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Bryn Plus + MORE

I had a wonderful interview with Bryn Terfel last week and it is in today's Independent, here. Bryn sings the lead in Der fliegende Holländer at Covent Garden, opening tonight.Here are a few bonus bits of the interview.Bryn on...Andris Nelsons (who conducts the Wagner tonight):"The first time I met.... More »
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Guest Post: An opera that really is for the young... + MORE

In a lively guest post for JDCMB, young conductor Gaetano Lo Coco explains why his Rossini Festival is putting on The Barber of Seville on Monday, at Cadogan Hall, in possibly the youngest performance ever. And why Rossini would have loved it, having been only 23 when he created this tip-top favouri.... More »
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Gidon Kremer: I fail to understand some of my unnamed colleagues + MORE

The great violinist has issued the following non-political statement via Slipped Disc on the darkening Russia-Ukraine situation. Gidon asks: what can music do when politicians are pushing us to war? There is no easy answer. Read Gidon’s words, share, and reflect.   “Gidon Kremer: My Ru.... More »
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How classical music fuels my creative process + MORE

I listen mostly to musicians, women and men who spend hours practicing by themselves each day, getting the phrasing just right, pausing for a breath, experimenting with sound and space. That, I guess, is what I search for in my own writing: that pounding effect..... More »
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A day at the Oxford Lieder Festival: lunch with Schubert, tea with Mendelssohn and Gade + MORE

Daniel Heide and Andrè Schuen at Oxford Lieder Festival - photo Tom Herring Schubert, Mendelssohn, Gade; Andrè Schuen, Daniel Heide, Phoenix Piano Trio; Oxford Lieder Festival Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 21 2016 Star rating: 4.5A vividly engaging baritone, and a lyrically passionate pian.... More »
The wait was long between James Levine’s 2,442nd and 2,443rd performances at the Metropolitan Opera, but it was worth it. 864 days after his last appearance, in a Die Walküre that teetered on the edge of falling apart, Levine finally returned to the pit for a Così fan tutte that stunned with its security…

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From Sarah Robinson: How the classical world went clubbing (1)From Greg:
Some months ago, a flutist named Sarah Robinson asked if she could interview me for a doctoral dissertation about playing classical music in clubs. I was sure she’d know her subject, since she’s the codirector of Classical Revolution: L.A., Classical Revolution being (as many of us know) an umbrella organization for musicians who play classical music in clubs, and this, of course, being its very active Los Angeles branch…

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  DARBAR 2013: Transposed Rhythm and the Saraswati Veena Bernhard Shimplesberger (cajun/drums); Sukhad Munde (pakhawaj); Jayanthi Kumaresh (saraswati veena); Patri Satish Kumar (mridangham); R. N. Prakash (ghatam). Purcell Room, London 19.9.2013 (CC)  Last year I reported on a concert in the four-day Darbar Festival (Rare Ragas and dhrupad), the largest festival of Indian music outside India…

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TOMORROW: 'Hungarian Dances' goes to BournemouthOur very old friend Jack Maguire was for many years co-leader of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, is now musician-in-residence for the Bournemouth Arts Festival and has a passion for Gypsy music and the folksongs of eastern Europe. He’s had some training in the style from the Hungarian Gypsy violinist Josef Szegely…

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Advice Sought

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Seating at the Metropolitan Opera. What are the advantages sight- and sound-wise of the different sections? I have only sat in the Family Circle and Balcony.Worry not about the price structure.

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Christine Goerke inhabits the title role in this gripping production of Strauss’s opera, conducted with vitality and drive by Andris Nelsons

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Idée Fixe

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By Emily Grossman: As if by the workings of destiny, the artist finally chanced upon the personified muse, the object of his ideals, his One True Love. What next? She would not belong to him. Ever out of reach, she transfixed his every thought and thus, as a recurrent melodic theme weaves its way through an entire symphony, became his idée fixe, his musical obsession…

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To This We've Come

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I had been looking forward for quite some time to West Edge Opera’s semi-staged production of Samuel Barber’s Vanessa, because I’ve been wondering about the opera for a good long time. I even listed it in season 5 of my Fantasy Opera series.I hoped it would be a lost masterpiece, but it turns out that when an opera sinks like a stone and doesn’t get performed often, there are usually good reasons for that…

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West Edge Opera’s Vanessa

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* Notes * West Edge Opera performed Vanessa (Marie Plette as Vanessa and Nikola Printz as Erika pictured left, photograph by Jeremy Knight) last weekend on Berkeley Repertory Theatre's Thrust Stage. The space is quite intimate and this gave the performances a special sort of immediacy. Musically, this was gratifying, but seeing the safety pins or rips in ill-fitting costumes was less welcome…

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The cut!

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Italian soprano Sara Fanin auditioning this morning – pianist Raffaele Cortesi
So we cut from the eventual 32 to 18 who go through to the semi finals tomorrow.  After that there will be just 10 for the concert on Saturday, fighting for the the three big prizes…….
It was great to see here a much loved pianist friend from Neue Stimmen – Raffaele Cortesi…

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The famously smart and fearless pianist explores Bach's masterful harnessing of "infinite possibility from a single piece of code." There's grace and humor to spare in Bach's work, but also a fair amount of wild-eyed, mad-scientist machinations, and none of these elements escape Denk's attention.

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Amore e morte dell'amore

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Amore e morte dell'amore

This new disc from two of the stars of the baroque operatic firmament presents us with a lovely selection of duets, duetti da camera, from  from the 17th century. Though Monteverdi is best known for the form, here we hear a selection of duets by Monteverdi, Marcello, Handel, Lotti and Duranti performed by soprano Roberta Invernizzi and contraldo Sonia Prina accompanied by Ensemble Claudiana directed from the theorbo by Luca Pianca…

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Los Angeles Opera’s ‘Carmen’, reviewed by Maria Nockin

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