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Second Dutch opera chief resigns + MORE

Two weeks ago, Pierre Audi announced he was leaving Dutch National Opera after three brilliant decades. Today, Miranda Van Kralingen said she’s leaving Opera Zuid after 12 years, having failed to obtain a renewal of government subsidy. .... More »
maestros

American verismo + MORE

Carlisle Floyd, who turned 88 this year, is best known as the composer of two of the most frequently produced American operas, Susannah and Of Mice and Men. In fact, he has written nine others and is said to be fulfilling a new commission for Houston, perhaps to shame youthful quitters like Verdi an.... More »
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London Philharmonic Orchestra/Ticciati, Royal Festival Hall, London — ‘Evocative’ + MORE

Under Ticciati, the orchestra conjured up different worlds and landscapes.... More »
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Berlin Philharmonic Selects Kirill Petrenko to Succeed Simon Rattle + MORE

The orchestra has given its approval to a leader with high standards who keeps a low profile for someone in his position..... More »
symphonies

La finta giardiniera, Royal College of Music, 28 November 2016 + MORE

Britten Theatre Violante/Sandrina – Josephine GoddardBelfiore – Joel WilliamsAnchise – Richard PinkstoneArminda – Ida RänzlövRamiro – Katie CoventrySerpetta – Harriet EyleyRoberto – Julien van Mellaerts Harry Fehr (director)Roxana Haines (assistant director)Yannis Thavoris .... More »

Chicago laments a chamber music pioneer

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Chicago laments a chamber music pioneerAndrew Patner writes: The sudden and wholly unexpected death yesterday of Chicago pianist and artistic and organizational force Deborah Sobol is a terrible tragedy for her family and for music and community in our city. Over her 40 years here, Debbie co-founded and led the Chicago Chamber Musicians for 20 years, launched, led, and has been […]

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Despite cartoonish elements, Scottish Opera’s 1960s-set Donizetti production suffers from a lack of daring

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Learning to Listen: Mozart's Requiem

– minnesota.publicradio.org

The story of Mozart's Requiem is shrouded in mystery — a web of deception woven by those he left behind when he died. Learn about and hear the music on Monday's Learning to Listen.

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Secret Music: February

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(Click for the background to the Secret Music listings.) Saturday 1 February: Cafe OTO, Lauren Redhead, Gail Brande, ORE, 8pm | £8 adv, £10 door Cumbria-based new music and sound art festival Full of Noises presents two nights of performances by artists from their 2013 programme. Day 2 sees performances from composer Lauren Redhead, who … Continue reading →

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Ensemble. Powerfully Expressive

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Mike Wheeler listens to saxophonist Anthony Brown

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Music Review: Chamber Music Society Presents ‘Classical Flowering’At Alice Tully Hall, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presented a program of early-19th-century pieces that experiment with instrumentation and style.    

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Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2014-2015 Season

– operatattler.typepad.com

September 27 -October 29, 2014: Don Giovanni October 6-28 2014: CapriccioOctober 27- November 29 2014: Il Trovatore November 17-December 20 2014: Porgy and Bess December 6 2014-January 16 2015: Anna Bolena January 24- March 14 2015: ToscaFebruary 9 -March 6 2015: Tannhäuser February 24 -March 1, 2015: The PassengerMarch 28-29 2015: El Pasado Nunca Se TerminaApril 2015: Carousel
Anthony Freud announced Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2014-2015 season today…

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Sunday’s performance of Béla Bartók’s Quartets Nos. 2, 4 and 6 at Stanford Bing Concert Hall complemented a performance the previous night of the composer’s Quartets Nos. 1, 3 and 5. The group will perform the whole Bartók cycle again March 22-23 at UC Berkeley’s Hertz Hall.

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Brahms, Harvey Hélène Grimaud (piano); Philharmonia Orchestra, Andris Nelsons (conductor), Royal Festival Hall, London, 23.1.2014 (CC) Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat, Op. 83 Symphony No. 4 in E, Op. 98 Jonathan Harvey:Wheel of Emptiness  Scena Hae-Sun Kang (violin),Philharmonia Ensemble, Antony Hermus (director)   The second concert this evening was part of Andris Nelsons’ […]

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Symphony guide: Tchaikovsky's First

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Symphony guide: Tchaikovsky's FirstTchaikovsky’s first symphony remodelled the form into a truly Russian style, staking out territory that his five other symphonies continued to explore• All articles in this seriesRussia in the 1860s – the land without the symphony. Well, actually that’s not quite true: Anton Rubinstein had written three, but, based in the language of Mendelssohn and Schumann, they propounded a backward-looking solution to the problem of finding what a Russian symphony might be…

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MELODEON:  Marti Newland sings 'Love Triptych' from 'Margaret Garner' on YouTube (14:53)Marti Newland, Soprano (YouTube)http://www.martinewland.com/Artis Wodehouse Published on Jan 27, 2014 Soprano Marti Newland, accompanied by pianist Artis Wodehouse perform the Love Triptych from the opera, Margaret Garner 1/12/14 live in concert at Christ and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, NYC…

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Italian Lieder Luca Pisaroni Liszt Wigmore Hall

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Italian Lieder Luca Pisaroni Liszt  Wigmore HallAt the Wigmore Hall, London, Luca Pisaroni and Wolfram Rieger presented an inspired programme: Lieder in Italian. The core Lieder repertoire is solidly Austro-German. Writing Lieder in Italian poses challenges: different syntax, different sounds, different sensibilities. Pisaroni is Italian, and a very well established opera singer…

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Philip Glass’s score – minimal even by the composer’s standards – adds coherence and depth to long-time collaborator Godfrey Reggio’s film

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