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Massenet's Werther at Grimeborn + MORE

Katie Bray as Charlotte Massenet Werther; Adam Tunnifliffe, Katie Bray, dir. Aylin Bozok; Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Aug 20 2014 Star rating: 4.0Stylish and imaginative chamber version of Massenet's romantic dramaAylin Bozok's new production of Massene.... More »
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Schubert piano duets + MORE

Schubert Fantasia in F minor and works for piano duet; Marco Schiavo, Sergio Merchegiani; Decca Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Sep 10 2014 Star rating: 3.5Survey of Schubert's piano duet music by two Italian pianistsThis disc from Italian pianists Marco Schiavo and Sergio Marchegiani surveys Schu.... More »
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Anniversary joy: Korngold plays Korngold + MORE

It's Korngold's birthday (118) and how better to celebrate than listening to him play his own music? This is the 'Pierrot Tanzlied' from his most popular opera, Die tote Stadt, recorded in 1951 during the composer's optimistic yet short-lived attempt to return to Vienna after more than a decade.... More »
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Classical music's big opportunity is neglected music + MORE Dec 29th

Here is beautiful music - straightforward, deeply felt, expertly made yet far removed from deliberate cleverness, serene, affirmative, even holy. Harrison and Hovhaness complement one another with rare energy, and one suspects that this album will find new admirers for both men.That is the concludin.... More »
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Guglielmo Ratcliff/ Le Pré aux Clercs review – excellent gothic gore and Parisian romance + MORE

National Opera House, WexfordDistinguished singing and colourful staging combine to make good cases for these operatic rarities by Mascagni and Hérold Wexford’s exhumation of operatic rarities continues with Mascagni’s Guglielmo Ratcliff, based on a play by Heine and premiered in 1895, five yea.... More »

The centre of attention

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A STIRRING symphony under the stars at sacred Uluru.

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Henning Kraggerud and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra with Stéphane Denève, heard by Mike Wheeler

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Old gods awaken

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Photo: Metropolitan Opera.
Angela Meade and Jamie Barton both delivered tremendous performances in last night's Norma at the Met, causing some old-school pandemonium in the house. Meade sang with a degree of dramatic involvement that I hadn't yet seen from this greatly gifted soprano. It was a considerable advance on her Caramoor Norma, which was already very fine…

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São Paulo Symphony, Alsop, Swingle Singers, RFH 25 October 2013 Camargo Guarnieri: Symphony No. 4 “Brasilia” Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side StoryBerio: SinfoniaSão Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, Swingle SingersThis evening’s concert began with a protest, and very musical and well organised it was too. About five minutes before the start of the show, the audience sitting in the right wing of the choir stalls all stood up and began singing…

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Why do we listen to classical music industry experts?Two weeks ago BBC Radio 3 controller and Proms director Roger Wright was in New York at the prestigious Lincoln Center, telling classical music what it was doing wrong in his Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture. This despite his having presided over, inter alia, possibly the most lacklustre period in the distinguished history of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and despite having crowned an orgy of dumbing down at Radio 3 by turning the most extravagant Proms’ season ever into a 5…

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Greek – Music Theatre Wales

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Greek - Music Theatre Wales

Music Theatre Wales: Greek
Marcus Farnsworth (Eddy). Photo: Clive Barda.

Music Theatre Wales’s production of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek debuted in 2011 and has been revived to pair up with Sciarrino’s The Killing Flower.  We caught Michael McCarthy’s production of Greek at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre on 25 October 2013, with Marcus Farnsworth as Eddy and Sally Silver, Louise Winter and Gwion Thomas sharing the remaining roles…

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Donizetti's Belisario

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Donizetti's Belisario

Donizetti’s opera Belisario has been having something of a birthday recently in the UK. First Chelsea Opera Group performed it with Nelly Miricioiu as Antonina, conducted by Richard Bonynge in 2011, and then Mark Elder conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra in concert at the Barbican with a strong cast who were then about to record the work for Opera Rara…

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F.Mendelssohn-B., Symphony No.2,
J.W.de Vriend / The Netherlands SO / Consensus Vocalis
J.v.Wanroij, M.Baumans), P.Henckens
Challenge SACD

Mendelssohn Worthy A Hymn of Praise

Musicologists have considered Mendelssohn’s Second Symphony (actually his last) misshapen; a lopsided creature for its elaborate hymn of a choral finale that is bigger than the first three movements together.

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The laundry of fate has been placed upon the ironing board of the godsWith visuals like this, how can anyone say opera is only about singing? More eye-popping (or eye-gouging) imagery from the Houston Grand Opera’s Aida may be found here, and don’t say you haven’t been warned.

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Ensemble. Good Sense

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Turandot in Rome as written by Puccini, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

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Peter Gelb’s new role at the Met

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Peter Gelb’s new role at the MetThe Met manager is the subject of 60 Minutes this Sunday on CBS. He plays the little Dutch boy with his finger in the dyke. Sample: The man trying to reinvigorate opera at its American temple in New York, says it’s a battle he wages every day to keep the centuries-old art form from dying […]

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Perfect Schubertiad from Holzmair and Cooper

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 Oxford Lieder Festival 7 – Schubert: Wolfgang Holzmair (baritone), Imogen Cooper (piano), Holywell Music Room, Oxford, 22.10.2013 (CR) Schubert settings of poems by Johann Mayrhofer Schubert: Aus Heliopolis II (Fels auf Felsen), D753 Philoktet, D540 Der entsühnte Orest, D699 Atys, D585 Fahrt zum Hades, D526 Freiwilliges Versinken, D700 Der zürnenden Diana, D707 Am Strome, D539 […]The post Perfect Schubertiad from Holzmair and Cooper appeared first on Seen and Heard International.

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Iernin, Surrey Opera

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Iernin, Surrey OperaThis is the 100th anniversary year of composer George Lloyd. A precocious British composer, Lloyd’s career in music was truncated by a violent experience in the navy during the second world war – and a no less considerable if very different reaction to modernism, and specifically serialism, in music…

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