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A Rare Chance to Hear Zemlinsky’s Opulent Die Seejungfrau + MORE

Rachmaninov, Zemlinsky: Marc-André Hamelin (piano), London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski (conductor), Royal Festival Hall, London, 9.3.2016. (RB) Rachmaninov:  Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor Op 30 Zemlinsky:  Die Seejungfrau (‘The Mermaid’) Both of the late Romantic works .... More »
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In an Extended Residency, Muti Resurrects Rare Prokofiev and Gives a World Premiere by the Other Adams + MORE

Rossini, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Prokofiev, S. Adams, Schumann: Soloists, Chicago Symphony Chorus/Duain Wolfe (director), Chicago Children’s Choir, Josephine Lee (artistic director), Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Riccardo Muti (conductor). Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center and Holy Name Cath.... More »
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Ensemble. A view from the pit + MORE

John Joubert's 'Jane Eyre', praised by Alice McVeigh.... More »
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Excellent Singing and Acting Enables RNCM’s Students to Create Meaningful Drama in Theodora + MORE

Handel, Theodora: Soloists and Chorus of RNCM Opera Orchestra / Roger Hamilton (conductor), Opera Theatre , Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, 24.3.2017. (RJF) Handel, Theodora Cast: Valens – James Berry Didymus – Kieron-Connor Valentine Septimius – Matthew Palfreyman The.... More »
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Kenneth Leighton: The Complete Organ Works + MORE

Kenneth Leighton organ works; Stephen Farr, John Butt, Nicky Spence, Chloe Hanslip; Resonus Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Apr 10 2017 Star rating: 4.0An important and highly involving survey of all of Leighton's music for solo organThe composer Kenneth Leighton wrote a substantial corp.... More »
Prom 60: RPO/Dutoit review  aplomb and bags of panacheRoyal Albert Hall, LondonIt was hard to imagine Respighi’s Roman trilogy done betterCharles Dutoit, principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, has long been an advocate of Respighi’s so-called Roman trilogy, his sequence of symphonic poems composed between 1915 and 1928, which obliquely survey the city’s history and culture through depictions of its fountains, pines and festivals…

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Social media hysteria will not help new musicI decided to set some of the Vespers texts that Monteverdi had set, but I did not want to write an orthodox Roman Catholic Vespers. Religious music is difficult to write nowadays because most composers (I think it is fair to speak generally) can no longer feel themselves part of established religions; yet the religious impulse is there in all of us, and religious works of some kind are, I think, still needed…

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Prom 59: Strauss's Elektra review  a highlight of the seasonRoyal Albert Hall, LondonThe BBCSO was on vibrant form under Semyon Bychkov, while the five main principals struck sparks off one anotherSalome one day, Elektra the next: the Proms’ Strauss weekend was a heady pairing that will go down as a highlight of this season. The BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Elektra, conducted by Semyon Bychkov, lived up to the Deutsche Oper’s iridescent Salome the night before, and in at least one respect improved on it: this time each singer had his or her role securely by heart, and with no music stands for the cast to step around, director Justin Way could make the presentation less static than he had for Salome…

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Prom 59 - BBC SO/Bychkov - Elektra, 31 August 2014 Images: BBC/Chris ChristodoulouDame Felicity Palmer as Klytemnestra  Royal Albert HallElektra – Christine GoerkeChrysothemis – Gun-Brit BarkminKlytemnestra – Dame Felicity PalmerOrest – Johan ReuterFirst Maid – Katarina BradićSecond Maid – Zoryana KushplerThird Maid – Hanna HippFourth Maid – Marie-Eve MungerFifth Maid – Iris KupkeOverseer – Miranda KeysYoung Servant – Ivan TuršićOrest’s tutor – Jongmin ParkAegisth – Robert KünzliJustin Way (stage director)BBC Singers (chorus master: Paul Wiegold)BBC Symphony OrchestraSemyon Bychkov (conductor) Anti-Strauss sentiment, Strauss-scepticism, call it what you will: it still runs high…

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Savage attack ends controversial operaA composer of a new opera examining social hatred of paedophiles found his life in jeopardy.

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Rossini Opera Festival (2): Plagiarism Contra Provincialism

– www.seenandheard-international.com

.  ROF (2) Rossini, Aureliano in Palmira.   Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale of Bologna, Chorus Master Andrea Faidutti; Conductor, Will Crutchfield, who is also the Research Editor of the new performing edition of the Fondazione Rossini, Teatro Rossini, Pesaro.  18.09.2014 (JB) Cast (Principals): Aureliano –Michael Spyres; Queen Zenobia –Jessica Pratt and Prince […]

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Opera star Placido Domingo is to close the iTunes festival in London at the end of this month.

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Cristina Deutekom – obituary

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Soprano famed for her high-pitched arias as the Queen of the Night

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Pianist relishes every Sculthorpe note

– www.theaustralian.com.au

TAMARA-ANNA Cislowska has played Peter Sculthorpe’s piano music since she was a six-year-old.

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The German ensemble musikFabrik were first seen at the International Festival last year with a tribute to Frank Zappa. It was one of the highlights of the programme. So I was delighted that Jonathan Mills made sure to invite them back immediately, this time with this bizarre but fabulous piece of music theatre…

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Baritone Lawrence Mitchell-Matthews of Indiana University, South Bend, will be a featured soloist at Shiloh Baptist Church (Washington, DC) 2014 Handel's 'Messiah'Lawrence Mitchell-Matthews(IUSB.edu)Jeanette M. Pollard writes:Dear Bill: Just spoke with up and coming young singer Lawrence Mitchell-Matthews (Baritone), who told me of his appearance last year at the Colour of Music Festival in Charleston.  Wanted to let AfriClassical blog also know that this Detroit native and senior at Indiana University, South Bend, will be a featured soloist at Shiloh Baptist Church (Washington, DC) 2014 Handel’s Messiah…

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Revealed: Gurrelieder is an opera

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Revealed: Gurrelieder is an operaA hundred years after its first performance, Gurrelieder is being performed tonight as an opera.
The text and story of Schoenberg’s oratorio are unquestionably dramatic and Pierre Audi of Dutch National Opera has been working all summer to bring the massive work to the stage next week.
Here, shown for the first time, is the thinking behind the production…

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A Swedish star stages opera without subsidy or sponsors

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A Swedish star stages opera without subsidy or sponsorsShe is one of the county’s most outspoken stage personalities, never afraid to speak out in defence of embattled minorities.
Now, she’s taking on the opera establishment with her own production of Handel’s Xerxes – without state funds or private sponsorship, relying just as the composer did on the money she takes at the door…

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