A pioneering violinist has passed away + MORE Dec 27th


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Fort Worth Symphony Musicians Strike + MORE

The musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (FWSO) initiated a work stoppage by calling a strike at 1:30pm ET on Thursday, 9/8/2016. According to the official press release from the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local which represents the musicians, AFM Local 72-147, the strike.... More »

Out of the Comfort Zone: Evelyn Estava and the On the Town Rhapsody + MORE

By Samuel Thompson: In addition to being a great violinist, musician, and educator, Madison String Quartet first violinist Evelyn Estava is also quite the chef. “Today we decided to take a little vacation from the Madison String Quartet,” she shared during a recent telephone conversation from .... More »
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Nørgård: Symphonies 2 & 6; 4 & 5 CD review – an exhilarating musical journey + MORE

Oslo PO/Storgårds(Da Capo, two CDs)Per Nørgård has written eight symphonies, just one element in an output of more than 400 works that ranges across nearly every conceivable genre. At the age of almost 84, his productivity shows little sign of slackening off. There may well be more to come, and t.... More »

Opera Review: Bartlett Sher’s ‘L’Elisir d’Amore’ Is Revived at the Met + MORE Jan 11th

Bartlett Sher’s “L’Elisir d’Amore,” at the Metropolitan Opera, features Andriana Chuchman in her Met debut.    .... More »

John Malveaux: BroadwayWorld.com: Denyce Graves To Lead Rob Ashford's CAROUSEL At Lyric Opera Of Chicago In 2015 + MORE

Denyce Graves (Broadway World)John Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites:Ms. Graves will lead CAROUSEL at Lyric Opera of Chicago 2015. Ms. Graves was featured soloist for 2011 Juneteenth Celebration at Long Beach Performing Arts Center produced by MusicUNTOLDhttp://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Deny.... More »

A pioneering violinist has passed away

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A pioneering violinist has passed awayThe composer Rand Steiger reports the death of János Négyesy, at 75. A friend of John Cage, Négyesy premiered works by many composers, most notably Attila Bozay, Vinko Globokar and Isang Yun. Here is Rand’s appreciation on his Fb page: It is with deep sadness that I write to inform you that the great violinist János Négyesy passed […]

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An energetic but sensitive James Levine conjured Mahler both nuanced and explosive from the virtuosic MET Orchestra

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CD Spotlight. Rare Provenance

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Sue Addison plays Elgar’s own trombone, heard by Howard Smith. ‘Recommended without hesitation.’

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The Paramount Theatre in Aurora will ring in the New Year with a new act: “Piano Men: A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel.” “I looked at the Billy Joel tribute artists currently working and they did not bring everything to the show that I would have liked,” said singer and pianist Craig A…

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Critics Pick Recordings to Celebrate Verdi’s BicentennialAs the bicentennial celebration of Verdi’s birthday draws to an end, critics of The New York Times note their favorite recordings of his work.    

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Christmas was yesterday, and the ingestion of Gänsebraten and Sekt is usually high this time of the year. For singers who had to appear in Beethoven’s Fidelio the next day, this must have required tremendous willpower. Anyway, one member of the cast – the Leonore, Ricarda Merbeth, did not even make it…

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More than any other opera this year, “Falstaff” deserves a second viewing to savor the details.    

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Gott der Herr die Hand uns reicht: Hänsel und Gretel in WiesbadenDie Kinder und die Knusperhexe. Photo © Staatstheater WiesbadenLike many other opera houses, the Staatstheater Wiesbaden is presenting Hänsel und Gretel during this festive season, and I took myself to yesterday's performance as a Christmas treat. Fine orchestral work, a carefully revived production, and strong vocal and dramatic performances made it a treat indeed…

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Mass in B Minor Wraps Up “Bach Unwrapped”

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 Bach: Malin Christensson (soprano), Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano), William Towers (counter-tenor), Joshua Ellicott (tenor), Benedict Nelson (baritone), Choir of Clare College, Cambridge (director of music: Graham Ross), Aurora Orchestra, Nicholas Collon (conductor). Hall One, Kings Place, London, 21…

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Coupe de grâce

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Coupe de grâceThose among the cher public who did not find enough Wagner in their Christmas stockings (or who are still reeling from the recent ROH travesty they called a Bühnenweihfestspiel) will be pleased to hear that our good friends at Opera Depot are currently offering a free download of Parsifal conducted by Hans Knappertsbusch at the 1963 Bayreuth Festival.

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Jürgen Jürgens’ Trauer-Ode

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Jürgen Jürgens’ Trauer-OdeWalt Mundkowsky[December 2013.] Johann Sebastian BACH: Cantatas BWV 27 (1726), 158 (1713-17) and 198 (Trauer-Ode) (1727). (Rec. 1966.) Rotraud Hansmann (sop), Helen Watts (alt), Kurt Equiluz (ten), Max van Egmond (bs), Monteverdi-Chor Hamburg, Concerto Amsterdam, Jürgen Jürgens (dir.). Teldec 2564 64763-2 (http://www…

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Performances of the Year, 2013

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As ever, it has proved both a joy and a challenge to select performances of the year; there are certainly a good few others which demanded inclusion. I have decided to stick with the format to which I reverted last year: twelve, so as to average one per month. (In 2011, I decided to split performances into categories, partly to help out opera, which, so many variables being involved, seemed to have had something of a bad deal; yet, this year and last, it has proved itself in more need of restraint than assistance…

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Phoney video: A pianist in fear of his life

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Phoney video: A pianist in fear of his lifeThis is the trailer for the forthcoming movie, Grand Piano, in which a soloist is warned he’ll be shot by a sniper if he plays a wrong note. Can you see anything credible in this?

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