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Breaking: Kissin to headline Carnegie season… with Yiddish evening + MORE

Just in, from Clive Gillinson. press release: CARNEGIE HALL ANNOUNCES 2015–2016 SEASON Carnegie Hall’s 125th Anniversary Celebration Season launches with Opening Night Gala concert with Alan Gilbert, Evgeny Kissin, & the New York Philharmonic on October 7, 2015 All-star anniversary gala fea.... More »
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Singing PR becomes orchestra chief + MORE

San Francisco’s New Century Chamber Orchestra has named Philip Wilder as its new executive director. New Century’s music director is the ever-interesting Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. Wilder, a singer with Chanticleer, worked for seven years as an artist PR with 21C Media Group. Guess he’.... More »
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La bohème, Metropolitan Opera, New York — ‘Hyper-lavish, super-kitschy’ + MORE

The singers were often left to their own devices in this over-pretty, overpopulated production.... More »
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Ten Years of Blogging! + MORE

I have realised, just in time - briefly reverting to London time, since it is past midnight in Berlin - that it is ten years ago to the day that I began to write this blog. It began, also in Berlin, with the symphonies of Gustav Mahler, conducted by Pierre Boulez and Daniel Baren.... More »
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Ensemble. Generally Confident + MORE

Handel, Haydn and Mozart from Derby Choral Union and the Heart of England Chamber Orchestra, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler.... More »

Beethoven revealed

– www.classical-music.com

Beethoven is the great composer of revolutionary symphonies, heroic piano concertos and dramatic string quartets. After pondering why opera stumped the Romantic genius – he only composed one, Fidelio, and even that proved tortuous – in our July issue, we have discovered five other works that see Beethoven in a less familiar guise…

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A third union joins the Met siege

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

A third union joins the Met siegeSecurity guards and maintenance staff at the Metropolitan Opera are protesting about a pay freeze. Their union is the third to confront Peter Gelb over austerity plans – after the musicians and the backstage workers.
It’s going to be a helluva long, tough summer. More here.

 

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 Schubert: Ian Bostridge (tenor), Thomas Adès (piano), Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh Festival, 22.06.14 (CS) Schubert: Winterreise Ian Bostridge made his acclaimed Aldeburgh Festival debut in 1994, performing Schubert’s Winterreise.  Since then, the tenor must have embodied the wanderer – traversing the frozen landscape, vainly seeking his beloved, led astray by the false will o’ the wisp, […]

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A critical guide to classical music performances in the New York City area.

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Feast of the Marys

– parterre.com

Feast of the MarysFrom one of the earliest Mike Richter CD-ROMs, “Odd Opera,” comes a piece definitely fitting that description. It’s a live performance of Antônio Carlos Gomes’ Fosca!
Gomes: Fosca
Theatro Municipal de São Paulo
2 December 1996
Conductor: Luiz Fernando Malheiro
Fosca: Aline Imbert
Paolo: Ruben Medina
Delia: Adelia Issa
Cambro: José Antonio Soares
Gajolo: José Galissa
Doge: José Maria Cardoso
Giotta: Claudio Guiomaraes
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The ensemble’s small-scale performances made a big impression, with a give-and-take between musicians that was almost conversational

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A long-awaited and thoroughly rewarding premiere for the opera based on Lao She’s story of a simple labourer and his attempts to buy his own rickshaw

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A little night music — under the stars, surrounded by trees and performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra — is made to order for summer nights. The second annual June Summer Concert Mini-Series takes place June 26, 27 and 28 at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle…

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Julius Rudel 1921-2014

– parterre.com

Julius Rudel 1921-2014The legendary conductor, mainstay of New York City Opera for 35 years, has died, says @nprclassical.

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Listen Now: Seattle Opera's Mid 70's Ring CycleWalkures from Seattle’s 1975 RingMade available, kindly, by Seattle Opera. There is also an interview with Joan Herald, who performed as Ortlinde in 1973’s Settle Opera’s 1973 Walkure to be found by clicking hereWhen Seattle Opera first began presenting Wagner’s RING, in the mid-1970s, the cycle was done twice each summer–once in the original German, once in Andrew Porter’s English singing translation…

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Finta at Glyndebourne at last……

– briandickie.typepad.com

The production of La finta giardiniera, which opens at Glyndebourne this weekend, is the first time the company has produced this youthful work of its resident composer Mozart.  However the opera has been seen there before presented in English by Opera North!

I first heard Finta in Wexford in 1965…

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Seattle Opera To Release 2013 Ring Cycle On CDA pity there is no DVD release, but at least it is something – and their first commercial recording release. Press release from Seattle Opera follows:Wagner-lovers of the world, rejoice!We’re giddy with excitement to announce Seattle Opera’s first-ever live audio recording: our fantastic Der Ring des Nibelungen from last summer…

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 Shostakovich, Arensky, Vivaldi/Piazzolla: WNO String Ensemble, David Adams, leader, RWCMD, Cardiff, 25/06/14  (LJ).  Shostakovich, Two Pieces for String Octet Op. 11, No. 1 Arensky, Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky Vivaldi/Piazzolla, The Eight Seasons Greeted by a live Welsh-folk band, lit by dappled sunlight as it glinted through the leafy trees and shone through the […]

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