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The Flying Dutchman was meant to be a Scot… + MORE

The Theater an der Wien, where Wagner in 1863 conducted scenes from Der fliegende Holländer, has a new production in the original 1841 version, where the opera is set in Scotland, not Norway. You can watch it here on livestream, next Tuesday. The conductor is Marc Minkowski (with Les Musiciens du .... More »
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Tchaikovsky: Snegurochka CD review – very fine performance of a neglected work + MORE

MDR Leipzig RSO/Järvi(Sony)The folk tale of the Snow Maiden, Snegurochka – the girl of the forest, daughter of Grandfather Frost and the Spring Fairy, who cannot love because her heart is made of ice – became the source for one of the greatest of 19th-century Russian operas, by Rimsky-Korsakov,.... More »
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About The Lesser Spotted Composer + MORE

It is a great delight that so many concert halls around the world are filled with the music of the very greatest composers to have lived. But it can be easy to forget that those names, so familiar to today’s concert-goers, make up just a tiny proportion of the overall compositional output. The pre.... More »
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Whispering or Yelling, Young Composers Tell It + MORE

  MATA Festival, Concerts I and V: “Curiouser and Curiouser” and “Incomparable Contrivances”: Curious Chamber Players (April 14), Talea Ensemble (April 18), The Kitchen, New York City. 14/18.4.2015 (BH) April 14 Carlos Gutiérrez Quiroga: Jintili (2012) Tomi Räisänen: Sthe.... More »
The composer’s music resonates far and wide in Lyon

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Nazi Opera Conspiracies: Their Kinship with the Goldhagen Hypothesis and Occult Reich ConspiraciesOf all writings that help us to understand the historical background to Richard Wagner’s views on the Jews, there are perhaps few more enlightening than Ordinary Germans and the Longest Hatred found in the book Rereading German History by Sir Richard J. Evans: a brilliant and spellbinding collection of essays that make for essential background reading for anyone who wishes to read or write about Richard Wagner in historical context…

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Hey, there’s a hoopster on my opera stage

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Hey, there’s a hoopster on my opera stageOur eye was caught by this stunning shot of Chicago Bull player Joakim Noah, taken by Todd Rosenberg on the stage of the Lyric Opera. Everything about the picture is as perfectly balanced as a striker leaping to score. We asked Todd to tell us how this session came about. Here’s his account: This is […]

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Forty years ago, “Jesus Christ Superstar” became a cultural icon and musical pillar, gaining legions of fans.

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How to do justice to Christ's Last WordsHaydn’s meditations on Christ’s Seven Last Words are among the great pieces of Easter music. But could Ruth Padel, steeped in Darwin and Freud, write poetry about this cornerstone of Christianity?Two years ago I rashly accepted a commission from Tring Chamber Music and Paul Barritt, leader of the Hallé orchestra, to write poems to read between movements of Haydn’s quartet Opus 51, which meditates on Christ’s "Seven Last Words"…

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  Handel, Mozart, Haydn: Crispian Steele-Perkins (trumpet), European Union Chamber Orchestra / Hans-Peter Hofmann (director), Great Hall, Dartington, 16.4. 2014. (PRB) Handel: Trumpet Suite from ‘The Water Music’ Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K.525 Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E flat Mozart: Adagio in F, K…

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Classical Music Agenda: May 2014

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Winter may finally be over, so it is safe to plan your springtime concert schedule. Here are the ten performances most worth hearing in the month of May.

Mendelssohn, Ein Sommernachtstraum, La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, P. Herreweghe (Harmonia Mundi, 2012)
SYMPHONY:
Two programs from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra make the cut, beginning with Marin

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NYO/Roth review  'The risk of sonic overload was high'Philharmonic Hall, LiverpoolThe NYO took on two challenging works here the first with a few problems, the second utterly compellinglyThe programme for the National Youth Orchestra’s spring tour consists of Thomas Adès’s Asyla and Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben, imposing works of considerable difficulty…

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Two parts of Robert Ashley’s “Perfect Lives,” in a Spanish incarnation translated by Javier Sainz de Robles, were shown at the Whitney Museum on Thursday.

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Juan Diego Florez – L'Amour

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Juan Diego Florez - L'Amour Boieldieu, Bizet, Delibes, Donizetti, Adam, Massenet, Thomas, Offenbach and Gounod; Juan Diego Florez, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale Bologna, Roberto Abbado Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Apr 19 2014 Star rating: 4.5Juan Diego Florez’s first all French disc, with some spectacular repertoireFor his new disc on Decca, Juan Diego Florez moving into new territory and exploring roles which he does not (yet) have in his repertoire…

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I've been having an unusual Holy Week this year. The most hours I've spent in church have been spent not in services, but in singing. I have missed the liturgy of sorrow and pain and astonishing redemption, but it has been a gift to sing Purcell's Funeral Music, and Heinrich Schütz's Matthäuspassion, a piece I've gotten to know through singing it…

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NEW! Roma Opera Aperta

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Roma Opera Aperta Even his enemies said that Barack Obama ran the best presidential campaign within living memory.  Part of its success was the slogan.  Yes We Can.  The city of Rome seem to have picked up on the president’s technique.  First we had, Roma città aperta  (open to who? You may ask, but most […]

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Some tight, jubliant playing from these guys. Joining pianist Ron Regev in this Jerusalem performance last October are the Amernet String Quartet: violinists Misha Vitenson and Marcia Littley, Michael Klotz on viola, and Jason Calloway on cello. I’ve played with Mike Klotz many times at Eastman and the Bowdoin Festival and it’s great to see him in such fine musical company…

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