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operas

Hungarian Holiday 3. + MORE

Grant Chu Covell[July 2014.]Gergely VAJDA: Barbie Blue (2006)1; Gulliver in Faremido (2010)2; Conversations with Children (2008)3. Dóra Érsek1 (sop), Róbert Rezsnyák1 (bar), Tibor Szervét2 (narrator), MR Symphony (Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra)1, UMZE Ensemble2, Dèdalo Ensemble3, Gergely .... More »
virtuoso

Review: ‘Anatomy Theater,’ an Opera, Puts Convicts Under the Knife + MORE

This David Lang work recalls an era when public dissections were held to show what anatomists said were the telltale traits of the morally corrupt..... More »
conductors

'Seeking the Infinite': New film tells the story of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski + MORE

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski's appearances this week at Orchestra Hall will be preceded by screenings of a fascinating new documentary about his long and distinguished life..... More »
symphonies

A Major Talent + MORE

Mishka Rushdie Momen plays Chopin, impressing Mike Wheeler.... More »
opera news

Perfectly Franco + MORE

It’s Corelli two ways and across nearly two decades in this dream double bill of Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci. Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana Metropolitan Opera Carlo Felice Cillario, conductor 18 June 1973 In-house recording Santuzza – Elinor Ross Turiddu – Franco Corelli Al.... More »
Russian opera singer says anti-gay law is ‘hurting our artists abroad’The first sign of artistic dissent within Russia to the anti-gay laws has been articulated by Maria Maksakova, a mezzo-soprano working at the Mariinksy Theatre and a member of a celebrated operatic dynasty. At the Mariinsky, she has sung orabella (Cosi fan tutte), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Frugola (Il tabarro), The Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos),Nicklausse (The […]

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Shostakovich Bolt Ballet online

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Shostakovich Bolt Ballet onlineAt last online, Dimitri Shostakovich’s “lost” ballet Bolt , the famous Bolshoi production choreographed  by Alexei Ratmansky. The premiere in 1931 was greeted with vociferous opposition, and the ballet remained unknown until a complete edition was prepared for Gennady Rozhdestvensky to conduct in 1995…

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Dr. William H. Chapman Nyaho, African American Pianist and Professor, Author of 'Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora' was born Dec. 28, 1958ASA: Piano Music by Composers of African Descent William Chapman Nyaho, piano MSR Classics MS1242 (2008) Senku: Piano Music by Composers of African DescentWilliam Chapman Nyaho, pianoMusicians Showcase 1091 (2003)Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora Compiled and Edited by William H…

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Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

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Mozart's sacred music from New College, OxfordHaving given us a superb disc of sacred music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier for their previous disc, Edward Higginbottom and the choir of New College Oxford have turned their attention to Mozart’s sacred music for Salzburg Cathedral from the 1770’s. Accompanied by the period instruments of Collegium Novum, Higginbottom and his forces perform Mozart’s Litaniae Lauretanae K195, Sonata in C K329 and Vesperae de Dominica K321, again on the choir’s own label Novum…

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The catfish king

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The catfish kingTwo Boys – Metropolitan Opera, 11/14/2013Spence, Coote / RobertsonNico Muhly’s much-lauded and -promoted piece isn’t all bad — there’s about half an act of impressive music. But it’s not very operatic, and the libretto stinks.The good has been much praised, and accords with Muhly’s pre-operatic experience: the choral interludes, mostly in the first part…

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Squeezing sponge

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By Claire Silvester: I take lessons every two weeks, it’s currently the ‘in-between week’ and I’m working on a particular bowing pattern/feel/interpretation/skill in the gigue I’m learning. This feels like backwards Bach, I love it (I’m enjoying turning former conditioned phrasing on its head) but it’s the direct opposite of the motion my right arm instinctively insists on executing…

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When you have an impressively supple orchestra such as the one in the Vienna State Opera, a conductor must feel tempted to pull all the stops. Therefore, I understand Michael Güttler’s inclination to make it fast and loud and exciting – and the outpouring of glittering, transparent and clear sounds from the pit were indeed a pleasure in itself…

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F.Schubert Schwanengesang, Piano Sonata D.960
(Schubert Edition, v.6)
M.Goerne, C.Eschenbach
Harmonia Mundi

Canticum Cygnus

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The Pavarotti singer who overcame a harelip

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The Pavarotti singer who overcame a harelipRae Woodland, who is thought to be the first English soprano to sing with Luciano Pavarotti (La Sonnambula at Covent Garden, in 1965), has died at the age of 91. She worked and recorded extensively with Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears and became a much-loved teacher at their young artist programme in Aldeburgh…

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Bach Mass in B Minor at Kings Place

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Bach Mass in B Minor at Kings PlaceAs the culmination of King’s Place’s year long exploration of Bach’s music, Bach Unwrapped, there was a performance Bach’s Mass in B Minor on Saturday 21 December 2013. The events of Bach Unwrapped not only explored Bach’s music but different styles of performance. The Mass in B Minor was performed by the Aurora Orchestra (performing on modern instruments) and the choir of Clare College, Cambridge (director Graham Ross), conducted by Nicholas Collon with soloists Malin Christensson, Jennifer Johnson, William Towers, Joshua Ellicott and Benedict Nelson…

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An Ishmaelite welcome

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An Ishmaelite welcomeIt’s the best part of the Christmas story, or rather the one according to Berlioz, Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus, having escaped the most obscene horror, arrive in Sais, Egypt, close to starvation. In the third part of L’enfance du Christ, they are rejected by Egyptians and Romans in the town with the same cry: ‘away with you, filthy Jews!’ An Ishmaelite father, however, welcomes them into a lively household…

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Nights at the opera: 2013

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Nights at the opera: 2013The calendar year is tapering quietly to its end; here in Mainz, the days are rainy and the archives are closed, providing ideal conditions for retrospection on a year of opera-going. I've already been enjoying the reports of others on the year in opera: John Gilks at Opera Ramblings, Mark Berry at Boulezian, and the anonymous Opera Traveller…

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