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Mozart in Beethoven's hands + MORE

Modeled after one of Beethoven's favorite Mozart quartets (which Beethoven himself copied by hand), the Beethoven Op 18 No. 5 is a romp of a work. The Miro Quartet certainly thinks so. You'll hear its performance from a Chamber Music Society of St Cloud recital in this week's Regional Spotlight..... More »

Met Opera: Rusalka + MORE

Join us at noon on Saturday, Feb. 25, for a live Met Opera broadcast of Antonin Dvorak's Rusakla, starring Kristine Opolais in the role that helped launch her international career..... More »

Master, pupil & a birthday: Melvyn Tan at Rhinegold Live + MORE

Melvyn Tan Beethoven, Czerny, Jonathan Dove; Melvyn Tan; Rhinegold Live at Conway Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Feb 28 2017 Star rating: 5.0From late Beethoven to a Jonathan Dove birthday present, in a programme notable for the dexterous virtuosity of the playingFor the first Rhinegold Live.... More »

Der Fliegende Holländer, Covent Garden, review: 'darkly impressive' + MORE

Bryn Terfel and Andris Nelsons team up for a rewarding revival of Wagner's masterpiece, says Rupert Christiansen.... More »

Classical Music News - David Stock + MORE

American composer and conductor David Stock died in November 2015.... More »

Lorin Maazel latest: The slow road to recovery

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Lorin Maazel latest: The slow road to recoveryWe have received an exclusive insider’s report from the Castleton Festival on Lorin Maazel’s recovery. Maazel has been out of action for several months after an unspecified medical procedure. We’re delighted to hear he’s on the way back.

Maestro Maazel has been overseeing many of the rehearsals and has worked with singers, directors, and the Orchestra…

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Northern Twilight

– lietofinelondon.wordpress.com

Review – Götterdämmerung (Leeds Town Hall, Saturday 12 July 2014)
First Norn – Fiona Kimm
Second Norn – Heather Shipp
Third Norn – Lee Bisset
Brünnhilde – Alwyn Mellor
Siegfried – Mati Turi
Hagen – Mats Almgren
Gunter – Eric Greene
Gutrune – Orla Boylan
Waltraute – Susan Bickley
Alberich – Jo Pohlheim
Woglinde – Katherine Broderick
Wellgunde – Madeline Shaw
Flosshilde – Sarah Castle
Vocal Consultants – Dame Anne Evans & Sir John Tomlinson
Chorus of Opera North
Orchestra of Opera North
Concert Staging & Design Concept – Peter Mumford
Lighting & Projection Designer – Peter Mumford
Richard Farnes (Conductor)
The success of Opera North’s Ring cycle cannot be overestimated either in terms of ambition and vision but also – ultimately – artistic standards…

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The Jacobin review  rare and delightful revival of Dvoák's comedyOpera House, BuxtonDvoák’s tale of family reconciliation during the French revolution is moved to the 1930s with compelling resultsThe first of Buxton’s full-scale festival stagings, Dvoák’s comedy has not been regularly performed in the UK though some may recall productions by Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera in 1980 and 1995 respectively…

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Merola’s A Streetcar Named Desire

– operatattler.typepad.com

* Notes * André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire was performed Thursday night by the Merola Opera Program at Everett Middle School in San Francisco. The production (pictured left with Julie Adams as Blanche DuBois and Casey Candebat as Harold “Mitch” Mitchell, photograph by Kristen Loken) directed by Jose Maria Condemi, is attractive…

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   Aspen Music Festival (3): Soloists, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Aspen Percusssion Ensemble, Jonathan Haas (director), Aspen Philharmonic, Nikolas Nägele (conductor). Harris Concert Hall, Belly Up, Benedict Music Tent. Aspen, Colorado. 7-9.7.2014 (HS) Chamber music, 7 July Harris Concert Hall Mark Simpson: Septet Aspen Contemporary Ensemble Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasy in A-flat major, Op…

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Warmth and beauty in lean times

– www.theaustralian.com.au

AH, those Puccini orchestral surges, lifting up the voices of Rodolfo and Mimi.

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City, country

– davidnice.blogspot.com

City, countryMidsummer weekend was one of extraordinary contrasts. That Saturday afternoon I joined a rainbow of humanity – veterans, babies, folk of all colours and creeds (or none) – around Shoreditch’s Arnold Circus for the ‘happening’ of Pulitzer prize-winning composer David Lang’s Crowd Out! for 1,000 local performers (in the end it was more like 600, but in future it could fill Wembley Stadium)…

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MusicUNTOLD presents "Los Angeles Hosts Korean & American Piano Music" featuring pianists Phoenix Park-Kim and Hye-Young Suh on August 12th and 14th, 2014Phoenix Park-KimHye-Young SuhJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:MusicUNTOLD presents “Los Angeles Hosts Korean & American Piano Music” featuring pianist Phoenix Park-Kim and Hye-Young Suh on August 12th and 14th, 2014. During the first half, all works by contemporary Korean composers will be performed by pianist Hye-Young Suh…

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More catching up!

– briandickie.typepad.com

I have had a busy 36 hours – beginning with Friday. 
My old friend and colleague Marc Scorca (incidentally many moons ago in his youth General Director of Chicago Opera Theater) has been in town, and we went for a more or less spontaneous dinner at the Garrick on Friday evening.  He says that that the last time he was there was also with me, and was probably more than 20 years ago…

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Lorin Maazel 1930-2014

– parterre.com

Lorin Maazel 1930-2014The prolific American conductor and composer died earlier today in Virginia. He had been at his home, Castleton Farms, rehearsing and preparing for his annual Castleton Festival.

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By The Weekend Vote: It would be impossible for me to list all the fantastic and worthy conductors who are on the scene today, but I’ve chosen five top conductors from top orchestras around the world for you to enjoy. I’ve assembled videos of each one, in alphabetical order, conducting a classical piece with the main orchestras that they direct (they all guest-conduct many orchestras!) Which, of these, do you like best? Which, that didn’t make the list, do you like best? Please vote, and then feel free to elaborate in the comments section…

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Oliver Rudland’s new opera, based on William Golding’s novel Pincher Martin, has its first performances in July 2014

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Symphonic Milestone

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

Today is not only the 197th birthday of Henry David Thoreau, but the milestone 60th birthday of the composer (and my good friend) Robert Carl. His Fourth Symphony is on my web site if you’d like to celebrate. (Be warned, the beginning is very soft.)

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