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Looking ahead: the Baltic Sea Philharmonic's Waterworks + MORE

Kristjan Jarvi, Baltic Sea Philharmonic - Waterworks - (c) Peter AdamikThe brainchild of Kristjan Järvi, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic brings together up to 100 young musicians in an orchestra which involves musicians from all ten Baltic countries and seeks to tour them too. Kristjan Järvi's concern.... More »
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Finnish National Opera's chief conductor steps in to Glyndebourne's Meistersinger + MORE

Glyndebourne has drafted in the German conductor Michael Güttler to take over Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg from the indisposed Robin Ticciati. Hailing originally from Dresden, he is principal conductor of Finnish National Opera, where he has recently performed the same work. He'll be along to st.... More »
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Northwestern University music professor, composer Lee Hyla dead at 62 + MORE

Lee Hyla — a Northwestern University professor and contemporary music compose who composed for artists including the Kronos Quartet, Midori and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra .... More »
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Esther Yoo: Sibelius and Glazunov Concertos CD review – rounded, vibrant and sumptuous + MORE

Yoo/Philharmonia Orchestra/Ashkenazy(Deutsche Grammophon)Aged 16, Esther Yoo became the youngest violinist to be placed in the International Jean Sibelius violin competition, and six years on, she has returned to the composer’s concerto – which all finalists have to play – for her debut record.... More »
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How few records can a Met star sell? + MORE

The weekly list of US classical sales becomes ever more depressing. Only Bocelli reached 1,000 CD and download sales on Nielsen Soundscan last week; the next best record failed to sell 400. But the most shocking stat is that a new DG release by Piotr Beczala, the Polish tenor who has been wowing Met.... More »
      Dresden Music Festival  2014  Beethoven: Camilla Nylund (soprano), Elisabeth Kulman (mezzo-soprano), Richard Croft (tenor) & Yorck Felix Speer (bass), Balthasar-Neumann-Chor, Dresdner Festspielorchester/Ivor Bolton (conductor), Semperoper, Dresden, 8.6.2014.  Beethoven: Missa solemnis, Op…

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Dogstar 10: Experimental Music Concert Series in Los AngelesThe annual Dogstar Orchestra concert series of experimental music has been going in various locations in and around Los Angeles since May 30. The venue on June 10 was the Wulf, a converted industrial loft space on Santa Fe street downtown, and a good-sized crowd settled in for an evening of spoken and electronic works…

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The Minnesota Orchestra today released a jam-packed 2014-15 season, its first full season since ending a contentious labor-management struggle. MPR News' Euan Kerr has the story.

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Filming classical music - The Voice and The LensToday I attended a day-long seminar entitled The Voice and The Lens. Being offered as part of the periphery of the Spitalfields Festival, this series of three illustrated lectures took in all sorts of examples of filming classical music.We heard from Jonathan Haswell, a freelance director who has overseen recordings and broadcasts for the Proms and the Royal Opera, composer Miguel Mera, who teaches on the subject at City University and Barrie Gavin, who has produced a great deal of work on modern music and worked with the likes of Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen…

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At one time the expression ‘Cheltenham, Symphony’ was used as a disparaging term. Peter Pirie in his The English Musical Renaissance (Victor Gollanz, London, 1979) states that the phrase ‘was coined to describe a work in simple-minded sonata form, simple-minded tonality, and simple-minded faith in a scissors-and-paste method of composition…

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An orchestra is a living organism, its members much more than parts of a machine yet combining and interacting with each other to make something greater than their individual selves…

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The pole dancing opera singer

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The pole dancing opera singerAll perfectly decorous. You wonder why she did it.
 
Marcy Richardson’s her name, if you’re casting an athletic Handel.
 

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Celebrations in Liverpool

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Celebrations in LiverpoolVasily Petrenko & the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra© Mark McNultyThe Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s 2014/15 season will be celebrating both the 175th anniversary of the Founding of the Liverpool Philharmonic, and the anniversaries of Tchaikovsky (175) and Sibeliuis (150). Not only that, but the refurbished Liverpool Philharmonic Hall will reopen in November 2014, cause for celebration indeed…

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Music Review: ‘Atthis,’ a Searing Monodrama by Opera Cabal and ACMEGeorg Friedrich Haas’s “Atthis,” a monodrama based on texts by Sappho, had its staged premiere at the Kitchen on Thursday.

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A tenor on the ball

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A tenor on the ball 

A bigger tenor, off the ball
 

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Royal Northern Sinfonia/Zehetmair review  still capable of surprisesSage, GatesheadFor their last concert with the Sinfonia, Thomas Zehetmair and his wife went out in styleFor his final concert as music director of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Thomas Zehetmair decided to go out with a bang. Four very loud, extremely rapid bangs to be specific, as he launched into a valedictory version of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony with an attack so urgent and incisive it sounded less like destiny hammering at the door than destiny forcing an entrance with emergency equipment…

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Giuseppe Pennisi enjoys ‘Orfeo e Euridice’ at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and surveys the different versions of Gluck’s opera

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Bruckner’s Boa (Second Opinion)

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Many thanks to Robert R. Reilly for this review from the Kennedy Center.

Anton Bruckner is a difficult composer and, in a way, an acquired taste. Brahms called Bruckner’s symphonies “boa-constrictors”. Bruckner wrote them with such a sense of vastness and in a time scale so extended and at times seemingly suspended, that the listener needs very large ears to take it all in…

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