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Der Rosenkavalier, Semperoper Dresden, 14 December 2014 + MORE

SemperoperDie Feldmarschallin, Fürstin Werdenberg – Anja HarterosDer Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau – Peter RoseOctavian – Sophie KochHerr von Faninal – Adrian ErődSophie – Christiane KargJungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin – Christiane KohlValzacchi – Thomas EbensteinAnnina – Christa MayerPol.... More »
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Autumn from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons + MORE

Kati Debretzeni leads the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Autu.... More »

Might Heras-Casado Be Bringuier’s Successor at the Tonhalle? + MORE

Schubert, Bartók: Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Pablo Heras-Casado (conductor), Tonhalle Zurich, 12.1.2017. (JR) Schubert – Symphony No. 3 Bartók – Concerto for Orchestra I was looking forward to Dohnányi’s Schubert Ninth (preceded by Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celes.... More »

Bill Worland: Shopping Spree (1956) + MORE

One of the pleasures of light music is being able to make-up stories around any particular piece. Many of their titles seem to encourage this self-indulgent elaboration that the listener would avoid whilst listening to a Beethoven Sonata or a Dvorak String Quartet.Shopping Spree has been described a.... More »
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Orfeo, Roundhouse, review: 'serious in intent' + MORE

This Royal Opera production boasts an outstanding cast but is too relentlessly sombre, says Rupert Christiansen.... More »
ETO On Tour: The Magic Flute March - May 2014“Meanwhile Wagner had been doing his best to raise the standard of opera in Zurich. As we have seen, he opened the season on the 4th October, 1850, with Der Freischutz. He further conducted La Dame Blanche of Boieldieu on the llth and 18th, Norma on the 21st, Freischutz again on the 27th, Don Giovanni on the 8th and 18th November (again on the 26th March, 1851), the Magic Flute on the 29th November”THE LIFE OF RICHARD WAGNER VOLUME TWO 1848 1860 – Newman”I was furious “, Bulow wrote to his father, ” when I remembered how it used to be said in Dresden that Wagner conducted Mozart’s operas badly on purpose, because in his vain self-esteem he could not tolerate this music! He shows towards Mozart a warm, living, unselfish, but rational piety to which none of Mozart’s pseudo-worshippers will ever attain…

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Dante Quartet(Hyperion)”If I were to name the composer whose works are the most perfect embodiment of the Hungarian spirit, I would answer, Kodály,” said Béla Bartók of his friend and fellow campaigner for a definition of a national musical identity. The Dante Quartet give us a glimpse of Kodály’s rapid stylistic development in these crisply defined performances…

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Saturday Cinema: Classic Foreign Films

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Saturday at 10 a.m., join host Lynne Warfel for classical music from the movies. Today's program features music from some classic foreign films.

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Rameau 250: don't just sit there, do something!Jean-Philippe Rameau is 250 years young in 2014. I’m a late convert to French Baroque: I’ve grown to love the richness of its musical invention, its startling originality, its mellifluous beauty and its dizzying range of emotion – excitement, humour, sparkle, pathos and more – and Rameau is one of its reigning triumvirate, alongside Lully and Couperin…

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Tragedy: Top Russian accompanist dies of flu, aged 46

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Tragedy: Top Russian accompanist dies of flu, aged 46The pianist Maria Barankina, head of the Guild of Russian Accompanists, has died after a two-day bout of influenza. The terrible news was announced by her father on his Facebook page. Maria, known as Masha, was a well-known member of a family of musicians. Her father, Evgeny Barankin, is chair of the advisory board of […]

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John Malveaux: African Americans & The Metropolitan OperaJohn Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites:I recently chatted with a woman who excitedly shared the benefits of attending ‘LIVE in HD’ (Metropolitan Opera) in movie theaters. I generally listen to broadcast over KUSC Classical Radio but have not seen a production in High Definition. I wondered if ‘LIVE in HD’ may present an opportunity for MusicUNTOLD to promote opera and establish greater identity/awareness within the African American community  of African American opera stars…

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Peter Grimes; Tippett Quartet – reviewColiseum; Kings Place, LondonThe ‘risk and courage’ of Britten’s 1945 masterpiece are ever apparent in ENO’s revival of David Alden’s productionNowhere is the jeer of moral rectitude, hissed from the collective guts of a vengeful crowd, more deafening than in Britten’s Peter Grimes. At the moment of crisis this Suffolk community, bigots all, spits out the accused’s name three times, each instant a massed choral utterance with a deathly silence in between, save for a solitary, muted brass note eerily sounding from the orchestra pit…

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Review: Hilary Hahn plays the Nielsen Violin Concerto with the LA PhilBy Laurie Niles: Something I love about Hilary Hahn is that she asks more of her listener than to sit back and be entertained.

Sure, she can whip up the best of traditionally palatable and entertaining virtuoso fare. But she also can make the unlikely seem inevitable, like a chef who makes spinach ice cream seem like the most delectable creation since buttered toast…

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Muti’s daughter to direct Netrebko in Manon Lescaut

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Muti’s daughter to direct Netrebko in Manon LescautAnna Netrebko has told Corriere  della Sera that she has signed up for a Rome Opera debut in September, to be conducted by its music director and directed by his daughter Chiara. It will be the first time Anna works with any of the Muti family. Chiara, 40, a film and theatre actress who is […]

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Review: The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia. With An Extensive PreviewThe Cambridge Wagner EncyclopediaEDITOR: Nicholas VazsonyiDATE PUBLISHED: November 2013FORMAT: HardbackISBN: 9781107004252Encyclopedias, especially specialist, one volume sets, are works fraught with risks. There is of course the question of what to include and what to exclude. The intrepid editor is unlikely to satisfy all readers with what is given inclusion and worse will be those facts that are left in the editors waste basket…

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Join American Opera Projects (and Google) in honoring Harriet Tubman for Black History Month.Harriet TubmanONLY 18 DAYS LEFT!Click HERE to visit the Lines of Freedom Kickstarter Campaign and watch a video previewing the fantastic music of both shows.

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This was my third staging of Don Giovanni. The two previous efforts were dismal: Tim Albery’s Endless Pairs of Gloves version at Scottish Opera and Rufus Norris’s confused attempt at ENO. Kasper Holten’s new production for the Royal Opera is better than either of these but still left me increasingly unengaged and overall unconvinced…

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Gorgeous Janáček Jenůfa La Monnaie Bruxelles

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Gorgeous Janáček Jenůfa La Monnaie BruxellesFrom Brussels La Monnaie/De Munt, a visually stunning Jenůfa, which explores Janáček’s  opera from many different angles. Initially, the approach is disorienting, but gradually the wider perspective emerges,.illuminating the drama with great insight.  Jenůfa was Janáček’s breakthrough into opera…

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