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Luke Bedford comes up smiling + MORE

Through his Teeth - Linbury Studio, 7 April 2014 The laws of statistics suggested that if the Royal Opera House tried out enough new operas, sooner or later one would work. After an endless train of inept, underbaked or just plain boring efforts they've finally hit paydirt with Luke Bedford�.... More »
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Rufus Wainwright funds his opera recording by selling the shirt off his back + MORE

Rufus Wainwright's wardrobe is renowned for some exotic made-to-measure creations, as befits the flamboyant singer. But now he is offering fans the suit off his back, so that he can give his first opera the opulent recording it deserves..... More »
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The official classical chart + MORE

Week ending 5 July 2014    1 Prokofiev: Violin Sonatas Alina Ibragimova (violin), Steven Osborne (piano) Hyperion CDA67514 .... More »
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Offenbach Vert-Vert : Garsington Opera at Wormsley + MORE

"Monty Python meets the Belles of St Trinians? Sacré bleu !"Jacques Offenbach's Vert-Vert at Garsington Opera at Wormsley  features a girl’s school in collective mourning for a dead parrot"."The plot, suitably Pythonesque given the dead parrot, is more or less impossible to précis. Suffice.... More »
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Listen Now: When Tolkien Stole Wagner's Ring + MORE

Tolkien always vehemently denied any connection between his Lord of the Rings and Wagner's Ring Cycle. He once said: 'Both rings were round, and there the resemblance ceased'.But there is almost certainly more to it than that. Tolkien used the same Norse legends as Wagner for inspiration in 'Lord of.... More »

Northern journeys

– davidnice.blogspot.com

Northern journeysIn late January there was Oslo, courtesy of the fabulous Barokksolistene, a city completely new to me. Sentry on duty at the Akershus Fortress:Then it was back to Reykjavík for the Dark Music Days Festival, the city almost unfamiliar in the freeze after our glorious summer initiation. Whooper swans on Tjörnin, which, believe it or not, is in the middle of town:Flanking those were return visits to Glasgow and the Borders, where host Christopher took me with my two beloved oldest godchildren to Stobo Castle’s Japanese Water Garden:and to Edinburgh for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s 40th birthday concert, where the situation of my hotel, the very characteristic Parliament House on Calton Hill, led me on a walk I’d never taken during my four student years in the city, past the Burns monument with stunning views over Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags:Glasgow is always a delight to visit, however gloomy the weather, and my talks before BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra concerts have become regular fixtures…

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"Cello goddess" drawn into the afterlife

– jessicamusic.blogspot.com

"Cello goddess" drawn into the afterlifeMaya Beiser, dubbed a “cello goddess” by the New York Times, is heading for London to play David Lang’s concerto World to Come next week. Here’s my interview with a fascinating and ground-breaking figure whose effect on the contemporary repertoire for her instrument is simply immeasurable. The performance, with the BBC Concert Orchestra, is on 24 February at the QEH, booking here…

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It is always a pleasure to encounter music that serves as a reminder of some basic creative ideas: that music is a physical thing, connected to the body and to breath; that simplicity is often the most satisfying option; that the present moment and all that it holds is important. All of these notions are present in composer Keeril Makan’s latest release on Mode Records, Afterglow.

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LSO/van Zweden/Wang – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

LSO/van Zweden/Wang – reviewBarbican, LondonYuja Wang’s elegantly phrased crescendos left the audience wanting more, while Jaan van Zweden kept the LSO’s momentum fierceIt was Beethoven that gave the teenage Yuja Wang her European debut, then her big North American break when she stepped in for pianist Radu Lupu in Ottawa. The latter was seven years ago, during which time she hasn’t made the composer her own, preferring to concentrate on the pyrotechnics of the Prokofiev and Rachmaninov concertos that she is due to tackle later in her LSO Artist Portrait mini-residency…

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Tonight, Tuesday, February, 11, piano virtuoso Murray Perahia takes stage in the Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall to play a program of Purcell/Stucky, Schumann and Brahms live at 7 p.m. CST/8 p.m. EST.

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Helena Tulve - Arboles lloran por lluvia Helene Tulva Arboles lloran por lluvia: ECM new series Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Feb7 2014 Star rating: 3.0Fascinating timbres and fluid writing in this showcase of works by contemporary Estonian composer Helena TulvaThis disc showcases the music of the Estonian composer Helena Tulve. In a diverse group of five works, her fondness for exotic Eastern texts along with an fine ear for unusual instruments are showcased in performances of Reyah hadas ‘ala, silences/larmes, L’Equinoxe de l’ame, Arboles lloran por lluvia and Extinction des choses with performers including soprano Arianna Savall, counter-tenors Charles Barbier and Taniel Krirkal, with Ensemble Vox Clamantis, Ensemble Hortus Musicus and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jaan-Eik Tulve and Olari Elts…

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The Aurora Orchestra not Deflected by Changes of Soloists

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Mozart, Britten, Mahler and Shostakovich: Jane Irwin (mezzo-soprano), Andrew Staples (tenor), Nicolas Fleury (horn), Aurora Orchestra, Andrew Gourlay (conductor), Wigmore Hall, London, 9.2.2014 (CS) Mozart: Serenade in G K.525 Eine kleine Nachtmusik Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn and strings Op…

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In 1974 the only orchestral work by Herbert Howells available on LP was his Concerto for string orchestra. It had been issued on the EMI label (ASD 3020) and featured the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Adrian Boult. The other work on this disc was Sir Arthur Bliss’s rare Music for Strings…

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Music Review: Amanda Majeski Sings Britten and Schumann in ConcertThe soprano Amanda Majeski sang an English and German program that included Britten and Schumann.    

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CutTime Quintet: Hackley concert with special guests George Shirley and Alvin Waddles, Detroit Public Library Friends Auditorium 7 PM Wed. Feb. 12, 2014George ShirleyRick Robinson writes:CutTime celebrates black-American music with strong beat. This FREE evening program features the world premiere of The Legacy of Roland Hayes by star producer Patrice Rushen with the renowned tenor George Shirley and versatile pianist Alvin Waddles who will improvise solo…

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Oper Leipzig new season, 2014-15

– www.boulezian.blogspot.com

Oper Leipzig has announced its 2014/15 season. There are no fewer than six new opera stagings: the first, Gounod’s Faust, which opens in October; Non Rota’s Aladino e la lampada magica, in German translation, continuing the company’s commitment to children’s opera; Madama Butterfly; Gordon Getty’s The Canterville Ghost; I pagliacci; and, perhaps most eagerly awaited, the third instalment of the new Leipzig Ring, as it reaches Siegfried…

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Huge cash win for young string quartet

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Huge cash win for young string quartetWe hear (from a very happy boyfriend) that the Cologne-based Schumann Quartet – three German brothers and a gorgeous Estonian viola – have been awarded the  Jürgen Ponto-Stiftung music prize. It’s worth 60,000 Euros and plenty more in German media attention. Well done, bros and beauty…

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