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British Youth Opera's Summer season this year gives us the chance to hear Jonathan Dove's first full length opera. The Little Green Swallow was written in 1994 and has a text based on the 18th century writer Carlo Gozzi's tale which was a sequel to The Love of Three Oranges. Setting an Eng.... More »
The annual Dogstar Orchestra concert series of experimental music has been going in various locations in and around Los Angeles since May 30. The venue on June 10 was the Wulf, a converted industrial loft space on Santa Fe street downtown, and a good-sized crowd settled in for an evening of spoken a.... More »
Parsifal Place, Albuquerque NM.
Parsifal Place, Las Vegas NV.
Parsifal Place, Apex NC.
The corner of Parsifal Place and Lohengrin Place, Bronx NY.
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English National Opera is being mugged, from all sides. The headlines have focused on the recent resignations but that's hardly news. There have been wars within the ENO for decades, long before Henriette Götz was even born. The resignations are not the story in themselves. Unfortunately part.... More »
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Gidon Kremer’s ensemble focused on works by the Warsaw-born composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg, including a heroic performance of the Symphony No. 10
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“The first number was the Tannhäuser overture. When the violins drew out the first strain of the Pilgrim’s chorus, my Aunt Georgiana clutched my coat-sleeve. Then it was that I first realized that for her this singing of basses and stinging frenzy of lighter strings broke a silence of thirty years, the inconceivable silence of the plains…
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A panel of 44 music critics and journalists picked the best classical concerts held in Japan from December 1, 2012 to November 30, 2013. The winner is pictured below. Here’s the list: 1. 16 points / City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons 2. 15 points / Nissei Theater – Reimann’s “Lear” 3…
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Fellow blogger Jessica Duchen offers admirable advocacy of the Rameau anniversary. However my antipathy towards composer anniversaries means I have little enthusiasm for the 250th anniversary of Rameau’s death, despite a profound admiration for his music. But, in view of the general acceptance that formal dress is one of classical music’s elitist conventions, I do have one wish for the Rameau anniversary: that Warner reissues Scott Ross’ masterly 1988 recording of the complete harpsichord music using the original artwork seen above…
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One of the stranger aspects of the last twenty years of operatic history is that one of the most provocative of all productions was not of an opera at all. In hisTheodora for Glyndebourne in 1996, Peter Sellars set Handel’s quiet reflection on virtue, martyrdom, and execution in the modern United States…
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The artist Boris Schatz once famously said that “art is the soul of a nation.” Working as a composer and presenter of new music in Washington, D.C., where our business is the nation, I tend to think of this phrase a lot.
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Laszlo Kovacs was dismissed last week as artistic director and conductor of the North Hungarian Symphony Orchestra in Miskolc. He has held the job for 30 years and his contract was only renewed last August. It appears that an incoming new manager decided that Kovacs did conform to the political realities…
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Meet Classical MPR's Class Notes Artists the Odelia Trio, who have been visiting elementary schools in Rochester, Minn., to teach students about chamber music.
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Fabio Luisi and his FL Parfums — photo by Barbara Luisi
A silly title, to grab your attention, about the very serious hobby of one of the world’s top conductors: Fabio Luisi creates perfumes.
Luisi’s pastime has recently taken on a more professional aspect, as he’s decided to sell his creations commercially: FL Parfums…
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In Leopold Mozart’s old house (now a museum) in the Bavarian city of Augsburg a piano tuner is hard at work tuning one of the working exhibits – a venerable clavichord. Enter Reinhard Goebel and Mirijam Contzen whose new Oehms Classics recording of the Six Mozart Violin Concertos with the Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie is sure to stimulate lively debate and maybe even raise eyebrow or two in the coming months…
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‘I hope that even these idiots will find something in it to like’, wrote the young composer of his Parisian audience. Calculated to please, Mozart’s brilliantly wrought and supremely confident symphony is still delighting audiences nearly 250 years later. • All articles in this series Paris, spring 1778…
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