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Four Parsifal Places + MORE

Parsifal Place, Albuquerque NM. Parsifal Place, Las Vegas NV. Parsifal Place, Apex NC. The corner of Parsifal Place and Lohengrin Place, Bronx NY. Previously: A Walking Tour of Wagner's New York..... More »
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Dvorak's The Jacobin in Buxton + MORE

Nicholas Lester & Anne Sophie Duprels Dvorak The Jacobin; Northern Chamber Orchestra, Conductor Stephen Barlow, Director Stephen Unwin; Buxton Festival at Buxton Opera House Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jul 18 2014 Star rating: 4.5Sparkling revival of Dvorak's village opera, reset in the Fasci.... More »
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New Classical Tracks: Bela Fleck's Juno Concerto + MORE

This week on New Classical Tracks, Bela Fleck reflects on his second banjo concerto, which he named for his son, Juno. Fleck recorded the work with the Colorado Symphony, led by conductor Jose Luis Gomez. Hear more about the new recording and enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD..... 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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How to train your dragoon + MORE

Forty-five years after Herbert von Karajan founded Osterfestspiele Salzburg in 1967 as an opportunity for his Berliner Philharmoniker to act as a pit band, the orchestra and its latest maestro, Simon Rattle, decamped for Baden-Baden. Rattle’s farewell production in March 2012 was Carmen starring M.... More »

OA dominates Helpmann nominations

– www.theaustralian.com.au

OPERA Australia is in the race for 26 awards, mostly thanks to two big-budget and very different shows.

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Buxton Festival TOMORROW

– jessicamusic.blogspot.com

Viv and I are giving the first performance of our new coffee-concert version of the ALICIA’S GIFT show at the Buxton Festival, Pavilion Arts Centre, tomorrow at 12 noon. The story is set in Buxton, so effectively we are taking it him! Do join us if you’re in the area! Repertoire includes Chopin, Debussy, Granados, Ravel and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, which is Viv’s party piece and quite an experience in his wonderful hands…

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Nightmare at Santa Fe as two opera stars pull out

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Nightmare at Santa Fe as two opera stars pull outThe tenor Warren Mok has withdrawn from the US premiere of Huang Ruo’s opera Dr. Sun Yat-sen, citing other commitments. The show is due to open in a fortnight.
The soprano Laura Tatulescu has dropped out of Don Pasquale ‘due to severe allergies’.
To lose one star is a misfortune. To lose two…
 

 
 
 
 
More here.

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Happy Birthday, Harrison Birtwistle !

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Happy Birthday, Harrison Birtwistle !HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY! Today is Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s 80th birthday – many happy returns and many more good years ahead! May he thrive like Elliott Carter, always finding new challenges. Birtwistle is Britain’s greatest living composer – no-one else comes near, by leagues.  Tonight, BBC Radio 3 is broadcasting Gawain, Birtwistle’s breakthrough opera…

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New Glyndebourne Traviata

– briandickie.typepad.com

Glyndebourne dress rehearsals are always fun occasions.  They are a chance to catch up with friends and colleagues spanning the generations, a time for memories – and there are so many.  And yesterday was a perfect Glyndebourne evening, with the garden looking spectacular, and the restaurant in top form as well!
Verdi has been a thread in the history of Glyndebourne since before WW2 – Macbeth conducted by Fritz Busch and directed by Carl Ebert, designed by Caspar Neher in 1938 was an early success…

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Opera Atelier in international demandWith tours to Versailles, Salzburg and La Scala, and San Francisco to come, opera company’s dance card is increasingly full.

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Northern Twilight

– lietofinelondon.wordpress.com

Review – Götterdämmerung (Leeds Town Hall, Saturday 12 July 2014)
First Norn – Fiona Kimm
Second Norn – Heather Shipp
Third Norn – Lee Bisset
Brünnhilde – Alwyn Mellor
Siegfried – Mati Turi
Hagen – Mats Almgren
Gunter – Eric Greene
Gutrune – Orla Boylan
Waltraute – Susan Bickley
Alberich – Jo Pohlheim
Woglinde – Katherine Broderick
Wellgunde – Madeline Shaw
Flosshilde – Sarah Castle
Vocal Consultants – Dame Anne Evans & Sir John Tomlinson
Chorus of Opera North
Orchestra of Opera North
Concert Staging & Design Concept – Peter Mumford
Lighting & Projection Designer – Peter Mumford
Richard Farnes (Conductor)
The success of Opera North’s Ring cycle cannot be overestimated either in terms of ambition and vision but also – ultimately – artistic standards…

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Symphonic Milestone

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

Today is not only the 197th birthday of Henry David Thoreau, but the milestone 60th birthday of the composer (and my good friend) Robert Carl. His Fourth Symphony is on my web site if you’d like to celebrate. (Be warned, the beginning is very soft.)

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On the Air This Week

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Highlights from July 15 to 22 Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Imogen Cooper plays Schubert, from a Chopin Society recital. Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Mozart and Rachmaninoff. Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: From the Mailbag. Sunday, noon: From the…

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Red Note Ensemble review  the music ripped through the air like a rocketSt Andrew’s, LondonThis special group of musicians displayed finesse as they forged an exhilarating path through John Adams’s Shaker LoopsI hadn’t come across Scotland’s contemporary music group, the Red Note Ensemble, before hearing them in an excellent concert at last year’s Huddersfield festival. Their latest appearance, with a conservative but interestingly chosen programme performed as part of the City of London festival, confirms that they are a very special group of musicians indeed…

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On TV soon: Addicts in the symphony orchestra

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

On TV soon: Addicts in the symphony orchestraChannel 4 has made a voyeuristic documentary. Press release below.

 
 
The highly respectable world of classical musicians is rarely linked to addictive behaviour. In this uplifting one-off documentary, the composer and musician James McConnel examines music’s extraordinary transformative power, as he unites ten classical musicians whose lives have all been blighted by addiction, in an orchestra for a spectacular one-off performance with the London Symphony Orchestra…

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Prodigy became a formidable maestro

– www.theaustralian.com.au

OBITUARY: Lorin Maazel. Conductor. Born Paris, March 6, 1930. Died Virginia, July 13, aged 84.

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First to sort out a possible confusion: there are more than one fiddle players with the name Midori. Midori Goto is a renowned Japanese-American violinist who has many CDs exploring a wide range of repertoire. Midori Seiler has released albums of music by Beethoven, Haydn and Vivaldi. And then there is Midori Komachi…

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