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CD Spotlight. Fetching Sensitivity + MORE

A guitar recital by Sergio Puccini, heard by the late Howard Smith. '... played here to the manner born.'.... More »
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Orlando review – WNO's musically restorative evening + MORE

Wales Millennium Centre, CardiffMaking Orlando a traumatised second-world-war RAF pilot treated by a magician/psychiatrist brings clarity to Handel’s 1733 opera, enlivened by a stellar cast and characterful playingFollowing the success of I Puritani, Welsh National Opera’s Madness season continu.... More »
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Perchance to Stream: May Day Edition + MORE

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio and online video from the week gone by. After clicking to an audio or video stream, you may need to press the "Play" button to start the broadcast. Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days. Listen to a performa.... More »
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Just in: Pogorelich breaks record silence + MORE

It is eighteen years since the Croatian pianist made his last recording for Deutsche Grammophon. Apparently, they had a difference of opinion. Pogorelich, a my-way man, was prepared to wait. Today he released a Beethoven recording on the digital channel Idagio. Here’s their take on it: Berlin,.... More »
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Catrin Finch: Harpist and composer visits Welsh-speaking area of Argentina + MORE

The musician, who lives in Cardiff, was marking 150 years since Welsh settlers arrived in the region.... More »
 Strauss, Bruckner: Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano), Philharmonia, Christoph von Dohnányi (conductor), Royal Festival Hall, London,  5.6. 2014 (GDn) Strauss: Four Last Songs Bruckner: Symphony No. 9   As the final, ethereal chord of the Bruckner’s great Adagio faded to silence at the end of this evening’s concert, somebody behind me whispered to their companion that the […]

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Finding the key to a composer that time forgot

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Finding the key to a composer that time forgotAn old Melodiya recording sleeve informs me that ‘unfortuately, his works are hardly known, even in his adopted home of Russia. However, his work is highly valued and has been much admired amongst other composers and musicians.’
How is it possible, you wonder, that the composer who was closest to Dmitri Shostakovich, in both friendship and style, could remain unknown to a world that reveres Shostakovich?
Well, the ice is breaking and Mstislav Weinberg is finally starting to get heard…

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Maureen McTeer vetoed a sports car for her husband, Joe Clark, and instead commissioned a work from a Canadian composer

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This is a warmly relaxed yet sharp recorded performance of an irresistible Glyndebourne favourite

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New York's Met opera house on edge of precipice, says Peter GelbThreat of bankruptcy at world’s biggest and richest opera house contrasts strongly with ‘cracking season’ in UKGrand opera is dying along with its increasingly ancient audience, according to Peter Gelb, general manager of one of the grandest operas in the world, the Metropolitan in New York. The renowned 3,800-seat opera house is fighting a losing battle on many fronts, and could face bankruptcy within three years, he says and the crisis he sees in his own company could be a warning to many other opera houses…

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Astonishing Benvenuto Cellini at London ColiseumBenvenuto Cellini  (c) ENO / Richard Hubert Smith. Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini: Michael Spyres, Corinne Winters, English National Opera, Terry Gilliam, Edward Gardner: London Coliseum Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 06 2014 Star rating: 5.0Terry Gilliam’s idiosyncratic vision matched by an astonishing performance of Berlioz’s rarely staged operaTerry Gilliam’s much anticipated production of Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini made it’s debut last night (6 June 2014) with English National Opera at the London Coliseum…

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A brave attempt by Terry Gilliam to match Berlioz’s exuberance, and an inspiring advertisement for ENO’s musical and technical prowess

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Owen Wingrave: A private peace

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Owen Wingrave: A private peaceBenjamin Britten’s ‘pacifist’ opera was written while war was at the forefront of people’s minds. In this year of centenaries, director Neil Bartlett explains why the time is right for a revivalHow do you feel when you see a soldier? Does your chest swell with pride, or your gorge rise at the thought of what soldiers do for a living? These questions struck me recently, as I started work on reviving Britten’s contentious "pacifist" opera Owen Wingrave, first performed on television in 1971…

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New York’s Metropolitan Opera faces bankruptcy in “two or three years” if it does not cut its wages bill, its boss tells the BBC.

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Critic’s Notebook: Charlotte Hellekant and John Luther Adams at Spoleto USASpoleto Festival USA in Charleston, S.C., renowned for opera, is a cornucopia of other offerings as well.

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Cecilia reveals Divine Festival plans

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Cecilia Bartoli has had a busy week. Opening her 2014 Salzburg Whitsun Festival, singing in it, celebrating her birthday and, finally, revealing her plans for the 2015 festival. All whilst dressed as a milkmaid. Pretty impressive.
This year's festival centres on Rossini. Next year's is elevated to the divine with a 'gods' theme…

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Concentration and Unity from Frankfurt Based Orchestra

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Brahms, Bruckner: Hilary Hahn (violin),HR-Sinfonieorchester/Paavo Järvi, Semperoper, Dresden, Tuesday 4th May 2014 (MC) Dresden Music Festival 2014 Brahms: Violin Concerto Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor (3rd Version of 1889) I couldn’t have had a finer introduction to this season’s Dresden Music Festival than this stunning concert of Brahms and Bruckner performed by the […]

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