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Enthralling Andsnes and friends + MORE

Photo: Andrew Crowley Yesterday afternoon a full Chicago Orchestra Hall was treated to some thrilling music making from Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, Canadian violinist James Ehnes, German violist Tabea Zimmerman, and Austrian cellist Clemens Hagen.  They were immersed as one in the .... More »
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ECM has a lot to answer for + MORE

In the Telegraph Ivan Hewett nominates the collaboration between Tunisian oud virtuoso Dhafer Youssef and the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kristjan Jarvi as one of his five worst classical moments of 2014. I wasn't at the Barbican concert which Iven Hewett describes as a "toe-curling examp.... More »
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This week: concerts in New York (October 5 – October 11, 2015) + MORE

Washington National Opera: Appomattox with Philip Glass Set as the American Civil War draws to a close, with Ulysses S... Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!.... More »
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Lucerne Festival (3): Concertgebouw and Harding Fail to Convince in Bruckner’s Tricky Fifth + MORE

 Lucerne Festival   Mozart, Bruckner    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Kristian Bezuidenhout (piano), Daniel Harding (conductor) Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Lucerne (KKL)  27.8.2015 (JR) Mozart:          Piano Concerto No. 18 (K.456) Bruckner:      Symphony No. 5 I had .... More »

Slip, Slurp, Skid: Fireworks! + MORE

 Franck, Schumann, Enescu, Ravel.  Anna Tifu (violin), Gloria Campaner (piano).  Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia at Sala Sinopoli, Parco della Musica, Rome.  23.01.2015 (JB) It’s always been my policy when reporting on emerging young performers to write nothing at all rather than identify.... More »

Just in: Barcelona lands major-league director

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Just in: Barcelona lands major-league directorThe long-unsettled Liceu opera house in Barcelona is thinking big. Having lost its stabilising chief Joan Matabosch to Madrid, it has swooped in the close season for Christina Scheppelmann, director general of the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman.
Scheppelmann was previously director of artistic operations at the National Opera in Washington DC, effectively artistic director in the perpetual absence of its nominal chief, Placido Domingo…

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Lawrence Brownlee - Virtuoso Rossini arias Virtuoso Rossini Arias: Lawrence Brownlee, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Constantine Orbelian: Delos Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 2 2014 Star rating: 4.0Bravura showcase of Rossini tenor ariasLawrence Brownlee’s new disc on Delos, with Constantine Orbelian and the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra is an exploration of Rossini’s operatic tenor arias with solos from comic operas La gazza ladra, L’occasione fa il ladro, Il Turco in Italia and Le Comte Ory, and serious operas Semiramide, Otello, La donna del lago and Zelmira…

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Texas Wind Ensemble premieres at Cadogan HallThe University of Texas Wind Ensemble is touring at the moment and conducted by Jerry Junkin they will be performing at Cadogan Hall on Sunday 8 June 2014. The ensemble has been commissioning new music since 1988 and has given world premiere performances by John Corigliano, Michael Daugherty, Donald Grantham, David Maslanka, Dan Welcher and John McKay…

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The English National Opera has a new staging of Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini, by Terry Gilliam. Mark Berry and Jessica Duchen went to opening night:Jessica is almost unreservedly enthused!Mark is positive but has some reservations.This production opened several days after I left town, or you bet I would have been there too.

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Showman Hershey Felder is back tickling the ivories in another solo show paying tribute to an American music icon.

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Watch Glyndebourne's Der Rosenkavalier Free - Sunday June 8 at 4.30pmTime above is BST. You can watch it either at Glyndebourne’s Website by CLICKING HERE or at the Telegraph by CLICKING HERE.Conductor Robin TicciatiDirector Richard Jones Set Designer Paul SteinbergCostume Designer Nicky GillibrandMovement Director Sarah FahieLighting Designer Mimi Jordan SherinCastThe Marschallin Kate Royal Octavian Tara ErraughtBaron Ochs auf Lerchenau Lars WoldtSophie Teodora Gheorghiu Herr von Faninal Michael KrausMarianne Leitmetzerin Miranda KeysValzacchi Christopher Gillett Annina Helene SchneidermanNotary Gwynne Howell Italian Singer Andrej Dunaev Innkeeper Robert WörlePolice Commissioner Scott Conner London Philharmonic OrchestraThe Glyndebourne Chorus

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Cast of homeless people wows opera snobs during two-week residency in Covent Garden
Sir George Young, the Tory MP who once said the homeless were “the people you step over coming out of the Opera House”, could not have been more wrong.

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Benvenuto Cellini; La fanciulla del West  reviewColiseum; Opera Holland Park, LondonBerlioz’s fizzing score takes off as Terry Gilliam lets rip with the extravagant Benvenuto CelliniFlame-throwers threw, tumblers tumbled, gigantic carnival masks mocked and leered; crowds waved mops and feather dusters, stilt-walkers and jugglers reeled and tweaked and twirled until golden rain showered from the rafters of the Coliseum and the earth moved…

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Dreadful Acoustic Mars Fascinating American Themed Recital

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      Ravel, Gershwin, Antheil, Korngold, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: Yura Lee (violin), Wu Han (piano), Gloria Chien (piano), Kristin Lee (violin), Richard O’Neill (viola), David Finckel (cello), Palais im Großen Garten, Dresden, Thursday 5th May 2014 (MC)                Ravel: Violin Sonata Gershwin: An American in Paris, original […]

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As pianist Moran approached the end of his second season as a resident artistic director with SFJazz, he gave a duet performance with saxophonist Lloyd, one of his mentors. Their recital was luxurious with ballads, beginning with Billy Strayhorn’s ‘The Star-Crossed Lovers,’ which Lloyd introduced with a sensual flourish that felt like feathers brushing across skin…

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Comment on June 2 posts on William Grant Still's 'Highway 1, USA' & Noel Pointer Foundation Event: Information is appreciated but more notice is needed[William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensiveWorks List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com)On Monday, June 2, 2014 AfriClassical published two posts:Noel Pointer Foundation: 10-Year-Old Pianist Zachary Sanchez Shares Stage with Borough President Eric Adams 6:30 PM Wednesday at B…

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Vienna mourns a popular soprano

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Vienna mourns a popular sopranoSonja Mottl, who sang 1,396 times at the Volksoper and on its tours to the US and USSR, has died at the age of 91. A natural soubrette, she sang roles in favourites operettas and several musicals. She was married twice – to the baritone Kurt Preger, who died in 1960, then to the Volksoper director Karl Dönch…

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Breaking: The Hartford Wagner Festival Release A StatementIn what is perhaps,  a response to what some might describe as extraordinarily juvenile behavior,  on their Facebook page  The Hartford Wagner Festival have released the following clarification:”This project of presenting “Das Rheingold” was originally conceived to use a digital orchestra and was never intended to use a live orchestra…

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