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Music Review: American Symphony Orchestra Presents ‘Marriage Actually’ + MORE

The American Symphony Orchestra performed “Marriage Actually,” a program of Strauss works inspired by conjugal life, on Wednesday at Carnegie Hall..... More »
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Bach: Cello Suites CD review – a definitive account from David Watkin + MORE

David Watkin (cello)(Resonus)Using two historic instruments and playing on gut strings, David Watkin gives a definitive period instrument account of Bach’s six solo Cello Suites. It should be in any Bach lover’s collection. One can only marvel at Watkin’s range of colour, his elegance, his ver.... 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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Elektric! + MORE

Christine Goerke, Andris Nelsons, Gun-Brit BarkminDoes a concert Elektra dance? Does she stash her axe under the podium? Elektra is performed in concert relatively frequently, and for good reason. (So is Salome, for the same reasons.) Strauss’s scores showcase a major orchestra and conductor to th.... More »
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A crowded house for iconic band + MORE

NEIL Finn wants fans who cannot get one of the 10,000 tickets to Crowded House’s Encore shows at the Opera House to line the harbour foreshore..... More »
Opening the Wigmore’s season with a recital ranging from Haydn to Kern, the American soprano found an ideal accompanist in Antonio Pappano

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This digital fixation is damaging live classical musicA personal view: the fixation to “digital” solutions in the world of (performing) classical music continues to be a damaging distraction – partly because the economic realities are so little understood or examined. Digital streaming has been shown to destroy, rather than create, financial value in recorded music: and when I read comments from “music lovers” describing how they’d rather spend money on the Berlin Phil digital concert hall than on tickets to hear their own local live performances, I start to wonder if it isn’t damaging the financial value of live performance as well…

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A production of genuine merit, says Rupert Christiansen

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Arts | Concerts: A Conductor Promotes Risk-Taking in Music ProgramsToshiyuki Shimada seeks to redefine the boundaries of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and the Yale Symphony Orchestra.

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Hartmann: Simplicius Simplicissimus

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Hartmann: Simplicius Simplicissimus Karl Amadeus Hartmann Simplicius Simplicissimus; Juliane Banse, Peter Marsch, Will Hartmann, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic ORchestra, Netherlands Radio Choir, Markus Stenz; Challenge Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Sep 2 2014 Star rating: 4.0New recording of Hartmann’s opera to complement his symphonies on Challenge ClassicsI first came across the composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann indirectly when I was a student and the Halle Orchestra played John McCabe’s Hartmann Variations…

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Classical music: the hottest tickets for autumn 2014The Anna Nicole Smith opera revived, an orchestra without a conductor and Placido Domingos return to the Royal Opera HouseAutumn arts preview 2014Anna Nicole Continue reading…

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The defining feature of the orchestra’s two Proms performances was its versatility, ranging from raucous Rachmaninov to mesmerising Bach

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  Prom 64 – Rachmaninov, Stravinsky: Berliner Philharmoniker/Sir Simon Rattle (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 5.9.2014 (CC)   Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances Stravinsky: Firebird (1909/10)   A pair of well-contrasted evenings from one of the most welcome visitors at the Proms: the Berliner Philharmoniker and that great Proms favourite, Sir Simon Rattle…

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 BBC Prom 66 – Bach, St Matthew Passion: Soloists, Berlin Radio Choir; Choristers of Wells and Winchester Cathedrals; Berliner Philharmoniker/Sir Simon Rattle. Royal Albert Hall, London, 6.9.2014 (CC) Mark Padmore,Evangelist Christian Gerhaher,Christus Camilla Tilling,soprano Magdalena Kožená,mezzo Topi Lehtipoo,tenor Eric Owens,bass-baritone   Director,Peter Sellars     After a night of Rachmaninov, Stravinsky and a Puccini encore, […]

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Atlanta Symphony Locks Out Musicians (again)

In 2012, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) musicians were locked out after refusing to accept sharply concessionary terms. Approximately one month later, the musicians ostensibly caved and agreed to large reductions in wages, number of musicians employed, and a decline in weeks from 52 to 41…

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Oxford Lieder Festival's Schubert ProjectThis year, the Oxford Lieder Festival is doing something amazing, bringing all of Schubert’s songs to Oxford. In the space of three weeks (from 10 October to 1 November 2014) you can hear every single one of the songs Schubert wrote (and a lot more besides) sung by a dazzling array of talent, including Thomas Allen (25/10), Ian Bostridge (16/10), Christiane Karg (21/10), Susan Gritton )26/10), Dietrich Henschel (17/10), Robert Holl (28/10), Wolfgang Holzmair (30/10), Sophie Karhauser (11/10), Angelika Kirschschlager (29/10), Jonathan Lemalu (1/11), Mark Padmore (24/10), Christoph Pregardien(19/10) and Roderick Williams (15/10)…

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Royal Albert Hall, LondonTransplanted from its Berlin home, Peter Sellars’ staging of Bach’s oratorio was less immersive but remained undeniably powerful"A transformative ritual reaching across time and space" is how director Peter Sellars describes Bach’s St Matthew Passion. His famous 2010 Berlin staging finally reached London for a single performance as part of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s visit to the Proms…

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Philharmonic to Raise Funds for 2019 RenovationThe target date for Avery Fisher Hall’s renovation is now 2019, and the New York Philharmonic is planning a campaign to raise its share of the costs and double its endowment.

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