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Nightafternight playlist + MORE

— Loyset Compère, Magnificat, etc.; Orlando Consort (Hyperion) — Chou Wen-chung, Eternal Pine I, II, III, Ode to Eternal Pine; Contemporary Music Ensemble Korea, Boston Musica Viva, Taipei Chinese Orchestra, etc. (New World) — Bach, Harpsichord Concertos; Andreas Staier, Freiburg Baroque Orc.... More »

Violinist.com Interview with James Ehnes: Four Seasons and No Apologies + MORE

By Laurie Niles: Canadian violinist James Ehnes would rather play for the hundreds of concertgoers who inevitably will fall in love with Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" than worry about a few who might have grown tired of the piece. Because in more than 20 years of playing it, he hasn't tired of it. .... More »
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For the Record, Op. 1: New Recordings by Jennifer Koh, Philippe Quint, Chiara String Quartet and more + MORE

By Laurie Niles: This week we're launching a new feature on Violinist.com called "For the Record," a weekly roundup of new releases of recordings by violinists, violists, cellists and other classical musicians. We hope it helps you keep track of your favorite artists, as well as find some new ones t.... More »

Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra + MORE

Thanks to an alert that I never canceled after the Minnesota Orchestra lockout ended and the orchestra carried on, I received a link the other day to an article by Terry Blain in the Minnesota Star Tribute. It's called "Should the Minnesota Orchestra be looking for Osmo Vänskä's successor?"It.... More »

Giltburg Enchants Scottish Lovers with Rachmaninov’s Second + MORE

Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Mahler, R Strauss – RSNO Valentine’s Concert: Boris Giltburg (piano), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Jean-Claude Picard (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 12.02.2016. (SRT) Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 Mahler: Adagietto from .... More »
Adriana Hölszky’s new opera barely scratches the surface of its source text, Dostoevsky’s Demons, despite a strong cast

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The St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, led by Clinton Smith, performs the Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2 by Maurice Ravel in this week's Regional Spotlight.

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Garsington Opera's 25th Anniversary : past unites with futureGarsington Opera’s 25th anniversary season starts Friday – some seats still available,. But there’s a lot more to the season than the three operas on offer. Douglas Boyd, Artistic Director, speaks about this year’s programme and about thrilling new developments that could launch Garsington Opera into the next 25 years at the forefront of British country house opera…

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Editorial: You Are A Very, Very Bad WagnerianOur Deputy Editor (Fred Oswald)  moans, in response to  some readers, and threatens to take his ball home, while our editor in chief hides under a desk refusing to leave the office. You have been warned, at least about the moaning.Two days ago we ran an article about Hartford Wagner Festival’s project to mount a full scale Ring cycle replacing a live orchestra with a “digital orchestra”…

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LONDON (Reuters) – Anyone attending the premiere of Berlioz’s rarely seen opera “Benvenuto Cellini”, directed by Monty Python alumnus Terry Gilliam at the English National Opera, could be forgiven for thinking it was a preview for the Python reunion show in July.

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Abdicating Queen goes fundraising for opera

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Abdicating Queen goes fundraising for operaQueen Sofia of Spain was out on the town in New York last night, launching a US foundation for the ever-troubled Liceu theatre of Barcelona.
It’s like to be one of her last official acts.

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Benvenuto Cellini  grotesques and gusto solve Berlioz's problem pieceFirst night: Benvenuto Cellini at the Coliseum, LondonIt was English National Opera that encouraged Terry Gilliam to try his hand at directing opera when he staged Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust at the Coliseum three years ago. Both Gilliam and ENO must have enjoyed the collaboration for the director has returned to tackle more Berlioz there, taking on the much more difficult challenge of Benvenuto Cellini…

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How an English soprano galvanised the opera festival’s founder

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Holland ParkMinnie – Susannah GlanvilleDick Johnson – Jeff GwaltneyJack Rance – Simon ThorpeNick – Neal CooperSonora – Nicholas GarrettTrin – Jung Soo YunSid – Peter BraithwaiteBello – James HarrisonHarry – Oliver BrignallJoe – Edward HughesHappy – John LofthouseJim Larkens – Aidan SmithAshby – Graeme BroadbentWowkle – Laura WoodsBilly Jackrabbit – Tom StoddartJake Wallace – Simon WildingJose Castro – Henry Grant KerswellPony Express Rider – Michael BradleyStephen Barlow (director)Yannis Thavoris (designs)Richard Howell (lighting)Opera Holland Park Chorus (chorus master: Timothy Burke)City of London SinfoniaStuart Stratford (conductor)‘I like the atmosphere of the West’, Puccini wrote after seeing three of David Belasco’s plays performed on Broadway in 1907, ‘but in all the “pièces” I have seen, I have found only a few scenes here and there…

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Remembering Bryden Thomson

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Remembering Bryden ThomsonA recent post praised the Martinů and Nielsen symphony cycles recorded by Bryden Thomson and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and I went on to say that, despite making many outstanding recordings for Chandos and other labels, Bryden Thomson, who died in 1991, is now a forgotten figure. At the time of the recordings the RSNO was under the management of Christopher Bishop, and in response to my post, he has sent me the following short appreciation:Bryden (known as Jack) Thomson was Principal Conductor of the RSNO from 1988 till his death from cancer in 1991…

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Watch Now: Walkure Act One. Complete

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Watch Now: Walkure Act One. CompleteConductor: Isaac SelyaThe Queen City Chamber Opera and the Wagner Society of Cincinnati recently collaborated to present a fully staged Walküre, act 1 using the Abbass reduced orchestration (5 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, harp, timpani, 8 winds and normal strings. They have very kindly made this available freely…

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Compare & Contrast 25

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[Pushing this up top to another another link.] I have deep respect for Finn Pollard, of Where’s Runnicles, and for Mark Berry, of Boulezian. They’re both thoughtful, passionate, and intelligent reviewers whose comments illuminate whatever performance they’re discussing. So it’s with great interest and curiosity that I link to their very different conclusions about Claus Guth’s recent production of Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Royal Opera…

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The Two Tenors

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Swapping Tosca tales backstage at the Royal Opera House, Roberto Alagna and Jonas Kaufmann.
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