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Shadwell Opera on a TV box near you

– operacreep.wordpress.com

You can add this to the ongoing attempts by smaller companies to get publicity and to add a new slant to their operatic offerings. Shadwell Opera is next up with two short films to show up on Channel 4′s Random Acts series, following up a long tradition of artist’s films shown in their graveyard slots…

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The players never don tuxedos, the program never includes an intermission, and the orchestra never plays alone. The Lakeview Orchestra, a young neighborhood ensemble in Chicago, depart from the traditional orchestral model while still presenting serious, high-quality classical music.

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Transfer rumours in Spain: Barenboim to Barcelona?

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Transfer rumours in Spain: Barenboim to Barcelona?His name appears on a long-list of 46 candidates to succeed Joan Matabosch as artistic director of the near-bankrupt Liceo. Barenboim, rather wearily, tells El Pais: ‘At my age, the temptations are viewed with less enthusiasm than before. I am the director of the Berlin Opera and this is my last post…

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Gerald Finley/Julius Drake – reviewWigmore Hall, LondonThe duo took a theatrical approach to Die Winterreise, delivering a harrowing account of Schubert’s dark journeyA century ago, and blessed with the same rich vocal endowments, a singer such as Gerald Finley might have been content to offer a more purely beautiful and stoic rendering of Schubert’s Winterreise than the Canadian bass-baritone did in this Wigmore recital…

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Meadow festival

– parterre.com

Meadow festivalBeneath the pageantry, the paeans to German art and the self-referential allusions to the creative process, Die Meistersinger is a story about a community and human qualities like love, friendship, envy and hatred. One can get absorbed in Wagner’s multilayered portrait of medieval Protestant life or just connect with the straightforward narrative about two young lovers and the older man trying to help them…

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Superb Strauss and Prokofiev from Nelsons and the CBSO

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Strauss, Prokofiev, Erin Wall (soprano), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons (conductor), Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 15.1.2014 (JQ) Strauss: Don Juan Four Last Songs  Prokofiev:Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 Morning Dance Montagues and Capulets Juliet as a Young Girl Scene (the Street Awakens) Dance Romeo and Juliet (Balcony Scene) Masks Minuet (the Arrival of […]

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Stage mother

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Stage motherThe internecine machinations of those who ruled—or sought to rule—the Roman Empire have long provided rich material for writers and composers, and on Thursday evening operamission continued its ambitious plan to stage in chronological order all of Handel’s operas by presenting one of the most delicious of those Roman-based works, Agrippina which premiered in Venice in 1709…

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Mr. Masur, the former music director of the New York Philharmonic, was hospitalized for anemia, and a conducting seminar at the Manhattan School of Music was postponed until next year.    

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Barbican Baroque Blockbusters 2014-15 (3)

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Barbican Baroque Blockbusters 2014-15 (3)Despite its brutalist architecture, the Barbican is Britain’s foremost centre for baroque and early music. It sponsors top-flight international musicians and larger -scale works. The 2014/15 season offers many delights. The Academy of Ancient Music, based at the Barbican,  presents Monteverdi L’incoronazione di Poppea on 4 Oct – excellent cast including Antonacci…

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Showing the same skill that he brought to his extraordinary staging of Handel’s ‘Messiah’, Claus Guth turns Monteverdi’s opera into an autopsy of bereavement

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Classical MashUp?

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Minnesota-based composer Jocelyn Hagen has created a really cool MashUp EP and will be featured in recital Friday night. Studio Z, 275 East 4th Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 8pm What is a MashUp? This is MY favorite one of…

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BBC SO Bychkov Katia and Marielle Labèque 16 Jan 2014 Martinů: Concerto for Two Pianos and OrchestraShostakovich: Symphony No. 7BBC Symphony OrchestraKatia and Marielle LabèqueBarbican, London, 16 January 2014The BBC Symphony Orchestra plays well for Semyon Bychkov. He’s a disciplined conductor and has an excellent baton technique, allowing him to unify this orchestra in a way that few others manage…

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Ensemble. A Bumpy Ride

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Brahms from the Cleveland Orchestra, reviewed by Suzanne Torrey

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