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Ancient Voices - Dame Isobel Baillie + MORE

If you mention Isobel Baillie's name nowadays, it would probably call to mind the 1938 recording of RVW's Serenade to Music in which she sang the top soprano part, or perhaps her recording of Elijah. But for much of her professional life (and it was a long one) Baillie was one of the most famous Bri.... More »

Civic Center and San Francisco Opera + MORE

I just completed a survey from San Francisco Opera that arrived via the following email: Dear Ms. Hirsch, San Francisco Opera is committed to creating the best patron experience possible. Many opera patrons have told us it is a challenge getting to the War Memorial Opera House. We hope we can .... More »

Detroit Symphony Dives Headlong Into Streaming + MORE

After a bitter strike, the Detroit Symphony has the most ambitious free web-streaming program of any major American orchestra, as it tries to help secure its future.    .... More »

Chairman’s Choice: Klaus Heymann spotlights some of July’s new releases (Jul 01, 2014) + MORE

BERLIOZ Harold en Italie, Le carnaval romain, Benvenuto Cellini: Overture Berthaud • Lyon National Orchestra • Slatkin 8.573297 Also available on Naxos Blu-ray Audio NBD0042 Drawing on the adventures of Byron’s Childe Harold and the composer’s o.... More »

An Updated Look At Top-Tier Musician Compensation 2016 + MORE

Currently, two of the top eight orchestras with the highest base musician annual salary are negotiating new collective bargaining agreements: National Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra. Interestingly enough, both of these ensembles are in positions where the outcome of those negotiations wil.... More »

To Hell and Back with Orpheus

– www.planethugill.com

To Hell and Back with OrpheusEnglish Pocket Opera’s Ring project in 2011On Tuesday 21 January, English Pocket Opera are performing Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice at Central St. Martin’s School of Art as part of an on-going project there designed to open opera up to students at several different levels of their education: from undergraduates to primary school pupils…

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Yulianna Avdeeva Impresses in Brahms

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Brahms, Beethoven, Yulianna Avdeeva (piano), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski (conductor), Royal Festival Hall, London, 16.1.2014 (CC) Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15 Beethoven – Symphony No. 6 in F, Op. 68, ‘Pastoral’ The first female participant to win the prestigious Chopin Competition since 1965 – the previous female winner […]

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A Song at Midnight 1937

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

A Song at Midnight 1937A Song at Midnight has cult status in Chinese cinema. Although the film compares to Lon Chaney’s The Phantom of the Opera (1925), the music and the socio-political context lift it above the level of ordinary horror story.  A Song at Midnight (夜半歌聲) is usually billed as the first Chinese horror movie, but that’s not what makes it really interesting…

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The manager of Brighton’s Philharmonic, who was credited with helping to save it from closure last year, has resigned.

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Leningrad-born conductor Semyon Bychkov revealed the awful majesty of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony in a magisterial interpretation

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John Malveaux: Santa Monica Symphony Performs 'Harlem Symphony' of James P. Johnson in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. HolidayVictory Stride: The Symphonic Music of James P. JohnsonThe Concordia OrchestraMarin Alsop, ConductorMusic Masters 67140 (1994)[James Price Johnson (1894-1955), African American pianist and composer, is featured at AfriClassical.com]John Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites:After considerable inquiry and research Maestro Guido Lamell and the Santa Monica Symphony opened their annual MLK concert with the William Tell Overture…

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Dissertation Completion Hiatus

– likelyimpossibilities.blogspot.com

I have to finish up my dissertation and am going to put this blog on hold for a few months. I will be covering Opera Lafayette’s Mozart/Philidor program, The French Così, this week, and then I will return in the spring a PhD (or at least one waiting for her defense). I reserve the right to state my opinions on the new Met productions of Prince Igor and Werther, but probably nothing else…

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Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2014-2015 season includes The Passenger, which will be performed from February 24 to March 15, 2015. The company will also present a new Ring production, directed by David Pountney, starting on October 1, 2016 and continuing in consecutive seasons, followed by three complete cycles in April 2020…

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Dancers tread water as show tanks

– www.theaustralian.com.au

DIDO & Aeneas, the Sydney Festival’s centrepiece event, is a self-regarding production that rides roughshod over Henry Purcell’s delicate opera.

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Familiar Mastery from Garrick Ohlsson

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Beethoven, Schubert, Griffes, and Chopin: Garrick Ohlsson (piano), Meany Hall, Seattle, 15.1.2014 (BJ) Beethoven: Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 Schubert: Fantasy in C major, D. 760, “Wanderer” Griffes: Fountain of Aqua Paola, Op. 7 No. 3; Scherzo, Op. 6 No. 3; The White Peacock, Op. 7 No. 1 Chopin: Sonata No…

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Mainstream Camouflage

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

Pardon a little self-indulgence, but wow, what a great gig I had in Buffalo today. It was a Gann/Ives program at the Unitarian Universalist Church; Paula McGirr sang my song “Faith” (which she’d sung 25 years earlier) and Ives’s “Serenity,” and Daniel Bassin conducted The Unanswered Question and my Transcendental Sonnets, with the UUCB Choir […]

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Manon at ROH

– capricciomusic.blogspot.com

Manon at ROH14/01/14Few operas are so obviously relevant to our own times than Massenet’s Manon. The story is not dissimilar from Mark-Anthony Turnage’s recent Anna Nicole which tackles the same spiritual/psychological themes but fails to address them with any depth or warmth. Massenet is not a composer we turn to to plumb the depths and scale the heights of the human condition, but he was the ideal composer to tackle a story centred on greed, fame for fame’s sake, and the power of sensuality, lust and sexuality over morality and religion…

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The mandolinist Avi Avital was joined by the Enso String Quartet and others in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.    

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