Northwestern University music professor, composer Lee Hyla dead at 62 + MORE

 

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ECM has a lot to answer for + MORE

In the Telegraph Ivan Hewett nominates the collaboration between Tunisian oud virtuoso Dhafer Youssef and the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kristjan Jarvi as one of his five worst classical moments of 2014. I wasn't at the Barbican concert which Iven Hewett describes as a "toe-curling examp.... More »
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I due Foscari, West Edge Opera + MORE

West Edge Opera's Opera Medium Rare season has closed with Verdi's 1844 I due Foscari, which I saw last Sunday at Rossmoor in Walnut Creek.I had never heard a note of the work before, but a look at the Wikipedia synopsis suggests that there were few or no cuts. It's typical late-early Verdi, wi.... More »
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Rolling Out Updated Links On The Orchestra Financial Reports Page + MORE

One of Adaptistration’s most popular resources is the Orchestra Financial Reports page where you can find direct links to an orchestra’s IRS 990 filings at GuideStar.org. Recently GuideStar began rolling out a series of updates to how their database works and the frontend user expe.... More »
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Bach: Actus Tragicus – Cantatas BMV 106, 150, 131, 12 CD review – winning purity + MORE

Vox Luminis/Meunier(Alpha Classics)The Belgian group Vox Luminis pares everything down to the smallest forces. For these early cantatas, eight singers and nine instrumentalists are the maximum used. Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, or Actus Tragicus, is taken at a slow speed, convincing on repea.... More »
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The NSO goes to Britain + MORE

Composer-conductor James MacMillan leads his own work, Elgar and a bracing Vaughan Williams..... More »

Francesconi Quartett Linbury Royal Opera House

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Francesconi Quartett  Linbury Royal Opera HouseLuca Francesconi’s Quartett has at last made it to Britain. Francesconi is hardly obscure. His music has long been championed by Irvine Arditti and the Arditti Quartet , and is regularly heard in European new music circles. There’s even a Francesconi premiere at this year’s BBC Proms (apparently cancelled some weeks ago, see below)…

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Ensemble. Light of Hope

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Palermo’s mixed reception to an innovative ‘Norma’, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

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CBSO on Top Form in Strauss’ Symphonia Domestica

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Beethoven, Richard Strauss: Paul Lewis (piano), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchrestra / Andris Nelsons (conductor), Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 19.6.2014 (RD) Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat, op. 73 Strauss: Symphonia domestica, op. 53 Strauss was a domestic animal. You only have to look at the photographs of him, his wife Pauline (a superb […]

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Our celebrity round-up includes Klinghoffer controversy and speculation over George Clooney’s fiancee

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Luca Francesconi: Quartett, Royal Opera, 18 June 2014Images: ROH/Stephen CummiskeyLinbury Studio TheatreMarquise de Mertueil – Kirstin ChávezVicomte de Valmont – Leigh MelroseSoutra Gilmour (designs)Ravi Deepres (film)Bruno Poet (lighting)Serge Le Mouton (computer music design)Julien Aléonard (recording, editing, mixing of choir and orchestra at La Scala)Sound IntermediaLondon SinfoniettaAndrew Gourlay (conductor)Luca Francesconi has been commissioned to write a new opera for Covent Garden, due for performance, alongside three others, in 2020: a development which marks a long-overdue departure from the parochial practice of only or mostly commissioning British composers…

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Lee Hyla — a Northwestern University professor and contemporary music compose who composed for artists including the Kronos Quartet, Midori and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra — has died in Chicago at age 62.

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Soprano blames husband for anti-gay post

– www.theaustralian.com.au

OPERA Australia is under pressure to sack Georgian soprano Tamar Iveri from its production of Otello over a homophobic Facebook post.

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U.S. scientist ejected after trying to crowd surf at Handel’s 'Messiah'A leading American scientist was thrown out of a classical musical concert after he attempted to crowd-surf. Taking the artistic director’s instruction to the crowd to “clap and whoop” a little too far during a performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” Dr.

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Bryn Terfel’s next role: it’s a fiddle…

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Bryn Terfel’s next role: it’s a fiddle…He’s singing Tevye at Grange Park Opera next summer. Believe that?

Tevye.
 

Terfel.
 

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Purcell – Ten Sonatas in Four Parts

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Purcell - Ten Sonatas in Four Parts Purcell Ten Sonatas in Four Parts: The Kings Consort: Vivat Reviewed by Robert Hugillon June 14 2014 Star rating: 4.0Finely involving performances of Purcell’s posthumously printed sonatasThis new disc from The King’s Consort on their Vivat label, presents Henry Purcell’s Ten Sonatas in Four Parts, the set which includes the Golden Sonata, played by Cecilia Bernardini and Huw Daniel (violins), Susanne Heinrich (bass viol), Lynda Sayce (theorbo) and Robert King (chamber organ and harpsichord)…

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Editorial: The MET, The Death of Klinghoffer & Why Wagnerians Should Be Very AfraidThe Death of Klinghoffer: ENO 2012″My opera accords great dignity to the memory of Leon and Marilyn Klinghoffer, and it roundly condemns his brutal murder. “It acknowledges the dreams and the grievances of not only the Israeli but also the Palestinian people, and in no form condones or promotes violence, terrorism or anti-Semitism…

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At the Maltings

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The pictures above and below were taken from the same spot at 7:45 yesterday evening  – quick shots outside the Maltings before a wonderful concert by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Adès.  This was just the kind of programme that defines the Aldeburgh Festival, and it was gratifying to see the full house cheering loudly and at length after an exhilarating evening…

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Going Gold at the Royal Northern

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Going Gold at the Royal NorthernI can think of few greater privileges in the musical world than having the chance to listen to the crème-de-la-crème of a college’s talented youngsters perform all day. Last weekend I was lucky enough to be on the panel for the Royal Northern College of Music’s Gold Medal Competition, together with the college’s principal Linda Merrick, its artistic director Michelle Castelletti, composer Robert Saxton and general manager of the BBC Philharmonic Simon Webb…

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