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Watch Maestro Bill Eddins's swimsuit competition video + MORE

Yesterday I posted news of an opera conductor swimsuit competition being held by the blog Opera Candy. It seemed unlikely that any serious conductor would accept the blog's invitation to submit a swimsuit video, but the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra's Bill Eddins has in fact tendered a submission..... More »
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No tittering at Anna Nicole + MORE

Went to Anna Nicole last night at the Royal Opera House, and took with me an American friend who was seeing it for the first time. She thought Richard Thomas's libretto was brilliant, which it is, and she laughed at the jokes, of which there are many.At the start of the interval, the besuited g.... More »
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Wagner’s Das Rheingold, Bayreuther Festspiele, 10.08.2014 + MORE

Regietheater is supposed to be an exercise in extracting the underlying truth in a libretto and bringing it to the fore by a radical revaluation or re-appropriation of its symbolic framework. In the big picture, Frank Castorf’s staging of Wagner’s Das Rheingold for the Bayreuth Festival .... More »
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SF Opera's Susannah + MORE

* Notes * Carlisle Floyd's Susannah (Patricia Racette as Susannah Polk and Brandon Jovanovich as Sam Polk in Act II pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver) had a San Francisco Opera debut yesterday evening. The score is sweepingly lyrical, and Maestra Karen Kamenseki conducted a powerful orc.... More »
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Bad Behavior + MORE

By Karen Rile: It was Parents Weekend at junior chamber music camp. My daughter, just out of eighth grade, had been attending this program since she was ten. As for me, I was looking forward to a reunion with all the kids, parents, and staff I'd known for the past five summers. But when I arri.... 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
Deutsche Grammophon
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Miloš: Aranjuez
Miloš Karadaglic
Mercury Classics 4810811
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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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