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Jenůfa, Royal Festival Hall, London — ‘Tenderness and jubilation’ + MORE

Jiří Bělohlávek conducted with passion, while Finnish soprano Karita Mattila owned the title role.... More »
composer

RIP Ronald Stevenson (1928 - 2015) + MORE

The sad news has just reached us that one of the giants of contemporary music in the UK has died. The great Ronald Stevenson, composer and pianist - indeed, composer-pianist - was described by some as a Lisztian figure for our times. A composer outside the mainstream, with Busoni among his most powe.... More »
orchestra

Richard Strauss festival names Fassbaender’s successor + MORE

The German conductor Alexander Liebreich will take over as intendant of the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen from 2018, it was announced today. He succeeds Brigitte Fassbaender who first put the festival on the map.     .... More »
opera news

World Premiere: Abbie Betinis's Christmas Carol for 2014 + MORE

Composer Abbie Betinis continues a family tradition begun in 1922 by her great-grandfather by writing a new carol every year. For the 14th consecutive year, Betinis premieres this year's carol on Classical MPR. Her new carol is called 'Peace with Me Now'..... More »

Broadcast Alerts – May, June

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Thanks again to Andrzej !31 May 2014 Die Soldaten Bavarian State Opera, Munich Internet video streaming1 June 2014 14.30 Les Contes d’Hoffmann Vienna Internet http://www.staatsoperlive.com/3 June 2014 Ballet : Balanchine / Millepied Paris Cinema live3 June 2014 Matisse Live from Tate Modern Tate Modern Cinema live 6 June 2014 19…

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Bramwell Tovey Completes His Mahler Cycle

– www.seenandheard-international.com

  Mahler: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey, conductor; Orpheum Theatre Vancouver, 24.5.2014  Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D Major The Mahler Revolution finished decades ago, but we have nonetheless waited a very long time for this VSO performance of Mahler’s Ninth, the last remaining symphony in a Mahler cycle that Maestro Bramwell Tovey began a […]

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New video: Playing Bach inside a live volcano

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

New video: Playing Bach inside a live volcanoEricf Silberger, a Tchaikovsky competition prizewinner and protégé of Lorin Maazel, always wanted to play his violin inside a volcano. Why? Because no-one had ever done it before and come out to tell the tale.
So he flew to Iceland and got national television to track him into the maw of a monster…

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Richard Wagner Supports Constantin Frantz's Denunciation of Prussian Militarism and Pan-GermanismWahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn!Wohin ich forschend blick’in Stadt- und Weltchronik,den Grund mir aufzufinden,warum gar bis aufs Blutdie Leut’ sich quälen und schindenin unnütz toller Wut! Madness! Madness! Everywhere madness!Wherever I searchingly glance,Through chronicles of cities and the world,The grounds thereof to find,Why, to the point of drawing blood,People torment and mistreat each otherIn senseless frenzied rage!Hans Sachs’ Monologue from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg In 1869, Richard Wagner dedicated the second edition of his Oper und Drama to Constantin Frantz (1817–1891), a Young Hegelian thinker somewhat neglected today compared to other better known Junghegelianer such as Max Stirner, David Strauss, Ludwig Feuerbach, Arnold Ruge—not to mention Marx und Engels…

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Regina Harris Baiocchi: 'Eric Dolphy, Hale & Juanita Smith, James Newton in New York Times'Hale Smith (1925-2009), an African American composer, pianist and professor, is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com. Eric Dolphy (New York Times: Francis Wolff/MosaicImages Via CORBIS)Regina Harris Baiocchi sends this link:http://www…

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Top Score: Composing Music for Trailers

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Composer Yoav Goren writes music for trailers for films, video games and television. Learn about the process on Top Score.

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Among the notables on the program at the Next Wave Festival: Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Vijay Iyer and the Berliner Ensemble.

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More Pushback Against A Surprise Shutdown Announcement

In early May, 2014 the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra (GBSO) board of directors announced their decision to shut down the institution after the 2014/15 season. The board has held firm to that decision in the wake of patron support efforts to convince them otherwise but now some of the GBSO musicians are publicly resisting the effort…

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Rolando Villazón and Daniel Barenboim at La Scala, 2014

Seeing Rolando Villazón in recital for the first time was surprising. I was expecting him to bound on stage like a hyperactive puppy, agitated and full of life, gazing wide-eyed at the audience, searching for its approval; instead I found a composed artist, calming taking his place at the centre of the stage, thoroughly prepared to tackle Schumann’s Dichterliebe…

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Meet the Twin Cities Fringe Opera company

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Colleen Meier is the co-founder of Twin Cities Fringe Opera. As the company prepares for its first production, Meier spoke with Steve Staruch.

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Why art and opera make such passionate bedfellowsThe lives of artists have often been turned into opera. But as in the ENO’s new production of Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini sometimes the truth is wilder (and more murderous) than fictionArt and opera have gone together ever since the first operatic spectacles were staged in Renaissance Italy. Opera is by definition a multimedia entertainment that brings together the visual with music…

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The Arditti Quartet, 40 Years Young

– www.icareifyoulisten.com

The Arditti Quartet, 40 Years YoungThe Arditti Quartet hosted a day long 40th Birthday celebration on 26 April 2014 in the recently opened Milton Court Concert Hall at The Barbican in London.  It would be difficult to overestimate the impact the Arditti Quartet have had on contemporary music.  The day contained music by Brian Ferneyhough, Harrison Birtwistle, Jonathan Harvey, Elliott Carter, Pascal Dusapin, Iannis Xenakis, Wolfgang Rihm, Georg Friedrich Haas (and more…), yet only two of the pieces (including Ligeti’s String Quartet No…

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No one mixes for speakers these days

– www.overgrownpath.com

No one mixes for speakers these daysLast week Philip Sheppard opened for Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté in Norwich with a superb set for electric cello* that engaged the packed non-classical audience from the first notes. Afterwards, I complimented Philip, who is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and an in demand film composer, on the compelling headphone-like sound in the auditorium…

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