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A new orchestra, a new concert hall - an encounter with conductor Laurence Equilbey + MORE

Laurence EquilbeyThe French conductor Laurence Equilbey is, perhaps, best known in the UK for her work with the choir Accentus which she founded. However in 2012 she founded the period instrument orchestra Insula. The ensemble recently made their UK debut (21 September 2015) at the Barbican performi.... More »

The Sacramento Bee: Classical pianist Downes reflects on the nation in her latest album [America Again] + MORE

 Pianist Lara Downes will perform her new album, “America Again,” at the Mondavi Center. Rik Keller PhotographyRead more here: http://www.sacbee.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article110681412.html#storylink=cpyLara Downes: America AgainSono Luminus DSL-92207(Photo: Rik Keller) Samuel Coler.... 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 »

Jamie Walton: Glazunov, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky CD review – appealing, poised playing + MORE

Walton/RPO/Kamu (Signum Classics)There’s a theme of composers looking backwards running through this appealing, slightly melancholy programme from the British cellist Jamie Walton and the Royal Philharmonic. Glazunov’s Concerto Ballata was composed in 1931, but could almost be something by Elgar.... More »

Conversations, Part One + MORE

I've had a number of interesting conversations recently about matters operatic, and thought I'd blog about some of the topics discussed.One chat was, broadly speaking, about repertory and the effect of subscription numbers on what an opera company can present. A company that sells a high percentage .... More »
Hindemith, Violinkonzert / Symphonic Metamorphosis / Konzertmusik, Midori, NDR Symphony Orchestra, C. Eschenbach (Ondine, 2013)

Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto, J. Bell, Camerata Salzburg, R. Norrington (Sony, 2002)
What was Christoph Eschenbach thinking, programming Mendelssohn’s E minor violin concerto for the second time in less than a year? Likely he was thinking of how that work, with none

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Joyce DiDonato

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Over grilled octopus, the American opera star gives a masterclass in singing technique and tells about the loneliness of life on the road, her passion for music education and why she’s still insecure about her voice

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Alessandro Scarlatti - Carlo Re dAlemagna Alessandro Scarlatti – Carlo Re d’Alemagna: Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Fabio Biondi: agOgiqe Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jan 7 2014 Star rating: 4.5A vivid and highly dramatic account of a lesser known, but important early 18th century operaAlessandro Scarlatti is an important figure in the history of 18th century opera, with over 65 works surviving, but rather under-represented in the recording catalogue…

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– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

Wohin?When listening to Hyperion Records’ new disc of the music of Julius Isserlis, it proves impossible to separate what you hear from the experiences of its composer. Isserlis, pictured here with his grandson, the cellist Steven Isserlis, was born in what is now Chișinău in Moldova, then part of Russia…

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– nightafternight.blogs.com

Pausal – Sky Margin (Own Records > Bandcamp)
G Sweems – Treasure Island (Noumenal Loom)
György Kurtág – Grabstein für Stefan; Stele; Karlheinz Stockhausen – Gruppen – Jürgen Ruck, Berlin Philharmonic/Claudio Abbado, Friedrich Goldmann, Marcus Creed (Deutsche Grammophon)
Luigi Nono – Como una ola de fuerza y luz – Slavka Taskova, Maurizio Pollini, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Claudio Abbado (Deutsche Grammophon)
Giacomo Manzoni – Masse: Omaggio a Edgard Varèse – Maurizio Pollini, Berlin Philharmonic/Claudio Abbado (Deutsche Grammophon)
Wolfgang Rihm – Dèpart; György Ligeti – Atmosphères; Lontano; Luigi Nono – Liebeslied; Pierre Boulez – Notations for Orchestra Nos…

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A Joy From Start to Finish: Rachmaninov from Zinman

– www.seenandheard-international.com

   Rachmaninov  Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Stephen Hough (piano), David Zinman (conductor), Tonhalle ,  Zurich (30.1.2014) (JR) Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini Rachmaninov : Symphony No. 2   One should not feel guilty enjoying Rachmaninov, but I do. This concert was entirely dedicated to Rachmaninov…

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Catch of another day

– parterre.com

Catch of another day“The nameless heroine of Dvorak’s Rusalka is one of those hybrid creatures that crops up so often in myth and fairy tale, half woman and half fish. The Met’s current quickie revival of this opera is also a half-and-half sort of thing: a charming musical performance welded to a dramatic production so old and stale that, like fish left out too long, it’s starting to smell…

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Gorgeous Janáček Jenůfa La Monnaie Bruxelles

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Gorgeous Janáček Jenůfa La Monnaie BruxellesFrom Brussels La Monnaie/De Munt, a visually stunning Jenůfa, which explores Janáček’s  opera from many different angles. Initially, the approach is disorienting, but gradually the wider perspective emerges,.illuminating the drama with great insight.  Jenůfa was Janáček’s breakthrough into opera…

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Vancouver Opera’s 2014-2015 Season

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September 27- October 4 2014: CarmenOctober 23- November 7 2014: StickboyFebruary 28- March 8 2015: Die FledermausApril 23- May 3 2015: Sweeney Todd
Vancouver Opera announced the 2014-2015 season on Thursday.
Cast Details | Official Site

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At the NSO: Lilacs and Bell

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Many thanks to Robert R. Reilly for this review from just around the corner.
I believe the National Symphony Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach deserve full houses. Encouragingly, that’s what they got on Thursday evening. With a program of Paul Hindemith’s When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d: A Requiem for those we love (never performed before by the NSO) and Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin

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A Violinist’s Triumph Is Ruined by ThievesA 1715 Stradivarius violin, valued in “the high seven figures,” was snatched from the arms of Frank Almond, a violinist in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, after a concert this week.    

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The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra announced that the reward was being offered for information that leads to the safe return of a 1715 Stradivarius violin stolen from the orchestra’s concertmaster.    

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‘Back to the Future’ musical planned for LondonDirector Robert Zemeckis is literally going back into the past for his next project — a stage musical of “Back to the Future.”    

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