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A bitterly disappointing Tosca at Osterfestspiele, Baden-Baden, Germany + MORE

Philipp Himmelmann’s production of Puccini’s opera is laden with lazy clichés.... More »
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TSO breathes life into ‘Back to the Future’ with live orchestra: review + MORE

Back to the Future retro nerds enjoy a revitalization of the iconic 80s film with live accompaniment from the TSO..... More »
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Charles Villiers Stanford: A (Very) Short Anecdote by Plunket Greene + MORE

Harry Plunket Greene (1865-1936) was a hugely popular Irish baritone and fly fishing enthusiast. He was the baritone soloist in the premiere of Edward Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius. Greene was also the son-in-law of Charles Hubert Hastings Parry. In 1935 he published what was for many years the o.... More »
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Washington Bach Consort struggles onward + MORE

J. S. Bach, Flute Sonatas, B. Kuijken, E. Demeyere (Accent, 2000) J. S. Bach, Viola da Gamba Sonatas, J. Savall, T. Koopman (Alia Vox, 2000)Washington's entire community of musicians was shocked and saddened when J. Reilly Lewis died from a sudden heart attack this past June. No group of musicians.... More »

The Civic Orchestra-Ryan Opera Center joint concert Monday night was one of the most exciting of the season.

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Maestro’s baton is selling at auction for $530

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Maestro’s baton is selling at auction for $530Dutch Public Radio is auctioning off a baton used by Bernard Haitink when he was chief conductor of the Concertgebouw, an orchestra he says he will never conduct again.
Bids have just reached 390 Euros ($534) and there are two days to go.
Click here.

h/t: Dianne Winsor

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Violinist.com interview with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg: Music from a New CenturyBy Laurie Niles: Commissioning a piece of music from a composer isn’t exactly like ordering a hamburger from Burger King — you can’t just order it your way.

It’s more like ordering from the tasting menu at the finest of restaurants — you let the chef choose the ingredients and wow you with his or her creation…

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Romanian adventure

– www.planethugill.com

Romanian adventureAlexandra Dariescu – credit London StudiosLondon-based Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu joined forces with the Romanian violinist Alexandru Tomescu for a recital exploring music by Romanian composers for violin and piano. The two played together for the first time at a recital on 14 May 2014 at the Romanian Cultural Insitute, and we heard them at a private recital on 15 May 2014…

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Paragon Ragtime Orchestra's 2014 Scott Joplin Memorial Concert, 2 PM May 24, St. Michael's Cemetery, Queens, New YorkPlease join the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and conductor Rick Benjamin as they celebrate the rich musical legacy of  SCOTT JOPLIN (c.1867-1917) – with a very special performance of his music given just steps away from the composer’s grave in historic St. Michael’s Cemetery. This deeply moving annual event draws music lovers and Joplin enthusiasts from around the world…

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Young Musician competition - let's start with a level playing fieldIt’s undeniable that pianists and string players have the advantage in instrumental competitions. Tom Service has a dream, and if Michael Gove’s nightmare doesn’t destroy the next generation of musicians first, why not rethink the Young Musician competition so that all players and all music is created equal? I have a dream, people; a musical utopia in which recorder players and percussionists arent discriminated against just because Mozart and Beethoven didnt write concertos for their instruments; in which pianists dont always walk away with the big prizes because they can play Rachmaninov; in which our young musicians can aspire legitimately to a fulfilling life in music as a solo tubist as much as a violinist; a level playing field of musical opportunity in which its not just lip service thats paid to the idea that all instruments are created equal, but something borne out in the decisions juries make in musical competitions, so that a bassoonist or a double-bassist can win the big awards as well as the prestidigitators of the piano; so that the careers that all our young musicians might go on to create are unlimited by their choice to specialise in the theremin or the ophicleide instead of the flute or the cello…

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Singing cellos in John Tavener - Vale of Glamorgan Music FestivalGuy Johnston John Tavener – The Protecting Veil, Requiem: Guy Johnston, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, David Atherton: Vale of Glamorgan Music Festival at St David’s Hall, Cardiff Reviewed by Robert Hugillon May 17 2014 Star rating: 5.0Two of Tavener’s large scale works bring the Vale of Glamorgan Festival to a spectacular conclusionJohn Tavener was one of the featured composers in this year’s Vale of Glamorgan Music Festival and so it was appropriate that the final concert in the festival (17 May 2014) featured two of the composer’s large scale works, performed in St…

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Ritz Chamber Players FINALE | Seating is limited | RESERVE NOW! | Wednesday, May 21, 2014 7:30 pmTerrance Patterson writes:It is with great anticipation that we look forward to seeing you at the Ritz Chamber Players Spring Finale concert on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.   Because of a scheduling conflict, the Ritz Chamber Players performance will be held at the Hicks Auditorium at the Main Library, 303 North Laura Street, in Jacksonville, Florida instead of Jacoby Symphony Hall…

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Tanya Bannister @ Phillips

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Clementi, Piano Sonatas, T. Bannister (Naxos, 2006)
Charles T. Downey, Pianist Tanya Bannister at the Phillips Collection
Washington Post, May 20, 2014
Pianist Tanya Bannister has formidable technique and a thoughtful approach to programming a recital. Trained in London, at Yale and in New York, her fingers rarely erred in a recital inspired by the influence of Handel on Beethoven, heard at

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Hye-Youn Lee Gives Moving Portrayal of Madama Butterfly

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Puccini,  Madama Butterfly: Soloists, Chorus of Madama Butterfly, Orchestra of Scottish Opera / Marco Guidarini (conductor).  Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 17.5.2014 (SRT)   Cast Cio-Cio San – Hye-Youn Lee Pinkerton – José Ferrero Suzuki – Hanna Hipp Sharpless – Marcin Bronikowski Goro – Adrian Thompson Production: David McVicar (director) Yannis Thavoris (designer)   David McVicar’s Madama […]

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DSK to sue over ‘sick’ Depardieu film

– www.theaustralian.com.au

DOMINIQUE Strauss-Kahn has opened libel proceedings against a “sickening” and “anti-Semitic” film about him.

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London Symphony Orchestra headed for Brisbane

– www.dailytelegraph.com.au

IN A coup for QPAC, Brisbane will be first stop for the London Symphony Orchestra in Australia.

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Updates

– unpredictableinevitability.com

It has been an extraordinarily busy time for UI, with the end of term coinciding with new opportunities and a concert schedule set to burst. Apologies for the roundup, but here are my latest reviews.
Haitink and Kavakos bring insight to Berg with the New York Philharmonic, 8 May
Boesch in Winterreise: Mad or Guilty?, 9 May
Faith, Death, and Mozart: the Pittsburgh Symphony at “Spring For Music,” 10 May
Haitink, the New York Philharmonic, and Mahler not at their best, 15 May
Staid repertoire, exhilarating playing from Jansons and BRSO, 16 May
Ending on a high: Jansons and the BRSO conclude Carnegie’s season, 18 May
 Filed under: Concerts

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