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Akhnaten at ENO, or, Philip Glass's Operatic Limitations Repeated + MORE

I went to this performance purely for completionist reasons as it was of an opera that I had not previously seen. Having endured three previous attempts at the genre by Philip Glass my hopes were not high (you can read my thoughts on the Barbican Einstein on the Beach and ENO's Satyagraha). This is .... More »
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Alberto Remedios obituary + MORE

Operatic tenor known for his lyrical interpretation of Siegfried in Wagner’s RingRising from an apprenticeship as a welder in Liverpool’s dockyards to a pinnacle of international success on the world’s opera stages, Alberto Remedios, who has died aged 81, traced an almost mythological career p.... More »
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John Malveaux: Singer Morris Robinson ignited Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at Hollywood Bowl + MORE

Conductor Juanjo Mena with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, bass-baritone Morris Robinson and the Los Angeles Master Chorale at the Hollywood Bowl. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Singer Morris Robinson ignited Beethoven's Ninth S.... More »
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Steve Reich's 80th birthday celebration review – patchy tribute to music icon + MORE

A slew of pieces threw up some hits and misses, yet all served to remind us of the challenging and daring oeuvre that the experimental composer still mastersSteve Reich’s late period has been one of the great ongoing delights of New York’s contemporary music scene. The onetime hardcore minimalis.... More »
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Daily Download: Richard Wagner - Siegfried: Forest Murmurs + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Richard Wagner - Siegfried: Forest Murmurs, performed by Seattle Symphony Orchestra..... More »
What exactly am I listening to - the vexed question of cuts and editions in live performanceGwynneth Jones as ElektraOn Sunday night Richard Strauss’s Elektra was performed at the BBC Proms (see my review). The title role was sung (Elektrifyingly) by Christine Goerke who is an experienced stage Elektra and sang off the book. The version of Strauss’s Elektra that we heard was the standard one, the one you (nearly) always hear in the opera house…

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A conductor officiates at a composer’s wedding

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

A conductor officiates at a composer’s weddingWe are delighted to publish these beautiful pictures from the August wedding of composer Jennifer Higdon to Cheryl Lawson. Conducting the ceremony is Baltimore music director Marin Alsop.

Jennifer tells Slipped Disc:
Cheryl and I have been together since high school (we met in band). She now runs my publishing company and works in the capacity of an agent, negotiating my travel and commissions…

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Musical reflections on an epidemic

– www.theaustralian.com.au

COMPOSER Lyle Chan’s string quartet commemorates the 1990s AIDS crisis.

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In his three seasons as music director of the Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot, the feisty young French conductor who is this week’s Los Angeles Philharmonic guest conductor at the Hollywood Bowl, has done a savvy job in changing his orchestra’s image.

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Maestro moves: Soaring Pablo lands Madrid job

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Maestro moves: Soaring Pablo lands Madrid jobMadrid’s Teatro Real has appointed Pablo Heras-Casado as principal guest conductor for the next four years, working with music director Ivor Bolton.
Pablo made his company debut in 2010 with Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny with La Fura dels Baus, which was filmed for DVD and won the Diapason d’Or…

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Looks Like Chicago Found Deborah Rutter’s Replacement

It is looking like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is going to replace Deborah Rutter with Vancouver Symphony CEO Jeff Alexander. The 9/2/2014 edition of the Chicago Tribune reports that the decision will be formalized during a board meeting today but at this stage, that process will be mostly pro forma…

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New Classical Tracks: Getting to know Schubert

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Irish pianist Barry Douglas is a self-described latecomer to the music of Franz Schubert. That said, Douglas has just released the first in a series of recordings celebrating Schubert's solo piano works. For this first volume, Barry wanted to focus on Schubert at the height of his creative powers…

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Moura Lympany: Debussy’s 'Claire de Lune'

– landofllostcontent.blogspot.com

On 3 November 1952 Moura Lympany recorded the ubiquitous ‘Claire de Lune’ from Claude Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque (1890). It was released on HMV C4203 coupled with Isaac Albeniz’s well known Tango in D major arranged by Leopold Godowsky. An advert for the record appeared in the January 1953 edition of The Gramophonemagazine alongside new releases such as Kirsten Flagstad and Gerald Moore performing Schubert’s ‘Frühlingsglaube’ and ‘Im Abendrot’ and Jascha Heifetz’s rendition of Saint-Saëns Havanaise Op…

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It is a great delight that so many concert halls around the world are filled with the music of the very greatest composers to have lived. But it can be easy to forget that those names, so familiar to today’s concert-goers, make up just a tiny proportion of the overall compositional output. The pressures of filling a concert hall mean that Orchestras will always return to those well-known names and pieces, but it is important to the art form that musicians continue to rediscover and reinterpret that work which lies beyond, new and old…

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Tour of India – Part Four

– brittensinfonia.blogspot.com

Tour of India - Part FourIn the final installment of our Tour of India blog orchestra manager Annabel describes a special project in Bangalore and the last couple of days in this amazing country; Writing this back in England with planning in full swing for the first few concerts in our new season, our trip to India already feels like a long time ago…

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Ensemble. Held Spellbound

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Haydn’s ‘Die Schöpfung’ in Wellington, New Zealand, heard by Howard Smith

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Singapore Symphony Orchestra Prom 61 Zhou Long

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Singapore Symphony Orchestra Prom 61 Zhou LongThe presence of Andreas Haefliger should have alerted audiences to BBC Prom 61 with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lan Shui. Haefliger played Zhou Long’s Postures, which he premiered in July in Singapore. Zhou’s Postures may not be newly written, but it’s genuinely new music. It’s not radical avant garde but it’s very imaginative and tightly written…

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Prom 61: Singapore Symphony Orchestra/Shui  a tour de force for HaefligerRoyal Albert Hall, LondonThe SSO’s Proms debut showcased a sensational Zhou Long premiere and noble no-frills RachmaninovThe centrepiece of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s debut Prom, with its music director, Lan Shui, was the European premiere of Postures, a new concerto by Zhou Long, written for the versatile Swiss pianist Andreas Haefliger…

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