyone in 1927 suspected it might ever happen.  That was at New York’s Ziegfeld Theater when, two days after Christmas, Jerome Kern’s Showboat opened.  Before it closed in May of 1929, it had been given 572 performances…

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Benedict Mason at the Proms

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Not only is it hard to describe Benedict Mason’s Meld, which was given it’s first performance on the late night Prom given by the Aurora Orchestra and the choral group Chantage, conducted by Nicholas Collon, on August 16, it’s hard even beginning to think about how to describe it. All of the advance notices of the concert were particularly, and unusually, vague about the details of the work, and even the program claimed to be not at liberty to divulge much information about it…

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What do classical musicians do to relax?

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Many people turn to classical music for relaxation, but actually playing the music takes a lot of effort and concentration. What do classical musicians do to unwind after snapping their instrument cases closed?

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The Rite as you've never heard it before Stravinsky Rite of Spring and Firebird; Les Siecles, Francois-Xavier Roth; Musicales Actes Sud Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Aug 12 2014 Star rating: 4.0Period instrument re-creation of the original versions of two iconic ballet scoresI heard Francois-Xavier Roth and Les Siecles perform Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring at the 2013 BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall (see my review), and the performance was something of a revelation…

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Grosses FestspielhausSchubert – Symphony no.4 in C minor, D.417, ‘Tragic’Bruckner – Symphony no.6 in A majorVienna Philharmonic OrchestraRiccardo Muti (conductor) A disturbing feature of recent years has been the distinctly mixed quality of performances heard from the Vienna Philharmonic; I am therefore delighted to report that, this year at Salzburg, such lapses would appear to have been put behind the orchestra, in repertoire ranging from Mozart to Strauss…

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This fall’s classical music highlights begin with Michael Tilson Thomas’s 20th season with the San Francisco Symphony, jump to the San Francisco Opera’s ‘Norma’ and continue with hot programs all around the bay.

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John Malveaux: Lawrence Brownlee Sings 'Count Almaviva' in Rossini's 'Il Barbiere di Siviglia' at Metropolitan Opera Noon EST December 6, 2014Lawrence Brownlee(Los Angeles Opera)John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Lawrence Brownlee will sing Count Almaviva in Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Metroplitan Opera. Performance schedule include 12 noon EST broadcast of December 6, 2014 performance…

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Practical magic

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Practical magicNotable purveyor of mayhem and infanticide Medea has lately been missing from the local operatic scene, but Sunday afternoon sections of the recently renovated Alice Tully Hall were singed by Canadian soprano Dominique Labelle’s blazing incarnation of the Greek sorceress during a concert performance of Handel’s neglected early opera Teseo by the Philharmonia Baroque given during its second visit this summer to the Mostly Mozart Festival…

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Xenia Pestova is a pianist who actively promotes and performs new works of music. Additionally, she is the Head of Performance at the Bangor University School of Music in North Wales [and a contributor to I CARE IF YOU LISTEN, Ed.] Her Innova release,  Shadow Piano: Music For Piano/Toy Piano & Electronics, features pieces by […

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More Glimerglass 2014: An American Tragedy
To recap: An American Tragedy premiered back at the Met back in 2005 as the opera world was still reeling from Carl Sagan’s Romeo and Juliet. A Volpe-era commission from composer Tobias Picker and librettist Gene Scheer, the Met gave it an impressive launch, with a big Broadway style production (directed by Zambello), and an aughties all-star cast of American singers: Nathan Gunn (in the bathing suit that launched a thousand Arts & Leisure puff pieces), Pat Racette, Susan Graham, and Dolora Zajick…

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