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Review: LoftOpera, Finding Glamour Amid the Gritty, Performs Verdi + MORE

The company offered five selections from Verdi operas, contrasting the rough-edged surroundings with vocal beauty and visual style..... More »
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Tarzan with genius soundtrack Les Pêcheurs de Perles rare film + MORE

Georges Bizet Les Pêcheurs de Perles - a rare film version made for French TV in 1960.  Pearlfishers is notoriously difficult to stage because it's fantasy so exotic that it's hard to capture in believable visual images. Although it's supposedly set in Ceylon, the music (and indeed the plot) b.... More »
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Mendelssohn: String Quartets Op 44 No 3 and Op 80, etc CD review – Escher String Quartet are truly exceptional + MORE

Escher String Quartet (BIS) Related: Mendelssohn: Quartets No 2 in A minor and No 3 in D major CD review – rich, warm and vital The Escher String Quartet began their Mendelssohn series last year with the first of the number quartets, Op 12 and the second of the Op 44 set. Like the first instalment.... More »
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The Year in Culture: Classical Critics Pick the Top Music Recordings of 2014 + MORE

The classical music critics of The Times pick the best recordings of 2014, from orchestral explosions to intimate songs..... More »
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Intimate Schumann from Four Leading players of the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia + MORE

 Schumann: Alexander Lonquich (piano), Cristina Barbuti (piano), Carlo Maria Parazzoli (violin), Simone Briatore (viola), Luigi Piovano (cello), Alessandro Carbonare (clarinet), Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Sala Sinopoli, Parco della Musica, Rome. 16.11.2016. (JB) I’ve long held that Sc.... More »
Soprano Christiane Karg’s dislocated knee pales in comparison

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Berio Sinfonia Shostakovich Petrenko Prom 26

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Berio Sinfonia Shostakovich Petrenko Prom 26“For the unexpected is always upon us”. a voice cries  out from the swirling complexity that is Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia, conducted by Vassily Petrenko and played by the European Union Youth Orchestra at Prom  26. Some theories of the origin of the Universe deal with the concept of primordial chaos from which order, of a sort, emerged…

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Meyerbeer: Vasco de Gama review  markedly unevenSorokina/Yang/Berchtold/Chemnitz Opera Chorus/Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie/BeermannCPO, 4 CDsThis is not a newly discovered Meyerbeer opera, but a version of L’Africaine, his last stage work, posthumously premiered in 1865. Meyerbeer reworked it on and off for some 20 years, but was always dissatisfied with it, and was about to start another revision when he died in 1864…

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“Observer” story pushed off front page“Camilla hopes the new work will make opera ‘more mainstream.’” [Daily Mail]

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Serge Dorny’s ballet boss is fired

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Serge Dorny’s ballet boss is firedThe Royal Ballet Flanders has sacked artistic director Assis Carreiro after two years in the job.
She was hired from Dance East in Ipswich by a panel headed by Serge Dorny, opera director at Lyon and a considerable fixer in Belgian affairs. The appointment was far from transparent. The end was very swift…

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Edinburgh festival director ends programme with work of his ownSandakan Threnody, inspired by second world war Borneo death camps and composed by Jonathan Mills, will be played by the Scottish Symphony OrchestraAfter eight years in charge of the Edinburgh international festival, the composer Jonathan Mills has finally included one of his own works in the programme one with a deeply personal resonance…

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New Choral Works Take Flight in Ottawa

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Ottawa’s Music & Beyond – one of two chamber music festivals Canada’s capital is fortunate to have – completed its celebration of contemporary Canadian music on the evening of Monday, July 14, presenting not only a fairly cogent idea of what new choral music by Ottawa composers is, but also some insight on the state […

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Manchester Pride Chamber Music

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Manchester Pride Chamber MusicThis year’s Manchester Pride Chamber Music Recitals runs from 7 to 28 August and provide four free recitals as part of the Manchester Pride celebrations. It is described as a ‘mix of music celebrating LGBT composers, which involves some of the UK’s most experienced classical performers alongside some of Manchester’s young, local talent…

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Ensemble. An Annual Event?

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Cathedral organ high jinks from Peter Gould, Tom Corfield, Christopher Johns, Sachin Gunga and Ben Bloor, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

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Critic’s Notebook: Let’s Talk About Risk at the Metropolitan OperaThe dismay in the tone of labor talks at the Met may rub off on the public, a situation that must be avoided.

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Prisoners’ Chorus in Fidelio, 2014, Santa Fe Opera (photo by Ken Howard)
Charles T. Downey, Updated Donizetti and Beethoven offer mixed results at Santa Fe Opera
The Classical Review, August 6
It is an odd summer at the Santa Fe Opera, considering the festival’s repertorial specialties. The season offers only a sliver of Mozart, no Strauss, and no early opera — and this in the first season of

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Get streaming on Slipped Disc…….

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Get streaming on Slipped Disc…….Dozens of opera houses and orchestras all over the world are free-streaming their performances, most with very little uptake.
Who would have known that Malmo was running a free Rosenkavalier, had it not been announced on this site?
How else would you get to hear of the world’s finest at Grafenegg this weekend, except by checking Slipped Disc?
For the month of August, we are running a special-offer advertising promotion for live-stream performances…

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Sopranos celebrates milestone birthday at Ravinia with composer Jake Heggie’s new work in her honor.

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