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SF Opera's Don Pasquale Reviews + MORE

Production Web Site | SF Opera's Blog Reviews of San Francisco Opera's Don Pasquale (Act III pictured left with Maurizio Muraro and Lucas Meachem, photograph by Cory Weaver) are positive. Performance Reviews: San Francisco Chronicle | San José Mercury News | San Francisco Examiner | San Francisco C.... More »
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Is Racism Just an Instrument of Capitalist Imperialism? + MORE

If we look at nineteenth century discourse on ethnicity, of the sort we stumble across in studying the writings of Richard Wagner, we find that it is quite different from what we are used to in late twentieth to early twenty first century discourse. Then as now, the subject is always highly politici.... More »

Review: The JACK Quartet, With Instruments of Destruction + MORE

The group plays more than strings in this evening of music with the Danish composer Simon Steen-Andersen at the Miller Theater..... More »

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra/Petrenko review – natural charm, deeply engaging + MORE

Colston Hall, BristolVasily Petrenko brought authority and integrity to a programme that included Sibelius, Mahler, Schubert – and a nod to Norwegian prideThe Colston Hall audience clapped the Norwegians long and hard by way of welcome – the legacy of affection dating from the days of Mariss Jan.... More »

Review: A Present-Day ‘Parsifal’ With a Nod to the Past + MORE

Directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov, the production is respectful of the opera’s history and meanings, even when it diverges from the libretto’s particulars..... More »
A new ballet based on the works of Virginia Woolf is the centrepiece of the new season at the Royal Opera House.

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School Spotlight highlights outstanding Minnesota school- and student-music ensembles during the academic year. This week, we feature Wayzata High School's Concert Choir and Chamber Orchestra.

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Just a few months after his one-night-only turn upstaging Anne-Sophie Mutter in Dvořák, this last-minute substitute job on behalf of a flu-stricken Gustavo Dudamel again showed Manfred Honeck to be a vastly underrated conductor. Honeck, who is a former member of the Vienna Philharmonic, a pupil of Claudio Abbado, and presently music director in Pittsburgh, has an innate ability that is simply in another league, compared to any other conductor who regularly guests here…

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A new partnership will bring students from the academy to study with Philharmonic musicians and Alan Gilbert, the music director, in California and New York.    

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Board games

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Provisionally good news out of San Diego: the board of the opera has voted to postpone closure while it considers various options and reviews the company's perplexing financial history. They say they need $10 million to mount a 2015 season. Strangely, they don't believe that new management is necessary…

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Nazi Opera Conspiracies: a Right-Wing Rewriting of HistoryAfter much thought, a phrase occurred to me, one that encapsulated the very essence of the growing literature pointing the finger at Richard Wagner to single-handedly carry the blame for having caused World War II and the Holocaust, which are alleged to be historical events with purely cultural origins in nineteenth century romantic opera…

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The official classical chart

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Week ending 29 March 2014


Choir of New College Oxford; Royal Philharmonic/Hawes
Decca 3742046
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Miloš Karadaglić (guitar)
Mercury Classics 4810811
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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 25 & 20
Martha Argerich (piano) Orchestra Mozart/Abbado
DG 479 1033
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Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2
Ingrid Fliter (piano)
Linn CKD455
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Schubert: Winterreise
Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)
Sony Classical 88883795652
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Piano Reflections
Ji Liu (piano)
Classic FM 88883795652
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Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Jennifer Pike (violin); Bergen Philharmonic/Andrew Davis
Chandos CHSA 5134
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Bach: Easter Oratorio
Monteverdi Choir/John Eliot Gardiner
SDG  719
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Glière: Symphony No…

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When the Royal Opera announced their 2013-14 season last year, this new production of Strauss’s too rarely performed masterpiece was the highlight for me. However, from the outset I had my doubts – not about the musical team which promised to be (and was) superb, but about the production, judging from reviews of performances at La Scala…

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What You Can Gain By Embracing Failure

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What You Can Gain By Embracing Failure

The Orchestra 990 Database Project is done and although there was passionate support from a diverse group of backers, the project failed to meet its funding goal. But thanks to the way the campaign was designed, that’s not a bad thing; in fact, it’s a great thing. Let me share what you can accomplish by embracing failure…

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Woolf and Pappano at the ROH

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Woolf and Pappano at the ROHThe Royal Opera House announced its plans for the the 2014/15 season this morning. On the dance side, there are enticing propositions from Wayne McGregor, who’s creating a full-length work for The Royal Ballet based on Virginia Woolf’s output, with a new score by Max Richter. There are also new one-act works from Hofesh Shechter, who’s this year’s Brighton Festival Guest Director, and in-house favourite Liam Scarlett…

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Review – Buried Alive and Embedded, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, March 28, 2014
There is an audience for new opera out here on the prairie. Fargo-Moorhead Opera staged two world premieres this past weekend: Buried Alive (music by Jeff Myers, libretto by Quincy Long) and Embedded (music by Patrick Soluri, libretto by Deborah Brevoort). Both are part of American Lyric Theater’s Poe Project, in which creative teams were commissioned to write operas inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe…

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If George Frideric Handel ranks as the king of the oratorio, then certainly Franz Joseph Haydn is its prince.

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In Terra Aliena - Music for Double Choir by Tomas Luis de VictoiraThe Zenobia Consort is a Madrid-based chamber choir and with their director Rupert Damerell they made short visit to the UK last weekend giving concerts at Trinity College, Cambridge and St James’s Church, Spanish Place, London as well as singing at Wesminster Cathedral. I caught up with the choir on Saturday 29 March at St James’s Spanish Place where they performed a lunchtime concert of music for double choir by Victoria including the Ave Maria, Salve Regina, Missa Salve Regina, Super Fluminis Babylones, Alma Redemptoris Mater and the Magnificat primi toni…

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