Opera Rara Offenbach Fantasio + MORE Dec 19th


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Pasta, Pasta, trop’oltre vai + MORE

On this day in 1830 Donizetti’s Anna Bolena premiered in Milan.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlZC83-eMC4 On this day in 1831 Bellini’s Norma premiered at Teatro alla Scala in Milan. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhHqwwT02JM Born on this day in 1897 mezzo-soprano Marion Telva. //www.youtube.co.... More »
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Which opera is this? + MORE

Meistersinger? No. Peter Grumps? Also not. I give in. It’s Norwegian Opera’s new production of Shostakovich Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, which opened last night in Oslo. Critic Erling E Gulbrandsen calls it: ‘An An extreme scene of devastating sex on top of a huge heap of slimy cod.&.... More »

Carducci Quartet's Shostakovich Marathon + MORE

Shostakovich, String Quartets 4/8/11, Carducci String Quartet (Signum Records, 2015)Charles T. Downey, Carducci Quartet takes on Shostakovich’s quartets at the Phillips (Washington Post, November 16) Dmitri Shostakovich once told a friend that he planned to compose 24 string quartets, one in each .... More »

Review: The Desdemona in This ‘Otello’ Spits Fire + MORE

LoftOpera, which brings opera to industrial spaces, presents a different “Otello,” this one by Rossini, with a more fully fleshed-out heroine..... More »
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A flood of fake orchestras descends on China + MORE

Rudolf Tang has spotted any number of fake-name orchestras that are touring China at present. The German Radio orchestra, for instance. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Rome The Austrian Mahler Philharmonic The Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra…. The Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra was in.... More »

TT: Snapshot

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Avi Avital plays Joseph Szigeti’s violin arrangement of Bartók’s Hungarian Folk Tunes on mandolin, accompanied by Alice Sara Ott: (This…

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Music Review: A Lutoslawski Tribute Includes ‘Bukoliki’Four members of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble played a series of Witold Lutoslawski compositions during a tribute at Symphony Space.    

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The Wagnerian Readers Choice Awards - 2013. Stage 1 Semi Finals: The SingersMost awards in the arts are provided by experts and critics in that field. Alas, few, if any, rely on the opinions of those that listen to and attend performances – the odd “listeners/readers” choice winner aside. However, we are more than aware of our many readers expertise in the area of Wagner performances, recordings, artist, books, etc…

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The Sixteen/Christophers, Christ Church Spitalfields - music reviewHarry Christophers’ vocal and instrumental ensemble The Sixteen is, incredibly, approaching its 35th anniversary. Over the years the group has tackled a broad range of music, from Renaissance to contemporary, with a line-up that has varied the titular double octet as necessary.

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Verging on Truculence

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Mike Wheeler listens to Kazakhstan-born pianist Samson Tsoy

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Ensemble. Tonal Refinement

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Christmas music from Derby Concert Orchestra, heard by Mike Wheeler

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Opera Review: Jane Glover Conducts ‘The Magic Flute’ at the MetOn Monday night, Jane Glover became the third woman to conduct at the Metropolitan Opera, leading a family-friendly production of “The Magic Flute.”    

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Exactly what constitutes “the End of Time” in Olivier Messiaen’s extraordinary Quartet for piano, violin, cello and clarinet? Not surely “the end of days” but rather the end of measured time; music unfettered, music of the spheres, music without frontiers. Famously written when Messiaen was “doing time” in a camp for prisoners of war this unique expression of faith, of eternal life unbounded, was his “escape” in every sense of the word – and to hear it played with such astonishing abandon and consummate musicianship by Mitsuko Uchida and three Musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – Daishin Kashimoto, Ludwig Quandt, and Wenzel Fuchs – was one of the highlights of this or any other musical year: a free pass to a parallel universe where music has long departed the page where it once it may have been written down…

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Messiah – review

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Messiah – reviewBarbican, LondonA modest version of Handel’s festive oratorio, backed by the Academy of Ancient Music, produced near-ideal soundChristmas performances of Handel’s oratorio come in many shapes and sizes, from a substantial modern orchestra accompanying 500 voices at the Royal Albert Hall to this more modest version with just 20 members of the period-instrument Academy of Ancient Music backing the 21 vocalists of the ensemble’s attendant choir, all conducted by Bernard Labadie…

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Just when you thought the Wagner anniversary was overRather more appealing than Britten cuff links are these Wagner inspired artworks by Norfolk sculptress Vanessa Pooley. For those struggling with the symbolism, that’s Siegfried and Brunhilde above and a solo Brunnhilde below. More details here and a Wagner sculpture blog here.Salvador Dali did not design a Britten iPhone cover, but he did create a Wagner fountain…

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Opera Rara Offenbach Fantasio

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Opera Rara resurrects another interesting opera- Offenbach’s Fantasio .With a good cast and a good conductor this might bring the piece into the mainstream. Read Claire Seymour’s thoughtful assessment HERE in Opera Today.”…….Offenbach’s score contains many musical gems, but the overture gives little hint of the treasures to come…

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Tattoo, amore, tu!

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Tattoo, amore, tu!In vintage issue #33: La Cieca gossips about Dr. Jonathan Miller, Renée Fleming‘s Lucrezia Borgia, a weekend at Glimmerglass and New York Grand Opera in Central Park; reviews by Andrew Cooper and Dawn Fatale; “La Canzone di Lydia”; the final installment of “Impossible Discs”; Act Two of “A Bitchy Class”; and offbeat recordings selected by Leila de Lakmé…

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The Orchestra 990 Database Project Update: HELP!

Good news everybody, exploratory work for the Orchestra 990 Database Project is all done. The technical aspects are worked out and not only do we know it can be done, we also have a very firm idea of how much time and resources it will take; but there’s one thing that has us stumped so we need your help…

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