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Pollini - Schoenberg, Schumann, and Chopin, 2 March 2016 + MORE

Royal Festival HallSchoenberg – Six Little Piano Pieces, op.19Schumann – Allegro in B minor, op.8Schumann – Fantasie in C major, op.17Chopin – Barcarolle, op.60Chopin – Two Nocturnes, op.55Chopin – Polonaise-Fantaisie, op.61Chopin – Scherzo in C-sharp minor, op.39Maurizio Pollini (pian.... More »
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Duo performs Star Wars theme outside the home of John Williams + MORE

Last week, Michael Miller and Bryce Hayashi set up outside of the home of John Williams to perform a trumpet/flugelhorn arrangement of the iconic 'Star Wars' theme. And the composer himself came out to greet them..... More »
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John Malveaux: Singer Morris Robinson ignited Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at Hollywood Bowl + MORE

Conductor Juanjo Mena with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, bass-baritone Morris Robinson and the Los Angeles Master Chorale at the Hollywood Bowl. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Singer Morris Robinson ignited Beethoven's Ninth S.... More »
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John Malveaux: Soprano Laquita Mitchell will sing 'A Letter From Jesus,' composed by George Walker, at 150th Anniversary of 13th Amendment, Nov. 21, 2015, Wash. D.C. + MORE

George Walker (b. 1922) has a website at http://georgetwalker.com/and is featured at AfriClassical.comLaquita Mitchellwww.laquitamitchellsoprano.comJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Soprano Laquita Mitchell, best known for performances of Bess in Porgy & .... More »
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Video: music of the dawn chorus + MORE

Meet the pianist who performs Messiaen’s majestic ‘Catalogue d’Oiseaux’ outside with the birds.... More »

Vil Bastarda

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Maria Stuarda (Royal Opera House, Saturday 4 July 2014)
Maria Stuarda – Joyce DiDonato
Elisabetta I – Carmen Giannattasio
Giorgio Talbot – Matthew Rose
Guigliemo Cecil – Jeremy Carpenter
Roberto, Conte di Leicester – Ismael Jordi
Anna Kennedy – Kathleen Wilkinson
Executioner – Peter Dineen
Royal Opera House Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Directors – Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier
Set Designs – Christian Fenouillat
Costume Designs – Agostino Cavalca
Lighting Design – Christophe Forey
Bertrand de Billy (Conductor)
Hopefully this production will be best remembered for the quality of the singing and the interaction between the main protagonists rather than the – at times questionable – production…

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Legendary Mahler 5 released – Horenstein

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Legendary Mahler 5 released - HorensteinAt last, a remastered release of  the legendary Jascha Horenstein  Mahler Symphony no 5, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra recorded at the Edinburgh Festival in 1961. It’s available for digital download from Printine Classical, the specialist supplier. “And so it came to pass that on the night of 31st August, 1961, somebody, somewhere, was listening to the radio broadcast that evening, live from the annual Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, with tape reels loaded up, poised and ready to press record as the BBC announcer began his introduction to the evening’s main concert attraction: Jascha Horenstein would be conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony…

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31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Day 6, we listen to two versions of Brahms' German Requiem.

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Pinchgut gets back to basics

– www.theaustralian.com.au

IN our impatient, do-it-now times, Sydney’s Pinchgut Opera has demonstrated the virtue of a slow and steady approach.

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Met union rebuts ‘half-truths’

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Met union rebuts ‘half-truths’The Metropolitan Opera stage union has reacted angrily to a Wall Street Journal article about their pay and conditions:

 
 
From Today’s Wall Street Journal about the Metropolitan Opera:
Eric Gibson’s half-true “facts” exemplify the sort of Peter Gelb reasoning that will cause the Metropolitan Opera to lose its coming season (“A Modern Opera: Fat Unions May Kill the Fat Lady,” op-ed, June 28)…

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Julius Eastman Tidbit

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Julius Eastman TidbitI’m at Tanglewood on a fellowship this summer, so I’m afraid my blogging time is going to be rather limited for the next few weeks. In the meantime, I wanted to alert readers to an informative new article on the composer Julius Eastman by Mary Jane Leach, focusing on the Prelude to Joan d’Arc. I’ve been doing research on Eastman for a couple of years now, and I’ve written a chapter on his piece Stay On It that should be published sometime in near future…

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Music Review: New York Philharmonic’s Fourth of July CelebrationThe New York Philharmonic performed an Independence Day concert, including arrangements of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and Americana chestnuts like “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

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What Makes an Opera Singer?

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Last month Radio 4’s Today programme invited classical crossover singer Russell Watson to speak about singing in relation to the imminent World Cup. When Watson was introduced as an ‘opera singer’ it raised hackles. Many wrote in demanding that the BBC correct their ‘mistake’, offering their own definitions of what an opera singer is supposed to be…

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WATCH: Don Giovanni from Glyndebourne

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Watch: Mozart’s Don Giovanni live from Glyndebourne from 3pm

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The many lives of Maria Stuarda ROH

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The many lives of Maria Stuarda ROHDonizetti Maria Stuarda at the Royal Opera House, London tonight with Joyce DiDonato, perhaps the best singer in this role today. Review to follow. Alas, the anti-modern boors were out in force, enraged because it wasn’t historical fact. Don’t these people realize that Donizatti was Italian ? Or that the libretto he set was based on a translation of  Friedrich Schiller ? Or that Schiller, a German, was more interested in drama than fact, making up characters who didn’t exist ?  In any case, no-one really knows the truth…

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I can claim neither a stake nor a particular interest in the Royal Opera’s new staging of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda; I cannot stand Donizetti’s music, still less what seem to me his feeble attempts at musical drama. Nevertheless, the production and, more precisely, some reactions to it, seem to have caused a bit of a stir…

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River of Fundament; La finta giardiniera; In the Penal Colony  reviewColiseum, London; Glyndebourne, E. Sussex; Arts theatre, LondonEven as its funding was slashed, ENO was the place to be for Matthew Barney’s six-hour film-operaLast week English National Opera had its Arts Council England grant cut by 29%, or £5m per year. One reason given was that ENO, whose spirit of adventure is at once thrilling and at times, depending on taste or inclination, maddening, had "struggled to reach box-office targets"…

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Opera manager spent its funds ‘on tickets to Manchester United’Paul Leighton, 48, former finance manager of the Buxton Opera House in Derbyshire, has been jailed for two years. He was found guilty of stealing quarter of a million pounds to fund his personal pleasures, including a season ticket to Manchester United. Court report here.

 

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