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The girl next door + MORE

Happy 81st birthday soprano Mirella Freni.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTagFD_pkNo Born on this day in 1846 composer Joaquín Valverde. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1lIFz36pZk Born on this day in 1848 composer Hubert Parry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8GJ2CWjQSc Born on this day.... More »
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A Moody, Dramatic Aesthetic at Miller Theater + MORE

Chamber pieces by Beat Furrer, a Swiss-born artist, will be featured in a Composers Portraits concert..... More »
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Bruckner chief signs on with Putin + MORE

Hans Joachim Frey, head of the Brucknerhaus in Linz, Austria, will leave next year to turn the Sochi Winter Olympics site – a Putin propaganda project – into an international cultural and festivals centre. Frey, 51, says he wants to create a ‘Salzburg on the Black Sea’.  .... More »
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Musicians from East and West come together for Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Chinese New Year concert + MORE

Rejuvenation: A Taoist Journey celebrates both the Chinese New Year and Canada’s 150th anniversary with Chinese and Canadian artists..... More »
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Boston premieres two Bowie symphonies + MORE

A volunteer orchestra at MIT is putting on the first performances in the Boston area of two symphonies by Philip Glass, based on the albums of David Bowie. The conductor Evan Ziporyn says: ‘This is a way for the musical community of Boston to channel our grief and express our gratitude to Bo.... More »

Extension 2

– irontongue.blogspot.com

Received from the Met:The Met Announces One-Week Extension of ContractsTo Allow For Independent Financial ReviewNew York, NY (August 2, 2014) – The Metropolitan Opera, AGMA, and Local 802 announced today in collaboration with the U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service that they have agreed to allow an independent financial analyst, Eugene Keilin, to conduct a confidential and independent study of the Met’s finances in an effort to help all parties reach new contractual agreements…

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 Three Choirs Festival (9) Elgar, Sarah Fox (soprano) – The Angel & Mary; Claudia Huckle (contralto) – Mary Magdalene; John Mark Ainsley (tenor) – St John; Neal Davies (bass) – St Peter; Marcus Farnsworth (bass) – Jesus; Brindley Sherratt (bass) – Judas; Girl Choristers of  Worcester Cathedral; Three Choirs Festival Youth  Choir; Festival Chorus; Philharmonia […]

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Live from Salzburg – Don Giovanni Sunday

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Live from Salzburg - Don Giovanni SundayLIVE direct from Salzburg Mozart Don Giovanni  Sunday 3/8 6.30 London time (7.30 Salzburg time) BRILLIANT CAST Lenneke Ruiten (Donna Anna) Anett Fritsch (Donna Elvira) Valentina Nafornita (Zerlina) Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Don Giovanni) Luca Pisaroni (Leporello) Tomasz Konieczny (Il Commendatore) Andrew Staples (Don Ottavio) Alessio Arduini (Masetto) Conductor : Christoph eschenbach, Director : Sven-Eric Bechtolf

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The Week Ahead: Martin Frost Returns to New York for the Mostly Mozart FestivalThe stupendous Swedish clarinetist Martin Frost returns to New York for two programs with the Mostly Mozart Festival.

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The decision to call in an outside expert could help the Metropolitan Opera and its unions come to an agreement on the scope of the company’s financial troubles.

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Gelb climbs down, opens books, calls in auditor

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Gelb climbs down, opens books, calls in auditorOvernight statements from both sides in the Metropolitan Opera dispute are encouraging and conciliatory.
Talks with the federal mediators have been extended by an extra week, the immediate lockout threat has been suspended and ‘all three parties have jointly agreed to retain an independent financial analyst to perform a due diligence financial study of the Met…

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Orchestra of the Swan/Woods, Ensemble Epomeo and friends(Somm)Brahms has always divided opinion. Britten blew cool about him. Schoenberg was hugely influenced, arranging some of his chamber music for orchestra and writing an essay entitled Brahms the Progressive. Here, Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht Op 4 and Brahms’s Serenade Op 11 are restored to their original chamber versions…

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Chorus to orchestra: do as we say

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Chorus to orchestra: do as we sayThe Australian composer Gordon Hamilton has composed a piece in which the chorus take over the conductor’s job and give instructions to the orchestra. Watch.
 

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Proms 16, 14, 15, 12; Moses und Aron review  the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic make wavesRoyal Albert Hall; Royal Opera House, LondonTurkey’s finest give an uplifiting Proms debut. And Welsh National Opera triumphs in biblical styleWhen the 2014 Proms season was announced, a few eyebrows rose at the news that several unfamiliar orchestras from far afield would feature. One reason given was that the countries represented may hold the key to the future of classical music…

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Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven
Piano Sonata D.894, Rondo K.511, Bagatelles op.126
Menahem Presser
La Dolce Volta

90, going on 91

I fondly remember Menahem Pressler’s 80th Birthday recital at the Library of Congress, marveling then and since at his unquenchable musicality, wit and every effervescent key he pressed…

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The Week in Curation 1

– heatherheise.com/in-the-wings

Cinema : Paolo Sorrentino, This Must Be The Place
Composer/Performer : Colin Stetson
Composer/Performer : Arthur Russell
Journalism : Rebecca Mead, Musical Gold
Website : The New Inquiry
 

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On wings of Sondra

– parterre.com

On wings of SondraOttawa has not traditionally been a “tryout city,” a place where leading performers come to take artistic risks. This is unfortunate, as we—and in particular, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, celebrating 20 extraordinary years—have all the ingredients, including appreciative audiences notorious for giving frequent standing ovations…

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A Bach sermon on the mount

– davidnice.blogspot.com

A Bach sermon on the mountAny priest would be glad of the Utopian congregation – young and old, citizens of many nations and thence of the world – who attended Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach lecture in the courtyard of Montepulciano’s Palazzo Ricci, home to the altruistic-sounding, Cologne-born European Academy of Music and Arts…

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