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Contract talks in Met Opera labor dispute extended + MORE

With just an hour to spare before general manager Peter Gelb's vow of a 12:01 a.m. Friday deadline that would trigger a lockout, New York's Metropolitan Opera announced it had agreed to a federal mediator's request to extend the talks by 72 hours..... More »
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Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival - Finale + MORE

Hatfield House Festival Chamber Orchestra rehearsing in 2013 Strauss, RVW, Haydn; Ruby Hughes, Claire Barnett Jones, Gwilym Bowen, Tristan Hambleton, Jack Liebeck, Hertfordshire Chorus, Hatfield House Festival Chamber Orchestra, Nicholas Daniel; Old Palace, Hatfield House Reviewed by Robert Hug.... 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 »
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Outcast Malaysian Philharmonic is ordered to pay $147,000 to sacked manager + MORE

The Kuala Lumpur orchestra, owned by a state oil company and boycotted by musicians the world over for its summary dismissals, has lost an important unfair dismissal case against its former manager, Kim Sargent. The MPO has been ordered by an industrial court to pay him US$147,000 within 30 days. Th.... More »
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Oompah! What a Wagner singer does on her off days + MORE

Meet Hanna Wollschläger, a Berlin-based big-voiced soprano who dies as much Wagner as she can get, but there’s never enough to go around. So between times, she’s Gusti. Just Gusti Are there any who like to have an Oktoberfest Evening ? Invite me ! Love to come and sing for you.   &nb.... More »
75th Birthday of Afro-Cuban Composer, Guitarist & Conductor Leo Brouwer Marred by Death of Paco de Lucia, his friend for four decadesLeo Brouwer (b. 1939) (Cuba Absolutely) at V Leo Brouwer Festival of Chamber Music, September 28-October 13, 2013The Afro-Cuban composer, classical guitarist and conductor we now know as Leo Brouwer was named Juan Leovigildo Brouwer when he came into the world in Havana, Cuba on March 1, 1939…

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A maverick maestro turns 70

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A maverick maestro turns 70There is no easy way to describe Leif Segerstam. Several times larger than life, with beard and appetites to match, he has written 261 symphonies (at the latest count) and, when not guest conducting around Europe, is music director at Malmo Opera. He turns 70 on March 2. Not that anyone would know it.

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Bayreuth’s English mezzo was a paragon of kindness

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Bayreuth’s English mezzo was a paragon of kindnessThe English soprano Una Barry has allowed us to share her reflections on the death of her much-loved teacher, Anna Reynolds.   Anna never sent Christmas cards from Germany but always made a point of ringing us all up at Christmas, and last Christmas was no exception, and when I promised somehow I would get […]

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Edgar: O gloria, o voluttà

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Edgar: O gloria, o voluttàOper Frankfurt assembled a luxurious cast for two concert performances of Puccini's second opera this week. Not knowing when I'd get the chance to hear Edgar live again, I jumped at the chance to do so, especially since it also offered the opportunity to hear Angela Meade again, and Bryan Hymel for the first time…

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Menuhin Competition Junior Laureates AnnouncedBy Laurie Niles: AUSTIN, Texas — The Junior Division Laureates for the Menuhin Competition were announced Friday night in Austin after an afternoon of semi-final rounds, followed by an evening concert that featured each finalist playing a showpiece with the University of Texas Orchestra at Bates Recital Hall at the Butler School in Austin…

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Wigmore HallSchubert – Rondo in B minor, D 895Debussy – Première rapsodieStravinsky – L’Histoire du soldat: suite for violin, clarinet, and pianoPoulenc – Clarinet SonataDebussy – Violin Sonata in G minorBartók – Contrasts Anthony Marwood (violin)Martin Fröst (clarinet)Marc-André Hamelin (piano)In many ways, this proved an enjoyable recital – once past the opening Schubert Rondo in B minor…

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Opera Review: Gotham Chamber Opera Performs at a MuseumThe Gotham Chamber Opera presented Monteverdi’s “Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda” and the one-act “I Have No Stories to Tell You” at the Met Museum.    

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Flexatone or musical saw?

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Flexatone or musical saw?Preparing my pre-performance talk for the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert last night, which included Khachaturian’s lumpy behemoth of a Piano Concerto, I was expecting this in the middle movement:whereas what we got was this:Which was a pity, because the Khachaturian concerto has only two redeeming features: its opening melody, done to death, and the novelty value of what ought to be a solo for flexatone, not musical saw…

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Handel's Rodelinda at ENO

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Handel's Rodelinda at ENOChristopher Ainslie, Iestyn DaviesAct 2 of Rodelinda, photo Clive Barda Handel Rodelinda: English National Opera: London Coliseum Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Feb 28 2014 Star rating: 3.0Richard Jones’ gothick schlock horror version of Handel’s opera redeemed by superb performances.Handel’s Rodelinda is one of his greatest operas and the directness of its plot has meant that it has attracted directors…

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Julien Benhamou, the French photographer, on shooting dance and dancersFrench photographer Julien Benhamou has a passion for photographing dancers, musicians, and artists of all kinds. His style is crisp and vibrant which makes him an automatic choice for magazine assignments and even giant posters outside the Palais Garnier. His precise and detailed approach could easily make the resulting photos uncommunicative, yet while Benhamou’s work has the sumptuousness of a fashion shoot, it always says something about the subject, essential when his models are professional communicators such as actress Fanny Ardant, journalist and interviewer Bernard Pivot, and the future Paris Opera Ballet boss Benjamin Millepied…

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Part of why Marc Neikrug’s compositions have attracted the attention of so many high-profile soloists is that for many years he was a member of that exclusive club himself—a concert pianist who performed standard repertoire with Pinchas Zukerman in most of the world’s major concert halls. Yet for that reason his music hasn’t always been immediately embraced by the new music community…

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Simon Smith (piano)(Delphian)Alfred Schnittke’s complete piano music offers a shortcut straight to the heart of the prolific Soviet composer who died too young in 1998 aged 63. From the terse, early serial works such as Prelude and Fugue (1963) to the playful Little Piano Pieces (1971) to the three substantial sonatas written later in life, Schnittke experimented with styles…

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Dido and Aeneas/Young Wife; Takács Quartet – reviewKing’s Head; Wigmore Hall, LondonOperaUpClose take illuminating liberties with Purcell. And the Takács are on dazzling formHunky American quarterback Aeneas lifts his shirt and laughingly takes a selfie of his six-pack before pinging it to prom queen Dido who giggles over the image with fellow cheerleader and best friend, Belinda…

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