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Prom 58: Richard Strauss's Salome + MORE

Nina Stemme Richard Strauss Salome; Nina Stemme, Doris Soffel, Burkhard Ulrich, Samuel Youn, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Donald Runnicles; BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Aug 30 2014 Star rating: 5.0Lithe, youthful and intensely dramatic performance of the title role, .... More »
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Gay orchs play for Orlando in SanFran and Berlin + MORE

press release: San Francisco’s Bay Area Rainbow Symphony will be performing a free concert to remember and honor the victims of the Orlando Victims on Monday June 20th at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak Street.   Music Director Dawn Harms will conduct Tchaikovsky’s Symphony #6 .... More »
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Autumn at St John's Smith Square + MORE

Artur PizzaroThe Autumn season at St John's Smith Square is an interesting mixture of the old and the new. There is a new Young Artists Programme, plus the Sunday at St Johns, whilst music varies from premieres of works by Harrison Birtwistle, Stephen Montague and Alexander Campkin, to the Early Op.... More »
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Burying 'Klinghoffer' + MORE

J. Adams, The Death of Klinghoffer (directed by Penny Woolcock)Charles T. Downey, The Klinghoffer Controversy Musicology Now, June 27 The Metropolitan Opera and its General Manager, Peter Gelb, took a considerable risk by planning to mount John Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer this coming fall. The .... More »
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Conservatories have produced a glut of fifth-rate composers + MORE

Dear Bob, I am a freelance pianist-composer from the smallest state in the USA, and I have a personal stake in some themes you have blogged about recently, to wit, the difficulty faced by new composers in getting heard, and the low income of composers at large. Regarding the first of these themes - .... More »

Gustavo Leone’s “Absurdopera,” is a briliant a pairing of two compact and highly successful one-act chamber operas musically animating two absurdist plays by Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco.

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Zbigniew Preisner and Lisa Gerrard: Diaries of HopeOn Saturday, October 12, 2013, Polish film composer Zbigniew Preisner conducted the Britten Sinfonia Strings and Crouch End Festival Chorus in the UK premiere of Diaries of Hope, a five-movement work that featured the acclaimed vocalist and fellow film composer Lisa Gerrard. The work was inspired by the diaries of Polish children who fell victim to the Holocaust, and the evening’s program opened with a distant discussion on the subject with the acclaimed Polish film director Krzysztof Kieslowski…

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Ensemble. Suave and Polished

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Mike Wheeler discovers the Heath Quartet

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Riccardo Muti’s Ernani cancelled amid chaos at Rome OperaMembers of Rome Opera’s orchestra and chorus protest outside Campidoglio
After yesterday’s meeting between unions and Rome City Council at Campidoglio, a union representative said that there was “zero chance that Ernani would go ahead, either for 27 November [the opening of the opera season] or the subsequent performances”…

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This Should Feel Like Home

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This Should Feel Like HomeMary KouyoumdjianThe Armenian-American composer Mary Kouyoumdjian [Koo – yoom – jee – in] envisions a documentary music. Not the musical soundtrack to documentaries, but music as documentary. With training in experimental practices as well as film scoring, Kouyoumdjian creates music that draws on widely divergent registers…

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Richard Wagner On His Desire For Perfumes,Silk, Colours & Snuff.

Caricature titled ‘Frou Frou Wagner’ published in
Der Floh, on 24 June 1877, showing journalist Daniel Spitzer
standing  on a cache of letters pricking Wagner, who is in deep
deliberation over bolts of silk and satin, with his
poison pen; reproduced in John Grand-Carteret’s
 Richard Wagner en caricatures, Paris, 1892

“R tells me about a young couple who committed suicide for love, and he adds, “This is still the main tragedy of life”…

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Juilliard names Euro star as professor of composition

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Juilliard names Euro star as professor of compositionMatthias Pintscher, music director at Ensemble Intercontemporain, has announced that he’s to be professor of composition in New York from September 2014. The catch? Student registrations close next week.  

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Britten: Saint Nicolas – review

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Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Andrew Kennedy (tenor), Britten Sinfonia/Cleobury(King’s College, Cambridge)Reading this on mobile? Click here to view videoBenjamin Britten, whose anniversary celebrations reach their climax this weekend, had long associations with King’s College, Cambridge through his friendship with the novelist EM Forster and, too, with a sequence of music directors of the college’s celebrated choir – the current incumbent Stephen Cleobury’s predecessors Philip Ledger, Sir David Willococks and Boris Ord…

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The composer’s pacifism seems an irrelevant curiosity now, his homosexuality of even less concern, says Petroc Trelawny    

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A.Bruckner, Symphony No.4
D.Barenboim / Staatskapelle Berlin
Accentus blu-Ray

A.Bruckner, Symphony No.4
D.Barenboim / Staatskapelle Berlin
Accentus DVD

Bruckner and Barenboim, Take 3

Daniel Barenboim doesn’t waste his fame on unknown repertoire and rather records the Beethoven Sonatas a fourth time, or Ludwig’s Symphonies again, or the complete Bruckner Symphonies trice…

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Rossini with Artifice Provokes Smiles, Laughs

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 Rossini, The Barber of Seville: Soloists, orchestra and chorus of San Francisco Opera, Giuseppe Finzi (conductor), War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco. 14.11.2013 and 19.11.2013 (HS) ‘A’ Cast / ‘B’ Cast Figaro: Lucas Meachem / Audun Iversen Rosina: Isabel Leonard / Daniela Mack Count Almaviva: Javier Camarena / Alek Shrader Doctor Bartolo: Alessandro Corbelli / […]

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Sergio Mims: New York Times on Juilliard Opera Staging of Handel's 'Radamisto' with John Holiday and Elliott Carlton Hines

Radamisto  From
far left, John Holiday, Virginie Verrez, Pureum Jo and Elliott Carlton
Hines in a production of Handel’s opera at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater. (Ruby Washington/The New York Times)

Sergio Mims writes:

I saw this review from yesterday’s New York Times of the Juilliard Opera’s production of Handel’s opera Radamisto with two African American singers – countertenor John Holiday (who also has his own website http://www…

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Hot news: Osmo Vanska to conduct Minnesota musicians againA date has been fixed next May for the former music director and his locked-out musicians. The programme at the Unniversity of Minnesota will replicate the orchestra’s very first concert on campus in 1929. Check it out here.    

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