US cellist’s groom is new chief in Ireland + MORE Jan 14th

 

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'Honour killings' talk cancelled + MORE

The Sydney Opera House has cancelled a controversial talk by Muslim writer and activist Uthman Badar..... More »
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Poliuto, Glyndebourne, East Sussex, UK — review + MORE

Donizetti’s rarely-seen opera comes across as gloomy and formulaic.... More »
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Review: Gay Love in the Time of McCarthy + MORE

The opera “Fellow Travelers” offers an unusually timely perspective into the persecution of gays during the “lavender scare” of the McCarthy era..... More »
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The Flying Dutchman was meant to be a Scot… + MORE

The Theater an der Wien, where Wagner in 1863 conducted scenes from Der fliegende Holländer, has a new production in the original 1841 version, where the opera is set in Scotland, not Norway. You can watch it here on livestream, next Tuesday. The conductor is Marc Minkowski (with Les Musiciens du .... More »
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Robert Still: The Four String Quartets on Lyrita + MORE

In the early 1970s I bought a copy of Robert Still’s Symphonies No.3 & 4 which had been released on Lyrita Records (SRCS 46). Since that time I have heard virtually nothing else by this composer. There have been a few recordings over the years including a retrospective of his chamber music on .... More »
ITV soap Coronation Street announces it is to have a Muslim family as part of its ensemble for the first time in its 53-year history.

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Today on Learning to Listen from Classical MPR, hear the story of Scheherazade, a symphonic suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

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Colorful Bates Work Puts Beethoven in a New Light

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Beethoven, Mason Bates: Alexander Barantschik (violin), San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor), Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. 9.1.2014 (HS) Beethoven: Romance in G Major, Op. 40 Romance in F Major, Op. 50 Mason Bates: The B-Sides Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Major Mason Bates has emerged as a wholly original voice in today’s […]

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BBC orch in trouble as council suspends payment

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BBC orch in trouble as council suspends paymentThe BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, based in Salford, near Manchester, was rescued in 2007 by a pledge from Salford Council to inject £20 million ($32m) over eight years. Salford was looking to uplift its identity above the mush of Greater Manchester and the orch, which competes with the Halle and Manchester Camerata for audiences, was keen […]

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Review: Augustin Hadelich plays the Beethoven Concerto with the Los Angeles PhilharmonicBy Laurie Niles: Violinist Augustin Hadelich seems to show even deeper artistry and more enjoyment in performing, every time I hear him play live.

Hadelich played the Beethoven Violin Concerto in three concerts last weekend with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall — I attended the Saturday evening concert…

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The Power of its Art

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

The Power of its ArtIn today’s Independent on Sunday, you can read my article about Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony, featuring an interview with Semyon Bychkov. He’s conducting the work with the BBC Symphony Orchestra this Thursday at the Barbican. I wanted to ask Bychkov, who was born in Leningrad and whose mother endured the siege during the war, why he was repeatedly drawn to this piece…

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Lebensraum, Purcell Room - theatre reviewPhysical theatre often foregrounds the physical and forgets the narrative. Lebensraum, conceived by Jakop Ahlbom and part of the London International Mime Festival, is an inventive work from Holland that, refreshingly, clearly tells a tale, getting the balance between slapstick and story just right.

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MILESTONE NEW SET Mahler recordings 1903-40

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

MILESTONE NEW SET Mahler recordings 1903-40At last, probably the definitve set of recordings of the music of Gustav Mahler from issued 78’s between 1903 and 1940. Although some of these recordings have been known for some time, this new 8 CD set from Urlicht Audio-Visual is a collectors item because it’s so beautifully put together. This is the most comprehensive collection ever assembled, including every recording listed in Peter Fulop’s Mahler Discograhy…

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A Sad Day

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A Sad Day

I was saddened to learn the news that Doug Whitaker unexpectedly passed away on 1/9/2014. For those who didn’t know him, Doug was the Director of Artistic Operations at Memphis Symphony and an absolute archetype of the sort of professional arts manager that keeps this field running, often in spite of boom or bust cycles…

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US cellist’s groom is new chief in Ireland

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

US cellist’s groom is new chief in IrelandThe Ulster Orchestra has announced a Venezuelan as its next chief conductor. He is Rafael Payare, 33, a personal protege of sistema founder Jose Antonio Abreu. In 2012, he won the Nikolai Malko competition. Last summer he married the cellist Alisa Weilerstein.   He succeeds JoAnn Faletta in September…

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Thespian

– parterre.com

ThespianJungfer Marianne Leizmetzerin delivers us a “veristic” treat this week: a complete performance of Adriana Lecouvreur with the gifted Georgian soprano Tamar Iveri in the title role.
Francesco Cilea: ADRIANA LECOUVREUR
Grazer Oper
Alexander Liveson, conductor
05 June 2003
Adriana Lecouvreur – Tamar Iveri (role debut)
Maurizio – Evan Bowers
La principessa di Bouillon – Claire Powell
Michonnet – Anoosha Golesorkhi
Il principe di Bouillon – Wilfried Zelinka
Abbé de Chazeuil – Juraj Hurny
Mlle Jouvenot – Soo-Jin Kim
Mlle Dangeville – Songmi Yang
Quinnault – Ludovic Kónya
Poisson – Manuel von Senden

Photo: Mamuka Kikalishvil

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My musical 2013 in photographs

– operacreep.wordpress.com

Looking back at the last twelve months I found a few shots that tell my story of 2013 and the performances and venues I visited. Makes a simple travelogue that hopefully you will enjoy viewing.Filed under: Music, Photography Tagged: Opera, photography, travel

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Up from eight productions this season, the 2014-15 season (opening Sept. 5 with Bellini’s ‘Norma,’ starring soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role) goes to ten. ‘It symbolizes that the company is aggressively going into the post-recession period with confidence — and taking risks,’ says David Gockley, general director,

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