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Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto in Shanghai + MORE

By Laurie Niles: SHANGHAI -- I knew that I would hear a lot of "The Butterfly Lovers" Violin Concerto today in Shanghai, but I had no idea that I'd meet one of the composers of the piece, He Zhanhao, who is now 83 years old. All 18 semi-finalists in the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Com.... More »
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NEW! Saffron Opera Group to Perform Wagner’s Ring Starting in January 2016 + MORE

Saffron Opera Group to perform Wagner’s Ring Cycle A heroic project of extraordinary ambition is soon to be realized when Saffron Opera Group performs Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Saffron Hall. The cycle comprises four operas which tell the epic story of a cursed golden ring which sucks gods, dwarves .... More »
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Slip, Slurp, Skid: Fireworks! + MORE

 Franck, Schumann, Enescu, Ravel.  Anna Tifu (violin), Gloria Campaner (piano).  Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia at Sala Sinopoli, Parco della Musica, Rome.  23.01.2015 (JB) It’s always been my policy when reporting on emerging young performers to write nothing at all rather than identify.... More »
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Einojuhani Rautavaara + MORE

Championed at a young age by Sibelius himself, the brilliantly imaginative Rautavaara has gone on to prove himself a worthy successor to the gre.... More »
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Saul review – virtuoso, ravishing, one of Glyndebourne's finest shows + MORE

Glyndebourne Opera House, LewesBarrie Kosky’s first show for the company is a theatrical and musical feast of energetic choruses, surreal choreography and gorgeous singing After its huge success with one of Handel’s last English oratorios, Theodora, which Peter Sellars staged in 1996, Glyndebour.... More »

A flutist's-eye view of the orchestra

– minnesota.publicradio.org

When SPCO principal flutist Julia Bogorad-Kogan got her first flute at age nine, it was love at first breath. Although she asserts the flute is "the sunshine of the orchestra," Bogorad-Kogan cautions that it's not for wimps. Read more about the flute-player's perspective in the latest of our section's-eye view series.

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Jarvis Cockers slumber party

– www.guardian.co.uk

Jarvis Cockers slumber partyChronic insomniac Jarvis Cocker is going on a musical odyssey into sleeplessness. He tells Alfred Hickling why he hopes audiences will nod off to his Wireless NightsFor many years, the only orchestral work Jarvis Cocker cared for was a lilting piece of light music called Sailing By, written in 1963 by the English composer Ronald Binge to precede the BBCs late-night shipping forecast…

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Robert Falls’ Carnal, Noirish Don Giovanni

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Mozart, Don Giovanni: Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra and Chorus, Sir Andrew Davis (conductor), Michael Black (chorus master), Civic Opera House, Chicago, Illinois. 27.9.2014 (DP) Cast: Leporello: Kyle Kettlesen Donna Anna: Marina Rebeka Don Giovanni: Mariusz Kwiechień The Commandatore: Andrea Silvestrelli Don Ottavio: Antonio Poli Donna Elvira: Ana María Martínez Zerlina: Andriana Chuchman Masetto: Michael […]

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Jacques Lacombe plans to step down from his post when his contract is up at the end of the 2015-16 season.

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Just in: State Opera cancels Carmen because ‘it promotes smoking’Even in an age of political correctness and mind control, this ban takes the breath away.
A planned production of Bizet’s Carmen at the State Opera of West Australia has been pulled by the management because it conflicts with a two-year $400,000 partnership with the State Government health promotion agency, Healthway…

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Ruxandra Donose at Rosenblatt Recitals

– www.planethugill.com

Ruxandra Donose at Rosenblatt RecitalsRoger Vignoles, Ruxandra Donose – photo Jonathan Rose Bizet, Offenbach, Massenet, Faure, Verdi, Saint-Saens, Enescu, Bretan, Rossini; Roxandra Donose, Roger Vignoles; Rosenblatt Recitals at the Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Oct 06 2014 Star rating: 5.0Style and elegance in this recital of French and Romanian music from the Romanian mezzo-sopranoFollowing a change of artist for the opening of the Rosenblatt Recitals season, their second recital at the Wigmore Hall on 6 October 2014 was similarly affected and an ailing Carmen Giannattasio was replaced by the Romanian mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose accompanied by Roger Vignoles…

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Maestro moves: A Canadian baton leaves his US orchestra

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Maestro moves: A Canadian baton leaves his US orchestraJacques Lacombe has done his best with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra over the past five years. He will tell them today he’s not prepared to renew in 2016.
Lacombe, 51, raised the organisation’s morale after a series of disasters involving fake Stradivari and short-stay chief executives…

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Go, Girl

– davidnice.blogspot.com

Go, GirlPuccini’s La fanciulla del West certainly went for gold on the first night of Richard Jones’s new production for English National Opera. There’s not much I can add to my Arts Desk review, or the BBC Radio 3 Music Matters chat with Tom Service and Alexandra Wilson, about Minnie’s return to the original Americanization of David Belasco’s The Girl of the Golden West…

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CD Spotlight. True Command

– www.mvdaily.com

James Brawn plays Bach, Liszt, Musorgsky and Rachmaninov, recommended by Andrew Schartmann. ‘The "Promenade" … is like butter in Brawn’s hands.’

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Rubén Dubrovsky conducts a well-rehearsed, sophisticated account of Lully’s ravishing score

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EXPOSURE2014

– www.planethugill.com

EXPOSURE2014The vocal ensemble Exaudi, director James Weeks, is presenting Exposure2014 at the Bishopsgate Institute in London on 18 October 2014. The concert will showcase the work of contemporary composers many from a new generation of professional composers, at a pivotal moment in their careers. The concert is free and tickets are available in advance from Rob Johnson the group’s manager (manager@exaudi…

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Unsung heros!

– briandickie.typepad.com

Little is it realised the extent to which the "Assistant conductor" contributes to the success of a production.  Major opera companies will have a number of them on the staff, beavering away in the background and so often, it has to be declared, making the difference between a guest conductor having a success or not…

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