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BBC Proms: talks and events + MORE

Frankly, this is first and foremost a shop-window alert to see if anyone else wants to come along to the remaining two talks I'm giving on Proms-related works: on Janáček's The Makropoulos Case tomorrow (10 August) 2.30-4.30pm at an address in Lancaster Gate, and on Mahler's Seventh Symphony, Thur.... More »
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Reviews: Hunter, Kuepper, Lee + MORE

Sydney pianist and composer Stu Hunter is launching a 74-minute musical odyssey for octet as part of the Sydney Festival..... More »
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A Festival of English Organ Music Volume 2: Salisbury Cathedral + MORE

It is good to hear some lesser-known organ transcriptions of Elgar’s music. Volume 1 (MDG 316 1836-2) of this ‘Festival’ presented Nimrod from the Enigma Variations as well has the superb Organ Sonata No. 1, op.28.  The present CD opens with the Imperial March which was written in 1897 to.... More »
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Grippingly vibrant - Carmen at ENO + MORE

Carmen Act 4 - ENO - photo Alastair Muir Bizet Carmen; Justina Gringyte, Eric Cutler, Leigh Melrose, Eleanor Dennis, dir: Calixto Bieito, cond: Sir Richard Armstrong; English National Opera at the London Coliseum Reviewed by Robert Hugill on May 20 2015 Star rating: 5.0 Dystopic .... More »
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SF Opera's Un Ballo in Maschera (Mulligan) + MORE

* Notes * Last night San Francisco Opera performed A Masked Ball a second time this season. The traditional production is the same as the one seen here in 2006, Jose Maria Condemi's direction is similarly straightforward, if not slightly bland. The ball scene (Act III pictured left, photograph.... More »

Ibragimova and Osborne Unite for an Exceptional Recital

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Debussy, Prokofiev, Pärt: Alina Ibragimova (violin), Steven Osborne (piano), Wigmore Hall, London, 7.6.2014 (GD) Debussy:  Violin Sonata in G Minor Prokofiev:  Violin Sonata No.1 in F minor Op. 80;  Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94 Arvo Part:  Fratres for violin and piano.   After hearing several ‘high profile’ orchestral concerts in the […]

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New Classical Tracks: An 'Affair' to Remember

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Piano duo Anderson & Roe are really committed to their mission to make classical music a relevant and powerful force in society. Their new recoring, 'An Amadeus Affair,' celebrates their love of Mozart. Plus, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD.

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Elodie Lauten, Who Wove Opera From Allen Ginsberg’s Poetry, Dies at 63Ms. Lauter’s compositions defied handy categorization but were performed widely in New York and beyond.

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The Week in Reviews, Op. 34: Midori, Simone Lamsma, Isabelle Faust in concertBy Robert Niles: In an effort to promote the coverage of live music, each week Violinist.com brings you links to reviews of notable violin performances from around the world.

Midori performed Eotvos’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the New York PhilharmonicThe New York Times: “The violin writing is episodic, all fits and starts, with perpetual-motion passages and bittersweet melodic flights, though nothing dwells too long in this restless concerto…

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Cottier Chamber Project review  a gutsy, fresh festivalCottiers Theatre, GlasgowWith a borrowed piano and a deep fund of goodwill, Scotland’s finest chamber musicians gather for a fourth time to produce a formidable and exciting concert seriesNow in its fourth year, the Cottier Chamber Project is thriving. This gutsy, lo-fi concert series operates on a shoestring yet attracts the best of Scotland’s chamber musicians; it seems to run on plain goodwill, plus the appetite for decent grass-roots programming when plenty of festivals simply buy in lookalike bills of touring artists…

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With the help of the LPO and a good cast, conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada rescues a messy staging of Mozart’s most intellectually challenging opera

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NGA Vocal Ensemble

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Debussy, Music for the Prix de Rome (Le Gladiateur, La damoiselle élue, L’enfant prodigue), Flemish Radio Choir, Brussels Phil., H. Niquet (Glossa, 2009)
Charles T. Downey, National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble provides some pleasant surprises in concert
Washington Post, June 10, 2014
Composers and painters have influenced one another in many eras, and in France at the end of the 19th century

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Sad news: Spain’s greatest maestro has died

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Sad news: Spain’s greatest maestro has diedRafael Frühbeck de Burgos, the most successful Spanish conductor of the past century – perhaps of all time – died last night in Pamplona. He was 80 years old and had been suffering from cancer. Last week, he announced his retirement.
 

 
 
Of Austro-German parentage, Frühbeeck was a favourite of General Franco’s (as was the present King) and was known early on as the Caudillo’s Maestro…

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Critic’s Notebook: Bronfman Braces for the Five Piano ConcertosYefim Bronfman, who will play all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos with the New York Philharmonic, explains how he approaches the work, starting with the Fourth Concerto.

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Strauss's big birthday

– jessicamusic.blogspot.com

Strauss's big birthdayIt’s the big 150th anniversary today, so here is a little something to celebrate, with pics from my visit to Garmisch in 2012. First, the incomparable Fritz Wunderlich in one of the composer’s most beautiful and ardently summery songs, ‘Heimliche Aufforderung’. And you can watch the whole of Der Rosenkavalier from Glyndebourne free online here, starring Kate Royal, Teodora Gheorghiu and, of course, the fabulous Tara Erraught, whose star shines bright…

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Strauss’s Feuersnot: A Strong Performance All Around

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 Strauss: Feuersnot, Dresdner Festspielorchester, Staatsopernchor Dresden, Kinderchor der Singakademie Dresden, Stefan Klingele (conductor), Residenzschloss, Dresden, 7.6.2014 (JMI)   Cast: Diemut: Rachel Willis-Sørensen Kunrad: Tómas Tómasson Schweiker: Jürgen Müller Ortolf: Michael Eder Elsbeth: Angela Liebold Wigelis: Simone Schröder Margret: Carolina Ullrich Pöschel: Tilman Rönnebeck Hämmerlein: Matthias Henneberg Kofel: Gunyong Na Kunz: Tomislav Lucic Ortlieb: Rainer Maria […]

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The Carmelites effect…….

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There was a huge and totally absorbed audience at the Royal Opera House for the splendid performance of Poulenc's great work.  It is not short evening – but the audience stayed and gave a resounding standing ovation.  The star of the show for me was Sally Matthews, a completely convincing performance of the complex Blanche…

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Campkin Premiere launches LGBT commissioning campaignSappho by Ferdinand Seeboeck (1893)photograph by Phil SayerThe Fourth Choir, London’s newest LGBT chamber choir will be giving the premiere of Alexander Campkin’s Unleash the beauty of your eyes as part of the concert Circle Songs in the chapel at King’s College London on 20 June 2014. Campkin’s new piece sets text by the Greek poet Sappho and will be performed around a statue of Sappho (by German sculptor Ferdinand Seeboeck) which is located in the King’s Building foyer…

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