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Pazzo son, guardate! + MORE

Manon Lescaut was Giacomo Puccini’s first big international success. His publisher, Giulio Ricordi, tried to put him off the project by citing Jules Massenet’s very successful adaptation just nine years previously. Puccini was intent on making the story his own, insisting, “A woman like Manon .... More »
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Susanna Mälkki : Mahler 6, Francesconi Duende + MORE

Mahler Symphony no 6 with Luca Francesconi's Duende, with Susanna Mälkki conducting the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, last week, available HERE direct from the orchestra's website. Two innovative pieces, written a hundred years apart yet enhancing each other.  Mahler said "music lies not on.... More »
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Live and kicking? Orchestras join Google Play to launch live recordings + MORE

The LSO, New York Phil and Royal Concertgebouw are among the orchestras to offer live performances on Google Play, as the online music service ramps up its classical offeringThe London Symphony Orchestra made history on 25 June, 1913 when it became one of the first British orchestras to make a studi.... More »
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Xerxes opera review: Revival shows how much of a handle Nicholas Hytner's had on Handel + MORE

When Nicholas Hytner created this show in 1985, Handel operas were seldom staged in London, and never with this degree of panache: survey the operatic landscape now, and you see what a revolution he helped trigger by importing ideas and techniques he’d honed in the theatre. .... More »
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Pape idol + MORE

Happy 52nd birthday bass René Pape.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUuNUaDxqPs Born on this day in 1824 composer Anton Bruckner. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeYuPPP1-Qw Born on this day in 1858 librettist Adelheid Wette. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=X47iQaMJquo Born on this day in 1892 composer Darius Milh.... More »

West Edge Opera’s Hydrogen Jukebox

– operatattler.typepad.com

* Notes * West Edge Opera is currently performing a summer festival at the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley. Today was the opening of Philip Glass' chamber opera Hydrogen Jukebox, with text by Allen Ginsberg. The space is not a typical performance venue, but West Edge Opera was able make suitable arrangements nonetheless…

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Wigmore Hall new season (part one)

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Wigmore Hall new season (part one)Joyce DiDonato ©Simon PaulyThe 2014/15 season at the Wigmore Hall starts with a whole clutch of treats in the first two months including Joyce DiDonato, Thomas Allen, Renata Pokupic, Ian Bostridge, Franco Fagioli, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Katarina Karneus and Simon Keenlyside. Instrumentally things are just as fascinating with the Pavel Haas Quartet in Janacek, clarinettist Martin Frost as Artist in Residence, and pianist Maria Joao Pires celebrating her 70th birthday…

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Roger Norrington’s idiosyncratic reading of Bach was buoyant and urgent, but his soloists could have done with a little more breathing space

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The plot is mesmerising but finding music to match Wilde’s wit proves a challenge in Lowell Liebermann’s modernist opera

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Tomb raider

– parterre.com

Tomb raiderDespite the continued popularity of Der Freischütz in German-speaking countries, are the magical mature operas of Carl Maria von Weber otherwise really so problematic, their libretti so unwieldy to explain their continued absence from the world’s stages? The enthusiastic ovations Sunday afternoon that greeted the conclusion of the second performance of the first US staging of Euryanthe in nearly a century at Bard Summerscape suggested that perhaps a reconsideration of Weber may be underway…

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The official classical chart

– www.classical-music.com

Week ending 26 July 2014
 



1

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9
Lucerne Festival Orchestra/Claudio Abbado
Deutsche Grammophon 4793441
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2

Prokofiev: Violin Sonatas
Alina Ibragimova (violin), Steven Osborne (piano)
Hyperion CDA67514
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3

Aranjuez
Miloš Karadaglić (guitar); London Philharmonic Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Mercury Classics 481 0811
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4

Mozart: Symphonies 39-41
Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Sony Classical 88843026352
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5

Handel: The Triumph of Time and Truth
Ludus Baroque
Delphian DCD34135
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6

Jenkins: Motets
Polyphony/Stephen Layton
Deutsche Grammophon 479 3232
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7

Elgar: Symphony No…

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Bristol Proms video

– www.planethugill.com

Bristol Proms videoThis Bristol Proms starts today (Monday 28 July) with a range of events through the day (see our preview on this blog). They have also released a preview video which you can see after the jump.Elsewhere on this blog:1930s style: Adriana Lecouvreur at Opera Holland Park – opera reviewShimmering magic: Moses und Aron, WNO at Covent Garden – opera reviewGenesis Sixteen and more at Sounds Sublime – concert reviewWith a French accent: The Fairy Queen from Les Arts Florissant – CD reviewReading the Silence: Aspects of Handel’s sexuality – feature articleRare charm: Scarlatti’s Rosinda ed Emireno – CD reviewHeroes Meet: Music by Gavin Bryars – CD reviewBuxton Festival: Rossini’s Otello – opera reviewBuxton Festival: Gluck’s Orfeo – opera reviewBuxton Festival: Women on the Edge Rosalind Plowright in recital – concert reviewHome

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 Wagner, Das Rheingold: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival / Kirill Petrenko (conductor). Bayreuth, Germany. 27.7.2014. Cast Wotan: Wolfgang Koch Donner: Markus Eiche Froh: Lothar Odinius Loge: Norbert Ernst Fricka: Claudia Mahnke Freia: Elisabet Strid Erda: Nadine Weissmann Alberich: Oleg Bryjak Mime: Burkhard Ulrich Fasolt: Wilhelm Schwinghammer Fafner: Sorin Coliban Woglinde: Mirella Hagen Wellgunde: […]

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31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR.

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Prom 14: BBCNOW/Fischer review  astonishing virtuosity pushed to the limitsAstonishing flautist Emmanuel Pahud performs in premiere of Simon Holt’s concerto, Morpheus WakesRoyal Albert Hall, LondonSimon Holt’s collaboration with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, since he became its composer-in-association in 2008, has resulted in some of his most striking recent scores. The latest of them to be premiered is a concerto, Morpheus Wakes, which Holt composed in 2011 for the principal flute of the Berlin Philharmonic, Emmanuel Pahud…

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On Wednesday, selected singers, orchestra members and various technicians will perform wearing Google Glass to transmit the opera live from their individual points of view to audiences online.

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 Bellini, Norma: Opera Holland Park, City of London Sinfonia, Opera Holland Park Chorus / Peter Robinson (conductor), London, 25.7.2014 (RB) Cast: Norma: Yvonne Howard Adalgisa: Heather Shipp Pollione: Joseph Wolverton Oroveso: Keel Watson Clotilde: Rosalind Coad Flavio: Jung Soo Yun Production: Director: Olivia Fuchs Designer: Niki Turner  Bellini’s Norma is a masterpiece of the belo […]

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José González / yMusic Modern-day troubadour González’s poignantly delicate voice, masterfully eloquent classical guitar, achingly emotional melodies, and thought-provoking lyrics will be reframed by new chamber orchestra arrangements by Rob Moose in a world premiere collaboration with yMusic. Thursday, July 31 at 7 PM Free Damrosch Park Bandshell, Lincoln Center, New York, NY …

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