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The Liverpool Philharmonic offer some fine French music in Preston + MORE

Liszt, Mozart, Ravel & Dukas: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor), Guild Hall, Preston, 15.01.2017 (MC) Liszt – Les Préludes Mozart – Piano Concerto No.27 Ravel – Piano Trio (orchestrated Yan Pascal Tortelier) Dukas – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Yan .... More »
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R. Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, Deutsche Oper Berlin (at the Philharmonie), 14.10.2014 + MORE

The more I think about the Deutsche Oper’s marketing strategy for this concert performance of R. Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, the less I like it. To say the truth, I haven’t resisted its appeal: the title role is usually poorly sung and the opportunity to hear the leading Straussia.... More »
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Tenor Larry is cycling 300 miles for autism + MORE

Lawrence Brownlee has a son who’s on the spectrum. So he’s getting on his bike. If you’d like to help, here’s the link. .... More »
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Prokofiev: Suite from Romeo and Juliet CD review formidable playing + MORE

Chicago SO/Muti(CSO Resound)Prokofiev conducted extracts from his then unstaged Romeo and Juliet with the Chicago Symphony during his final visit to the city in 1937, an event commemorated by this new recording on the orchestras own label, conducted by its current music director, Riccardo Muti. What.... More »
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Battle of the ensembles + MORE

In its 24 years, the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition has earned a reputation as one of the world’s best..... More »

A double dose of Wagner in Birmingham

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Andris Nelsons must really, really like Parsifal. For the CBSO's just-announced 2014-15 season – Andris's last at the helm – he's programmed it twice.
The first outing is on 25 August 2014 (Bank Holiday Monday). Klaus Florian Vogt makes a rare UK appearance to sing extracts from Parsifal and Lohengrin, and there's Elgar's Second Symphony to follow…

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Christopher Rouse’s Requiem at Carnegie HallOn May 5, Carnegie Hall launches the fourth and final season of its Spring for Music festival with a massive staging of Requiem, a work commissioned by the international sacred music foundation Soli Deo Gloria from the Pulitzer Prize-winning current composer-in-residence of the New York Philharmonic, Christopher Rouse…

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The triple shock of Julian Lloyd Webber’s retirement

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The triple shock of Julian Lloyd Webber’s retirementIn a new commentary for symphony, I have reflected on the body blow that Julian’s withdrawal delivers to a classical music sector that is dangerously over-dependent on two stars. I have also been reflecting on who might step up to fill the gap. Read the commentary here.  

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Vienna takes the digital Sachertorte

– jessicamusic.blogspot.com

Vienna takes the digital SachertorteHave a read of this announcement today from the Vienna State Opera. Now, THAT’S the way to do it!WIENER STAATSOPER live at home Overview What Vienna State Opera is offering is not comparable to standard live streaming programmes – it’s more like what a TV station or network does.   Completely new state of the art video and audio equipment and studios have been built into the house – all remote control, invisible and distracting neither public nor artists, with full live streaming technology;   Full HD video and high end audio – every single evening can be broadcasted, if decided for, and capable of postproduction if required; for the 2014/2015 season there will be about 45 opera and ballet performances broadcasted;   A new webportal, a SmartTV, a Second Screen and a Publications App have been programmed;   Innovative technologies offer synchronized multilingual subtitles and a “moving score” functionality – the customer at home can watch the opera, while enjoying subtitles and (for selected performances) historic scores from Vienna State Opera’s archives on a tablet computer or smartphone in Wiener Staatsoper Second Screen App;   Opera lovers all over the world can switch between two live channels of the same performance at any time while watching: a total view of the stage, and a live cut opera film with closeups, moving cams, backstage views …

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Over-Cooked Narration Hobbles Die Fledermaus

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  Johann Strauss II: Die Fledermaus (a semi-staged concert version directed by Simon Butteriss): Soloists, Philharmonia Voices, Philharmonia Orchestra, John Wilson (conductor), Royal Festival Hall, London, 27.4.2014. (JPr) Cast: Simon Butteriss: director, narrator, Dr Blind Pablo Bemsch: Alfred Malin Christensson: Adele Aga Mikolaj: Rosalinde von Eisenstein Toby Spence: Gabriel von Eisenstein Jacques Imbrailo: Dr Falke Alan Opie: […]
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Porgy on the bay

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Porgy on the bayBack when I was a sweet young thing of 15, I had already started studying voice and my teacher had me sing “Bess, You Is My Woman Now” with a soprano who was as white as I am. I had no idea at that time that there is a long history of white singers performing in this opera. Right after the Broadway debut, Lawrence Tibbett and Helen Jepson recorded excerpts…

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DVD Spotlight. Innocence Abused

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Britten’s ‘Death in Venice’, reviewed by Robert Anderson. ‘… Britten conjures weird and wonderful sounds from his orchestra …’

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Lending new meaning to "high notes"

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With an eye to reaching new and diverse audiences, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra has announced a series of performances sponsored by the cannabis industry.

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Birmingham

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Photo: Donald Cooper

Back-stabbing mayhem: Birmingham Opera Company's Khovanskygate
 
I am off to Birmingham this afternoon for what appears to be a remarkable production created by Graham Vick. This version of Mussourgsky's Khovanschina has been widely admired so I am sure that the effort will be worth it…

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Orchestras in Albany, Rochester and Buffalo Stay NimbleSymphony orchestras in Albany, Buffalo and Rochester are trying new methods and models to secure audiences beyond their traditional ones.

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Michael Nyman 70th birthday: five of his best compositions Nyman, 70 this year, is a composer whose popular success and accessibility has never come at the expense of his constant experimentalism. Tom Service celebrates the huge range of his output, and picks five of his favourite Nyman compositionsMichael Nyman’s 70th birthday year is an excuse to enjoy some of the many highlights of his compositions out there on YouTube…

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Opera North to launch new production in London

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Opera North to launch new production in LondonSuddenly, the opera world has gone mobile. After yesterday’s ENO decision to co-produce Orfeo in Bristol, up pops Leeds-based Opera North with a new production that will open at Covent Garden’s Linbury Theatre. It’s a Jonathan Dove family opera, Swanhunter (pictured). Here’s the season summary:       Introduction from Richard Mantle Opera North’s new […]

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