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Ionarts in Santa Fe: 'Don Pasquale' and 'Fidelio' + MORE

Prisoners' Chorus in Fidelio, 2014, Santa Fe Opera (photo by Ken Howard) Charles T. Downey, Updated Donizetti and Beethoven offer mixed results at Santa Fe Opera The Classical Review, August 6 It is an odd summer at the Santa Fe Opera, considering the festival’s repertorial specialties. The season.... More »
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Lincoln Center paying Fisher family $15 million to rename Avery Fisher Hall + MORE

When Avery Fisher, founder of the Fisher electronics company, made a $10.5 million donation in 1973, Lincoln Center agreed to name the New York Philharmonic's performance hall after Fisher in perpetuity. Perpetuity is now coming to an end..... More »
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What exactly am I listening to - the vexed question of cuts and editions in live performance + MORE

Gwynneth Jones as ElektraOn Sunday night Richard Strauss's Elektra was performed at the BBC Proms (see my review). The title role was sung (Elektrifyingly) by Christine Goerke who is an experienced stage Elektra and sang off the book. The version of Strauss's Elektra that we heard was the standard o.... More »
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San Francisco Symphony, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco + MORE

Michael Tilson Thomas revived Britten’s rarely performed ballet score for ‘The Prince of the Pagodas’ – and, typically, placed it in context.... More »
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Imagination and innovation from the Hermes Experiment. + MORE

The Hermes Experimentphoto Thurstan ReddingThe Hermes Experiment is a group of young performers who come together to perform contemporary music, much of it written for them. Their line-up is quite distinctive, using harp, clarinet, soprano and double-bass with performers Anne Denholm, Oliver Pashley.... More »

Substitutes Nielsen, Svendsen and Jensen Greeted with Cheers

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 Nielsen, Tchaikovsky, Svendsen:Leonard Elschenbroch (cello), BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Eivind Gullberg Jensen (conductor). Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff. 19.4.2014 (PCG) Nielsen – Aladdin: Suite (1926) Tchaikovsky –Rococo Variations, Op.33 (1876) Svendsen – Symphony No 1 in D, Op.4 (1866)   The belated change of the conductor for this concert entailed some substantial alterations to the originally […]
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Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han took Beethovern’s five sonatas Tuesday evening in a powerful and enlightening experience.

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Constantin Frantz: Offener Brief an Richard WagnerVolltext aus dem Bayreuther Blätter, Juni 1878. Constantin Frantz (12. Sep 1817 – 2. Mai 1891) gehört ursprünglich um den Junghegelianer wie Max Stirner, David Strauß, Ludwig Feuerbach, Arnold Ruge sowie Marx und Engels. Später aber tritt Frantz von Hegelianismus zurrück und ging zu einer reaktionäre schellingianische Seite über…

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Swiss Orchestra Brings Adams, Glass, Pärt to Cardiff

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 Adams, Glass, Pärt:  Matt Haimovitz (cello), Basel Symphony Orchestra / Dennis Russell Davies (conductor). St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 19.4.2014 (PCG) Pärt – These words… (2008) Glass – Cello Concerto No 2 Naqoyqatsi (2012) Adams – Harmonielehre (1985)   Many of the foreign orchestras who play in the international seasons at St David’s Hall seem to […]
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Regional Spotlight: Inon Barnatan

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This week's Regional Spotlight features another virtuoso performance from Inon Barnatan's Frederic Chopin Society recital from March 16.

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Scotland’s foremost composer attacks secessionist fellow-travellersJames MacMillan, the most successful composer ever to emerge from the northern kingdom has published a lacerating attack on artists who promote independence from Great Britain, denouncing their reliance on the great poet Hugh MacDiarmid, an outspoken Fascist sympathiser. Read him here.    

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Composer Dave Malloy took NYC musical theater by storm with his Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, but his path to Off-Broadway success began in San Francisco’s experimental theater community—and he’s holding on tightly to that non-traditional approach.

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Crumb: Voices from the Heartland review  touchingly honestCrumb/Mason/Barrone/Orchestra 2001/Freeman(Bridge)George Crumb will be 85 in October. Over the past decade, his output has been almost exclusively vocal, concentrated in a series of song cycles and arrangements he has subtitled American Songbook. Recently, he began a Spanish songbook, and one instalment from each project appears on this latest issue, the 16th, in Bridge’s Complete Crumb Edition…

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Did Hitler ever say "whoever wants to understand National Socialist Germany must know Wagner"?Is there evidence that Hitler ever said: “whoever wants to understand National Socialist Germany must know Wagner”? The simple answer to this question is: no, there is currently no evidence that Hitler ever said this. The quotation is likely to be apocryphal. I will go into the authenticity of this quotation in some detail, as we attempt to track down the elusive primary source for this oft-repeated quote…

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The established model of presenting new works to audiences is changing and the audiences are changing dramatically too. An entire generation of composers and performers are taking the presentation of their works into their own hands.
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When Peter Racine Fricker wrote his Violin Concerto for small orchestra he was regarded being something of an énfant terrible – writing music that owed more to Schoenberg and Weber rather than Vaughan Williams and Walton.  Yet he was deemed to be one of the most important composers writing at the time (along with Humphrey Searle and Iain Hamilton)…

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A critical guide to performances of classical music in the New York City area.

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Norn yesterday

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Norn yesterdayThe final day of the Buenos Aires Ring dawns in our latest sampling from the Mike Richter’s trove of CD-ROMs.
Wagner: Götterdämmerung, Prologue and Act One
Teatro Colón, October 26, 1962
Brünnhilde: Birgit Nilsson
Siegfried: Hans Hopf
Hagen: Arnold van Mill
Gunther: Angel Mattielo
Waltraute: Ursula Boese
Gutrune: Gré Brouwenstijn
Erste Norne: Marga Hoeffgen
Zweite Norne: Isabel Casey
Dritte Norne: Gré Brouwenstijn
Conductor: Heinz Wallberg
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