The Harlem Chamber Players Present Their ‘Spring Finale Concert’ at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 521 West 126th Street, NYC, Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 3 PM + MORE

 

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Unheard prayers + MORE

Our Own Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin gets serious for a moment, or rather for about an hour and a half, with a performance of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis led by Christian Thielemann. Ludwig van Beethoven: MISSA SOLEMNIS in D-Dur, op. 123 Staatsopernchor Dresden Staatskapelle Dresden Christia.... More »
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Review: 'Tosca' enchants in Opera San Jose opener + MORE

Puccini's classic gets a memorable production full of sparkling performances; it plays through Sept. 25 at California Theatre in San Jose..... More »
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The Tale of Januarie review – new opera crosses Carry On with Chaucer + MORE

Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London John Findon is brilliantly larger than life as Chaucer’s ageing knight in a well-made take on The Merchant’s Tale that’s even fruitier than the original “The first opera to be written in Middle English” is a lot more fun than the description soun.... More »
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A J. C. (Christoph) Bach moment + MORE

  Today's News & Buzz   The Last Five Years, St James Theatre - www.edwardseckerson.bizFrom Monteverdi to Schubert to Bernstein and Lloyd Webber the dramatic song cycle has travelled far and wide over the centuries though not until Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years .... More »
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How classical music fuels my creative process + MORE

I listen mostly to musicians, women and men who spend hours practicing by themselves each day, getting the phrasing just right, pausing for a breath, experimenting with sound and space. That, I guess, is what I search for in my own writing: that pounding effect..... More »

CD Spotlight. A Glorious Time

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C P E Bach’s Magnificat, heard by Robert Anderson. ‘Soloists, choir and orchestra under Hans-Christoph Rademann … infectiously impart their delight in the music …’

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Graham Vick’s adaptation combines provocative, politically charged staging with the timeless beauty of Mussorgsky’s score to cast a powerful spell

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Elgar The Kingdom – for the Forward Thinking

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Elgar The Kingdom - for the Forward ThinkingAfter hearing Andrew Davis conduct Elgar The Apostles (op 49, 1902-3) at the Barbican (read my review here), I decided to revist its companion piece, The Kingdom op 51 (1901-6). The Kingdom is ideal material for the BBC Proms because it’s spectacular and needs a space as grandiose as the Royal Albert Hall…

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Congrats to Steve Smith!

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Steve Smith, who left Time Out NY only weeks ago, has been offered, and has accepted, a position as Assistant Arts Editor of the Boston Globe. It’s a loss for NYC and for the NY Times, for which he has been freelancing, but a big gain for Boston!As I told him on Facebook, not much opera in Boston, but the new music and early music scenes are matchless…

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Nazi Opera Conspiracies: A Kinship with the Goldhagen Hypothesis and Occult Reich Conspiracy TheoriesOf all writings that help us to understand the historical background to Richard Wagner’s views on the Jews, there are perhaps few more enlightening than Ordinary Germans and the Longest Hatred found in the book Rereading German History by Sir Richard J. Evans: a brilliant and spellbinding collection of essays that make for essential background reading for anyone who wishes to read or write about Richard Wagner in historical context…

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You can do better than that

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You can do better than that“Do you remember the first time you heard classical music” asks a tweet from the Bienen Music School linked to my recent post about Jan Willis. Some years ago I recounted how my parents took me in the early 1960s to hear Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony played by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under the young Singaporean maestro Choo Hoey…

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Nazi Opera Conspiracies: a Right-Wing Rewriting of HistoryAfter much thought, a phrase occurred to me, one that encapsulated the very essence of the growing literature pointing the finger at Richard Wagner to single-handedly carry the blame for having caused World War II and the Holocaust, which are alleged to be historical events with purely cultural origins in nineteenth century romantic opera…

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The 2014-15 season at Bing Concert Hall begins Sept. 21. Highlights range from Toumani Diabaté, Emmylou Harris and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham to the Emerson String Quartet and the Kronos Quartet to the San Francisco Symphony and the Moscow State Symphony. Subscriptions go on sale to the public June 23.

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Joyce DiDonato sings with casual brilliance in Rossini’s version of the Cinderella story, but she is let down by the Met’s hyperactive production

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Khovanskygate is a version of Mussorgsky’s opera with irresistible imaginative panache, says Rupert Christiansen

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There will always be some new music I will never cover and sometimes I feel conflicted about this but there is only so much time. And even if I were able to produce words for everything that passes my way, there would then be a fair amount of neutral or negative criticism, which I think would do a disservice.

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The Trinity Chancel Choir and Chamber Orchestra | Patrick D. McCoyPatrick D. McCoy sends this link:http://patrickdmccoy.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/the-trinity-chancel-choir-and-chamber-orchestra/The Trinity Chancel Choir and Chamber Orchestra presented “The Seven Last Words of Christ” by Théodore Dubois as a part of the annual Good Friday Memorial Concert at Trinity Church, Washington, D…

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The Harlem Chamber Players Present Their 'Spring Finale Concert' at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 521 West 126th Street, NYC, Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 3 PMSt. Mary’s Episcopal Church521 West 126th StreetNew York, NY 10027Between Broadway and Amsterdam Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 3 PMFeaturingTali Makell, conductor;Hassan Anderson, oboe; Sarah Scruby, oboe;   Carl Jackson, clarinet; Liz Player, clarinet;  Eric Davis, French horn; Deryck Clarke, French horn;  Amy Fraser, bassoon; David Miller, bassoonSteve Moran, double bassProgramHummel Partita in E-flat MajorPleyel Partita-Octet in B-flat MajorBeethoven Octet in E-flat, Op…

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