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Speak truth to power + MORE

“Truth to Power”: That’s the name of a festival the Chicago Symphony is offering from May 22 to June 5, with the idea of highlighting “music’s ability to connect people and harness the power of shared experience,” and to “inspire justice and fairness..... More »
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NEW! Cincinnati’s Vibrant 2014-2015 Season + MORE

  Cincinnati’s Vibrant 2014-2015 Season Earlier than many other arts organizations, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced its lineup for 2014-2015. Opening September 13 in an all-Beethoven concert led by CSO Music Director Louis Langrée that includes the Egmont Overture and the Symphon.... More »
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Straussian high days and holy days + MORE

Tussock time, as in leaping from one pleasure to another, truly began the Friday before last with the annual Europe Day Concert in St John's Smith Square and continued on Sunday and Monday at Glyndebourne. 150th birthday boy Richard Strauss was central to both: for the Rosenkavalier Study Day, obvio.... More »
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A Quick Update on Bernd Weikl's Book + MORE

In the last post, we welcomed the publication of the latest Nazi opera conspiracy book by Bernd Weikl calling for Wagner to be banned in Germany. It was Weikl’s great misfortune that the book’s publication was severely undermined by the simultaneous retraction of charges against Wagner.... More »
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Rameau Motets Prom William Christie Les Arts Florissants + MORE

Best of the season so far! William Christie and Les Arts Florissants  performed Rameau Grand Motets at late night Prom 17. Perfection, as one would expect from arguably the finest Rameau interpreters in the business, and that's saying a lot, given the exceptionally high quality of French baroqu.... More »
Semperoper, DresdenSchumann – Kinderszenen, op.15Bunte Blätter, op.99: selectionSchumann – Sonata in A major, D 959I expect limited sympathy from readers elsewhere, but a sadness of London musical life is that Radu Lupu hardly ever seems to visit. Prior to this concert in Dresden, I had heard him once ever, and that as a concerto soloist…

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Vienna Philharmonic attacked by opera chief for ‘reluctant’ denazificationIoan Holender, former head of the Vienna Opera, has launched an extraordinary assault on the orchestra for dealing with its Nazi past only when it is absolutely forced to do so. Holender said he had never felt any positive desire on the part of the orchestra, and particularly its chairman and official historian Clemens Hellsberg, […]

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Caccini's L'Euridice

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Caccini's L'Euridice Giulio Caccini – L’Euridice: Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano: naive Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Apr 18 2014 Star rating: 4.0Vivid live performance of one of the first ever operasOpera as we know it seems to have been invented around the turn of the 16th century in Florence. Thanks to an element of controversy with two different composers staking some claim, we have two of the earliest operas surviving as published musical texts…

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Dance with Talk Doesn’t Quite Come Off

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 Various Composers, If Play Is Play…: HeadSpaceDance, Royal Opera House (Linbury Studio Theatre), London, 16.04.2014 (J.O’D) Two Dancers: Christopher Akrill and Gemma Nixon Choreography: Johan Inger Music: ‘Silouan’s Song’ by Arvo Pärt Costume Designs: Sabine Lemaître Lighting Design:Simon Bennison Before the Interval Dancers: Christopher Akrill, Clemmie Sveaas, Jonathan Goddard Choreography and Sound Design:   Luca Silvestrini […]

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Puccini Manon Lescaut Rattle Westbroek Baden Baden

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The very idea of the Berliner Philharmoniker playing Puccini operas  should raise a wry smile when one thinks of the orchestra’s magnificent past.  But why not? Their artistry gives this Manon Lescaut a musical grandeur not often heard in an opera house. Sometimes, shifting the walls between sub-genres in music can be a good thing…

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In CNN segment on YouTube, pianist Roy F. Eaton compares his experiences as an advertising executive of color to the TV series 'Mad Men'A CNN segment on YouTube allows pianist Roy F. Eaton to compare his personal experiences as a pioneering advertising copywriter and music director of color to those depicted in the television series Mad Men on http://www.amctv.com/:My “15 minutes” extendshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb03Cx1l4JM&list=UUupvZG-5ko_eiXAupbDfxWw Love,Roytinyurl…

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Sergio A. Mims: Lawrence Brownlee stars in "I Puritani" at the Metropolitan OperaLawrence BrownleeSergio A. Mims writes:I know you will be interested in this of course.SergioAmanda Ameer:Throughout his career, tenor Lawrence Brownlee has astounded critics and fans alike with the beauty of his voice in the bel-canto repertoire. Starting…April 17, audiences can experience his gifts live at the Metropolitan Opera when he appears alongside Olga Peretyatko in Bellini’s I Puritani…

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Semperoper’s Ariadne auf Naxos:an Estimable Pleasure

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 Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos: Soloists, Staatskapelle Dresden, Omer Meir Wellber (conductor). Semperoper, Dresden, 15.4.2014 (MB) Cast Music-Master – Markus Butter Major-Domo – Friedrich-Wilhelm Junge Lackey – Peter Lobert Officer – Michael Auenmüller Composer – Barbara Senator Tenor/Bacchus – Burkhard Fritz Wigmaker – Matthias Henneberg Zerbinetta – Romy Petrick Prima Donna, Ariadne – Marjorie Owens Dancing […]

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Mass walkout on San Diego Opera board

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Mass walkout on San Diego Opera boardThe president, Karen Cohn, walked out of yesterday’s crisis meeting. She appears to have quit. Around 20 others on the 50-strong board failed to show. The chief executive and artistic director Ian Campbell also made an exit, though he still holds his two jobs. The new acting president is Carol Lazier, who recently gave $1 […]

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Adams: The Gospel According to the Other Mary review  'Unlike anything in the choral repertoire'O’Connor/Mumford/Thomas/Bubeck/Los Angeles Master Chorale and PO/Dudamel(Deutsche Grammophon)When it received its UK premiere at the Barbican in London a year ago, John Adams’s "passion oratorio" came across as one of the most striking of his recent works. Like the earlier nativity oratorio El Niño, to which it’s a companion piece, The Gospel According to the Other Mary is intended for both the concert hall and the opera house the Barbican performance was staged by Peter Sellars, who also compiled the libretto, which presents the passion story from the point of view of Mary Magdalene and her sister and brother, in the process drawing parallels with political and social movements today…

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Not forgettable: Górecki’s final symphonyHenryk Gorecki Gorecki, Tansman & Stravinsky: Julian Rachlin, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrey Boreyko; South Bank Centre Reviewed by Hilary Gloveron April 12 2014 Star rating: 4.5World premiere of Henryk Gorecki’s fourth and final symphonyAlexandre Tansman with his first wife Anna Eleonora BrocinerThis memorial concert has been a long time in the planning but was worth the wait…

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Miami-based chamber chorus Seraphic Fire and Chicago’s Spektral Quartet joined forces Wednesday night for an even rarer pairing — two quite different versions of the same work, Haydn’s “Seven Last Words of Christ on The Cross” — essentially performed at the same time.

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For her most recent commissioning project, composer and pianist Joann Cho invited a large group of composers to write a solo piano piece for her and asked them to write their piece “for children.”

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