OregonLive.com: Sphinx Virtuosi, the country’s only black and Latino string orchestra, performs at PSU [Portland State University] + MORE


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Perchance to Stream: Advent IV Edition + MORE

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio and online video from the week gone by. After clicking to an audio or video stream, you may need to press the "Play" button to start the broadcast. Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days. Watch a performance .... More »
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Let’s send Lucas to the Chopin Competition + MORE

We’ve been looking again at the list of 84 selected contestants for the Chopin Competition in Warsaw this October. Why 84? It’s arbitrary. Who are the competitors? Almost all of them unknown. In that case, why not add a name that will add fireworks to the Chopin? Lucas Debarge was placed.... More »
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Free Download: Boris Giltburg plays the Presto from Rachmaninov's 'Six moments musicaux' + MORE

This week's free download is the Presto from Rachmaninov's Six moments musicaux, performed by pianist Boris Gil.... More »

“Less filling” + MORE

“Disciplined and intelligent.” “Clean and transparent.” “Fleet and lithe.” Though Fabio Luisi’s Wagner performances draw frequent praise for their tidy professionalism, there’s often an undercurrent of frustration with the Genoese maestro for not wringing a little more blood out of t.... More »

Psappha/Hebrides Ensemble review – poignant tribute to Peter Maxwell Davies + MORE

Peel Hall, SalfordThe beguiling Farewell to Stromness and new work by David Fennessy featured in an evening that showed a profound sensitivity to folk traditionThe Red Brick Sessions is a new form of concert experience devised by the University of Salford and the BBC, combining live streams with dig.... More »
OregonLive.com: Sphinx Virtuosi, the country's only black and Latino string orchestra, performs at PSU [Portland State University]Sphinx Virtuosi(Nan Melville)The Oregonianby David StablerSeptember 29, 2014Only 5 percent of musicians in American orchestras are black or Latino, according to the League of American Orchestras. The Sphinx Organization, based in Detroit, is trying to change that. Each year, it holds the widely admired Sphinx Competition to identify young black and Latino string players and promote their careers…

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Chance to See Underrated Meyerbeer Opera

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 Meyerbeer: Dinorah, Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra and Chorus, Enrique Mazzola (conductor), Berliner Philharmonie, 1.10.2014 (JMI)   Concert version   Cast: Dinorah: Patrizia Ciofi Hoël: Etienne Dupuis Corentin: Philippe Talbot Hunter: Seth Carico The Reaper: Gideon Poppe Shepherds: Elbenita Kajtazi and Christina Sidak It is quite curious what has happened over the past hundred years with […]

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John Tavener Remembered review: powerful, lyrical and sparsely texturedBarbican, LondonThe solo passages are indulgently long but when the cello soars, the string orchestra slowly blooms into startling beautyJohn Tavener, who died last November, had made the concept of Total Immersion central to his music long before the BBC Symphony Orchestra thought of making him the subject of one of its all-day explorations: this, after all, is the composer who wrote an all-night vigil lasting seven hours…

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The Coronation of Poppea  review  amorality with an exquisite soundtrackGrand, Leeds Tim Alberys production suggests that the piece was a significant prototype for both kinds of opera, musical and soapNobody knows for certain whether Monteverdi wrote The Coronation of Poppea or merely supervised its composition among a circle of younger musicians. Opera North hedges its bets by crediting the piece to Monteverdi et al, though it might be fairer to say Monteverdi and Albery, given that director Tim Albery has devised a new performance version based on his own translation…

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Not your usual list of reviewers, as you’ll see:Georgia Rowe, SJ Mercury NewsAllan Ulrich, FTGreg Freed, Parterre BoxRodney Punt, SFCVJanos Gereben, ExaminerLisa Hirsch, SF ChronicleYes, you are reading that right: my review is in the Chron. And the first thing I have to do is apologize, because 90 minutes after I filed, I realized I’d forgotten to remark on the performances by singers in smaller roles, and by then it was too late for a change…

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Danes call mass demonstration to protest orchestra abolitionHundreds gathered this afternoon at Copenhagen’s main railway station to protest the Danish Radio’s decision to abolish the Danish Radio Chamber Orchestra. The demo was led by members of the Copenhagen Philharmonic and ended with the singing of the national anthem.
There were further demos on the streets of the city, one of them led by national treasure Michala Petri…

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Die schweigsame Frau broadcast from the Bayerische StaatsoperContrary to appearances, not a Herheim production This one is short-notice: the Bayerische Staatsoper’s free internet video stream series continues today with Strauss’s Die schweigsame Frau, starting at 6:00 pm Munich time (noon on the US East Coast). This opera, dating from 1935 with a libretto by the currently trendy Stefan Zweig, is rarely produced (I’ve never seen it) and not available on DVD…

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And finally on the Rach bag of spellings…

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And finally on the Rach bag of spellings...…let’s let SERGEI RACHMANINOFF himself have the final say. As you see: Sergei with an i. Rachmaninoff with fortissimo. (I wonder what he did in London in 1929.)Many thanks to Richard Bratby for sending me the link.

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Go, Girl

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Go, GirlPuccini’s La fanciulla del West certainly went for gold on the first night of Richard Jones’s new production for English National Opera. There’s not much I can add to my Arts Desk review, or the BBC Radio 3 Music Matters chat with Tom Service and Alexandra Wilson, about Minnie’s return to the original Americanization of David Belasco’s The Girl of the Golden West…

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In the Saturday opening of San Francisco Opera’s production of ‘Un Ballo in Maschera’ (‘A Masked Ball’) by Verdi, all the elements came together handsomely — an intelligent production directed by Jose Maria Condemi, a sumptuous orchestral performance conducted by Nicola Luisotti, first-rate work throughout the cast, but above all Julianna Di Giacomo’s commanding performance in the role of Amelia…

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Vienna State Opera at home!

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You can now see Vienna State Opera productions at home for  an amazingly reasonable price. And you can give it a try for free.  But at just €14 a go for live streaming and only €5 for archived videos – that is just €1 an hour for Meistersinger – this seems to be a bargain…

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Rupert Christiansen applauds this punchily produced account of this astonishingly modern amorality tale

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The St. Louis Symphony’s performance of Brahms’s “German Requiem” was briefly upstaged when audience members used their own music to protest the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

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