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Listen like a pirate day + MORE

In honor of “Talk Like a Pirate Day” La Cieca invites you, the cher public, to share reminiscences (and, where applicable, YouTube clips) of your favorite pirate recordings. These need not necessarily include the appearance of Maria Callas. To begin with, few live opera recordings can s.... More »
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Daniel Barenboim on ‘his’ Fidelio at La Scala + MORE

The opening of La Scala's season on 7 December each year is the most anticipated and often contested event in the international opera calendar.Daniel Barenboim opens the 2014-2015 Opera and Ballet Season with Fidelio directed by Deborah Warner. It marks the end of his nine years at the Teatro alla .... More »
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Musicians from East and West come together for Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Chinese New Year concert + MORE

Rejuvenation: A Taoist Journey celebrates both the Chinese New Year and Canada’s 150th anniversary with Chinese and Canadian artists..... More »
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Obsessions + MORE

The new-music radio channel Q2 has asked me participate in a series called "Current Obsessions," in which I select one work a week for broadcast. The first is Jürg Frey's String Quartet No. 3, which I wrote about in my Wandelweiser column. It will be heard at 1pm Eastern today and s.... More »
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New Classical Tracks: Howard Shore pivots from film to concert music + MORE

Howard Shore has recorded and composed music for about 80 films, including for the massive trilogy, 'The Lord of the Rings.' These days, Shore is writing more concert music. Shore's new recording features two of them, including a piano concerto on which Lang Lang is the soloist. Hear more about it, .... More »
“Observer” story pushed off front page“Camilla hopes the new work will make opera ‘more mainstream.’” [Daily Mail]

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 Verdi, Massenet, Wagner: Jonas Kaufmann, Orquestra de Cadaqués, Jochen Rieder (conductor), Castle Gardens Auditorium, Castell Perelada, Spain, 3.8.2014 (JMI)     Jonas Kaufmann: Verdi: Don Carlo, “Io la vidi”           Il Trovatore, “Ah, si ben mio” La Foza del Destino, “La vita è un  inferno…O tu che in seno agli angeli” Massenet: Le Cid, “O […]

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The lion in stereo

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The lion in stereoA great man has passed and our consolation is that so much of his art has been preserved for us on recordings. This year marked Carlo Bergonzi’s 90 birthday and next week, in honor of that occasion, Decca is releasing a box set of 17 discs titled The Verdi Tenor, comprised of all of the Verdi opera and recital recordings Bergonzi made for Deutsche Grammophon, Decca and Phillps combined…

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Take A Friend To The Orchestra Gets A Facelift

The official resource site for the Take A Friend To The Orchestra initiative received an update that ushers in a brand new landing page, enhanced media players for audio contributions, updated typography, and more. Going through all of the content instilled a renewed appreciation for just how much all of the volunteer contributors put into their work, and what an incredible collection it is! To my knowledge there isn’t a single resource out there that comes close to the scope and quality of content dedicated solely to providing insightful, motivating, and entertaining insight into the social aspect of concertgoing…

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Berio Sinfonia Shostakovich Petrenko Prom 26

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Berio Sinfonia Shostakovich Petrenko Prom 26“For the unexpected is always upon us”. a voice cries  out from the swirling complexity that is Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia, conducted by Vassily Petrenko and played by the European Union Youth Orchestra at Prom  26. Some theories of the origin of the Universe deal with the concept of primordial chaos from which order, of a sort, emerged…

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The EUYO players coped admirably with the demands of two technically savage, manically unpredictable pieces by Berio and Shostakovich

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Critic’s Notebook: Let’s Talk About Risk at the Metropolitan OperaThe dismay in the tone of labor talks at the Met may rub off on the public, a situation that must be avoided.

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The Hollywood Bowl has always been a venue for trying out new talent. With high-definition video now part of the equation, the temptation for the Los Angeles Philharmonic to entice the most attractive young performers must be greater than ever.

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A true-life tale of survival is at the heart of this unusual work, which celebrates a centuries-old trade route between Venice and Norway

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At a venue near you - Glyndebourne on TourThis year’s Glyndebourne on Tour season includes touring versions two 2014 main house productions, Tom Cairns’ production of Verdi’s La Traviata, and Frederic Wake-Walker’s production of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera along with a revival of Jonathan Kent’s 2006 touring production of Britten’s Turn of the Screw…

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Given the popularity of cat videos on the Internet, I suppose it was inevitable a cat would perform a piano concerto. Lithuanian composer Mindaugas Piecaitis created this work, and our Music Through the Night audience embraced it.

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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’s Monologue from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg In 1869, Richard Wagner dedicated the second edition of his Oper und Drama to Constantin Frantz (1817–1891)…

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Clean Bandit (pictured above), John Grant and Culture Club will all join the BBC Philharmonic in its 2014 BBC Philharmonic Presents… series.
Broadcasts across several BBC radio and television channels from 10 September to 17 October 2014 will showcase diverse uses of the full symphony orchestra with well-known artists from other genres…

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