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The Golden Age Of Orchestras & Opera Are At An End + MORE

If you’re the type of person who forms an opinion about an article by reading the headline, you may be disappointed with today’s post. This isn’t going to be a lengthy commentary on how the field is overbuilt, classical music is dying, and the only way to save the future is v.... More »
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Warmth and beauty in lean times + MORE

AH, those Puccini orchestral surges, lifting up the voices of Rodolfo and Mimi..... More »
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Sergio A. Mims: Decca: Sheku Kanneh-Mason - Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah, arr. Tom Hodge (YouTube 3:31) + MORE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLd9PcZW5PQ&feature=youtu.beSergio A. Mims writes:Decca Classics has now started their promotion of cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason on their label and have now released.a new video of him recording Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah which will be on his Decca EP which will .... 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 Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan OperaFrom the Met:Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from his upcoming opera engagements, including this spring’s Met performances as the title character in Tchaikovsky....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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Les Troyens: 3.5 + MORE

Tickets and programAfter some back and forth with myself, I took Wednesday, July 1, off work and went to the last Troyens performance. I also dragged a friend there, which involved offering her my ticket in the Dress Circle, buying one of two remaining seats in the orchestra, and getting my gir.... More »

Manon, Royal Opera House, review

– www.telegraph.co.uk

A spark is missing from this bleak production of Massenet’s opera, says Rupert Christiansen    

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CD Spotlight. Skill and Daring

– www.mvdaily.com

Todd Crow plays Brahms and Dvorák, heard by Robert Anderson. ‘Todd Crow emerges not only unbowed but triumphant.’

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Richard Eggar conducted a period-instrument performance of Haydn’s work in which Gerald Finley’s bass voice was the most impressive feature

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Charles Villiers Stanford: Part Songs

– landofllostcontent.blogspot.com

Charles Villiers Stanford: Part SongsCharles Villiers STANFORD (1852-1924)Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir/Paul SpicerSOMM CD0128 Track Listings are at the end of the review.  Three things can be said in introduction to this excellent new CD from SOMM (for the concerns I have, see below). Firstly, looking at the catalogue of Charles Villiers Stanford’s part-songs reveals that he wrote around a hundred examples of the genre…

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Shoes in Opera

– cheyneyk.blogspot.com

This article first appeared in auditionoracle.comAre you standing comfortably? Then I’ll begin!Recently I was passed a clip of Anna Netrebko singing Verdi at the Mariinsky. The aria, Veni t’afretta from Macbeth, is seriously demanding yet the remarkable Russian soprano performs in a pair of high-heeled shoes that would scare off vertiginously challenged catwalk models…

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Two arts organizations that perform at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook are joining forces on a tale of devilish behavior. The Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with First Folio Theatre, will present Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” (“A Soldier’s Tale”) Jan…

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It's been widely noted that the Minnesota Orchestra's 15-month lockout was the longest in American orchestral history — but by how wide a margin?

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Boulez at 90 perks up boring Barbican

– intermezzo.typepad.com

A multi-date celebration of Pierre Boulez's 90th birthday is one of the the highlights of a largely dreary and predictable 2014-15 classical music season from the Barbican. Yes, we love Kissin, Perahia and DiDonato, but how about a bit more variety? Visiting orchestras are thin on the ground too, with just the New York Philharmonic to add to the already-announced Berlin Philharmonic…

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If Lang Lang records with the Berlin Phil, Yundi has to be nextAnd so he tweets: I am very excited to announce that I will be recording Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Berlin Phil and conductor Daniel Harding! Yundi’s on DG, Lang Lang’s on Sony. Let battle recommence.

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Renaud Capuçon/Katia Buniatishvili – reviewWigmore Hall, LondonA supportive partnership made for beautiful renderings of Brahms’s A Major Sonata Op 100 and Bartók’s Sonata No 2Playing chamber music can have a beneficial, calming effect on the most wayward, impulsive performers. Previous encounters with Khatia Buniatishvili have suggested she is a pianist of enormous talent and considerable musical insight, but one who does not always focus those gifts with as much precision and subtlety as she might, so that everything becomes too relentlessly full-on…

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Lockout Over, Minnesota Orchestra Faces Challenges as It Salvages Its SeasonA new contract agreement ended a long-running labor battle, but Minnesota Orchestra musicians will return to a leaderless ensemble.    

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Jephtha……….

– briandickie.typepad.com

Attending a performance of Jephtha by Harry Christophers' Sixteen at the Barbican yesterday evening turned my mind to the odd relationship that Glyndebourne had with Handel.  For it was Jephtha that was to be the first performance of a Handel piece at Glyndebourne in 1966.  And that production put paid to any future hope that the great German born Englishman would be represented in the Glyndebourne repertoire – and indeed he did not return for another 30 years with the celebrated production of Theodora in 1996…

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