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Altstaedt: Shostakovich, Weinberg Cello Concertos CD review – muscular playing, klezmerish swing + MORE

Altstaedt/Nesterowicz/Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin(Channel Classics)According to Shostakovich, he and Mieczysław Weinberg competed to see who could write the most string quartets; Weinberg, who outlived his mentor by two decades, won by two. On this disc, the two composers’ cello concerto.... More »
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Briefly Noted: Orff's 'Gisei' Lives Again + MORE

C. Orff, Gisei — das Opfer, R. McKinny, U. Helzel, Berlin Deutsche Oper, J. Lacombe (released on February 12, 2016) cpo 777819-2 | 60'26" The precocious Carl Orff completed an opera in 1913, when he was only 18 years old, but he never allowed it to be performed. This was long before the compo.... More »
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Meet...Jeremy Denk. Tomorrow. + MORE

Tomorrow at LSO St Luke's the one and only Jeremy Denk is giving a recital of Bach's Goldberg Variations and some of Ligeti's unbelievable piano Etudes. I am interviewing him on stage afterwards. Please come and join us. Above, a taster. Here's the website (the talk is not on it, but it is definitel.... More »
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Vasko Vassilev Celebrates 20 Years as Concert Master at the Royal Opera House + MORE

 Vasko Vassilev’s 20th Anniversary Recital. Vasko Vassilev (violin), Pamela Tan Nicholson (piano) with string ensemble and Fergus Gerrand (percussion), members of the Royal Opera chorus and special guest Shogo Kariyazaki (ikebana master). Paul Hamlyn Hall, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.... More »
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Free Download: Allan Clayton sings 'Vedi L'ape Che Ingegnosa' from Handel's Berenice + MORE

This week's free download is the aria 'Vedi L'ape Che Ingegnosa' from Handel's Berenice. The rec.... More »
BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Gamba(Chandos)This collection of overtures ranges from the 1880s to the 1930s, and none of the eight pieces included is at all well-known today. Even the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor work, the Overture to the Song of Hiawatha, was not actually part of his once hugely popular trilogy of Hiawatha cantatas, but a separate concert work with only the briefest of thematic links to the choral pieces…

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The end of Gardner’s world

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Logic dictates that the next person to depart the ENO should be John Berry, but no, it was Ed Gardner whose escape was announced today. He leaves his role as Music Director at the end of the 2014/15 season  "to take up his new appointment as Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and focus on his symphonic repertoire"…

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New York Philharmonic Announces 2014–2015 Season

– unpredictableinevitability.com

You really do have to wonder at a Philharmonic season that sees Marion Cotillard and Josh Groban marketed as two of the star attractions. Alan Gilbert is now talking of a leitmotivic approach to his programming, a description which I suppose attempts to make some sense of a sprawling, eclectic, unfocussed season that nonetheless is more centred on twentieth-century and contemporary compositions than any of his tenure thus far…

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Opera star Renée Fleming has been described as ‘the Great American Soprano’ and ‘the people’s diva,’ so, why shouldn’t she sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl?

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Toronto Symphony Orchestra will tour Europe in summerThe Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s 2014/15 season includes a European tour, new recordings, Sir Andrew Davis on the podium and a piano celebration.

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Excellent Start to Manchester’s Strauss’s Voice Series

– www.seenandheard-international.com

  Richard Strauss: Soile Isokoski (soprano), Steven Isserlis (cello), BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Juanjo Mena (conductor), Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 18.1.2014 (MC)   Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 Three Hymns, Op. 71 Don Quixote, Op. 35   To mark the 150 anniversary of Richard Strauss’s birth the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé and Manchester Camerata are performing a series […]

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Imogen Cooper performs the Schubert Piano Sonata in c minor from a Frederic Chopin Society recital.

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Takács Plays Bartók, Part 2

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Bartók, String Quartets, Takács Quartet (2d ed., 1998)

Bartók, String Quartets, Takács Quartet (1st ed., 1985)

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The Takács Quartet was back in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater last night for the second part of its complete Bartók cycle (see my review of Part 1). The trajectory was much the same in the even-numbered string quartets, as we heard the composer experiment with modernist

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The moral of the story

– www.artsjournal.com/sandow

The moral of the story
The moral, that is, of my critique of the Chicago Symphony’s “Sounds and Stories” online magazine. It so badly disappointed me. Great idea, for an orchestra to provide the kind of classical music coverage we don’t find these days in the media. But why make it so deadly dull? So drastically out of touch with the kind of lively media people find everywhere else?
I was being interviewed by a British journalist about “Sounds and Stories…

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Opera poster of the week

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

It does what it says on the wall.

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A merry 1950s update of madcap comedy

– www.theaustralian.com.au

SIMON Phillips promised his new production of The Turk in Italy would be about as much fun as you can have in an opera house.

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Bob and Anne………

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The never built Toronto Ballet Opera House 1990
There was a very happy reunion for me yesterday evening at a party given by Bob Essert and Anne Minors to celebrate the combined thirty years life of their two firms – AMPC and Sound Space Design.  They are old friends and colleagues from my Toronto days…

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55 looks for 55 operas

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Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli closed the Paris 2014 summer couture season yesterday with a bravura display of opera-inspired gowns.
The show opened with their take on La traviata, above, where part of the score was embroidered on a pale translucent gown. Carmen, La bohème and Aida were amongst other operas referenced…

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