Murder most melodic: Marc Almond's new album takes on London's grisly history + MORE

 

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New Year, New Gig? + MORE

If you haven’t been to Adaptistration Jobs lately, you’re missing out on a flood of new listings; in fact, there are ten new listings alone in the last three days! There’s even a Featured Listing for a newly created position at California Symphony, Director of Patron Loyalty,.... More »
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The Eye of the Storm: Beethoven All in Himself + MORE

The score of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 28 is marked with phrases like, 'with innermost sensibility' and 'slow and longingly.' Pianist Roman Rabinovich plays just like that. His performance from a Frederic Chopin Society recital given last month is in this week's Regional Spotlight..... More »
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Dallas Opera, 2017-18 + MORE

Well, well, one of the more unusual operatic seasons in the US, and it's in Dallas. Good for you - I will finally make my first visit, maybe two, to Texas. Once again, I steal liberally from OT. The Dallas Opera web page about the season is here.October 20- November 5 2017: Samson and DalilaOct.... More »
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Anna Netrebko Triumphs Once Again As Anna Bolena + MORE

 Donizetti: Anna Bolena, Wiener Staatsoper Orchestra and Chorus, Andriy Yurkevich (conductor), Staatsoper, Vienna, 10.4.2015 (JMI) Cast: Anna Bolena: Anna Netrebko Percy: Celso Albelo Giovanna Seymour: Ekaterina Semenchuk Enrico VIII: Luca Pisaroni Smeton: Margarita Gritskova Lord Rochefort: Dan Pa.... More »
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Mendelssohn: String Quartets Op 44 No 3 and Op 80, etc CD review – Escher String Quartet are truly exceptional + MORE

Escher String Quartet (BIS) Related: Mendelssohn: Quartets No 2 in A minor and No 3 in D major CD review – rich, warm and vital The Escher String Quartet began their Mendelssohn series last year with the first of the number quartets, Op 12 and the second of the Op 44 set. Like the first instalment.... More »
Murder most melodic: Marc Almond's new album takes on London's grisly historySOFT CELL singer Marc Almond has teamed up with saxophonist and Silent Witness theme composer John Harle to make The Tyburn Tree, an album chronicling the darker side of the capital’s past

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At the NSO: Lilacs and Bell

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Many thanks to Robert R. Reilly for this review from just around the corner.
I believe the National Symphony Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach deserve full houses. Encouragingly, that’s what they got on Thursday evening. With a program of Paul Hindemith’s When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d: A Requiem for those we love (never performed before by the NSO) and Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin

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Opera at the Richard Burton Theatre

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The foyer of the Richard Burton Theatre, 6pm January 30 2014
Wales, unsurprising for a nation which has music deeply embedded in its DNA, has no less than three opera companies, varied, contrasting, each making a distinctive contribution to to the knowledge, understanding and experience of our rich art form – and all truly excellent…

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London has had a Brahms bonanza in recent weeks, with both the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Philharmonia orchestras delivering substantial quantities of his music. Not to be left out, the London Symphony Orchestra weighed in with his Violin Concerto.

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Free Kindle Book: Wagner And His Isolde

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Free Kindle Book: Wagner And His Isolde“The world has been overcome. Through our love, our sorrow, it has overcome itself. It no longer is an enemy before which I flee, but an object wholly indifferent and unessential to which I can turn without fear or pain; therefore, even without any real disgust. This I realise all the more because, theoretically, my impulse to withdraw from the world no longer is as strong as formerly…

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CD Spotlight. Quite Sensational

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Iestyn Davies’ Handel arias impress Roderic Dunnett. ‘… pretty wonderful …’

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LONDON (Reuters) – Roald Dahl’s “Dirty Beasts” poems have a musical cadence which may explain why, after the success of stage versions of “Matilda” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, three of them are being set to music to introduce young people to the orchestra.

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‘Back to the Future’ musical planned for LondonDirector Robert Zemeckis is literally going back into the past for his next project — a stage musical of “Back to the Future.”    

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Enough names to go around?

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I’ve admired the work of the Amsterdam-based new music ensemble, Trio Scordatura, which has specialized in music with alternative tunings since 2006.  Now, I’ve just read a review at the New Music Box of a Texan violin and viola twosome, Duo Scordatura.  Before I clicked on the review, I expected to find that some 2/3 of the Amsterdam trio had done a recording absent either a voice, viola or keyboard instrument…

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Riccardo Muti’s Chicago Symphony Orchestra winter residency programs this week and next have a particularly Janus-faced character. They look to the past to prepare for the future and they look to a future that is very conscious of the past…

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LSO Jansen Pappano Barbican 31 Jan 2014

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LSO Jansen Pappano Barbican 31 Jan 2014 Maxwell Davis: Fanfare: Her Majesty’s WelcomeBrahms: Violin ConcertoWalton: Symphony No. 1London Symphony OrchestraJanine Jansen, violinAntonio Pappano, conductorAntonio Pappano is only an occasional collaborator with the London Symphony, but he works well with the orchestra. He delivers plenty of fire and passion, and is often extreme with his tempos and rubato…

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The Widening Gyre

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The Widening GyreUPDATED: Because I forgot to link to Anne Midgette’s article. Would love to see a graphic showing the opposite of Andy’s.Remember Mark Vanhoenacker’s Slate piece the other week? (Link is to this blog.) It looks as though there will be some arm-wrestling about the current state of classical music after all…

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