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A Yuja Wang Dress Report, Prokofiev 2, and the Munich Philharmonic in Brahms + MORE

Back in May of this year: A nice day, an empty concert hall. And many—more than half of Munich’s Philharmonic Hall 2500 capacity, I’d guess—seat cushions staring at Yuja Wang devilling through the Prokofiev Second Piano Concerto—accompanied by the relative no-name conductor Michał Nestero.... More »
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California Symphony sets new season, new venue + MORE

The Walnut Creek orchestra will premiere a guitar concerto by composer-in-residence Dan Visconti, and perform some shows Napa for the first time..... More »
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Sher on this shining night + MORE

Bartlett Sher’s “new to Chicago” production of Romeo et Juliette came to the Lyric Opera at Monday’s opening after appearances at Salzburg and Milan. For most of the evening, the production worked quite well, moving the iconic star-crossed lovers to 18th century Venice. Musically, however, t.... More »
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Eschenbach Leaving NSO + MORE

Christoph Eschenbach, the music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, will become conductor laureate at the end of the 2016-17 season. A search committee has been formed to determine who his successor will be.Anne Midgette has a fine article about Eschenbach's tenure that pulls no punches. Hi.... More »
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Gubaidulina receives Boston world premiere + MORE

From Boston Classical Review: The Russian composer’s Triple Concerto was given its world premiere Thursday night at Symphony Hall by Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra… The Triple Concerto is cast in a single unbroken movement spanning a half hour. Instead of the glistening tex.... More »

Coffee with Carlo Bergonzi

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Coffee with Carlo BergonziI met the great tenor once, by chance.
It was late in the year 2000, and I was doing a recce of Verdi’s hangouts in the Parma region, ahead of the centennial year of the composer’s death. Late in the day, we drove into Bussetto, the little village where he was born.
Not much to see on a misty November afternoon and nowhere to hang out…

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Shimmering magic - Schoenberg's Moses und AronJohn Tomlinson and chorusphoto Bill Cooper Schoenberg Moses und Aron; John Tomlinson, Rainer Trost, Welsh National Opera, conductor Lothar Konigs; Royal Opera House Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jul 25 2014 Star rating: 4.5Stunning performances in the first London staging of Schoenberg’s opera for nearly 40 yearsEighty years after its creation, and sixty years after its premiere, Schoenberg’s opera Moses und Aron is still something of a rarity on the London operatic stage…

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 Cilea, Adriana Lecouvreur: Soloists, Chorus of Opera Holland Park, City of London Sinfonia/Manlio Benzi,  Holland Park, London, 24.7.2014 (CC) Cast    It was good to see Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur here, in a production that, despite occasional wobbly sets, was decidedly thought-provoking…

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BSO and Beethoven

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Pianist Andrew StaupeAfter hearing one of the National Symphony Orchestra’s concerts at Wolf Trap, it was only fair to take in one of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s summer concerts, on Thursday night. In the comfortable air conditioning of the Music Center at Strathmore, the only sign of a traditional summer concert was the ensemble’s white jackets, a nice touch that went well with the lack

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Moses und Aron, Welsh National Opera, 25 July 2014Moses (John Tomlinson) and the IsraelitesImages: Bill CooperRoyal Opera HouseMoses – Sir John TomlinsonAron – Rainer TrostA Young Maiden, First Naked Virgin – Elizabeth AthertonA Youth – Alexander SpragueAnother Man, An Ephraimite – Daniel GriceA Priest – Richard WiegoldFirst Elder – Julian BoyceSecond Elder – Laurence ColeThird Elder – Alastair MooreSick Woman, Fourth Naked Virgin – Rebecca Alonwy-JonesNaked Youth – Edmond ChooSecond Naked Virgin – Fiona HarrisonThird Naked Virgin – Louise RatcliffeChorus of six solo voices – Fiona Harrison, Amanda Baldwin, Sian Meinir, Peter Wilman, Alastair Moore, Laurence ColeJossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito (directors)Jörg Behr (revival director)Anna Viebrock (original designs)Tim Mitchell (lighting)Chorus and Extra Chorus of Welsh National Opera (chorus master: Stephen Harris)Orchestra of Welsh National OperaLothar Koenigs (conductor) Once again, we find ourselves thanking an unrepresentable being for Welsh National Opera’s commitment to its mission…

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Southbank Centre, London:  Sunday 14 September 2014 Kinshasa Symphony: The Kimbanguiste Orchestra and Chorus, Congo, Royal Festival HallSouthbank Centre, London, U.K.Kinshasha SymphonyJean Sibelius: FinlandiaCongolese choral worksGeorge Shearing: Songs and Sonnets of ShakespeareCongolese orchestral worksIntervalHector Berlioz: March to the scaffold (4th movement) from Symphonie FantastiqueHector Berlioz: Dreams of a witches’ Sabbath (5th movement) from Symphonie FantastiqueLudwig Van Beethoven: Presto – Allegro assai (4th movement) from Symphony No…

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Three great new reviews !

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Claire Seymour’s reveiws in Opera TodayDer Rosenkavalier Prom 6Glagolitic Mass Prom 9Donizetti and Mozart – Jette Parker Young Artists ROH

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Meet Prokofiev and Stravinsky, London's hottest classical music talentsWITH the BBC Proms in full swing, we discover the descendants of the Russian composers alive and well in London, where they are busy creating new music…

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Glyndebourne comes to you

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Glyndebourne comes to youGlyndebourne Tour dedicates its 2014 season to visionary founder Sir George Christie Glyndebourne Tour is to honour the artistic vision of its founder Sir George Christie by taking three world-class productions, two fresh from premières at Glyndebourne Festival, on the road this autumn. Sir George, who died in May, established the Tour in 1968 driven by an ambition to bring the highest quality opera to as many people as possible and nurture talented singers from across the world at the start of their careers…

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Gelb to musicians: you can’t count

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Gelb to musicians: you can’t countThe Metropolitan Opera has issued a 54-page rebuttal to the musician’s 84-page proposal for non-wage savings at the company.
Dumbly, it has issued its refutations interwoven into the original document, which is now 138 pages long – so long that no-one with a life will ever read it.
Click here to see the monstrosity produced by Met management…

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Among the young string ensembles making their mark in classical music, the Danish String Quartet is the enfant terrible. It plays with an urgency that can feel dangerous, and with a unity of intention that makes familiar material stand out in bold relief, as if it were brand new territory. Friday night at the Music@Menlo festival in Atherton, it left its mark on Beethoven…

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Italian opera singer Carlo Bergonzi, considered a leading performer of Verdi’s work, dies aged 90.

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Carlo Bergonzi, Masterful Operatic Tenor, Dies at 90Mr. Bergonzi, small and admittedly without leading-man looks or acting skills, was considered to have a vocal elegance that more than compensated for perceived shortcomings.

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