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Dwyer: Scenes from Crow – review + MORE

Vox21 Ensemble/Dunne(Diatribe)Now in his late 40s, Benjamin Dwyer is a guitarist and academic as well as a composer. He currently seems obsessed with Crow, the collection of poems, part ritual, part creation myth, that Ted Hughes published in 1974. Scenes from Crow is Dwyer's musical respo.... More »
classical music

St Petersburg 1914 + MORE Jan 13th

So now I can stick on my CV that I've written a monologue for a famous actor. I've had scripts for two Glyndebourne 'Opera Bites' - a sadly defunct CD series of introductions - read by Fiona Shaw (Bizet's The Pearl Fishers) and Timothy West (Prokofiev's Betrothal in a Monastery), but this one 'for' .... More »
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Manon; James MacMillan Viola Concerto – review + MORE

Royal Opera House; Royal Festival Hall, LondonA soft-shoe shuffle is the least of Manon's worries. And a new viola concerto is a cause for celebrationOperatically speaking, Manon is the girl who walks on stage a schoolgirl virgin heading for a nunnery and, within minutes, has hooked a lover, tasted .... More »
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Massive Mid-Century Masterpieces Link Two Modern Composers: John Cage & Olivier Messiaen Shared Their Piano Cycles in Paris + MORE

Dedicated Proponents, Pianists Adam Tendler & Christopher Taylor Will Reveal the Intricacies of These Linked Works in a Pair of Linked Concerts at Jacaranda Music’s February 22nd Mid-Century Modern Program Jacaranda's 10th anniversary season continues on Saturday, February 22, 2014 with a .... More »
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UK-Russia culture fest opens with a compromised feeling + MORE

The Russia-Britain Cultural Exchange Year kicks off on Tuesday with nothing out of the ordinary. A programme of Prokofiev Cinderella excerpts, 3rd piano concerto and Rachmaninov’s second symphony could be heard any time, anywhere. The timing of the exchange, coinciding with Putin’s Winte.... More »
Kate Soper and Gelsey Bell, by Kobi Davis

Welcome to 2014—and what a crazy weekend for contemporary American opera in NYC January 11-12 is turning out to be. Not only will the second PROTOTYPE Festival be in full swing (about which more to come), but Morningside Opera will present Here Be Sirens, a new chamber opera by composer-vocalist Kate Soper, at Dixon Place on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon…

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How was batman at the Met? First review here.

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

How was batman at the Met? First review here.Paul Pelkonen must have been the only NY critic to eschew the bubbles on New Year’s night. He went to the Met and saw Fledermaus in Jeremy Sams’s new production. Here’s what he thought. Eisenstein (Christopher Maltman) woos Rosalinde (Susanna Philips) in Act II of Die Fledermaus.) Photo by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera.

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New Classical Tracks: 'though love be a day'

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Antioch Chamber Ensemble, a 12-voice mixed choir from the New York area, have a new CD that puts clear, warm sound in the spotlight with 15 song settings by composer Matthew Brown.

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Afro-Cuban Violinist and Composer José Silvestre White Was Born in Cuba December 31, 1835[José Silvestre White (1835-1918), Afro-Cuban violinist and composer. Shown here after he received the 1st prize for violin at the Conservatoire de Paris in 1856. Bibliothèque Nationale de France]José Silvestre White is featured at AfriClassical.com, with a Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www…

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Lisa Bielawa: Fire Starter

– www.newmusicbox.org

It’s difficult to stand anywhere near composer and vocalist Lisa Bielawa and not feel energized by proximity. An extrovert to the core, she acknowledges that her highly social nature has taken her in some specific directions both as a composer and as a musical citizen.

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A Happy New Ramellian Year!

– www.boulezian.blogspot.com

Jean-Philippe Rameau died 250 years ago, in 1764. Not, alas, that our opera houses seem remotely interested in the anniversary…

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The Use of Buddhist and Hindu Concepts in Wagner's Stage Works - Peter BassettBuddha: V&A MuseumThe following is taken from a presentation given by Wagner scholar Peter Bassett during the Melbourne Ring in 2013 – which can be heard by clicking here. Printed here with kind permission of the author.Peter, is author, among much else, of lasts years study of Wagner and Verdi: 1813: Wagner and Verdi…

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A. Vivaldi, Orlando furioso (1714), R. Novaro, R. Basso, Modo Antiquo, F. M. Sardelli
(released on November 13, 2012)
Naïve OP30540 | 160’40"Orlando furioso is Vivaldi’s most famous opera, having been known in modern revival since the 1970s, and it was already recorded for Naïve’s Vivaldi Edition in 2005, by Jean-Christophe Spinosi and Ensemble Matheus…

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Grossenbacher/Ensemble Modern/ORF SO Wien/Deutsches SO Berlin/ Deutsche RPO Saarbrucken/Hefti(Col Legno)This collection of orchestral pieces conducted by David Philip Hefti himself overlaps with a Neos disc of the 38-year-old Swiss composer’s music that appeared last year. The sibling pieces Klangbogen from 2009, and the cello concerto Gegenklang, composed immediately afterwards and seemingly continuing the musical argument of its predecessor, are common to both; the remaining pieces here follow the timeline of Hefti’s orchestral work right up to last year…

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Platinum Consort OAE Christmas Oratorio Kings Place 19 December 2013 Bach: Christmas Oratorio: Parts I, III, V, VIPlatinum Consort, Orchestra of the Age of EnlightenmentScott Inglis-Kidger, condKings Place, London 19 December 2013In a season dominated by Messiahs, spare a thought for the Christmas Oratorio. Were it not for Handel’s perennial singalong, Bach’s masterpiece would have far higher visibility on our Christmas programmes – and it certainly does on the continent…

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Prina Donna

– lietofinelondon.wordpress.com

Review – Arias For Senesino – Sonia Prina & Ensemble Claudiana
Sonia Prina’s recital at Wigmore Hall was one of vocal verve, staggering technique and interpretive eloquence.
Rarely – if ever – have I heard these arias written by Handel for Senesino performed with such gusto, Ms Prina and Ensemble Claudiana imparting a deep love of Handel’s music from start to finish…

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New year, New York, new opera

– operaobsession.blogspot.com

New year, New York, new operaSilvester fireworks in MainzI have an operatically eventful January ahead of me here in Germany: Enescu in Frankfurt, Verdi in München, hopefully a Wozzeck double-bill in Darmstadt, and if I can manage it, Elektra in Dresden. I am, believe it or not, planning to get some work done as well. But while all this excitement is keeping me busy over here, my beloved New York will also be having a very exciting month of opera…

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Critic’s Notebook: Maestro at Work: Hold That CoughConductors and concert performers deal with a bronchial audience in various ways.    

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