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Beethoven visits Japan: On Tour with the Vienna Academy Orchestra (Part 4) + MORE

The sun rises over the Vienna Academy Orchestra’s Day Four in Tokyo, a beautiful day and the day of the first concert at Musashino Hall. But there’s plenty of time until then to discover a bit of Tokyo. Little groups set out to get lost in the city; some new to the place and others veterans alre.... More »
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Watch Emma Thomson rehearse Sweeney Todd + MORE

This clip is from the New York Philharmonic’s production of Sondheim’s musical thriller, which airs this Friday on PBS. // <![CDATA[ (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = ".... More »
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Devon Baroque Come Home on the Prevailing Winds + MORE

Vivaldi, Boismortier, Telemann, Bach: Devon Baroque, Georgia Browne (flute), Sarah Humphrys (oboe/recorders), Oonagh Lee (oboe/recorders), Rebecca Hammond (bassoon), Emily White (sackbut), Persephone Gibbs (Artistic Director), Andrew Wilson-Dickson (Director), Great Hall, Dartington, 12.2 2017. (PRB.... More »
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Strange afterlives : Hugo and Pavel Haas + MORE

Pavel Haas and Hugo Haas : brothers from Brno who led very different lives.   Pavel, the composer, was incarcerated in Terezin and murdered in Auschwitz. Hugo, a movie star and director, far more famous in his time, was able to escape and start a second career in Hollywood. Both brothers seem t.... More »
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A Few Notes on "Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix" + MORE

Lucas Cranach the Elder, Samson and DelilahThe other week, I ran across an article on Corymbus, via a tweet from the author, Emma Kavanaugh. It's called "Rethinking Sexual Agency in 'Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix'" and it's an analysis of Dalila's power and sexuality in the context of 19th century ope.... More »

Menotti's The Medium

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Menotti's The MediumJulia Stikovetsky and Grainne Gillis photo Yannis Katsaris Gian Carlo Menotti The Medium; Operaview, director Natalie Katsou, Musical Director Maite Aguirre; Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Aug 14 2014 Star rating: 3.5Rare outing for Menotti’s opera in a small scale productionThe Grimeborn Festival is now underway at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston, showcasing a wide variety of smaller scale operatic productions…

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Benjamin Hulett (tenor), Alison Hill (soprano), Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Hill(Naxos)Herbert Howells (1892-1983) occupies a special place in English choral music as the composer of fresh, 20th-century approaches to the Anglican rite and as the creator of larger-scale works, the last of which, his Stabat Mater, he completed for the Bach Choir in 1965…

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Mark Stone (baritone), Stephen Barlow (piano) (Stone Records)This second of four discs will be the first complete recording of the songs of Roger Quilter (1877-1953). As well as setting Blake, Byron, Keats, Binyon and the Earl of Rochester, the Sussex-born composer also wrote some of his own texts, sometimes using a pseudonym…

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A Bright Touch of Ruddigore Gothic Horror

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Gilbert & Sullivan, The House of Murgatroyd or Ruddigore Revisited: The New York Light Opera Ensemble,Harrogate G&S Festival, The Crown Hotel, Harrogate, 11.8.2014 (RJW) Cast: Rose Maybud / Rascal … Jessica Wagner Mad Margaret, / Rascal … Cáitlin Burke Dame Hannah / Rascal … Bridget Harvey Robin Oakapple / Rascal … David Macaluso Richard Dauntless […]

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Zing! went the strings of his heart“Prince Charles‘s harpist, 27 leaves husband for Britain’s biggest opera star Bryn Terfel, 48″ [Daily Mail]

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Licia Albanese, Exalted Soprano, Is Dead at 105One of the most admired operatic sopranos of the mid-20th century, she was revered for a soaring top range and a passionate intensity on the stage.

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40 music kids are locked up in Colditz. Are they digging tunnels?Delighted to learn that the notorious prisoner-of-war camp is now being put to musical uses.
The state of Saxony runs music weekends in Schloss Colditz through the summer. These children are being coached in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by their teacher, Thu Trang Sauer.
Sweet.

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Harrison Birtwistle Chamber Music

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Harrison Birtwistle Chamber Music Harrison Birtwistle Chamber Music; Lisa Batiashvili, Adrian Brendel, Till Fellner, Amy Freston, Roderick Williams; ECM New Series Reviewed by Hilary Gloveron Aug 08 2014 Star rating: 4.0Selection of Harrison Birtistle’s recent chamber worksThe unimaginatively entitled ‘Harrison Birtwistle Chamber Music’ on ECM New Series, with its somewhat dull, blue black cover, does not do this CD justice…

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At some point during the Ring performances conducted by Kirill Petrenko this week, I’ve started to wonder if my recollection of the orchestral sound in the Festspielhaus when I first saw the Ring with Christian Thielemann there in 2010 was some sort of “affective memory”, a collage of the actual experience of listening to the Ring in Bayreuth and the excitement of doing that in the Festival for the first time…

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Sibelius Maxwell Davies Bridge Storgårds Prom 38

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Sibelius Maxwell Davies Bridge Storgårds Prom 38Like Prom 36, (more here) Prom 38 demonstrated why some composers are first rank while others aren’t. John Storgårds conducted the BBC Philharmonic in a programme which contrasted  Jean Sibelius and Frank Bridge with Sir Peter Maxwell Davis.Finlandia effectively changed the course of world history…

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Bahamas' latest album is all about Afie JurvanenFor the most part, Bahamas is Afie is the sound of guitar virtuoso Afie Jurvanen flying completely solo and playing all the parts himself.

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Crack Team Perform Owen Wingrave

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            Edinburgh International Festival 2014 (11) – Britten, Owen Wingrave: Soloists, Choristers of Chelmsford Cathedral, Britten-Pears Orchestra / Mark Wigglesworth (conductor), King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 15.8.2014 (SRT) Cast: Owen Wingrave – Ross Ramgobin Spencer Coyle – Jonathan Summers Lechmere – Isaiah Bell Miss Wingrave – Susan Bullock Mrs Coyle – Samantha […]

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As Met deadline looms, could opera survive without a orchestra?Today is the Met’s deadline for reaching a wage agreement with musicians, or locking them out.
Dr Gerald Stein, a Chicago psychotherapist and www.slippedisc.com contributor, is a passionate, lifelong concertgoer. He is involved with music and musicians in his community. But Dr Stein has some chilling fears about the replaceability of the orchestra in the immediate technological future…

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