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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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At the Boar's Head; Riders to the Sea review – sympathetic take on Holst and Vaughan Williams + MORE

Percifield/Chiew/Reveille/Barry/Lemalu/Griffiths/Warsaw Chamber Opera Sinfonietta/Borowicz(Dux)There is a recording already available of each of these one-act British operas, by Holst and Vaughan Williams, but it has taken the redoubtable Polish label Dux to give us an alternative. Recorded live in .... More »
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From study with Janacek in Brno to Terezin: a survey of Pavel Haas' songs + MORE

Pavel Haas songs; Anita Watson, Anna Starushkevych, Nicky Spence, James Platt, Navarra Quartet, Lada Valesova; Resonus Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Apr 30 2017 Star rating: 4.0A valuable survey of the Czech composer's still relatively unknown song cyclesThe composer Pavel Haas remains.... More »
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Women make up more than half of all US orchestral players + MORE

…. According to a reflective piece on Bloomberg by economics Professor Melvyn Krauss: Once considered a protected male preserve, symphony orchestras are becoming the most gender-blind employers in the U.S. The St. Louis Symphony had 18 women out of 88 musicians in 1964. In 2016, more than h.... More »
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Briefly Noted: Suzuki's Requiem + MORE

Mozart, Requiem / Vesperae solennes de confessore, C. Sampson, M.B. Kielland, M. Sakurada, C. Immler, Bach Collegium Japan, M. Suzuki (released on January 13, 2015) BIS-2091 | 74'34"We are admirers of the work of Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan here at Ionarts. With the group's fine.... More »
Opening the Wigmore’s season with a recital ranging from Haydn to Kern, the American soprano found an ideal accompanist in Antonio Pappano

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Bruckner Symphony No. 7 – scherzo

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Iván Fischer conducts the Budapest Festival Orchestra in the lively scherzo

Bruckner composed his seventh symphony between 1881 and 1883 and revised it in 1885 after the first performance…

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Hartmann: Simplicius Simplicissimus

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Hartmann: Simplicius Simplicissimus Karl Amadeus Hartmann Simplicius Simplicissimus; Juliane Banse, Peter Marsch, Will Hartmann, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic ORchestra, Netherlands Radio Choir, Markus Stenz; Challenge Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Sep 2 2014 Star rating: 4.0New recording of Hartmann’s opera to complement his symphonies on Challenge ClassicsI first came across the composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann indirectly when I was a student and the Halle Orchestra played John McCabe’s Hartmann Variations…

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The Autumn Season Begins…

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Verdi: Rigoletto, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Grand Théâtre de Genève Chorus, Alexander Joel (conductor), Grand Théâtre de Genève, Switzerland, 3.9.2014 (AL) Soloists: Rigoletto: Franco Vassallo Duke: Arnold Rutkowski Gilda: Lisette Oropesa Sparafucile: Sami Luttinen Madalenna: Ahlima Mhamdi Monterone: Maxim Kuzmin-Karavaev Bailff : Wofgang Barta   Production: Director: Robert Carsen (revived by Olivier Fredj) Sets: Radu […]

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Magda Olivero, Frenzy-Inspiring Soprano, Dies at 104Miss Olivero inspired deep devotion, as well as bootleg recordings and thundering ovations.

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Violinist Darwyn Apple, former First Violin of St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, has Website and Internet Radio Station Airing Classical MusicDarwyn AppleDarwyn Apple is a classical violinist who was first featured on AfriClassical on March 16, 2014:HECTV.org: ‘Composer Fred Onovwerosuoke Joins Violinists Darwyn Apple and Regina Carter in TV Segment ‘An Intercultural Instrument, the Fiddle’On September 7, 2014 AfriClassical posted:African Musical Arts: Emmy Award nomination for “An Intercultural Instrument: The Fiddle”AfriClassical was impressed to learn of Darwyn Apple’s tenure as first violin of the St…

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I thought I knew Bach’s St Matthew Passion. I also thought I knew this ‘ritualisation’ by Peter Sellars with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle, having seen the DVD numerous times…

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(This was originally published in the programme for a 2014 Salzburg Festival concert, performed by the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and Vladimir Fedoseyev.)  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)Symphony No. 28 in C major K. 200 Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)Orchestral Suite No. 4 in G major ‘Mozartiana’ op…

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If Atlanta’s lockout succeeds, music across America will be the poorer for itWhen the Minnesota Orchestra locked out its musicians in October 2012, two considerations weighed high in the board’s mind. One was that Minnesota paid well above the going rate to attract top players. The other was that, a month earlier, players in the Atlanta symphony had agreed after a short lockout to a 14 percent pay cut…

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Julius Rudel – obituary

– www.telegraph.co.uk

Conductor who fled Nazi-occupied Vienna and presented 19 world premieres with New York City Opera

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The Musicology of the Present

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This seems like the perfect venue to take up a challenge laid down by composer-journalist-scholar Kyle Gann, who in 2008 tasked a generation of music historians with having “dropped the ongoing narrative of composed music.”

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Oxford Lieder Festival's Schubert ProjectThis year, the Oxford Lieder Festival is doing something amazing, bringing all of Schubert’s songs to Oxford. In the space of three weeks (from 10 October to 1 November 2014) you can hear every single one of the songs Schubert wrote (and a lot more besides) sung by a dazzling array of talent, including Thomas Allen (25/10), Ian Bostridge (16/10), Christiane Karg (21/10), Susan Gritton )26/10), Dietrich Henschel (17/10), Robert Holl (28/10), Wolfgang Holzmair (30/10), Sophie Karhauser (11/10), Angelika Kirschschlager (29/10), Jonathan Lemalu (1/11), Mark Padmore (24/10), Christoph Pregardien(19/10) and Roderick Williams (15/10)…

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