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Zzzzzz....LA Opera Season Announcement + MORE

Wow. LA Opera announces its season and it is unbelievably weak. Main stage:Gianni Schicchi (with Domingo as Schicchi, Chacon-Cruz, Churchman, Arwady, Fedderly, Tappan) and Paglicci (with Domingo conducting/Berti, Martinez, Gagnidze).Moby-Dick (Conlon/Morris, Guerrero, Smith, Ngqungwana, Echols,.... More »
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Kirill Petrenko Chief Conductor Berlin Philharmonic + MORE

Kirill Petrenko has been named Chief Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. A surprise, to those who know who is he (as opposed to those who mix him up with Vasily and Mikhail, who is a buddy of Kirill but not of Vasily).  It's also a surprise because Petrenko has only conducted Berlin.... More »
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The Way Back Home review – unfocused but pacy opera for kids + MORE

Young Vic, LondonA farting penguin, a monkish Martian and a boy far from home … the ENO’s first production for children, based on Oliver Jeffers’s popular story, feels like 50 minutes inside a slightly noisy but fun picture bookThe ENO’s first opera for children adapts a beloved picture book.... More »
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Enjoying classical music on the go + MORE

The day was sunny and warm and music flowed from every venue in St Paul’s Lowertown. I had the privilege of hosting a number of St. Paul Classical Music Crawl tours this past Saturday, Oct. 10. What a great group of people and what a great collection of musicians. We heard a string quartet from &h.... More »
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Autumn from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons + MORE

Kati Debretzeni leads the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Autu.... More »
Giuseppe Pennisi experiences ‘Il Bajazet’

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Homecoming – A Scottish Fantasy

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Homecoming - A Scottish Fantasy Bruch Scottish Fantasy, traditional Scots music; Nicola Benedetti, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Rory Macdonald; DECCA Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jul 15 2014 Star rating: 5.0Brilliant combination of the Bruch Scottish Fantasy with traditional Scots fiddling What to programme with the Bruch Scottish Fantasy? This new disc from Nicola Benedetti takes a distinctive new tack by pairing the fantasy with traditional Scots music, in both orchestra arrangements and played in traditional style…

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Glyndebourne’s new production of Verdi’s La Traviata is a satisfyingly elegant one

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In a bittersweet announcement, the King's Singers have announced that Julian Gregory will be joining their ranks as tenor; Benedict Hymas, the previously-announced replacement for departing Paul Phoenix, has withdrawn from the position for personal reasons.

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31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR.

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Stephen Medcalf’s staging underlines the simplicity of Gluck’s musico-dramatic schema

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Briefly Noted: Planès Plays Bartók

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Bartók, Piano Pieces, A. Planès
(released on May 13, 2014)
HMC 902163 | 78’42"
Alain Planès plays the music of so many composers so well, including the Haydn, Debussy, and Scarlatti we have heard over the years. A formidable technician with a painterly sense of color, he excels in vignettes rather than long forms, so it is little surprise that he produces beguiling results in this set of mostly

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Sergio A. Mims: 'Mandela Tales' is a music theatre production by composer/musician Shirley J. Thompson, Sunday 27 July 2014, 4PM at Rich Mix, London, UKShirley J. ThompsonSergio A. Mims:I got this e-mail from British composer Shirley Thompson about an event happening  on July 27thSergio On Friday, July 11, 2014 6:51 AM, Shirley Thompson wrote: Dear Friends,Hope all is well and that you will make it to see a production of Mandela Tales after sell-out performances at the South Bank Centre and the V & A Pavillion in Cape Town…

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Ives the Primitive as Straw Man

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Essays After a Sonata is in publishable form, and I’ve got six weeks left to think and rewrite, and think and rewrite, and reread other books and think and rewrite, which is just how I wanted it. And now I have to decide how and whether to address what’s bothered me about most of what’s […]

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Dvorák's The Jacobin in Buxton, aka When Viktor Laszlo Went Home....In a gloriously sunny Buxton for our Alicia’s Gift concert the other day, I took the opportunity to catch The Jacobin, a little-known opera by Dvorák that the doughty festival director Stephen Barlow, the conductor, had somehow, somewhere, found and resuscitated. Here he is, with director Stephen Unwin, talking about it and how it all happened:Result? An absolute joy – indeed with a great, warm heart…

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Ask Alice

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Busy researching an article, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

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La Traviata review  Venera Gimadieva is thrilling in this elegant updateGlyndebourne, LewesThis is not a critique of money and class, but a production that places Violetta’s tragedy at its creative centreIt’s more than a quarter of a century since Glyndebourne last staged La Traviata. Those who have been awaiting its return, and who like their Verdi elegant and straightforward, with the emphasis on the strength of the vocal performances, will enjoy Tom Cairns’s new production…

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Branscombe Festival

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Branscombe FestivalBranscombe, DevonThe Devon village of Branscombe has its second festival this year, running from 25-27 July 2014. Founded by Ian Rosenblatt (of Rosenblatt Recitals), Branscombe Festival presents major musicians in a delightful country setting. This year, curated by Iain Burnside, there is a recital by Ailish Tynan and Luis Gomes, cellist Philip Higham playing Bach, and I Fagiolini in a programme which stretches from William Cornyshe and Monteverdi to Cathy Berberian and Britten…

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