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Barbara Hannigan and Mirga Gražinyté-Tyla in the Spellbinding Proms Premiere of let me tell you + MORE

Prom 55 – Mozart, Hans Abrahamsen and Tchaikovsky: Barbara Hannigan (soprano), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mirga Gražinyté-Tyla (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London, 27.8.2016. (AS) Mozart – Overture: The Magic Flute Hans Abrahamsen – let me tell you Tchaikovsky – Symp.... More »
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5 Questions to Yair Klartag (composer) + MORE

Yair Klartag is one of four composers commissioned by MATA, this year. His piece There’s no lack of void will be premiered on.. Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!.... More »
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The bassoonist's view of the orchestra + MORE

The Minnesota Orchestra's Norbert Nielubowski shares an up-close-and-personal look at the bassoon to help us better understand what some may consider an orchestral oddball. For starters, it's not an oboe..... More »
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Music Review: Gerald Robbins Plays Bargemusic’s Masterworks Series + MORE

The pianist Gerald Robbins played a program of Handel and Brahms at Bargemusic..... More »
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Boulez, Schoenberg - and a Womble? + MORE

Whilst reading in the newly reopened library of the Arnold Schönberg Center, I came across an entry in the catalogue, entitled ‘Boulez, Schoenberg – and a Womble?’ Needless to say, more serious pursuits had to wait. It is the eye-catching title for a behind-the-scenes report from the late Edw.... More »

Thunderous Ovation for a Last-Minute Substitute      

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Weber, Mozart, Shostakovich: Francesco Piemontesi (piano), Cleveland Orchestra, Brett Mitchell (conductor), Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, 20.7.2014 (MSJ)  Weber: Overture to Der Freischütz Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor The Cleveland Orchestra’s summer home, Blossom Music Center, is the place for dramatic last-minute substitutions this […]

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York’s Metropolitan Opera said it will lock out its musicians and other unionized employees next week if a new contract agreement is not reached, in an escalation of a labor dispute that threatens to derail an entire opera season.

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Regional Spotlight: David Finckel and Wu Han

– minnesota.publicradio.org

The Debussy Sonata for Cello and Piano from a Schubert Club Music in the Park series concert given last year is in this week's Regional Spotlight.

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Bruckner Cycle IV • Barenboim, Vienna Philharmonic
Intimations of Mortality
Above and below pictures (details) courtesy Salzburg Festival, © Monika Rittershaus. Click for the whole picture
Lorin Maazel was a fixture at the Salzburg Festival, leading 119 performances between 1963 and 2013. It made sense, therefore, to slap an “in Memoriam” label onto one of this summer’s performances and even more

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Death of a prominent viola player

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Death of a prominent viola playerThe Hungarian virtuoso Ervin Schiffer, viola player of the Haydn Quartet and its forerunner, the Dekany Quartet, has died at the age of 82.
Born in Hungary, he moved to Holland and taught there at the leading conservatories.
Our condolences to his wife and quartet partner Kati Sebestyen (pictured).
 

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As Peter Gelb Seems To Threaten To Cancel 2014-15 Season. Orchestra RespondsWhose Head Is Being Called For?Unions respond to Gelbs’s letter threatening a “lockout. Full response below. Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb Threatens Lockout, Cancellation of the 2014/2015 Opera Season; Orchestra Musicians Denounce Gelb’s Long-Planned Lockout as a “Cynical strategy to cover up his failed management and lack of artistic vision” New York, NY–Wednesday, July 23, 2014–Local 802, American Federation of Musicians, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra musicians are dismayed that Peter Gelb has pursued a cynical strategy calculated to result in a lockout of his artists and craftspeople and imperil the upcoming Met Opera season…

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Finding Major Kramers

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Longtime readers of this blog may recall sporadic posts on the subject of encounters between Richard Strauss and American soldiers in the years of the Allied occupation of Germany. One time I pleaded for information about Major John Kramers, who is mentioned in Strauss's diary. As I report in this New Yorker blog post, I finally know more about him: Dr…

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

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Circus Falstaff Comes to Läckö

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff  Soloists, chorus, Läckö Slottsorkester, Simon Phipps (conductor), Läckö Castle, Sweden, 19.07.2014 (NS) Cast: Sir John Falstaff: Lars Arvidson Alice Ford: Lisa Carlioth Mr Ford, her husband: Daniel Hällström Nannetta, their daughter: Vivianne Holmberg Fenton, in love with Nannetta: Markus Pettersson Meg Page: Matilda Paulsson Mrs Quickly, neighbour to Alice: Susanna Sundberg Doctor […]

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Hungarian Holiday 3.

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Hungarian Holiday 3.Grant Chu Covell[July 2014.]Gergely VAJDA: Barbie Blue (2006)1; Gulliver in Faremido (2010)2; Conversations with Children (2008)3. Dóra Érsek1 (sop), Róbert Rezsnyák1 (bar), Tibor Szervét2 (narrator), MR Symphony (Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra)1, UMZE Ensemble2, Dèdalo Ensemble3, Gergely Vajda1,2, Vittorio Parisi3 (conds…

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From Spain to Eternity review  El Greco's world resurrected with careEnsemble Plus Ultra(Archiv)Though he was born in Crete, Domenikos Theotokopoulos El Greco settled in Spain and spent the second half of his life in Toledo, awaiting a summons to work at the court of Philip II that never came. He died in 1614, and Ensemble Plus Ultra’s programme of works from the Spanish golden age particularly associated with the great cathedral of Toledo commemorates the 400th anniversary of the artist’s death…

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A serious work at the end of a long career of hilarity from the consummately Viennese composer HK Gruber

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Classical music should be an agenda-free zoneIn the past when classical record sales were sluggish, industry luminaries such as Walter Legge and John Culshaw (seen above with Sir Georg Solti) sorted things out by making legendary recordings such as the Giulini Verdi Requiem and the Solti Ring. Nowadays, when sales are slack, a luminary such as Max Hole goes on Classic FM to advocate tearing down the Royal Festival Hall, and then feeds the story to a conveniently on side journalist in the futile hope that the alchemy of social media will transmute contentious sound bites into sales revenues…

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