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Washington Bach Consort struggles onward + MORE

J. S. Bach, Flute Sonatas, B. Kuijken, E. Demeyere (Accent, 2000) J. S. Bach, Viola da Gamba Sonatas, J. Savall, T. Koopman (Alia Vox, 2000)Washington's entire community of musicians was shocked and saddened when J. Reilly Lewis died from a sudden heart attack this past June. No group of musicians.... More »
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Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in Isango Ensemble’s South African Setting + MORE

This company’s adaptation of Britten’s 1960 opera reimagines the work as a tale steeped in African folklore..... More »
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Figaro up close and personal + MORE

Opera Up Close returns with a new small scale production, what is promised to be a lively updating of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Directed by Sarah Tipple the new production has just started a run at the King's Head in Islington which goes on into November. The production will be sung in a new .... More »
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Cock of the walk + MORE

You are unlikely ever to hear Rimsky-Korsakov’s last opera sung in French, yet the piece, Zolotoy pyetushok (translated as The Golden Cockerel in English, folks around here being wary for some reason of calling it The Golden Rooster) is best known in these parts as Le Coq d’Or, which recalls its.... More »
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Raphaël Sévère + MORE

Brahms, Clarinet Sonatas / Clarinet Trio, V. Julien-Laferrière, R. Sévère, A. Laloum (Mirare, 2014) Charles T. Downey, Young French clarinetist in fine form in D.C. debut Washington Post, April 1 “The clarinet is quite possibly the easiest of all orchestral instruments to master,” composer (a.... More »

Der Rosenkavalier BBC Prom 6

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Der Rosenkavalier BBC Prom 6Glyndebourne’s Der Rosenkavalier came to BBC Prom 6. I was at the premiere (read my review here), captivated by Lars Woldt’s unusual but singularly perceptive Baron Ochs. What a pity the Baron Ochs of the media were more focused on whether Octavian was sexually attractive to them, “either as man or woman”…

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 Aspen Music Festival (7): Joyce Yang (piano), Pacifica Quartet, Robert McDuffie (violin), Festival Chamber Symphony and Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä and Thierry Fischer (conductors). Benedict Music Tent and Harris Concert Hall, Aspen, Colorado. 18-20.7.2014 (HS) Chamber Symphony, 18 July Benedict Music Tent Osmo Vänskä, conductor Joyce Yang, piano Steven Stucky: Rhapsodies Grieg: Piano Concerto in A […]

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McDowall and McNeff premieres

– www.planethugill.com

McDowall and McNeff premieresCecilia McDowall is a composer whose work I have followed both enjoyed and performed, so it was with great interest that I read that her opera Airborne is being premiered by Nova Music Opera, conductor George Vass, in a double bill with Stephen McNeff’s Prometheus Drowned. Directed by Richard Williams, the two operas are being premiered at Rosslyn Hill Chapel, NW3 1NG (29,30,31 July) before being performed at the Presteigne Festival (21/8), Canterbury Festival (26/10) and at the Barber Institute, Birmingham (1/11)…

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15 reasons to love the BBC Proms

– www.classical-music.com

Where’s the best place to hear a BBC Prom? Standing right up close to the performers in Royal Albert Hall? Perhaps on a seat a little further back? Or maybe at home on the radio: on the sofa, in the kitchen, in the bath… Whatever your preference, we’re not going to take issue…

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The first performance in 40 years of “Hommy: A Latin Opera,” a 1973 album by Larry Harlow’s group Orchestra Harlow meant as a salsa rejoinder to the Who’s “Tommy,” was stopped halfway through.

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Prinzregententheater, MunichMichael Volle (baritone)Helmut Deutsch (piano) One of the glories of the Munich Opera Festival is its series of Lieder recitals: not those curious concerts one hears of elsewhere, in which ‘star’ singers sing miscellaneous operatic arias, accompanied by pick-up-bands who occasionally throw in an overture or two, but serious song recitals…

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Gelb’s proposed lockout: the stage unions respond

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Gelb’s proposed lockout: the stage unions respondStatement by Joe Hartnett,
Assistant Dept. Director Stagecraft for I.A.T.S.E.
On
Metropolitan Opera Management’s Threat to Lock out Performers and Backstage Employees
 
We want the show to go on. Our bargaining teams are very serious about hammering out an agreement with opera management. Several negotiating sessions have been scheduled over the next week…

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James Lee III—Don’t Miss a Chance

– www.newmusicbox.org

Whether inspired by history, Biblical texts, or purely sonic ideas, Baltimore-based composer James Lee III’s music explores a landscape rich in color and rhythmic texture.

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By Emily Hogstad: On May 4, 2013, a sixteen-year-old girl messaged me via my Facebook page:

Hello Emily, my name is Emily Green and I am a Young Musician of Minnesota looking to do something about this lockout! I currently am in MYS [Minnesota Youth Symphonies] and a few of us students are forming a large group of young musicians to make a powerful video in regards to the lockout…

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A remote lakeside town hosts Finland’s oldest and largest chamber music festival, a remarkable event where unfettered creative idealism reigns

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When the Rose is Faded …

– lietofinelondon.wordpress.com

Review – Der Rosenkavalier (Prom 6, Tuesday 22 July 2014)
Der Marschallin – Kate Royal
Octavian – Tara Erraught
Baron Ochs – Franz Hawlata
Sophie – Louise Alder
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Robin Ticciati (Conductor)
Memory may still dwell on – to quote Walter de la Mer.
Perhaps it was too much to expect three near perfect performances of Der Rosenkavalier in a row…

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David Brown obituary

– www.guardian.co.uk

David Brown obituaryLeading authority on Russian music with a long-running interest in the enigmatic character of TchaikovskyThe musicologist David Brown, who has died aged 84 after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, was a leading authority on Russian music whose four-volume study of the composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was acclaimed as the definitive work on the subject…

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Munich Opera Festival (3) - L'Orfeo, 20 July 2014Images: © Wilfried Hösl  Prinzregententheater, MunichOrfeo – Christian GerhaherEuridice – Anna VirovlanskyMessenger, Proserpina – Anna BonatibusCaronte – Andrea MastroniHope, La Musica – Angela BrowerPlutone – Andrew HarrisApollo – Mauro PeterShepherd I, Spirit I – Mathias VidalShepherd II, Spirit III, Echo – Jeroen de VaalShepherd III – Gabriel JublinShepherd IV, Spirit II Thomas FaulknerNymph – Lucy KnightDavid Bösch (director)Patrick Bannwart (set designs)Falko Herold (costumes, videos)Michael Bauer (lighting)Daniel Menne, Rainer Karlitschek (dramaturgy)Zürcher Sing-Akademie (chorus master: Tim Brown)Monteverdi-Continuo-EnsembleMembers of the Bavarian State OrchestraIvor Bolton (conductor) Orfeo (Christian Gerhaher) and Euridice (Anna Virovlavsky) returning to himMonteverdi’s Orfeo may take after Jacopo Peri’s Euridice but there is a gulf in terms of quality between the two works…

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