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Making Lulu musical + MORE

I’ve seen two powerful operas in the past week — Philip Glass’s Appomattox at the Washington National Opera, and Lulu at one of the Met’s HD movie showings. Appomattox might be Philip’s masterpiece, and certainly the evenings I spent with it — I saw it twice — were some of the most in.... More »

VIDEO: How to make Anglo-Iranian music + MORE

Composer Soosan Lolavar on Stay Close, her bid to combine Western and Iranian music in a classical composition..... More »
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Kenneth Leighton: The Complete Organ Works + MORE

Kenneth Leighton organ works; Stephen Farr, John Butt, Nicky Spence, Chloe Hanslip; Resonus Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Apr 10 2017 Star rating: 4.0An important and highly involving survey of all of Leighton's music for solo organThe composer Kenneth Leighton wrote a substantial corp.... More »
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Bassoonist sets out to ‘Save the Bassoon’ + MORE

The polar bear. The black rhino. The bassoon? Virtuoso bassoonist Bram van Sambeek warns that this joker of the orchestra could one day become “as endangered as the panda.” He is leading ‘Save the Bassoon’— an effort to emphasize the importance of this instrument and to en.... More »

Running with Chopin in Paris's Parc Monceau + MORE

As she jogs past Chopin's statue in Parc Monceau, Hailey Colwell reflects on how the great composer first came to Paris when he was her age..... More »

From Peter Sachon: Millennial America

– www.artsjournal.com/sandow

From Peter Sachon: Millennial America
From Greg: 
Peter Sachon is one of many people I’ve met by writing this blog, one of many people doing striking new things in classical music. And having striking new thoughts. He’s also a wonderfully good cellist. 
He sent me a link to a blog post he’d done for the Polyphonic.org website (see below for more on that), and what he wrote immediately spoke to me…

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New Alissa Firsova piece tomorrow

– www.planethugill.com

New Alissa Firsova piece tomorrowTim HughTomorrow (27 April), cellist Tim Hugh and pianist Alissa Firsova (read my interview with Firsova) will be giving a recital at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Milton Court Concert Hall. The programme includes music by Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms. Firsova, whose career combines the roles of pianist, composer and conductor, has also written a new piece for herself and Hugh to play…

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Ensemble. Utterly Idiomatic

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Roderic Dunnett listens to vocal and choral music in Kiev

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Nazi Opera Conspiracies: A Kinship with the Goldhagen Hypothesis and Occult Reich Conspiracy TheoriesOf all writings that help us to understand the historical background to Richard Wagner’s views on the Jews, there are perhaps few more enlightening than Ordinary Germans and the Longest Hatred found in the book Rereading German History by Sir Richard J. Evans: a brilliant and spellbinding collection of essays that make for essential background reading for anyone who wishes to read or write about Richard Wagner in historical context…

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Invisible Cities on video

– www.therestisnoise.com

Footage from Christopher Cerrone's Invisible Cities, which was a finalist for this year's Pulitzer Prize. Yuval Sharon, who oversaw the production, will direct Cunning Little Vixen at the Cleveland Orchestra in May. The Cleveland has uploaded two video diaries.

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When the parasite keeps sucking blood

– operacreep.wordpress.com

Waking up to a most rude tweet happens quite frequently and sometimes they happen to be sent by yours truly (which is even worse). Coming across this: Canadian tenor Ben Heppner, dogged by vocal problems, has wisely but sadly announced his retirement at the age of 58@TelegraphOpera— Rupert Christiansen (@Rupechri) April 25, 2014 by someone […]

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Lang and Daszak Triumph in Geneva’s Götterdämmerung

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  Wagner, Götterdämmerung: Soloists, Chorus of Grand Théâtre, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande conducted by Ingo Metzmacher. Grand Théâtre de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland 23.4.2014. (JPr) Cast:  Brünnhilde: Petra Lang Siegfried: John Daszak Gunther: Johannes Martin Kränzle Hagen: Jeremy Milner Alberich: John Lundgren Gutrune: Edith Haller Waltraute: Michelle Breedt First Norn: Eva Vogel Second Norn: Diana […]
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Sunny, Confident Benedetti Pleases the Home Crowd

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Beethoven, Mozart: Nicola Benedetti (violin), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Jérémie Rhorer (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 24.04.2014 (SRT) Beethoven:  Egmont Overture Symphony No. 4 Mozart:        Violin Concerto No. 5 Nicola Benedetti brought the house down before she had even played a note tonight…

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Briefly Noted: ‘Lalla Roukh’

– ionarts.blogspot.com

F. David, Lalla Roukh, M. Fiset, E. G. Toro, N. Paulin, B. Deletré, Opera Lafayette, R. Brown
(released on March 25, 2014)
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Ryan Brown and his ensemble, Opera Lafayette, were thinking about this opéra comique by Félicien David at least as far back as 2008, when they performed some excerpts of it at the National Gallery of Art…

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Jan Latham-Koenig wins Golden Mask AwardFollowing on from Novaya Opera’s successful UK debut with their performances of Borodin’s Prince Igor conducted by the company’s artistic director Jan Latham-Koenig, it has been announced that Latham-Koenig has won The Golden Mask Award for Best Conductor for the company’s 2013 production of Tristan und Isolde…

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Le Vin herbé, Berlin Staatsoper, 22 April 2014

– www.boulezian.blogspot.com

Le Vin herbé, Berlin Staatsoper, 22 April 2014Images:  (c) Hermann und Clärchen Baus Schiller TheaterSoprano 1 – Narine YeghiyanSoprano 2/Iseut la blonde – Anna ProhaskaSoprano 3/Branghien – Evelin NovakAlto 1/Iseut aux blanches mains – Virpi RäisänenAlto 2/Iseut mère – Katharina KammerloherAlto 3 – Stephanie AtanasovTenor 1 – Thorbjørn GulbrandsøyTenor 2/Tristan – Matthias KlinkTenor 3/Kaherdin – Peter GijsbertsenBass 1 – Arttu KatajaBass 2/Le Roi Marc – Ludvig LindströmBass 3/Le Duc Höel – Jan MartiníkKatie Mitchell (director)Joseph W Alford (co-director)Lizzie Clachan (designs)James Farncombe (lighting)Katharina Winkler (dramaturgy) Members of the Staatskapelle BerlinFranck Ollu (conductor) Premiered in May last year, Katie Mitchell’s production of Frank Martin’s oratorio, Le Vin herbé, is now revived in fine form by the Berlin State Opera…

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Ensemble. Capably Sung

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J S Bach’s St John Passion in Derby Cathedral, heard by Mike Wheeler

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Damon Albarn Is Releasing ‘Everyday Robots’Damon Albarn, who sang in the bands Blur and Gorillaz and immersed himself in African music and Chinese opera, will release his first solo album.

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