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Perchance to Stream: Leap Day Edition + MORE

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio and online video from the week gone by. After clicking to an audio or video stream, you may need to press the "Play" button to start the broadcast. Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days. Listen to the perfor.... More »
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Conservatories have produced a glut of fifth-rate composers + MORE

Dear Bob, I am a freelance pianist-composer from the smallest state in the USA, and I have a personal stake in some themes you have blogged about recently, to wit, the difficulty faced by new composers in getting heard, and the low income of composers at large. Regarding the first of these themes - .... More »
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Psappha/Hebrides Ensemble review – poignant tribute to Peter Maxwell Davies + MORE

Peel Hall, SalfordThe beguiling Farewell to Stromness and new work by David Fennessy featured in an evening that showed a profound sensitivity to folk traditionThe Red Brick Sessions is a new form of concert experience devised by the University of Salford and the BBC, combining live streams with dig.... More »
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Garsington Opera 2016 + MORE

Garsington Opera from across the lake at WormsleyTheir 2015 season at Garsington Opera at Wormsley is now over (see  my reviews of Cosi fan tutte and Death in Venice), and the details of 2016 already released show that there are a few tempting items to look forward to next year. Rossini's .... More »
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Notte d’orror! + MORE

On this day in 1809, it became illegal to wear masks at balls held within the City of Boston, as its citizens believed this practice was “detrimental to morals.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAnisRJdbGs Born on this day in 1910 composer Paul Bowles http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dWSiQK.... More »
Classical MPR's Julie Amacher spoke with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who is currently starring in the Met Opera's production of Rossini's 'La Cenerentola' (Cinderella), which airs Saturday, May 10, at noon on Classical MPR.

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The ladies in question

– parterre.com

The ladies in questionThere is a truism that there are no small parts, only small singers. Last night’s Così fan tutte has made me consider another possible truism: there are no bad productions, only miscast productions. 
The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Così fan tutte debuted in 1996 with an all-star cast of Carol Vaness, Suzanne Mentzer, Cecilia Bartoli, Jerry Hadley, Dwayne Croft and Thomas Allen…

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I like Vivaldi’s ‘Spring’ and enjoy hearing it in unexpected moments. But it took me by a bit more than surprise in a graphic video outlining how to clean the common carp.

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Live – and free – a Mozart opera from Vienna

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

In the week the State Opera launched its UHD live streaming, the Kammeroper is hitting back this weekend with Mozart’s Clemenza di Tito. Click here for the feed.

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The Tafelmusik community – orchestra, administrators and audience – marked the end of an era Thursday as Jeanne Lamon began her last series of concerts as music director of the internationally renowned ensemble

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Richard Strauss’s greatest champion

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Richard Strauss’s greatest championThe Dresden music director Ernst von Schuch died 100 years ago today, on May 10, 1914, at the age of 67. Austrian born and a Wagner specialist, Schuch joined the Semper Oper in 1873 and led its orchestra until his death. He conducted the world premieres of Feuersnot (1901), Salome (1905),Elektra (1909) and Der Rosenkavalier (1911)…

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Coptic epic - Peeter Vähi's Maria MagdaleneThe Estonian composer Peeter Vähi has a catalogue of works which encompass Oriental and Western, avant-garde and archaic, acoustic and electroni. He is also artistic director of ERP (Estonian Record Productions). Amongst his works issued on disc by the company is his oratorio Maria Magdalena (Peuangelion Kata Marihamm)…

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Music Review: Bernard Haitink Leads the New York PhilharmonicBernard Haitink, in his 60th year of conducting, is leading the Philharmonic in a program of Webern, Berg and Beethoven’s “Eroica.”

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Scottish Opera's Madama Butterfly review  Hye-Youn Lee is convincing and nuanced in central roleFestival Theatre, EdinburghDavid McVicar’s classic production offers straight, heartfelt entertainment with a compelling cast and supple orchestraDavid McVicar’s 14-year-old take on Puccini’s Madama Butterfly has become a Scottish Opera stalwart, the kind of bullet-proof production that any company would be glad to have in its stockpile…

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Behind the scenes of British opera

– intermezzo.typepad.com

Tomorrow (Saturday) you can enjoy four hours behind the scenes with the UK’s top opera companies: the ROH, ENO, ETO, Northern Ireland Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera and WNO.
The live and recorded footage includes interviews, rehearsals and performance. Watch above or on YouTube from 2pm. The whole thing will be available on demand for 48 hours after the event…

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LSO/Mark Elder review  a matchless RosenkavalierBarbican, LondonSarah Connolly, Anne Schwanewilms and Lucy Crowe brought sensitivity and poise to Strauss’s opera, and the LSO gave full value to the score’s harmonic surges and misty-eyed nostalgiaRichard Strauss’s most popular opera, Der Rosenkavalier, is regularly accused even by Strauss fans of suffering from longueurs…

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Acclaimed documentarian Errol Morris has been noted among movie music buffs for his collaborations with composer Philip Glass, whose pulsing sounds have provided the score to some of Morris's best-known work. With his new film, The Unknown Known, Morris has taken another tack, enlisting composer Danny Elfman.

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Apple's wake up call to classical music

– www.overgrownpath.com

Apple's wake up call to classical music Today’s announcement of the possible $3.2 bn takeover of Beats Electronics by Apple underlines the hegemony of headphone listening. As well as operating a highly successful music streaming service, Beats controls a third of the total $1.8bn headphone market and 60 per cent of the high-end market. It may be difficult for purists – and that includes me – to accept; but if classical music really wants to reach a younger demographic where headphone listening is the norm, it must make live music more up close and personal…

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