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That Decisive Moment: A Met Opera Star is Born: This Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments + MORE

Gritty electronics, a Baroque hoedown and a burly Texan roar were among the highlights..... More »
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Music Review: New York Philharmonic and Dianne Reeves on New Year’s Eve + MORE

The New York Philharmonic, led by Bramwell Tovey, was joined by Norm Lewis and Dianne Reeves for a program of Gershwin on New Year’s Eve..... More »
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Young string quartet wins $100,000 + MORE

The inaugural winners of the University of Michigan’s Chamber Arts Competition are the Calidore String Quartet. The quartet, average age 27, beat four saxophonists and a piano-percussion foursome in the final.   Players: Jeffrey Myers; Ryan Meehan; Jeremy Berry; Estelle Choi. .... More »
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Madama Butterfly review – the whole evening is outstanding + MORE

Royal Opera House, London This revival of Leiser and Caurier’s production of Puccini’s tragedy is a superb achievement, with Ermonela Jaho bringing passionate conviction to the title role Opera audiences, it would seem, are developing a habit of booing reprehensible on-stage characters. When Mar.... More »
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Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Philharmonie Berlin — review: ‘Grandeur and piercing sweetness’ + MORE

The orchestra’s performance was a grand illustration of what Simon Rattle has brought to Berlin.... More »
Shostakovich and Schnittke string quartets, heard by Howard Smith. ‘… vivid sonic immediacy.’

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Julius Rudel 1921-2014

– briandickie.typepad.com

I was saddened to hear of the death of Julius this week.  American opera is in his debt, as are generationsof singers and other artists who were his "children". I will cherish the memory of his work with us in Toronto 25 years ago, and the memory too of his remarkable New York City Opera – alas no more…

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The Borletti-Buitoni Trust helps outstanding young musicians develop and sustain international careers with awards that fund tailor-made projects. BBT Fellowships are awarded to artists who are at the beginning of their careers and the Trust hopes their BBT budget will help develop their future potential…

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A Dud composer’s monorchic variations

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

A Dud composer’s monorchic variationsWe have given you time to recover from Dudley Moore’s ‘two European composers’.
Here’s his less-known set, equally brilliant, on a familiar wartime theme.
 

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‘Venus in Fur’ playwright David Ives says filmmaker Roman Polanski helped sharpen the dialogue here and there in the play’s adaptation to the big screen.’Venus in Fur’ playwright David Ives says filmmaker Roman Polanski helped sharpen the dialogue here and there in the play’s adaptation to the big screen.

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Eduard Franck, Roman Carnival Overture, Concert Piece for Violin & Orchestra, Fantasy for Orchestra op.16, Concert Overture for large Orchestra op.12
C.Erdinger / O.Rudner / Württemberg Phil. Reutlingen
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Eduard Franck (ditto his son Richard) is an ingenious chamber music composer whose output has been championed by the Audite label and Franck-veteran

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As Good As It Gets

– irontongue.blogspot.com

Peter Grimes at San Francisco Symphony: a splendid performance, with great singing  and conducting, outstanding direction, and a flawless performance from Stuart Skelton in title role. I’ll try to write more later, but I am still feeling a little stunned. As Patrick said to me on the way out of the hall, “I’ve seen it before, and I’ve heard it on record, but this feels like the first time…

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The Cunning Little Vixen; Cantatas for the Soul; Ariadne auf Naxos  reviewGarsington Opera, Wormsley; Wigmore Hall, Royal Opera House, LondonClaire Booth was a force of nature as the vixen in Janáek’s opera, while Iestyn Davies led an evening of soul-searchingIt’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting for The Cunning Little Vixen, that most sylvan of operas, than Garsington’s startlingly light and transparent pavilion…

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She liberated Vienna’s young women

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She liberated Vienna’s young womenMichael Haas has written a fascinating post on Eugenie Schwarzwald, founder of a school that educated Anna Freud, Helene Weigl, Vicki Baum and hundreds more young women who were liberated from patriarchal tyranny. She was also an important patron of modernism, employing Arnold Schoenberg as a music teacher and Oskar Kokoschka for art…

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I recently wrote an appreciation of Arthur Butterworth’s excellent tone-poem The Path across the Moors, in which I suggested that in spite of it having been issued on a ‘light music’ CD, it had considerable depth and emotional content beyond what is normally considered belonging to that genre. I sent the composer a copy of my article and fortunately he approved of what I had written…

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Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic(Challenge Classics)These varied chamber works by James MacMillan are keenly concerned with Scottish identity, whether in the two-part From Ayrshire, written for violinist Nicola Benedetti and here played by Linus Roth, or in Tuireadh, a lament for victims of the Piper Alpha oil-rig disaster…

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Bullet time

– parterre.com

Bullet timeLucky Müncheners won’t be the only ones reveling in Rossini this afternoon: the opening of the Bayerische Staatsoper’s Guillaume Tell will be webcast starting at noon EDT, naturally with a session at La Casa della Cieca devoted to discussion.

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Knussen Aldeburgh – miniature Symphonies

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Knussen Aldeburgh - miniature SymphoniesMendelssohn Symphony No 1, with Elliott Carter’s Instances for chamber orchestra (2012), written shortly before his death aged 103. Trust Oliver Knussen to come up with a programme that blends Mendelssohn, Dallapiccola, Carter, Webern and Ligeti, conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Maltings, Snape, Aldeburgh, part of this year’s Aldeburgh Music Festival…

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