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Aldeburgh Festival 2014, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, UK + MORE

In this first world war centenary year, Aldeburgh’s first ever production of Britten’s pacifist opera was an appropriate festival centrepiece.... More »
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Classical Music News - Edward Greenfield + MORE

English music critic Edward Greenfield died in July 2015, aged eighty-six.... More »
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Karen Cargill Extraordinary + MORE

Alma and Gustav Mahler, Lieder, K. Cargill, S. Lepper (Linn, 2014) Charles T. Downey, A noteworthy D.C. debut by Karen Cargill Washington Post, April 9 If you’ve never heard the name Karen Cargill, let this review be your notification. The Scottish mezzo-soprano had a grand and long-overdue Washi.... More »
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Chance to lead opera group at Grange Park + MORE

Summer festival company to leave neo-Grecian temple after rent dispute with Baring family.... More »
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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 »
Music Review: Chamber Music Society Presents ‘Classical Flowering’At Alice Tully Hall, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presented a program of early-19th-century pieces that experiment with instrumentation and style.    

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Chicago laments a chamber music pioneer

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Chicago laments a chamber music pioneerAndrew Patner writes: The sudden and wholly unexpected death yesterday of Chicago pianist and artistic and organizational force Deborah Sobol is a terrible tragedy for her family and for music and community in our city. Over her 40 years here, Debbie co-founded and led the Chicago Chamber Musicians for 20 years, launched, led, and has been […]

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Mark Wigglesworth to succeed Edward Gardner as Music Director of ENO from September 2015Its probably too much to expect any Wagner from ENO – but stranger things have happened. But then who needs that among all of the Glass and ButterfliesEnglish National Opera (ENO) has  announced that its Music Director Edward Gardner will leave his role at the end of the 2014/15 season to take up his new appointment as Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra…

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You’ll sometimes walk alone“Carousel – New Production/Lyric Opera Premiere. Denyce Graves; remaining cast TBA. Rob Fisher/conductor, Rob Ashford/director; remaining creative team TBA.” [Lyric Opera of Chicago Press Release]

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Italian Lieder Luca Pisaroni Liszt Wigmore Hall

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Italian Lieder Luca Pisaroni Liszt  Wigmore HallAt the Wigmore Hall, London, Luca Pisaroni and Wolfram Rieger presented an inspired programme: Lieder in Italian. The core Lieder repertoire is solidly Austro-German. Writing Lieder in Italian poses challenges: different syntax, different sounds, different sensibilities. Pisaroni is Italian, and a very well established opera singer…

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Orchestra 990 Project Update: Kickstarter Launches Next Week

More good news everybody! The remaining work for the Orchestra 990 Database Project is complete which means all we need to do is get the Kickstarter campaign material finished up, hook it into the required Amazon Payment system, and the fundraising can begin. In fact, the Adobe After Effects project for the promo video is rendering as I type…

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MELODEON:  Marti Newland sings 'Love Triptych' from 'Margaret Garner' on YouTube (14:53)Marti Newland, Soprano (YouTube)http://www.martinewland.com/Artis Wodehouse Published on Jan 27, 2014 Soprano Marti Newland, accompanied by pianist Artis Wodehouse perform the Love Triptych from the opera, Margaret Garner 1/12/14 live in concert at Christ and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, NYC…

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Eternal feminine or eternal spin?

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Eternal feminine or eternal spin? In May 2006 I ran a post lamenting the absence of women composers at that year’s BBC Proms season. In those days there were very few people highlighting the gender imbalance in classical music, and that post is just one of many on the theme that have appeared On An Overgrown Path. In recent years a number of rather more influential people have, thankfully, spoken out about the under-representation of women in classical music…

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Symphony guide: Tchaikovsky's First

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Symphony guide: Tchaikovsky's FirstTchaikovsky’s first symphony remodelled the form into a truly Russian style, staking out territory that his five other symphonies continued to exploreRussia in the 1860s – the land without the symphony. Well, actually that’s not quite true: Anton Rubinstein had written three, but, based in the language of Mendelssohn and Schumann, they propounded a backward-looking solution to the problem of finding what a Russian symphony might be…

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The Mayor of Milan has promised to plant 90,000 trees in the Maestro’s memory. His friend, the architect Renzo Piano, will plan the groves.

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Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2014-2015 Season

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September 27 -October 29, 2014: Don Giovanni October 6-28 2014: CapriccioOctober 27- November 29 2014: Il Trovatore November 17-December 20 2014: Porgy and Bess December 6 2014-January 16 2015: Anna Bolena January 24- March 14 2015: ToscaFebruary 9 -March 6 2015: Tannhäuser February 24 -March 1, 2015: The PassengerMarch 28-29 2015: El Pasado Nunca Se TerminaApril 2015: Carousel
Anthony Freud announced Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2014-2015 season today…

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Goerne and Eschenbach play Schubert

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After kicking myself for two (?) years for having missed the Matthias Goerne/Christoph Eschenbach Winterreise in favor of choir rehearsal or some other garbage, this evening’s rendition of Die Schone Mullerin offered some long-awaited relief. My only live experiences with Goerne thus far have been in the context of large scale symphony concerts…

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Vivaldi – Concerto per archi II

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Vivaldi - Concerto per archi II Vivaldi – Concerto per archi II: Concerto Italiano/Rinaldo Alessandrini: naive Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jan 28 2014 Star rating: 3.0For completists only? Volume 57 of naive’s Vivaldi edition, 2nd disc of small scale Concerto per archiThis disc is another in naive’s estimable Vivaldi edition and it is the second of Rinaldo Alessandrini and Concerto Italiano’s pair of discs covering Vivaldi’s Concerti per archi…

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