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Grippingly vibrant - Carmen at ENO + MORE

Carmen Act 4 - ENO - photo Alastair Muir Bizet Carmen; Justina Gringyte, Eric Cutler, Leigh Melrose, Eleanor Dennis, dir: Calixto Bieito, cond: Sir Richard Armstrong; English National Opera at the London Coliseum Reviewed by Robert Hugill on May 20 2015 Star rating: 5.0 Dystopic .... More »
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Review: Australian Chamber Orchestra Plays Haydn and Mozart + MORE

The ensemble put on a fleet, bold concert at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall with pieces by composers from a wide range of eras..... More »
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A Christmas Carol, Houston Grand Opera, Wortham Theater Center, Houston, Texas — review + MORE

Iain Bell’s brilliant new Dickens opera is given an astounding performance by Jay Hunter Morris.... More »
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A Rather Disappointing Recital from Rafal Blechacz + MORE

 Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin. Rafal Blechacz (piano) Wigmore Hall, London, 8.1.2015 (CC) Mozart: Piano Sonata in D, K311 Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 13 “Pathétique” Chopin:Three Mazurkas, Op. 56. Three Waltzes, Op. 64. Polonaise in F sharp minor, Op. 44 I wonder if the original idea .... More »
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Carmen, Mid Wales Opera, review: 'lazy and lacklustre' + MORE

Jonathan Miller's production has no sexual electricity.... More »
Young artists in Il Barbiere di SivigliaNicholas Lester  – photo Robert Workman Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Christine Collins Youngs Artists performance at Opera Holland Park Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 16 2014 Star rating: 4.0Sparkling performance of Oliver Platt’s inventive new productionThis year there two performances by the Christine Collins Young Artists at Opera Holland Park…

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Francesconi Quartett Linbury Royal Opera House

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Francesconi Quartett  Linbury Royal Opera HouseLuca Francesconi’s Quartett has at last made it to Britain. Francesconi is hardly obscure. His music has long been championed by Irvine Arditti and the Arditti Quartet , and is regularly heard in European new music circles. There’s even a Francesconi premiere at this year’s BBC Proms.  Maybe the British don’t like intellect…

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Mzilikazi Khumalo, South African Professor of Languages and Composer of 'Princess Magogo,' Opera Based on Zulu History, Was Born June 20, 1932The South African composer, arranger and choral director who was born as James Stephen Mzilikazi Khumalo now goes by the name Mzilikazi Khumalo. He is also a Professor Emeritus of African Languages. He was born June 20, 1932 and is profiled at AfriClassical.com:SAMRO, the Southern African Music Rights Organization, maintains a comprehensive biography which is the primary source for this page…

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Teatro Colón Premieres Strasnoy’s Réquiem

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 Strasnoy, Réquiem: Soloists,Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Colón. Conductor:Christian Baldini, Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires. 13.6.2014. (JSJ)    Cast: Temple Drake: Jennifer Holloway Nancy Mannigoe: Siphiwe McKenzie Gavin Stevens: James Johnson Gowan Stevens: Brett Polegato Governor: Cristian De Marco Pete: Santiago Burgi Jailer: Damián Ramírez Judge: Mario De Salvo   Production: Director: Matthew Jocelyn Sets: Anick La Bissonière / […]

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Pete Docter, who wrote and directed the Pixar movie 'Up,' for which he won an Academy Award, is a Bloomington native. He'll be onstage with the Minnesota Orchestra this weekend, in a program that pairs animation with live music.

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Charm but no oomph, says Rupert Christiansen

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Since I started walking the Pacific Crest Trail seven weeks ago, I’ve undergone a number of physiological and mental changes. One of the biggest changes that has occurred, however, relates more specifically to working with sound and music as a composer—an alteration in my sense of hearing.

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CD Spotlight. Breath Control

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Amy Porter plays J S Bach Cello Suites, heard by Howard Smith. ‘… fluent and uniformly pleasing.’

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Conducting an orchestra: where to find expert tuition  or just watch othersDo you dream of conducting musicians? There are courses available around the country to set you on your way Sophie Heawood tries to conduct a classical orchestraBuckinghamshireIn Michael Rose’s beginners day class, students study basic baton skills, such as how to stop, start, pause and change tempo think of it as learning to drive as well as gestures in expression and authority…

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Georgia on my mind

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Georgia on my mindJaw-breaking soprano Tamar Iveri is trying to walk back her recent homophobic rant by saying she has “many gay friends.”
On the other hand, she posted this photo to her Facebook page, so something doesn’t add up here.

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Friday at the Ojai North Music Festival at UC Berkeley, ‘Classical Style,’ the new opera by Jeremy Denk and Steven Stucky proved to be an unexpectedly witty, illuminating and all-around delightful 70 minutes of entertainment — inspired by a musicological tome, ‘The Classical Style,’ by the late Charles Rosen…

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Editorial: The MET, The Death of Klinghoffer & Why Wagnerians Should Be Very AfraidThe Death of Klinghoffer: ENO 2012″My opera accords great dignity to the memory of Leon and Marilyn Klinghoffer, and it roundly condemns his brutal murder. “It acknowledges the dreams and the grievances of not only the Israeli but also the Palestinian people, and in no form condones or promotes violence, terrorism or anti-Semitism…

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The difference between Carnegie Hall and the Bolshoi – a pianist’s viewThe Russian pianist Denis Matsuev reflects on his recent New York residency:
This year my friend, Executive and artistic Director of Carnegie Hall, Sir Clive Gillinson invited me to take part in the three concerts of a series “Carnegie Hall presents”. This concert was part of a series “Keyboard Virtuosos”, in which I found myself in the company of wonderful musicians performing at Carnegie Hall during this musical season…

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