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Was Sibelius a secret Nazi sympathiser? + MORE

A debate has erupted in the Hensingin Sanomat between two Sibelius biographers, war historian Martti Turtola who has a new book ‘Rakastan Sibeliusta’ (I love Sibelius) and Vesa Siren, whose Sibelius biography will appear in a couple of months. Turtola argues that the relationship between.... More »
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Jenufa; St Luke Passion/MacMillan; Swanhunter – review + MORE

Theatre Royal, Glasgow; Barbican; Linbury Studio, LondonScottish Opera’s Jenufa transposed to the west of Ireland makes perfect sense. And the Britten Sinfonia lead an outstanding performance of James MacMillan’s St Luke Passion Continue reading....... More »
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Musical Prowess + MORE

Robert Anderson's 'Opera Nights and Nightmares', read by Gerald Fenech.... More »
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Top Score: Composer Peter McConnell, 'Grim Fandango' + MORE

When composer Peter McConnell finished scoring the video game 'Grim Fandango' 1998, he asked people living in his neighborhood to be the instrumentalists. For this year's 'Grim Fandango' re-release, McConnell recruited the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Composer Peter McConnell is the guest on this .... More »
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Fort Worth Symphony Musicians Strike + MORE

The musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) initiated a work stoppage by calling a strike at 1:30pm ET on Thursday, 9/8/2016. According to the official press release from the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local which represents the musicians, AFM Local 72-147, the strike.... More »

How to get into the Met orchestra

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How to get into the Met orchestraAuditioning is, for many musicians, like a long-delayed visit to the dentist. Even if you emerge relieved and rewarded, the pain lingers and the fear persists. William Short, principal bassoonist at the Metropolitan Opera, is all too aware of these traumas. He has written a remarkably positive and helpful guide for musicians who think they […]

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Nazi Opera Conspiracies: A Kinship with the Goldhagen Hypothesis and Occult Reich Conspiracy TheoriesOf all writings that help us to understand the historical background to Richard Wagner’s views on the Jews, there are perhaps few more enlightening than Ordinary Germans and the Longest Hatred found in the book Rereading German History by Sir Richard J. Evans: a brilliant and spellbinding collection of essays that make for essential background reading for anyone who wishes to read or write about Richard Wagner in historical context…

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Lugansky in Blistering Prokofiev 3

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Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 3 (and Grieg Concerto), N. Lugansky, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, K. Nagano (Naïve, 2013)
Nikolai Lugansky is an exceptionally accomplished pianist, someone with technique to burn but who plays with consummate restraint. The combination leads some, who judge principally with their eyes, to find him cool or distant, but to those who listen, he consistently

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Tannhäuser; Simon Boccanegra review

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Tannhäuser; Simon Boccanegra  reviewA tremendous Tannhäuser led the way in Daniel Barenboim’s whirlwind Staatsoper festival in BerlinIn Berlin, history and politics dart across your path at every turn. This extends to musical life too. The headline event of Daniel Barenboim’s Festtage, the annual spring festival organised by the Berlin State Opera, was an arresting new production of Wagner’s Tannhäuser by the German choreographer Sasha Waltz, stunningly performed by a star cast led by Peter Seiffert…

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Memorable Vivaldi and Pergolesi

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 Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Roberta Invernezzi (soprano), Sonia Prina (contralto), The English Concert, Bernard Labadie (director). Wigmore Hall, London, 17.04.2014 (CC) Vivaldi- Sinfonia al Santo Sepolcro, RV169. Stabat Mater, RV621 Pergolesi – Salve Regina. Stabat Mater   The programming of the Vivaldi Sinfonia al Santo Seplcro to open this concert was a stroke of genius: it begins […]

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…Krzysztof Chorzelski, the violist of the Belcea Quartet bemoans at the Dinner after their performance in the Mozart Saal that he missed the Camerata Salzburg with Philippe Herreweghe performing Beethoven and Chopin the night they were giving their first of their two Purcell-Haydn-Britten recitals…

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Kiss frontman Paul Stanley feels a strong connection to the title character of “The Phantom of the Opera,” and not just because he’s spent nearly 40 years onstage with his face covered in paint.

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Pavarotti’s US conductor has died

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Pavarotti’s US conductor has diedBrian Priestman, music director of the Denver Symphony through the 1970s and conductor of Luciano Pavarotti’s first US tour, has died aged 87. Born in Birmingham, he worked with several UK and Commonwealth orchs before raising Denver to national excellence.    

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Classical Music Can Make You Dumb

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On Saturdays we sometimes drive back from breakfast just as the NPR opera is starting up. Today’s was Strauss’s Arabella. The male and female commentators were discussing it, and the man mentioned something about the emotionalism of the music being especially appropriate because “this is an opera that really deals with issues of human emotion…

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Ensemble. Deeply Gratifying

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The first performance of Ian Venables’ new clarinet quintet, heard by Roderic Dunnett

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Ingrid Jacoby (piano), Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Marriner (ICA)Fifty-four years ago, orchestral violinist Neville Marriner and 12 fellow players got together to perform early Italian and German music for fun. They went on to become the world-famous Academy of St Martin in the Fields, an orchestra that breathed new life into the repertoire with its refreshing vitality and clarity of texture…

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Lying About Hitler: Why Historians Reject Nazi Opera Conspiracies—and Why We Must Follow their ExampleEvery book has its target audience. The question is as to what the target of Nazi opera conspiracy books might be. It is likely to be an audience interested in opera, music and art history. It is likely to be a popular audience interested in the history of the Holocaust, some of whom have heard that it was caused by an opera composer—one who either deserves to be justly hated as the Holocaust’s root cause, or amongst Neonazi’s, revered for it…

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Forty years ago, “Jesus Christ Superstar” became a cultural icon and musical pillar, gaining legions of fans.

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