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#morninglistening: Grieg 'n' Grainger, Works for Cello & Piano + MORE

#morninglistening to #Grieg et al. with Christian Ihle Hadland and Andreas Brantelid. #cla… http://t.co/0pIXjh3zbQ pic.twitter.com/BRG5YhT7vI— Jens F. Laurson (@ClassicalCritic) September 20, 2015 E.Grieg, P.Grainger, Works for Cello & Piano A.Brantelid (cello) & Christian Ihle Hadl.... More »
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Covent Garden puts up two tenors for the price of one + MORE

The Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko is sick and has withdrawn from tonight’s Cav and Pag. At short notice, they’ve called in two tenors. Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana will be sung by the South Korean tenor Yonghoon Lee, who sang the role at the house a couple of weeks back. The .... More »
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Notes from the 2014 Salzburg Festival ( 6 ) Anton Bruckner Cycle • Bruckner II & Te Deum + MORE

Vienna Philharmonic • Philippe Jordan Unexpected Glory Pictures above and below (details) courtesy Salzburg Festival, © Silvia Lelli. Click on above for entire picture. The less well known a work, the less often heard, and the less easily digested (either due to lack of immediate quality or exc.... More »
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ENO at the Oliviers: winners not present + MORE

Congratulations to the English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra for winning the Outstanding Achievement in Opera at the Olivier Awards. I'm sure stupendous Tamara Wilson, Leonora in the company's Force of Destiny, and the evergreen Felicity Palmer, the Countess in last season's Queen of Spades, a.... More »
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New Classical Tracks: Howard Shore pivots from film to concert music + MORE

Howard Shore has recorded and composed music for about 80 films, including for the massive trilogy, 'The Lord of the Rings.' These days, Shore is writing more concert music. Shore's new recording features two of them, including a piano concerto on which Lang Lang is the soloist. Hear more about it, .... More »

Don Not Dusted

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Review – Don Giovanni (Royal Opera House, Wednesday 12 February 2014)
Don Giovanni – Mariusz Kwiecień
Leporello – Alex Esposito
Donna Anna – Malin Byström
Don Ottavio – Antonio Poli
Il Commendatore – Alexander Tsymbalyuk
Donna Elvira – Véronique Gens
Zerlina – Elizabeth Watts
Masetto – David Kimberg
Director – Kasper Holten
Set Design – Es Devlin
Video Designs – Luke Halls
Costume Designs – Anja Van Kragh
Lighting Design – Bruno Poet
Royal Opera House Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Nicola Luisotti (Conductor)
Don Giovanni is quintessential Mozart…

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The Met: a full season, but a not-full-enough houseA glamorous new season masks the fact that the Met had to take drastic action to get attendances back upThere’s an interesting little titbit from New York in the Met’s announcement of its 2014/15 season of operas – whose highlights includes the return of conductor James Levine, who’ll conduct the season-opening new production by Richard Eyre (replacing Michael Grandage) of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, and give other shows, from Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress to Wagner’s Meistersinger…

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Soundworld

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

SoundworldThis morning at City Lit, one of the students in my Franz Schreker class asked about my use of the word ‘soundworld’. Truth be told I use it a bit too much, but only because I think it’s such a fantastic noun, which works brilliantly for describing the combination of sounds and ideas that makes up a composer’s individual language…

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Chansonnerie from Londinium

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Chansonnerie from Londinium Chansonnerie: Londinium, Andrew Griffiths: St Sepulchre without Newgate Reviewed by Hilary Gloveron Feb 7 2014 Star rating: 4.0A choir to watch in a programme of music to French textsLondon amateur chamber choir Londiniumwith conductor Andrew Griffiths are known for their quality performances and this foray into French music at St…

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Ensemble. Unlucky in Love

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Giuseppe Pennisi visits Pisa for The Tales of Hoffmann

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Listener is performer and performer is listenerThat photo of Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic, which was taken on a tour of Japan in 1981, tells a different story to my 2008 post No flowers please for Herbert von Karjan. With the current fixation on attracting new audiences it is puzzling that the relationship between artist and audience is paid so little attention…

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The Genius in His Spare Time

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

It is time again, next fall, for me to teach my Analyzing Beethoven class, which I am always happy to do. But I have been threatening for years to make it a Late Beethoven class, and I am on the point of succumbing. Every time I’m frustrated at how little of the late music I […]

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Kettle Corn, Beer and a Laid Back Approach to New MusicFriday evening, January 24, 2014, at the DiMenna Center began with the distinct smell of kettle corn and the refreshing sound of beer cans opening to signify the end of a another work week. The performance space, a large acoustic rehearsal room for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, was occupied with a mix of spectators young and old as well as two very talented performers…

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The South Bay opera company’s music director is retiring after one more production of ‘Madama Butterfly,’ which opens Feb. 15 at the California Theatre. Since 1984, Rohrbaugh has steered Opera San Jose with Irene Dalis, its general director. His roots with the company go back further, to 1977 and the San Jose State University Opera Workshop from which it grew.

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An open letter to Gustavo Dudamel on the Venezuela situationThe pianist Gabriela Montero goes public today on the disconnect between art in Venezuela and oppression. Raised in Venezuela before she moved as a child to the US, here is Gabriela’s powerful appeal: I think the time has come for me as an ARTIST, VENEZUELAN, WOMAN AND MOTHER to write a letter to Jose Antonio […]

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The Elizabethan composer’s world was brought movingly to life by lutenist Elizabeth Kenny, the viol consort Fretwork and tenor Ian Bostridge

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What do you want to know about the music for this international hit show?

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Brass ring

– parterre.com

Brass ringMarek Janowski’s survey of Wagner operas on PentaTone so convincingly captures the pulse and dramatic flow of many of the works that the music-making at times sounds almost effortless.
The impression was sure to be tested by the last two installments in the series, Siegfriedand Götterdämmerung, which Janowski and the Berlin Radio Symphony and Chorus recorded in concert performances two weeks apart last March…

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