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The ENO chorus: heard but not heeded + MORE

Famous last words: at the end of my Arts Desk reaction in March 2015 to Arts Council England's punishment of English National Opera, I wrote (with apologies for self-quotation): 'the artistic team is doing superlative work under difficult circumstances, delivering time after time. It would be crimi.... More »
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Regni Dessay + MORE

Almost exactly twenty years after her auspicious Metropolitan Opera debut as the Fiakermilli in Arabella and a year following what she has claims was her final appearance on the operatic stage, Natalie Dessay returned Sunday afternoon to Lincoln Center—to sing opera. No, not at the Met nor a com.... More »
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CD Spotlight. Vintage Handel + MORE

The pastiche 'Catone', recommended by Gerald Fenech. 'Carlo Ipata and his masterful band of singers and instrumentalists give a most persuasive and fascinating performance capturing all the nuances of the score with impressive conviction and verbal dexterity.'.... More »
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Ensemble. A Cause for Celebration + MORE

'Mechanical Advantage', Sinfonia Viva's latest Schools Residency, described by Mike Wheeler.... More »
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Festival Opera’s Star Trek Parody of Mozart’s Abduction From the Seraglio, Holy Names University in Oakland, August 5, 6, 8 & 9; Michael Morgan & Bryan Nies Conduct + MORE

Maestro Michael MorganLynne Morrow, Chorus DirectorKevin Thompson, BassTickets to Festival Opera’s Star Trek Parody of Mozart’s OperaAbduction From the Seraglio On Sale for This Weekendat Holy Names University in Oakland!Michael Morgan and Bryan Nies conduct the Oakland SymphonyLynne Morrow and .... More »

Messages from the Beyond

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

NEW HAVEN – I’m spending three days at Yale’s Sterling Library poring over Ives’s manuscripts, for hopefully the last time I’ll need to do so before the book is done. I think today one manuscript page, f3680, taught me more about how Ives composed than I’ve ever known before…

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The Arditti Quartet, 40 Years Young

– www.icareifyoulisten.com

The Arditti Quartet, 40 Years YoungThe Arditti Quartet hosted a day long 40th Birthday celebration on 26 April 2014 in the recently opened Milton Court Concert Hall at The Barbican in London.  It would be difficult to overestimate the impact the Arditti Quartet have had on contemporary music.  The day contained music by Brian Ferneyhough, Harrison Birtwistle, Jonathan Harvey, Elliott Carter, Pascal Dusapin, Iannis Xenakis, Wolfgang Rihm, Georg Friedrich Haas (and more…), yet only two of the pieces (including Ligeti’s String Quartet No…

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The pianist David Greilsammer, who has been known to “prepare” the instrument himself before a performance, played sonatas from his latest release during a recital at Le Poisson Rouge.

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European Firms Cool on China

– online.wsj.com

European companies doing business in China are finding the market less attractive, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said.

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First, Google create a driverless car. Next…

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

First, Google create a driverless car. Next… 

… an orchestra?
Think about it.
 
 
 
 
 

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Rolando Villazón and Daniel Barenboim at La Scala, 2014

Seeing Rolando Villazón in recital for the first time was surprising. I was expecting him to bound on stage like a hyperactive puppy, agitated and full of life, gazing wide-eyed at the audience, searching for its approval; instead I found a composed artist, calming taking his place at the centre of the stage, thoroughly prepared to tackle Schumann’s Dichterliebe…

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Short Operas Show Soul in Brevity  

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Tarik O’Regan, Robert Paterson: Soloists, American Modern Ensemble (presented by Ear Heart Music and American Opera Projects), Roulette, Brooklyn, NY. 22.4.2014 (DS) Tarik O’Regan: The Wanton Sublime (world premiere) Music – Tarik O’Regan Libretto – Anna Rabinowitz Mezzo-Soprano – Hai-Ting Chinn Stage Director – Mallory Catlett Robert Paterson: The Companion (world premiere) Music – Robert […]

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Meet the Twin Cities Fringe Opera company

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Colleen Meier is the co-founder of Twin Cities Fringe Opera. As the company prepares for its first production, Meier spoke with Steve Staruch.

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Ian Bostridge, Wigmore Hall, Schubert

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Ian Bostridge, Wigmore Hall, Schubert“In this Schubert Liederabende — the second in Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake’s planned series of four recitals at the Wigmore Hall — dark, sombre worlds evoking the romantic turbulence of Death and the Maiden were only briefly alleviated by radiance and light.”   Claire Seymour reviews  Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake’s Schubert recital at the Wigmore Hall in Opera Today…

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Regina Harris Baiocchi: 'Eric Dolphy, Hale & Juanita Smith, James Newton in New York Times'Hale Smith (1925-2009), an African American composer, pianist and professor, is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com. Eric Dolphy (New York Times: Francis Wolff/MosaicImages Via CORBIS)Regina Harris Baiocchi sends this link:http://www…

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Richard Wagner Supports Constantin Frantz's Denunciation of Prussian Militarism and Pan-GermanismWahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn!Wohin ich forschend blick’in Stadt- und Weltchronik,den Grund mir aufzufinden,warum gar bis aufs Blutdie Leut’ sich quälen und schindenin unnütz toller Wut! Madness! Madness! Everywhere madness!Wherever I searchingly glance,Through chronicles of cities and the world,The grounds thereof to find,Why, to the point of drawing blood,People torment and mistreat each otherIn senseless frenzied rage!Hans Sachs’ Monologue from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg In 1869, Richard Wagner dedicated the second edition of his Oper und Drama to Constantin Frantz (1817–1891), a Young Hegelian thinker somewhat neglected today compared to other better known Junghegelianer such as Max Stirner, David Strauss, Ludwig Feuerbach, Arnold Ruge—not to mention Marx und Engels…

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Broadcast Alerts – May, June

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Thanks again to Andrzej !31 May 2014 Die Soldaten Bavarian State Opera, Munich Internet video streaming1 June 2014 14.30 Les Contes d’Hoffmann Vienna Internet http://www.staatsoperlive.com/3 June 2014 Ballet : Balanchine / Millepied Paris Cinema live3 June 2014 Matisse Live from Tate Modern Tate Modern Cinema live 6 June 2014 19…

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Bramwell Tovey Completes His Mahler Cycle

– www.seenandheard-international.com

  Mahler: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey, conductor; Orpheum Theatre Vancouver, 24.5.2014  Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D Major The Mahler Revolution finished decades ago, but we have nonetheless waited a very long time for this VSO performance of Mahler’s Ninth, the last remaining symphony in a Mahler cycle that Maestro Bramwell Tovey began a […]

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