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Roderick Cox Among Five Conductors in the League of American Orchestras' 2016 National Conductor Preview with the Nashville Symphony May 11 + MORE

Roderick CoxLeague of American Orchestras Showcase to be Available for Streaming Online New York, NY (March 10, 2016) – Five conductors have been selected to participate in the League of American Orchestras' 2016 Bruno Walter National Conductor.... More »
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Sasha Waltz’s Dance Triple Bill Enthuses Audience + MORE

  Debussy, Berlioz, Stravinsky , Sacre:  Sasha Waltz & Guests, Sadler’s Wells, London 11.11.2015 (J.O’D)   L’Après-midi d’un faune Dancers: Jirí Bartovanec, Davide Camplani, Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, Luc Dunberry, Maya Gomez, Hwanhee Hwang, Virgis Puodziunas, Sasa Queliz, .... More »
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Event of the Year That I Will Be Missing + MORE

Matthias Goerne singing Winterreise in March, 2016, at the soon-to-open Taube Atrium Theater in the Wilsey Center for Opera, because at $125/seat, the price is more than I pay for my opera tickets.There are surely good reasons for the sky-high pricing, such as the tiny theater (they'll sell 897.... More »
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San Diego Union-Tribune: "Review: With time, ‘Joplin’s New Rag’ will catch on" + MORE

Robert Barry Fleming in Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company's "Scott Joplin's New Rag." CREDIT: Daren ScottRobert Barry Fleming in Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company's "Scott Joplin's New Rag." CREDIT: Daren ScottScott Joplin (c.1867-1917) was an African American Composer and Pianist of Ragtime and .... More »
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Mozart: Symphonies Nos 39-41 CD review – a superb orchestra on inspirational form + MORE

Australian CO/Tognetti (ABC Classics, two CDs) Related: Richard Tognetti: an anarchist with a chamber orchestra In an interview included with this set, Richard Tognetti, the violinist-director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, remembers a concert of the three last Mozart symphonies the great Fran.... More »
Lubomyr Melnyk: Three Solo Pieces on Unseen WorldsThe music of Lubomyr Melnyk (b. 1948) has enjoyed a resurgence of late. In 2007, the fantastic label Unseen Worlds reissued Melnyk’s 1978 debut album, KMH: Piano Music in the Continuous Mode, which helped spark new interest in this Ukrainian-Canadian composer. His most recent album, Three Solo Pieces, is a beautiful example of his so-called Continuous Music, a style he developed in the 1970s while in Paris…

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Music Review: Strauss’s ‘Feuersnot’ via Leon Botstein at Carnegie HallRichard Strauss’s rarely performed opera “Feuersnot” is a lampoon of Munich’s provincialism and Wagnerian bombast.    

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Fantastic Fantasio

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Fantastic FantasioBrenda Rae and Sarah Connollyin rehearsal for Fantasiocredit Russell DuncanOffenbach’s Fantasio is one of his lost operas; now, as part of a project by Opera Rara to recover and record the opera there was a concert performance at the Royal Festival Hall on 15 December, with a cast including Sarah Connolly, Brenda Rae, Russell Braun, Robert Murray, Neal Davies, Victoria Simmonds, Aled Hall and Gavan Ring, and Mark Elder conducted the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Opera Rara Chorus…

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András Schiff, 48 Book 2, Wigmore Hall 18.12.13

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András Schiff, 48 Book 2, Wigmore Hall 18.12.13 Bach: Well tempered clavier book IIAndrás Schiff, pianoWigmore Hall 18 December 2013András Schiff picked up the 48 more or less where he left off with the first book at the end of November. Now, as then, he gave a focussed but flowing account, balancing his habitually detached touch against the legato impulse in his voice leading…

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The Shostakovich Edition – review

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The Shostakovich Edition – review(Brilliant Classics, 49 CDs)It may almost certainly be the most dauntingly extensive survey of Shostakovich’s music so far issued as a single set, but Brilliant Classics’ compilation isn’t quite comprehensive. Though it includes the opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk – in the recording conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich with Galina Vishnevskaya in the role of Katerina Ismailova and Nicolai Gedda as Sergei, which for sheer dramatic intensity remains the finest on disc – Shostakovich’s first opera, The Nose, is conspicuously missing…

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Want to buy a piece of the Sydney Opera House?

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Want to buy a piece of the Sydney Opera House?They are trying to raise money by selling off the roof tile by tile, while appealing to cultured people not to let Australia be ruled by philistines. Watch the video. The attitudes it reveals may shock.

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JDCMB Guest Post: George Jackson on the music of Julie von WebenauPlease welcome to JDCMB the young British conductor George Jackson, who has been delving into the music of a fascinating and all-but-forgotten composer, Julie von Webenau (1813-1887). She was, incidentally, the dedicatee of Schumann’s Humoresque, Op.20.’Frag den Mond’: Julia von Webenau’s ‘New’ Orchestral Song Cycle By George JacksonEdward Elgar’s instruction to the London Symphony Orchestra during the famous 1931 Abbey Road session is an invaluable aid to a young musician: ‘Play this tune as though you’ve never heard it before’…

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The day classical WNCN became hard rockin' WAXQVinny Marino was there for the most jolting format change in New York radio history. It was 20 years ago Wednesday that thousands of WNCN listeners who expected to wake to the soothing sounds of Bach on 104.3 FM were blasted out of bed by AC/DC and ‘Highway to Hell.’    

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Found the Grail! Parsifal Royal Opera House HD

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Found the Grail! Parsifal Royal Opera House HDWhat a difference HD makes! My initial misgivings about the new Wagner Pasifal at the Royal Opera House were transformed by the HD broadcast When its initial teething difficulties settle in, this production could be a keeper. The Royal Opera House needs a flagship new Wagner and this could be it. It’s different, but it isn’t nearly as wrong as some think…

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Classical Music Agenda: February 2014

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February, it turns out, will be the month for the Library of Congress. While more of this storied concert series’s budget appears to be going to music beyond the scope of these pages, we will looking for a seat in the Coolidge Auditorium — the best acoustic in the city, now that exquisite venue at the Corcoran Gallery of Art is no longer really hosting concerts — on many nights that month…

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Wagner Parsifal, Royal Opera House

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Wagner Parsifal, Royal Opera HouseAny new production of Wagner’s Parsifal would be welcome, if only to banish memories of Klaus Michael Gruber’s staging from the 1990’s where the Knights of the Grail were so comatose they had to be wheeled across the stage on a conveyor belt. But the Knights wore Knight suits and it was a “traditional” production so no-one dared demur…

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Barbican HallSchoenberg – Erwartung, op.2 no.1Eisler – Spruch 1939; Unter den grünen Pfefferbäumen, In den Hügeln wird Gold gefunden, Diese Stadt hat mich belehrt, Zwei Lieder nach Worten von Pascal, Erinnerung an Eichendorff und Schumann, Verfehlte Liebe, Spruch Britten – Songs and Proverbs of William Blake Wolf – Denk’ es, o Seele!, Um Mitternacht, Wie sollte ich heiter bleiben, Auf eine Christblume II, Blumengruss, Lied eines Verliebten Schubert – Alinde, D 904, Der Wanderer, D 649, Herbstlied, D 502, Verklärung, D 59 Brahms – Verzogen, op…

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Bygone Age Recalled in The Wind in the Willows

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 Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows: Dancers, Actors, Singers and the Chroma Chamber Ensemble conducted by Tim Murray. Duchess Theatre, London. 17.12.2013. (JPr)   Performers: Tony Robinson (Kenneth Grahame) Will Kemp (Ratty) Cris Penfold (Toad) Clemmie Sveaas (Mole) Christopher Akrill (Badger) Ewan Wardrop (Otter, Chief Weasel and Gaoler’s Daughter) Paul James Rooney (Rabbit/Weasel) Kayleigh […]

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