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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 »
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Concert Sampler, Oct. 22 to 28: Purity Ring kicks it off + MORE

Also Leon Bridges, Hinds, Israel Nash, Garbage, the Rucksack Willies and Bach Collegium Japan.... More »
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Ask Alice + MORE

Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh gives Bromley Symphony Orchestra's Mahler/Schumann concert a plug.... More »
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How few records can a Met star sell? + MORE

The weekly list of US classical sales becomes ever more depressing. Only Bocelli reached 1,000 CD and download sales on Nielsen Soundscan last week; the next best record failed to sell 400. But the most shocking stat is that a new DG release by Piotr Beczala, the Polish tenor who has been wowing Met.... More »
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Smyth: Early, Late, and Best + MORE

I’ve found what I think is the best available music by Ethel Smyth: this recording of her Serenade in D (1890) and Double Concerto for Violin and Horn (1927). (Pardon the generic suffragette image on the CD cover, kind of a cheap shot.) Curiously, the Serenade marked her debut in the London mu.... More »
Isobel Baillie (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano)(Heritage)Never Sing Louder than Lovely was the apt title of the memoirs of the much-loved soprano Isobel Baillie (1895-1983). This new compilation demonstrates perfectly that special quality of her voice: a pearly, clarion tone with a shining vibrato that did not preclude real focus…

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Final chapter

– parterre.com

Final chapterRichard Strauss’ Elektra has always been something of a touchstone opera for this reviewer.  It was one of the first operas I attended at the Met (Birgit Nilsson’s return in 1980—I still have her “Orest!” ringing somewhere in my brain).  It was the first full opera recording I ever bought (Nilsson, Solti) on cassettes that I still have in my collection…

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Stravinsky Rachmaninov Rattle Berlin Phil Prom

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Stravinsky Rachmaninov Rattle Berlin Phil PromSurprisingly symphonic – Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird (L’oiseau d’or) with Simon Rattle conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker. BBC Prom 64. What a pleasure it was to hear this familiar music played with such elegance and grace! Although The Firebird was written too be danced to, this performance was a reminder that it is also very fine pure music…

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Summer in the Co-opera forest: Cunning little vixenZoe Perman Baldwin, Kathleen Cronie and Robyn Allegra PartonIn April Planet Hugill helped spread the word about the Co-opera Company’s development programme which aims bring together experienced professionals and young singers just starting out in their careers, providing a kind of apprenticeship. The culmination of the summer course is a full opera – this year a delightful production of ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’ by Leoš Janáček (1854-1928) at the John McIntosh Theatre directed by Natascha Metherell…

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San Francisco Opera opened its 92nd season with a new production of ‘Norma,’ the bel canto masterpiece by Bellini. In the starring role of Norma, the Druid high priestess, soprano Sondra Radvanovsky often dazzled but fell short at key moments in the opening performance at War Memorial Opera House. The most consistently marvelous singing came from mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, as Adalgisa, the young priestess, making her company debut…

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Berkeley Symphony’s 2014-15 season opens in a month, and as usual they have a fine balance of old, new, and commissions, with soloists including Jennifer Koh and Sasha Cooke. Here’s the orchestral season:Zellerbach Hall Concert SeriesSeason Opener: Program IThursday, October 2, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.Tickets: $15 to $74Performers Joana Carneiro, conductor Jennifer Koh, violinProgram Oscar Bettison: Sea Shaped (World Premiere Commission) Sibelius: Violin Concerto Elgar: Enigma VariationsProgram IIThursday, January 15, 2015 at 8:00 p…

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I’ve said for a long time that we need to know second-string composers to understand the context in which the first-string composers worked. The New Esterhazy String Quartet, which I wrote about a couple of months ago, offers a fascinating opportunity to hear such a composer, with an upcoming program that will include a quartet by Ignaz Pleyel, who was a composer as well as a renowned piano maker…

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They were, of course, applauded on to the platform – all of them – and when at the close Simon Rattle turned to us and said “I think you know this already but there is no audience in the world like this one” the tacet response was surely implicit that there is no orchestra in the world quite like the Berlin Philharmonic…

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Jeff Alexander: They showed me the road to Chicago

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Jeff Alexander: They showed me the road to ChicagoFascinating interview with the new Chicago Symphony prez by Andrew Patner in which Jeff lists all the mentors who lit his path to the Windy City. Read here.
 

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Arts | Concerts: A Conductor Promotes Risk-Taking in Music ProgramsToshiyuki Shimada seeks to redefine the boundaries of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and the Yale Symphony Orchestra.

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  English Touring Opera Take Haydn, Handel and Bach on Tour this Autumn   Fresh from winning the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, English Touring Opera is busy preparing for its autumn/fall tour. Working once again with period instrument orchestra The Old Street Band it will present a season ranging between the baroque […]

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Sophie of the moment

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Sophie of the momentThat’s not our Sophe, La Sarina, who is ALWAYS of the moment (read her very moving latest blogpost about how her father’s fellow Swedish woodsmen chipped in to fund the annual trachoma operations she organises in rural Mali), but the latest singer stepping in to portray Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s Mamsell Sophie Anna Barbara Faninal…

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'A Memorial Tribute to Ralph Vaughan Williams' on EverestIn the 1970s, I bought the entire collection of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Symphonies with Sir Adrian Boult conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra. These had been released on the iconic Decca Eclipse label.  The only problem was that Decca had not issued the final Symphony, No. 9.  A short time later I bought the 1969 recording with the same conductor and orchestra: it was coupled with the rarely heard ‘Fantasia on Old 104th’ (HMV ASD2581)…

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