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Aimard - Bach, 20 September 2014 + MORE

Wigmore Hall The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book One, BWV 846-69Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano) Having heard Pierre-Laurent Aimard play The Art of Fugue in this very hall a few years ago, I was, despite very mixed feelings concerning that performance, keen to hear this always interesting, ever-t.... More »
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Watch Emma Thomson rehearse Sweeney Todd + MORE

This clip is from the New York Philharmonic’s production of Sondheim’s musical thriller, which airs this Friday on PBS. // <![CDATA[ (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = ".... More »

Daniel Barenboim on ‘his’ Fidelio at La Scala + MORE

The opening of La Scala's season on 7 December each year is the most anticipated and often contested event in the international opera calendar.Daniel Barenboim opens the 2014-2015 Opera and Ballet Season with Fidelio directed by Deborah Warner. It marks the end of his nine years at the Teatro alla .... More »
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This week: concerts in New York (March 16 – March 22, 2015) + MORE

Michael Tsalka Pianist Michael Tsalka performs early and contemporary piano music. Monday, March 16 at 7:00 PM Tickets $15, $10.. Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!.... More »

Review: Takacs Quartet and the Viennese Masters Play at Alice Tully Hall + MORE

This string quartet, founded in Budapest in 1975, performed on Thursday night, offering a program of Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven..... More »

Lovers schooled

– likelyimpossibilities.blogspot.com

Lovers schooledOn Thursday night, the Washington, D.C.-based group Opera Lafayette graced the Rose Theater with a double bill of French opera… sort of. The first half consisted of Così fan tutte in French, the second François-André Philidor’s opéra-comîque Les femmes vengées, which slightly predates Mozart…

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Riccardo Muti is steadfast in his search to connect the musical past and present in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s mission

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Deaf Japanese composer apologises for paying 'ghost' musician to write pieces for him
A deaf Japanese composer, hailed as a “digital-age Beethoven” for his acclaimed classical and soundtrack works, has apologised for betraying his fans after admitting that he paid a “ghost composer” musician to write his pieces for him.

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Wagner Die Feen Wiener Staatsoper

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Wagner Die Feen Wiener StaatsoperWagner Die Feen at the Vienna Sate Opera? One could dream. Last year Wagner’s early opera received several performances, including one in London with the Chelsea Opera Group (read my review here) but none could be quite so original as the special Oper für Kinder production that was done in Vienna, not in the main house but in  the tiny auditorium …

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Michael Todd Simpson Replaces Nathan Gunn

– operatattler.typepad.com

Baritone Michael Todd Simpson (pictured left) will replace Nathan Gunn as Gaylord Ravenal in Show Boat at San Francisco Opera. Gunn has withdrawn from the the production. Other casting updates include Bill Irwin as Cap'n Andy Hawks and Harriet Harris as Parthy Ann Hawks.
Production Web Site | San Francisco Opera Press Release

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How to buy your own piece of classical music - one bar at a timeAn innovative approach to funding new music means that you can literally buy a bar of Charlotte Bray’s latest composition. Alfred Hickling investigates, and, yes, stumps up for bar 29.A sheet of Beethoven’s experimental sketches for the Missa Solemnis attracted bids in excess of $400 000 at auction last month…

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Petit Messe Solennelle – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

Petit Messe Solennelle – reviewMilton Court, LondonRossini the opera composer is in evidence even in his ‘Small Solemn Mass’, with BBC Singers full of imagination and affectionIt has frequently been noted that Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle (Small Solemn Mass) is neither small nor particularly solemn, and it would have been entirely characteristic of this most naturally witty of composers to play with his audience’s expectations, as he did in this final major work…

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Melnikov Shostakovich Wigmore Hall 4 Feb 2014

– orpheuscomplex.blogspot.com

Melnikov Shostakovich Wigmore Hall 4 Feb 2014 Shostakovich: Preludes and Fugues, book 2Alexander Melnikov (pn)Alexander Melnikov’s recorded Shostakovich is a known quantity – accolades for his CDs of these works take up half his programme bio – but nothing prepares you for the live experience. Melnikov is able to perfectly express the paradoxical mix of introversion and intensity that characterises this music, while carefully shaping the dramatic arc of every movement…

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Saul Friedländer on Richard Wagner

– thinkclassical.blogspot.com

Saul Friedländer on Richard WagnerSorry for the long silence but I have been a touch distracted by life. One substantial blog entry a month is the best I can do, but I seem to have skipped a month. It gives me time to think about what I have written to ensure what you read is of high quality. As usual I’ve been spending weeks thinking things over, although sometimes it takes me longer than that…

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‘Deaf’ composer admits fraud

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

‘Deaf’ composer admits fraudA Japanese composer who continued writing symphonies after going deaf has confessed to paying someone else to write them. Beethoven, so far as is known, didn’t. Story here. From the sound of it, the composers Mamoru Samuragochi paid were Brahms, Mahler and Strauss.

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A deaf composer, dubbed “Japan’s Beethoven”, admits hiring someone else to write his music for nearly two decades.

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Gidon Kremer Continues the Weinberg Renaissance

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Shostakovich/M. Zinman/A. Pushkarov, Britten, Weinberg: Gidon Kremer (violin), Kremerata Baltica, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. 2.2.2014 (HS) Shostakovich, M. Zinman, A. Pushkarov: Violin Sonata, Op. 134 Britten: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge Weinberg: Symphony No. 10 Weinberg: Concertino for Violin and Strings When he turned 50, in 1997, Latvian-born violinist Gidon Kremer founded […]

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'Ultimate' RVW concert

– www.planethugill.com

'Ultimate' RVW concertAnton Dolin as Satanin RVW’s JobTonight (5 February 2014) at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Andrew Manze conducts the CBSO in what is billed as Ultimate Vaughan Williams. The concert is indeed very enticing, with three popular short works in the first half (Overture to The Wasps, Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis and The Lark Ascending), then in the second half a complete performance of Job: A Masque for Dancing…

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