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Biography of Ángela Peralta + MORE

Ángela Peralta (6 July 1845, Mexico City – 30 August 1883, Mazatlán) (baptised María de los Ángeles Manuela Tranquilina Cirila Efrena Peralta Castera) was an operatic soprano of international fame and a leading figure in the operatic life of 19th century Mexico. Called the “Mexican Night.... More »
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Pianist Awadagin Pratt Performs with Cellist Zuill Bailey and Violinist Benjamin Breen in Anchorage Autumn Classics in Alaska September 11, 12 and 13, 2015 + MORE

Awadagin Prattwww.awadagin.comPianist Awadagin Pratt at 2015 Anchorage Autumn Classics:  http://www.awadagin.com/concerts.htm September 11 - Anchorage, AK7:30 p.m. - "Anchorage Autumn Classics" Performance with Zuill Bailey (cello) and Benjamin Breen (violin) at UAA Re.... More »
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Gut strings, visionary work and taming inflammations of democratic society - I meet Jan Vogler, Intendant of the Dresden Music Festival + MORE

Dresden in festival mood - photo Oliver KilligDuring my visit to the 2016 Dresden Music Festival I was able to catch up with the festival's Intendant, Jan Vogler, whom I had interviewed at the 2014 festival (see my previous interview).  Our conversation ranged widely, taking in a number of the .... More »
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Vaughan Williams Weekend St John's Smith Square + MORE

Ralph Vaughan Williams and Friends Weekend at St John's Smith Square, a glorious three-day celebration of British music. This follows on the success of previous SJSS weekends devoted to Schubert and Schumann.  Curated by Anna Tilbrook, the RVW/SJSS weekend features The Holst Singers, James Gilc.... More »
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New York Times: Review: Angel Blue Makes Her Met Debut + MORE

Angel Blue in the Metropolitan Opera’s Summer Recital Series in Central Park. Credit Michelle V. Agins/The New York TimesJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com sends this link aboutAngel Joy Blue:http://www.n.... More »
Shostakovich: Violin Concertos Nos 1 and 2 CD review  technically perfectTetzlaff/Helsinki PO/Storgårds(Ondine)Shostakovich composed both his violin concertos for the great David Oistrakh, and Oistrakhs recordings remain the benchmark against which all others have to be measured. Technically, Christian Tetzlaffs performances cant be faulted; theres an immaculate, cool precision to his playing combined with an utter lack of unnecessary flamboyance or any attempt at attention-seeking, that is hugely impressive…

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Music Review: New York Philharmonic Presents an Unsuk Chin PremiereThe Philharmonic began its subscription series programs on Tuesday with the new Clarinet Concerto by Unsuk Chin and Mahler’s First Symphony.

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Bayerische Staatsoper Broadcast schedule

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At the start of the Bayerische Staatsoper 2014-15 season,  dates for online broadcasts are announced. NB the schedule’s been changed – see latest hereNEW  Strauss Die Schweigsame Frau (Barry Kosky) 5th OctoberLeoš Janáček ~ The Makropoulos Case – 19 October 1st NovemberGiacomo Puccini –  Manon Lescaut 15th NovemberPetipa  (Ratmansky) – Pacquita – 11th JanuaryDonizetti  –  Lucia Di Lammermoor – st February 2015Rossini — Le comte d’Ory – 12 AprilBallet by Richard Seigal – 18 AprilAlban Berg – Lulu – 6th JuneDebussy – Pelléas et Mélisande – 28th JuneStrauss : Arabella – 25th July

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Andrzej Panufnik at 100

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Polish composer Andrzej Panufnik was born 100 years ago today. His music is meticulously planned, colourfully orchestrated and influenced often by Polish folk idioms. Here is our guide to what makes his style so distinctive along with a playlist of four outstanding recordings of his works…

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Florencia en el Amazonas at WNO

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WNO opened its season this past Saturday with Daniel Catan’s 1996 opera, “Florencia en el Amazonas,” a sort of riff on the stories of Gabriel Garcia Marquez by librettist Marcela Fuentes-Berain. Fresh off her acclaimed Elektra at the Proms, Christine Goerke starred as the titular mysterious opera singer in a production directed by Francesca Zambello, previously seen in Los Angeles…

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Verdi's Otello at ENO – Second View

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Verdi's Otello at ENO - Second ViewJonathan Summers and Stuart Skelton photo Alastair Muir Verdi Otello; Stuart Skelton, Leah Crocetto, Jonathan Summers, dir. David Alden, cond. Edward Gardner; English National Opera at the London Coliseum Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Sep 18 2014 Star rating: 4.0Mixed results from new production with Stuart Skelton singing his first OtelloWhilst Hilary reviewed the Opera Undressed performance of   David Alden’s new production of Verdi’s Otello at the London Coliseum, I caught up the the production on 19 September…

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Neil Shicoff’s father could sing…

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Neil Shicoff’s father could sing…Sidney Shicoff, born 1920 in New York to an immigrant baker from Kiev, became a cantor at Catskills resorts and at various synagogues. He died of a heart attack in 1965, aged 45. His son was an operatic tenor who came close to being named director of the Vienna state Opera.

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When classical music danced to the rhythms of Mother IndiaEdward Elgar, Gustav Holst, Kaikhosru Sorabji and John Foulds may seem unlikely bedfellows. Elgar and Holst have achieved global recognition if not acclaim, Sorabji has a small but select cult following, but Foulds lingers in the twilight zone between cultism and global acclaim. However, as recounted in an earlier post, the four composers are brought together in Nalini Ghuman’s newly published Resonances of the Raj: India in the English Musical Imagination,1897-1947, because they share the cultural influence of colonial India…

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Chopin: Preludes; Schubert: Three Piano Pieces, D946; Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No 7 CD review  disappointingYulianna Avdeeva(Mirare)Yulianna Avdeeva caused great excitement when she won the 2010 Chopin Competition in Warsaw the first woman to do so since Martha Argerich in 1965. But in Britain at least, her subsequent recital appearances havent quite confirmed her stature, and this recital doesnt either. Of course there are some thrilling things in her playing, flashes of technical brilliance and moments that take off ecstatically, but there are other passages in which she seems intent on bludgeoning the music into submission, using a blunt instrument when a rapier would be more effective…

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 Berlin Musikfest 2014  – Wolfgang Rihm, Franz Schubert: Trio Jean Paul, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor), Philharmonie, Berlin 17.9.14 (MC) Wolfgang Rihm: ‘Transitus’ for orchestra (2012/13) Wolfgang Rihm: Trio Concerto for violin, cello, piano and orchestra (2014) Franz Schubert: Symphony No…

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Certainly Nimble

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Mike Wheeler listens to pianist Antony Peebles

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Deserted father’s operatic odyssey

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AUSTRALIAN composer Iain Grandage has enjoyed a long professional relationship with the novelist Tim Winton.

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Kalena Bovell, Graduate Student in Orchestral Conducting, is Guest Conductor of Hartt Orchestra in Bartok & Handel 7:30 PM Thu. Oct. 2, 2014, West Hartford, CTKalena Bovell ConductsKalena BovellKalena Bovell writes:Hello Mr. Zick,My name is Kalena Bovell and I am currently an Orchestral Conducting student at The Hartt School. I discovered the Africlassical Blog and I think it is wonderful. I am writing to ask if I may please list my information such as website and a short bio on Africlassical?Thank you…

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