Britten in France + MORE Jan 14th

 

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On Albany Records Troy 1478, George Walker’s Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano is paired with his historic 1967 performance of the Beethoven ‘Emperor Concerto’ + MORE

George Walker (b. 1922) has a website at http://georgetwalker.com/and is featured at AfriClassical.comwww.gregorywalkerviolin.com"The cover photo, provided by the international award-winning playwright, actor and producer, Ian Walker, co-founder of Second Wind Productions in San Francisco,.... More »
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Freedom and Joyous Accuracy from the Belcea Quartet + MORE

 Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert: Belcea Quartet, Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 17.10.2014 (BJ) Mozart: Quartet in F major, K. 590 Beethoven: Quartet in D major, Op. 18 No. 3 Schubert: Quartet in A minor, D. 804   Founded twenty years ago, and constituting a virt.... More »
maestro

Best Recordings of 2014 (#1) + MORE

Time for a review of classical CDs that were outstanding in 2014 (published in whole on Forbes.com). My lists for the previous years: 2013, 2012, 2011, (2011 – “Almost”), 2010, (2010 – “Almost”), 2009, (2009 – “Almost”), 2008, (2008 - "Almost") 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004. #.... More »
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She’s still here + MORE

Happy 51st birthday soprano Natalie Dessay.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnb3m90nl-E On this day in 1774 Christoph Wilibald von Gluck‘s Iphigenia in Aulis premiered in Paris. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6XlTToGP-g Born on this day in 1892 composer Germaine Tailleferre. //www.youtube.com/w.... More »
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BBCSO/Knussen at the Proms review – Nächtliche Wanderer stalks the Albert Hall + MORE

Royal Albert Hall, LondonOliver Knussen led a wonderfully assured UK premiere of Reinbert de Leeuw’s epic symphonic poemDer Nächtliche Wanderer, first performed in 2014, is the work with which Reinbert de Leeuw – nowadays best known as a pianist-conductor – ended a 40-year compositional silen.... More »

SF Opera’s 2014-2015 Season

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September 5-30 2014: NormaSeptember 6-21 2014: SusannahOctober 4-22 2014: Un Ballo in MascheraOctober 15- November 2 2014: PartenopeOctober 23- November 8 2014: ToscaNovember 9-26 2014: CenerentolaNovember 14- December 7 2014: La BohèmeJune 7- July 1 2015: Les TroyensJune 13-30 2015: La CiociaraJune 14- July 5 2015: Le Nozze di Figaro
David Gockley announced San Francisco Opera's 2014-2015 season today…

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Mamma mia

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Mamma miaGoddess Anna Caterina Antonacci takes the “Sophia Loren” starring role in La Ciociara, a new work premiering at San Francisco Opera in June, 2015. The Marco Tutino/Fabio Ceresa melodrama is based on the novel that also inspired the 1960 film Two Women, the one that won Loren the Academy Award…

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MILESTONE NEW SET Mahler recordings 1903-40

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MILESTONE NEW SET Mahler recordings 1903-40At last, probably the definitve set of recordings of the music of Gustav Mahler from issued 78’s between 1903 and 1940. Although some of these recordings have been known for some time, this new 8 CD set from Urlicht Audio-Visual is a collectors item because it’s so beautifully put together. This is the most comprehensive collection ever assembled, including every recording listed in Peter Fulop’s Mahler Discograhy…

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Canada concertmaster in court to fight $120,000 Customs fineWe reported at the weekend that Yosuke Kawasaki, concertmaster of the National Arts Center orchestra in Ottawa, had his violin and bows seized by Customs on entering Canada and was facing a C$120,000 fine to release them. The seizure took place in 2012 and the violin and three bows were released several weeks later, after Yosuke […]

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Opera Review: Bronx Opera Company’s ‘The Rivals’ at the Lovinger TheaterThe Bronx Opera Company opened its 47th season on Saturday with “The Rivals,” a 2002 comic opera by Kirke Mechem.    

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A Superb Wigmore Hall Debut by Pavel Kolesnikov

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 Rameau, Debussy, Chopin, Pavel Kolesnikov (piano), Wigmore Hall, London, 12.1.2014 (RB) Rameau – Gavotte avec six doubles (from Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin) Les niais de Sologne (from Suite in D Major) La villageoise Le rappel des oiseaux Tambourin (from Suite in E minor) Debussy – Images Série 1 Chopin – Nocturne in C […]

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Arts head: Mark Tinkler, English Pocket Opera CompanyThe artistic director on opera as a learning tool and why schools, not hubs, need to be the main deliverer of music educationHi Mark, what can you tell me about English Pocket Opera Company (EPOC)?Well, it’s been going for over 20 years now, the last 10 of which have been dedicated solely to working with children and young people…

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Download Chopin played by Mikhail Pletnev

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The Russian pianist plays 'A Maiden's Wish'

This week's free download is Liszt's arrangement of Chopin's song 'A Maiden's Wish', played by Mikhail Pletnev…

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Today on Learning to Listen from Classical MPR, hear the story of Scheherazade, a symphonic suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

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Compelling and Enjoyable Tchaikovsky from Blomstedt

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    Larsson, Tchaikovsky: Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Christer Johnsson (saxophone), Herbert Blomstedt, (conductor), Tonhalle Zurich Larsson: Saxophone Concerto Tchaikovsky:  Symphony No. 5 I must admit I was a mite concerned, before hearing the first work in this evening’s concert, when I read in the programme that the composer of the evening’s saxophone concerto, Lars-Erik Larsson (1908-1986), had […]

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Raphael Trio @ Phillips

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Charles T. Downey, The Raphael Trio at the Phillips Collection
Washington Post, January 14, 2014

Brahms, Piano Trios, vol. 2, Vienna Piano Trio (1994)
The Raphael Trio is approaching the 40th anniversary of its founding and, perhaps surprisingly, is still at it. As it has done regularly for many years now, the ensemble appeared on the concert series of the Phillips Collection on Sunday

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Britten in France

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The Paris Opera Studio (Atelier) is producing the Rape of Lucretia this week.  I will be there on Thursday to see it.  Meanwhile the Athénée Théâtre is providing a helpful potted biography of Britten on its Blog.

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Benjamin Wallfisch and 'Summer in February'

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Composer Benjamin Wallfisch splits his time between writing music for movies and music for the concert hall. His latest film project, 'Summer in February', features pianist Yuja Wang, along with solo violin and cello. The 'Summer in February' soundtrack comes out today, ahead of Friday's U…

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