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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 »
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Review: The JACK Quartet, With Instruments of Destruction + MORE

The group plays more than strings in this evening of music with the Danish composer Simon Steen-Andersen at the Miller Theater..... More »
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Gold rush + MORE

By the early 19th century the story of Robert Devereux, Second Earl of Essex, and his liaison with Elizabeth I had already been the subject of a number of theatrical diversions including an opera by Saverio Mercadante. When Gaetano Donizetti decided to set it for the Teatro San Carlo in Naples for t.... More »
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Franz Liszt, 13, delights Manchester audience: archive, 25 June 1825 + MORE

25 June 1825: The performance of Master Liszt was received with a warmth of applause which must have been highly gratifying to his feelingsMessrs. Ward and Andrews’s second concert took place on Monday evening last, when the theatre was filled nearly in every part by one of the most respectable au.... More »
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I Warned You. + MORE

Back in September, I worried out loud about the number of cancelations on the SF Opera schedule. (Since then, Albina Shagimuratova has missed the opening Magic Flute.)And now the upcoming Meistersinger has been hit by the cancelation curse: A press release tells me that Greer Grimsley, who was .... More »

Wrong Tchaikovsky ending at the Berlin Philharmonic?

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Wrong Tchaikovsky ending at the Berlin Philharmonic?A Slipped Disc reader was enjoying a concert last night when…

I was watching last night’s Berlin Philharmonic concert on their excellent Digital Concert Hall.  Hilary Hahn splendid in Vieuxtemps no 4 and then the Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony after the interval.
You could tell that the orchestra were having a wonderful time with this great music that they probably have not played that often…

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‘Midsummer’ Music from the BSO

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Mendelssohn, Ein Sommernachtstraum, La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, P. Herreweghe (Harmonia Mundi, 2012)
In the past year A Midsummer Night’s Dream has appeared in these pages in many different guises: in the opera by Benjamin Britten, in the ballet by Frederick Ashton, soon in a different ballet by George Balanchine, and even in its original version by

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'In Memory of Maya Angelou,' Pianist Richard Alston, Violinist Christopher Lee & Cellist Ellison Artisson Perform 'Deep River' arranged for Piano Trio[Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma, www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com.  We are collaborating with the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation of the U…

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John Powell interview: ‘I sold myself to the Devil, just a bit’
John Powell came to compose his most famous soundtrack almost by mistake. In 2002, the director Doug Liman had just filmed a new action  thriller starring Matt Damon, loosely based on a pulp novel called The Bourne Identity. Another highly regarded film composer, Carter Burwell, had written a score that had been recorded, but Liman wasn’t satisfied.

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I have a soft spot for the Teatro dell’Opera. Maybe the reason is the fact that everybody speaks about La Scala when one Italian opera house must be mentioned. But no. The experience of going to the opera in Rome has nothing to do with showing off costumes and sipping expensive cocktails as in Milan: it is rather the casual experience of spotting members of the orchestra and choristers having a cigarette near the entrance on one’s way to the Enoteca Chirra for an espresso and a tramezzino…

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Dutoit conducts Fauré’s Requiem

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* Notes * At the moment, Charles Dutoit (pictured left) is conducting San Francisco Symphony in performances of Poulenc, Stravinsky, and Fauré. Poulenc’s Gloria began the concert on Thursday. The orchestra sounded bright and the chorus was cohesive. The “Laudamus te” was particularly jaunty. The soloist, soprano Susanna Phillips, sounded gorgeous…

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BREMF wants to take you on a journey

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BREMF wants to take you on a journeyThe theme of this year’s Brighton Early Music Festival (24 October to 9 November 2014) is Cities: Musical centres and the journeys between them. So that the festival opens with Adrian Chandler and La Serenissima celebrating Venice in La Venezia Festeggiante with music by Vivaldi, plus Albinoni, Caldara and Porta…

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German-born Canadian conductor Franz-Paul Decker died in May 2014, aged ninety

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Backwards to Brahms in Time and Space

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Zoll, Hindemith, Brahms: Joshua Bell (violin), Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano (conductor), Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, 29.5.14 (DA)   Zoll: Asimov at Star’s End Hindemith: Mathis der Maler Symphony Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.77   A Mule, a Plan, and a planet called Gaia? I’ve never read Isaac Asimov’s science fiction, […]

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 Mahler,  Symphony No. 8: Erin Wall, Elizabeth Llewellyn, Sarah Tynan (sopranos); Caitlin Hulcup, Susan Platts (mezzos); Simon O’Neill (tenor); Nathan Berg (baritone); Jonathan Lemalu (bass); RSNO Chorus & Junior Chorus; Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Peter Oundjian (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 30…

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Indian Marathi film composer and music director Anand Modak died in May 2014, aged sixty-three

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Jazzman’s doublebass is battered by US security

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Jazzman’s doublebass is battered by US securityJohn Patitucci is a Grammy-winning virtuoso bass player, presently travelling with the Wayne Shorter Quartet.
This is what happened to his instrument at the hands of the US transport Security Administration.
We’re not sure where. John posted: Look what the TSA did to my bass today and how I had to play on it at tonight’s concert!
 

 

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Dialogues des Carmélites; Birtwistle at 80; London contemporary music festival  reviewRoyal Opera House; Barbican; Second Home, LondonPoulenc’s harrowing opera about Carmelite nuns is lost in space but saved by a finely wrought performancePart fact, mostly fiction, Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites (1956) holds up an unbroken mirror to the essence of faith. The nuns of Compiègne, martyred in the French Revolution, face terror within and without, on the streets and in their souls…

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