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Jonas Kaufmann: classical music industry is run like an artistic 'catastrophe' + MORE

World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann says that he and his colleagues feel as though they are in 'straight-jackets'.... More »
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Opera in the concert hall? + MORE

Rating:  0 Opera doesn’t always have to be enjoyed in the opera house – increasingly, concert halls.... More »
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An Infectiously Joyful Barber of Seville + MORE

  Rossini: The Barber of Seville, LA Opera, James Conlon (conductor), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, 28.2.2015- 22.3.2015 (JRo) Cast: Figaro: Rodion Pogossov Rosina: Elizabeth DeShong Count Almaviva: René Barbera Doctor Bartolo: Alessandro Corbelli Doctor Bartolo: (March 22) Philip Cokori.... More »
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Music Review: Bernard Haitink Conducts the Philharmonic + MORE

The Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink is leading the New York Philharmonic in Mahler’s Third..... More »
A new piece by Chinese-American composer Zhou Long was part of the programme in the latest chapter of this transatlantic musical exchange

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New Classical Tracks: 'Goosebumpy to the Max'

– minnesota.publicradio.org

The latest disc from Anne Akiko Meyers features Vivaldi's classic of Baroque music — played on a remarkable violin. Anne says that it's an exciting combination. It's on New Classical Tracks this week, and you have a chance to win a copy of the CD.

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Compare & Contrast 25

– irontongue.blogspot.com

I have deep respect for Finn Pollard, of Where’s Runnicles, and for Mark Berry, of Boulezian. They’re both thoughtful, passionate, and intelligent reviewers whose comments illuminate whatever performance they’re discussing. So it’s with great interest and curiosity that I link to their very different conclusions about Claus Guth’s recent production of Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Royal Opera…

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No limits

– parterre.com

No limitsThe scene: a vocal audition, sometime in the past. A young, blond soprano approaches the podium. Her aria: “Un bel di.” She sings. Before she gets to the second “Chi sara” she’s rudely interrupted.
“STOP SINGING! YOU CALL THIS A VOICE? TEBALDI HAD A VOICE. FLAGSTAD HAD A VOICE. YOU… YOU HAVE NOTHING! YOU SQUEAK! YOU SOUND LIKE A MOUSE! OUT!!!!!”
I don’t know if this ever happened to Kristine Opolais, but I could certainly picture it happening to her…

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Virginia Kay provides link to a 1996 NPR recording of Ulysses Kay's 'Of New Horizons,' found by Columbia University curator Jennifer LeeJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com recently asked if a recording existed of the 1944 New York premiere of Ulysses Kay’s Of New Horizons.  Virginia Kay, the composer’s daughter, has replied:Dear Maestri,We do not have the 1947 recording Of New Horizons. But in case it’s useful, Jennifer Lee, the  curator of Ulysses Kay’s  collection at Columbia University’s Rare Books and Manuscripts, has tracked down a 1996  version at http://www…

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CD re-review: Lars Petter Hagen: Orchestral Music

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Lars Petter Hagen: Orchestral Music | Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Rolf Gupta. Gjermund Larsen, Hardanger fiddle | Aurora I reviewed this disc not that long ago for Nutida Musik, but I feel like it deserves a second pass here. Mostly that is because of its first piece, Norwegian Archives, which I’ve listened to several times now … Continue reading →

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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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Alex Ross On Interpreting Wagner

– www.the-wagnerian.com

Alex Ross On Interpreting WagnerThe always worth reading Alex Ross in discussion with Todd Morman at the Indy Week.Ross has been exploring Wagner’s deep, broad cultural influence—he pays close attention, for instance, to what he calls “Black Wagnerism,” the affinity felt by people like W.E.B. Du Bois for Wagner’s work. The INDY spoke with Ross about Wagner, race and modern opera; an edited transcript is below…

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Into 2015 with world premieres

– www.planethugill.com

Into 2015 with world premieresScottish Chamber Orchestra © Marco BorggreveThe Scottish Chamber Orchestra has announced plans for 2014/15. This will be the sixth term for Robin Ticciati as Principal Conductor (and he has committed until at least 2018).  The orchestra is presenting two world premieres during the season plus a Scottish premiere and two UK premieres…

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The London Mozart Players: Threatened orchestra plays on, managed by its own members
An internationally renowned British chamber orchestra has been taken over by its players after the withdrawal of council funding pushed it to the brink of bankruptcy.

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The Portland Baroque Shines Brightly

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Sheidt, Nicolai, Biber, Buxtehude, Weichlein, and Johann Christoph Bach, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Monica Huggett, artistic director and violin, Stephen Stubbs, chitarrone, Harry van der Kamp, bass, Vancouver Playhouse, 11.4.2014. Scheidt: Canzon super intradam æthiopicam a 5 Buxtehude:’ Ich bin eine Blume zu Saron’ (Song of Solomon 2:1-3) Nicolai: Sonata for three bass viols Biber: Rosary […]

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The Week in Reviews, Op. 27: Julian Rachlin, Augustin Hadelich, Arabella Steinbacher in concertBy Robert Niles: In an effort to promote the coverage of classical music, each week Violinist.com brings you links to reviews of notable violin performances from around the world. We’d love to hear about any recent concerts and recitals you’ve attended, too. Or just tell us what you think about these reviews!

Julian Rachlin performed the Stravinsky on the same program as the London Philharmonic premiered Górecki’s Symphony No…

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MICCA Gold: A High School Orchestra Goes to FestivalBy Karen Allendoerfer: The weather was dark and rather depressing; the Winter that Would Never End was still with us. But it was time for the high school music ensembles to go to the MICCA (Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association) festival. Back when I was a kid in New York State, it was NYSSMA…

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