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Days of Our Lives star Joseph Mascolo dead + MORE

THE actor who played the soap opera’s most notorious villain has passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s at the age of 87..... More »

National Public Radio: Young Musicians Blossom In Baltimore's OrchKids Program + MORE

From NPR CLASSICALNPR: Asia Palmer now a high-school freshman at the Baltimore School for the Arts, has been with the OrchKids program since it began in 2008.(Ned Wharton)Hazel Singer writes:Bill,You may find this of interest.Hazel SingerNational Public Radio April 2, 2016Heard o.... More »

On An Overgrown Path: Music industry cabal ended a black conductor's career [Rudolph Dunbar (1907-1988), born in Guyana] + MORE

Rudolph Dunbar (1907-1988)Thursday, December 15, 2016Bob Shingleton of On An Overgrown Path writes:Guyanese-born Rudolph Dunbar wrote the definitive text book on the clarinet and had a burgeoning conducting career in the 1940s during which he conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra and in 1945 became .... More »

Monteverdi's L'Orfeo at the Proms + MORE

Monterverdi L'Orfeo at the Proms, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Mariana Flores, Francesca Aspromontephoto credit BBC/Chris Christodoulou Monteverdi L'Orfeo; Krystian Adam, Mariana Flores, Francesca Aspromonte, Gianluca Buratto, Francesca Boncompagni, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Sir Joh.... More »

Listen to the Minnesota Orchestra live from Amsterdam on Aug. 24 + MORE

On Wednesday at 1 p.m., hear the Minnesota Orchestra perform live in the gorgeous acoustic of the world's most storied hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.... More »

Superficial Perceptions Are Permanent

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

“[Composer Rinaldo Di Capua] thinks composers have nothing to do now but to write themselves and others over again, and the only chance they have for obtaining the reputation of novelty or invention must arise either from the ignorance or want of memory in the public – as everything both in melody and modulation that […]

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Daniel Barenboim’s Wagnerian credentials are unanimously acknowledged, and his Wagner performances with the Staatskapelle Berlin are seen by many as reference in this repertoire. Even if I had my share of below-average performances with this Argentinian conductor in this repertoire, I have never heard a performance of Tristan und Isolde conducted by him that seemed less than excellent…

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Classical: Via Canny Pairings, Variations on BlissHere’s another chance to dive into Stravinsky’s “Firebird.”

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SCO/Ticciati  review  the SCO treads new ground with a marvellous MahlerCity Halls, GlasgowThe orchestras heritage was etched into every poised phrase, every uncluttered tuttiSymphonic Mahler isnt exactly home territory for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra: this is a band that made its name playing elegant, vivacious classicism, surely worlds apart from furrowed-brow late Romanticism…

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Tom Cairns’s touring production of Verdi’s La Traviata is smart yet under-characterised, says John Allison

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Keeping my head in the clouds

– www.overgrownpath.com

Keeping my head in the cloudsShall I share with the world the ten pieces of music I’d rather not hear again, or the ten pieces I’d like to hear more often? Should I widen my horizons by reading about the ten pieces a celebrity maestro won’t conduct again? Perhaps I should boost On An Overgrown Path’s readership by starting a new thread about the ten most stupid things to do on social media? Or should I continue to sit here on a remote hillside drinking in the view of Mont Ventoux seen above – it has been a vintage year for mountains – while reading Satish Kumar’s autobiographical You Are Therefore I Am…

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A long long way to run

– parterre.com

A long long way to runOn this day in 490 BC, the Athenians and their Plataean allies defeated the first Persian invasion force of Greece at the Battle of Marathon. 

Born on this day in 1872 composer Ralph Vaughan Williams

Born on this day in 1892 soprano Gilda Dalla Rizza


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It is a great delight that so many concert halls around the world are filled with the music of the very greatest composers to have lived. But it can be easy to forget that those names, so familiar to today’s concert-goers, make up just a tiny proportion of the overall compositional output. The pressures of filling a concert hall mean that Orchestras will always return to those well-known names and pieces, but it is important to the art form that musicians continue to rediscover and reinterpret that work which lies beyond, new and old…

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Look! ‘Fat-pack’ mezzo goes modelling for Vogue

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Look! ‘Fat-pack’ mezzo goes modelling for VogueIn a studied riposte to the London critics who damned her at Glyndebourne as ‘dumpy’ and worse, the Irish mezzo Tara Erraught has gone walking the catwalks in the new Vogue.
Decked out in Dolce & Gabbana, she tells the fashion rag: ‘I’m a 36DD but that said, 60 per cent of the year I play men and boys because I’m a mezzo-soprano and a lot of older operas were written for castrati… For those, I’m nearly always in a bust-flattener……

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Bewitched. Beguiled. Bedazzled.

– lietofinelondon.wordpress.com

Review – Alcina (Barbican Centre, Friday 10 October 2014)
Alcina – Joyce DiDonato
Ruggiero – Alice Coote
Morgana – Anna Christy
Bradamante – Christine Rice
Oronte – Ben Johnson
Oberto – Anna Devin
Melisso – Wojtek Gierlach
The English Concert
Harry Bicket (Director/Harpsichord)
Alcina is – for me – Handel’s greatest opera…

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The Trial review  captures the essence of Kafkas surreal fableLinbury, LondonPhilip Glasss score adds up to much more than just a play with musical accompanimentThe Trial, Philip Glasss latest opera, is his 26th and the first to receive its world premiere in this country. Based upon Franz Kafkas unfinished novel, its one of the smaller-scale ones, requiring just eight singers, most of whom play multiple roles, and an orchestra of 12 players…

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Scottish Orchestra Creates  Authentic Bruckner Sound

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Mozart, Elgar, Bruckner: Aleksei Kiseliov (cello), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Peter Oundjian (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 10.10.14 (SRT) Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro Elgar: Cello Concerto Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 This summer I took my first visit to the Salzburg Festival, where I was lucky enough to hear the Vienna Philharmonic playing two […]

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– www.therestisnoise.com

Geoff Edgers, formerly of the Boston Globe and newly arrived at the Washington Post, has a richly detailed, wrenching piece on the Atlanta Symphony lockout. It seems to me that the conduct of the Woodruff Arts Center, and in particular its murky financial dealings, demand a serious investigation……

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