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All that is important is that music speaks to the listener + MORE

Most recently of all, I've been contemplating the return of that great theme at the end of the Elgar's First Symphony, asking myself whence come those extraordinary chords that intermittently add stresses. Tangentially, there is a video of Tod Handley conducting the work on YouTube, and I wish I cou.... More »
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CD Spotlight. Public Taste + MORE

Madrigals from Monteverdi's Venice period, highly recommended by Gerald Fenech. 'Paul Agnew and his famous choristers give highly exciting performances, with every poetic nuance exploited to maximum musical effect.'.... More »
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Classical: ‘Delusion of the Fury,’ a Dream, Carried Out by Ensemble Musikfabrik + MORE

Harry Partch dreamed up his own instruments, and Ensemble Musikfabrik is bringing them to the Lincoln Center Festival..... More »

Daily Download: Felix Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 5: II. Allegro vivace + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Felix Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 5: II. Allegro vivace, performed by Ireland National Symphony Orchestra..... More »

Bruckner chief signs on with Putin + MORE

Hans Joachim Frey, head of the Brucknerhaus in Linz, Austria, will leave next year to turn the Sochi Winter Olympics site – a Putin propaganda project – into an international cultural and festivals centre. Frey, 51, says he wants to create a ‘Salzburg on the Black Sea’.  .... More »
Opéra BastilleTamino – Pavol BreslikFirst Lady – Eleonore Marguerre Second Lady – Louise Callinan Third Lady – Wiebke Lehmkuhl Papageno – Daniel Schmutzhard Papagena – Regula Mühlemann Sarastro – Franz-Josef Selig Monostatos – François Piolino Pamina – Julia Kleiter Queen of the Night – Sabine Devieilhe Speaker – Terje Stensvold First Priest – Michael Havlicek Second Priest – Dietmar Kerschbaum First Armoured Man – Eric Huchet Second Armoured Man – Wenwei Zhang Three Boys – Soloists from the Aurelius Sängerknaben Calw Robert Carsen (director)Michael Devine (set designs) Petra Reinhardt (costumes) Martin Eidenberger (video) Peter van Praet and Robert Carsen (lighting) Chorus of the Opéra national de Paris (chorus master: Patrick Marie Aubert)Orchestra of the Opéra national de ParisPhilippe Jordan (conductor)This, the 408thperformance of The Magic Flute (or La Flûte enchantée) at the Opéra national de Paris, had a good number of virtues, the greatest of which was the quality of the soloists…

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Snapshot: Jerome Robbins' The Concert

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An excerpt from Jerome Robbins’ The Concert (or the Perils of Everybody), set to the music of Chopin and danced…

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ROH and the Roundhouse – new Monteverdi L'Orfeo

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ROH and the Roundhouse - new Monteverdi L'OrfeoThe Royal Opera House and the Roundhouse have announced a new partnership. They’re doing a joint production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in January 2015. This follows on the ROH Cavalli’s L’Ormindo,  a joint venture with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. It’s the first time that ROH has done L’Orfeo, which is hardly surprisng: the opera is very early baroque, better suited to small, eclectic houses and period  performance…

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ArtsBeat: Classical Playlist: Anna Netrebko, Handel, Schoenberg and MoreTimes critics share what they’ve been listening to lately.    

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Odessa: Beethoven flash in the fish market!

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Here’s what happened on Saturday in the fish market of Odessa, the city at the tip of the Crimea that was the birthplace of Sviatoslav Richter and the training ground for the class of Leopold Auer – Heifetz, Milstein and Toscha Seidel included.Credits: Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra & Opera Chorus, Hobart Earle (conductor).

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The National Symphony Orchestra has extended Christoph Eschenbach’s contract, meaning that he will remain in the position of Music Director at least through the 2016-17 season. At that point, Eschenbach would be 77 years old, and given the generous salary he has received since taking the NSO podium in 2010, likely ready to retire into a life of mostly guest conducting…

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Borodin's Prince Igor

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Borodin's Prince IgorFinal scene of Novaya Opera’s production of Borodin’s Prince IgorPhoto by Daniil KochetkovSay the words Borodin and Prince Igor to any music lover and they will almost certainly be able to hum something from the Polovtsian Dances, but press them further and they probably know little else about the opera…

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M is for Material

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In the early 90s, the composer and physicist Hauke Harder and I started a new music publishing project. I spontaneously came up with the name Material Press and Hauke just as spontaneously agreed to it, without any discussion. We both understood something about the name and its applicability to the kind of repertoire we were interested in as well the the plain fact that we would be in the business of providing material — sheet music, audio recordings, mostly — required for performing the music we’d have in the catalog…

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KIOS.org: 'Maestro Thomas Wilkins Honored with Governor's Arts Award' Tuesday, March 25, 2014Thomas Wilkins, Conductor, Omaha SymphonyOmaha Public RadioBy Cheril Lee Omaha Symphony Music Director Thomas Wilkins has been named the Governor’s Arts Awards Outstanding Artist of the Year. … Wilkins says people like Branford Marsalis and Omaha Symphony Executive Director James Johnson wrote letters to the Nebraska Arts Council to nominate him for the award…

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Minnesota Orchestra Conductor Returns ... For NowUncertainties remain over the return of the Finnish conductor Osmo Vanska, who resigned as the Minnesota Orchestra’s music director in October.    

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I’ve been saying “he,” and after learning and performing this sonata, I can quite truthfully say that I am in love with Shostakovich. But in reality, this love story is about loving difference.
Read more: Russian Composers, Classical Music, Shostakovich, Relationships, Difference, Dmitri Shostakovich, Violin, Music, Sonata, Love, Performance, Arts News

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The 2014/15 RSNO Season

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Today the RSNO launched its 2014/15 season, Peter Oundjian’s 3rd as music director. Much of the programme leaves me fairly cold, mainly because thus far Oundjian has not impressed me. But there are a fair few things that do catch my eye.To start with the positives, the orchestra also continues its collaboration with Thomas Søndergård who most certainly has impressed me (most recently with a dazzling account of Messiaen’s Turangalîla symphony)…

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Cavalli’s early baroque opera was given a lively and amusing staging at the candlelit Wanamaker Playhouse, says Rupert Christiansen    

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