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Crystalline Chopin from Wang, and Focus in Bruckner 7 + MORE

Tilson Thomas, Chopin, Bruckner: Yuja Wang (piano), San Francisco Symphony / Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor), Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. 1.11.2016. (HS) Tilson Thomas – Agnegram (revised 2016) Chopin – Concerto No. 2 in F Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 21 Bruckner – Symphon.... More »
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Pianist Awadagin Pratt Performs with Cellist Zuill Bailey and Violinist Benjamin Breen in Anchorage Autumn Classics in Alaska September 11, 12 and 13, 2015 + MORE

Awadagin Prattwww.awadagin.comPianist Awadagin Pratt at 2015 Anchorage Autumn Classics:  http://www.awadagin.com/concerts.htm September 11 - Anchorage, AK7:30 p.m. - "Anchorage Autumn Classics" Performance with Zuill Bailey (cello) and Benjamin Breen (violin) at UAA Re.... More »
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Pollini’s Masterly Salzburg Recital + MORE

 Salzburg Festival (2) – Chopin and Debussy:Maurizio Pollini (piano). Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 13.8.2014 (MB) Chopin – Preludes, op.28 Debussy – Préludes, Book I   Rankings are absurd, but if anyone were to have doubted the identity of our greatest living pianist, this recital s.... More »
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Subdued Mahler and Dignified Bruckner from Vienna Philharmonic + MORE

Salzburg Festival (4) – Pärt, Mahler, and Bruckner: Matthias Goerne (baritone), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta (conductor). Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 7.8.2016. (MB) Arvo Pärt – Swansong Mahler – Kindertotenlieder Bruckner – Symphony no.4 in E-flat major (1878-80 version).... More »
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Bassoon professor is held on drugs offences + MORE

Jeffrey McCray, associate professor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Glenn Korff School of Music, has been arrested on a charge of using and selling anabolic steroids for bodybuilding competitions. McCray, 43, is principal bassoon of the university symphony orchestra and a section member o.... More »

Stark Medea From Juventus Lyrica

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 Cherubini, Medea: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Juventus Lyrica, Hernán Schvartzman (conductor), Teatro Avenida, Buenos Aires. 18.7.2014. (JSJ) Cast: Medea: Sabrina Cirera / Mariana Carnovali Jason: Darío Schmunck / Nazareth Aufe Creón: Alejandro Meerapfel Nerís: Eugenia Fuente / Verónica Canaves Dircé: Laura Pisani First lady: Laura Delogu Second lady: Verónica Canaves / Laura Álvarez Renedo […]

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Dominique-René de Lerma: 'Three Faces of Racism'Dr. Alfred DuckettTHREE FACES OF RACISMDominique-René de LermaScenario 1.  James DePriest is engaged as conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebéc, not for the color of his skin, but the character of his talent.Scenario 2 . Dean Dixon never had an orchestra in his own country, not because of the character of his talent, but the color of his skin…

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  Handel, Rinaldo: Longborough Festival Opera / Jeremy Silver (conductor), Longborough, 24.7.2014  (RJ) Cast: Goffredo: Martha Jones Almirena: Eloise Irving Rinaldo: Jake Arditti Argante: Nicholas Merryweather Armida: Rhiannon Llewellyn Mago Cristiano: Richard Moore Eraldo: Laurence Panter Sirene: Annabella Ellis, Aino Konnka, Prudence Sanders   Production: Director: Jenny Miller Designer: Faye Bradley Assistant Director: Rebecca Hanbury […]

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Bleak news: Rome Opera faces liquidation

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Bleak news: Rome Opera faces liquidationCorriere reports: ‘At this point, there is no other way that the closure of the theater, ‘ says the superintendent of the Rome Opera, Carlo Fuortes. ‘Next Tuesday, the agenda of the Board of Directors is the forced liquidation of the theatre.’
The music director is Riccardo Muti…

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New Carol for Merton

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New Carol for MertonSean DohertyThe composer Sean Doherty has won the 2014 Choir and Organ Composition Competition with his carol A Nywe Werk. The competition was presented by Choir and Organ Magazine in partnership with Merton College, Oxford and the entrants had to submit an Advent or Christmas carol suitable for the choir of Merton College…

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Why Garsington Manor was Britain's most scandalous wartime retreatAfter Ottoline and Philip Morrell moved to the Oxfordshire manor house in 1915, it became a sensational refuge for conscientious objectorsIt has been described variously as "the house of the Ottoline’s", a "cesspool of slime", "the setting for a Mozart opera", "Shandygaff Hall", "a Boccaccio court", "a refuge from the storm"…

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Some Historical Perspective On Met Labor Relations

The 7/23/2014 edition of New York Times published an article by Michael Cooper that reported on the communication from the Metropolitan Opera (Met) to its employees informing them to anticipate that they will be locking out union employees whose contract expires on July 31, 2014. What’s interesting to note in Cooper’s article is reference to the relatively low number of labor dispute related work stoppages in the Met’s history: a lockout in 1980 and a strike in 1969…

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I have often related to anyone that would listen, that Greville Cooke’s ‘Cormorant Crag’ was a work I wanted to hear played by a fine pianist before I leave this world. I first came across the piece in an advert on the back of a now-forgotten piano album whilst sorting through a vast pile of music at David Hughes second-hand bookshop in Llandudno…

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Sophie of the moment

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Sophie of the momentThat’s not our Sophe, La Sarina, who is ALWAYS of the moment (read her very moving latest blogpost about how her father’s fellow Swedish woodsmen chipped in to fund the annual trachoma operations she organises in rural Mali), but the latest singer stepping in to portray Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s Mamsell Sophie Anna Barbara Faninal…

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Ensemble. Completely Bonkers

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H K Gruber’s ‘Gloria – A Pigtale’, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

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“Wagner’s Acquittal” by Joachim Köhler: the Death of the AuthorAs many readers will already know, the latest news in Wagner studies is the publication in the July, 2014 edition of The Wagner Journal of an article entitled Wagner’s Acquittal written by none other than Joachim Köhler, author of Wagner’s Hitler—The Prophet and his Disciple. In this book, Köhler acted as chief prosecutor pressing trumped up charges of having single-handedly caused World War II and the Holocaust…

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Rinaldo review  Handel's crusade is replaced by a circusLongborough, GloucestershireWith its parade of clowns and circus setting, the visual spectacle of Jenny Miller’s production is alluring, but it’s the musical acrobatics of Handel’s score that engage the mostRoll up! Roll up! The circus has come to Longborough. Handel’s Rinaldo isn’t an obvious candidate for the greatest-show-on-earth treatment…

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I was hunting for film of Daniel Barenboim playing Schubert, when I came across this trailer for a new release featuring him and Martha Argerich playing works for piano duet and two pianos. Schubert, Mozart and The Rite of Spring, no less, recorded live at the Philharmonie in Berlin. This isn’t historical yet, but it’s a history-worthy occasion…

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