MET Orchestra/Levine, Carnegie Hall, New York + MORE Dec 27th

 

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Met Opera: Offenbach's 'Tales of Hoffmann' + MORE

This weekend, the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts "The Tales of Hoffmann," by Jacques Offenbach. Even if you're not an opera buff, the phrase "Tales of Hoffmann" may well have a familiar ring to it..... More »
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When I have sung my songs + MORE

Soprano Renée Fleming is certainly making the role of the Countess in Richard Strauss’s final opera Capriccio the focus of her late-career years.  After her Met run in 2010, she has made various stops in the role, including this 2013 Wiener Staatsoper production, released by Unitel Classica .... More »
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You can't write that because it will deter sponsors + MORE

My intention to leave the hot potato of the ethics of funding alone has been blown out of the water by the letter in the Guardian from composers and academics opposing BP's sponsorship of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. What role ethics should play in classical music sponsorship has been a rec.... More »
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Cecilia Bartoli and Antonio Pappano in conversation and concert in Rome + MORE

Cecilia Bartoli and Antonio Pappano celebrated Mozart’s 261st birthday with a concert in Rome. Pappano was conducting his orchestra and chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia at the Parco della Musica auditorium, which is Bartoli’s choice venue on the few occasions when she sings in .... More »
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'Jeux' people play: Classical music inspired by sports + MORE

When it comes to classical music inspired by sports, Debussy's famous "Jeux" is only the crack of the bat..... More »
Afro-French Composer Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Born Dec. 25, 1745, Featured at 'Colour of Music' in Charleston 268 Years After BirthMaestro Marlon Daniel, of Ensemble du Monde, was Director of Orchestral Music at Colour of Music Festival in Charleston in 2013           The life, fencing and music of Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799)are presented at AfriClassical.com. On Dec. 25, 1745, a slave on a Caribbean plantation gave birth to a boy whose father was a French nobleman who owned the plantation…

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Coupe de grâce

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Coupe de grâceThose among the cher public who did not find enough Wagner in their Christmas stockings (or who are still reeling from the recent ROH travesty they called a Bühnenweihfestspiel) will be pleased to hear that our good friends at Opera Depot are currently offering a free download of Parsifal conducted by Hans Knappertsbusch at the 1963 Bayreuth Festival.

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Jürgen Jürgens’ Trauer-Ode

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Jürgen Jürgens’ Trauer-OdeWalt Mundkowsky[December 2013.] Johann Sebastian BACH: Cantatas BWV 27 (1726), 158 (1713-17) and 198 (Trauer-Ode) (1727). (Rec. 1966.) Rotraud Hansmann (sop), Helen Watts (alt), Kurt Equiluz (ten), Max van Egmond (bs), Monteverdi-Chor Hamburg, Concerto Amsterdam, Jürgen Jürgens (dir.). Teldec 2564 64763-2 (http://www…

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An energetic but sensitive James Levine conjured Mahler both nuanced and explosive from the virtuosic MET Orchestra

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The diva

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Tosca – Metropolitan Opera, 12/17/2013Radvanovsky, Tamura, Gagnidze / ArmiliatoI know she’s been working on them in parallel, with performances of this part around the world since the last Met run, but it’s near-impossible at this point to view Sondra Radvanovsky’s current run as Tosca separately from her triumph this fall as Norma…

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Learning How to Play as an IndividualBy Daniel Broniatowski: My dear readers,
Today’s article is not going to be about wedding music, music lessons, or my company, Maestro Musicians.
Rather, I simply wish to speak to you from the heart about my experience as a concert violinist. It is my hope that you can take my principles and apply them to your own life in any way that resonates (no pun intended!)…

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Korea appoints its first woman chief conductor

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Korea appoints its first woman chief conductorWe are receiving reports that Shi-Yeon Sung, associate conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, has been named chief conductor of the  Suwon Philharmonic. Shi-Yeon, 38, won the 2006 Sir Georg Solti International Conductors Competition and was assistant conductor to James Levine at the Boston Symphony…

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Gott der Herr die Hand uns reicht: Hänsel und Gretel in WiesbadenDie Kinder und die Knusperhexe. Photo © Staatstheater WiesbadenLike many other opera houses, the Staatstheater Wiesbaden is presenting Hänsel und Gretel during this festive season, and I took myself to yesterday's performance as a Christmas treat. Fine orchestral work, a carefully revived production, and strong vocal and dramatic performances made it a treat indeed…

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Music Review: ‘Messiah’ by the Oratorio Society at Carnegie HallKen Tritle led the Oratorio Society in Handel’s “Messiah” for a capacity crowd at Carnegie Hall.    

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New York Times Blog: 'Sphinx Awards Highlight Promise Among Young Musicians'Damien SneedCarla DirlikovPedrito Martinez (Copyright Martin Cohen/congahead.com)The New York Times BlogDecember 24, 2013Sphinx Awards Highlight Promise Among Young MusiciansBy ALLAN KOZINN The Sphinx Organization, a national training program devoted to getting black and Hispanic students involved in classical music performance, announced the winners of its 2014 artist scholarships on Tuesday…

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Phoney video: A pianist in fear of his life

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Phoney video: A pianist in fear of his lifeThis is the trailer for the forthcoming movie, Grand Piano, in which a soloist is warned he’ll be shot by a sniper if he plays a wrong note. Can you see anything credible in this?

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