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Daily Download: Franz Schubert - String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden": IV. Presto + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Franz Schubert - String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden": IV. Presto, performed by Petersen Quartet..... More »
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Forbes Classical CD of the Week + MORE

<!-- BEGIN QUOTE --> Now on Forbes: #Classical_CD_of_the_Week https://t.co/01cYukAOWn w/@lorfeo_baroque in #Ba… https://t.co/OZ1WCmnL9R pic.twitter.com/4K3KHJLYj8— Jens F. Laurson (@ClassicalCritic) March 23, 2016<!-- END TWITTER QUOTE --> -> Classical CD of the Week: Bach Solo So.... More »
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Konnichiwa? Turin’s Un Ballo in Tokyo + MORE Dec 11th

 Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio, Gianandrea Noseda (conductor), Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo, 7.12.2013 (RP)   Cast: Riccardo: Ramon Vargas Renato: Gabriele Viviani Amelia: Oksana Dyka Ulrica: Marianne Cornetti Oscar: Ai Ichihara Silvano: Federico Longhi Samuel: F.... More »
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Concertmaster falls off stage in mid-concerto + MORE

We are receiving reports that James Cuddeford, concertmaster of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, collapsed tonight during a performance of the Schumann cello concerto and was taken to hospital. James, an Australian who has led the orchestra since 2010, is said to have been ill during the day and vomited .... More »
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New York audience applauds ode to North Korean leader + MORE

Among the bizarre stories of 2016, this one takes the last biscuit in the Pyongyang tin. The musicians, it seems, were just doing a day’s work. But who were the audience that paid good money to hear a pick-up orchestra conducted by a sworn supporter of the Dear Leader, who lives in Teaneck, N.... More »
Music Review: For Britten Centenary, a Dazzling HomecomingThe British composer is the focus of a local event elevated to national importance.    

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Minnesota Patron Stakeholder Group Gets Aggressive

On 11/20/2013, the Minneapolis based patron stakeholder group, Save Our Symphony Minnesota (SOSMN) gave a public presentation titled The MOA [Minnesota Orchestra Association] Debacle: Unlocking The Truth where they levied a host of allegations against the MOA board and executive leadership including, but not limited to: cooking the books, deliberately misusing endowment funds, and intentionally releasing false information…

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Edward Heath writes about his passion for music: From the archive, 25 November 1976A kind of musical autobiography, this book is the former prime minister’s most revealing portrait yetMusic: A joy for life, by Edward Heath. Sidgwick & Jackson, £5.95A cold man, they always said of Edward Heath. The first big lie to that view came from him. I felt, not in a political statement, but rather when he conducted the LSO in Elgar’s Cockaigne…

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Empire Opera: Free 'Sing Noel' Christmas Concert and Year-end Celebration, Friday, December 13, 2013 at 8 PM, 349 West End Avenue, New York CityCelebrate Christmas with Empire at the year-end Christmas concert and party. All are welcome. This is a free event.Any and all donations will be accepted.Come hear great Christmas music performed by Empire artists, taste great food and wine, mix and mingle and enjoy the holiday.Do you play an instrument? Bring it and share your music at the party!Sing Noel!FREE EVENTFriday, December 13, 2013 8PM349 West End AvenueNew Yorkwww…

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 Mozart, The Magic Flute. LA Opera, James Conlon (conductor), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, 23.11.13-15.12.13 (JRo)   There were unusual doings at the Los Angeles Opera last night.  If your taste in opera is locked in the past, you should steer away from their new production of “The Magic Flute,” but if inventive, visually abundant, […]

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Modern Music for Modern Times

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Taking a page of music from today to create music that fits with a modern audience

When Bach wrote multi-movement works, he used dances of the day as a basis, a framework for this music. Moving further back there are numerous examples of composers using “popular” tunes folded into religious works so listeners would hear familiar elements in the music of the church, adding layers of meaning and pleasure for all involved…

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What a would-be opera star did when ill-health killed her hopesElizabeth Lewis Celeste was on track to make an international opera career when a series of strokes set her back. Looking around, she saw how tough it was for young singers to get into major companies. So she opened a starter company in Vancouver. Here’s her story:   Opera di Concertisti e Meraviglie is an independent […]

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Book:Treacherous Bonds and Laughing Fire: Politics and Religion in Wagner's RingFor some reason we had thought this fascinating analysis of the Ring was no longer available – although only originally published in 2006. However, it seems we were very much mistaken. Full details below and a more than generous sample also. Treacherous Bonds and Laughing Fire: Politics and Religion in Wagner’s Ring…

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MontgomeryAdvertiser.com: Montgomery Symphony Orchestra Performs Symphony No. 2, 'Song of a New Race' of William Grant Still, 7:30 PM Mon. Nov. 25, 2013William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com  Symphony No. 2 in G Minor (Song of a New Race) (1937) was recorded most recently by the Fort Smith Symphony, conducted by John Jeter, on Naxos 8…

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SINS Sunday!

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SINS Sunday!The world premiere rehearsed reading of my new play about Wagner, Sins of the Fathers seems to have gone down pretty well yesterday at the Orange Tree. The audience laughed a lot, the actors seemed to be enjoying it (I think) and the performance zipped by and I got a jolly nice round of applause too, and it was all a bit wonderful…

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German orchestra manager calls for new national strategyWhile public attention is drawn to SWR’s attempt to abolish one of the broadcast orchestra, a former head of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra calls for a national dialogue on the workings of public orchestras. Read here (auf Deutsch).

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Charles T. Downey, Charming take on Benjamin Britten’s ‘Albert Herring’ from Maryland Opera Studio (Washington Post, November 25, 2013)

Britten, Albert Herring, P. Pears, English Chamber Orchestra, B. BrittenWhat better way to spend the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten’s birth, which fell on Friday, than listening to one of his operas? They are the height of the British composer’s

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Andrew Schartmann in conversation with Canadian composer Alan Belkin

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