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January at Cadogan Hall + MORE Dec 31st

January sees John Lill continuing his series of recitals at the Cadogan Hall performing the complete Beethoven piano sonatas. On Jan 13 Lill performs numbers 9, 16 and 29 (Hammerklavier) and on 27 January her performs numbers 2, 8 (Pathetique), 24 (A Therese) and 30. The series culminates in Februar.... More »
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Concerto Italiano/Alessandrini review a finely shaped programme of Monteverdi songs + MORE

Greyfriars Kirk, EdinburghBold and stylish instrumental playing gave this performance its brilliant vivacity adding to its dramatic, raunchy storytellingThere are few performers better-versed in the music of Claudio Monteverdi than Rinaldo Alessandrini and the ensemble he founded 30 years ago, Conc.... More »
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John Malveaux: São Paolo Opera: Grammy Winning Bass-Baritone Mark S. Doss sings role of Jochanaan in 'Salomé' September 6, 9, 11, 16 and 20, 2014 + MORE

Mark S. Doss(PRLog.com)John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com sends this link:São Paulo OperaGrammy Bass-Baritone Mark Doss will sing the role of Jochanaan during five (5) performances of the opera "SALOME" in São Paolo, Brazil 30/8 sáb 17h Theatro Municipal de S.... More »
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Offenbach's turn + MORE

David Parry and Martin Duncan at rehearsal break May 23 2014 Garsington Opera's new production of that extreme rarity Offenbach's Vert-Vert had its rehearsal room run through this morning prior to moving to Wormsley over the weekend. And it is an utterly charming piece, hugely enjoyable. M.... More »

Hello Walls !

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What I listen to when I don’t listen to Schubert

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New video: Is this sneezing girl giving a great singer a dose of flu?Check out the new Alka-Seltzer ad (below). Beside the sneezing girl is a sleeping man who looks very much like a former tenor of our acquaintance. That sweater looks familiar, too. Can’t be… can it?

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Agenda (updated)

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An explosive revelation in Paul Morley's fine piece on the Huddersfield Festival: Cage, Boulez, and Messiaen once dined together at the Huddersfield Pizza Hut…. The Serbian-born composer Djuro Zivkovic has won the 2014 Grawemeyer Award, for his work On the Guarding of the Heart…. The fascinating and difficult-to-classify Icelandic composer Anna Þhorvaldsdóttir is featured Thursday in Miller Theatre's Composer Portrait series…

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Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam Siegfried – Stephen Gould Gunther – Alejandro Marco-Buhrmester Alberich – Werner van Mechelen Hagen – Kurt Rydl Brünnhilde – Catherine Foster Gutrune, Third Norn – Astrid Weber Waltraute – Michaela Schuster First Norn – Nicole Piccolimini Second Norn, Wellgunde – Barbara Senator Woglinde – Machteld Baumans Flosshilde – Bettina Ranch Pierre Audi (director) George Tsypin (set designs) Eiko Ishioka, Robby Duiveman (costumes) Wolfgang Göbbel (lighting) Cor van den Brink (choreography) Maarten van der Put (video) Klaus Bertisch (dramaturgy) Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra Netherlands Opera Chorus (chorus master: Eberhard Friedrich) Hartmut Haenchen (conductor)   I shall try to make this relatively short, partly on account of time pressures, but also because I still have to watch the DVD set of this Amsterdam Ringfrom Hartmut Haenchen and Pierre Audi, and shall therefore be able to say more once I have seen the whole ‘cycle’…

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Sacrifices on the Altar

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Sacrifices on the AltarNigel Simeone’s edition of The Leonard Bernstein Letters is a veritable treasure trove. Bernstein may not be the greatest composer of the 20th century (though West Side Story is surely at the top of the tree when it comes to the century’s musical theatre works), nor is he as fine a conductor as was made out (though Philip Hensher’s petulant, myopic dismissal overlooks his extraordinary contribution to the Mahler revival), yet he was an extraordinary and influential figure, which is what makes this volume such a boon…

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Wagner Parsifal, Royal Opera House

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Wagner Parsifal, Royal Opera HouseAny new production of Wagner’s Parsifal would be welcome, if only to banish memories of Klaus Michael Gruber’s staging from the 1990′s where the Knights of the Grail were so comatose they had to be wheeled across the stage on a conveyor belt.  I’m glad that I went to this new Parsifal at the Royal Opera House, even though my initial misgivings weren’t far off the mark…

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BBCNOW/Kalmar – review

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BBCNOW/Kalmar – reviewHoddinott Hall, CardiffThis concert embodied gratitude writ large for the legendary Serge KoussevitskyWithout the advocacy and commissioning heft of the legendary Serge Koussevitsky, the American repertoire would have been altogether poorer. So in the last of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales’s admirable series Americana, it was fitting that Koussevitsky’s vision be celebrated in the form of the Elegy to him written by composer Howard Hanson…

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‘Redemption to the Redeemer!’

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Bayreuth, 1882 premiere:Amalie Materna (Kundry), Emil Scaria (Gurnemanz), Hermann Winkelmann (Parsifal)Questions concerning Wagner and religion are some of the most complex in an altogether complex life and œuvre. Did Wagner believe in God? Was he a Christian? Did his views and practice develop? How do his works reflect, further, develop them? To answer such questions often hangs more upon definition of terms, a task both necessary and hopeless, than gleaning of real insight…

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Stephen Ward and the Profumo Affair: Historian Richard Davenport-Hines on the truth behind Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musicalThe great Profumo Affair of 1963 was as much a London story as Jack the Ripper or the Blitz. All the protagonists were Londoners. Blaring newspaper headlines and lurid rumour-mongers told a story of beautiful leggy girls, rich older men, MPs, Lords, West Indian hoodlums, Russian spies, bent policemen and bigoted judges…

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Pavel Haas Quartet/Trifonov – reviewWigmore Hall, LondonThe Pavel Haas produced outstanding solos in Britten’s Second String Quartet and soul-searching in ShostakovichThough the genre may not be the first one associates with Benjamin Britten, his three canonical string quartets comprise a distinguished contribution to the medium. The Second, composed after the 1945 premiere of Peter Grimes had brought him national acclaim, was written as a homage to Purcell, and first performed at a Wigmore Hall concert commemorating the 250th anniversary of the Baroque composer’s death…

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Down by the Sea: A Collection of British Folk Songs

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James MACMILLAN (b.1959) Lassies, wad ye loe me? Alexander CAMPKIN (b.1984) A Lover and his Lass Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) The Dark Eyed Sailor Judith BINGHAM (b.1952) The Orphan Girl Peter WARLOCK (1894-1930) Yarmouth Fair John DUGGAN (b.1963) Over the moon Percy GRAINGER (1882-1961) Mo Nighean Dubh (My Dark Haired Maiden) Hilary CAMPBELL (b…

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This new 31-album collection underlines the Chicago-born pianist’s huge contribution to music technology and his profound musicianship

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Now in their fourth season, Spektral Quartet is currently ensemble-in-residence at the University of Chicago and already a well-known champion of Chicago composers, including the six whose works are featured on the group’s first commercial disc release.

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