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“It’s a return!” + MORE

“Patricia Racette will add a new role to her Met repertory as the title character in all performances of Strauss’s Salome this season, replacing the originally announced Catherine Naglestad…” says the Met press office..... 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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Musical Prowess + MORE

Robert Anderson's 'Opera Nights and Nightmares', read by Gerald Fenech.... More »
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Daily Download: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Serenade No. 7 "Haffner": IV. Rondo + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Serenade No. 7 "Haffner": IV. Rondo, performed by Salzburg Camerata..... More »
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Fiddler on the beach + MORE

On this day in 1915, Albert Einstein presented the field equations of general relativity to the Prussian Academy of Sciences. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZdgdoKkfzM Born on this day in 1824 librettist Antonio Ghislanzoni http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhxxpYTT81k Born on this day in 1895.... More »

Talent Abundant in Five Hogarth Operas

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Hogarth’s Stages – Five short operas: Soloists, Royal College of Music Opera Orchestra, Tim Murray (conductor). Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London, 17.5.2014 (MB) Josephine Stephenson: On False Perspective Professor – Jerome Knox The Raver – Rebecca Hardwick Reader – Katie Coventry Barista – Nick Pritchard Mathematician – Keith Pun Algirdas Kraunaitis: The Bet […]

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Straussian high days and holy days

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Straussian high days and holy daysTussock time, as in leaping from one pleasure to another, truly began the Friday before last with the annual Europe Day Concert in St John’s Smith Square and continued on Sunday and Monday at Glyndebourne. 150th birthday boy Richard Strauss was central to both: for the Rosenkavalier Study Day, obviously, in anticipation of Richard Jones’s production opening this afternoon – can’t wait – and in the truly surprising component of the European Union Youth Orchestra’s yearly marriage with singers from the European Opera Centre (official credit to the European Commission for the concert photos)…

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Ritz Chamber Players FINALE | Seating is limited | RESERVE NOW! | Wednesday, May 21, 2014 7:30 pmTerrance Patterson writes:It is with great anticipation that we look forward to seeing you at the Ritz Chamber Players Spring Finale concert on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.   Because of a scheduling conflict, the Ritz Chamber Players performance will be held at the Hicks Auditorium at the Main Library, 303 North Laura Street, in Jacksonville, Florida instead of Jacoby Symphony Hall…

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Singing cellos in John Tavener - Vale of Glamorgan Music FestivalGuy Johnston John Tavener – The Protecting Veil, Requiem: Guy Johnston, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, David Atherton: Vale of Glamorgan Music Festival at St David’s Hall, Cardiff Reviewed by Robert Hugillon May 17 2014 Star rating: 5.0Two of Tavener’s large scale works bring the Vale of Glamorgan Festival to a spectacular conclusionJohn Tavener was one of the featured composers in this year’s Vale of Glamorgan Music Festival and so it was appropriate that the final concert in the festival (17 May 2014) featured two of the composer’s large scale works, performed in St…

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Gloria: A Pigtale review  five singing sausages on a missionHull Truck theatreA clamorous, hyperactive production of HK Gruber’s ‘cabaret opera’ blends satire, rhythmic anarchy and hotdogs in hatsMahogany Opera and the Opera Group have amalgamated to form the Mahogany Opera Group. The first act of the new company is to revisit HK Gruber’s "cabaret opera", first seen at the Huddersfield contemporary music festival in 1994, which is set in a pig sty and performed by five singing sausages…

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German Opera Discovery Day Bham. Inc Michael TannerWell, there’s our Saturday taken care of. Full day event from 10.30  till 15.30. And should you get a chance there is a concert performance of Der Rosenkavalier afterwards. More here: Der RosenkavalierDiscovery Day: The German Operatic TraditionPart of Birmingham International Concert Season 2013/14Saturday 24 May, 10:30amCBSO CentrePARTICIPANTS FOR GERMAN OPERA DISCOVERY DAY ANNOUNCEDExpert presenters and performers have been announced for the next THSH Discovery Day: The German Operatic Tradition, at CBSO Centre on Saturday 24 May…

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A concert by the Argento Chamber Ensemble featured works by contemporary American composers.

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CD Spotlight. Sheer Delight

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C P E Bach complete solo piano music, appreciated by Robert Anderson. ‘… Ana-Marija Markovina has the technique and sensitivity do it full justice.’

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Two concerts offered Italian music, thoughtfully presented, strongly performed – including a wholehearted rendition of ‘Il prigioniero’

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The only surviving handwritten copy of Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony, which was lost for nearly a century, has made £1.2m at auction in London.

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Liquid Music announces third season

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Liquid Music curator Kate Nordstrum has announced the lineup for the third season of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's new music concert series. MPR News' Euan Kerr has the story.

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Updates

– unpredictableinevitability.com

It has been an extraordinarily busy time for UI, with the end of term coinciding with new opportunities and a concert schedule set to burst. Apologies for the roundup, but here are my latest reviews.
Haitink and Kavakos bring insight to Berg with the New York Philharmonic, 8 May
Boesch in Winterreise: Mad or Guilty?, 9 May
Faith, Death, and Mozart: the Pittsburgh Symphony at “Spring For Music,” 10 May
Haitink, the New York Philharmonic, and Mahler not at their best, 15 May
Staid repertoire, exhilarating playing from Jansons and BRSO, 16 May
Ending on a high: Jansons and the BRSO conclude Carnegie’s season, 18 May
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Singers, looks and art – who is Octavian ?

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Singers, looks and art - who is Octavian ?Grand furore about Octavian  at Glyndebourne’s Der Rosekavalier (read my review HERE).  At right, the first ever Octavian, Eva von der Osten, in 1911. Short, fat, dark and dumpy.  She got even more so as she grew older. Strauss thought she was fine. So what’s  all the fuss about  now?  Strauss didn’t describe what Octavian looked like…

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