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Richard Strauss festival names Fassbaender’s successor + MORE

The German conductor Alexander Liebreich will take over as intendant of the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen from 2018, it was announced today. He succeeds Brigitte Fassbaender who first put the festival on the map.     .... More »

Giveaway: My First Classical Albums + MORE

Nurture the budding classical-music fan in your life with this nine-CD box set of much-loved classical pieces, from the age-old masters like Mozart to the modern practitioners like John Williams. Enter for a chance to own the 'My First Classical Albums' box set..... More »

Hvorostovsky Withdraws from Scheduled Opera Appearances + MORE

Dmitri Hvorostovsky at the curtain call for the September 25 performance of Verdi's Il Trovatore. Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan OperaFrom the Met:Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from his upcoming opera engagements, including this spring’s Met performances as the title character in Tchaikovsky.... More »

Click on Classical: Da Vinci’s dream, a mysterious symphony, and Mickey’s comeback + MORE

Every Monday morning at 9:15, I join John Birge on Classical MPR to talk about stories we’re featuring on our websites. Here’s what we’ll be discussing today. Leonardo da Vinci invented a strange and wonderful instrument called the “viola organista.” He wasn’t abl.... More »

Autumn at St John's Smith Square + MORE

Artur PizzaroThe Autumn season at St John's Smith Square is an interesting mixture of the old and the new. There is a new Young Artists Programme, plus the Sunday at St Johns, whilst music varies from premieres of works by Harrison Birtwistle, Stephen Montague and Alexander Campkin, to the Early Op.... More »

York Bowen: Symphony No.2 in E minor, Op.31

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York Bowen: Symphony No.2 in E minor, Op.31Until a few years ago York Bowen would have been a name known to precious few listeners, even those committed to British music. A number of people may have recalled his sterling work as a teacher and examiner at the Royal Academy of Music: a few will have known a handful of piano pieces that survived on the periphery of the repertoire…

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Gelb’s Ring was box-office poison: the stats

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Gelb’s Ring was box-office poison: the statsThe Wall Street Journal has been analysing the Met’s box-office take on recent productions. The widely-scorned and technically faulty Wagner Ring cycle, staged by Robert LePage, bombed on its return run, achieving just 48 percent of sales potential for Siegfried and 58% across the entire cycle, according to the WSJ…

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I feel incredibly honoured to have presented BBC New Generation Artists on BBC Radio 3 for the past four seasons. It’s inspirational to get to know so many exceptionally talented young instrumentalists, singers and chamber ensembles so early in their careers, and gratifying to be able to watch closely as they grow and develop during the two years they spend on the scheme…

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Felicien David – Melodies

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Felicien David - Melodies Songs by Felicien David; Tassis Christoyannis, Thanassis Apostolopoulos; Aparte Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 24 2014 Star rating: 4.0Rarely performed songs by the interesting 19th century French composerThis disc from the Greek baritone Tassis Christoyannis and pianist Thanassis Apostolopoulos on the Aparte label assembles a group of eighteen songs by the 19th century French composer Felicien David (1810 – 1876)…

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Founded in Chicago and based at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 1963, the Fine Arts Quartet (FAQ) this year celebrates its 68th anniversary and continues to live up to its reputation as “One of the gold-plated names in chamber music.” (Washington Post)

Naxos is delighted to have been associated with the FAQ since 2006, when the ensemble made its first recording for the label…

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Handel – Siroe

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Handel - Siroe Handel Siroe; Yosemeh Adjei, Anna Dennis, Aleksandra Zamojska, Gottingen Festival Orchestra, Laurence Cummings; Accent Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 14 2014 Star rating: 4.0Lovely dramatic feel to Handel’s rarely done 1728 operaHandel’s 1728 opera Siroe has not, so far, done well on disc so this new recording on the Accent label is most welcome…

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Legendary soprano Jessye Norman talks weight, race and what it really takes to be an opera star

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Fairy-tale Magic of the Vocal Sort in Frankfurt

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 Dvorak: Rusalka, Soloists, Opera Frankfurt Chorus, Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, Johannes Debus (conductor), Opera Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, 28.06.14 (RP)  Cast: Rusalka:  Karen Vuong The Prince: Zoltán Nyári The Foreign Princess: Tanja Ariane Baumgartner Water Gnome: Mischa Schelomianski Jezibaba, the Witch:  Katharina Magiera First Wood Sprite: Nora Friedrichs Second Wood Sprite: Elizabeth Reiter Third […]

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English National Opera tightens reins as 58 groups lose Arts Council fundingEngland’s theatres, orchestras, galleries and museums learn how much Arts Council England will be giving them in 2015-18English National Opera is to have its regular public funding cut by £5m a year, one of the highest-profile losers in a high-stakes day of funding announcements which saw hundreds of arts organisations told of their settlements for the next three years…

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Susan Anspach is best known for her appearances with Jack Nicholson in “Five Easy Pieces” and Michael Douglas in “Running,” but a more obscure European production, “Montenegro,” may be her masterpiece.
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ArtsBeat: Distracted Diva: The Second Screen Goes to the OperaA performance of “Carmen” this month will include titles projected to the audience via cellphone and other connected devices.

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Philharmonia/Salonen review  true pianissimo and roof-raising climaxesRoyal Festival Hall, LondonEsa-Pekka Salonen held together the gargantuan forces of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony for a balanced interpretationMahler’s Eighth Symphony brought the Philharmonia’s season to a close in a performance under the orchestra’s principal conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen. Though it was a canny promoter rather than the composer himself who called the piece the "Symphony of a Thousand", the gargantuan forces involved here the statutory eight soloists, the combined Philharmonia Voices and Rodolfus Choir, plus the Tiffin Boys’ Choir amply filled the platform and choir stalls…

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Bach's "two- and three-part inventions" are familiar to every piano student. On a new disc, they're performed by one of the leading young pianists of today. Simone Dinnerstein's new album is on this week's New Classical Tracks.

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