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Lalo - complete songs + MORE

Edouard Lalo complete songs; Tassis Christoyannis, Jeff Cohen; Aparté Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Dec 15 2015 Star rating: 4.0 Survey of Lalo's songs showing there was more to him than his well known hit.Edouard Lalo is best known for his Symphonie Espagnole but.... More »
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Soap opera actor describes brutal Thanksgiving beat down + MORE

“Young and the Restless” actor Corey Sligh is just thankful to be alive after getting run over and pummeled on Thanksgiving Day..... More »
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Critic's Notebook: Saluting Robert Shaw, a Conductor of Humanist Spirituality + MORE

On what would have been Shaw’s 100th birthday, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will honor him at Carnegie Hall with “A German Requiem.”.... More »
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Elton John to help develop animated ‘Technicolor Dreamcoat’ + MORE

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Elton John is teaming up with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to develop an animated film adaptation of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” STX Entertainment chairman Adam Fogelson announced the project Tuesday at CinemaCon, the annual gathering of theater.... More »
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Kent Nagano Leads the Hamburg Orchestra in a Beautifully Performed Berlioz + MORE

Berlioz: Les Troyens: Hamburgische Staatsoper Chorus and Orchestra, Kent Nagano (conductor), Staatsoper, Hamburg, 9.10.2015 (JMI) Berlioz, Les Troyens New Production: Direction: Michael Thalhaimer Sets: Olaf Altmann Costumes: Michaela Barth Lighting: Norman Plathe Cast: Didon: Elena Zhidkova Aenea.... More »

Britten Owen Wingrave – made for TV

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Britten Owen Wingrave - made for TVThis year’s Aldeburgh Music Festival begins with Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave, which Britten himself conducted in the same theatre in November 1970. (I’m  at Snape on Sunday so I’ll be doing a review Monday)  Please also see my post Blair, Britten and Owen Wingrave. While the opera was in gestation, the revolutions of 1968 were raging…

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Auto-da-fair

– parterre.com

Auto-da-fairThe Salzburg Festival has long had the image of this place where for a little over a month, the very best singers are brought together with the very best conductors and the very best directors to create the very best productions the opera world has to offer. Tickets are notoriously expensive and hard to get…

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A tale so strong and full of woeJungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin offers something a little different for this week’s curtain raiser: a performance of Dido and Aeneas by Les Arts Florissants under the direction of William Christie.
Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
Théâtre national de l’Opéra-Comique, Paris
Les Arts Florissants
William Christie, conductor
07 December 2008
Prologue – Fiona Shaw
Dido – Malena Ernman
Aeneas – Christopher Maltman
Belinda – Judith van Wanroij
Sorceress – Hillary Summers
Second Woman – Lina Markeby
First Witch – Céline Ricci
Second Witch – Ana Quintans
Sailor – Damian Whiteley
Spirit – Marc Mauillon

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Beethoven’s stylistic evolution

– www.theaustralian.com.au

ON their own, Beethoven’s five piano concertos offer an incomplete idea of his genius.

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Missing Mozart: 60 new documents uncovered

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Missing Mozart: 60 new documents uncoveredA pair of Harvard academics have launched a new website for lost Mozart documents, of which there are plenty.
Dexter Edge and David Black promise 60 unknown treasures in their first batch, including first-night reviews of Figaro and Cosi and a hithrto unrecorded Mozart concert in 1787. Click here.
 

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Among a recent batch of CDs kindly sent to me by the Polish Music Information Centre (see also my thoughts on José-María Sánchez Verdú’s Libro de las estancios), was a disc of works by Włodzimierz Kotoński, composed between 1959 and 1975 and released as Polskie Nagrania PNCD 1521. I’ve long maintained that the most interesting composers of … Continue reading →

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2014 Ojai Music Festival – The Classical StyleThe 2014 Ojai Music Festival opened on Thursday June 12 to begin 4 days packed with informative talks, movie screenings, parties and concerts. The Festival’s Music Director this year is Jeremy Denk and the resident musical groups included The Knights orchestral collective and the Brooklyn Rider string quartet…

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Hndel – Duetti da Camera

– www.planethugill.com

Hndel - Duetti da Camera Handel Duetti da Camera: Roberta Invernizzi, Marina de Liso, La Risonanza, Fabio Bonizzoni: Glossa Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 03 2014 Star rating: 5.0Sparking accounts of ten of Handel’s neglected chamber duetsHandel wrote Duetti da Camera throughout his life, his first set dates from 1710/12 when he was in Hanover and his last from the around 1744 when he was in London and has stopped composing Italian operas…

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 Brahms, Haydn:  Gisela Stille (soprano), John Lundgren (baritone), BBC National  Chorus of Wales, National Youth Choir of Wales, BBC National Orchestra of Wales/ Thomas Søndergård (conductor). St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 13.6.2014 (PCG) Haydn – Symphony No 99 in E flat (1793) Brahms – A German Requiem, Op…

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Morning Glories: The Sounds of Spain

– minnesota.publicradio.org

As the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony is on its 10-day tour through Andalusia, this week's Morning Glories celebrate the sounds of Spain.

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Garsington reminder

– briandickie.typepad.com

Do not forget that the Garsington season is well under way with successful openings of Fidelio and Vert-Vert. And the third opera in this cleverly designed repertoire is The Cunning Little Vixen.  It opens in a week's time.
I am reminded of this because I was with my younger son for Father's Day and he had a specimen of the Garsington mug, designed by his cousin and my nephew Zeb Helm…

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Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944)

– blog.lso.co.uk

Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944)Ethel Smyth began her musical education at her London boarding school and at home – she once described her mother as “one of the most musical people I have ever known”. Despite the disapproval of her father, who was a Major General in the Royal Artillery, she became set on a career as a composer…

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In Brief: At the Lake Edition

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio, online video, and other good things in Blogville and Beyond. (After clicking to an audio or video stream, press the "Play" button to start the broadcast.) Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.
Watch Jakub Hruša lead a performance of Dvorak’s Stabat Mater at the Festival de Saint-Denis, with the Prague

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