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NEW! Garsington Opera Teams Up with Royal Shakespeare Theatre for its 2015 Season + MORE

Garsington Opera Teams Up with Royal Shakespeare Theatre for its 2015 Season   Garsington Opera presents its 26th season with three new productions – Richard Strauss’s Intermezzo, Benjamin Britten’s Death in Venice and Mozart’s Così fan tutte.  The season at Wormsley, sponsored by JLT.... More »
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5 Questions to H. Paul Moon (Documentary Filmmaker) + MORE

You’ve just released Quartet for the End of Time, a 30-minute documentary on the eponymous, iconic Messiaen piece. A lot.. Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!.... More »
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Free Download: Boris Giltburg plays the Presto from Rachmaninov's 'Six moments musicaux' + MORE

This week's free download is the Presto from Rachmaninov's Six moments musicaux, performed by pianist Boris Gil.... More »
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Tenor George I. Shirley: The New Met Opera CDs of Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" and Mozart's "The Magic Flute" are included in a box set of operas, at over $100 + MORE

George ShirleyMadama ButterflyMet OperaDie Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)Met Opera On December 8, 2016 AfriClassical posted:Metropolitan Opera issues Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" and Mozart's "The Magic Flute," featuring Tenor George I. Shirley, on CDGeorge Shirley writes:Oooops! I just found out .... More »
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The other...um...other Wagner bio film: Magic Fire + MORE

There have been a few, often greatly fictionalised, films claiming to present Wagner's life. One oft less mentioned is Republic Pictures not un-entertaining 1955 "Magic Fire" Sadly, a box office failure, from a studio that closed down only a few years later, it has proven nearly impossible to see -.... More »
Pictures just in show the Berlin Phil cutting rehearsal to join the national protest day over the abolition of ensembles across the country. The orchestra chairman is seen reading out a solidarity statement (below):

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Venice - the city that created operaIn the early 18th century, Venice, a city of some 160,000 inhabitants, boasted seven full-time opera houses. John Julius Norwich looks at the Italian city’s great cultural historyIt is often argued that it is only when a nation is politically in decline that its culture reaches its highest point. Nowhere is this more true than it is of Venice…

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Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Monday that neither the city nor his private foundation would step in to save New York City Opera, which has said it will file for bankruptcy protection without support.    

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Mahler: Symphony No.2 in C Minor
Camilla Tilling (soprano)
Sarah Connolly (mezo-soprano)
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Christoph von Dohnányi (conductor)
28 September 2013
Symphony Hall, Boston
One of the first reviews I wrote on this blog, almost three years ago to the day, was a Mahler 2 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra…

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Jurowski Britten Peter Grimes Skelton RFH

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Jurowski Britten Peter Grimes Skelton RFHVladimir Jurowski conducted a fascinating Britten Peter Grimes with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall. Fascinating, because Jurowski  finds things in Britten other conductors don’t get in the first place. Jurowski approaches Britten as a composer,  without the usual baggage of Britishness and Brittenish…

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Wilhelm Schwinghammer (Marke) and cast in Tristan und Isolde, Washington National Opera, 2013 (photo by Scott Suchman)
For some time, I have been trying to write a series of reviews that cover all of the performances of an opera production. It is a completely different way to assess a production, as opposed to basing one’s opinion only on opening night…

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Berlioz in Basingstoke

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Philharmonia/Salonen28 September, 2013 – The Anvil, BasingstokeThe bustle of imperial Vienna, circa 1814, might seem a long way from modern-day Basingstoke, but it was a forceful slice of that city’s musical heritage that opened the Anvil’s 2013-14 International Concert Series. The Philharmonia Orchestra and their distinguished music director, Finish conductor and composer Esa Pekka Salonen, sailed through Beethoven’s beefy Namensfeier overture, a piece originally intended to sell the composer’s wares to the great and good of Europe…

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La Traviata at the Staatsoper Hamburg

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La Traviata at the Staatsoper Hamburg

Johannes Erath’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata opened at the Staatsoper Hamburg in February this year, with Ailyn Perez in the title role. Perez returned with Stephen Costello as Alfredo for three performances in September 2013 and I caught the third on 27 September 2013, with Alexandru Agache as Giorgio Germont and Rebecca Jo Loeb as Flora…

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By Jacqueline Vanasse: “Did you see the movie Finding Nemo?” Ms. Schwarzberg asks the Texan violinist who stopped playing after only one chaotic line of Saint-Saëns’ Havanaise. The face of the young girl suddenly relaxes, she smiles: “yes”. “Do you remember what Doris says? Keep swimming keep swimming keep swimming”, continue Ms…

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Curtains

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Nothing but bad news today:New York City won’t help NYCO stay afloat; neither will private philanthropist Michael Bloomberg (or, apparently, anyone else with $7 million to spare).Elsewhere, it’s reported that the company raised about $2 million of that $7 millionThe Minnesota Orchestra Association’s most recent offer, publicized despite an agreed-upon media blackout, was still horrifyingly short of what the musicians made before the lockout and was duly rejected by the musicians…

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New audio: Deryck Cooke’s historic analysis of Mahler’s 10th symphonyThis is the original BBC broadcast (19 December 1960) of Deryck Cooke presenting his first attempt at a ‘performing version’ of the draft of Mahler’s unfinished Tenth Symphony. Essential listening, including excerpts conducted by Berthold Goldschmidt, here:

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Unable to reach an agreement in a yearlong labor dispute with its musicians, the orchestra announced on Monday that it was withdrawing from two concerts scheduled for November.    

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Ensemble. Eagerly Awaited

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Opening night at Severance Hall, by Suzanne Torrey

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