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Ghosts and Mirrors + MORE

Lindberg, Ades, Murail, Berg, Takemitsu, Simpson, Berio; Richard Uttley; Artists Recording Company Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jan 06 2015 Star rating: 5.0Dazzling pianism in this disc of contemporary piano virtuoso worksPianist Richard Uttley sees the works on his new disc, Ghosts and Mirror.... More »
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The grandeur that was Rome + MORE

Some thoughts about the perishability of opera productions follow. Not necessarily a new argument, but let’s see what you think. I think there is absolutely a place for “classic” productions in an opera house with the condition that the original director or a designated “rev.... More »
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Who's Next? + MORE

Major cast changes at SF Opera so far:Thomas Hampson withdraws from Luisa Miller after deciding that the role of Miller isn't for him.Gerald Finley withdraws from Sweeney Todd on account of impending childbirthDiana Damrau withdraws from Lucia di Lammermoor on account of exhaustionPhi.... More »
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Blast from the Past: An Open Letter on Matters Gustav Mahler + MORE

An open, but unsent, letter to Fanfare Magazine from 2011 on the subject of Lynn René Bayley and her hyperbolic review of Naxos’ box of Mahler Symphonies for the Fanfare Magazine. A bit of a rant, but I found myself amused by it, still, when I found it just now. Dear Fanfare Editor, I have tri.... More »
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Gidon Kremer at McCarter + MORE

Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica McCarter Theatre Center Friday, February 3, 2017 By Christian Carey   PRINCETON – I’ve wanted to hear violinist Gidon Kremer perform Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s iconic work Fratres live since I was a teenager. Back then, Kremer’s rendition of t.... More »
Constantin Frantz: Offener Brief an Richard WagnerVolltext aus dem Bayreuther Blätter, Juni 1878. Constantin Frantz (12. Sep 1817 – 2. Mai 1891) gehört ursprünglich um den Junghegelianer wie Max Stirner, David Strauß, Ludwig Feuerbach, Arnold Ruge sowie Marx und Engels. Später aber tritt Frantz von Hegelianismus zurrück und ging zu einer reaktionäre schellingianische Seite über…

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When Peter Racine Fricker wrote his Violin Concerto for small orchestra he was regarded being something of an énfant terrible – writing music that owed more to Schoenberg and Weber rather than Vaughan Williams and Walton.  Yet he was deemed to be one of the most important composers writing at the time (along with Humphrey Searle and Iain Hamilton)…

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 Schumann, Kurtág, Berg, Robin Members of the Ensemble Intercontemporain (Odile Auboin, viola; Alain Billard, clarinet/bass clarinet; Dimitri Vassilakis (piano) Wigmore Hall, London, 27.04.2014 (CC) Schumann                   Märchenerzählerungen, Op. 132 Kurtág                         Korál Berg                            Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op…

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ArtsBeat: Gelb Joins French Legion of HonorPeter Gelb, the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, was honored by the French ambassador.

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Did Hitler ever say "whoever wants to understand National Socialist Germany must know Wagner"?Is there evidence that Hitler ever said: “whoever wants to understand National Socialist Germany must know Wagner”? The simple answer to this question is: no, there is currently no evidence that Hitler ever said this. The quotation is likely to be apocryphal. I will go into the authenticity of this quotation in some detail, as we attempt to track down the elusive primary source for this oft-repeated quote…

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Frank McGuinness: how I turned Oedipus into an operaFor his first opera, Frank McGuinness has turned Sophocles’s Oedipus trilogy into a single piece. He explains how his own family and politics helped him tap into Thebans’ themes of vengeance and murderI’m a relative newcomer to opera.Seeing films some years ago of Carmen and Don Giovanni whetted my appetite for this music because I could read its meaning on the screen, and since then I have developed a passionate interest…

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Scotland’s foremost composer attacks secessionist fellow-travellersJames MacMillan, the most successful composer ever to emerge from the northern kingdom has published a lacerating attack on artists who promote independence from Great Britain, denouncing their reliance on the great poet Hugh MacDiarmid, an outspoken Fascist sympathiser. Read him here.    

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ENO Season Launch 2014/2015

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Yesterday morning the English National Opera launched their new season as the last two years I popped in to see what the company has in store for the next year. The usual pitch by John Berry surely felt more confident but it was definitely missing the customary report on finances, which was relegated to a […]

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Pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim has launched a digital-only record label in collaboration with Universal Music.
Peral Music will, eventually, comprehensively showcase Barenboim’s career as a conductor, pianist and chamber musician…

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Composer Dave Malloy took NYC musical theater by storm with his Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, but his path to Off-Broadway success began in San Francisco’s experimental theater community—and he’s holding on tightly to that non-traditional approach.

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ArtsBeat: Classical Playlist: Stravinsky, Mendelssohn, Harrison Birtwistle and MoreTimes critics share what they’ve been listening to lately.

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 Brahms, Beethoven, Debussy, Prokofiev, Chopin, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Ginastera: Sergio Tiempo (piano), Queen Elizabeth Hall,  29.04.2014 (RB) Brahms – Intermezzo in B Minor Op 119, No. 1 Waltz in A Flat Op 39, No 15 Beethoven – Sonata No. 23 in F Minor Op 57 ‘Appassionata’ Debussy – Images: Reflets dans l’eau Prokofiev – Excerpts from Pieces […]
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(Reuters) – The Colorado Symphony is giving new meaning to hitting a high note, announcing on Tuesday a bring-your-own marijuana concert series, the first of which features its chamber ensemble and South-of-the-border food and booze.

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