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RNCM’s Vibrant Performance and Slick Production of Weill’s Street Scene + MORE

Kurt Weill, Street Scene: Royal Northern College of Music Theatre, Manchester  2.12.2015. (RJW) This American opera of 1946, with well-written book by Elmer Rice and additional lyrics by Langston Hughes is a good romp for today’s students for there is a large cast that are all given opportunitie.... More »
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BSO Opens the Season at Strathmore + MORE

This is a weekend of season openers, the first of which was the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which kicked off its subscription series in the Music Center at Strathmore on Thursday night. Some listeners, who thought that Hilary Hahn playing Beethoven's violin concerto was the highlight of the progra.... More »
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High school senior leaving prom among two killed in Calumet City crash + MORE

An 18-year-old on his way home from a high school prom and a 56-year-old man died in a head-on crash early Saturday in south suburban Calumet City. The crash happened in 700 block of State Street at 6:40 a.m., Calumet City Police Chief Edward Gilmore said. Aaron K. Dunigan, 18, a student at Thornton.... More »
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Acrobatics with your arias + MORE

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Circa offered a sophisticated mix of French baroque music and acrobatics..... More »
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For the Attacca Quartet, a Long Trip With a Fine Haydn Soundtrack + MORE

The ensemble set out to play all 68 of Haydn’s string quartets. That effort took six years and ends Thursday..... More »
Prom 48: Iceland Symphony Orchestra review  energetic but imperfect debutRoyal Albert Hall, LondonIceland’s relatively recently established symphony orchestra made its first Proms appearance with a selection of key Icelandic pieces, plus some Schumann and BeethovenA century ago, Iceland had never heard a symphony orchestra in concert. Now the country has a world-class orchestra and a roster of native composers to champion…

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The Very Sung Hero - DAY TWO PracticeBy Amy Beth Horman:

The Very Sung Hero: Day Two Practice

The following blog details my second day of practice in preparation for performances as the emergency soloist on the Brahms Concerto with the Bay Atlantic Symphony last weekend.

There is nothing really that compares to waking up on a Thursday knowing you will be playing the Brahms Concerto with a pro orchestra on Friday…

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Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio and online video from the week gone by. 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 the production of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier from the Salzburg Festival, directed by Harry Kupfer and conducted by Franz Welser-Möst,

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Conservatories have produced a glut of fifth-rate composersDear Bob, I am a freelance pianist-composer from the smallest state in the USA, and I have a personal stake in some themes you have blogged about recently, to wit, the difficulty faced by new composers in getting heard, and the low income of composers at large. Regarding the first of these themes – Liberty resides in the rights of the music you find most odious – naturally I completely agree with John Stuart Mill’s dictum, which is identical in substance to Voltaire’s much more famous statement on freedom of speech…

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My favourite Mozart opera

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A new production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) is among the highlights of Glyndebourne’s Festival 2015. Rupert Christiansen explains its brilliance

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Snape Proms: Biss/Esfahani review  a pair of near-perfect performancesSnape Maltings, AldeburghJonathan Biss confirmed his status as a truly world-class pianist, and Mahan Esfahani showed that Bach is nothing less than a way of lifeJonathan Biss’s recital at the Snape Proms confirmed his status as one of the finest pianists of his generation. With music by Chopin and Janáek framed by two Beethoven Sonatas in F minor, the early Op 2 No 1 and finally the Appassionata Op 57, this was a serious affair…

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Bach – Mass in B minor, BWV 232Brahms – Ein deutsches Requiem, op.45Beethoven – Missa solemnis in D major, op.123Ah perfido, op.65Fidelio, op.72: ‘Abscheulicher! … Komm, Hoffnung’Mozart – Ave verum corpus, KV 618Strauss – Vier letzte LiederThe early Philharmonia Orchestra (featured on the greater part of these recordings) was an extraordinary band…

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Handel's Acis and Galatea

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Handel's Acis and GalateaChris Parsons with the cast and chorusPhoto Hannah TaylorHandel Acis and Galatea; Eboracum Baroque, dir Jennifer Bakst, cond. Chris Parsons; Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Aug 22 2014 Star rating: 4.0Lively small scale production of Handel’s pastoral serenataEboracum Baroque returned to the Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre with a production of Handel’s pastoral serenata Acis and Galatea (seen 22 August 2014) directed by Jennifer Bakst, with Gareth Edmunds as Acis, Naomi Sturges as Galatea and Charlie Murray as Polyphemus…

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The opera glasses are half fullNow that we have the good news (or anyway the goodish news) that the Met’s season will continue apace, let’s unbend a bit, cher public, and discuss off-topic and general interest subjects.

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Schubert's Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

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Schubert's Enigma of Kaspar HauserEver wondered why we don’t hear Schubert’s operas more often? Occasional extracts, recorded by the likes of Jonas Kaufmann and Christian Gerhaher, prove that within them there is some vintage Franzi music; now and then, too, an enterprising company in Germany or Austria sees fit to give Fierrabras or Alfonso und Estrella a peer over the parapet, though this is rare…

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CD Spotlight. Most Intriguing

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Music by Rameau, heard by Robert Anderson. ‘… much sensitive playing from the whole team.’

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Tom Cruise hangs from Vienna Opera House roof

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Tom Cruise hangs from Vienna Opera House roofHe’s shooting Impossible 5, apparently dressed for the Opera Ball.

 

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Sex, Drugs and Barcarolles

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Addicts Symphony is a Channel 4 documentary coming to your screens on Wednesday. It involves LSO players Matt and Bindi as they show how music can help people rebuild their lives which have been shattered by alcohol and drug abuse. I took part in a small part of the filming, and it was a moving and joyous experience…

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