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Joyce DiDonato On Why Art Matters In The Midst Of Chaos + MORE

"Music can be a real guiding light towards empathy, and I can't think of any better prescription," DiDonato says. The opera star's latest album turns to Baroque arias to address present-day conflict..... More »
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Florida Orchestra and Milwaukee Symphony Settle + MORE

We have two new entries in our list of mid to large budget orchestras with expired agreements that managed to ratify a new contract without resorting to a work stoppage: The Florida Orchestra and Milwaukee Symphony. Florida Orchestra A new three-year agreement begins reversing several rounds o.... More »
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On Forbes: Kirill Petrenko remains at the Bavarian State Opera + MORE

Kirill Petrenko Remains At The Bavarian State Opera arlier today it was announced that Kirill Petrenko, the coming chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, has renewed his current contract as music director of the Bavarian State Opera by three years until 2021. The Bavarian State Minister for Cu.... More »
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PROM 75: Welcome Return to Penultimate Proms Night of  Beethoven’s Ninth + MORE

 BBC Prom 75 –  Cerha, Beethoven: Christina Landshamer (soprano), Gerhild Romberger (mezzo-soprano), Steve Davislim (tenor), Dmitry Belosselskiy (bass), Leipzig Gewandhaus Choir and Children’s Choir, Leipzig Opera Chorus, London Symphony Chorus, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Alan Gilbert .... More »
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Daniel Barenboim unveils 'groundbreaking' new piano - video + MORE

Argentinian pianist and conductor, Daniel Barenboim, unveils what he says is a ground-breaking new piano on Tuesday. Barenboim conceived and commissioned the instrument, which took around 4,000 working hours to build. He will perform with the new piano at London's Southbank Centre between 27 May-2 J.... More »
Moviegoers shelled out for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” while Sylvester Stallone’s action ensemble “The Expendables 3” was easily out-gunned in its weekend debut.

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Fragile but powerful - Haitink Mahler 4, Schubert Prom 40” I prefer Mahler slender, not pompous” said Bernard Haitink in rehearsals before BBC Prom 40 2014.  By “slender” I think he means the opposite of pompous, ie. not overinflated, egotistic, or self-satisfied. “Slender” is relevant in the context of Mahler’s Symphony no 4 , because the children in Das himmlisches Leben are enjoying food with almost manic glee…

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 Aspen Music Festival (14): Nikolai Lugansky (piano), Jessica Rivera (soprano), Eric Owens (bass baritone), Robert Spano (piano), Harris Hall, Aspen, Colorado. 12-13.8.2014 (HS) Recital, August 12 Nikolai Lugansky, piano Franck/Bauer: Prélude, fugue et variation Chopin: Nocturne in D-flat major, op…

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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, press the "Play" button to start the broadcast. Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.
From the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence last month, Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble perform Rameau’s Les Boréades, starring

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Merola Grand Finale 2014

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* Notes * The Merola Opera Program concluded 2014 with the Merola Grand Finale last night. The standouts were certainly sopranos. Amanda Woodbury's Ophélie was translucent in "Hélas! votre âme" and her duet ("Doute de la lumière") with Edward Nelson as Hamlet. Karen Chia-Ling Ho made for an impressively deranged Margherita in "L'altra notte in fondo al mare" from Boito's Mefistofele…

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Tour of India – Part Two

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Tour of India - Part TwoThe second installment of our India tour blog by orchestra manager, Annabel:We had a slow start to our general rehearsal on the afternoon of our first performance, with sound and lighting crew working around us, many people passing through the performance space, and the ever-efficient housekeepers still trying to vacuum the stage!  We experiment with three different stage layouts before settling on one that suits everyone best, ensuring sight-lines between all are good…

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Bahamas' latest album is all about Afie JurvanenFor the most part, Bahamas is Afie is the sound of guitar virtuoso Afie Jurvanen flying completely solo and playing all the parts himself.

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The LSO in World War I: Harry JacksonIn the second of our series of blogs remembering the service of LSO members in World War I we tell the story of horn player Harry (Harold) Jackson.

“Sympathetic reference was made in regard to those members of the Orchestra whom had joined His Majesty’s Forces, viz: Messrs WH Reed, Philip Lewis, E Carwardine, H Ralph, T Peatfield, ER Wilby, R Carrodus, B Reillie, S Freedman, J Meacham, A Tibbetts, A Ives, C Woodhouse, CB Jones, F Hawkins, Roy Robertson, E Yonge, C Dorling, P Kilburn, R Garnet, CA Crabbe, A Maney, C Blackford, RV Tabb, JH Silvester, R Murchie, F Almgill, E J Augarde, H Thornton, A Penn, H Jackson, E Hall, S Moxon, ET Garvin…

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Prom 40: LSO/Haitink review  Mahler with poise and intensityBernard Haitink found fascinating detail in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, while Schubert’s Fifth seemed almost effortlessBernard Haitink is not only celebrating his 85th birthday this year, but also the 60th anniversary of his debut as a conductor. Through much of those six decades Mahler has been a central part of his music-making, and the Fourth Symphony was the focus of his concert with the London Symphony Orchestra; it was his 86th appearance at the Proms…

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Der Rosenkavalier is an opera intimately related to the Salzburger Festspiele – not only has it seen some of the key names related to this work (from Lotte Lehmann to Kurt Moll, by way of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Tatiana Troyanos and Lucia Popp…), but some absolute standards have been established here (especially Karajan 1960 and Böhm 1969)…

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  Prom 40: Schubert and Mahler:Camilla Tilling (soprano), London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London, 16.8.2014. (JPr) Schubert -Symphony No.5 in B flat major Mahler – Symphony No.4 in G major  Even if he wasn’t named above there would be only one conductor who particularly comes to mind for an evening of Schubert […]

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Financial Times:  'Pumeza Matshikiza – Voice of Hope':  Decca CD 'intermingles operatic arias and songs representing black African and American culture'Pumeza: Voice of HopeDeccaPumeza Matshikiza has been featured on this blog several times.  On March 20, 2014 AfriClassical posted:Sergio A. Mims: Decca Classics: ‘Voice of Hope’ – The debut album from South African Soprano Pumeza MatshikizaHazel Singer of BlackPastBlog.org writes:Hello Bill,I thought this review might be of interest to you…

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The sound of silence

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The sound of silenceThis past week of contract negotiations at the Metropolitan Opera has been notable for the absence of any new PowerPoint presentations or fustian proclamations. One can only hope that this means that serious negotiations are, in fact, taking place. While we all sit huddled in Dante Park, telephoto lenses trained on the Grand Tier, eagerly awaiting news, we pass the time in speculation…

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