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Prom 65: Paloma Faith review endearingly camp retro-soul pastiche + MORE

Royal Albert Hall, LondonMotown beats and soul mannerisms mark Faith's entertaining Proms debutPaloma Faith seems to have become an omnipresent showbiz star a kooky and charming presence on TV chat shows, Radio 2 and the tabloids without ever setting the singles chart alight. One suspects most of .... More »
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NEW!  Shortlist Unveiled for the 12th British Composer Awards + MORE

Shortlist Unveiled for the 12th British Composer Awards The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) has announced the 35 works shortlisted for the 2014 British Composer Awards. The winners will be unveiled at a ceremony at Goldsmiths’ Hall, London on Tuesday 2 December 2014 a.... More »
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Best Recordings of 2014 (#1) + MORE

Time for a review of classical CDs that were outstanding in 2014 (published in whole on Forbes.com). My lists for the previous years: 2013, 2012, 2011, (2011 – “Almost”), 2010, (2010 – “Almost”), 2009, (2009 – “Almost”), 2008, (2008 - "Almost") 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004. #.... More »
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Fela Kuti Africa's answer to Handel + MORE

As a new film raises the late Fela Kutis profile even further, Peter Culshaw recalls meeting the controversial and contrary Nigerian star in a cloud of dope smoke, surrounded by some of his 26 wives and wearing just a pair of red underpantsFela Kutis crossover into the western mainstream has been .... More »
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Eva outside Paradise + MORE

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Metropolitan Opera, 12/02 & 12/09/2014 Morris/Volle, Dasch, Cargill, Botha, Appleby, Kränzle, König / LevineThis revival, which has three more shows after this afternoon's moviecast matinee, is simultaneously an unmissable representation of Wagner's masterwork.... More »
The 2014 Minnesota Beethoven Festival Chorale had a great week in Winona, MN with the legendary Dale Warland. Learn about their experiences through Twitter.

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Lorin Maazel 1930 – 2014

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Lorin Maazel with his beloved Castleton Festival Orchestra July 24 2013
It is immensely sad to have lost one of the most extraordinary musicians of the last 75 years.  Much will be written and said about his remarkable career over the coming days and weeks.  I just want to add that he he has enriched the lives of many hundreds of young musicians at his lovely farm in Castleton, Virginia where he and Dietlinde founded the Castleton Festival in 2009…

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I probably met Seymour in New York City sometime in the mid 1940s. Even then, Seymour made quite an impression as he walked into a room—a large, cheerful man swinging his cello at the end of his arm. As a musician, Seymour was remarkable to work with. Seymour could articulate and explain the structural intent of a given piece of music, and his playing was void of vanity.

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ArtsBeat: Eclectic Offerings at Baryshnikov Arts CenterThe center’s fall season will include the premiere of a score for handmade music boxes and prepared auto-harp by the composer and toy piano virtuoso Phyllis Chen.

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The New York Philharmonic will dedicate Tuesday night’s concert to Lorin Maazel after the cancellation of Monday night’s concert in Central Park.

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Learning to Listen: Concertmasters

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On today's Learning to Listen, three concertmasters talk about what it's like to lead an orchestra not from the podium, but from a chair just to the left of the conductor.

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Singing PR becomes orchestra chief

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Singing PR becomes orchestra chiefSan Francisco’s New Century Chamber Orchestra has named Philip Wilder as its new executive director. New Century’s music director is the ever-interesting Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.
Wilder, a singer with Chanticleer, worked for seven years as an artist PR with 21C Media Group. Guess he’s got good contacts…

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Ryedale Festival - Italy, monks, Donald Swann and moreThe Ryedale Festival opened with a bang on Friday (11 July) with a performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (1610), conducted by Robert Hollingworth at Ampleforth Abbey with performers including monks from the Abbey. Festival director Christopher Glynn has an Italian theme running through the festival, with Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea being given by Ryedale Festival Opera at Ampleforth College Theatre, La Serenissima performing Vivaldi concertos (including those concertos), and the Fieri Consort in Monteverdi and Gabrieli…

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Lorin Maazel

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The eminent conductor Lorin Maazel died earlier today, age 84. I never heard him conduct in person, missing my chance when his Castleton Opera visited Cal Performances a few years ago and another when he subbed last year during the VPO’s visit, so I have little personal testimony to give on him. I can say that I never made it to the end of his Tosca recording; while the casting of Nilsson, Corelli, and DFD may have sounded like a good idea at the time, it doesn’t work out very well…

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First to sort out a possible confusion: there are more than one fiddle players with the name Midori. Midori Goto is a renowned Japanese-American violinist who has many CDs exploring a wide range of repertoire. Midori Seiler has released albums of music by Beethoven, Haydn and Vivaldi. And then there is Midori Komachi…

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The official classical chart

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Week ending 12 July 2014
 



1

Bruckner Symphony No. 9 in D minor
Lucernce Festival Orchestra/Claudio Abbado
Deutsche Grammophon 479 3441
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2

Voice of the Turtle Dove
The Sixteen/Harry Christophers
CORO COR16119
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3

Jenkins Motets
Polyphony/Stephen Layton
Deutsche Grammophon 479 3232
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4

Aranjuez
Miloš Karadaglić (guitar); London Philharmonic Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Mercury Classics 481 0811
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5

Haydn Symphonies
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Il turco in Italia – Aix Festival

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Il turco in Italia - Aix FestivalRossini Le turc en Italie, Il Turco in Italia at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. a delicious approach to an opera that predicates on mistaken identities, fancy dress and good humour. The opera may have been written 200 years ago but its charm shines ever brighter in this lively staging directed  by Christopher Alden…

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Opera snobs won’t stop us going back to La BohèmeBy Peter Franklin, University of OxfordThe Royal Opera House’s restaging of La Bohème will get the same responses as any other production of the Puccini opera. The savvy enthusiast hedges cautiously, perhaps going with the sceptic’s play-it-safe response: “Well, it puts bums on seats, pays for the things we really want to see… in these difficult times, what with funding and all that, beggars can’t be choosers…

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