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Two Fine Australian Singers Show Their Mettle in London + MORE

Various composers, Heroes & Heroines – Katrina Sheppeard (soprano), Warwick Fyfe (baritone), Kelvin Lim (piano): Australia House, London. 24.6.2016. (JPr) Excerpts from: Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer, Lohengrin, Das Rheingold, Die Walküre. Verdi: Nabucco, Aida Strauss: Salome Offenbach: T.... More »
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Review: Susanna Malkki Makes an Immediate Impression + MORE

The Finnish conductor’s debut at Avery Fisher Hall raises the question: How has it taken so long for the Philharmonic to invite her as a guest?.... More »
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Listening Listfully 2015 - Ars Gratia Artis + MORE

[This is the first, in posting order, of two Favorite Musickes of the Year posts. There is some duplication the introductory paragraphs.] In 2014, the end of December pulled a fast one on those, this blogger included, who produce "year-end" lists of the best, or of their preferred, recorded mus.... More »
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Ensemble. God's Forgiveness + MORE

A journey to the Almighty with Verdi's 'The Force of Destiny', highly rated by Giuseppe Pennisi.... More »
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CD Spotlight. Tonal Beauty + MORE

The Carducci Quartet plays Shostakovich, recommended by Stephen Francis Vasta. '... you really couldn't improve on this issue as an introduction.'.... More »

Polly-hymnia at green, green Garsington

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So there’s this dead parrot… A strange start indeed for a French 19th-century rom-com. But this is no common stage work: it is Vert-Vert by Jacques Offenbach, France’s finest composer of operetta, creator of such classic favourites as Orpheus in the Underworld and La belle Hélène. For Garsington Opera at Wormsley, the director Martin Duncan has joined forces with the conductor and Offenbachophile David Parry to offer a new staging of this little-performed madcap comedy, brilliant in its musical hues and light as a feather…

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Dialogues des Carmélites; Birtwistle at 80; London contemporary music festival  reviewRoyal Opera House; Barbican; Second Home, LondonPoulenc’s harrowing opera about Carmelite nuns is lost in space but saved by a finely wrought performancePart fact, mostly fiction, Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites (1956) holds up an unbroken mirror to the essence of faith. The nuns of Compiègne, martyred in the French Revolution, face terror within and without, on the streets and in their souls…

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'In Memory of Maya Angelou,' Pianist Richard Alston, Violinist Christopher Lee & Cellist Ellison Artisson Perform 'Deep River' arranged for Piano Trio[Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma, www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com.  We are collaborating with the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation of the U…

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Jazzman’s doublebass is battered by US security

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Jazzman’s doublebass is battered by US securityJohn Patitucci is a Grammy-winning virtuoso bass player, presently travelling with the Wayne Shorter Quartet.
This is what happened to his instrument at the hands of the US transport Security Administration.
We’re not sure where. John posted: Look what the TSA did to my bass today and how I had to play on it at tonight’s concert!
 

 

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Backwards to Brahms in Time and Space

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Zoll, Hindemith, Brahms: Joshua Bell (violin), Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano (conductor), Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, 29.5.14 (DA)   Zoll: Asimov at Star’s End Hindemith: Mathis der Maler Symphony Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.77   A Mule, a Plan, and a planet called Gaia? I’ve never read Isaac Asimov’s science fiction, […]

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Paganini at Schloss Wackerbarth

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Paganini at Schloss WackerbarthSchloss Wackerbarth Vivaldi, Locatelli, Paganini: Karen Gomyo and Ismo Eskelinen: Dresden Music Festival at Schloss Wackerbarth Reviewed by Robert Hugillon May 27 2014 Star rating: 4.0Spectacular duets for violin and guitar from young duoFor our first visit to the Dresden Music Festival (on 27 May 2014) we attended a concert given by American violinist Karen Gomyo and Finnish guitarist Ismo Eskelinen at Schloss Wackerbarth…

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Sergio A. Mims: Afro-Venezuelan Conductor Rafael Payare Appointed Chief Conductor of Ulster Orchestra From September 2014 Rafael Payare (Ulster Orchestra)Rafael Payare (Elgin Symphony Orchestra)Sergio A. Mims writes:I’ve been remiss in telling you the great news about Afro-Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare and that back in January he was named chief conductor of the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, Northern Ireland starting this year:Ulster Orchestra In what industry insiders are calling a major coup for Northern Ireland, one of the world’s most exciting emerging conductors has been appointed as the new Chief Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra…

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Roman Mints (violin) (Quartz)The Moscow-born violinist Roman Mints, who deserves to be better known in the UK, introduces new or unfamiliar solo works in this fascinating recital disc. First off is the earliest of the works, which has obsessed Mints since college days: Ysaÿe’s Sonata in A minor (1923), a fiercely virtuosic work inspired by Bach’s G minor sonata…

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Breaking: Korean soprano pips Belgian favourite to Queen Elisabeth prizeThe results are in.
First is Sumi Hwang. Second Jodie Devos. Third. Sarah Laulan.

 

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 Mahler,  Symphony No. 8: Erin Wall, Elizabeth Llewellyn, Sarah Tynan (sopranos); Caitlin Hulcup, Susan Platts (mezzos); Simon O’Neill (tenor); Nathan Berg (baritone); Jonathan Lemalu (bass); RSNO Chorus & Junior Chorus; Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Peter Oundjian (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 30…

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Indian Marathi film composer and music director Anand Modak died in May 2014, aged sixty-three

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I have a soft spot for the Teatro dell’Opera. Maybe the reason is the fact that everybody speaks about La Scala when one Italian opera house must be mentioned. But no. The experience of going to the opera in Rome has nothing to do with showing off costumes and sipping expensive cocktails as in Milan: it is rather the casual experience of spotting members of the orchestra and choristers having a cigarette near the entrance on one’s way to the Enoteca Chirra for an espresso and a tramezzino…

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John Powell interview: ‘I sold myself to the Devil, just a bit’
John Powell came to compose his most famous soundtrack almost by mistake. In 2002, the director Doug Liman had just filmed a new action  thriller starring Matt Damon, loosely based on a pulp novel called The Bourne Identity. Another highly regarded film composer, Carter Burwell, had written a score that had been recorded, but Liman wasn’t satisfied.

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