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Intimate Schumann from Four Leading players of the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia + MORE

 Schumann: Alexander Lonquich (piano), Cristina Barbuti (piano), Carlo Maria Parazzoli (violin), Simone Briatore (viola), Luigi Piovano (cello), Alessandro Carbonare (clarinet), Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Sala Sinopoli, Parco della Musica, Rome. 16.11.2016. (JB) I’ve long held that Sc.... More »

Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra Excel in the Music of Three French Masters + MORE

Berlin Festtage (7) – Debussy, Boulez, and Ravel:  West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim (conductor). Philharmonie, Berlin, 4.4.2015 (MB) e Debussy – Prélude à l’après-midi d’une faun Boulez – Dérive 2 Ravel – Rapsodie espagnole Alborado del gracioso Pavane pour une infant .... More »

Christian Gerhaher expresses himself completely through German song + MORE

The German baritone performs Schubert’s Winterreise with pianist Gerold Huber at Toronto’s Koerner Hall on Thursday.... More »

Barry Ferguson: South and West Suite for organ + MORE

I recently acquired a copy of Roger Sayer playing the magnificent Klais organ in the Hallgrímskirkja Lutheran parish church in Reykjavík, Iceland. This CD was issued in 1996 as Volume 45 of the Guild Great European Organs. Works include Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in D major, Jean Langlais’ .... More »
Minimalist composer Steve Reich hasn’t yet taken the Ice Bucket Challenge, but in a sense he’s done his part.

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Tired Of The Ice Bucket Challenge?

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Tired Of The Ice Bucket Challenge?

Composer/keyboardist Jordan Rudess is sick of ice bucket challenge videos (h/t Ed Goldstein) but unlike most of us who just gripe about it, he did something creative by coming up with his own variation: playing an uber-cool, not-so-easy, chromatic riff in 13/8 while talking about his day.

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Two counter-tenors among Domingo’s Operalia semi-finalistsHere’s the list. Finals on Saturday.

Constans Anaïs Soprano FrancePoulitsi Christina Soprano GreeceWillis-Sørensen Rachel Soprano USANemzer Andrey Countertenor RussiaChang Mario Tenor GuatemalaHoliday John Countertenor USASivko Anatoli Bass BelarusKolosova Alisa Mezzo-soprano RussiaLasri Abdellah Tenor MoroccoAdams Julie Soprano USADeonarine Kiri Soprano USAGuerrero Joshua Tenor USA/MexicoLi Yi Tenor ChinaOwens Shea Baritone USAWoodbury Amanda Soprano USAXiahou Jinxu Tenor ChinaLavrov Alexey Baritone RussiaGarcia Carol Mezzo-soprano SpainSicilia Mariangela Soprano ItalyLevis Abigail Mezzo-soprano USAHernandez Airam Tenor Spain

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CD Spotlight. Longing Fulfilled

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Cyprien Katsaris arranges Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto, enjoyed by Gerald Fenech. ‘… unparalleled success …’

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William Tell review  Noseda does justice to Rossini's freedom fighterUsher Hall, EdinburghTeatro Regio Torino’s sparkling concert-performance of the full Rossini opera proves there’s more to it than the ‘Lone Ranger’ overtureRossini’s last opera the whole thing, that is, not just the overture is a rarity that suddenly seems to be everywhere. There are new productions at Welsh National Opera and Covent Garden this season, and there was this, a magnificent concert-performance from Teatro Regio Torino and its music director, Gianandrea Noseda…

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Budapest Festival Orchestra – more!

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I’ve reviewed the second of the Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer Proms for The Arts Desk. Two Brahms symphonies, five stars.About 10 minutes into the Brahms Third Symphony I wanted to check a name in the Budapest Festival Orchestra’s programme. I dared to turn a page. Bad idea. Such preternatural stillness had settled over the sold-out Royal Albert Hall that the gesture could probably have been spotted from the balcony…

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On the Air This Week

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Highlights from August 26 to September 2 Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Teresa Root. Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: The Jasper String Quartet plays Haydn in St. Cloud. Friday, 2 pm: The Copper Street Brass Quintet, live from…

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Plácido Domingo has been battling illness, but the 73-year-old general director of L.A. Opera confirmed that he is, indeed, healthy enough to take the stage for the company’s season opener on Sept. 13. He made that point Tuesday by energetically kicking off his annual Operalia…

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Exclusive: Orchestra commissions Ode to Gay

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Exclusive: Orchestra commissions Ode to GayThe young Australian composer Gordon Hamilton, whose work we have featured on this site, has been commissioned by the Queensland Symphony to write a prelude to Beethoven’s ninth symphony.
Taking his cue (and a theme) from the Ode to Joy, he has titled the new work ‘Ode to Gay’ and dedicated it to men who were persecuted for their sexuality or forced to conceal it…

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The Latest Nazi Opera Conspiracy Book is Out

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The Latest Nazi Opera Conspiracy Book is OutHere it is, folks. As predicted, no sooner as Joachim Köhler published his retraction of charges against Richard Wagner for causing WWII and the Holocaust, the next iteration of Nazi opera conspiracy theories is out. And it is being enthusiastically endorsed by none other than Norman Lebrecht:Now, I haven’t yet read this new title by singer, Bernd Weikl, calling for Richard Wagner to be banned in Germany, but I can certainly guarantee that the likelihood that Weikl has gone through thousands of ex-Soviet archival documents opened up to Western historians to uncover new evidence that the National Socialist Party was an opera company in disguise are slim…

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Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition showcases the best young talent in opera from around the world

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Prom 50: Beethoven Missa Solemnis

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Prom 50: Beethoven Missa Solemnis Beethoven Missa Solemnis; Lucy Crowe, Jennifer Johnston, Michael Spyres, Matthew Rose, Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner; BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Aug 26 2014 Star rating: 5.0Transcendent performance of Beethoven’s masterpiece, the first time John Eliot Gardiner has conducted it at the PromsJohn Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir and the Orchestra Revolutionnaire et Romantique brought Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis to the BBC Proms in a much anticipated late night concert on Tuesday 26 August 2014 at the Royal Albert Hall…

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Awadagin Pratt Performs 'Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor with the Ciompi Quartet at Duke' University 8 PM, Saturday, September 20, 2014Awadagin Pratt(www.xavier.edu)The career of Awadagin Pratt continues to fascinate us.  We have a few of his recordings in our collection, including the Brahms disc he recorded on Telarc with cellist Zuill Bailey.  The following program is just one of four he has listed at his website for the month of September 2014:The home page of Awadagin Pratt, http://www…

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