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CD Spotlight. Scintillating Performances + MORE

Asian music for string quartet impresses Howard Smith. '... an exemplary, highly recommendable release.'.... More »
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Some More New on the Proms + MORE

On August 27, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Myung-Whun Chung, in its first appearance at the Proms, included, along with Debussy’s La Mer and the Tschaikovsky Sixth Symphony, Šu, a concerto for Sheng and orchestra by their compatriot Unsuk Chin, with soloist Wu Wei. The sound o.... More »
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First Out of the Gate: It's Seattle Opera! + MORE

Season announcement season for summer 2015 and 2015-16 started today with Seattle Opera's announcement of their 2015-16 season. This is being billed as the first with Aidan Lang's imprint, but this is the moment when I have to mention that David Gockley, who retires as SF Opera's general direction a.... More »
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Mahler's First Symphony: Victory and Paradise + MORE

Gustav Mahler’s symphonies rank among the most challenging and rewarding pieces of orchestral music ever composed. If you listen to them often and gain the familiarity that comes with repeated hearings, you will gain a deep understanding of music that is inspirational and spiritually rewarding —.... More »
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Jenůfa, Royal Festival Hall, London — ‘Tenderness and jubilation’ + MORE

Jiří Bělohlávek conducted with passion, while Finnish soprano Karita Mattila owned the title role.... More »
"Irony and Melancholy are the Same": Louis Andriessen's "La Commedia" on NonesuchCD Review: Louis Andriessen, La Commedia [Nonesuch](Nonesuch 534877-2, June 2014)First published in I Care if You Listen magazine on 8/8/14.The musical history of the Divine Comedy is ipso facto a history of Romanticism. Dante’s poem only began to attract the serious attention of composers starting with Franz Liszt, whose approach to the work, in his Après une Lecture du Dante and Dante Symphony, was characteristically autobiographical, closely mirroring Victor Hugo’s influential assessment of Dante: “The poet, when he painted hell, was painting his life…

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Passengers who happened to be at the Václav Havel Airport Prague at the same time as one very talented musician were given a rare treat in the form o…
Read more: Maan Hamadeh, Classical Music, Video, Prague, Fur-Elise, Classical, Prague Airport, Fur Elise, Piano, Arts News

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The official classical chart

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Week ending 9 August 2014

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Piano Reflections
Ji Liu (piano)
Classic FM CFMD33
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Dances
Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)
Decca 478 5334
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Bruckner: Symphony No…

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Bel Canto drama in Bellini's Norma

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Bel Canto drama in Bellini's NormaYvonne Howard and Joseph Wolverton  photo credit Fritz Curzon Bellini Norma; Yvonne Howard, Joseph Wolverton, Heather Shipp, conductor Dane Lam; Opera Holland Park Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Aug 8 2014 Star rating: 4.5Thrillingly dramatic musical performances in this rare revival of Bellini’s great bel canto operaThe challenges of the title role mean that staged performances of Bellini’s Norma can be something of a rarity; the last fully staged performance at Covent Garden was in 1987, and ENO has never staged the work…

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The Metropolitan Opera has set a new deadline of Sunday for union negotiations to conclude, according to an announcement from the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. The Met has been locked in contentious discussions with several of its unions as company leaders have sought to…

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The opera and its unions will resume negotiations this week, and must come to an agreement by Sunday night to avert a looming lockout.

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Anything goes at Opera Australia? Rabbits!

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Anything goes at Opera Australia? Rabbits!Lyndon Terracini has announced his new season and it’s not a bad mix.
The veteran Elijah Moshinsky will return after a long absence to direct Verdi’s Don Carlos, seldom seen down under. David McVicar is back with a new Marriage of Figaro and his Covent Garden production of Gounod’s Faust, starring hot tenor Michael Fabiano…

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The Minnesota State Fair is filled with music, including classical and choral tunes. Classical MPR's hosts share their picks — how about you?

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Proms Matinee 2: Lapland Chamber Orchestra/Storgårds review  wonderfully eclecticCadogan Hall, LondonPeter Maxwell Davies’s Sinfonia, a powerful and rarely performed work, was the highlight of a wide-ranging programmeBased in Rovaniemi, Finland, just a few miles south of the Arctic Circle, the Lapland Chamber Orchestra is the European Union’s most northerly professional orchestra…

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Elgar, Elder, Hallé, Alice Coote Beethoven Prom 31

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Elgar, Elder, Hallé, Alice Coote  Beethoven Prom 31Elgar, Elder and the Hallé: an ideal combination.. Alice Coote sang  Elgar Sea Pictures at BBC Prom 3: the stuff of dreams. Coote’s rich mezzo brings out the sensual undercurrents in the songs, suggesting dark mysteries hidden beneath the depths. “Sea-sound, like violins, To slumber woos and wins, I murmur my soft slumber-song, my slumber song Leave woes, and wails, and sins…

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The second installment of Frank Castorf’s staging of the Ring takes us to an oil drilling station in Azerbaijan. As in Das Rheingold, Aleksandar Denic’s complex revolving set does not admit changes. Therefore, Sieglinde and Hunding live in it, and Wotan and Brünnhilde just need to cross one door to find them, while a bunch of extras are drilling and a group of women in ethnic costumes sing ho-jo-to-ho amid the victims of a drilling accident…

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I'm Looking at You, Sydney Symphony.

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I heard on Facebook that dates have been announced for Stuart Skelton to take on the summit of tenor roles, Tristan, at Sydney Symphony. I heard this from the tenor himself!So I went to the Sydney Symphony web site, where I found out a couple of things:To see their season brochure PDF, you have to register…

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Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5

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Arabella Steinbacher performs the elegant finale with the Lucerne Festival Strings

'Recorded in the gentle cushioning, warm ambience of a Zurich church, Steinbacher and colleagues sound almost like a throwback to the 1970s,’ writes Julian Haylock in his review of this recording in our July issue…

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