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Los Angeles' Olympic bid remains focused on summer of 2024 + MORE

U.S. Olympic Committee leaders said Tuesday that, despite a potential change to Olympic bidding, they remain focused on trying to win the 2024 Summer Games for Los Angeles. It was last week that Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, suggested there were “too many losers”.... More »
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Alice’s Adventures Under Ground; Composer festival; Tippett Quartet – review + MORE

Barbican, London; Stockholm, Sweden; Kings Place, LondonGerald Barry’s crazily virtuosic, seriously funny take on Lewis Carroll delights in its European premiereLewis Carroll’s day job was as an Oxford mathematician, if a conservative Victorian one. His enthusiasm for ridiculing the new abstract.... More »
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Frang and Lifits Show Expressive Affinity and Individuality   + MORE

 Grieg, Mozart, Lutoslawski and Richard Strauss: Vilde Frang (violin), Michail Lifits (piano), Wigmore Hall, London, 25.11.2014 (CS) Grieg: Violin Sonata No.1 in F Op.8 Mozart: Sonata for piano and violin in Eb K.481 Lutosławski: Partita for violin and piano Richard Strauss: Violin Sonata in Eb Op.... More »
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All About Orchestra Negotiations + MORE

Last May, we examined some new capacity at Adaptistration which provides the ability to package several articles on related content into an easy to find resource. Fortunately, metrics made it easy to determine what readers are looking for and for the past year, the most searches focus on how o.... More »
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Paata Burchuladze leaves opera to pursue a career in politics + MORE

Paata Burchuladze announced this week that he will run in the parliamentary elections in his native Georgia on 8 October with his State for the People Party. The operatic bass cancelled a year of commitments  – including La Scala, Covent Garden and The Met – when in November last year.... More »

Tara Erraught Triumphs in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito

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Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito, Orchestra and Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper, Adam Fischer (conductor), Nationaltheater, Munich, 16.7.2014 (JMI)   Cast: Tito: Toby Spence Sesto: Tara Erraught Vitellia: Kristina Opolais Annio: Angela Brower Servilia: Hanna-Elisabeth Müller Publio: Tareq Nazmi Production: Bayerische Staatsoper Direction: Jan Bosse Sets: Stéphane Laimé Costumes: Victoria Behr Lighting: Ingo Bracke   […]

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Munich Opera Festival (1): Le nozze di Figaro, Bavarian State Opera, 17 July 2014Nationaltheater, MunichCount Almaviva – Gerald FinleyThe Countess – Véronique GensCherubino – Kate LindseyFigaro – Erwin SchrottSusanna – Hanna-Elisabeth MüllerBartolo – Umberto ChiummoMarcellina – Heike GrötzingerBasilio – Ulrich ReßDon Curzio – Kevin ConnersAntonio – Peter LobertBarbarina – Elsa BenoitTwo Girls – Josephine Renelt, Rachael WilsonDieter Dorn (director)Jürgen Rose (designs)Max Keller (lighting)Hans-Joachim Rückhäberle (dramaturgy)Chorus of the Bavarian State Opera (chorus master: Stellario Fagone)Bavarian State OrchestraDan Ettinger (conductor)  Image: Wilfried Hösl One is unlikely to come across a cast of Figaro principals much better than this today, and the virtues of this performance indeed proved to be primarily vocal…

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BBC First Night of the Proms 2014 Elgar The Kingdom

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BBC First Night of the Proms 2014 Elgar The Kingdom  Sir Edward Elgar’s The Kingdom, First Night of the BBC Proms 2014. A magnificent start to the season, particularly one which commemorates 1914, the start of the First World War. From that perspective Sir Andrew Davis’s The Kingdom moved me deeply.Elgar dreamed of writing a trilogy of oratorios examining the nature of Christianity as Jesus taught his followers, using the grand context of the Edwardian taste…

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La traviata; Gloria: A Pigtale  reviewGlyndebourne, East Sussex; Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House, LondonGlyndebourne’s impeccable new Traviata is a palpable hit. And at Covent Garden the passion is all porcineFamily tensions, like death and taxes, are unavoidable. However changed our society may be, however liberated, Verdi’s quintessentially 19th-century tragedy La traviata has at its core the unfashionable and yet undeniably timeless and often disturbing notion that family reputation still matters…

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Trusting Your Material

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One of the fascinating things about going through Ives’s manuscripts has been getting a feel for his composing method. I’m not likely to become an expert on it, because I’m only dealing with the piano sonatas, and I have more to do with the rest of my life than decipher Ives’s creaky handwriting, as others […]

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Small Nations – Big Sounds

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Small Nations - Big SoundsBartosz WorochSinfonia Cymru, the lively Welsh chamber orchestra, is going international with its forthcoming Small Nations Big Sounds festival in Cardiff in October. The festival is part of the EU’s Emerging Classical Talent in the EU project and involves a partnership with Kalmare Lans Musikstftelse and Blasarsymfonkerna (from Sweden), Fondazione Paolo Grassi (Italy) and Pille Lill Music Fund (from Estonia)…

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CD Spotlight. Varied Mythology

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Deutsche Grammophon’s Strauss opera compilation, sampled by Robert Anderson. ‘… a hugely enjoyable set …’

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 Wigmore HallCouperin – Quatrième livre de pièces de clavecin: 26th ordreBach – The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Preludes and Fugues in D minor, BWV 851; C-sharp minor, BWV 849; B major, BWV 868Toccata in F-sharp minor, BWV 910C.P.E. Bach – Sonata in B-flat major, Wq. 48 no.2Georg Anton Benda – Sonata no…

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Back in the Royal Albert Hall for the unveiling of Proms 2014 and speaking personally adjustments need to be made – the heat, for one, but also the acoustical amplitude. As Elgar rolled out the magisterial themes for The Kingdom in its glorious Prelude my auditory memory was recalling Andrew Davis’ recent airings of the other two Elgar oratorios in the more unforgiving but excitingly immediate acoustic of the Barbican: impactful as opposed to open and all-enveloping…

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It's all about the music at Menlo

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This year’s program focuses on composer Antonin Dvorak

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Karen Cargill (mezzo soprano), Simon Lepper (piano)(Linn)Gustav Mahler was none too liberated when it came to encouraging, or rather discouraging, his wife Alma with her own compositions: "Such a strange relationship between rivals," he wrote. "Do you have any idea how ridiculous it would appear, can you imagine the loss of self-respect it would later cause us both?" Later he regretted his attitude, but Alma wrote little more…

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Dvorak's The Jacobin in Buxton

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Dvorak's The Jacobin in BuxtonNicholas Lester & Anne Sophie Duprels Dvorak The Jacobin; Northern Chamber Orchestra, Conductor Stephen Barlow, Director Stephen Unwin; Buxton Festival at Buxton Opera House Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jul 18 2014 Star rating: 4.5Sparkling revival of Dvorak’s village opera, reset in the Fascist eraFestival’s are about exploring repertoire that is not always available elsewhere so it was a great delight to be able to welcome Stephen Unwin’s new production of Dvorak’s The Jacobin at the Buxton Festival…

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A Musician of the North (Arnold Bax) by Watson Lyle

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The music critic and author Watson Lyle provided this short pen portrait of Arnold Bax. It was the result of an ‘interview’ with the composer at this North London house. The two men had been acquaintances for a number of years. The piece was published in The Bookman, February 1932. I have made a few minor editorial changes and provided a number of explanatory notes…

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