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In My Book, This was the Wrong Choice. + MORE

James Levine has dropped out of conducting the Met Lulu in favor of Tannhaueser.  Draw the obvious conclusions about his energy reserves. I'd certainly rather hear him in Lulu.From the Met:James Levine Will Focus His Energies on Tannhäuser This Fall;New Production of Lulu&n.... More »
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Opera San Jose's daring revise of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' is a winner + MORE

Mix together these ingredients: a dramatic work by America's greatest 20th century playwright, a libretto that follows it closely, a thoroughly American composer with an ingrained sensibility of classical European style, a director with a unique vision to challenging an audience and most important, .... More »
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Prurient Prokofiev Fiery Angel Bayerische Staatsoper + MORE

Sergei Prokofiev The Fiery Angel at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, brilliantly conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.  As an opera, The Fiery Angel poses difficulties, but as abstract music it works so well that Prokofiev adapted it to become his Symphony No 3. Musical values dominate the score, a.... More »
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The end of time in Clapham: Messiaen at Omnibus + MORE

Michael Foyle, Maksim Štšura - photo Alastair Merrill Messiaen Quatuor pour le fin du temps Maksim Štšura, Michael Foyle, Joseph Shiner, Yelian He Omnibus, Clapham Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 2 2016 Star rating: 4.0Young artists bring Messiaen's intense masterpiece to Clapham.... More »
John Malveaux: Bell Ringing Ceremony Celebrating the 69th Anniversary of Korea Liberation Day at the Korean Friendship Bell, 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM, Aug. 15, 2014John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Phoenix Park-Kim serves as an associate professor of music at Indiana Wesleyan University. Hye-Young Suh is currently Professor of Piano at SungKyul University, South Korea. The two pianists, representing MusicUNTOLD and concluding an international tour, will offer a four-handed performance of “Sanjo” by Korean composer La Jin Won during the Freedom Bell Ringing Ceremony celebrating the 69th Anniversary at the Korean Friendship Bell on August 15, 2014…

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Tallis By Triptych

– lietofinelondon.wordpress.com

Review: Thomas Tallis (Wanamaker Theatre, Sunday 27 July 2014)
Thomas Tallis/Dr Dee – Brendan O’Hea
Henry VIII/Priest – Simon Harrison
Elizabeth I/Queen Catherine/Mrs Prest – Susie Trayling
Kirsty Hopkins (Soprano)
Alexandra Kidgell (Soprano)
William Purefoy (Countertenor)
Jeremy Budd (Tenor)
Tom Raskin (Tenor)
Ben Davies (Bass)
Director – Adele Thomas
Designer – Hannah Clark
Jessica Swale (Playwright)
The Wanamaker Theatre is making a name for itself in terms of some original productions…

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Just in: Chicago Symphony loses another top exec

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Just in: Chicago Symphony loses another top execMartha Gilmer, head of artistic planing and a Chicago Symphony vet of 38 years, is moving to San Diego as CEO.
Her departure follows that of CSO president Deborah Rutter, who has gone to Washington.
Neither will be easy to replace. Andrew Patner has the story here.

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Note: This is a slightly delayed review of the performance given on Sunday 27th July 2014.According to the programme, fully staged Wagner was last seen at the Theatre Royal, Norwich in 1997. Before anything else therefore, it is cause for celebration that the management have brought Wagner back once again…

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Briefly Noted: Spohr String Quartets

– ionarts.blogspot.com

L. Spohr, String Quartets, Vol. 17, Concertino String Quartet
(released on July 8, 2014)
Naxos 8.225352 | 56’25"

Vol. 16
(released on May 27, 2014)
Naxos 8.225983 | 57’19"

C. Brown, Louis Spohr: A Critical Biography (1984/2006)
The music of many composers who achieved great fame in their lives has faded into obscurity…

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North Norfolk Music Festival

– www.planethugill.com

North Norfolk Music FestivalThe North Norfolk Music Festival is based in and around St. Mary’s Church, South Creake in Norfolk. We happened on the festival last year almost by accident (see my review). This year’s festival runs from 12 to 24 August 2014. The festival is opened by soprano Joan Rogers, viola player (and festival co-artistic director) Simon Rowland-Jones and pianist Gary Matthewman in a programme of music by Rebecca Clarke, Britten and Poulenc, including Poulenc’s L’Histoire du Babar as well as Rowland-Jones’s own song-cycle for soprano, viola and piano setting Stevie Smith…

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Today Is the Last Day Of The Met As You Know It

It is deadline day for the Metropolitan Opera (Met) and if the organization and its union employees fail to reach an accord by midnight, it is expected that the employer will initiate a lock out. Over the past few days, union employees have been removing personal equipment and any other personal belongings they don’t want to go without for an extended period of time the HR department is almost certainly buzzing with last minute questions and tasks related to the since the severing health benefits, payroll, and the host of other odds and ends that would otherwise wait a day or two…

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The Metropolitan Opera in New York says it hopes last minute negotiations with unions over a pay dispute will avoid a staff lockout.

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

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  Bayreuth Festival 2014 (3) – Wagner, Siegfried: soloists, chorus and orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival conducted by Kirill Petrenko. Bayreuth, Germany. 30.7.2014. (JPr) Cast Siegfried: Lance Ryan Mime: Burkhard Ulrich The Wanderer: Wolfgang Koch Alberich: Oleg Bryjak Fafner: Sorin Coliban Erda: Nadine Weissmann Brünnhilde: Catherine Foster The Woodbird: Mirella Hagen   Production Director: Frank […]

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Met Opera Unions Agree to Federal Mediator as Deadline LoomsIt was unclear if the arrival of a mediator would forestall the lockout threatened by the Metropolitan Opera’s management.

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Prom 13: CBeebies Prom – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

Prom 13: CBeebies Prom - reviewThe first prom pitched at the under-fives keeps its young audience entertained with its mix of CBeebies favourites and rousing tunes.Royal Albert Hall, LondonTowards the end of the CBeebies Prom, Bernard Cribbins famous to his young audience as the eponymous hero of Old Jacks Boat announces that his on-screen dog Salty will go down in history: it is the first time in its 120 years that an animal has taken part in the Proms…

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Gergiev World Orchestra for Peace Prom 4

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Gergiev World Orchestra for Peace Prom 4In the aftermath of  MH 17, it’s hard to think of any ally of Vladimir Putin as an ambassador for world peace.  On the other hand, because I genuinely believe in freedom of speech, I can’t condemn him for having opinions on subjects he’s bound to know more about than I do. Plus, the Gergiev/Putin connection means support for the arts in Russia…

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