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Gawain review fully restored, pointlessly staged, superbly performed version of Birtwistle's fourth opera + MORE

Barbican, LondonThe unexpurgated version of Harrison Birtwistle's opera, kicking off the Barbican's 80th-birthday season for the composer, let its magnificent singers down with a superfluous stagingThere are celebrations to come later in the year at the Proms and at the Southbank Centre, but the Bar.... More »
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It’s a good career + MORE

Music Director James Levine (pictured, right) is obviously feeling well enough that he can get back to favorite pastime, i.e., making sure nobody else has a success except him. Writes director Richard Eyre in his blog on the Met’s website: The orchestra will be added on Monday and when that h.... More »
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Sarasota Opera stays true to composer with Verdi bill + MORE

Operas like Verdi's unfairly neglected Jérusalem look the way they sound in Sarasota..... More »
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Good Ensemble Work in McVicar’s Figaro Revival + MORE

 Mozart Le nozze di Figaro Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/David Syrus. Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 02.05.2014 (CC)   Figaro: Alex Esposito Susanna: Camilla Tilling Bartolo: Christophorus Stamboglis Marcellina: Marie McLaughlin Cherubino: Anna Bo.... More »
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This week: concerts in New York (August 4 – August 10, 2014) + MORE

Prague Symphony | Mostly Mozart Festival Christian Tetzlaff joins the Festival Orchestra to perform Mozart’s First Violin Concerto, written when the composer was still a teenager. Louis Langrée conducts the program, which also includes Mozart’s “Prague” Symphony, a Haydn overture, an.... More »
Celebrated composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has created his tenth symphony.

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Though lip service (if not actual airtime) is given to a whole host of musical traditions from Tejano to bluegrass to opera, Album of the Year and Record of the Year (for a single) are still the most important Grammy awards and are inevitably given to commercial popular music, making all the other awards somehow feel like consolation prizes.

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Wohin?

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

Wohin?When listening to Hyperion Records’ new disc of the music of Julius Isserlis, it proves impossible to separate what you hear from the experiences of its composer. Isserlis, pictured here with his grandson, the cellist Steven Isserlis, was born in what is now Chișinău in Moldova, then part of Russia…

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Coming Soon to a Festival Near You

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The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players are beating all other local concert presenters to the punch, in a big, big way: their upcoming Sweet Thunder Festival, scheduled for April 24-27 at Fort Mason, will include first Bay Area appearances (I believe) of the JACK Quartet and International Contemporary Ensemble, aka ICE…

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There were, it seemed, enough trumpets to serve Gabriel throughout eternity – and, as fanfares go, this one was stretching a point and then some. LSO On Track had commissioned it from Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and true to the spirit of this enterprise seeking to field young musicians of mixed abilities alongside players from the London Symphony Orchestra Fanfare: Her Majesty’s Welcome commandeered its battalions of extra wind from the nearby Guildhall School and gave “Her Majesty”, and us, an earful – the kind of public racket that would easily be heard all the way over in Buckingham Palace…

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Music Review: Alice Coote Presents an Evening of French Art SongsThe mezzo-soprano Alice Coote traversed an emotional arc in a recital of French works at Zankel Hall on Thursday evening.    

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Great Scott! 'Back to the Future' to return as a stage musicalSynchronize your watches for 2015 and get your cars revved up to 88 mph! A musical adaptation of "Back to the Future" will be opening in London’s West End next year, the 30th anniversary of the Robert Zemeckis-directed film that starred Michael J. Fox.

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LONDON (Reuters) – Roald Dahl’s “Dirty Beasts” poems have a musical cadence which may explain why, after the success of stage versions of “Matilda” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, three of them are being set to music to introduce young people to the orchestra.

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Fire and music

– parterre.com

Fire and music“In her first role in a play, Ms. Fleming will make her debut at the [Williamstown Theater Festival] in Living on Love, a new comedy from the Tony-winning writer Joe DiPietro (Memphis), adapted from the Garson Kanin play Peccadillo. Ms. Fleming will play an opera diva at odds with her husband over the people they’ve hired to ghostwrite their autobiographies…

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A Violinist’s Triumph Is Ruined by ThievesA 1715 Stradivarius violin, valued in “the high seven figures,” was snatched from the arms of Frank Almond, a violinist in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, after a concert this week.    

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LSO Jansen Pappano Barbican 31 Jan 2014

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LSO Jansen Pappano Barbican 31 Jan 2014 Maxwell Davis: Fanfare: Her Majesty’s WelcomeBrahms: Violin ConcertoWalton: Symphony No. 1London Symphony OrchestraJanine Jansen, violinAntonio Pappano, conductorAntonio Pappano is only an occasional collaborator with the London Symphony, but he works well with the orchestra. He delivers plenty of fire and passion, and is often extreme with his tempos and rubato…

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Ensemble. Deeply Satisfying

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John Wilson conducts the CBSO, heard by Mike Wheeler

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Paying The Ticket Price Piper

– www.adaptistration.com

Paying The Ticket Price Piper

There were two items of note this week related to ticket pricing strategies. First up is The Metropolitan Opera (The Met), which released data detailing large losses in the wake of dynamic pricing initiatives that ushered in a wave of price increases.
Although The Met reversed the decision during Q1 2013, the damage was done and when the fiscal year was complete, they reported average attendance fell to 79 percent capacity, producing a nasty little drop in ticket revenue…

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