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Tarzan with genius soundtrack Les Pêcheurs de Perles rare film + MORE

Georges Bizet Les Pêcheurs de Perles - a rare film version made for French TV in 1960.  Pearlfishers is notoriously difficult to stage because it's fantasy so exotic that it's hard to capture in believable visual images. Although it's supposedly set in Ceylon, the music (and indeed the plot) b.... More »
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Schumann, dramatist : Das Paradies und die Peri, Harding, Paris + MORE

Schumann Das Paradies und die Peri (Op 59) with Daniel Harding and the Orchestre de Paris from the Philharmonie de Paris, with Christiane Karg, Kate Royal, Gerhild Romberger, Andrew Staples, Allan Clayton and Matthias Goerne last week in Paris, now on arte.tv.  This is an exceptionally interes.... More »
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Florida Orchestra and Milwaukee Symphony Settle + MORE

We have two new entries in our list of mid to large budget orchestras with expired agreements that managed to ratify a new contract without resorting to a work stoppage: The Florida Orchestra and Milwaukee Symphony. Florida Orchestra A new three-year agreement begins reversing several rounds o.... More »
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Warmth and beauty in lean times + MORE

AH, those Puccini orchestral surges, lifting up the voices of Rodolfo and Mimi..... More »
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Met soprano will sing at Carnegie Hall after running NY marathon + MORE

Susanna Phillips will sing the national anthem before running the New York marathon this Sunday. That’s the easy part. Monday night she’s down to sing Juraj Filas’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall. No time to catch her breath. .... More »
Composer Joel Corelitz just received a BAFTA nomination for his score to <em>The Unfinished Swan</em>. Baroque-inspired sounds accompany the artful tale. Hear our conversation on Top Score from Classical MPR.

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In March and April in Los Angeles, the concert calendar becomes impossibly saturated. These are just a few highlights from Maximum Minimalism, WasteLAnd, plus recent What’s Next Ensemble and Timur and the Dime Museum performances.

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Nazi Opera Conspiracies: Their Kinship with the Goldhagen Hypothesis, and First Cousin to Occult Reich ConspiraciesOf all writings that help us to understand the historical background to Richard Wagner’s views on the Jews, there are perhaps few more enlightening than Ordinary Germans and the Longest Hatred found in the book Rereading German History by Sir Richard J. Evans: a brilliant and spellbinding collection of essays that make for essential background reading for anyone who wishes to read or write about Richard Wagner in historical context…

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Benjamin Grosvenor and the Escher String QuartetBenjamin Grosvenor – operaomnia.co.ukTemple Music Foundation’s concert season continued on 15 April with a concert in Middle Temple Hall from the young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor and the Escher String Quartet from America. Grosvenor played piano solos by Mendelssohn, Schubert and Liszt, whilst the quartet played Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in E flat major Op…

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The Austrian baritone was a fluent singer and a confident presence, but the pianist was a scene-stealer in this Schubert recital

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Music Review: Valery Gergiev Conducts the Munich Philharmonic OrchestraValery Gergiev substituted for Lorin Maazel at Carnegie Hall on Friday, despite the presence of people outside opposed to his friendship with Vladimir V. Putin.

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Das war in Ordnung, Mandryka

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Das war in Ordnung, MandrykaI am sorry not to blog; I have been facing major academic deadlines and decisions every day. When I finish working, I have found myself too spent to consider writing something else. But I saw Arabella at the Met last Friday, and I have thoughts. I enjoy this opera a lot, probably more than it strictly merits…

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Many thanks to Robert R. Reilly for this review from the Kennedy Center..

The only disappointing thing about the evening of Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall was that it was not full. When the National Symphony Orchestra chooses such interesting repertory as it did for this concert under conductor James Conlon, the musical idealist imagines the place full to the

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Snapshot: Glenn Gould plays Hindemith

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Glenn Gould plays the fugue from Paul Hindemith’s Third Piano Sonata: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related…

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Almanac: Paul Hindemith on creation and irrationality

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“The ultimate reason for his humility will be the musician’s conviction that beyond all the rational knowledge he has amassed…

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La Calisto in Highgate

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La Calisto in HighgateHampstead Garden Opera is performing Cavalli’s 1651 opera La Calisto at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, the fringe theatre above the Gatehouse Pub in Highgate,  from April 25 to May 4, 2014. Sung in Anne Ridler’s English translation, Cavalli’s opera depicts  the perils and pains of love and mixes the comedy and tragedy with a strong admixture of farce and cross-dressing beloved of the original Venetian 17th century audience…

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    Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Massenet (recorded), Rodin: Saint Petersburg Eifman Ballet, London Coliseum, London, 15.4.2014 (J.O’D) Dancers Rodin:Oleg Gabyshev Camille: Lyubov Andreyeva Rose Beuret:  Yulia Manjeles Aigerim Beketyaya, Dmitry Fisher, Denis Klimuk, Yulia Manjeles, Oleg Markov, Natalia Povoroznyuk, Angela Prokhorova, Sergey Volubuev Production Choreography: Boris Eifman Sets: Zinovy Margolin Costumes: Olga Shaishmelashvili Lighting: Gleb Filshtinsky, Boris […]

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Anna Reynolds obituary

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Anna Reynolds obituaryMezzo-soprano with a varied style and stage presence, noted for singing WagnerFor a time in the 1960s and 70s, the mezzo-soprano Anna Reynolds, who has died aged 82, was constantly in demand in opera house and concert hall. Her repertoire ranged wide, from Bach to modern works, but her greatest achievement was probably singing Wagner parts at the Bayreuth festival (1970-75), where she undertook Fricka and Waltraute in The Ring and Magdalene in Die Meistersinger…

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