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Strauss Choir and Elgar Symphony Petrenko Prom 19 + MORE

A Strauss choral work and an Elgar symphony - Vassily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra shook things up with devastating impact at Prom 19.  Strauss's Festival Prelude was written for a grand occasion - the opening of a new concert hall in Vienna in 1913. It's a massive, n.... More »
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San Francisco Symphony defies classical-music stereotypes with SoundBox + MORE

Unveiled earlier this season, the San Francisco Symphony's intimate, high-tech SoundBox venue -- built into a cavernous rehearsal space adjacent to the orchestra's home, Davies Symphony Hall -- has a casual, convivial, up-to-the-minute vibe, with comfy ottomans and downloadable (rather than printed).... More »
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A marriage of French spectacle and Italian lyricism and poetry - A propos Gluck's Orpheus + MORE

Gluck's Orfeo from the 1764 scoreWhen Gluck wrote Orfeo ed Euridice for the court in Vienna there is a sense that the marriage with the opera's librettist Ranieri de' Calzabigi was an arranged one. Gluck had been patronised by Count Giacomo Durazzo, the director of court spectacle in Imperial Vienna.... More »
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Virtuoso lifestyle: Gluttony on the high Cs + MORE

Joshua Bell describes his eating habits here. When I’m on the West Coast, I always head to In-N-Out; it’s like a ritual. It’s the first thing I do. Even before concerts, I have pulled up in a stretch limo to the drive-through. One time I made the limo driver order the burgers while I r.... More »
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Chailly to be Music Director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra + MORE

The orchestra founded by Abbado has been without a Chief Conductor since his death in 2014. Chailly is an exciting replacement who will ensure that Abbado’s legacy continuesThe 62-year-old Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly is to be Music Director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra – a .... More »
 Rawsthorne, Elgar, Vaughan Williams: James Ehnes (violin), BBC Philharmonic/Sir Andrew Davis, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 23.5.2014 (MC) Rawsthorne: Overture ‘Street Corner’ Elgar: Violin Concerto Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 9   Programmes of English music in English concert halls are a lot rarer than one might imagine…

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So close to Memorial Day, we're considering music from two Hollywood war films unified by their great music written by distinctive composer Elmer Bernstein.

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Anthony McGill, Principal Clarinet of New York Philharmonic, Joins Pacifica Quartet on 'Mozart & Brahms Clarinet Quintets' on Cedille CD; free Brahms downloadMozart & Brahms Clarinet QuintetsAnthony McGill & Pacifica QuartetCedille CDR 90000 147 (2014)Anthony McGill www.anthonymcgill.com & Pacifica Quartethttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqxiGFOAAnE#t=18Cedille Records  (Click link to hear free excerpts)The dynamic, Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra’s superstar principal clarinetist Anthony McGill join forces for the clarinet quintets of Mozart and Brahms — widely considered the greatest chamber works for this combination of instruments…

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The New York Philharmonic’s annual free concert at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine drew its usual large and enthusiastic crowd.

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Schoenberg’s opera is a triumph for WNO’s music director Lothar Koenigs and the chorus and orchestra; the production is rather less successful

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The official classical chart

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Week ending 24 May 2014
 



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Jenkins: Motets
Polyphony/Stephen Layton
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Miloš: Aranjuez
Miloš Karadaglic
Mercury Classics 4810811
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Elgar: Symphony No…

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Richard Wagner Supports Constantin Frantz's Denunciation of Prussian Militarism and Pan-GermanismWahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn!Wohin ich forschend blick’in Stadt- und Weltchronik,den Grund mir aufzufinden,warum gar bis aufs Blutdie Leut’ sich quälen und schindenin unnütz toller Wut! Madness! Madness! Everywhere madness!Wherever I searchingly glance,Through chronicles of cities and the world,The grounds thereof to find,Why, to the point of drawing blood,People torment and mistreat each otherIn senseless frenzied rage!Hans Sachs’ Monologue from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg In 1869, Richard Wagner dedicated the second edition of his Oper und Drama to Constantin Frantz (1817–1891), a Young Hegelian thinker somewhat neglected today compared to other better known Junghegelianer such as Max Stirner, David Strauss, Ludwig Feuerbach, Arnold Ruge—not to mention Marx und Engels…

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Carlo re d'Alemagna

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Enjoy a duet from the first act of Scarlatti's little-known opera

Fabio Biondi resurrected Scarlatti's 1716 opera in 2003 and this is the first time it has appeared on disc…

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‘Show Boat,’ which opened in 1927 at Broadway’s Ziegfield Theatre, is embedded in America’s cultural bones. Composer Jerome Kern — described in his time as ‘the American Schubert’ — had a supreme gift for melody, and the show is lined with hit numbers, performed here in their original, lush orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett…

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Composers Jefferson Friedman and Craig Wedren have joined forces to shove their different-yet-connected musical worlds successfully closer together into the album On In Love. With the ensemble ACME, the two have constructed a group of songs that are dramatic, unpredictable, and beautifully crafted, serving up both both punch and substance.

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Firm support for Richard Wagner

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Opera-going can be bad for your health. Especially if the composer is Richard Wagner and the opera is five hours long. "Prolonged sitting inhibits venous function, blood pools in the legs and they can swell. Also, the risk of thrombosis may increase, as in a long-haul flight"
So say Medi Gmbh, "one of the world's leading companies in the field of compression stocking supplies" and a sponsor of the Bayreuth Festival…

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Symphony guide: Mozart's 41st ('Jupiter')Mozart’s 41st symphony – the last he composed – is full of postmodernism, palimpsests, and pure exhilarationYoure a little dull/ My dear Pompeo/The ways of the world/Go study them. The words of the aria, Un bacio di mano (A kiss on the hand), composed as an insert for Pasquale Anfossis opera Le gelosie fortunate by Mozart in 1788, to words probably by Lorenzo da Ponte…

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Does cinema create new opera audiences?

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The answer is a big fat NO, according to a new survey commissioned by English Touring Opera.
The study of 234 operagoers "found that 81% of cinema opera attendees were over 60 years old, with an age profile slightly older than that typically found at live opera. In addition, the study indicates that attending a cinema broadcast of opera does not regularly inspire cinema-goers to attend live opera in a theatre, with 85% of respondents reporting no increased motivation to attend live after their cinema experience…

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