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Ensemble. Meeting between Civilizations? + MORE

Wolfgang Rihm's 'Die Eroberung von Mexico', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi.... More »

A debut in the land of enchantment: I chat to Rhian Lois about performing Zerlina in Santa Fe + MORE

Rhian Lois and ensemble - Don Giovanni - Santa Fe OperaWhilst I was in Santa Fe, the Welsh soprano Rhian Lois was also there making her American debut at Santa Fe Opera as Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni. I recently caught up with her to talk about how she had enjoyed singing at Santa Fe, to find o.... More »

Gergiev’s sister will judge Tchaikovsky Competition + MORE

The names of next summer’s judges have been released to Russian media (but not posted on the competition’s website). The competition’s chairman is Valery Gergiev, its artistic director Peter Grote. The judges include: Piano: Denis Matsuev (Gergiev and Putin pal), Vladimir Ashkenazy.... More »

The other Prokofiev + MORE

I had a lovely interview a few weeks ago with Gabriel Prokofiev: composer, grandson of Sergei, founder of Nonclassical and composer of a Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra which is now on the new secondary school Ten Pieces list compiled as a music resource for schools by the BBC. It was in the I.... More »

Nikolaj Znaider and the LSO Pair Mozart and Tchaikovsky to Good Effect + MORE

Mozart and Tchaikovsky: Nikolaj Znaider (violin/conductor), London Symphony Orchestra. Barbican Hall, London, 18.12.2016. (MB) Mozart – Violin Concerto No.1 in B-flat major, KV 207; Violin Concerto No.4 in D major, KV 218 Tchaikovsky – Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36 Nikolaj Znaider and the LSO .... More »

Sibelius Pyrotechnics, Followed by Actual Fireworks

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 Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Dvořák: Augustin Hadelich (violin), Cleveland Orchestra, Hans Graf (conductor) Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, 05.07.2014 (MSJ) Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World” The Cleveland Orchestra kicked off their summer season at Blossom Music Center with fireworks…eventually…

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Moscow State Music Theatre’s production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s piece is a colourful and innocent slice of family entertainment

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31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Day 10, we listen to the quintessential Shostakovich.

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Steven Devine plays Bach

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Steven Devine plays Bach Bach Italian Concerto, French Overture; Steven Devine; Chandos Chaconne Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jul 04 2014 Star rating: 3.0Fine performances of Bach’s keyboard works but the harpsichord sound may not please everyoneThis new disc from harpsichordist Steven Devine on Chandos’s Chaconne label showcases some of Johann Sebastian Bach’s large scale keyboard works with an emphasis on those in the Italian or French style including the Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue BWV903, Aria variata ‘all maniera italiana’ BWV989, Fantasia BWV906, Concerto nach italianischen Gusto BWV971 (Italian Concerto) and Ouverture nach franzosicher Art BWV831 (French ouverture)…

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Bristol Proms

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Bristol PromsThe Bristol Proms are in their second year, running from 28 July to 2 August 2014 at the Bristol Old Vic which, with its 18th century theatre, makes for a rather different experience to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. There’s quite a varied programme with Bach in the dark, Bryn Terfel, Daniel Hope, Lisa Batiashvili, the English Concert as well as Will Gregory (from GoldFrapp) and his Moog Ensemble…

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Why is the Arts Council punishing ENO for innovation and imagination?With a 29% funding cut and a new commitment to produce musical theatre – never ENO’s strength – the future looks bleak for the Coliseum, writes Michael BillingtonWhere’s the shock and outrage? The news that English National Opera is to face a massive 29% cut, or £5m a year, in its Arts Council funding has been greeted with astonishing equanimity…

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Mr. Ficklin humbly acknowledges that his analysis is “unscientific,” so allow me to correct his impression that music publishers have been fickle in their support [of composers and contemporary opera]. Their presence has been continuing and ardent.

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Mad woman

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Mad womanMike Richter, via CD-ROM, takes us back to the golden age of concert opera in New York City, i.e., 1966, with Il pirata starring Montserrat Caballé.
Bellini: Il Pirata
“On 25 April 1966, the American Opera Society followed up its spectacular introduction of Montserrat Caballé with this performance…

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Seymour Barab, 93, Composer of Playful Operas, DiesMr. Barab wrote whimsical chamber operas and championed contemporary music.

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Still here!

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I am sorry – since returning from Castleton I have been completely absorbed in family events, my apartment renovation, and other unbloggable activities.  But I return to the opera scene on Saturday with my final visit to Garsington for the Vixen, and Monday to Glyndebourne for the dress rehearsal of La traviata…

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  Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos (Concert performance): Soloists, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House /  Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor) Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 6.7.2014. (GR) Cast: Prima Donna/Ariadne : Karita Mattila Zerbinetta: Jane Archibald Tenor/Bacchus: Roberto Saccà Composer: Ruxandra Donose Harlequin: Markus Werba Scaramuccio : Wynne Evans Brighella: Paul Schweinester Truffaldino: Jeremy White Naiad: Sofia Fomina Dryad: […]

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John McLaughlin Williams conducts Detroit Symphony Orchestra Sunday, July 13, 2014, 3:30 PM in Copland, Ellington, Benjamin & MoncayoJohn McLaughlin WilliamsDuke Ellington (1899-1974) is featured at AfriClassical.comJohn McLaughlin Williams writes:Hi Bill,Thought you might be interested in this. My next concert is local.http://www.concertofcolors.com/all-event-list/detroit-symphony-orchestra-with-thornetta-davis-and-special-guest-conductor-john-mclaughlin-williams/Best,JMW– http://www…

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Zemlinsky: A Florentine Tragedy; Six Maeterlinck Songs review  thoughtful yet intense conductingWessels/Lang/Skorokhodov/Dohmen/LPO/Jurowski(LPO Live)Vladimir Jurowski has long been an advocate of Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942), regularly programming his music alongside that of Gustav Mahler, whom Zemlinsky idolised, and with whose wife Alma he was also in love. The two works here constitute a vicarious response on his part to the Mahlers’ marital crisis of 1910, when Alma began an affair with the architect Walter Gropius, who became her second husband…

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