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SFBayView.com: 'Pianist Stephanie Woodford, 18, one of 173 worldwide chosen to attend Grammy Camp' + MORE

Stephanie Woodford and her mother at the piano Photo: Lance Burton, Planet Fillmore CommunicationsSan Francisco Bay ViewJune 28, 2014by Lance Burton, Planet Fillmore CommunicationsThere’s no shortage of Black citizen profiles of personal success.One bright profile of a San Francisco community.... More »
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The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest offers fans musical nostalgia + MORE

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest tour offers fans of the video-game series another chance to delight in the melodies that have coloured their lives for the past 30 years.... More »
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L'Amour de Loin HD Broadcast + MORE

Composer Kaija Saariaho and Librettist Amin MaaloufJuly, 2008 Adriana Mater symposium, Santa FePhoto by Lisa HirschI couldn't go to the live HD broadcast of Kaija Saariaho and Amin Maalouf's L'Amour de Loin (Love from Afar) because I taught a self-defense class starting at noon that S.... More »
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Bach for a bike breakfast + MORE

I don't cycle (yet), but am a big supporter of those who do. So it was touching to see this video of our old friend Raffy Todes, second violinist of the Allegri String Quartet, who got on his bike to go to a rehearsal, en route was apparently pounced on in friendly fashion by the Tower Hamlets Wheel.... More »
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The corner of Schönberg and Faust + MORE

Snapshot from Zurich: the Thomas Mann Archive, out of the picture to the left, is at the corner of Doktor-Faust-Gasse and Schönberggasse. The latter presumably doesn't refer to the Schö/oenberg, who had no Zurich connections that I know of, but the coincidence is amusing. Previously: The cor.... More »

The moral of the story

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The moral of the story
The moral, that is, of my critique of the Chicago Symphony’s “Sounds and Stories” online magazine. It so badly disappointed me. Great idea, for an orchestra to provide the kind of classical music coverage we don’t find these days in the media. But why make it so deadly dull? So drastically out of touch with the kind of lively media people find everywhere else?
I was being interviewed by a British journalist about “Sounds and Stories…

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55 looks for 55 operas

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Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli closed the Paris 2014 summer couture season yesterday with a bravura display of opera-inspired gowns.
The show opened with their take on La traviata, above, where part of the score was embroidered on a pale translucent gown. Carmen, La bohème and Aida were amongst other operas referenced…

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Faced with declining attendance, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra includes offerings that strive to generate some buzz

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James Manheim: George Walker's 'Mass' is 'a grand work'; 'The real find here is the performance of the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83'Albany Records Troy1447 (2013)On December 20, 2013 AfriClassical posted: New Albany CD: George Walker’s ‘Mass’ & ‘Psalms 96 & 117′ by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra & Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 83 by George Walker, PianoJohn Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.com sends a CD review by James Manheim, a critic for AllMusic…

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Mike Richter meets Claudio AbbadoLa Cieca assumes, or at least hopes, such an encounter is currently taking place on some other plane. In slightly more mundane terms, though, Mike Richter did “meet” Claudio Abbado, though not in the context of his celebrated CD-ROM series.
Here’s a salute to a side project of Mike’s, the mastering and release of selected video performances of opera that for whatever reasons had never been made available commercially…

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Panufnik - Dance of Life: Tallinn Mass Roxanna Panufnik Dance of Life – Tallinn Mass: Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Patricia Rozario, Mihhail Gerts: Warner Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jan 23 2014 Star rating: 4.0Ancient and modern, new work inspired by 15th century Dance of DeathRoxanna Panufnik’s Dance of Life – Tallinn Mass is a large scale dramatic work which incorporates elements of the mass with other dramatic elements…

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An opera by the author of Tom Jones

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An opera by the author of Tom JonesThe Lottery By Henry Fielding A tale of seduction, delusion and financial corruption. Musical Director: Žak Ozmo with L’Avventura London Stage Director: Harry Fehr   Bury Court Opera presents the modern premiere of The Lottery, Henry Fielding’s smash hit ballad opera of 1732. The Lottery is the outrageous tale of Chloe, a beautiful but foolish […]

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BBC SO Volkov, Hodges, BBC Singers, Barbican 22 Jan 2013 Grisey: MégalithesDufourt: On the Wings of the MorningBoulez: Cummings ist der DichterBeethoven: Symphony No. 7BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC SingersIlan Volkov, conductorNicolas Hodges, pianoEven by BBCSO standards, Grisey’s Mégalithesis a whacky concert opener. The horn section sits around the front of the podium, facing away from the audience, and the rest of the brass section is distributed around the auditorium, providing antiphonal effects that bounce around front to back and left to right…

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Opera North’s new staging of Puccini’s work has an authentic flavour of the Wild West, while the musical performance is outstanding

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Maestro moves: Barcelona buys Japanese once more

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Maestro moves: Barcelona buys Japanese once moreThe next music director of the Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra (OBC) will be Kazushi Ono. He starts in 2015, succeeding Pablo González Bernardo. Before him, the chief conductor (2006-2010) was Eiji Oue.

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Brahms and Liszt Lieder from Kirschlager and Thibaudet

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 Brahms, Liszt: Angelika Kirschlager (mezzo-soprano), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano), Wigmore Hall, London, 20.1.2014 (CC) Brahms:   Deutsche Volkslieder: Book IV, No. 25, Mein Mädel hat einen Rosenmund; Book V,  No. 35, Soll sich der Mond nicht heller scheinen; Book I, No. 6, Da unten im Tale; Book II, No…

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Mark Wigglesworrth to take over at ENO

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Mark Wigglesworrth to take over at ENOIt’s not news that Edward Gardner would eventually be stepping down as Music Director at the ENO. He’s taking over as Chief Conductor at the Bergen Philharmonic in October 2015. While it was assumed he’d be able to balance that with London, he needs to expand his portfolio beyond opera if he is to lay the foundations for a much bigger career…

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The One and the Many: Ştefan Niculescu in Romania

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The One and the Many: Ştefan Niculescu in RomaniaRomaniaIn 1968, the British composer Hugh Wood reported the following about the reigning traditions in Romanian musical life:Romania, ‘a Latin island in a Slav ocean,’ for many centuries subject to the Turks, became a national state in 1866, with Napoleon III as godfather, and ever since has looked to Paris, not least for music – Widor and Massenet then; Boulez, Xenakis, and Messiaen now…

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