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Richard Addinsell: The Admirable Crichton + MORE

Richard Addinsell (1904-1977) is known universally for his magnificent parody of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 for the wartime film Dangerous Moonlight (1941) – the ‘Warsaw Concerto’. Addinsell was prolific in writing film music with an excess of 50 credits on the International Movie Dat.... 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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Met soprano will sing at Carnegie Hall after running NY marathon + MORE

Susanna Phillips will sing the national anthem before running the New York marathon this Sunday. That’s the easy part. Monday night she’s down to sing Juraj Filas’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall. No time to catch her breath. .... More »
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The white shoes + MORE

Happy Labor/Labour Day US and Canadian Paterrians!  Born on this day in 1735 composer Johann Christian Bach. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1yUQJj7NbI Born on this day in 1791 composer Giacomo Meyerbeer. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9oQR-y1w9o Born on this day in 1831 dramatist Victorien Sardou. //www.yo.... More »
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Review: LoftOpera’s ‘Lucrezia Borgia,’ With Flying Bottles of Beer and Poison + MORE

Donizetti’s opera, with its famously difficult final aria, gets an updated setting in Brooklyn..... More »

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Mahler Symphony no 1

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Mahler Symphony no 1Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos is to retire, with immediate effect. “After meeting with my doctors I have come to the following conclusion: I have to recognize publicly that I have cancer and that in this state of health and with deep sorrow I am not able to conduct at my standards and the moment to quit professional matters has come…

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Tony Soprano sleeps with the fishes. At the bottom of Blackwater Bay.

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 Ravel, Brahms, Chopin, and Stravinsky: Khatia Buniatishvili (piano). Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 4.6.2014 (MB) Ravel – Gaspard de la nuit Brahms – Intermezzi: op.117 nos 1 and 2, op.118 no.2 Chopin – Scherzo no.2 in B-flat major, op.31 Ravel – La Valse Stravinsky – Three Movements from ‘Petrushka’   It was not difficult on the […]

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The Two Tenors

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Swapping Tosca tales backstage at the Royal Opera House, Roberto Alagna and Jonas Kaufmann.
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Compare & Contrast 25

– irontongue.blogspot.com

[Pushing this up top to another another link.] I have deep respect for Finn Pollard, of Where’s Runnicles, and for Mark Berry, of Boulezian. They’re both thoughtful, passionate, and intelligent reviewers whose comments illuminate whatever performance they’re discussing. So it’s with great interest and curiosity that I link to their very different conclusions about Claus Guth’s recent production of Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Royal Opera…

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Ask Alice

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On ‘Dialogues des Carmelites’ at Covent Garden, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

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No women apply to women-led conducting course

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

No women apply to women-led conducting courseSian Edwards, head of the Advanced Conducting Course at Dartington International Summer School, is more than a little surprised that not a single woman has applied this summer.
Sian, a former music director at English National Opera and head of conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, was apparently expecting a surge after Marin Alsop’s challenging words at the 2013 Last Night of the Proms…

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The St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, led by Clinton Smith, performs the Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2 by Maurice Ravel in this week's Regional Spotlight.

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Making the old new (1)

– www.artsjournal.com/sandow

Making the old new (1)
One of my recurrent thoughts is that classical music (you’ve read it here) has to become a contemporary art. And in two recent posts — here and here — I’ve blogged about concerts that seemed to do that.
But they did it largely by playing new music. How can older classical music — all those familiar masterworks — sound contemporary? Because most of the time they don’t…

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  Liszt Inspections: Marino Formenti (piano), Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, Lincoln Center, New York City, 4.6.14 (DA)   Liszt: Hungarian Folksong in F Minor, S.245/5 Cerha: Knabenschwermut Liszt: Klavierstück in A Flat Major, S.192/2 Kurtág: …waiting for Susan Liszt: Bagatelle sans tonalité, S…

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Queen Elizabeth HallRavel – Gaspard de la nuitBrahms – Intermezzi: op.117 nos 1 and 2, op.118 no.2Chopin – Scherzo no.2 in B-flat major, op.31Ravel – La ValseStravinsky – Three Movements from ‘Petrushka’Khatia Buniatishvili (piano) It was not difficult on the basis of this recital to understand why comparisons have been drawn between Khatia Buniatishvili and Martha Argerich…

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Adriana Hölszky’s new opera barely scratches the surface of its source text, Dostoevsky’s Demons, despite a strong cast

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The lure of Mozart

– briandickie.typepad.com

As my regular readers know, I spend a good deal of my time listening to singers, assessing them and, in a small percentage of cases, marking them for significant futures.  And in auditions this is where Mozart makes the difference, even if the singer in question is a whopping great Verdi or Wagner voice…

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