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The leggy movie + MORE

Most of the video releases I receive for review are new performances to me, and any notions I have about them are received ones, which I try to put out of mind. Occasionally I have the opportunity to take a fresh look at something I did see when it premiered, and Nonesuch’s DVD/Blu-ray combo p.... More »
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Yefim Bronfman: I keep playing for other pianists + MORE

The Russian-Israeli US-based virtuoso, in a candid video interview with Zsolt Bognar, confesses to constant attacks of nerves, accompanied by the need for approbation by other pianists. ‘I get very nervous… before a concert it’s a struggle to go on stage…. you have many fears.... More »
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PROM 75: Welcome Return to Penultimate Proms Night of  Beethoven’s Ninth + MORE

 BBC Prom 75 –  Cerha, Beethoven: Christina Landshamer (soprano), Gerhild Romberger (mezzo-soprano), Steve Davislim (tenor), Dmitry Belosselskiy (bass), Leipzig Gewandhaus Choir and Children’s Choir, Leipzig Opera Chorus, London Symphony Chorus, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Alan Gilbert .... More »
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Indispensable + MORE

Pei-Shan Lee writing in The Huffington Post:Pianists have increasingly come to understand that collaborative piano is not an escape for a failed solo pianist but is an exciting, rewarding field open to wonderful musicians who love making music and exchanging ideas with others. It’s also the career.... More »
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Detroit Symphony Dives Headlong Into Streaming + MORE

After a bitter strike, the Detroit Symphony has the most ambitious free web-streaming program of any major American orchestra, as it tries to help secure its future.    .... More »
The Minnesota Orchestra said that Michael Henson, its president, would step down this summer. The move could mean the return of the former music director Osmo Vanska.    

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Bertrand Chamayou @ French Embassy

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Schubert, Wanderer-Fantasie (inter alia), B. Chamayou (Erato, 2014)

Liszt, Années de pèlerinage, B. Chamayou (Naïve, 2011)

Franck, Les Djinns (inter alia), B. Chamayou, O. Latry, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, S. Denève (Naïve, 2010)
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Mendelssohn, Piano Pieces and Transcriptions, B…

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Controversy is a distorting lens. To the degree that a creative work becomes known as "controversial," it is that much more difficult to see and assess the actual work. That there was a riot (they say) at the premiere of Le Sacre du Printemps tells us little or nothing about the Sacre, or how we should value it…

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Ask Alice

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On Rodelinda at English National Opera, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

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Who killed the soap opera?

– www.smh.com.au

Who killed the soap opera?When Channel Nine dumped Days of Our Lives last year, fans of the long-running soap opera were livid.    

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Will children ever care about opera?

– www.telegraph.co.uk

As English National Opera launches a new initiative to promote opera in schools, Rupert Christiansen goes along to see whether it will make any difference    

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High School Drama Club: "Prince Igor" at the Met

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High School Drama Club: "Prince Igor" at the MetAll images © Cory Weaver, Metropolitan OperaKnyaz Igor (Prince Igor)March 4, 2014Prince Igor: Ildar AbdrazakovYaroslavna: Oksana DykaGalitsky: Mikhail PetrenkoKhan Konchak: Štefan KocánKonchakovna: Anita RachvelishviliVladimir Igorevich: Sergey SemishkurSkula: Vladimir OgnovenkoYeroshka: Andrey PopovOvlur: Mikhail VekuaDmitri Tcherniakov (Production, Sets, Video)Elena Zaitseva (Costumes)Itzik Galili (Choreography)Gianandrea Noseda (Conductor)Prince Igor is a problem opera – perhaps the problem opera par excellence…

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Sergio A. Mims: Decca Classics: 'Voice of Hope' - The debut album from South African Soprano Pumeza MatshikizaPumeza Matshikiza (© Simon Fowler / Decca)Sergio A. Mims writes:I came across this piece about the debut album on Decca Classics by Pumeza Matshikiza which was in German but below in the English translation: Voice of Hope – The debut album from Pumeza MatshikizaPumeza Matshikizas story sounds a bit like a modern fairy tale…

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Stunning technique and musicality - Rupert Charlesworth at Foundling HospitalRupert Charlesworth Handel arias and suites: Rupert Charlesworth, Laurence Cummings: London Handel Festival at the Foundling Hospital Museum, Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Mar 19 2014 Star rating: 5.0Stunning technique and musicality from Rupert Charlesworth and Laurence Cummings in an intimate Handel programmeHandel had a strong connection with the Foundling Hospital, supporting it with annual concerts…

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The subtle magic of Gustavo Dudamel

– www.theglobeandmail.com

This musician of the south joined hands with this composer of the north, and the result was a winter scene, to be sure, with its drama and extremes, but bathed in the sunshine of midday

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Nazi Opera Conspiracies: a Right-Wing Rewriting of HistoryAfter much thought, a phrase occurred to me, one that encapsulated the very essence of the growing literature pointing the figure at Richard Wagner as the sole source for the cultural origins of World Ward II and the Holocaust. They should be called Nazi opera conspiracies.There is a large populist literature involving numerous Nazi conspiracy theories of various degrees of bizarreness…

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Minnesota Orchestra CEO Henson to step down

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Minnesota Orchestra President and CEO Michael Henson is stepping down effective August 31.

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Music Review: Leif Ove Andsnes at Carnegie Hall, Part of a 19-City TourLeif Ove Andsnes is finally taking on Beethoven, making up for lost time with performances including a recital on Wednesday at Carnegie Hall.    

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