First spat of 2014: Maestro opens opens fire on Canadian Opera + MORE Jan 6th

 

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virtuosos

Opera in Prose (and Il Trovatore) + MORE

The progress of my summer reading list has been somewhat slowed by academic responsibility (alas) but I am currently immersed in Alexander Chee's recent The Queen of the Night, and it is so glorious that I can't wait for the eventual review to share it with you all. I got it from my local .... More »
symphony news

Mälkki Brings No-Nonsense Style to Rich Scoring + MORE

  Griffes, Bartók, Brahms: Jeremy Denk (piano), San Francisco Symphony, Susanna Mälkki (conductor), Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. 29.11.2014 (HS) Griffes: The White Peacock, Op. 7 No. 1 Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3 Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major This post-Thanksgiving concert by the Sa.... More »
strings

Another Supreme Recital from Jean-Efflam Bavouzet + MORE

Haydn, Beethoven, Ravel, Debussy: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano), Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver, 2.4.2017. (GN) Haydn – Sonata No.31 in A-flat major Hob,XVI:46 Beethoven – Sonata No.5 in C minor Op.10 No.1; Sonata No.6 in F major Op.10 No.2 Ravel – Miroirs Debussy – L’isle j.... More »
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School Spotlight: Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies + MORE

School Spotlight highlights outstanding school and student music ensembles. This week's spotlight is on the Symphony Orchestra of Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies..... More »
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Classical Music News - Renaud Capuçon + MORE

French violinist Renaud Capuçon renews his exclusive contract with Erato.... More »
Featuring a strong cast, this illuminating production of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s opera was a triumph of art over logistical handicaps

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Red letter day

– parterre.com

Red letter dayThe Cologne Opera Fledermaus, announced as a concert performance turned out to be a much livelier and funnier affair than expected. Thanks to the excellent direction of the singers, the beautiful costumes, an unusually sparkling ensemble composed of great local favorites, and star singers for the two lead roles, this was as joyful and exciting a performance as any fully staged version…

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Falstaff Stands Tall

– www.lafolia.com

Falstaff Stands TallGrant Chu Covell[January 2014.]It had been a while since my last visit to the Metropolitan Opera’s red and gold candy box. I missed their newest opera, Nico Muhly’s Two Boys. Despite bafflement at other Muhly efforts, I had wanted to see this dark tale of murder and online chat rooms. I was fortunate to experience a Live in HD broadcast of The Nose earlier this season…

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Best Recordings of 2013 (#7)

– ionarts.blogspot.com

High time for a review of classical CDs that were outstanding in 2013. My lists for the previous years: 2012, 2011, (2011 – “Almost”), 2010, (2010 – “Almost”), 2009, (2009 – “Almost”), 2008, (2008 – "Almost") 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004.
# 7 – New Release
Dimitri Shostakovich, Complete String Quartets v…

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Rupert Christiansen asks why Christoph Willibald Gluck’s tercentenary will pass by unheralded    

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Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony impresses Gerald Fenech. ‘A strong competitor for the disc of the year …’

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Ratmansky revisited: Opera at La ScalaRoberto Bolle and Beatrice Carbone in Alexei Ratmansky’s Opera
Alexei Ratmansky’s new ballet Opera, created for La Scala in Milan, generally pleased the critics, although elements in the audience were left perplexed judging by the furrowed brows and agitated discussions in the foyer after the first performance of 2014…

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Created by violinist Kate Hatmaker and flutist Demarre McGill, Art of Élan is continually expanding the scope of classical music in San DiegoDemarre McGill and Kate HatmakerAs we wrap up 2013 and reflect on all that we’ve accomplished in this past year, from the commissioning and world premiere of LJOVA’S “Songs of Bert Meyers” to our debut at Lux Art Institute in Encinitas and our very first FREE community concert at the Malcolm X Library, we feel tremendous gratitude for the overwhelming support we’ve received in this community…

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First spat of 2014: Maestro opens opens fire on Canadian OperaBramwell Tovey, music director of the Vancouver Symphony does not often plunge into controversy, but a sniffy comment by the COC chief Alexander Neef has provoked him into writing a blast for Macleans magazine. Tovey, 60 and British born, took issue with Neef’s suggestion that there was no point searching for new operas among Canadians: Mr…

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Death of an American composer and amazing art collector

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Death of an American composer and amazing art collectorHenri Lazarof, who assembled a $100 million modern art collection and composed seven symphonies, has died in Los Angeles, aged 90. He and wife Janice bequeathed the collection to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It contains works by Picasso, Klee, Kandinsky and more. Aside from symphonies, Lazarof wrote several concertos and 11 string […]

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A work written by Korngold at the age of 13 was the centrepiece of this programme, providing a strong contrast to works by Haydn and Brahms

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András Schiff – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

András Schiff – reviewWigmore Hall, LondonA stunning delivery of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations outshone a didactic performance of Bach’s GoldbergFor András Schiff, 2013 was dominated by two composers, and in his final Wigmore Hall appearance of the year, on his 60th birthday, he brought them together in a single, monumentally memorable programme…

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Strauss Elektra Goerke Broadcast Royal Opera House

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Strauss Elektra Goerke Broadcast Royal Opera HouseAnother chance to hear Richard Strauss Elektra from the Royal Opera House : listen here on BBC Radio 3. Christine Goerke, Adrianne Pieczonka, Michaela Schuster and Iain Paterson sing, Andris Nelsons conducts. When this production premiered it was savagely attacked, much in the same way other good productions – and operas –  are met with hostility…

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