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Making Lulu musical + MORE

I’ve seen two powerful operas in the past week — Philip Glass’s Appomattox at the Washington National Opera, and Lulu at one of the Met’s HD movie showings. Appomattox might be Philip’s masterpiece, and certainly the evenings I spent with it — I saw it twice — were some of the most in.... More »
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Office of Leo Brouwer Sends Updated Bio of Maestro Brouwer, Announces 'Festival Les Voix Humaines' in Havana From September 25 to October 18, 2015 + MORE

Leo BrouwerEarlier today, March 1, 2015, AfriClassical posted:March 1, 2015 76th Birthday of Afro-Cuban Composer, Guitarist & Conductor Leo Brouwer Comes on Eve of 19th National Chamber Music Festival March 4-8We sent the post to ISABELLE HERNÁNDEZ at the Office of Leo Brouwer. She has rep.... More »
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EIF 2015 – HMS Pinafore, or, Showing London How It's Done (Again) + MORE

This concert performance of HMS Pinafore continues two trends of the 2015 Festival. First, like the semi-staged Budapest Figaro it contained more drama than many fully staged operas seen in London this season (the contrast with ENO's dull fully staged Pirates was especially telling). Second, it.... More »
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Mozart: Symphonies Nos 39-41 CD review – a superb orchestra on inspirational form + MORE

Australian CO/Tognetti (ABC Classics, two CDs) Related: Richard Tognetti: an anarchist with a chamber orchestra In an interview included with this set, Richard Tognetti, the violinist-director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, remembers a concert of the three last Mozart symphonies the great Fran.... More »
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The Week in Reviews, Op. 97: Gil Shaham, David Coucheron, Alina Ibragimova + MORE

By Laurie Niles: In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world. Gil Shaham performed Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Cleveland Orchestra.The Plain Dealer: "...this was Shaha.... More »
Wagner Helps WNO Win RPS Music Award for Opera and Music TheatreWelsh National Opera have won the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society [RPS] Opera and Music Theatre Award for their productions of Lulu, Lohengrin and Paul Bunyan in 2013. The criteria for RPS Opera and Music Theatre Award is for musical and artistic excellence of a production, company (large or small-scale) or individual…

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As Teodora Gheorghiu prepares to sing in Der Rosenkavalier at Glyndebourne, she tells Rupert Christiansen how she overcame an illness that threatened her career

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Phillip Cooke – Choral Music

– www.planethugill.com

Phillip Cooke - Choral MusicPhillip Cooke is a young composer who is currently a Lecturer in Composition at Aberdeen University, and this disc on Regent Records contains a selection of his recent choral music. From 2008 to 2010 Cooke was Career Development Fellow at the Faculty of Music, Oxford University and a Junior Research Fellow at The Queen’s College, Oxford University and much of the music on the disc is linked to this period…

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How I came to write a cello concerto, aged 14Teenage cellist and composer Anoushka Sharp’s cello concerto gets its world premiere on 18 May. She tells us how she had the ambition to compose the work, and why it’s dedicated to Steven IsserlisOn Sunday 18 May, my cello concerto gets its world premiere at a concert in East London with the Docklands Sinfonia…

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Royal Festival HallRavel – Valses nobles et sentimentalesBerlioz – Les Nuits d’été, op.7Saint-Saëns – Symphony no.3 in C minor, op.78Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano)Stephen Disley (organ)Royal Philharmonic OrchestraCharles Dutoit (conductor)The orchestral version of Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales opened promisingly, the first waltz glossy, its surface properly shimmering, inviting and yet evading the question of what lay underneath…

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William Bender, Time Editor and Music Critic, Is Dead at 83In a career at the magazine that lasted from 1967 to 1978, he covered the full range of musical styles but considered himself primarily a classical music critic.

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WHEN a Rihanna fan decided to copy her idol’s look at prom, she never expected she’d be a target for mockery on the internet — including from the singer herself.

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Audition time

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This is what went down when the Pittsburgh Symphony auditioned a bunch of guest artistes recently.

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Opera quest for novelty ? Hardening the arteries of the soulIs opera a quest for novelty ? A depressing question, because it suggests a hardening of the arteries of the soul. Change is fundamental to civilization. Throughout history, people have been motivated to take risks and do better (or worse). The inescapable fact is that no-one can ever be a clone of anyone else, even in supposedly stagnant societies…

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New Classical Tracks: Winter Journey

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Franz Schubert's song cycle about a winter journey through loss and depression has just been recorded by Jonas Kaufmann, who calls it a unique masterpiece. PLUS: This week you can enter for a chance to win a copy of Kaufmann's CD.

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Met Negotiations Progress As Anticipated

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Met Negotiations Progress As Anticipated

A move that might be best described as entirely expected, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra musicians unanimously authorized their negotiating committee to call a strike if negotiations fail to produce a new agreement after the current one expires on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
Interestingly enough, the 5/12/2014 edition of the New York Times reported that the “union representing the orchestra…vot[e]d to authorize a strike should negotiations with management fail…

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Ravens & Radishes: new operatic song cycle premieres in Houston, TexasOn Sunday, April 27, the operatic song cycle Ravens & Radishes received its world premiere in Houston, TX. A collaboration of poetry by Divergence Vocal Theater’s artistic director and soprano Misha Penton, and Liminal Space co-artistic director, composer and guitarist George Heathco, the project was conceived after the two collaborated on a Divergence Vocal Theater production in 2011, and bloomed into a music video and EP release project…

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New York Philharmonic Faces Big Orchestra Hiring DecisionsEven as it faces the challenge of renovating its hall, the New York Philharmonic confronts the need to replace five of its signature musicians.

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