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Magnitude Ensemble/Volkov review Stewart Lee lends his voice to experimental evening + MORE

Village Underground, LondonA concert of new and improvised work ranged from extraordinary to excruciating but it was certainly never predictableThis concert of new work and improvisation, put together by the pianist Tania Chen, was entitled Familiar/Unfamiliar, but there was little evidence of the .... More »
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Superlative Singing and First Class Playing in Brahms’ Requiem + MORE

 Brahms, Haydn:  Gisela Stille (soprano), John Lundgren (baritone), BBC National  Chorus of Wales, National Youth Choir of Wales, BBC National Orchestra of Wales/ Thomas Søndergård (conductor). St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 13.6.2014 (PCG) Haydn – Symphony No 99 in E flat (1793) Brahms – A Ge.... More »
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Ensemble. An Annual Event? + MORE

Cathedral organ high jinks from Peter Gould, Tom Corfield, Christopher Johns, Sachin Gunga and Ben Bloor, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler.... More »
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The Very Sung Hero - DAY TWO Practice + MORE

By Amy Beth Horman: The Very Sung Hero: Day Two Practice The following blog details my second day of practice in preparation for performances as the emergency soloist on the Brahms Concerto with the Bay Atlantic Symphony last weekend. There is nothing really that compares to waking up on a Thu.... More »
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Benignly British - Last Night of the Proms 2014 + MORE

Last Night of the BBC Proms 2014. Thousands were there, having fun, and thousands more at open air Proms all over the country.: I was at Otello at the ENO , new production by David Alden. I'll write about that in a few hours, please come back - it was good ! The real Last Night of the Proms was .... More »
 Rawsthorne, Elgar, Vaughan Williams: James Ehnes (violin), BBC Philharmonic/Sir Andrew Davis, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 23.5.2014 (MC) Rawsthorne: Overture ‘Street Corner’ Elgar: Violin Concerto Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 9   Programmes of English music in English concert halls are a lot rarer than one might imagine…

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So close to Memorial Day, we're considering music from two Hollywood war films unified by their great music written by distinctive composer Elmer Bernstein.

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Anthony McGill, Principal Clarinet of New York Philharmonic, Joins Pacifica Quartet on 'Mozart & Brahms Clarinet Quintets' on Cedille CD; free Brahms downloadMozart & Brahms Clarinet QuintetsAnthony McGill & Pacifica QuartetCedille CDR 90000 147 (2014)Anthony McGill www.anthonymcgill.com & Pacifica Quartethttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqxiGFOAAnE#t=18Cedille Records  (Click link to hear free excerpts)The dynamic, Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra’s superstar principal clarinetist Anthony McGill join forces for the clarinet quintets of Mozart and Brahms — widely considered the greatest chamber works for this combination of instruments…

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The New York Philharmonic’s annual free concert at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine drew its usual large and enthusiastic crowd.

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Schoenberg’s opera is a triumph for WNO’s music director Lothar Koenigs and the chorus and orchestra; the production is rather less successful

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The official classical chart

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Week ending 24 May 2014
 



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Jenkins: Motets
Polyphony/Stephen Layton
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Miloš: Aranjuez
Miloš Karadaglic
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Elgar: Symphony No…

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Richard Wagner Supports Constantin Frantz's Denunciation of Prussian Militarism and Pan-GermanismWahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn!Wohin ich forschend blick’in Stadt- und Weltchronik,den Grund mir aufzufinden,warum gar bis aufs Blutdie Leut’ sich quälen und schindenin unnütz toller Wut! Madness! Madness! Everywhere madness!Wherever I searchingly glance,Through chronicles of cities and the world,The grounds thereof to find,Why, to the point of drawing blood,People torment and mistreat each otherIn senseless frenzied rage!Hans Sachs’ Monologue from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg In 1869, Richard Wagner dedicated the second edition of his Oper und Drama to Constantin Frantz (1817–1891), a Young Hegelian thinker somewhat neglected today compared to other better known Junghegelianer such as Max Stirner, David Strauss, Ludwig Feuerbach, Arnold Ruge—not to mention Marx und Engels…

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Carlo re d'Alemagna

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Enjoy a duet from the first act of Scarlatti's little-known opera

Fabio Biondi resurrected Scarlatti's 1716 opera in 2003 and this is the first time it has appeared on disc…

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‘Show Boat,’ which opened in 1927 at Broadway’s Ziegfield Theatre, is embedded in America’s cultural bones. Composer Jerome Kern — described in his time as ‘the American Schubert’ — had a supreme gift for melody, and the show is lined with hit numbers, performed here in their original, lush orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett…

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Composers Jefferson Friedman and Craig Wedren have joined forces to shove their different-yet-connected musical worlds successfully closer together into the album On In Love. With the ensemble ACME, the two have constructed a group of songs that are dramatic, unpredictable, and beautifully crafted, serving up both both punch and substance.

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Firm support for Richard Wagner

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Opera-going can be bad for your health. Especially if the composer is Richard Wagner and the opera is five hours long. "Prolonged sitting inhibits venous function, blood pools in the legs and they can swell. Also, the risk of thrombosis may increase, as in a long-haul flight"
So say Medi Gmbh, "one of the world's leading companies in the field of compression stocking supplies" and a sponsor of the Bayreuth Festival…

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Symphony guide: Mozart's 41st ('Jupiter')Mozart’s 41st symphony – the last he composed – is full of postmodernism, palimpsests, and pure exhilarationYoure a little dull/ My dear Pompeo/The ways of the world/Go study them. The words of the aria, Un bacio di mano (A kiss on the hand), composed as an insert for Pasquale Anfossis opera Le gelosie fortunate by Mozart in 1788, to words probably by Lorenzo da Ponte…

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Does cinema create new opera audiences?

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The answer is a big fat NO, according to a new survey commissioned by English Touring Opera.
The study of 234 operagoers "found that 81% of cinema opera attendees were over 60 years old, with an age profile slightly older than that typically found at live opera. In addition, the study indicates that attending a cinema broadcast of opera does not regularly inspire cinema-goers to attend live opera in a theatre, with 85% of respondents reporting no increased motivation to attend live after their cinema experience…

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