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African American Composer Initiative: "Walk Together" Saturday, Jan. 24 & Sunday, Jan. 25, 3 pm at Eastside College Preparatory School, Tickets Now on Sale + MORE

For more information, go tohttp://www.aacinitiative.org         Tickets are on sale at:http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/864620 .... More »

Julian Wachner Conducts SF Opera's Partenope + MORE

Julian Wachner (pictured left) is to conduct San Francisco Opera's Partenope, which runs from October 15 to November 2, 2014. He replaces British conductor Christian Curnyn, who has withdrawn from the production for personal reasons. Production Web Site | Press Release.... More »
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Sabine Devieilhe: Mozart & the Weber Sisters CD review – irresistibly good + MORE

Devieilhe/Pichon/Pygmalion(Erato)On being rejected by Aloysia Weber – oldest sister of Constanze, whom he would later marry – Mozart is said to have sat at the Webers’ keyboard and played a song inviting her to kiss his arse. Spoiler alert: that’s a hidden track at the end of this disc of ir.... More »

John Malveaux: Soprano Latonia Moore as Lady MacBeth on Chandos CD Coming in April + MORE

John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:New CD release announced for April 2014. See http://www.latonia-moore.com/en/home.html ThanksJohn Malveaux Guiseppe Verdi: Macbeth (sung in English)Simon Keenlyside baritone - MacbethBrindley Sherratt bass - BanquoLatonia Moor.... More »

Tchaikovsky: Snegurochka CD review – very fine performance of a neglected work + MORE

MDR Leipzig RSO/Järvi(Sony)The folk tale of the Snow Maiden, Snegurochka – the girl of the forest, daughter of Grandfather Frost and the Spring Fairy, who cannot love because her heart is made of ice – became the source for one of the greatest of 19th-century Russian operas, by Rimsky-Korsakov,.... More »

Lying down with Stax phones 1.

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Lying down with Stax phones 1.Walt Mundkowsky[January 2014.]Sergei ZAGNY: The North (12 parts for soprano blockflute, 2002). Perf. by the composer. FancyMusic FANCY028 (http://www.fancymusic.ru/).“‘The North’ was finished and I was listening to this recording before falling asleep, already in bed, lying on my back and wearing headphones…

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BBC SO Volkov, Hodges, BBC Singers, Barbican 22 Jan 2013 Grisey: MégalithesDufourt: On the Wings of the MorningBoulez: Cummings ist der DichterBeethoven: Symphony No. 7BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC SingersIlan Volkov, conductorNicolas Hodges, pianoEven by BBCSO standards, Grisey’s Mégalithesis a whacky concert opener. The horn section sits around the front of the podium, facing away from the audience, and the rest of the brass section is distributed around the auditorium, providing antiphonal effects that bounce around front to back and left to right…

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Excellent Start to Manchester’s Strauss’s Voice Series

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  Richard Strauss: Soile Isokoski (soprano), Steven Isserlis (cello), BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Juanjo Mena (conductor), Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 18.1.2014 (MC)   Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 Three Hymns, Op. 71 Don Quixote, Op. 35   To mark the 150 anniversary of Richard Strauss’s birth the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé and Manchester Camerata are performing a series […]

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Faced with declining attendance, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra includes offerings that strive to generate some buzz

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Takács Plays Bartók, Part 2

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Bartók, String Quartets, Takács Quartet (2d ed., 1998)

Bartók, String Quartets, Takács Quartet (1st ed., 1985)

The Takács Quartet was back in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater last night for the second part of its complete Bartók cycle (see my review of Part 1). The trajectory was much the same in the even-numbered string quartets, as we heard the composer experiment with modernist

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Osmo Vanska, who resigned as music director during the Minnesota Orchestra’s 15-month lockout, will conduct several concerts this spring.    

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Music Review: London Haydn Quartet Brings Its Gut Strings to the MorganThe London Haydn Quartet, a period ensemble that uses gut strings, offered exquisite renderings of Haydn and Beethoven works at the Morgan Library & Museum.    

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Panufnik - Dance of Life: Tallinn Mass Roxanna Panufnik Dance of Life – Tallinn Mass: Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Patricia Rozario, Mihhail Gerts: Warner Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jan 23 2014 Star rating: 4.0Ancient and modern, new work inspired by 15th century Dance of DeathRoxanna Panufnik’s Dance of Life – Tallinn Mass is a large scale dramatic work which incorporates elements of the mass with other dramatic elements…

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Dance of Life CD launch

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Dance of Life CD launchSoprano Patricia Rozario recording Roxanna Panufnik’s Dance of Life Tallinn MassIn what was to be the first event in an Estonian themed day, (see my review of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir’s concert), I attended the launch of Roxanna Panufnik’s Dance of Life Tallinn Mass on Warner Classics yesterday (22 January 2014)…

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  Grisey, Dufourt, Boulez, Beethoven: Nicolas Hodges (piano), BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, Ilan Volkov (conductor), Barbican, London, 22.1.2014 (GDn) Gérard Grisey: Mégalithes Hugues Dufourt: On the Wings of the Morning Boulez: cummings ist der Dichter Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 Even by BBCSO standards, Grisey’s Mégalithes is a whacky concert opener…

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More free Abbado tribute broadcasts

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More free Abbado tributesOn Medici.tv: Mahler Symphony no 9 Lucerne, 2010 (one of the best).  Communion in art: that was Claudio Abbado’s almost sacred power. It is with a sincere humility and a profound respect that we wish to pay a tribute to this great musician and humanist; this is why, until January 31st, we broadcast for the first time on medici…

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Resolving The Pay Disparity In Minnesota

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Resolving The Pay Disparity In Minnesota

Although specific details have yet to be released, media reports have confirmed the new master agreement ratified by the Minnesota Orchestra Association (MOA) and its musicians contains a provision to pay substitute musicians 90 percent of the contracted musicians’ base scale rate, thereby requiring subs to shoulder a disproportionately larger share of salary concessions than their contracted colleagues…

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Mike Richter meets Claudio AbbadoLa Cieca assumes, or at least hopes, such an encounter is currently taking place on some other plane. In slightly more mundane terms, though, Mike Richter did “meet” Claudio Abbado, though not in the context of his celebrated CD-ROM series.
Here’s a salute to a side project of Mike’s, the mastering and release of selected video performances of opera that for whatever reasons had never been made available commercially…

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