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Ensemble. Tenderness and Hatred + MORE

Janácek's 'Kát'a Kabanová' in Turin impresses Giuseppe Pennisi.... More »

The Power of Love at St John's + MORE

Apollo's Fire - photo credit Roger MastroianniApollo's Fire is a baroque orchestra based in Cleveland, Ohio (in the USA), directed by Jeanette Sorrell. On Thursday 8 May 2014 they are bringing their programme The Power of Love to St John's Smith Square. Joined by soprano Sandrine Piau, they will be .... More »

Birtwistle at 80 (4) - 'Fields of Sorrow': Britten Sinfonia/Brönnimann, 30 May 2014 + MORE

Milton Court Concert HallVaughan Williams – Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas TallisHolst – Eight Canons: ‘If you love songs,’ ‘Lovely Venus,’ ‘David’s Lament for Jonathan,’ ‘The Fields of Sorrow’Birtwistle – The Fields of SorrowBirtwistle – Melancolia IVaughan Williams – Flo.... More »
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The Cadaqués Orchestra’s Rossini Makes a Very Positive Impression + MORE

Rossini: La Morte di Didone & Stabat Mater: Cadaqués Orchestra, Orfeón Donostiarra, Alberto Zedda (conductor), Kursaal Auditorium, San Sebastian, 25.8.2015 (JMI) Rossini: La Morte di Didone & Stabat Mater Soloists: María José Moreno, Marianna Pizzolato, Celso Albelo and Fernando Lator.... More »

Giltburg Enchants Scottish Lovers with Rachmaninov’s Second + MORE

Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Mahler, R Strauss – RSNO Valentine’s Concert: Boris Giltburg (piano), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Jean-Claude Picard (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 12.02.2016. (SRT) Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 Mahler: Adagietto from .... More »

Mendelssohn in Birmingham Volume 1

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Mendelssohn in Birmingham Volume 1My first consideration when reviewing this CD was the title –‘Mendelssohn in Birmingham’. Clearly the CBSO is a locally-based orchestra, so that much is understood. As far as I was aware, none of these present works were written for, or first performed in, that great city. The composer first visited Birmingham in 1837 shortly after his marriage to Cécile…

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LSO/Gatti – Mahler, 27 April 2014

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Barbican HallMahler – Symphony no.7London Symphony OrchestraDaniele Gatti (conductor) Daniele Gatti had not conducted the LSO since 1996, so it was more than time to put that right. The orchestra has not always recently had the happiest of times with Mahler: nothing to do with the orchestra itself, everything to do with largely uncomprehending conducting by Valery Gergiev…

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La traviata live online from Covent Garden

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The Royal Opera House is to stream the 20 May performance of La traviata live online. This is not the first opera to be streamed from Covent Garden but it is the first to go out as it happens. It will also be shown free on various outdoors screens around the country.
According to the oddly-worded ROH statement, the event "will mark 25 years of support from BP" – does that mean they've paid for it, or not? Whatever, it's unlikely that the ROH will want to cut into their cinema revenues by making a habit of free streaming, so catch it while you can…

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London Celebrates The Arditti Quartet at Forty

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‘The Arditti Quartet: 40 Years Young’ – Rihm, Hosokawa, Ferneyhough, Birtwistle, Dusapin, and Xenakis:Arditti Quartet (Irvine Arditti, Ashot Sarkissjan (violins), Ralf Ehlers (viola), Lucas Fels (cello)). Milton Court Concert Hall, London, 26.4.2014 (MB) Rihm – Fetzen I & II (1999-2001 and 2002) Toshio Hosokawa – Silent Flowers (1998) Ferneyhough – String Quartet no…

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Nazi Opera Conspiracies: A Kinship with the Goldhagen Hypothesis and Occult Reich Conspiracy TheoriesOf all writings that help us to understand the historical background to Richard Wagner’s views on the Jews, there are perhaps few more enlightening than Ordinary Germans and the Longest Hatred found in the book Rereading German History by Sir Richard J. Evans: a brilliant and spellbinding collection of essays that make for essential background reading for anyone who wishes to read or write about Richard Wagner in historical context…

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Meet Music Of Our Time - Sounds of War, Instruments of PeaceOK, there’s self-interest here – next week, on Friday 9 May, they are doing my Messiaen play. I’m more than thrilled that the founder of MOOT, Brighton-based musician Norman Jacobs [pictured below with literary companion], wanted to include the play and the Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time in his varied, exciting and intriguing festival on the Brighton Fringe…

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MartinsvilleBulletin.com: Sphinx Laureate Brendon Elliott Performs Violin Concerto of Adolphus Hailstork with Virginia Symphony in Martinsville, VirginiaAdolphus C. Hailstork (b. 1941) is featured at AfriClassical.comBrendon Elliott (Sphinx Organization)Violin soloist Brendon Elliott (center) performs with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra on Friday night at Martinsville High School. Benjamin Rous is the orchestra’s conductor. The performance was part of the orchestra’s first Virginia tour…

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Charles T. Downey, New D.C. Public Opera performs its take on Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’
April 28, 2014

Mozart, Don Giovanni, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, R. Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi, 2007)
It is hard to keep an opera company, large or small, afloat. In the past few years, the Baltimore Opera, Baltimore’s Opera Vivente and Opera Theater of Northern Virginia have all gone belly up, while others

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Sudden death of Bayreuth’s stand-in boss

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Sudden death of Bayreuth’s stand-in bossThe manager who was whisked in by the aging Wolfgang Wagner in 2001 to run the festival until his daughter was ready to take over, has died suddenly at the age of 66. Klaus Schultz had been running a small state theatre on Munich’s Gärtnerplatz when he got the call from Wolfgang. He served Bayreuth as […]

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Stairway to heaven

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Stairway to heavenOnce again, beloveds, we approach the Milanese shrine that simultaneously attempted to  cultivate and destroy the career of Maria Meneghini Callas. This great—nay, some say greatest—oracle of opera practiced the dark arts and conjured on the stage of La Scala so that we may all live on with the memories for ever and ever…

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CD Spotlight. Perfect Indeed

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More Beethoven from James Brawn, recommended by Andrew Schartmann. ‘… a profound – almost spiritual – connection to the music …’

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Song of the lark

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Song of the larkOur Own Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin presents Natalie Dessay in recital.
Natalie Dessay
Philippe Cassard, piano
Davies Hall, San Francisco
15 March 2014
In-house recording
Clara Schumann:
Liebst du um Schonheit
Geheimes Flüstern
Sie liebten sich beide
Er ist gekommen in Sturm und Regen
Johannes Brahms:
Meine Lieder
Henri Duparc:
L’invitation au voyage
Richard Strauss:
Ich schwebe
Fruhlingsgedrange, opus 26, no 1
Die Nacht
[Cassard requests the audience to refrain from applause at the end of each selection…

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Ramaeu Zaïs OAE QEH

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Ramaeu Zaïs OAE QEHShepherdesses, gods and supernatural sylphs, jostling merrily together in Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Zaïs, performed by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment complete with dancers.,This is the latest venture by the Rameau Project, a multi-disciplinary group dedicated to Rameau scholarship. In October, Anacréon (1754), reconstructed from archival sources, and Pigmalion will receive their modern premieres…

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