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An Inexhaustible Source of Superb Quartets   + MORE

 Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Brahms: Dover Quartet, Roberto Diaz (viola), Benjamin Franklin Hall, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, 9.12.2014 (BJ) Beethoven: String Quartet in A major, Op. 18 No. 5 Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 7 Brahms: String Quintet in G major, Op. 111 The Philad.... More »

Germany trebles grants to two festivals + MORE

The federal government has upped its support for the Handel Festival at Halle from 50,000 Euros to 150,000. A festival at Gottingen receives the same boost. Small beer, but a significant signs of central approval. .... More »

Composers and their cats (1) + MORE

Harsh critics have complained of recent waves of dark, gloomy and contemplative stories in Slipped Disc. We respond with a series of pure trivia. Young Shostakovich with Lady Catbeth of Mtsensk.   Many years later….   .... More »

Music with Minnesotans: Dan Wascoe + MORE

Retired Star Tribune columnist Dan Wascoe is also a pianist and composer. He a man full of surprises. He shares his story and playlist on today's Music with Minnesotans..... More »

Review: The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Does Star Trek + MORE

By Daniel Tan: This post can also be read here along with other posts on travel, reviews and classical music. Concert details: Plenery Hall, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre; Sunday February 1st 2pm I love soundtracks. I love Star Trek. So naturally, when I found out that the Melbourne S.... More »
The Irish-born opera composer talks about scores, apps and boxing

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In the Wake of Cancellations, Replacements Carry the Day

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Aspen Music Festival (10): American Brass Quintet, American String Quartet, Anton Nel (piano), Aspen Philharmonic, Augustin Hadelich (violin), Hannu Lintu (conductor), Soloists from Aspen Opera Theater Center. Benedict Music Tent, Harris Concert Hall, Aspen, Colorado. 28-30.7.2014 (HS) American Brass Quintet, 28 July Eric Reed, French horn Kevin Cobb, trumpet Louis Hanzlik, trumpet Michael Powell, trombone […]

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Merola’s Don Giovanni

– operatattler.typepad.com

  * Notes * Merola Opera Program’s latest production of Don Giovanni (pictured left, photograph by Kristen Loken) opened with the first of two performances on Thursday night. Director James Darrah’s production goes against the text and the drama, with most of the action taking place in an artist’s studio, designed by Emily MacDonald and Cameron Mock…

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Tons of people have devoted their whole life to new music, but few people have done so to the same extent as composer/trombonist Jim Staley, who for more than a quarter of a century devoted his home to it as well. But 35 years on, Roulette has moved boroughs and has gone from being new music in someone’s home to a home for new music.

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Gann Sings at Glimmerglass

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

A week from tomorrow, August 9 at 10 AM, I’ll be delivering a lecture on American opera at the Glimmerglass Festival. It’s a favorite subject of mine, and one I rarely get to talk or write much about. Other professors than myself teach copiously about opera at Bard, and one dream course I’ve never ventured […]

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Strauss Choir and Elgar Symphony Petrenko Prom 19

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Strauss Choir and Elgar Symphony Petrenko Prom 19A Strauss choral work and an Elgar symphony – Vassily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra shook things up with devastating impact at Prom 19.  Strauss’s Festival Prelude was written for a grand occasion – the opening of a new concert hall in Vienna in 1913. It’s a massive, no-holds-barred piece glorying in drama and excess, ideal for grand surroundings like the Royal Albert Hall  Strauss packs intense power concentrated in a relatively short piece…

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Meet The Cast Of The Met Opera's Labor Drama

– minnesota.publicradio.org

There's a complicated drama playing out offstage at New York's Metropolitan Opera. At its most basic, it's the story of management and labor unions fighting over a supposedly dwindling pot of money. The deadline to solve the squabble before a lockout, midnight Thursday, was met with little resolution but a 72-hour extension…

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Widow and children go to war over composer’s fortune

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Widow and children go to war over composer’s fortuneThe $22 million estate of Richard Adler, composer of The Pyjama Game and other Broadway hits, has become a battleground between the great man’s son and grandchildren and his ‘high-living’ fifth wife.
Counsel for the kids says the wife, Susan Ivory, 70, went on a spending spree in the years before Adler’s death in 2012, aged 90…

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The English National Opera will keep taking risks despite a funding cut, according to incoming music director Mark Wigglesworth

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First Extended Talks at Met End Without a Labor DealSingers and musicians held a rally on Friday morning, as other Metropolitan Opera workers rehearsed and union leaders prepared for federal mediation.

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O is for Open

– renewablemusic.blogspot.com

In the 1960s, perhaps a bit earlier, a lively conversation started about “opening up” musical form, or even more directly, about a formal genre marked by such an opening, an “open form.” This might mean that the composer opens up the continuity of a work to the non-obvious sequences, or that additional choices are given to the performer with regard to the same, or perhaps listeners might engage the form of the work in ways other than the simply chronological…

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Music for a Sun King

– www.overgrownpath.com

Music for a Sun KingNo agenda here other than to share my enthusiasm for a recent purchase. ‘M. A. Charpentier at the Chapelle Royale de Versailles’ is the new 2 CD + DVD set from Jordi Savall, Montserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Le Concert des Nations, and it couples the composer’s Canticum ad Beatam Virginem Mariam with his Missa Assumpta est Maria and two instrumental works for viols…

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Opera Review: Santa Fe Opera Stages ‘Carmen’Set in Mexico around 1960, Stephen Lawless’s production of Bizet’s “Carmen” is cinematic in its presentation by the Santa Fe Opera.

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