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Les Troyens at Lyric Opera + MORE

DC Metro. Camera: Canonet QL-17. Film: Trix400. Got to experience my first live Troyens over Thanksgiving weekend, thanks to Lyric Opera of Chicago's new production... The headline casting coup here was the one-two punch of Christine Goerke and Susan Graham as Cassandre and Didon. Goerke's voc.... More »
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Podcast: Halvorsen, Nielsen, Svensen, Kraggerud. Scandinavian violin masters. (Feb 03, 2017) + MORE

Henning Kraggerud, the soloist on this new recording of works for violin and orchestra, is delighted to be able to introduce Halvorsen’s Violin Concerto to a patient public. It was long thought to have been lost: “Ever since I was a little boy I have lamented the tragic los.... More »
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Tomáš Hanus and WNO Perform Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony Stupendously Well + MORE

Mahler: Rebecca Evans (soprano), Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano), Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Community Chorus / Tomáš Hanus (conductor), St David’s Hall, Cardiff, 2.10.2016. (PCG) Mahler: Second ‘Resurrection’ Symphony Whereas the performance last year by the BBC Nation.... More »
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Salzburg Festival (8): EIC/Pintscher - Boulez, Répons, 15 August 2015 + MORE

LehrbauhofRépons (two performances)Soloists:Hidéki Nagano (piano)Sébastien Vichard (piano)Frédérique Cambreling (harp)Luigi Gaggero (cimbalom)Samuel Favre (vibraphone)Gilles Durot (xylophone)Ensemble IntercontemporainAndrew Gerzso/Gilbert Nouno (IRCAM electronic realisation)Matthias Pintscher (.... More »
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May Night, Royal Academy Opera, 7 March 2016 + MORE

Ambika P3, University of WestminsterLevko – Oliver JohnstonGanna – Laura Zigmantaite Kalenik – Alex Otterburn The Headman – Božidar Smiljanić Headman’s Sister-in-law – Katie Stevenson Distiller – William Blake Pannochka – Alys Roberts Clerk – Dominic Bowe Stepmother/Rusalk.... More »
Rupert Christiansen wishes Philip Glass could build dramatic momentum into his opera

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Philip Glass : The Trial, Music Theatre Wales Linbury ROH

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Philip Glass : The Trial,  Music Theatre Wales Linbury ROHMusic Theatre Wales presented the world premiere of Philip Glass The Trial (Kafka) last night at the Linbury, Royal Opera House. Music Theatre Wales started doing Glass in 1989. Their production of Glass’s In the Penal Colony in 2010 was such a success that Glass conceived The Trial specially for the company…

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Aubade

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AubadeOn this day in 1957, Welsh actress and screenwriter Dawn French was born.

Born on this day in 1883 conductor Fritz Stiedry

Happy 86th birthday countertenor Russell Oberlin

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Happy 66th birthday tenor David Rendall

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SCO/Ticciati  review  the SCO treads new ground with a marvellous MahlerCity Halls, GlasgowThe orchestras heritage was etched into every poised phrase, every uncluttered tuttiSymphonic Mahler isnt exactly home territory for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra: this is a band that made its name playing elegant, vivacious classicism, surely worlds apart from furrowed-brow late Romanticism…

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Dates for the diary

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Dates for the diaryA few things I’m doing that you might like to do too, should you be in this neck of the woods:17 October, King’s College, London: What Lies Beneath. Classical Music, Critical Challenges. A conference in which we’ll discuss the state of the art. 6.30pm. Further details & booking here.David Le Page23 October: Hungarian Dances: The Concert of the Novel is at City Music Society, Bishopsgate Institute, London, 7…

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A long long way to run

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A long long way to runOn this day in 490 BC, the Athenians and their Plataean allies defeated the first Persian invasion force of Greece at the Battle of Marathon. 

Born on this day in 1872 composer Ralph Vaughan Williams

Born on this day in 1892 soprano Gilda Dalla Rizza

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The Trial review  captures the essence of Kafkas surreal fableLinbury, LondonPhilip Glasss score adds up to much more than just a play with musical accompanimentThe Trial, Philip Glasss latest opera, is his 26th and the first to receive its world premiere in this country. Based upon Franz Kafkas unfinished novel, its one of the smaller-scale ones, requiring just eight singers, most of whom play multiple roles, and an orchestra of 12 players…

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Keeping my head in the clouds

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Keeping my head in the cloudsShall I share with the world the ten pieces of music I’d rather not hear again, or the ten pieces I’d like to hear more often? Should I widen my horizons by reading about the ten pieces a celebrity maestro won’t conduct again? Perhaps I should boost On An Overgrown Path’s readership by starting a new thread about the ten most stupid things to do on social media? Or should I continue to sit here on a remote hillside drinking in the view of Mont Ventoux seen above – it has been a vintage year for mountains – while reading Satish Kumar’s autobiographical You Are Therefore I Am…

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Penticton.ca: Afro-Brazilian Guitarist Celso Machado: 'Sounds of the Rainforest' presented by Children's Showcase, October 26, 2014 2-3 PMCelso Machado (b. 1953) is an Afro-Brazilian classical guitarist and composer who makes his home in Canada. His website is: http://www.CelsoMachado.com. He is also featured at AfriClassical.com.Children’s ShowcasePenticton, British Columbia, CanadaChildren’s Showcase presents Celso Machado: Sounds of the Rainforest, Sunday, October 26 at the Cleland Community Theatre…

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Daniel Barenboim’s Wagnerian credentials are unanimously acknowledged, and his Wagner performances with the Staatskapelle Berlin are seen by many as reference in this repertoire. Even if I had my share of below-average performances with this Argentinian conductor in this repertoire, I have never heard a performance of Tristan und Isolde conducted by him that seemed less than excellent…

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A Touch of Venus

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Review – Pigmalion & Anacréon (Queen Elizabeth Hall, Thursday 8 October 2014)
Pigmalion – Daniel Auchinloss
Le Statue – Katherine Manley
Anna Dennis – L’Amour
Céphise – Susanna Hurrell
Anacréon – Matthew Brook
Chloé – Anna Dennis
Batile – Augustin Prunell-Friend
Choir of the Englightenment
Les Plaisirs des Nations
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Edith Lalonger (Choreographer)
Jonathan Williams (Conductor)
Following their performance of Zaïs earlier this year, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Les Plaisirs de Nations joined forces once again for the Rameau Project – for the actes de ballet Pigmalion and what I believe was the Anacréon that formed the third part of his original Les Surprises d’Amour, both written in 1748…

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David Watkin leaves the SCO

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He plays with such huge commitment. He is a great inspiration to me, especially in Mozart.I can’t claim credit for those words, instead they belong to the late, great Sir Charles Mackerras, but I thoroughly endorse them and am greatly saddened to learn today that David Watkin, principal cello of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, is leaving the ensemble…

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Miscellany

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Geoff Edgers, formerly of the Boston Globe and newly arrived at the Washington Post, has a richly detailed, wrenching piece on the Atlanta Symphony lockout. It seems to me that the conduct of the Woodruff Arts Center, and in particular its murky financial dealings, demand a serious investigation……

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