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Review: Ute Lemper Seeks Truth and Justice in a Collaboration With Paulo Coelho + MORE

At Symphony Space on Friday, the chanteuse performed most of “The 9 Secrets,” a song cycle based on Mr. Coelho’s novel “Manuscript Found in Accra.”.... More »

Opera's radical pharaoh + MORE

The mesmeric power of Philip Glass's Akhnaten.... More »

Kids and classical music: It's as simple as having fun + MORE

There's no trick to raising a child with an appreciation for classical music. You don't need Baby Einstein or Baby Mozart or some other gimmick that promises to enhance your child's neurological development through Beethoven..... More »

Weekly Guide to the BBC Proms + MORE

TV & Radio Information BBC Radio 3 17 July 2015 - 7:30pm 18 July 2015 - 6:30pm .... More »
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#morninglistening: A Musical Offering + MORE

<!-- BEGIN QUOTE -->#morninglistening to #Bach’s #MusicalOffering on @outheremusic #EnsembleAurora #classical… https://t.co/XtLnb2HhlF pic.twitter.com/QafLimSpzR— Jens F. Laurson (@ClassicalCritic) December 13, 2015<!-- END TWITTER QUOTE --> J.S.Bach Ein Musikalisches Opfer Ens.... More »

Men without Chaps

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Brokeback Mountain, the short story by Annie Proulx later brought to the big screen by Ang Lee, is now an opera too.
The touching story of love between two cowboys has been set to music by the veteran American composer Charles Wuorinen, and opens at the Teatro Real in Madrid next week.
Daniel Okulitch plays Ennis, portrayed in the movie by Heath Ledger, and Tom Randle is Jack, Jake Gyllenhaal's character…

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An Eastern Vigil

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An Eastern VigilEstonian Philharmonic Chamber Choirphoto Kaupo Kikkas An Eastern Vigil: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Daniel Reuss, Gilad Atzmon at LSO St Lukes Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jan 22 2014 Star rating: 4.5Stunning opening concert of the London A Cappella Festival from Estonian visitorsThe London A Cappella Festival opened last night (22 January 2014) with a performance by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (EPCC), conductor Daniel Reuss, and saxophonist Gilad Atzmon at LSO St…

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James Manheim: George Walker's 'Mass' is 'a grand work'; 'The real find here is the performance of the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83'Albany Records Troy1447 (2013)On December 20, 2013 AfriClassical posted: New Albany CD: George Walker’s ‘Mass’ & ‘Psalms 96 & 117′ by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra & Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 83 by George Walker, PianoJohn Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.com sends a CD review by James Manheim, a critic for AllMusic…

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Resolving The Pay Disparity In Minnesota

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Resolving The Pay Disparity In Minnesota

Although specific details have yet to be released, media reports have confirmed the new master agreement ratified by the Minnesota Orchestra Association (MOA) and its musicians contains a provision to pay substitute musicians 90 percent of the contracted musicians’ base scale rate, thereby requiring subs to shoulder a disproportionately larger share of salary concessions than their contracted colleagues…

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Opera star Renée Fleming has been described as ‘the Great American Soprano’ and ‘the people’s diva,’ so, why shouldn’t she sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl?

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Andres Orozco-Estrada, the busy conductor who becomes the Houston Symphony’s music director in September, will become even busier when he adds a London orchestra to his responsibilities next year. “When I first heard Andres conduct in February 2011, I was immediately struck by his remarkable energy, electrifying conducting, and sheer ability to radio the joy of music making to both the orchestra and audience,” Walker said…

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The day Abbado caught the tube

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When Claudio Abbado took the Lucerne Festival Orchestra to Beijing in 2009 it was his first visit since a pioneering trip in 1973, at the height of the Cultural Revolution.
By then 76, and suffering from stomach cancer, he kept a low profile. Despite immense press and public interest, he turned down all interview requests and stayed at a quiet hotel several miles away from the concert venue…

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Takács Plays Bartók, Part 1

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Bartók, String Quartets, Takács Quartet (2d ed., 1998)

Bartók, String Quartets, Takács Quartet (1st ed., 1985)
One of the most interesting things that the Fortas Chamber Concerts series, at the Kennedy Center, does is to host a complete cycle of a composer’s string quartets (pace Will Robin). The last of these we reviewed was the Shostakovich set performed by the Emerson Quartet in 2007 and

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Music Review: ‘Here Be Sirens’ Blends Opera and PlayKate Soper plays a murderess in “Here Be Sirens,” a blend of an opera and a play.    

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Brahms and Liszt Lieder from Kirschlager and Thibaudet

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 Brahms, Liszt: Angelika Kirschlager (mezzo-soprano), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano), Wigmore Hall, London, 20.1.2014 (CC) Brahms:   Deutsche Volkslieder: Book IV, No. 25, Mein Mädel hat einen Rosenmund; Book V,  No. 35, Soll sich der Mond nicht heller scheinen; Book I, No. 6, Da unten im Tale; Book II, No…

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How to play the world’s costliest violin: first, dunk it in the riverThat’s what Anne Akiko Meyers appears to do in the promo video for her new premiere release of Vivaldi’s triple concerto, RV551. Anne plays the Vieuxtemps Guarnerius, valued at $20 million. No way would she take it for a dip, she tells Slipped Disc. The other violin was a body double and she was using it […]

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The unauthorized premiere

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Eugene Onegin – Metropolitan Opera, 11/23/2013Mattei, Poplavskaya, Villazon, Maximova, Kocan / VedernikovDirector of record Fiona Shaw was visibly present in the audience of this first November Onegin — and why not? For the new conductor and cast made of this Chekovian “realist” production what she, Deborah Warner, and the rest of the team surely envisioned when they signed up for a season premiere…

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Ed is leaving ENO…

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Ed is leaving ENO...Sobs in sunny Sheen today upon the news that Edward Gardner is leaving English National Opera. The highlights of his stint as music director have been many and various – I’d pick out his Der Rosenkavalier, The Flying Dutchman, Wozzeck and The Damnation of Faust, to name but a few, as some of the most exciting operatic treats of the past several years…

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