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On Forbes: Bach & Beyond: Music For The Easter Weekend + MORE

Bach & Beyond: Music For The Easter Weekend In an interview with then music director of the Washington National Opera Heinz Fricke back in 2007, I asked him as a seasonal aside, whether there was any particular music for Easter that he liked. He thought about it for a while, then added: “Anyt.... More »

Music Review: New York Philharmonic Begins Season at the Movies + MORE

The New York Philharmonic began its season on Tuesday with music from Italian movies and help from Renée Fleming, Joshua Bell and Josh Groban..... More »
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Opera & Classical Music Listings for Feb. 27-March 5 + MORE

A selected, critical guide to classical music performances in New York City..... More »

Corporate lawyer makes recital debut at Carnegie Hall + MORE

The American Lawyer website introduces us to Marie-Joe Abi-Nassif, a mezzo-soprano who will give a voice-and-piano recital tomorrow night at Carnegie’s smaller Weill Hall. Marie-Jo works in capital markets at Latham & Watkins while continuing her voice training at Juilliard. Full story h.... More »

Arthur Butterworth: The Path across the Moors- some further thoughts + MORE

I recently wrote an appreciation of Arthur Butterworth’s excellent tone-poem The Path across the Moors, in which I suggested that in spite of it having been issued on a ‘light music’ CD, it had considerable depth and emotional content beyond what is normally considered belonging to that genre..... More »
Exclusive: Cologne picks seasoned fighter as new music directorWe hear that Cologne is about to announce a new general music director of opera and the Gürzenich orchestra.  The new broom is Francois-Xavier Roth, the Frenchman who has been fighting for the past two years to block the merger of his SWR Freiburg orchestra with Stuttgart’s. Francois will take over in Cologne in September […]

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Ensemble. Unlucky in Love

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Giuseppe Pennisi visits Pisa for The Tales of Hoffmann

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Twenty Years Later, A Schnittke U.S. Premiere

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 Gubaidulina, Kancheli, Schnittke: John Holiday (countertenor), Ken Hamao (violin), Juilliard Orchestra, Anne Manson (conductor). Peter Jay Sharp Theater, The JuilliardSchool, New York City, 31.1.2014 (BH) Gubaidulina: Fairy Tale Poem (1971, New York premiere) Kancheli: And farewell goes out sighing… (1999) Schnittke: Symphony No…

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Opera hopefuls sing praises of access

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TENOR John Longmuir spent almost $25,000 last year going to Europe and North America for lessons and auditions with opera houses.

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Time to Deny the Nazis their One Last Victory

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Time to Deny the Nazis their One Last VictoryThe conductor Daniel Barenboim (who is also Jewish) is famous for saying that it is important that Wagner be played in Israel to deny the Nazis their “one last victory”.Today, it occurred to me that many people are driven by purely emotive arguments to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive by dutifully hating Wagner for allegedly inciting genocide…

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Using Garageband to make a practice room sound like a concert hallBy Michael O’Gieblyn: In 2011, I took an audition for a local orchestra. This audition was being held at a church that I had never played in, and I couldn’t test it out before the audition either. When it was my turn to play, I walked into the small chapel and tuned quietly after the proctor announced my number…

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Somehow, though, I had completely missed what is considered not only one of Bach's finest compositions, but also one of the grandest and most esteemed works in the whole of music: the Mass in B Minor.

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Don Not Dusted

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Review – Don Giovanni (Royal Opera House, Wednesday 12 February 2014)
Don Giovanni – Mariusz Kwiecień
Leporello – Alex Esposito
Donna Anna – Malin Byström
Don Ottavio – Antonio Poli
Il Commendatore – Alexander Tsymbalyuk
Donna Elvira – Véronique Gens
Zerlina – Elizabeth Watts
Masetto – David Kimberg
Director – Kasper Holten
Set Design – Es Devlin
Video Designs – Luke Halls
Costume Designs – Anja Van Kragh
Lighting Design – Bruno Poet
Royal Opera House Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Nicola Luisotti (Conductor)
Don Giovanni is quintessential Mozart…

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Vox Luminis at Choral at Cadogan

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Vox Luminis at Choral at Cadogan Stabat Mater: Vox Luminis: Cadogan Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Feb 12 2014 Star rating: 5.0Plangently expressive singing from the Belgian ensemble in programme devoted to the Virgin at the foot of the corssFor their concert in the Choral at Cadogan series at London’s Cadogan Hall last night (12 February 2014), the Belgian ensemble Vox Luminis brought a programme of music based around the Virgin Mary and the Stabat Mater…

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MusicUNTOLD Reunion at Carnegie Hall: Soprano Latonia Moore and Bass-Baritone Donnie Ray Albert Join Cincinnati Symphony at Carnegie Hall May 9, 2014Latonia Moore (Dallas Opera/Kilponen)Donnie Ray AlbertJohn Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites:Soprano Latonia Moore and Bass-Baritone Donnie Ray Albert donated performances for MusicUNTOLD concert to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 2012. The concert received a delayed broadcast on KUSC 91…

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Kettle Corn, Beer and a Laid Back Approach to New MusicFriday evening, January 24, 2014, at the DiMenna Center began with the distinct smell of kettle corn and the refreshing sound of beer cans opening to signify the end of a another work week. The performance space, a large acoustic rehearsal room for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, was occupied with a mix of spectators young and old as well as two very talented performers…

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Vieni a mirar la cerula

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Vieni a mirar la cerulaMore Verdi from the Mike Richter collection, this time from CD-ROM SFO-02, a performance of Simon Boccanegra featuring Ingvar Wixell and Kiri Te Kanawa.  
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
14 November 1975
San Francisco Opera
Simon: Ingvar Wixell
Amelia: Kiri Te Kanewa
Gabriele: Giorgio Merighi
Fiesco: Martti Talvela
Paolo: Allan Monk
Conductor: Paolo Peloso
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The pianist Garrick Ohlsson played a challenging program of Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and the American composer Charles Tomlinson Griffes at Carnegie Hall.    

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