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Review: A Present-Day ‘Parsifal’ With a Nod to the Past + MORE

Directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov, the production is respectful of the opera’s history and meanings, even when it diverges from the libretto’s particulars..... More »
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Silent Film Epic Napoleon Finally to be Released on DVD and Blu Ray + MORE

 I let out a little squeal of excitement when I saw that the BFI had announced a DVD/Blu Ray release of Abel Gance’s legendary (how many things so justify that word?) 1927 film Napoleon. It has popped up occasionally at the Royal Festival Hall, accompanied by a compilation score by Carl Davis.... More »
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Der fliegende Holländer Madrid Kwangchul Youn + MORE

Wagner Der fliegende Holländer from the Teatro Real in Madrid, with Kwangchul Youn as Daland, Samuel Youn as the Dutchman, Ingela Brimberg, Nikolai Schukoff, Kai Rüütel and Benjamin Bruns,  conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado, recorded live 23/12 and now on Culturebox,The presence of Kwangchul Y.... More »
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Review: The Composer Tristan Perich’s Proudly Lo-Fi Electronic Sounds + MORE

Works by Mr. Perich, combining gritty one-bit electronic sounds with live music, were performed at the Kitchen..... More »
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New Classical Tracks: Ola Gjeilo + MORE

A new self-titled album featuring works by Ola Gjeilo offers a portrait of the composer, pianist, and lover of choral music. Hear about the new recording, and enter for a chance to own a copy of the CD..... More »

Teenager is loaned a Stradivarius

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Teenager is loaned a StradivariusRoberto Ruisi, 18 last week and concertmaster of the UK National Youth Orchestra for the past three years, has been given a Stradivarius to play for his next performances.
The instrument, valued at £1 million, is owned by John Ludlow, a violinist who was the youth orchestra’s first leader in 1948…

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The Week in Curation 1

– heatherheise.com/in-the-wings

Cinema : Paolo Sorrentino, This Must Be The Place
Composer/Performer : Colin Stetson
Composer/Performer : Arthur Russell
Journalism : Rebecca Mead, Musical Gold
Website : The New Inquiry
 

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Live from Salzburg – Don Giovanni Sunday

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Live from Salzburg - Don Giovanni SundayLIVE direct from Salzburg Mozart Don Giovanni  Sunday 3/8 6.30 London time (7.30 Salzburg time) BRILLIANT CAST Lenneke Ruiten (Donna Anna) Anett Fritsch (Donna Elvira) Valentina Nafornita (Zerlina) Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Don Giovanni) Luca Pisaroni (Leporello) Tomasz Konieczny (Il Commendatore) Andrew Staples (Don Ottavio) Alessio Arduini (Masetto) Conductor : Christoph Eschenbach, Director : Sven-Eric Bechtolf

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In a programme of works by Richard Strauss and Elgar, conductor Vasily Petrenko underlined what it is that makes them such inventive composers

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Cape Towns Opera School needs your help | @guardianlettersIt was with great pleasure and pride that we read your article on Pumeza Matshikiza and her opening performance at the Commonwealth Games (Puccini and Swahili, G2, 28 July). As you point out, Pumeza is a graduate of our Opera School at the University of Cape Town. She along with many others such as Pretty Yende and Musa Ngqungwana is literally changing the face of opera…

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Three Choirs Festival Worcester Elgar The Apostles

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Three Choirs Festival Worcester Elgar The ApostlesHearing Elgar at the Three Choirs Festival is an experience without parallel. The Three Choirs tradition goes back 300 years, but is so closely connected to Elgar that his spirit seems to hover. Elgar grew up here: understanding the world in which he lived enhances appreciation of his music. Three Choirs regulars (and the staff) are special, too…

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On wings of Sondra

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On wings of SondraOttawa has not traditionally been a “tryout city,” a place where leading performers come to take artistic risks. This is unfortunate, as we—and in particular, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, celebrating 20 extraordinary years—have all the ingredients, including appreciative audiences notorious for giving frequent standing ovations…

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The Metropolitan Opera in New York said on Saturday that the current contracts with two of its unions have been extended for approximately one week to allow for an independent study of the opera’s finances.

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165 teenagers on tour - National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain -The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain appears at the Proms on Sunday 10 August 2014 when, conducted by Edward Gardner, they will be performing a challenging programme consisting of Stravinsky’s Petrushka, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Birtwistle’s Sonance Severance 2000 and Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra…

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Music Review: Antoine Tamestit Plays Concert for Mostly Mozart FestivalThe violist Antoine Tamestit played a solo recital of Bach and Hindemith as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival on Saturday evening.

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Opera Review: Santa Fe Opera Sets ‘Fidelio’ in a Concentration CampThe Santa Fe Opera sets “Fidelio” in a concentration camp, though the details of the Holocaust are too abhorrent and too well known to be shoehorned into that work.

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Influential Messiaen protégé is dead

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Influential Messiaen protégé is deadThe French radio producer and musicologist Jacques Merlet has died of a respiratory complaint, aged 83.
A gifted, impecunious youth, his organ studies were paid for by the composer Olivier Messiaen. Merlet went on to become an advocate of ancient organs and original instruments, forcefully advancing the careers of Jordi Savall, William Christie and many more…

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Eric(h) Zeisl’s unfinished opera Job had languished unperformed for 55 years. Now, as part of the Munich Opera Festival, it was revived by the Orchestra Jakobsplatz in collaboration with the Bavarian State Opera. To that end, the opera commissioned Jan Duszyńsky to finish the work by providing acts 3 and 4—the “America” bit of the Jewish-life-and-exile-saga based on Josef Roth’s play of the same

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