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5 Questions to David Smooke (composer, toy pianist) + MORE

Peabody Conservatory professor David Smooke is also a composer and performer. He has a new album out called Nutshell Studies of.. Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!.... More »
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Franz Liszt, 13, delights Manchester audience: archive, 25 June 1825 + MORE

25 June 1825: The performance of Master Liszt was received with a warmth of applause which must have been highly gratifying to his feelingsMessrs. Ward and Andrews’s second concert took place on Monday evening last, when the theatre was filled nearly in every part by one of the most respectable au.... More »
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‘The Play’s the Thing’: Shakespeare and Mendelssohn Combine to Excellent Effect + MORE

 Garsington Opera 2015 – William Shakespeare, A Midsummers Night’s Dream with incidental music by Felix Mendelssohn: Members of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Anna Sideris (soprano), Catherine Backhouse (mezzo-soprano), Chorus and Orchestra of Garsington Opera/Douglas Boyd (conductor), Quee.... More »
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Pfft! + MORE

On this day in 1809 Napoleon Bonaparte was divorced from the Empress Josephine by an act of the French Senate. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7-nbHD3lBg Born on this day in 1770 composer Ludwig van Beethoven http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHqmIbo8sdI Born on this day in 1775 composer Adrien .... More »
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Weihnachtsoratorium online sehen und hören + MORE

J S Bach Weinachtsoratorium from Munich TV, still available to enjoy, on demand, internationally and online on BR Klassik HERE. .... More »

The Sixteen are to perform Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 in cathedrals and concert halls across the UK in November 2014 and January 2015 in their most ambitious tour to date.
The choir and orchestra of The Sixteen, led by Harry Christophers, will transport audiences to the splendour of St Mark’s Basilica, Venice through performances of Monteverdi’s masterpiece as well as offering local choristers the opportunity to participate in workshops and perform the Sonata sopra Sancta Maria with the choir…

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John Malveaux: The One and Only Martha Reeves

– africlassical.blogspot.com

John Malveaux:  The One and Only Martha ReevesJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Martha Reeves is an astute business woman and remarkable vocal artist. Martha recalls the legendary opera tenor George Shirley teaching music in the Detroit school system. It is my opinion, Martha could also have been a great opera soprano…

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English Sprechstimme : Walton Facade Prom

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

English Sprechstimme : Walton Facade PromCalling Facade: an Entertainment the creation of William Walton is a bit unfair. The music in the piece comes primarily from Edith Sitwell’s bizarre texts where meaning is subservient to the strange syntax and rhythms of the spoken word.  In this version of Facade, Walton’s contribution serves as understated background   Everything in Facade predicates on the text, which isn’t illustrated like song, and not even sung or spoken in a normal way, but in a kind of English Sprechstimme…

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The Cleveland Orchestra Welser-Möst Brahms Proms

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The Cleveland Orchestra Welser-Möst Brahms PromsThe Cleveland Orchestra, with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, made a most welcome return to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.  Are the Clevelanders the best orchestra in the United States today? Their two Proms certainly made the case. Superlative finesse and poise, generated by genuine musicality…

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Clean Bandit to join BBC Philharmonic orchestra for Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show
A line up of five lead vocalists will join electronic group Clean Bandit and the 70-strong BBC Philharmonic orchestra in a ground-breaking live BBC Radio 1 broadcast tomorrow evening.

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Giuseppe Pennisi sends a second report from the 2014 Rossini Opera Festival

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Kungliga Operan’s production of Mozart’s under-appreciated opera abounds in telling detail, and has a formidable Elettra in Malin Byström

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SF Opera’s Norma Media Round-Up

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Production Web Site | SF Opera's Blog
Reviewers are impressed by Sondra Radvanovsky (pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver) in the title role of San Francisco Opera's Norma.
Reviews: Bachtrack | Opera Warhorses | San Francisco Chronicle | San Francisco Classical Voice | San Francisco Examiner | San Jose Mercury News

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Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’ is breaking hearts once again in the powerful production with which Opera San Jose has opened its 31st season. Sunday’s performance at the California Theatre featured several outstanding voices in leading roles, including that of baritone Evan Brummel as Rigoletto, the mocking and mocked court jester in 16th-century Mantua, Italy…

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The most beautiful record you’ll never hear

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

The most beautiful record you’ll never hearA producer friend who does not usually hype his own work asked me to listen to a recent release. It’s a set of Fauré’s Requiem, preceded by eight Fauré songs that were orchestrated for the occasion by the conductor John Lubbock. So I listened.
And was overwhelmed.
But here’s the catch: the record is not being reviewed because it is an own-label release by a fringe ensemble, the Orchestra of St John’s Smith’s Square…

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SF Opera’s Susannah Media Round-Up

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Production Web Site | SF Opera's Blog
Music critics loved Patricia Racette in the title role of San Francisco Opera's Susannah (Act I pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver).
Reviews: San Francisco Chronicle | San Francisco Classical Voice | San Francisco Examiner | San Jose Mercury News

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Opera revivals should include English performances, says Rupert Christiansen

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