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Turandot, Deutsche Oper, 12 December 2014 + MORE

Deutsche Oper, Berlin Turandot – Catherine FosterAltoum – Peter MausCalaf – Kamen ChanevLiù – Heidi StoberTimur – Simon LimPing – Melih TepretmezPang – Gideon PoppePong – Matthew NewlinMandarin – Andrew HarrisPrince of Persia – Aristoteles Chaitidis, Jan MüllerTwo Girls .... More »
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Great Singing in Opéra Bastille’s Problematical Zauberflöte + MORE

 Mozart, Die Zauberflöte: Soloists, Chorus of the Opéra national de Paris (chorus master: Patrick Marie Aubert), Orchestra of the Opéra national de Paris, Philippe Jordan (conductor). Opéra Bastille, Paris, 25.3.2014 (MB) Cast Tamino – Pavol Breslik First Lady – Eleonore Marguerre Second La.... More »
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Learning to Listen: Paremski on Piano + MORE

This week on Learning to Listen, Alison Young welcomes special guest, pianist Natasha Paremski. Learn more about the piano and hear some stunning playing, including a work by Rachmaninoff from a concert performance..... More »
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London Sinfonietta, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London + MORE

For all its philosophical pretensions, a new work from Dutch composer Michel van der Aa was simply a virtuoso clarinet concerto, bristling with life.... More »
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Guest Post: An opera that really is for the young... + MORE

In a lively guest post for JDCMB, young conductor Gaetano Lo Coco explains why his Rossini Festival is putting on The Barber of Seville on Monday, at Cadogan Hall, in possibly the youngest performance ever. And why Rossini would have loved it, having been only 23 when he created this tip-top favouri.... More »

Covent Garden picks 3 Aussies, 1 Ukrainian, 1 Brit

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Covent Garden picks 3 Aussies, 1 Ukrainian, 1 BritNew placements have been announced for the coveted Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the ROH. The five lucky candidates are: Australian soprano Lauren Fagan (pictured), Australian baritone Samuel Johnson, British bass James Platt, Australian tenor Samuel Sakker and Ukrainian bass-baritone Yuriy Yurchuk…

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Chamber Classics Unwrapped at Kings PlaceKings Place has run a series of year long themes in which a single composer is Unwrapped (we have just finished 2013’s Bach Unwrapped). For 2014 they have decided to go for something different, Chamber Classics Unwrapped, a series of concerts presenting the top 50 chamber works. The works were chosen with the help of an online vote at BBC Music Magazine, but the results include all the works that you might expect…

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Happy New Year! Here's this year's list of major classical music anniversaries.

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Download a track from a Donizetti gem

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Sir Mark Elder conducts Belisario – our opera choice of the month

This week’s free download comes from a rarely performed Donizetti opera, Belisario…

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Brahms's piano concertos: which is first among equals?Performing and recording Brahms’s two piano concertos made Stephen Hough reassess his relationship with these two great and very different worksBrahms’s piano concertos are two of the greatest pillars of the Romantic repertoire. The first, written in 1858 when the composer was still a young man, is like a symphony where piano and orchestra seem involved at times in a titanic struggle, themes are hurled across the stage with dramatic rhetoric; the second, composed two decades later, feels more like a massive chamber work, where the musical ideas are an exchange rather than a confrontation…

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When owls attack

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When owls attackPhilip Glass’s 25th opera The Perfect American was originally commissioned for New York City Opera during the aborted regime of Gerard Mortier.  When his hiring fell through in 2008, Mortier and his planned City Opera projects headed for Teatro Real Madrid, where the piece opened in January 2013.  The story tells of the final days of Walt Disney as he was dying of cancer in 1966, based on the novel Der Konig von Amerika by Peter Stephan Jungk, a fictionalized account of Disney being stalked by a fired employee who sought to unionize Disney’s employees and get them the credit they deserved for much of the actual drawing of the Disney characters…

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The Elbphilharmonie opens…

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The Elbphilharmonie opens...…well, in miniature, at least. A model of the putative concert hall has been unveiled at Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg. Self-deprecatingly (and rather cheekily) the world’s largest model railway announced that ‘after 364 days of construction, and at only 0,05% of the building costs, compared to the neighbouring Elbe Philharmonic Hall, a first-class concert hall has come into being’…

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That music will always give me chills and a feeling of no turning back, just like the few opening bars of music before the curtain rises. It is hard not to cry at those moments.
Read more: Classical Music, Metopolitan Opera, Der Rosenkavalier, Opera, Performing Opera, Octavian, Opera Singers, Arts News

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Alan Gilbert presided over second performances of two recent works – and a Tchaikovsky’s Fifth that radiated infectious ardour

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Best Recordings of 2013 (#6)

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High time for a review of classical CDs that were outstanding in 2013. My lists for the previous years: 2012, 2011, (2011 – “Almost”), 2010, (2010 – “Almost”), 2009, (2009 – “Almost”), 2008, (2008 – "Almost") 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004.
# 6 – New Release
Ivan Karabits, Concertos for Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits (conductor), Naxos 8…

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The FT’s chief classical music critic rounds up the finest recordings by the British composer and – as of the new year – Companion of Honour

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BroadwayWorld.com: Chelsea Tipton Conducts Cleveland Orchestra in Sold-Out Concert in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Sunday, January 19, 2014Cleveland Orchestra (Mychal Lilly)Chelsea TiptonBroadway WorldJan. 4, 2014The Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Chelsea Tipton, will perform its 34th annual concert in celebration of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. The concert will feature the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus (a 165-member volunteer chorus from the greater Cleveland community), prepared by William Henry Caldwell, and Sphinx Competition prizewinner Lev Mamuya as cello soloist…

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‘We were in awe of Eva… her natural beauty, inside and out’As the shock sets in, tributes are starting to flow for Eva Ganizate, the young French soprano who was killed on her bicycle the day after her 28th birthday. Natalya Anna Romaniw, a fellow-student at the Guildhall, offers us these spontaneous, moving impressions of Eva:   Eva would be surprised to find me writing this but […]

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