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Methodological Certitude in Nazi Opera Conspiracies: "He Knew Every Single Word"... + MORE

Some readers will be left wondering why it is that I keep writing about Nazi opera conspiracy theories. The answer is that it opens up a lot of philosophical and political questions that have nothing to do with Wagner at all. These have to do with questions about the relationship between culture and.... More »

Simon Rattle LSO Turnage Mahler Barbican + MORE

This was no "ordinary" event! When Simon Rattle conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in Mark-Anthony Turnage and Mahler at the Barbican, a statement was being made, of much wider significance than the concert itself.  Consider the context.  Though he formally becomes the LSO's Music Dir.... More »
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This week: concerts in New York (November 3 – November 9, 2014) + MORE

A South African Sampler | New Juilliard Ensemble The program features new works by Robert Fokkens, Andile Khumalo, and Bongani Ndodana-Breen, Michael Blake’s Rural Arias, Kevin Volans’ Looping Point, Clare Loveday’s Fever Tree, and Paul Hanmer’s Minuet and Trio. Monday, November 3 at 8:.... More »

For Tony Conrad + MORE

The experimental composer, musician, artist, and filmmaker died on April 9th, at the age of seventy-six. He was to have attended the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville two weekends ago — the above picture is of a performance of Outside the Dream Syndicate by the band Faust, Laurie Anderson, and Con.... More »

NCCO and Ailyn Peréz + MORE

* Notes * Dazzling soprano Ailyn Peréz (pictured left, photograph by Paul Marc Mitchell) replaced Susanna Phillips in New Century Chamber Orchestra's 2015-2016 season opener last night in Berkeley, traveling to the Bay Area between her performances of La Bohème at La Scala and the world prem.... More »
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Russell Smith, 78 students will perform by invitation as part of the prestigious International Festival of Music and Dance in Granada on June 21 and at two other performances in Spain.

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Composer Alvin Singleton's CD 'Sweet Chariot' To Be Released by Albany Records July 1, 2014; Pre-Order Available at Amazon.comSweet Chariot Alvin SingletonAlbany Records (Release Date July 1, 2014)Composer Alvin Singleton, alvinsingleton.com, has been featured on AfriClassical many times over the years. He tells us Sweet Chariot, his new CD from Albany Records,  can be pre-ordered at Amazon.com:ArtistsLaura Gordy (Piano), Alvin Singleton (Composer), Ronald Crutcher (Cello), Ted Gurch (Clarinets), Peggy Benkeser (Snare Drum), Helen Hwaya Kim (Violin), Julietta Curenton (Flute), Angel Hsiao (Flute), Harrison Hollingsworth (Bassoon), Lionel Cottet (Cello), Doug O’Connor (Saxophones) | Format: Audio CD          Track Listings 1…

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Royal Northern Sinfonia/Zehetmair review  still capable of surprisesSage, GatesheadFor their last concert with the Sinfonia, Thomas Zehetmair and his wife went out in styleFor his final concert as music director of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Thomas Zehetmair decided to go out with a bang. Four very loud, extremely rapid bangs to be specific, as he launched into a valedictory version of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony with an attack so urgent and incisive it sounded less like destiny hammering at the door than destiny forcing an entrance with emergency equipment…

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A tenor on the ball

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A tenor on the ball 

A bigger tenor, off the ball

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From Marschallin to Moses

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From Marschallin to Moses‘That’s the first time actually I’ve ever been moved by the words of The Ring alone…I normally find that the text alone makes you yearn for the music, but that seemed quite wonderful to me.’ Thus Michael Tanner, lecturing on Götterdämmerung, about Dame Harriet Walter declaiming Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene in its various incarnations and her husband Guy Paul reading Wagner’s stage directions…

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Sarah Brightman, ex-wife of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, has a singing mission.

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Bruckner 8 @ NSO

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Bruckner, Symphony No. 8, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, B. Haitink (RCO, 2005)

Bruckner, Motets, Choir of St. Bride’s Church (London), R. Jones (Naxos, 1995)
The National Symphony Orchestra is dedicating this week’s concerts, the last of this season’s subscription series, to the memory of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, the ensemble’s one-time Principal Guest Conductor, who died earlier this week

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Tabea Zimmermann Wigmore Hall 12 June 2014

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Tabea Zimmermann Wigmore Hall 12 June 2014 Bach: Sonata No. 1 for Solo ViolinKurtág: Three pieces from Signs, Games and MessagesReger: Suite in G Minor op. 131d/1Hindemith: Sonata for Solo Viola op. 25/1Bach: Cello Suite No. 3Tabea Zimmermann this evening gave a whistlestop tour of major contributions to the solo viola repertoire down the centuries…

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An orchestra is a living organism, its members much more than parts of a machine yet combining and interacting with each other to make something greater than their individual selves…

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What Oistrakh taught the Berlin Phil about their instrumentsThe cellist Alban Gerhardt has published a few tips on how a young string player should go about choosing and buying an instrument. There’s no general rule except: avoid sharks, frauds and dodgy teachers.
Alban’s father played in the Berlin Philharmonic in the 1950s when players were poorly paid and many of the instruments were matchbox…

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Joshua Kosman tells you all about why I have started to skip most revivals of warhorses, in a review of San Francisco Opera’s La Traviata. This revival was planned for Sonya Yoncheva, who withdrew from this and the fall Boheme production on account of pregnancy, and might have been better with her, but Luisotti’s erratic conducting was not predictable, whereas Saimir Pirgu’s weak showing as Alfredo was entirely predictable based on his poor appearance in I Capuletti…

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American composer, performer and media artist Elodie Lauten died in June 2014, aged sixty-three

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Mendelssohn in the tube for WorldBusk!

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Buskers playing Mendelssohn South Kensington Station 12:30 pm Friday June 13 2014
I came across this splendid group on my way home from some errands……..all in aid of WorldBusk. There was one brat of a shopkeeper who intervened but he was put to flight.  They went on with their Mendelssohn quartet (though there were five of them) – and we chipped in with generous tips…

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