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VSO/Harding - Schumann, Scenes from Goethe's Faust, 22 November 2015 + MORE

Konzerthaus, ViennaSzenen aus Goethes Faust, WoO 3Faust, Pater Seraphicus, Dr Marianus – Christian Gerhaher Gretchen, Una poenitentum – Christiane Karg Mephistopheles, Böser Geist – Alastair Miles Marthe, Sorge, Magna Peccatrix – Christina Landshamer Mangel, Maria Aegyptica, Mater Glorio.... More »

Barry Ferguson: South and West Suite for organ + MORE

I recently acquired a copy of Roger Sayer playing the magnificent Klais organ in the Hallgrímskirkja Lutheran parish church in Reykjavík, Iceland. This CD was issued in 1996 as Volume 45 of the Guild Great European Organs. Works include Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in D major, Jean Langlais’ .... More »

Dr. John's latest disc salutes Louis Armstrong + MORE

'Louis (Armstrong) came to me in a dream and said, 'Do my stuff ... your way,'' says veteran New Orleans pianist/vocalist Dr. John, who grew up in Armstrong's neighborhood. 'I thought about it for a while. And then I just started doing it.' One result is the disc 'Ske-Dat-De-Dat ... The Spirit of Sa.... More »
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Energizing with Opera + MORE

Advertising its new FIFA 16 video game, EA Sports used 'Figaro' from 'The Barber of Seville' to create energy and to capture the passion and excitement of soccer..... More »

Classical Music News - Neville Marriner (1924-2016) + MORE

English violinist and conductor Neville Marriner died in October 2016.... More »

Just in: Fallen? Aber nein!

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Just in: Fallen? Aber nein!This is the cast of La Traviata at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich tonight (NB, in the interval) as Germany progresses to the semi-final of the World Cup. “Something I’ve never, ever witnessed at Glyndebourne,” says my spy.

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Alexandre Tharaud review  exagerrated dynamic rangeWigmore Hall, LondonThe French pianist was never inelegant, but he delivered Mozart and Mahler with characteristic grandeurFrench pianist Alexandre Tharaud’s recitals tend to be wayward if fascinating affairs insightful and perverse in equal measure. The centrepiece of his latest concert was his transcription of the Adagietto from Mahler’s Fifth Symphony a surprising undertaking, perhaps, though we should also remember that Mahler made a number of piano-roll recordings of his own, rather straightforward arrangements of songs and symphonic extracts…

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New York Premiere for a Long-Suppressed OperaMieczyslaw Weinberg’s “The Passenger” has its New York premiere on Thursday as part of the Lincoln Center Festival.

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CBSO/Gardner review  sumptuous, overwhelming season closerSymphony Hall, BirminghamCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra provides all the illustration needed in a fine instrumental performance of Bluebeard’s CastleOf all great 20th-century operas, there’s none that retains its dramatic power better in a concert performance than Bluebeard’s Castle. Even monodramas such as Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine need their theatrical trappings more than Bartók’s two-hander, in which the psychological battle between the protagonists, what that reveals and what that destroys, are vividly enough depicted in the score…

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In a pre-concert chat at the Theater an der Wien on Sunday, June 15, composer Georg Friedrich Haas said that classical music written in the 20th century sometimes had a tendency to be emotionless. He kept this in mind when writing Bluthaus (Blood House), which premiered in a revised score at this year’s Wiener Festwochen […

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Good News from San Francisco Opera

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I already knew that the Wilsey Center, which will be constructed in the Veterans Building on Van Ness, adjacent to the Opera House, will house an archive. What I did not know, but learned from the Show Boat program, is that there is a project underway to catalog the archival holdings of the company…

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NEW! Rome Opera’s 2014 – 2015 Season

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Rome Opera’s 2014 – 2015 Season Following the fiasco at La Scala, Riccardo Muti was cautious about taking on another Italian House.  There wasn’t, of course, a Sovrintendente (General Manager)  who would not have been delighted to enrol him as Principal Conductor.  Various Sovrintendenti tried…

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John Williams to debut new arrangement of national anthemAmerican composer-conductor John Williams is debuting a new arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” featuring choirs, trumpets, an orchestra and cannons on the National Mall for the nation’s birthday.

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Pianist Dr. Polli Chambers-Salazar plays Waltz-Suite Three-Fours by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Wed., July 9 at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, Pasadena, CA[Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma, www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com.  We are collaborating with the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation of the U…

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Michael Nyman on writing a symphony for Hillsborough

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Anna Netrebko Debuts as Lady Macbeth

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 Verdi: Macbeth, Orchestra and Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper, Paolo Carignani (conductor), Nationaltheater, Munich, 1.7.2014 (JMI) Cast: Macbeth: Simon Keenlyside Lady Macbeth: Anna Netrebko Macduff: Joseph Calleja Banco: Ildar Abdrazakov Malcolm: Dean Power Doctor: Christoph Stephinger Lady Macbeth’s Dame: Iulia Maria Dan Production: Bayerische Staatsoper Direction: Martin Kusej Sets: Martin Zehetgruber Costumes: Werner Fritz Lighting: […]

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New video: Boy, 16, conducts Shostakovich 9th

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New video: Boy, 16, conducts Shostakovich 9thIn Venezuela, where else?
Jose Angel Salazar conducts the Simon Bolivar Conservatory Orchestra.

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Return to China

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THE Sydney Symphony’s whirlwind tour of China serves to deepen the broader understanding of the classical canon.

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