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Did Hitler ever say "whoever wants to understand National Socialist Germany must know Wagner"? + MORE

Is there evidence that Hitler ever said: “whoever wants to understand National Socialist Germany must know Wagner”? The simple answer to this question is: no, there is currently no evidence that Hitler ever said this. The quotation is likely to be apocryphal. I will go into the authenticity of t.... More »
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Just in: Divisive maestro withdraws + MORE

The Brazilian media are reporting that Roberto Minczuk’s contract as principal conduct0r of the Brazil Symphony Orchestra (OSB) has ended. He will be known as conductor emeritus and a successor will be announced next year. Minczuk aroused international attention four years ago when he dismisse.... More »
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Silent Film Epic Napoleon Finally to be Released on DVD and Blu Ray + MORE

 I let out a little squeal of excitement when I saw that the BFI had announced a DVD/Blu Ray release of Abel Gance’s legendary (how many things so justify that word?) 1927 film Napoleon. It has popped up occasionally at the Royal Festival Hall, accompanied by a compilation score by Carl Davis.... More »
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Alban Gerhardt and friends review – music-making at its most invigorating + MORE

Wigmore Hall, LondonThe German cellist was joined by violinists Baiba Skride and Gergana Gergova, and violists Nils Mönkemeyer and Brett Dean, in this absorbing chamber concertLateness, of various kinds, was the theme running through this absorbing chamber concert, which began with Mozart’s final.... More »
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Karine Deshayes, At Last + MORE

French Romantic Cantatas, K. Deshayes, Opera Fuoco, D. Stern (Zig Zag, 2014) Charles T. Downey, Mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes at the Kennedy Center Washington Post, February 5 Pierre Bernac, the singer and authority on the French “mélodie,” summed up this late Romantic song genre as “the art .... More »

Voces8: A Purcell Collection

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Voces8: A Purcell Collection Purcell airs, choruses and anthems; Voces8, Les Inventions: Signum Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Apr 8 2014 Star rating: 4.0Voces8 bring their distinctive musicianship to bear on a selection of Purcell’s major worksFor this new disc from vocal ensemble Voces8 on the Signum Classics label, the group is joined by French period instrument ensemble Les Inventions for A Purcell Collection, described as ‘An invitation to stroll through the world of one of England’s greatest composers’…

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Blomstedt in Nielsen and Schubert

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I bought a ticket a few months back for the first of conductor laureate Herbert Blomstedt’s two programs with San Francisco Symphony, largely on the strength of the first works on the program, Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto of 1928, to be played by principal clarinetist Carey Bell. Bell has been a favorite wind player of mine since he was principal clarinet of the San Francisco Opera orchestra; let’s just say that I will never forget his playing in La Forza del Destino back in 2005, when Nicola Luisotti made his first local appearance…

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Eugene Onegin at Pocket Opera

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* Notes * Pocket Opera performed an English language version of Eugene Onegin yesterday at the Hillside Club in Berkeley. Donald Pippin is utterly charming, and his narration and translation of the text were both lively. The production is likewise cute and accessible. Though the playing was not entirely together and the musicians were far from being perfectly in tune, everyone performed with a lot of heart…

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Matthew Herbert’s new opera on the theme of Goethe’s ‘Faust’ bends over backwards in its quest for novelty but achieves only banality

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  Strauss, Korngold, Mahler: Christopher Maltman and Simon Lepper, Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff, 4.4. 2014 (LJ) Strauss, Five Lieder Op. 15 Korngold, Songs of a Clown, Op. 29 Mahler, Ruckert Lieder. Singing Strauss, Korngold and Mahler, Christopher Maltman accompanied by the incomparable Simon Lepper charmed and cheered the audience […]

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Jonas Kaufmann’s Winterreise proved the performer is at the peak of his artistry, says Rupert Christiansen

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Almanac: Hermann Hesse on classical music

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“The human attitude of which classical music is the expression is always the same; it is always based on the…

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From Julia Villagra: Wooing my peers (1)

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From Julia Villagra: Wooing my peers (1)From Greg: 
Back in November, I spoke at a conference at Boston University on the future of classical music, an ambitious project of BU’s music school, and its dean, Benjamin Juarez. I gave opening and closing keynote talks, a great honor. 
But — without meaning to put myself or the conference down — I’ve given keynote talks before…

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A coupla white chicks sitting around talking“On Wednesday, April 23rd at 8:15 PM, renowned soprano Deborah Voigt and opera and theater director Francesca Zambello, friends for over twenty-five years, join to discuss opera, inspiration, artistry and friendship. Ms. Zambello and Ms. Voigt have challenged stereotypes while building brilliant careers and navigating the high-flying demands of an international opera profession…

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Pure Handel - European Union Baroque Orchestra Pure Handel: European Union Baroque Orchestra, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Maria Keohane: Estonian Record Productions ERP 6212 Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Mar 30 2014 Star rating: 5.0EUBO in fine from in Handel cantatas, concerto grosso and Water MusicThis disc showcases the European Union Baroque Orchestra under their music director Lars Ulrik Mortensen in a programme of Handel, with the Overture from Admeto HWV 22, Water Music Suite no…

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Igor Levit plays late Beethoven

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Séance. The New Yorker, April 14, 2014.

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Akademie für alte Musik Berlin

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C. P. E. Bach, Magnificat / Heilig ist Gott (motet), Akademie für alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor, H.-C. Rademann (Harmonia Mundi, 2014)

J. Christian Bach, Missa da Requiem / Miserere, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor, H.-C. Rademann (Harmonia Mundi, 2011)
[Review]Sometimes the attention from an anniversary year does not really change one’s opinion about a composer’s works.

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Rossini’s ‘Maometto II’, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

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