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Czech Philharmonic Orchestra 120th anniversary gala + MORE

The 120th anniversary concert of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra is now available from CzechTV   on arte.tv.   All the musicians are wearing golden African daisies to mark the occasion -gold for happiness and warmth, the daisies bright but tough. Sunflowers would be too big and roses.... More »
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Sergio Mims: Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Bass-Baritone Eric Owens to Replace Christof Fischesser in Bruckner's "Te Deum" Led by Riccardo Muti - June 23, 25 & 26 + MORE

Eric Owenshttp://imgartists.com/artist/eric_owensSergio A. Mims forwards this press release:Chicago Symphony OrchestraMedia AlertFriday, June 17, 2016CHICAGO—Bass-Baritone Eric Owens has graciously agreed to step in as the bass soloist for the upcoming performances of Bruckner’s Te Deum featurin.... More »
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Slipped Disc editorial: Why Petrenko? + MORE

When the leaders of the Berlin Philharmonic staggered, weary and confused, from a May election that split the orchestra between supporters of Christian Thielemann and Andris Nelsons, they knew that there was not time to waste in choosing an compromise candidate. Either of the first choices would hav.... More »
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BBC Philharmonic/Gourlay review – Rachmaninov and Ravel’s grand face-off + MORE

Bridgewater Hall, ManchesterFine playing from four pianists – Martin Roscoe, Kathryn Stott, Peter Donohoe and Noriko Ogawa – revealed the connections between the two very different composers in this concert series finale Continue reading....... More »
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The Operatic Tenor Juan Diego Flórez Shifts His Tone, and His Persona + MORE

Mr. Flórez, 42, is entering a new vocal phase, singing the role of Edgardo in “Lucia di Lammermoor,” a more heroic character than the ones that made him famous..... More »
It’s unclear who nominated legendary soprano Maria Callas (1923-1977) to posthumously participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge, but she has now done so, courtesy of Warner Classics.

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Ships in the night

– parterre.com

Ships in the nightAs dear Rosalind Russell once said, “Politics makes strange bedclothes,” and none surely are stranger than the juxtaposition of the Metropolitan Opera and political blog Wonkette, which today offers a stinging takedown of the wingnuttery behind the movement to remove The Death of Klinghoffer from the Met’s fall schedule.

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It's just 7:00 on a Tuesday night and I haven't done my (two hours of) homework yet. It looks like we'll be stuck in traffic for another half an hour at the very least. Not that I'm stressed or anything.

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Seoul Philharmonic shines Prom 55 Chung, Wu Wei

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Seoul Philharmonic shines Prom 55 Chung, Wu WeiWhen Unsuk Chin’s Šu (2009) for sheng written for Wu Wei premiered in London at the Barbican in 2011, it didn’t work for me at all.  I wrote then  that “overall the music didn’t develop the possibilities beyond the initial novelty”  of this remarkable instrument, and “Wu’s playing is assertive and full bodied but I’m not sure how far he’s stretched as an artist by this material”  (read my full piece here which has background on the sheng and on Wu Wei, the soloist)…

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Two Brahms symphonies were dissected by a master surgeon, and Beethoven’s ‘Missa solemnis’ was delivered straight from the furnace

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Joy at last: Millions flood into Minnesota Orchestra

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Joy at last: Millions flood into Minnesota OrchestraThe former lock-out ensemble has announced $13.2 million in four separate gifts. Ten million came from one donor.
The new season opens September 5 with Renee Fleming.
Report here.

 

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A concert performance of this rare Rossini opera was rewarding, says Rupert Christiansen

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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Jansons review  too controlledUsher Hall, EdinburghThe great Dutch ensemble was as responsive as always, but needed more jolt and frenzy in its Ravel and ShostakovichAmsterdam’s great orchestra is unquestionably one of the world’s finest. Everything it does sounds expensive. There is such depth to its string sound, such richness to its winds, such a purr to its ensemble engine when it gets going…

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Jamie Barton in SF Opera’s Norma

– operatattler.typepad.com

Mezzo-soprano Daveda Karanas, who was scheduled to appear at San Francisco Opera as Adalgisa in Norma this fall, has withdrawn from the production for personal reasons. She is to be replaced by Jamie Barton (pictured left) for five of the opera's seven performances. A casting update for the September 19 and 23 performances will be announced at a later date…

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David Dubery: Observations- Seventeen Songs and a String QuartetA brief thumbnail sketch of the composer may be of interest to listeners who have not come across his music before. David Dubery was born in Durban in South Africa. In 1961 he came to live in the United Kingdom in his mother’s hometown of Manchester. From a very young age Dubery composed music but studied formally at the Northern School of Music in Manchester between 1963 and 1971…

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Ballo Cast Change, San Francisco Opera

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Just arrived, the first cast change of the season: Krassimira Stoyanova, who was to sing the first six of the seven performances, has withdrawn for health reasons. Julianna Di Giacomo, who was going to sing the last performance, will instead sing all seven. The production opens on October 4, 2014.Ms…

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Whoa: nine days before opening night, Daveda Karanas withdraws from singing Adalgisa in the Norma production, “for personal reasons.” Jamie Barton steps in for the September 5, 10, 14, 27 and 30 performances. The press release says that a further announcement will be made for the September 19 and 23 performances…

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The Latest Nazi Opera Conspiracy Book is Out

– thinkclassical.blogspot.com

The Latest Nazi Opera Conspiracy Book is OutHere it is, folks. As predicted, no sooner as Joachim Köhler published his retraction of charges against Richard Wagner for causing WWII and the Holocaust, the next iteration of Nazi opera conspiracy theories is out. And it is being enthusiastically endorsed by none other than Norman Lebrecht:Now, I haven’t yet read this new title by singer, Bernd Weikl, calling for Richard Wagner to be banned in Germany, but I can certainly guarantee that the likelihood that Weikl has gone through thousands of ex-Soviet archival documents opened up to Western historians to uncover new evidence that the National Socialist Party was an opera company in disguise are slim…

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