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Weilerstein - Bach, Complete Cello Suites, 8 February 2017 + MORE

St John’s, Smith SquareSuite no.1 in G major, BWV 1007Suite no.2 in D minor, BWV 1008 Suite no.3 in C major, BWV 1009Suite no.4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010Suite no.5 in C minor, BWV 1011 Suite no.6 in D major, BWV 1012Alisa Weilerstein (cello) Would it be too daunting a prospect, or too tiring an.... More »
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A Callas cast member returns to the international stage at 93 + MORE

Lovely news from Graham Spicer at gramilano.com that Luisa Mandelli, who sang Annina opposite Maria Callas’s Violetta in Luchino Visconti’s production of La traviata at La Scala in 1955, will reprise the role in December at Daniel Barenboim’s Berlin Staatsoper. Luisa, who is 93, live.... More »
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The Sixteen, Cadogan Hall, London + MORE

The early music specialists gave a positively ecstatic performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers.... More »
maestros

Heart of Darkness at Opera Parallele + MORE

My review of Tarik O'Regan's Heart of Darkness is up at SFCV. I am generally positive, certainly about the performances and much of the music, but I have more reservations than Joshua Kosman. Georgia Rowe calls out dramatic issues and finds it shapeless.Philip Skinner was spooky and terrifying;.... More »
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Scordatura in Mahler 4: There’s a Skeleton in My Ear + MORE

By Holly Mulcahy: The second movement of Mahler’s 4th symphony has a notorious concertmaster solo in it. It’s not a super-technical or virtuosic solo, but it’s a solo that requires some planning beyond just practicing it. The solo requires two instruments: one violin tuned normally, and the o.... More »
David T. Little has been selected from over 100 applicants as the fourth composer in residence in a collaborative initiative between Opera Philadelphia and two NYC-based organizations—Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group.

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Music Review: Bernard Haitink Conducts the PhilharmonicThe Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink is leading the New York Philharmonic in Mahler’s Third.

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Harrison Birtwistle’s opera bullies you into submission. This production bravely tries to fight it, says Ivan Hewett

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Straussian high days and holy days

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Straussian high days and holy daysTussock time, as in leaping from one pleasure to another, truly began the Friday before last with the annual Europe Day Concert in St John’s Smith Square and continued on Sunday and Monday at Glyndebourne. 150th birthday boy Richard Strauss was central to both: for the Rosenkavalier Study Day, obviously, in anticipation of Richard Jones’s production opening this afternoon – can’t wait – and in the truly surprising component of the European Union Youth Orchestra’s yearly marriage with singers from the European Opera Centre (official credit to the European Commission for the concert photos)…

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Pärt speaks

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Arvo Pärt, who will be celebrated at Carnegie Hall on May 31, gives an interview to Will Robin. On the Russian action in Ukraine, the composer is blunt: "It cannot be called anything else but a crime. It is more than a crime.”

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Final Thoughts on WNO ‘Magic Flute’

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Eri Nakamura (Pamina) and Anna Siminska (Queen of the Night)
in The Magic Flute, Washington National Opera (photo by Scott Suchman)
The Washington National Opera’s production of Mozart’s Magic Flute has almost reached the end of its run. I have written about the production and the singers heard at the first performance and added some thoughts on some of the cast’s alternate singers heard at the

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 O’Regan, Watkins, Ward, Ying: Simon Callow (narrator), Adam Walker (flute), Cheng Yu (pipa), BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Duncan Ward (conductor). Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff. 14.5.2014 (PCG) Tarik O’Regan – Suite from Heart of Darkness Huw Watkins – Flute Concerto Duncan Ward – Fumes Xiao Ying – The cloud on the wishful side   Composers over the […]

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Jeanine de Bique @ NMWA

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A. Previn, Honey and Rue, K. Battle, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, A. Previn (DG, 1996)Charles T. Downey, Soprano Jeanine De Bique shows range, refinement in song program (Washington Post, May 16, 2014)
Jeanine De Bique’s voice has grown in refinement and range since her local debut in 2009, judging by the mixed review she received then in these pages…

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Gheorghiu the Diva vs Angela the Woman
Angela Gheorghiu and Jeff Cohen 2014

Angela Gheorghiu acts the diva, but she doesn’t seem to be one.
Before her appearances in Italy she leaves bold statements in the newspapers — “I don’t feel the shadow of Callas” — “La Scala should educate their staff” — which manages to irritate both opera fans and management before she’s even sung a note…

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Ensemble. Near Perfect

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Rossini’s ‘La Cenerentola’, reviewed by Maria Nockin

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Harrison Birtwistle – Gawain, NMC review

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Harrison Birtwistle - Gawain, NMC reviewNew from NMC, a reissue of the recording of Harrison Birtwistle’s opera Gawain, being performed live at the Barbican tomorrow, part of the Birtwistle at 80 celebrations. HERE IS THE LINK TO MY REVIEW OF THE CONCERT.This was recorded live by BBC Radio 3 on 20 April 1994 at the Royal Opera House. Elgar Howarth conducted…

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Nikolai Lugansky review  dazzling technique in a dark programmeQueen Elizabeth Hall, LondonThe demands of Prokofiev and Rachmaninov allow the pianist to display his beautifully articulated skillsNikolai Lugansky is a pianist with everything impressively under his command. His dazzling technique is exceptionally secure, balanced and beautifully articulated. The direction and structure of his interpretations is judged to a nicety…

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A Revealing  Age of Anxiety from Yang and Akiyama

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Bernstein, Barber, Copland and Gershwin: Joyce Yang, piano; Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, conductor, Orpheum Theatre Vancouver, 10.5.2014. (GN) Gershwin: Cuban Overture Bernstein: Symphony No. 2, ‘The Age of Anxiety’ Copland: Appalachian Spring Barber: Adagio I admit that I always get somewhat anxious when discussing Leonard Bernstein’s Second Symphony, ‘The Age of Anxiety’, since it […]

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