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Outskirts + MORE

Has anyone made Balzac’s “Sarrasine” into an opera? That’s the tale of a French artist in Rome falling in love with an opera diva—who turns out to be a castrato en travestie. (Women were forbidden the stage in Pope-land.) The story is simple, an anecdote, but the MacGuffin of gender is kep.... More »
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Eric Coates: Last Love -Romance + MORE

Last Love: Romance is one of Eric Coates delightful miniature tone poems. It was written in 1939, and received its first broadcast during an evening concert on the BBC Home Service on 8 December of that year. The BBC Theatre Orchestra was conducted by Stanford Robinson. The liner notes of The Defini.... More »
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Glyndebourne presents: Maurice Ravel double bill + MORE

Last chance to see: Ravel's L'Heure Espagnole and L'Enfant et les sortilèges.... More »
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Œdipe sur la route + MORE

Pierre Bartholomee Œdipe sur la route; Jose van Dam, Valentine Valente, Orchestra de la Monnaie, Daniele Callegari; Evidence Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Aug 31 2015 Star rating: 3.5 Contemporary opera based on Pierre Bachau's post-Freudian novel about OedipusHenry Bauch.... More »
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Devon Baroque Come Home on the Prevailing Winds + MORE

Vivaldi, Boismortier, Telemann, Bach: Devon Baroque, Georgia Browne (flute), Sarah Humphrys (oboe/recorders), Oonagh Lee (oboe/recorders), Rebecca Hammond (bassoon), Emily White (sackbut), Persephone Gibbs (Artistic Director), Andrew Wilson-Dickson (Director), Great Hall, Dartington, 12.2 2017. (PRB.... More »

Falstaff, Live from the Met

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Tune in at noon for a live broadcast of Giuseppe Verdi's <i>Falstaff</i> from the Metropolitan Opera. Classical MPR's Rex Levang shares eight facts about the opera to enhance your enjoyment of it.

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Chord of the day

– www.therestisnoise.com

The chord that opens Rudolf Kelterborn's Fourth Symphony. Horst Stein conducts the Bamberg Symphony, from a Musikszene Schweiz recording.

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Day 14 — Freundliche Vision

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

Day 14 — Freundliche VisionStrauss begins this 1900 setting of Otto Julius Bierbaum’s ‘Freundliche Vision’ in a distant key, setting up the illusion of a dreamscape, while the events actually occur ‘in broad daylight’. The gentle thrumming ostinato in the piano, however, belies the reality of the situation, sounding distinctly dream like…

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CD Spotlight. Dramatic Effect

– www.mvdaily.com

Harpsichord music by Handel, heard by Robert Anderson. ‘… exciting and eloquent throughout …’

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Catalogue of Revolution Records Many years ago (c.1972) I discovered a recording of Arnold Bax’s ‘The Tale the Pine Trees Knew’ in Symphony One, a small record shop in Glasgow. This was the first piece of Bax that I had consciously heard.  It had been released on the short lived Revolution record label…

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L'Académie: 'Please consider supporting either of our sponsorship opportunities when making your 2013 year-end contributions.'“Music is a therapy. It is a communication far more powerful than words,  far more immediate,  far more efficient.” — Yehudi MenuhinLeslie Kwan writes:It’s hard to believe that we are in the last days of 2013. We hope this year was a memorable one for you as it was for us. We have so much to be thankful for:- ensemble in residence at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute- our first corporate sponsorship from the esteemed Boston Symphony Orchestra- our first benefit concert for the Susan F…

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The Fizz!

– briandickie.typepad.com

W11 Opera is something of a phenom – first of all it has been going from strength for more than 40 years.  Its longevity has been matched by its quality – its musical and production values are unique for a company dedicated to opera production by young people of school age.  These children are certainly starting out with a very high benchmark – and actually that is only to be expected given that my old friend and colleague Nicholas Kraemer was central to its beginnings in the early 1970s, and will have the bar very high indeed…

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John Malveaux: George Walker interview playlist on KUSC Classical Radio 91.5 on Thursday, December 5, 2013George Walker has a website at http://georgetwalker.com/ and is featured at AfriClassical.comJohn Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites:Jim Svejda, The Evening Program, interview of Composer George Walker on KUSC Classical Radio 91.5 on Thursday, December 5, 1013 included the following playlist:       8:51 pmGeorge Walker: Lyric for StringsSon Sonora String QuartetAlbany 1082 8:58 pmGeorge Walker: Sinfonia No…

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How the Whale Became; Remember Me: A Desk Opera – reviewLinbury Studio, Royal Opera House; Rivington Place, LondonA coloratura frog and a falsetto peacock hold court in an engaging new opera based on Ted Hughes’s creation storiesChildren may be more open-minded as audiences than the adults who accompany them but they expect certain routines: rude noises, wiggly bottoms, a man with a knotted handkerchief on his head, clumsy walks, visual transformations and at least one explosion which makes them jump though they feign nonchalance…

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Cappella Nova, Madeleine Mitchell (violin) / MacMillan, Tavener(Linn)This third disc on Linn of choral music by James MacMillan by the excellent Scottish-based ensemble Cappella Nova once again displays their well-honed vocal talents. The group specialise in commissioning new works as well as performing early music…

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Lawrence Zazzo and La Nuova Musica in arias by Handel, Bononcini and AriostiLa Nuova MusicaHandel’s period writing operas for the Royal Academy in London in the 1720’s did not see him as the solo star composer of opera, he was joined by other composers deliberately recruited by the directors to provide London with a range of operas. So that alongside operas by Handel, Londoners heard operas by Giovanni Bononcini (1670 – 1747) and Attilio Ariosti (1666 – 1729)…

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Heroic Playing from RSNO in Lutoslawski Concerto

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Ravel, Brahms, Lutoslawski: Nicola Benedetti (violin), Leonard Elschenbroich (cello), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 13.12.2013 (SRT) Ravel:                Valses nobles etsentimentales Brahms:            Double Concerto Lutoslawski:     Concerto for Orchestra   The RSNO were famously brilliant at French repertoire under their previous music director, Stéphane Denève, but I’ve mentioned a few times […]

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Antonín Dvořák,
Symphony No.9, Heldenlied
Andris Nelsons / BRSO
BR Klassik

Old World New World

Late 2010, Andris Nelsons, incoming Music Director of the Boston Symphony but also loved, courted, and groomed by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, performed a program of Charles Ives, John Adams, and Igor Stravinsky in Munich—capped, almost incongruously, with Dvořák’s Ninth (review here)

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