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Low Hanging Fruit Wednesday + MORE

It turns out Funny Or Die remembered that United Airlines made a commercial using a symphonic orchestra to convey how well each of their individual corporate pieces works together and decided it was an ideal petard on which to hoist the company. The end result spliced in footage from the recen.... More »
virtuoso

CD Spotlight. Fetching Sensitivity + MORE

A guitar recital by Sergio Puccini, heard by the late Howard Smith. '... played here to the manner born.'.... More »
concerto

A new orchestra, a new concert hall - an encounter with conductor Laurence Equilbey + MORE

Laurence EquilbeyThe French conductor Laurence Equilbey is, perhaps, best known in the UK for her work with the choir Accentus which she founded. However in 2012 she founded the period instrument orchestra Insula. The ensemble recently made their UK debut (21 September 2015) at the Barbican performi.... More »
symphonies

Used Bin Troll Tweets W. + MORE

Ethelbert Nevin[January 2017.]Jean-Pierre DROUET: Vie de famille (1999). Ensemble Aleph: Monica Jordan (sop), Dominique Clément (clar), Christophe Roy (vlc), Sylvie Drouin (accordion, synth), Françoise Matringe (pno), Jean-Charles François (perc). Hérissons Prod. LH07 (1 CD) (https://www.faceboo.... More »
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Salome, Deutsche Oper, BBC Prom 58, Royal Albert Hall, review: 'overwhelming' + MORE

Rupert Christiansen on a supremely confident interpretation of Richard Strauss's decadent masterpiece.... More »
The big attraction at this year’s festival was the resurrection of Staff Benda Bilili – the Kinshasa ensemble of paraplegics and street children

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From In the Night

Stephen Hough’s recent recording on Hyperion, In the Night, includes pieces that all explore nineteenth century composers’ obsessions with nighttime themes…

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Where inner darkness lurks

– www.theaustralian.com.au

AFTER last year’s superb ‘Sunday in the Park with George’, Victorian Opera continued its exploration of the best of Sondheim.

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Howlin' Fling festival review  low-key folk in stunning settingIsle of Eigg, HebridesThis inaugural event showcased a wide range of music from Jens Lakeman to cellist Olly Coates’ Messiaen but the island was the real starCould there be a more magical setting for a music festival? The little Hebridean island of Eigg is a gem: tucked between Skye and Ardnamurchan, flanked by craggy Rùm and tiny Muck, topped by its iconic knobbly An Sgùrr…

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My perfect weekend: Sir Mark Elder, 67, is conducting La Traviata at Glyndebourne. He discusses silence, his beloved Hallé orchestra, and a very special recent weekend

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Swedish Opera Given Second Chance and Proves Its Worth

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Unander-Scharin, Tokfursten (The Mad Prince) Soloists, Vattnäs Operakapell. Mattias Böhm (conductor). The Concert Barn, Vattnäs, Dalecarlia, Sweden. 10.7.2014 (premiere) (GF) Cast: Tokfursten (The Mad Prince) Fredrik Zetterström God Mother                            Pers Anna Larsson Napoleon                                 Anne Wik Larssen God Father                              Mikael Axelsson Hurtige Hugo (Hearty Hugo) Göran Eliasson Tjyv-Elin (Thief-Elin)             Carolina Bengtsdotter Ljung Flickan med Spindeln             Lisa Gustafsson […]

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Me on the Diane Rehm show

– www.artsjournal.com/sandow

Me on the Diane Rehm show
This is happening tomorrow, Tuesday, 7/22. The Diane Rehm Show is a top NPR offering, broadcast from Washington, DC. I’ll be in the studio, talking about the future of classical music with quite a distinguished group of colleagues — Alex Ross, the pianist Orli Shaham, and Fred Bronstein, who as CEO of the St…

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The Knights The Knights perform music by Gyorgy Ligeti, Bela Bartok, Sufjan Stevens, Ljova, and Igor Stravinsky. Tuesday, July 22 at 7:30 PM Free Historic Naumburg Bandshell, Concert Ground, Central Park, New York, NY ..:: Website SoSI in NYC So Percussion with guests Matmos, Kid Millions, and Brian Chase…

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Opera Holland Park ticket offer

– intermezzo.typepad.com

All remaining tickets for the first two performances of OHP's new Adriana Lecouvreur are reduced to £30 – roughly half price.
The dates are Thursday 24 and Saturday 26 July, and you need to book online using the promo code ADRIANA30.

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Schubert, More Schubert and a Baroque Evening

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Aspen Music Festival (6): Emerson String Quartet, Marc-André Hamelin (piano), Nicholas McGegan (conductor and harpsichord), Harris Concert Hall, Aspen, CO. 15-17.7.2014 (HS) Emerson String Quartet, July 15 Harris Concert Hall Eugene Drucker, violin Philip Setzer, violin Lawrence Dutton, viola Paul Watkins, cello Beethoven: String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op…

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Gergiev World Orchestra for Peace Prom 4

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Gergiev World Orchestra for Peace Prom 4In the aftermath of  MH 17, it’s hard to think of any ally of Vladimir Putin as an ambassador for world peace.  On the other hand, because I genuinely believe in freedom of speech, I can’t condemn him for having opinions on subjects he’s bound to know more about than I do. Plus, the Gergiev/Putin connection means support for the arts in Russia…

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Ensemble. Fatally Compromised

– www.mvdaily.com

Rossini’s ‘Otello’, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

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The Golden Age Of Orchestras & Opera Are At An End

If you’re the type of person who forms an opinion about an article by reading the headline, you may be disappointed with today’s post. This isn’t going to be a lengthy commentary on how the field is overbuilt, classical music is dying, and the only way to save the future is via wholesale slashing of budgets…

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