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Michael Torke: Life After the Ceremony of Innocence + MORE

Before turning 30, Michael Torke had become a towering figure in the new music community. He was signed by a major publisher, had an exclusive record contract on a major label, and was the de-facto composer-in-residence for New York City Ballet. In his early 40s, he went totally DIY both self-publis.... More »
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 + MORE

Once again, shamelessly stealing from Opera Tattler:September 25- December 16 2017: NormaSeptember 26- October 28 2017: Les Contes d’HoffmannSeptember 27- October 14 2017: Die ZauberflöteOctober 2 2017- March 10 2018: La BohèmeOctober 12 2017- April 5 2018: TurandotOctob.... More »

A Zemlinsky moment + MORE

The Escher Quartet, seen here playing the second movement of Zemlinsky's Third Quartet, will perform the composer's four quartets under the auspices of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center tomorrow night; the event will be streamed live. Of the four, the Second is particularly nota.... More »

Wise Blood: 'Opera exhibition' at the Soap Factory is a stunner + MORE

Anthony Gatto's world-premiere opera based on Flannery O'Connor's 1952 novel unfolds in an immersive set created by artist Chris Larson..... More »
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Flicks in Five: 'The April Fools' + MORE

This 1969 romantic comedy features Jack Lemmon, Catherine Deneuve, Sally Kellerman and a wonderful supporting cast. The film's title tune proved a big hit for composer Burt Bacharach, finding its way onto radio as well as into restaurants and department stores. Hearing it on this week's Flicks in Fi.... More »

The Death Of Ethics

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The Death Of Ethics

Last week’s orchestra compensation reports produced one of the most troubling instances in its nearly decade long history by way of discovering the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) implemented a policy designed to obfuscate their music director compensation. Moreover, when asked about the compensation data, the DSO refused to release the information, even though their music director provided his employer with permission to do exactly that…

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Dance Review: ‘Tap and Song’ at Symphony Space“Tap and Song,” at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Symphony Space, presented an eclectic program that intertwined tap dancing with musical instruments and spoken word.

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A Japanese Sun Shines on Stockport

– www.seenandheard-international.com

  Gilbert & Sullivan, The Mikado: The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, The Plaza Theatre, Stockport  11.7.2014 (RJW) Cast Mkado of Japan — Matthew Kellett Nanki-Poo — Nick Allen Ko-Ko — Simon Butteriss Pooh-Bah — Bruce Graham Pish-Tush — John Savournin Yum-Yum — Claire Lees Pitti-Sing — Tammy Davies Peep-Bo — Ruth Betteridge Katisha — […]

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All in the family

– parterre.com

All in the familyOur Own Jungfer Marianne Leizmetzerin delves into the seedy personal lives of royalty (especially queens) with this performance of Semiramide from San Francisco.
Gioachino Rossini: Semiramide
San Francisco Opera
Richard Bonynge, conductor
03 October 1981
Semiramide – Montserrat Caballé
Arsace – Marilyn Horne
Assur – James Morris
Idreno – Dalmacio Gonález
Azema – Candace Kahn
Oroe – Eric Halfvarson
Mitrane – Jonathan Green
Ghost of Nino – Gregory Stapp

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Hotting up – Elgar at the Proms

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Hotting up - Elgar at the PromsFirst Night of the BBC Proms Friday : Elgar The Kingdom which i guessed thru mysterious powers (more here).  An ideal extravaganza with which to start the summer. Even the weather report suggests a surge in the temperature. Elgar  took to technological change with zest, making numerous studio recordings and taking part in films…

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Found in a Maazel Obit

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From Allan Kozinn’s Times obit:In 1989, he was on a short list of candidates to succeed Herbert von Karajan at the Berlin Philharmonic. When Claudio Abbado was chosen instead, Mr. Maazel insisted that he never had any intention of leaving his Pittsburgh orchestra, and canceled his Berlin dates — not, he said, in a fit of pique, but so that Mr…

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The Bolshoi Opera gave a compelling concert performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera, with conductor Gennadi Rozhdestvensky still a formidable force at 83

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OA dominates Helpmann nominations

– www.theaustralian.com.au

OPERA Australia is in the race for 26 awards, mostly thanks to two big-budget and very different shows.

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The official classical chart

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Week ending 12 July 2014


Bruckner Symphony No. 9 in D minor
Lucernce Festival Orchestra/Claudio Abbado
Deutsche Grammophon 479 3441
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Voice of the Turtle Dove
The Sixteen/Harry Christophers
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Jenkins Motets
Polyphony/Stephen Layton
Deutsche Grammophon 479 3232
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Miloš Karadaglić (guitar); London Philharmonic Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Mercury Classics 481 0811
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Haydn Symphonies

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My summers with Maestro Maazel: a cellist’s tale

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My summers with Maestro Maazel: a cellist’s tale
Daniel Lelchuk has played principal cello at the Castleton Festival for the past five years. Here are his thoughts on the maestro’s death:

Maestro Lorin Maazel died yesterday, Sunday July 13th 2014. In the afternoon the Castleton Festival Orchestra performed a concert with three of his compositions on the program…

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Berlioz Herminie and La mort de Cleopatre Berlioz Herminie, La mort de Cleopatre; Lisa Larsson, Het Gelders Orkest, Antonello Manacorda; Challenge Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jul 07 2014 Star rating: 3.0Two of Berlioz’s Prix de Rome cantatas in performances in performances which don’t quite make their mark in a crowded markedBerlioz had three goes at winning the Prix de Rome (in 1827, 1828 and 1829) before finally winning in 1830…

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First to sort out a possible confusion: there are more than one fiddle players with the name Midori. Midori Goto is a renowned Japanese-American violinist who has many CDs exploring a wide range of repertoire. Midori Seiler has released albums of music by Beethoven, Haydn and Vivaldi. And then there is Midori Komachi…

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A critical guide to classical music performances and festivals in the New York City area.

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