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La Scala, 6pm: Thousands stand in silence, remembering Claudio Abbado + MORE

The Mayor of Milan has promised to plant 90,000 trees in the Maestro’s memory. His friend, the architect Renzo Piano, will plan the groves..... More »
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NY Phil/Gilbert, Geffen Hall — ‘Breathtaking’ + MORE

Tricky pieces by two US composers prompted virtuoso performances on trombone and percussion.... More »
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Hvorostovsky Withdraws from Scheduled Opera Appearances + MORE

Dmitri Hvorostovsky at the curtain call for the September 25 performance of Verdi's Il Trovatore. Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan OperaFrom the Met:Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from his upcoming opera engagements, including this spring’s Met performances as the title character in Tchaikovsky.... More »
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Together again for the first time + MORE

In honor of the Amazing Grace’s 80th birthday, a repeat performance from Unnatural Acts of Opera of her duo concert with Shirley Verrett at Carnegie Hall from January 31, 1982. .... More »
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Last fragments of a once-great agency find a home + MORE

We reported the divvying up of the former Ingpen & Williams among two other agencies. A third section has come to rest with Maestro Arts (Van Walsum) where Thomas Hull is taking two Brendels, Paul Lewis, Till Fellner, Allan Clayton, William Lacey, Richard Farnes, Aleksander Markovich, and many .... More »

Breakthrough Moment?

– irontongue.blogspot.com

From the Metropolitan Opera comes the news that soprano Erin Morley will sing all performances of Sophie in the upcoming Rosenkavalier, replace Mojca Erdmann, who is recovering from pneumonia. Best wishes to Erdmann for a complete recovery, but based on my experience of them both – Erdmann as an out-of-tune Forest Bird in the Met HD broadcast of Siegfried, Morley as a glorious Roxana in Santa Fe’s King Roger last year – the Met audience is better off with this cast change…

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Bartók and Hungarian Modernism

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Here is a cool idea — a new exhibit, Allegro Barbaro: Béla Bartok et la modernité hongroise, 1905-1920 at the Musée d’Orsay, juxtaposes the music of Béla Bartók with the paintings of a group of Hungarian modernists known as the Group of Eight, who were exhibited in Budapest around the time of the composer’s first performance of his Allegro Barbaro…

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The pianist Olli Mustonen brought his intensity to Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff and Bach at Zankel Hall.    

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Netrebko, Domingo and ….. Rivero

– intermezzo.typepad.com

Ever since Aleksandrs Antonenko pulled out of Il trovatore at the Staatsoper Berlin just days before the premiere, Daniel Barenboim has been scrabbling around for a replacement tenor.
Someone who won't melt under the star wattage of Netrebko and Domingo. Someone who can nail those top Cs. And most importantly, someone reliable who'll stay the course…

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Looking Back at 2013 - Part 1: Good Wagnerians And Bad Wagnerians

 First in a series of articles looking back on 2013

This year has been somewhat of an exhausting one for me. Now, of course, one might expect that to be the case in Wagner’s bicentenary year, where we have been “flooded” with Wagner productions, recordings, books, papers, documents, etc. But this is not the case for someone who spends as much time with the old mystic, revolutionary, anarchist as I do – even if I did need to take the odd, extended, break to spend time with Strauss, Mahler, Schoenberg, Weber, Bloch and a number of other 20th century composers who occupy a significant amount of my “classical music” time…

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App Review: In Your Own Time

– www.icareifyoulisten.com

App Review: In Your Own TimeThis post is part of our ongoing series of app reviews for mobile devices. In September, Thomas posted our first review, which features iOS app Pocket Audio Tools. We’re pleased to expand the series to Android apps with a look at In Your Own Time.Created by Dublin-based composer David Collier and released in August 2013, In Your Own Time is an adaptive musical composition designed exclusively for performance on mobile devices…

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Diversions beyond the Snowman - an encounter with Howard Blake

The name of Howard Blake is immediately synonymous with the music written for the film The Snowman, beyond this his name might recall the scores for films such as Ridley Scott’s The Duellists. But Blake has also had a parallel career writing concert music with works ranging from his piano concerto commissioned for the Princess of Wales’s 30th birthday, through his oratorio Benedictus to his Diversions for cello and piano which he is recording next year with the young German cellist Benedict Kloeckner…

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Daniel Asia: In the Windy City, Part II

– www.huffingtonpost.com

Orchestras are running scared these days, with some going bankrupt, locked out, downsized or having their seasons shortened. Actually, you could say something similar of the entire classical music world. To counteract this, various scenarios are being attempted.
Read more: Guillermo Scott Herren, Chicago, Prefuse 73, Mason Bates, Deborah Rutter, Native Americans, Music, Indians, Riccardo Muti, New Music, Crossover, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Classical Music, John Zorn, Anna Clyne, Poisson Rouge, Andras Schiff, Ravel, Bartok, Mussorkgsky, Arts News

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SBS youth orchestra ends due to deathAfter 25 years one of the nation’s premier youth ensembles is to disband, leaving nowhere to play.    

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Sunday in the dark

– parterre.com

Sunday in the darkLa Cieca (pictured, left) is putting the final touches on Sunday afternoon’s meet-greet-and-Vêpres event. Those parterrians who reserved places in advance (also pictured) are asked to arrive at Symphony Space no later than 2:30 PM to collect their tickets for the film directly from your doyenne (who will be sporting a parterre box t-shirt, not the dressier garb pictured above), and pre-and-post opera antics will transpire in the adjoining Symphony Space cafe…

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Rogo boy

– parterre.com

Rogo boyBerliners anxious about casting of the Staatsoper’s new staging of Il trovatore since Aleksandrs Antonenko canceled can breathe a sigh of relief, since tenor Gaston Rivero (pictured) will jump in as Manrico. The production, which opens November 29, also stars Anna Netrebko and Placido Domingo.

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Homeland crooner on song

– www.theaustralian.com.au

AT first glance it may seem Mandy Patinkin has crossed over into the world of opera singer Nathan Gunn.

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Alex Ross Couldn’t Be More Right

– www.adaptistration.com

Alex Ross Couldn’t Be More Right

In an 11/25/2013 article from The New Yorker, the ever sharp Alex Ross vents some frustration toward the Minnesota Orchestra Association (MOA) leadership, the growing difficulty of mid and smaller budgets org to pull funding from the name brand institutions, and the ennui that is political concerns about culture…

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