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Von Otter and Papadopoulos Infuse Their All-Schubert Program with Lyricism and Energy + MORE

Schubert: Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano), Oxford Philharmonic/Mario Papadopoulos (conductor), Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, 18.3.2017 (CR) Schubert Rosamunde Overture [from Die Zauberharfe, D644]; Romance ‘Der Vollmond strahlt auf Bergeshöhn’, D797; Gretchen am Spinnrade, D118 (orchestrated.... More »
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Michael Masser, Composer Who Wrote Hits for Whitney Houston, Dies at 74 + MORE

After leaving a career as a stockbroker, Mr. Masser wrote songs recorded by Ms. Houston, Diana Ross, Roberta Flack and many other star vocalists..... More »
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The Golden Age Of Orchestras & Opera Are At An End + MORE

If you’re the type of person who forms an opinion about an article by reading the headline, you may be disappointed with today’s post. This isn’t going to be a lengthy commentary on how the field is overbuilt, classical music is dying, and the only way to save the future is v.... More »
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Noseda to National Symphony Orchestra (DC) + MORE

Gianandrea Noseda will be the next music director of the Washington, DC National Symphony Orchestra. He will be Music Director Designate for a season (2016-17), with his appointment commencing in the fall of 2017. His initial contract runs through 2020-21.I have never heard Noseda conduct, so I have.... More »
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Master, pupil & a birthday: Melvyn Tan at Rhinegold Live + MORE

Melvyn Tan Beethoven, Czerny, Jonathan Dove; Melvyn Tan; Rhinegold Live at Conway Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Feb 28 2017 Star rating: 5.0From late Beethoven to a Jonathan Dove birthday present, in a programme notable for the dexterous virtuosity of the playingFor the first Rhinegold Live.... More »

Spunk

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SpunkIn issue #46 of parterre box the queer opera zine (“Spunk”), you will find an endorsement by the legendary Astrid Varnay, the fever-dream libretto Der Fledermausmann, Dr. Repertoire and Dawn Fatale cavorting through the Broadway smash The Impresarios, the usual reviews and gossip, plus an installment of “A Boy and His Diva” by Jon Taylor…

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Congratulations go to Jason Doell, who has just won the Canadian Music Centre’s 2014 Toronto Emerging Composer Award (full press release here).Jason’s multi-location chamber work Delicate Triangles: Warheads for piano, double bass, and percussion played by the Toy Piano Composers’ Ensemble: Finally, the charming Two Music Box Pieces from a recent Soundstreams Salon 21 performance:

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Arts | Westchester: A Team of Maestros Takes HoldAfter financial setbacks and relying on guest conductors, the Westchester Philharmonic has hired two principal conductors in an unusual arrangement that officials hope will lend greater consistency.    

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Remembering Gerd Albrecht

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Remembering Gerd AlbrechtThe conductor Gerd Albrecht (1935 – 2014) died in February this year. He had a long career, starting as a repetiteur in Stuttgart and taking in positions as senior Kapellmeister at Mainz Musicipal Theatre and Generalmusikdirector in Lübeck (where he was Germany’s youngest Generalmusikdirector) before going on to be principal conductor of the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich (1975-80), the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (1993-96), Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra (1998-2007) and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (2000-04)…

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Have you seen the great Chopin Polonaise mash?

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Have you seen the great Chopin Polonaise mash?16 pianists tackle the opus 53. Fascinating. Especially Gilels and Paderewski. And some of the wrong ‘uns.  

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Letterhead of the day: Dudley Buck

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The distinguished American composer and organist was employed for a time at St. Ann's Episcopal Church, in Brooklyn Heights — a building that now serves as the chapel of the Packer Collegiate Institute. The St. Ann's congregation later moved to the Church of the Holy Trinity, on Montague Street, where Buck also played for a number of years…

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Put-upon women: The Young Wife/Dido & Aeneas, OperaUpClose

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Put-upon women: The Young Wife/Dido & Aeneas, OperaUpCloseFrom Roger Thomas:Musically the two parts of this OperaUpClose double bill at King’s Head Theatre, Islington, have little in common. Polish composer Katarzyna Brochocka’s chamber “comic opera”, The Young Wife, a one-hander for soprano and piano, marries spiky keyboard writing, played skilfully by the composer, with largely recitative-cum-Sprechgesang from the singer…

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John Malveaux: Soprano Latonia Moore as Lady MacBeth on Chandos CD Coming in AprilJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:New CD release announced for April 2014. See http://www.latonia-moore.com/en/home.html ThanksJohn Malveaux Guiseppe Verdi: Macbeth (sung in English)Simon Keenlyside baritone – MacbethBrindley Sherratt bass – BanquoLatonia Moore soprano – Lady Macbeth Elizabeth Llewellyn soprano – Lady-in-waitingGwyn Hughes Jones tenor – Macduff Ben Johnson tenor – Malcolm Gavin Horsley bass – DoctorThomas Faulkner bass – Servant to Macbeth Riccardo Simonetti bass – AssassinStephen Kennedy bass – HeraldCheyney Kent bass – ApparitionRoseanne Havel soprano – ApparitionOpera in English ChorusEnglish National Opera OrchestraEdward Gardner Prelisting: www…

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Paul Lewis: Brains and Brawn Synthesized

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J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Mussorgsky, Paul Lewis (piano), Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York, 26.3.2014 (SSM) Bach: Chorale Prelude on “Nun komm, der Heide  Heiland,” BWV 659 (arr. Busoni) Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1, “quasi una fantasia” Bach: Chorale Prelude on “Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr […]

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 Takemitsu, Karpen, Li, and Grieg: The Six Tones: Nguyen Thanh Thuy (dan trahn), Bgo Tra My (dan bau), Stefan Östersjö (ti ba, banjo, and guitar), Haochen Zhang (piano) Seattle Symphony, Julia Tai (conductor), Benaroya Hall, Seattle, 21.3.2014 (BJ) Takemitsu: Three Film Scores Richard Karpen: Nam Mái (world premiere) Shuying Li: Overture to The Siege (world […]

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The highlight of the evening was sterling world premiere performance of composer Juhi Bansal’s ‘Where Shadow Chases Light.’

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Books on Wagner that Needs Translating into EnglishToday, I decided I compile a wishlist of books that desperately need to be translated into English. So for those of you involved in Wagner societies etc who might want to try to organise for something like to happen please consider these titles.1. Richard Wagner im Dritten Reich (Richard Wagner in the Dritte Reich/Third Empire):Paperback: 373 pagesPublisher: C…

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Nazi Opera Conspiracies: a Right-Wing Rewriting of HistoryAfter much thought, a phrase occurred to me, one that encapsulated the very essence of the growing literature pointing the finger at Richard Wagner to single-handedly carry the blame for having caused World War II and the Holocaust, which are alleged to be historical events with purely cultural origins in nineteenth century romantic opera…

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