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October: sounds from another world + MORE

This is the Russian pianist Lev Oborin playing 'October - Autumn Song' from Tchaikovsky's The Seasons, filmed in 1971. It's mesmerisingly wonderful. Sounds - and images - from another world altogether...This remarkable piano cycle - still desperately underrated - was commissioned by the editor of a .... More »
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Victor Hely-Hutchinson: A Carol Symphony Part I + MORE

This is an updated and expanded article first published on MusicWeb International in 2008.Victor Hely-Hutchinson’s A Carol Symphony is one of six works I always listen to at Christmastide. The others include R.V.W.’s Hodie, Finzi’s In Terra Pax, J.S.B.’s Christmas Oratorio and Benjamin Britt.... More »
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The Week Ahead: A Young Star And a Master + MORE

This winter the dazzling young Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov has been almost in residence in New York..... More »
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‘We need music criticism more than ever nowadays’ + MORE

Ted Gioia complains that music critics have turned into lifestyle reporters: When I was a child, Gunther Schuller’s byline appeared in Saturday Review, and Leonard Bernstein hosted music specials on CBS. In my teens, I could read smart, musically astute critics in many magazines and newspapers. I.... 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 »

Hothouse flower

– parterre.com

Hothouse flowerTo some, Anne Schwanewilms will always be the soprano in the slinky black dress who replaced Deborah Voigt at Covent Garden a decade ago and confirmed the creeping influence of film and television values on the opera world.
Though she’s since secured a place as a leading interpreter of Richard Strauss’ operatic heroines, the German soprano’s forays into Wagner have been limited to a handful of Tannhäusers and Lohengrins…

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Southbank Centre: Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble Perform 16 July 2014 at Queen Elizabeth Hall, LondonSouthbank CentreJean-Philippe Rameau: Overture, Castor et PolluxJean-Philippe Rameau: Suite from Castor et PolluxErnest Bloch: Nigun (Improvisation) from Baal Shem SuiteJohannes Brahms: Selection from Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op.52a arr. HermannJenö Hubay: Csárda Scene No.4, Hejre Kati (Hey Katie!), Op…

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RPS Awards: That was the year that was…

– jessicamusic.blogspot.com

RPS Awards: That was the year that was...Jude Kelly & Gillian Moore of Southbank Centrephoto: Simon Jay Price…yes, 2013 was one of the best years for music in the UK – well, certainly in London – and last night the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards recognised some of its high points. Prizes went to the Southbank Centre for The Rest is Noise (right), and the London Philharmonic which devoted itself all year long to 20th-century music for that occasion; George Benjamin’s Written on Skin; the glorious Joyce DiDonato; and Daniel Barenboim for his phenomenal Ring Cycle at the Proms…

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Music Review: Florian Boesch Performs ‘Winterreise’ at Carnegie HallThe Austrian baritone Florian Boesch sang Schubert’s gloomy “Winterreise” on Friday at Carnegie Hall.

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Fun event toasts the composer with wit, wine and beer

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Ensemble. Carefully Mixed

– www.mvdaily.com

Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore in Rome, enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi

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Met Negotiations Progress As Anticipated

– www.adaptistration.com

Met Negotiations Progress As Anticipated

A move that might be best described as entirely expected, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra musicians unanimously authorized their negotiating committee to call a strike if negotiations fail to produce a new agreement after the current one expires on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
Interestingly enough, the 5/12/2014 edition of the New York Times reported that the “union representing the orchestra…vot[e]d to authorize a strike should negotiations with management fail…

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New Classical Tracks: Winter Journey

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Franz Schubert's song cycle about a winter journey through loss and depression has just been recorded by Jonas Kaufmann, who calls it a unique masterpiece. PLUS: This week you can enter for a chance to win a copy of Kaufmann's CD.

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Strauss Arabella Amsterdam

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Strauss Arabella Amsterdam“It took the Netherlands Opera to make a believer out of me that the concept indeed had something substantial to offer.” writes Jim Sohre of Strauss Arabella with the Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam. “In the title role, the radiant Jacquelyn Wagner’s flawless account announced to the world that she owns the part for the foreseeable future…

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Ravens & Radishes: new operatic song cycle premieres in Houston, TexasOn Sunday, April 27, the operatic song cycle Ravens & Radishes received its world premiere in Houston, TX. A collaboration of poetry by Divergence Vocal Theater’s artistic director and soprano Misha Penton, and Liminal Space co-artistic director, composer and guitarist George Heathco, the project was conceived after the two collaborated on a Divergence Vocal Theater production in 2011, and bloomed into a music video and EP release project…

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I have a handful of dream jobs, and this is one of them: having my own, modern-day Ludwig Otto Friedrich Wilhelm or Esterhazy princes or Queen Anne. Those were the patrons of Wagner, Haydn, and Handel, respectively.

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Sword swallower to perform act again on the opera stage two years after he almost died when he accidentally cut his throat open during his act

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Fascinating Portrait of Debussy in Words and Music

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Rêverie – The Lives and Loves of Claude Debussy: Lucy Parham (piano), Alex Jennings (narrator), Chipping Campden Music Festival, St James’ Church, Chipping Campden, 11.5.2014. (RJ) Debussy: Danse bohémienne; Arabesque No 1; La soirée dans Grenade; Pagodes; La fille aux cheveux de lin; Jardins sous la pluie; Des pas sur la neige; Reflets dans l’eau; […]

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