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Kerll, Fux: Requiems CD review – Vox Luminis excel in Viennese double bill + MORE

Vox Luminis/Meunier (Ricercar)The excellent vocal ensemble Vox Luminis goes from strength to strength with its deftly inflected, pure, rather un-English singing. This pair of requiems lies distantly behind Mozart’s unfinished classic, since both composers held posts at St Stephen’s, Vienna. Joha.... More »
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The Australian Ballet’s Swan Lake Revisits a Familiar Royal Love Triangle + MORE

Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake: Dancers of Australian Ballet, English National Opera Orchestra / Nicolette Fraillon (conductor), London Coliseum, London, 14.7.2016. (JPr) Production: Choreography: Graeme Murphy Concept: Graeme Murphy, Janet Vernon & Kristian Fredrikson Creative Associate: Janet Vernon .... More »
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Briefly Noted: Orff's 'Gisei' Lives Again + MORE

C. Orff, Gisei — das Opfer, R. McKinny, U. Helzel, Berlin Deutsche Oper, J. Lacombe (released on February 12, 2016) cpo 777819-2 | 60'26" The precocious Carl Orff completed an opera in 1913, when he was only 18 years old, but he never allowed it to be performed. This was long before the compo.... More »
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Berliner Philharmoniker/Rattler: Bruckner, Holt + MORE

Holt, SurcosBruckner, Symphony No. 8 in C minorPhilharmonie, 5 May 2017Simon Rattle has often opted to preface his performances of the great edifices of the Austro-German symphonic repertoire with much shorter works. I remember him bringing the Berlin Philharmonic to London’s Royal Festival Hall s.... More »
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Ensemble. Sacred and Profane + MORE

Symphonies, cantatas and concertos by J S Bach, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi.... More »

No tittering at Anna Nicole

– jessicamusic.blogspot.com

No tittering at Anna NicoleWent to Anna Nicole last night at the Royal Opera House, and took with me an American friend who was seeing it for the first time. She thought Richard Thomas’s libretto was brilliant, which it is, and she laughed at the jokes, of which there are many.At the start of the interval, the besuited guy in front of us turned round and told her to stop laughing…

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Dusapin: Morning in Long Island; Reverso; Uncut CD review  strong but patchyOP de Radio France/Chung(Deutsche Grammophon)Reverso and Uncut are the final two works in a seven-part cycle of Solos for Orchestra that Pascal Dusapin assembled piecemeal between 1992 and 2009. There are musical connections between all the pieces, as well as an overarching shape to the sequence the whole of it appeared on a Naive disc four years ago…

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Watch the Semi-Finals live!

– briandickie.typepad.com

There has been live streaming of the competition this week.  Today we have the semi-finals – this morning from 10:00 European time until 2:00 pm, and this evening from 7:30 to 10:30.  This evening is with orchestra, giving you the opportunity to hear CPE Bach's splendid D minor concerto no less than five times, and a rare chance to hear a beautiful concerto by François Devienne, his seventh…

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Regional Spotlight: Kremerata Baltica

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Today's Regional Spotlight is a performance from this past February's Schubert Club International Artist Series. Kremerata Baltica performs at the top of its game.

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Hello, Mini!

– parterre.com

Hello, Mini!Born on this day in 1949 Twiggy.

Born on this day in 1904 composer Lyubomir Pipkov

Born on this day in 1912 conductor Kurt Sanderling

Born on this day in 1918 (some sources say 1915) mezzo-soprano Blanche Thebom

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A Day at the Operas

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We go backstage at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, as singers, musicians, wig makers, scenic artists and others race to be ready for the big season opening on Sept. 22.

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What we should do

– www.artsjournal.com/sandow

What we should do
Here’s something I feel passionate about. When I think about the future of classical music — about how it can, should, and will be restored to the place of honor it used to have in our culture — there’s only one measure of success that, in the end, seems to matter.
And that’s full houses. If big and small orchestras, opera companies of all sizes, chamber music groups, soloists, early music groups, choruses, everyone who performs classical music were overrun with people buying tickets, and if these people were a new, younger audience…well, then we’d know that classical music was back…

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Ravi Shankar's embryonic opera is surprise successOur tradition teaches us that sound is God- Nada Brahma. That is, musical sound and the musical experience are steps to the realisation of the self. We view music as a kind of spiritual discipline that raises one’s inner being to divine peacefulness and bliss.An auspicious coincidence meant that after writing about the teaching of Nada Brahma a few days ago, I heard Ravi Shankar speaking the words above yesterday evening in an archive film…

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The Met Prepares for Opening NightJust under a month after the Metropolitan Opera agreed to major cuts, the opera house is swarming with workers busily getting ready for the season’s opening night.

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Holst in Oxford

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Holst in OxfordGustav HolstGustav Holst was fascinated by Indian literature and philosophy and taught himself Sanskrit so that he could improve the English translations which he used for his works based on Indian literature. He wrote four sets of Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda as well as an opera, Savitri based on a story from the Mahabharata…

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VIDEO: Britain's Got Talent star Lucy Kay sings Nessum Dorma just for usSoprano Lucy Kay releases her debut album at the end of this month and performs her signature aria exclusively for Express.co.uk

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More Metropolitan Opera Cast Changes

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A busy week of withdrawals and changes in Lincoln Center! My commentary is in [square brackets].James Morris and Michael Volle will share the role of Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, replacing Johan Reuter, who has decided not to add the role to his repertory. Morris will sing the role on December 2, 6, 17, 20, and 23, and Volle will sing it on December 9 and 13 (matinee)…

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Classical Concerto Finals, Night 2: More Mozart and New CadenzasBy Laurie Niles: The all-Mozart Classical Finals continued Thursday night in the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis at the Christel DeHann Fine Arts Center, and it did bring to light a few new cadenzas, at least for me.

Thursday night featured three finalists: Ji Young Lim, Yoo Jin Jang and Dami Kim, all of South Korea, in concert with the conductorless East Coast Chamber Orchestra…

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