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Eight Questions for Daniil Trifonov + MORE

Here’s a brief interview with Daniil Trifonov at the Wiener Konzerthaus, before a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under Gianandrea Noseda on November 11th. Eight questions (the Ninth question, how he liked Questionnaires, didn't somehow work.... More »

FX Roth Luciano Berio Sinfonia + MORE

François-Xavier Roth conducted the LSO in Luciano Berio's Sinfonia at the Barbican Hall, London, the culmination of a two-concert series that also featured Ligeti Atmosphères, Thomas Adès  Chamber Symphony, Schoenberg Chamber Symphony (for contrast) and two world premieres, Darren Bloom's Dr.... More »

London Philharmonic Orchestra/Ticciati, Royal Festival Hall, London — ‘Evocative’ + MORE

Under Ticciati, the orchestra conjured up different worlds and landscapes.... More »

Pure Bliss – Anna Stéphany and the Labyrinth Ensemble + MORE

Various: Anna Stéphany (mezzo soprano), Labyrinth Ensemble, Opernhaus Zürich, 4.4.2016. (RP) Falla: “Psyché” for Voice, Flute, Harp & String Trio (1924) Honegger: “Chanson de Ronsard” for Voice, Flute & String Quartet (1924) Caplet: “Les Prières” for Voice, Harp & Stri.... More »

New Bayreuth Wagner museum confronts family Nazi ties head on + MORE

BAYREUTH, Germany (Reuters) - A renovated Richard Wagner Museum opening in Bayreuth this weekend to coincide with the Bavarian city's annual Wagner opera festival puts the composer's anti-Semitism and his family's later ties to Adolf Hitler center stage for the first time. .... More »
Though Weber’s opera has its fair share of problems, notably a widely scorned libretto, the first US staging in a century should not be missed

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Der Rosenkavalier in an Old and Uneven Production

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier, Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Constantin Trinks (conductor), Nationaltheater, Munich, 29.7.2014 (JMI)   Cast: Octavian: Alice Coote Marschallin: Soile Isokoski Baron Ochs: Peter Rose Sophie: Golda Schultz Faninal: Martin Gantner Valzacchi: Ulrich Ress Annina: Heike Grötzinger Singer: Yosep Kang Marianne: Ingrid Kaiserfeld Police: Christoph Stephinger Production: Bayerische Staatsoper Direction: Otto Schenk Sets and Costumes: Jürgen […]

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Writing for the Atlantic group online (initially Quartz, “a digitally native news outlet launched by Atlantic Media in September 2012—it provides a 24/7 digital guide to the new global economy designed to serve business professionals who travel the world, are focused on international markets, and value critical thinking,” later on the Atlantic website itself), Far East Specialist Gwynn Guilford takes on musical exoticism in “It’s Time to Stop Using ‘Exoticism’ as an Excuse for Opera’s Racism” (July 23, 2014)…

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Briefly Noted: Spohr String Quartets

– ionarts.blogspot.com

L. Spohr, String Quartets, Vol. 17, Concertino String Quartet
(released on July 8, 2014)
Naxos 8.225352 | 56’25"

Vol. 16
(released on May 27, 2014)
Naxos 8.225983 | 57’19"

C. Brown, Louis Spohr: A Critical Biography (1984/2006)
The music of many composers who achieved great fame in their lives has faded into obscurity…

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A critical guide to classical music performances and festivals in New York City and the area.

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John Malveaux: Bell Ringing Ceremony Celebrating the 69th Anniversary of Korea Liberation Day at the Korean Friendship Bell, 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM, Aug. 15, 2014John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Phoenix Park-Kim serves as an associate professor of music at Indiana Wesleyan University. Hye-Young Suh is currently Professor of Piano at SungKyul University, South Korea. The two pianists, representing MusicUNTOLD and concluding an international tour, will offer a four-handed performance of “Sanjo” by Korean composer La Jin Won during the Freedom Bell Ringing Ceremony celebrating the 69th Anniversary at the Korean Friendship Bell on August 15, 2014…

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Contract deadlines for 15 of the 16 unions at the Met in New York are set to expire at midnight tonight, and negotiations will likely go down to the wire. A lockout shutting down the world's largest opera house seems imminent. NPR's Jeff Lunden has the story.

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Baritone Christian Gerhaher was born to play the title role in Monteverdi’s opera, staged here with a simplicity that was both timeless and modern

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Also on tap: Shawn Colvin, Mex I Am Fest, Chris O’Connell and the Smartalecks; closing weekend for ‘The Great Pretender’ at TheatreWorks.

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– irontongue.blogspot.com

A Metropolitan Opera press release says:There’s a 72-hour extension of the talks, with no lockout yet.The Federal Mediation and Reconciliation requested the extension.The Met has reached agreements with Local 32BJ, which represents ushers, ticket takers, cleaning staff, porters, security guards, and office service workers; Local 210, which represents the call center; and Local 30, which represents building engineers…

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Note: This is a slightly delayed review of the performance given on Sunday 27th July 2014.According to the programme, fully staged Wagner was last seen at the Theatre Royal, Norwich in 1997. Before anything else therefore, it is cause for celebration that the management have brought Wagner back once again…

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International concert pianist Piers Lane: 'Townsville is in my blood'From concert crawls to on-stage conversations, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music is as intimate as its setting, says longstanding artistic directorPiers Lane is a concert pianist with an eclectic taste in socks and an intense passion for the people he works with. He has inoculated himself from the often lonely life of a solo artist by collaborating with a fabulous array of people, most recently actor Patricia Routledge…

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Susanne Mentzer: Save the Met #weareopera

– www.huffingtonpost.com

Now the Metropolitan Opera, my home for over 20 years of my 34-year career, is in the final hours of labor negotiations. We have been told there will be a lockout starting at midnight Thursday evening when the fiscal year closes.
Read more: The Metropolitan Opera, Classical Music, Labor, Unions, Opera, Arts News

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