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Signal plays Reich at Miller + MORE

Opening Night at Miller Theater Steve ReichPhoto: Jeffrey Herman On September 15, Ensemble Signal, conducted by Brad Lubman, presented an all-Steve Reich program to open the season at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre. There was a sold out crowd, populated both by contemporary music devotees a.... More »
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Ezra Sims (1928-2015) + MORE

News comes that the composer Ezra Sims has died.  He was a fixture in Boston New Music and a well-know practitioner of microtonal music, but was always an independent and his music fit into no category other than his own.  Alabama-born, he studied at Harvard and then a Mills College under .... More »
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Just in: Classical artist cancels US debut tour over Trump ban + MORE

From the Chicago music critic and concert organizer Peter Margasak: I was incredibly excited to present and hear the Chicago debut of the London-based Kazakh violinist Aisha Orazbayeva next weekend as part of the series I program at Constellation, but this morning she advised me that she had decide.... More »
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Just in: Great conductor announces retirement + MORE

In the programme book of a pair of Vienna concerts that he was forced to cancel through illness, Nikolaus Harnoncourt has announced in a shaky hand that he is stepping down as head of the Concentus Musicus and will not appear again on the concert stage. Harnoncourt, who turns 86 tomorrow (Dec 6), p.... More »
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Jennifer Larmore: ‘ I was waitressing, I worked at a Candy shop…’ + MORE

Exclusive to Slipped Disc readers as a treat for your weekend, we publish an extract from the new tell-all memoirs of the outstanding international mezzo-soprano. Jennifer writes here about what she calls ‘The Abyss’ period between college and career when nothing is happening… and .... More »
Simon Rattle leads a revolution at the Royal Opera HouseHow do you give Poulenc’s opera about revolutionary France an authentic edge? Cast homeless people, ex-offenders and the unemployed. Nicholas Wroe attended rehearsalsThis week’s opening of the Royal Opera House production of Dialogues des Carmélites is a highlight of their season. Sir Simon Rattle conducts Robert Carsen’s staging of Poulenc’s opera based on the true story of the mass execution of Carmelite nuns during the French revolution…

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At the time of its release in 1940, one critic called Fantasia, the animated Disney film, “an ambitious orgy of color, sound, and imagination.” More than just a motion picture masterpiece, it is a groundbreaking cinematic tone poem.
Read more: Walt Disney, Classical Music, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Around Town, Music, Disney, San Francisco, Fantasia, Animation, San Francisco News

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Sparks from Wang and Tilson Thomas in Prokofiev and Debussy

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 Fauré, Schubert, Dvořák, Grieg, Prokofiev, Litolff, Debussy: Yuja Wang (piano), San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor), Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. 24.5.2014 (HS) Fauré: Pavane Schubert: Entr’acte No. 3 in B-flat major from Rosamunde Dvořák: Legend No. 6, from Legends for Orchestra Grieg: The Last Spring Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No…

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Vivaldi, L’incoronazione di Dario, A. Dahlin, S. Mingardo, D. Galou, Accademia Bizantina, O. Dantone
(released on May 27, 2014)
Naïve OP30553 | 173’54"All of the opera releases in Naïve’s Vivaldi Edition, which will eventually contain recordings of all of Antonio Vivaldi’s operas as found in the composer’s manuscript collection of the Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria di Torino, will receive

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Corinne Winters talks to Edward Seckerson about life before and after the London TraviataIn February 2013 Corinne Winters created an absolute sensation in her operatic European debut when Peter Konwitschny’s starkly intense staging of Verdi’s La Traviata arrived at English National Opera. Vocally, physically, dramatically her Violetta (“the whore who gets all the best tunes” according to Konwitschny) was so “complete”, so unanimously greeted by superlative reviews, that it marked a highly significant arrival on the international opera scene…

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James Rhodes

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The British pianist on establishing his own record label, the importance of communicating classical music to new audiences and working on a new Channel 4 series about improving music education in UK schools
 
What was the initial spark for Instrumental Records?
Well, it’s always been a dream of mine to have my own label…

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Richard Wagner Supports Constantin Frantz's Denunciation of Prussian Militarism and Pan-GermanismWahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn!Wohin ich forschend blick’in Stadt- und Weltchronik,den Grund mir aufzufinden,warum gar bis aufs Blutdie Leut’ sich quälen und schindenin unnütz toller Wut! Madness! Madness! Everywhere madness!Wherever I searchingly glance,Through chronicles of cities and the world,The grounds thereof to find,Why, to the point of drawing blood,People torment and mistreat each otherIn senseless frenzied rage!Hans Sachs’ Monologue from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg In 1869, Richard Wagner dedicated the second edition of his Oper und Drama to Constantin Frantz (1817–1891), a Young Hegelian thinker somewhat neglected today compared to other better known Junghegelianer such as Max Stirner, David Strauss, Ludwig Feuerbach, Arnold Ruge—not to mention Marx und Engels…

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The latest production at the Royal Opera House features the largest number of people on stage – 14 principals, 48 chorus, 12 extra chorus, 26 actors, and 67 community ensemble.

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LA’s much-loved oboe star died while surfing

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LA’s much-loved oboe star died while surfingDavid Weiss, principal oboe and photographer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 30 years, died last weekend at the age of 67. The LA Times reports, after talking to the Weiss family, that David collapsed while surfing off the Pacific Palisades. The cause of death has not been ascertained.
Far too soon, and deeply mourned…

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Mendelssohn: String Quartets Opp 13, 44 no 1 and 80 review  high-octane, technically immaculateThere’s no lack of energy in the Artemis Quartet’s performances, but some of the works’ emotions remain untouchedThe notes accompanying this disc include a passionate declaration of enthusiasm for Mendelssohn’s string quartets from the cellist of the Artemis Quartet, Eckart Runge; it was through exploring this composer with their new first violin Vineta Sareika, apparently, that the group rediscovered their appetite for quartet playing…

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Fela Sowande, Nigerian Composer, Organist and Professor, Was Born May 29, 1905Fela Sowande (1905-1987) is featured at AfriClassical.comAlan Ashton provides this photo from the “1946 Theatre Organ World publication”Fela Sowande: African Suite, The Negro in Sacred IdiomOriginally on Decca LM 4547 (1952) LP, Now on Naxos mp3The African composer Olufela Sowande was born in Oyo, Nigeria on May 29, 1905…

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Forget snakes. On this plane, it’s violins that have people treble-ing.

Seriously.

Musicians Nicolas Kendall and Zach De Pue were kicked off a U…
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Joyce DiDonato encourages artists to pursue their crafts, as the world needs the work of artists. It’s inspiring to my daughter, who will soon graduate from the music conservatory at Lawrence University, in pursuit of an opera career.

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