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The unbearable lightness of...oh dear + MORE

Having greeted the idea of this CD with huge enthusiasm and given it some warm announcements right here, I'm sorry to say that a certain tenor's new recording, 'Du bist die Welt für mich' (English title is on the cover, right), has in its entirety proved a tad underwhelming. So I've written a piece.... More »
composer

Freedom and Joyous Accuracy from the Belcea Quartet + MORE

 Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert: Belcea Quartet, Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 17.10.2014 (BJ) Mozart: Quartet in F major, K. 590 Beethoven: Quartet in D major, Op. 18 No. 3 Schubert: Quartet in A minor, D. 804   Founded twenty years ago, and constituting a virt.... 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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Alison Balsom + MORE

Alison Balsom's new recording is an eclectic mix of works by Satie, Piazzolla, Messiaen, Ravel and more. We catch up with her before her next tour of concerts.   Ho.... More »
opera news

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 »

A royal entertainment returns to Versailles

– www.theglobeandmail.com

Toronto’s Opera Atelier to stage Persée almost 250 years after it was performed in the palace for Marie Antoinette

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New Classical Tracks: 'Goosebumpy to the Max'

– minnesota.publicradio.org

The latest disc from Anne Akiko Meyers features Vivaldi's classic of Baroque music — played on a remarkable violin. Anne says that it's an exciting combination. It's on New Classical Tracks this week, and you have a chance to win a copy of the CD.

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London Contemporary Music Festival Celebrates Bernard ParmegianiBritannia House, a large building just off Brick Lane in London’s East End, used to be a carpet factory. March 20-23, 2014, it was the trendy host to the London Contemporary Music Festival’s retrospective of the works of Bernard Parmegiani, an obscure but very cool experimental composer who died last year…

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Alex Ross On Interpreting Wagner

– www.the-wagnerian.com

Alex Ross On Interpreting WagnerThe always worth reading Alex Ross in discussion with Todd Morman at the Indy Week.Ross has been exploring Wagner’s deep, broad cultural influence—he pays close attention, for instance, to what he calls “Black Wagnerism,” the affinity felt by people like W.E.B. Du Bois for Wagner’s work. The INDY spoke with Ross about Wagner, race and modern opera; an edited transcript is below…

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Showcase for chamber music

– www.theaustralian.com.au

THE Australian Festival of Chamber Music is returning to Townsville in August.

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Sometimes it feels like the winter will never end. It’s April 15, I just had my lawn aerated, put down seed and fertilizer in the front yard a few days ago, and I woke up to snow yet again. After a speedy commute on the Go Train listening to one of my favorite podcasts, I taught my vocal lit class at the Royal Conservatory, where one of the students in my class did a presentation on Debussy’s Quatre Chansons de Jeunesse…

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Almanac: Paul Hindemith on technique

– www.artsjournal.com/aboutlastnight

“The true work of art does not need to wrap any veil of mystery about its external features. Indeed the…

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The Portland Baroque Shines Brightly

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Sheidt, Nicolai, Biber, Buxtehude, Weichlein, and Johann Christoph Bach, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Monica Huggett, artistic director and violin, Stephen Stubbs, chitarrone, Harry van der Kamp, bass, Vancouver Playhouse, 11.4.2014. Scheidt: Canzon super intradam æthiopicam a 5 Buxtehude:’ Ich bin eine Blume zu Saron’ (Song of Solomon 2:1-3) Nicolai: Sonata for three bass viols Biber: Rosary […]

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Boston: Practice Sessions

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Keeril Makan’s Letting Time Circle Through Us and Bernard Rands’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (with pianist Jonathan Biss) premiered in Boston.

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What American composer better embodies the spirit of the day than Irving Berlin? His music has graced innumerable Hollywood offerings from "White Christmas" to "Annie Get Your Gun." This week on Flicks in Five, Lynne Warfel celebrates Irving Berlin.

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Lying About Hitler: Why Historians Reject Nazi Opera Conspiracies—and Why We Must Follow their ExampleEvery book has its target audience. The question is as to what the target of Nazi opera conspiracy books might be. It is likely to be an audience interested in opera, music and art history. It is likely to be a popular audience interested in the history of the Holocaust, some of whom have heard that it was caused by an opera composer—one who either deserves to be justly hated as the Holocaust’s root cause, or amongst Neonazi’s, revered for it…

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Don Quichotte at San Diego Opera

– operatattler.typepad.com

* Notes * The last performance of the 2014 season at San Diego Opera was the matinée of Don Quichotte on Sunday, April 13. This may well have been San Diego Opera's final offering, complete with a Save San Diego Opera demonstration outside and capacity attendance inside. The production is a revival of the one at San Diego Opera in 2009…

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A new piece by Chinese-American composer Zhou Long was part of the programme in the latest chapter of this transatlantic musical exchange

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