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January 6: Sony Masterworks Announces "Kathleen Battle: The Complete Sony Recordings" (10-CD Box Set) + MORE

Classic Kathleen Battle: A PortraitSonyKathleen Battle: www.kathleenbattle.comNew York, NY – Sony Classical is pleased to announce Kathleen Battle: The Complete Sony Recordings, the reissue of nine of the legendary soprano's foremost achievements in the studio. Battle, w.... More »
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Metropolitan Opera is selling off the company jewels + MORE

Christie’s announcement: New York–Christie’s announces The Metropolitan Opera Guild Collection, a dedicated auction of rare musical manuscripts and memorabilia, to take place in New York on June 15, 2017, with two exquisite pieces of jewelry to be sold in the Magnificent Jewels auction on .... More »
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ArtsBeat: Classical Playlist: Danish String Quartet, Thomas Meglioranza, Gidon Kremer and More + MORE

Times critics share what they’ve been listening to lately.    .... More »
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The official classical chart + MORE

Week ending 9 August 2014 1 Piano Reflections Ji Liu (piano) Classic FM CFMD33 Buy from Amazon Download on iT.... More »
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Liederabend Special: Thomas Quasthoff + MORE

After pondering Lieder puns for far too long, Gentle Readers, I present to you the first post in a planned series exploring my library of art song discs, and the reasons they've made it into my modest collection. These reasons vary from careful selection, to discount-bin serendipity, to my inab.... More »

All the ladies are doing it

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All the ladies are doing itI rolled my eyes a little bit when James Levine was recently described in the Times as “somebody who may be the greatest opera conductor in history.” But after last night’s Così, the fourth performance in his triumphant return to the Met, I can at least understand the thinking behind it (though I still don’t agree)…

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La Quinta essentia

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La Quinta essentia Masses by Lassus, Palestrina & Ashewell: Huelgas Ensemble/Paul Van Nevel Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jan 18 2014 Rating: 4.0 starsFascinating contrasts in three different massesThis disc, a reissue of a Harmonia Mundi recording originally made in 2005, places three renaissance masses by rather different composers in close proximity…

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My eyes! My eyes! (Oedipe in Frankfurt)

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My eyes! My eyes! (Oedipe in Frankfurt)What’s a pessimistic old director to do when the opera he or she is directing has an ending that is just too damn redemptive? If you’re Hans Neuenfels and are dealing with George Enescu’s Oedipe, a production currently at the Oper Frankfurt, you chop off the optimistic last act. The result is a tight and well-paced tragedy, set to Enescu’s unique voice…

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Lyric Opera of Chicago Friday will stage the Midwest premiere of a recently rediscovered and highly-acclaimed Holocaust-themed “The Passenger” by Mieczyslaw Weinberg next season.

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Beware the bulls north of the borderIt’s not yet ten o’clock in the morning but already we’ve discussed Bach’s early development, the concentration of influential composers born around 1685 and somehow, and I’m really not sure how, we have shifted to the subject of whether the temperature controlled LSO truck is suitable for the transportation of bull semen or if it’s just not cold enough…

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Sir Andrzej Panufnik Centenary

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Sir Andrzej Panufnik CentenaryPanufnik stands beneath his beloved Chopin in Lazienki Park, Warsaw, during his final and triumphant return to Poland, 1990. Photo by Jem Panufnik2014 is the centenary of the birth of Sir Andrzey Panufnik (1914 – 1991), the Polish composer who lived through the Nazi occupation of Poland and the Warsaw Uprising, before making a dramatic escape to the West in 1954…

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Choreographer 'pulverises' opera

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DIDO & Aeneas, the Sydney Festival’s centrepiece event, is a self-regarding production that rides roughshod over Henry Purcell’s delicate opera.

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Jerusalem Quartet(Harmonia Mundi)Czech folk rhythms, national fervour, memories of youth and private anguish unite in the chamber intimacy of Smetana’s String Quartet No 1 “From My Life”. The composer was coming to terms with his deafness, and the high harmonics in the last movement are probably associated with his tinnitus…

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The girl who beat Trifonov

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Last night I had my first introduction (live) to the playing of Yulianna Avdeeva, winner of the 2010 Chopin Competition in Warsaw. She took first prize as Daniil Trifonov pulled in third (and second prize was shared between Wunder and Geniusas, two contestants with fine names in every sense). To say that the competition sent waves of controversy through the pianophile community at the time probably isn’t saying enough…

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Chicago and Houston to stage Holocaust opera scorned by most London criticsWhen David Pountney staged Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s The Passenger at English National Opera in September 2011, most of the London critics reached deep into their dictionaries of scorn.  Mine was one of few voices that argued for the importance of the work, not as a holocaust memento but as a masterwork of modern opera…

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Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2014-2015 season includes The Passenger, which will be performed from February 24 to March 15, 2015. The company will also present a new Ring production, directed by David Pountney, starting on October 1, 2016 and continuing in consecutive seasons, followed by three complete cycles in April 2020…

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Italian composer and musicologist Flavio Testi died in January 2014, aged ninety-one

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Manon; James MacMillan Viola Concerto – reviewRoyal Opera House; Royal Festival Hall, LondonA soft-shoe shuffle is the least of Manon’s worries. And a new viola concerto is a cause for celebrationOperatically speaking, Manon is the girl who walks on stage a schoolgirl virgin heading for a nunnery and, within minutes, has hooked a lover, tasted money and thrown away her chastity belt…

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