New year, New York, new opera + MORE Jan 2nd

 

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Richly imaginative - Mascagni's Iris opens Opera Holland Park's 21st season + MORE

 Anne Sophie Duprels as Iris and Noah Stewart as Osaka in Iris at Opera Holland Park 2016. Photo Robert Workman Mascagni Iris; Anne Sophie Duprels, Noah Stewart, Mihkail Svetlov, James Cleverton, dir: Olivia Fuchs, cond: Stuart Stratford; Reviewed by Robert Hugill on June 7 2016 Star rati.... More »
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New York Times Critics Respond to Glyndebourne ‘Fat’ Reviews + MORE

Anthony Tommasini, the chief classical music critic of The New York Times, and Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, a classical music critic for The Times, respond to the attention the opera singer Tara Erraught has gotten for her size, not her voice..... More »
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Daily Download: Richard Wagner - Siegfried: Forest Murmurs + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Richard Wagner - Siegfried: Forest Murmurs, performed by Seattle Symphony Orchestra..... More »
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The Cadaqués Orchestra’s Rossini Makes a Very Positive Impression + MORE

Rossini: La Morte di Didone & Stabat Mater: Cadaqués Orchestra, Orfeón Donostiarra, Alberto Zedda (conductor), Kursaal Auditorium, San Sebastian, 25.8.2015 (JMI) Rossini: La Morte di Didone & Stabat Mater Soloists: María José Moreno, Marianna Pizzolato, Celso Albelo and Fernando Lator.... More »
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Mescaline, therapy and the Berlin wall: towards new opera with Rough for Opera + MORE

What is an opera, and exactly how much narrative should the piece have? These were questions that cropped up during Second Movement's Rough for Opera at the Cockpit Theatre on 7 March 2017. The fifteenth edition of the scratch night for new opera, presented in association with Tete a Tete, gave us w.... More »
A performance from this past August at the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, Minn., is like a warm summer wind — a welcome respite from this cold January day.

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Matsuev/Mariinsky O/Gergiev(Mariinsky)In both these concertos it is hard not to enjoy Denis Matsuev’s playing and that of the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, if only for the sheer enthusiasm and larger-than-life presence. Even in the highly wrought passages in the massive Second Concerto, which he plays in Tchaikovsky’s own revision, Matsuev copes with the fistfuls of notes with real relish, while there’s refinement, too, in the slow movement: with its violin and cello solos, it effectively becomes a triple concerto at times…

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¡Figaro! Morningside's Mozartean morality play

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¡Figaro! Morningside's Mozartean morality playSusanna and Figaro discuss the futurePhoto (c) Karen Almond/Morningside Opera Morningside Opera is currently performing a run of ¡Figaro! (90210), an opera consisting of a rearrangement of Mozart's Nozze score to a libretto by Vid Guerrerio based on Da Ponte's. Guerrerio's vision for the updated plot results in substantial cuts, an addition (fleshing out Cherubino and Barbarina's relationship) and some reordering…

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Carmen, Royal Opera

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Carmen, Royal OperaThis article first appeared at auditionoracle.com We want to set our sights high on your behalf at Audition Oracle and decided to begin 2014 right at the top. Last night we visited the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to see Carmen. It turned out to be a complete experience of the wonder and absurdity of opera, with all sorts of things happening we can all relate to…

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A selected guide to performances of classical music in New York.    

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No prizes if you guessed conducting, but the first violins suffer more than most too.
That's according to a new study which examined the stress reactions in conductor and musicians of the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna.
Blood samples taken after a performance showed that the first violinists and the conductor had higher stress indicator levels than all the other musicians put together…

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New year, New York, new opera

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New year, New York, new operaSilvester fireworks in MainzI have an operatically eventful January ahead of me here in Germany: Enescu in Frankfurt, Verdi in München, hopefully a Wozzeck double-bill in Darmstadt, and if I can manage it, Elektra in Dresden. I am, believe it or not, planning to get some work done as well. But while all this excitement is keeping me busy over here, my beloved New York will also be having a very exciting month of opera…

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Ensemble. Perfect Settings

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New Year in Italy, by Giuseppe Pennisi

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Playlist.

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Michael Pisaro – Unter Eichen – Barry Chabala (Roeba)
Matt Davis, Phil Durrant, Mark Wastell – untitled (Confront Recordings)
Anne Guthrie & Barry Chabala – Preston Hollow (Roeba)
The Sealed Knot Live at Café Oto (Confront Recordings)
Anne Guthrie – Perhaps a Favorable Organic Moment (Copy for Your Records)
Rapoon – Vernal Crossing Revisited (Zoharum)
Steve Roach – Spiral Meditations (Timeroom Editions > Bandcamp)
Michael Pisaro – Mind Is Moving 1 (Edition Wandelweiser)
Éliane Radigue – Naldjorlak I II III – Carol Robinson, Bruno Martinez & Charles Curtis (Shiiin)
Michael Pisaro – Transparent City (Volumes 1 and 2) (Edition Wandelweiser)
Isis – Celestial (Escape Artist/Hydra Head)
Olivia Block – Karren (Sedimental)
Giuseppe Verdi – Otello – Elisabeth Rethberg, Giovanni Martinelli, Lawrence Tibbett, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus/Ettore Panizza (Naxos Historical)
Mathew Rosenblum – Sharpshooter; Möbius Loop (quartet version); Double Concerto; Möbius Loop (quartet and orchestra version) – Kenneth Coon, Lisa Pegher, Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, Boston Modern Orchestra Project/Gil Rose (BMOP/Sound)
Oh, Yoko – I Love You… (Normal Cookie > Bandcamp)
Stefan Thut – drei, 1-21 – Johnny Chang, Sam Sfirri, Jürg Frey (Edition Wandelweiser)
Peter Streiff – Vokal/Instrumental – Anne Schmid, Katharina Suske, Elisabeth Grimm, Klavierduo Kordzaia-Blum and others (Edition Wandelweiser)
Christian Wolff – 11 Microexercises – Beat Keller, Reza Khota (Edition Wandelweiser)
Craig Shepard – On Foot – Antoine Beuger, Katie Porter, Christian Wolff, Jürg Frey, Tobias Liebezeit, Marcus Kaiser (Edition Wandelweiser)
King Crimson – The Road to Red: Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston, TX, June 8, 1973 (DGM)
Anne Guthrie – standing, sitting (Engraved Glass)
Bruno Duplant – one hour north (Engraved Glass)
Salman Bakht – Twentysecond, Swift (Bandcamp)
Phil Durrant/Thomas Lehn/Radu Malfatti – dach (Erstwhile)
Radu Malfatti/Klaus Filip – imaoto (Erstwhile)
Radu Malfatti/Keith Rowe – Φ (Erstwhile)
King Crimson – Stadthalle, Offenbach, Germany, June 7, 2000 (DGMLive)
Steve Moore – Pangaea Ultima (Spectrum Spools > Bandcamp preview)
Santiago Astaburuaga – Pieza de Escucha I – Cristián Alvear Montecino, Edén Carrasco (Bandcamp)
Kate Soper – Voices from the Killing Jar – Wet Ink Ensemble (Carrier)

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Rutland Boughton - centenary of the Glastonbury festivals2014 is the centenary of the founding of the original festival at Glastonbury by the composer Rutland Boughton. At his Glastonbury festivals Boughton had mounted over 350 staged works; 100 chamber concerts, a number of exhibitions and series of lectures and recitals. The Rutland Boughton Music Trust plans to celebrate this…

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Best Recordings of 2013 (#10)

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Time for a review of classical CDs that were outstanding in 2013. My lists for the previous years: 2012, 2011, (2011 – “Almost”), 2010, (2010 – “Almost”), 2009, (2009 – “Almost”), 2008, (2008 – "Almost") 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004.
# 10 – New Release
Vagn Holmboe, Concertos, Dima Slobodeniouk (conductor), Erik Heide (violin), Lars Anders Tomter (viola), Norköpping Symphony Orchestra, Dacapo 6220599

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Erik Satie’s Hackney house

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Erik Satie's notorious Vexations has inspired the design of a new house to be built in Stoke Newington. The composer suggested the work's few lines should be repeated 840 times, turning each rare performance into a full day marathon. This generated the plan for a sculptural, unresolved spiral form…

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Imani Winds: 'The Rite of Spring' single released to acclaim and  on 'iTunes Best of 2013 list'! Happy Holidays! Wishing you all the happiness this season can bring, and a new year filled with inspiration and love! HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2013: “The Rite of Spring” single released to acclaim and  on iTunes Best of 2013 list! Wayne Shorter’s 80th birthday concert with Herbie Hancock & Friends at the Hollywood Bowl, celebrating the CD featuring Imani Winds, Without A Net Successful fourth season of Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival with world-class guest artists and students Imani Winds named Artistic Advisors for Chamber Music at the The Hartt School Featured artist in Radio France Montpellier Festival, La Folle Journee Festival, Wigmore Hall and successful France/Belgium/Sweden tours Wonderful summer of collaborations with BodyVox, Bard Music Festival, AngelFire, Chamber Music Northwest

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