Chris Thile Will Play Sonatas and Partitas at Zankel Hall + MORE Oct 21st


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My Top 10 Hits of the 20th Century + MORE

Anyone can play !  and should, because the fun is in the process of thinking, not in Becknmessering a result. My Top Ten HIts of the 20th Century. In Random Order. Subject to change at any momentBritten : Violin Concerto (more here)Messaien  :Et exspecto resurrentionum Mortuorum (more here.... More »
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Augusta Free Press: 'Waynesboro [VA] Symphony Orchestra celebrates Black History Month'; Morris Phibbs of CBMR Speaks on Florence Price + MORE

[Florence B. Price (1887-1953) is profiled at, which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma,]Dr. Lise Keiter, PianistTitled “Women of the American Symphonic Landscape,” this concert features music.... More »

Heart of Darkness at Opera Parallele + MORE

My review of Tarik O'Regan's Heart of Darkness is up at SFCV. I am generally positive, certainly about the performances and much of the music, but I have more reservations than Joshua Kosman. Georgia Rowe calls out dramatic issues and finds it shapeless.Philip Skinner was spooky and terrifying;.... More »

Bowling Green, Ohio Sentinel-Tribune: McGill 'Brothers use music to rise above troubled streets' + MORE

Irish Pianist Michael McHale with Clarinetist Anthony McGill & Flutist Demarre McGillTwitter:Post-Concert @bgsu (Bowling Green State University) from @michaelmchale (Michael McHale) with classical music's top brother-act @mcgillab (Anthony McGill) and @DemarreMcGill (Demarre McGill) - great.... More »
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Musical mix + MORE

Kings Place The lovely recital space in Kings Place, up York Way from King's Cross/St Pancras, plays host to the London Chamber Music Society most Sunday evenings between October and May - a perfectly timed 6:30 pm end to the weekend.  The opening of their 2016-17 season was this last Sund.... More »
Review: The Rape of Lucretia, Glyndebourne Touring Opera
Fiona Shaw’s production of The Rape of Lucretia brings history full circle. Having formed a little opera company in the post-war austerity of 1946 to do new works as cheaply as possible, Britten wrote one for Glyndebourne with eight singers and twelve instruments. Its initial run was followed by a British tour – as Shaw’s production will do.

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Ulysses Kay Page at Links to "Ulysses Kay Papers, circa 1938-1995," Archival Collections, Columbia University Libraries

On October 19, 2013 AfriClassical Blog posted this quote from a release by the Harlem Chamber Players, who will perform “The Ulysses Kay Project” Tuesday, October 22, 2013:

Kay family gave the papers of Barbara and Ulysses Kay to Columbia’s
Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 2009, and they have since been

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Music, drama, art and technology conjoin and entwine in the world premiere production of Christopher Cerrone’s opera, Invisible Cities, which opened at and in Los Angeles Union Station on Saturday evening, presented by operatic innovators The Industry. The production’s successes are many, and such weaknesses as it has are intriguing in themselves…

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‘Ainsi font-elles toutes’


Mozart, Così fan tutte, V. Gens, B. Fink, Concerto Köln, R. JacobsThe idea of Opera Lafayette’s new season, called The French Così, is intriguing. Seeking a French connection for the libretto of Mozart and Da Ponte’s Così fan tutte — one of the operas we have reviewed the most over the years — the company is pairing it with Philidor’s Les Femmes Vengées…

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Chris Thile Will Play Sonatas and Partitas at Zankel HallChris Thile, who is best known as a progressive-bluegrass virtuoso, performs at Zankel Hall on the heels of his new album devoted to Bach.    

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5 questions to Elena Dubinets (new music scholar, artistic advisor for Seattle Chamber Players)A champion of contemporary and experimental music, Seattle-based scholar Elena Dubinets balances her own research with a busy schedule as an artistic advisor and festival presenter. The author of several publications, including Made in the USA: Music is What Sounds Around (on American experimental music) and an upcoming book on Russian contemporary composers, Dubinets is also the Vice President of Artistic Planning for the Seattle Symphony and artistic advisor for the Seattle Chamber Players (SCP)…

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The official classical chart


Week ending 19 October 2013


Brahms: The Symphonies
Gewandhaus Orchestra/Riccardo Chailly
Decca 478 5344
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Shostakovich: Symphony No…

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A song at twilight


A song at twilightYes, you’ve heard it already, but you might as well have an official place to talk about it: Marina Poplavskaya goes on tonight in Les Vêpres siciliennes at the Royal Opera House. But wait, there’s more.
Given the level of interest in this production, La Cieca thinks it would be fun to gather the parterre clan for a viewing of the HD of Vêpres here in New York on Sunday, November 24 at Symphony Space…

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Verdi Les vêpres siciliennes Royal Opera House


Verdi Les vêpres siciliennes Royal Opera HouseKaspar Holten promised that Verdi Les vêpres siciliennes at the Royal Opera House would be a spectacle, and he was right. The sheer presence of singers like Bryan Hymel, Michael Volle, Erwin Schrott and Lianna Haroutounian guaranteed its success, and Antonio Pappano’s impassioned conducting made it orchestrally thrilling…

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Book review: KM Knittel, Seeing Mahler: Music and the Language of Antisemitism in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna

Knittel, Seeing Mahler: Music and the
Language of Antisemitism in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna (Ashgate: Farnham and
Burlington, 2010), ISBN 9780754663720, pp. xiii + 201, £55. 

Die Muskete, 10 January 1907


Mahler’s time has come, the anniversary years 2010 and 2011 (150 years since
his birth and 100 since his death) having intensified the ubiquity of his

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Lang Lang pounds the Prokofiev: CD reviewA spectacular new album featuring Chinese piano superstar Lang Lang, conductor Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic.

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Chicago Sun-Times: "Overdue Chicago premiere of ‘Troubled Island’ a triumph"

Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at, which
features a comprehensive Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de
Lerma, Recordings, sheet music
and books of William Grant Still are available at, which is operated by the composer’s
daughter Judith Anne Still (Photo is the sole property of William Grant Still Music,
and is used with permission)]

South Shore Opera Company baritone Kirk Walker portrays Dessalines in the
South Shore Opera Company production of “Troubled Island”

Sergio A…

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Catching up with a week’s worth of reviews. I had two red-letter nights this week: what may be my favorite appearance by the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, playing three full ballet scores by Stravinsky, on Monday night, and, on Friday, a deliciously daring “what-if” performance by Opera Lafayette proposing Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte” as an opéra-comique…

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