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Prohaska/Arcangelo/Cohen - Lachrimae, 2 August 2015 + MORE

Sam Wanamaker PlayhouseDowland – Lachrimae PavaneTarquinio Merula – Hor ch’e tempo di dormir Purcell – The Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation Cavalli – Gli amori d’Apollo e di Dafne: ‘O più d’ogni richezza’ Giovanni Felice Sances – Usurpator Tiranno Purcell – Sonata in G min.... More »
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In an Extended Residency, Muti Resurrects Rare Prokofiev and Gives a World Premiere by the Other Adams + MORE

Rossini, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Prokofiev, S. Adams, Schumann: Soloists, Chicago Symphony Chorus/Duain Wolfe (director), Chicago Children’s Choir, Josephine Lee (artistic director), Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Riccardo Muti (conductor). Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center and Holy Name Cath.... More »

How Do You Bond With Mozart? Adopt A Starling + MORE

Naturalist and author Lyanda Lynn Haupt took her research on Mozart to a whole new level when she invited a young starling into her home..... More »

Harlem Chamber Players 2015-2016 Season: Celebrating Our 8th Year! Season Opening Concert Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 4 PM + MORE

  Today's News & Buzz   How Franz Schmidt became the composer that history forgot - www.guardian.co.ukThe radiant music of Austrian composer Franz Schmidt, once feted by the Nazis, is haunted by its past. Ahead of the Proms premiere of his Symphony No 2, Gavin Plumley explai.... More »

Kaddish: Reflections on the Holocaust in Music and Words + MORE

As the world pauses to remember the Holocaust, classical music host Mindy Ratner has gathered a collection of conversations with some of those touched directly by the Holocaust. Those conversations form the basis of 'Kaddish: Reflections on the Holocaust in Music and Words.'.... More »
Dominique-René de Lerma: Dallas Opera Vocal Competition will be held 18-19 April 2015.  Application deadline is 15 November 2014.Dominique-René de Lerma writes:The Dallas Opera Vocal Competition will be held 18-19 April 2015.  Application deadline is 15 November 2014.  The judges will be Brain Zeger, Keith Cerny, Emmanuel Villaume, and Ian Derrer.  For information: dallas.opera.org/vocal.——————————–Dominique-René de Lermahttp://www…

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Award Winning Xerxes Possesses Wit and Charm

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 Handel, Serse (Xerxes): Soloists, Chorus (chorus master: Dominic Peckham) and Orchestra of the English National Opera, Michael Hofstetter (conductor). Coliseum, London, 15.9.2014 (MB) (sung in English as Xerxes)   Cast: Serse – Alice Coote Arsamene – Andrew Watts Amastre – Catherine Young Ariodate – Neal Davies Romilda – Sarah Tynan Atalanta – Rhian Lois Elviro […]

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‘Hope,’ available for download today, re-imagines the band’s most recent album, ‘Cope.’


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Nicolas Hodges review  flashes of brilliance in a Birtwistle premiereWigmore Hall, LondonPianist Nicolas Hodges unveiled a mysterious set of Bach-inspired variations as part of Harrison Birtwistles on-going birthday bashConcerts to mark Harrison Birtwistles 80th birthday are set to continue to the end of the year. The latest was pianist Nicolas Hodges tribute, which included a premiere a followup to the piece Birtwistle wrote for him two years ago…

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Rigoletto review  a startlingly physical slant on Verdis tragic jesterRoyal Opera House, LondonThere is powerful chemistry between Simon Keenlyside and Aleksandra Kurzak, though the operas dramatic and musical climaxes are not always in sympathyThe Royal Operas latest revival of David McVicars production of Rigoletto primarily forms a vehicle for Simon Keenlyside, who plays Verdis tragic jester in a startling performance that is as much about physicality as it is about singing…

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When Nicholas Hytner created this show in 1985, Handel operas were seldom staged in London, and never with this degree of panache: survey the operatic landscape now, and you see what a revolution he helped trigger by importing ideas and techniques he’d honed in the theatre.

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Briefly Noted: Gauvin’s Mozart Arias

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Mozart, Opera and Concert Arias, K. Gauvin, Les Violins du Roy, B. Labadie
(released on March 25, 2014)
Atma ACD22636 | 63 minAfter the most recent local concert by the Violons du Roy, last year at Strathmore, I was ready to declare the Québec-based group the best historically informed performance ensemble in North America…

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Hello, here’s $10 million for your orchestra

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Hello, here’s $10 million for your orchestraThe Seattle Symphony got a bit of a shock when, expecting to raise half a million on season opening night, they found themselves clutching a check for ten. That’s million. Dollars.
The donor was Rebecca Benaroya who, with her late husband Jack, funded the building of the concert hall and had to be heavily persuaded to let their name go on it…

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Satie’s Véxations receives its Russian premiere – just look where
This is the monument to Tchaikovsky in Moscow, where students of the wonderful pianist and teacher Alexey Lyubimov have gathered to mark his 70th birthday in an original way.
They are playing the Russian premiere of Erik Satie’s Véxations, a work designed to be played 840 times in succession…

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Brian Ganz @ JCCGW

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The following article is more of an appreciation than a review, since the concert in question was presented at a venue for which the author also writes program notes. The reader is thus notified of the possible conflict of interest.

Chopin, Preludes, B. Ganz
Any musician who makes it to the final round of a major competition has talent and training…

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When we engender, particularly among newcomers to the art form, the expectation that classical music be relaxing, what chance do Schulhoff, Shostakovich, and Messiaen stand? Or, for that matter, what chance do Haydn and Beethoven stand to really penetrate the listener's senses, when all she's after is some white noise while doing her taxes?

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The pianist – shorn of his drummer for this performance – showed his sure touch, while the Mobo-winning quartet took time to take off

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Kings Place Festival: Borodin, Tchaikovsky... and TimberThe Brodsky Quartetphoto credit: Eric Richmond Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Michael Gordon; Brodsky Quartet, percussionists from the Aurora Orchestra and Royal College of Music; Kings Place Festival Reviewed by Hilary Gloveron Sep 14 2014 Contrasting pair of concerts with Russian chamber music and Michael Gordon’s percussion work on woodThe Kings Place Festival – now in its 7th year has been a riot of success, showcasing 77 acts and including more than 200 performers (for other reviews Different Trains, Classical Works, Folk Roots, and THe Night Shift)…

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