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The Week in Reviews, Op. 153: Julian Rachlin, Karen Gomyo, Joshua Bell + MORE

By Laurie Niles: In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world. Julian Rachlin performed Mozart's 3rd Violin Concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia.The Westmorland Gazette: "Th.... More »

I Warned You. + MORE

Back in September, I worried out loud about the number of cancelations on the SF Opera schedule. (Since then, Albina Shagimuratova has missed the opening Magic Flute.)And now the upcoming Meistersinger has been hit by the cancelation curse: A press release tells me that Greer Grimsley, who was .... More »

A Long but Celebratory Evening, All in a Great Cause   + MORE

 Tait Winter Prom: directed by Greg Eldridge and presented by Kimberley Busteed; various artists with The Tait Chamber Orchestra, Kelly Lovelady (conductor). St. John’s, Smith Square, London, 9.12.2014. (JPr) Artists: Marlena Devoe (soprano), Elena Xanthoudakis (soprano), Gerard Schneider (tenor).... More »

Wayne Jackson, Memphis Horns Trumpeter, Dies at 74 + MORE

With the tenor saxophonist Andrew Love, Mr. Jackson helped define the soul sound of Stax Records..... More »

Pfft! + MORE

On this day in 1809 Napoleon Bonaparte was divorced from the Empress Josephine by an act of the French Senate. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7-nbHD3lBg Born on this day in 1770 composer Ludwig van Beethoven http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHqmIbo8sdI Born on this day in 1775 composer Adrien .... More »

Small Nations – Big Sounds

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Small Nations - Big SoundsBartosz WorochSinfonia Cymru, the lively Welsh chamber orchestra, is going international with its forthcoming Small Nations Big Sounds festival in Cardiff in October. The festival is part of the EU’s Emerging Classical Talent in the EU project and involves a partnership with Kalmare Lans Musikstftelse and Blasarsymfonkerna (from Sweden), Fondazione Paolo Grassi (Italy) and Pille Lill Music Fund (from Estonia)…

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Suivez-moi! suivez-moi!

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Suivez-moi! suivez-moi!Hey, folks! I wanted to put together a compilation of arias from a unique part of opera history, French grand opera. Today, from that genre, we’re going to hear great tenor arias.

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First Night of the Proms review  Elgar's The KingdomRoyal Albert Hall, LondonPerhaps a little subdued for the opening night, but sumptuous choral work is fine farewell for director Roger WrightTo state the obvious: the First Night of the Proms marks the beginning of something. And, usually, that beginning feels something like a celebration. So why did this year’s concert feel a little subdued? It had elements of culmination, and of farewell too; but most of all, it was down to the choice of music…

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 Wigmore HallCouperin – Quatrième livre de pièces de clavecin: 26th ordreBach – The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Preludes and Fugues in D minor, BWV 851; C-sharp minor, BWV 849; B major, BWV 868Toccata in F-sharp minor, BWV 910C.P.E. Bach – Sonata in B-flat major, Wq. 48 no.2Georg Anton Benda – Sonata no…

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Ensemble. Whipped Cream

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Buxton Festival’s 2014 Opera Gala, attended by Mike Wheeler

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Back in the Royal Albert Hall for the unveiling of Proms 2014 and speaking personally adjustments need to be made – the heat, for one, but also the acoustical amplitude. As Elgar rolled out the magisterial themes for The Kingdom in its glorious Prelude my auditory memory was recalling Andrew Davis’ recent airings of the other two Elgar oratorios in the more unforgiving but excitingly immediate acoustic of the Barbican: impactful as opposed to open and all-enveloping…

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Briefly Noted: ‘The Lighthouse’

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P. Maxwell Davies, The Lighthouse, N. Mackie, C. Keyte, I. Comboy, BBC Philharmonic, P. Maxwell Davies
(released on May 27, 2014)
Naxos 8.660354 | 72’29"Peter Maxwell Davies composed this chilling chamber opera for the Edinburgh Festival in 1980. The composer led this performance, with members of the BBC Philharmonic, for a release in 1994 on another label that is now out of print…

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Dvorak's The Jacobin in Buxton

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Dvorak's The Jacobin in BuxtonNicholas Lester & Anne Sophie Duprels Dvorak The Jacobin; Northern Chamber Orchestra, Conductor Stephen Barlow, Director Stephen Unwin; Buxton Festival at Buxton Opera House Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jul 18 2014 Star rating: 4.5Sparkling revival of Dvorak’s village opera, reset in the Fascist eraFestival’s are about exploring repertoire that is not always available elsewhere so it was a great delight to be able to welcome Stephen Unwin’s new production of Dvorak’s The Jacobin at the Buxton Festival…

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Munich Opera Festival (1): Le nozze di Figaro, Bavarian State Opera, 17 July 2014Nationaltheater, MunichCount Almaviva – Gerald FinleyThe Countess – Véronique GensCherubino – Kate LindseyFigaro – Erwin SchrottSusanna – Hanna-Elisabeth MüllerBartolo – Umberto ChiummoMarcellina – Heike GrötzingerBasilio – Ulrich ReßDon Curzio – Kevin ConnersAntonio – Peter LobertBarbarina – Elsa BenoitTwo Girls – Josephine Renelt, Rachael WilsonDieter Dorn (director)Jürgen Rose (designs)Max Keller (lighting)Hans-Joachim Rückhäberle (dramaturgy)Chorus of the Bavarian State Opera (chorus master: Stellario Fagone)Bavarian State OrchestraDan Ettinger (conductor)  Image: Wilfried Hösl One is unlikely to come across a cast of Figaro principals much better than this today, and the virtues of this performance indeed proved to be primarily vocal…

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Prelude to Elgar The Kingdom First Night of the Proms

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Prelude to Elgar The Kingdom First Night of the PromsEdward Elgar The Kingdom at the First Night of the BBC Proms, hot ticket in more ways than one. My review is HERE.  I shall brave the heat of the Royal Albert Hall and make the pilgrimage. As I predicted before this year’s Proms were announced The Kingdom is an ideal blockbuster with which to start the Proms season…

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Trusting Your Material

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

One of the fascinating things about going through Ives’s manuscripts has been getting a feel for his composing method. I’m not likely to become an expert on it, because I’m only dealing with the piano sonatas, and I have more to do with the rest of my life than decipher Ives’s creaky handwriting, as others […]

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David Zinman Ends His Tenure With Tonhalle in ZurichDavid Zinman, the American music director of the orchestra in Zurich, is leaving the post after 19 years.

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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. Today's pick, more of Emily's favorite: Bach!

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