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Much to Enjoy in John Lubbock’s Messiah Despite a Reticent Orchestra + MORE

Handel, Messiah: Nardus Williams (soprano),Eleanor Edmonds (mezzo-soprano), Chris Turner (tenor), Morgan Pearse (bass), OSJ Voices, Orchestra of St John’s/John Lubbock (conductor). St John’s, Smith Square, London, 10.12.2015 (MB) I have heard a good deal of moaning about Messiah performances thi.... More »
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The Trial, Linbury Studio Theatre, London – review + MORE

Kafka, Glass, Hampton: this new chamber opera is a dream ticket.... More »
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Will Todd: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Opera Holland Park, review: 'bags of energy and colour' + MORE

The label 'opera' gives the wrong impression of this jolly 70-minute romp, says Rupert Christiansen.... More »
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Tippett Symphony No. 2 & Arthur Bliss Concert on Pristine Audio + MORE

All ‘Tippetians’ will be aware of the near-catastrophic premiere of the Symphony No.2 on 5 February 1958 at the Royal Festival Hall. The almost unheard of event of Boult stopping the performance at the end of the exposition of the first movement, and admitting that it was ‘Entirely my mistake,.... More »
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Schmidt's Second + MORE

On the topic of neglected symphonies, Gavin Plumley, in the Guardian, gives a nuanced portrait of Franz Schmidt, in advance of a Proms performance of his Second Symphony, and Bob Shingleton adds another plea in favor of "Forgotten Music." I've loved the Schmidt Second since hearing th.... More »

Sibelius Maxwell Davies Bridge Storgårds Prom 38

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Sibelius Maxwell Davies Bridge Storgårds Prom 38Like Prom 36, (more here) Prom 38 demonstrated why some composers are first rank while others aren’t. John Storgårds conducted the BBC Philharmonic in a programme which contrasted  Jean Sibelius and Frank Bridge with Sir Peter Maxwell Davis.Finlandia effectively changed the course of world history…

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Lots of British composers, no new German music and women in the orchestra: preserved programmes provide a fascinating snapshot of musical Britain during the era

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Game of Thrones: an opera of ice and fire to be performed in New YorkOne World Symphony announces season based on popular TV shows, including Game of Thrones, New Girl and HannibalIf you ask Game of Thrones fans, they might say that the show, with all its shifts in power, sudden murders, and heartbreaking romances, is exactly like a soap opera. But apparently its got just as much in common with classical opera…

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Jose Feliciano still smoothly persuasive after all these yearsNow 68, the guitar virtuoso, who plays The Ex on Aug. 21, will keep playing and singing as long as he can.

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Sunday Routine: Meredith Monk: Tune Body and Voice. Feed the Tortoise.How Ms. Monk, the composer, singer, director and choreographer, spends her Sundays.

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Classical Music Agenda (October 2014)

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The classical music season in Washington gets fully under way in the month of October, meaning that there are definitely more than ten performances on my calendar. Here are the Top Ten that you definitely do not want to miss. The rest of the calendar follows after the jump.

VOCAL:
Opera Lafayette returns to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall to mark the 250th anniversary of the death of French

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It is said that a writer is supposed to write about what he knows from experience – and one could think that stage directors seem to follow that rule too. In its big picture, Frank Castorf’s Ring is very well organized – Rheingold takes place in the US, Die Walküre in the USSR until we finally reach Berlin, where both worlds meet and where Siegfried and Götterdämmerung take place…

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Dutch coloratura soprano Cristina Deutekom died in August 2014, aged eighty-two

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Defeated in the battle to rule Bayreuth, Nike Wagner has moved on to Beethoven, she tells Ivan Hewett

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Yesterday I posted news of an opera conductor swimsuit competition being held by the blog Opera Candy. It seemed unlikely that any serious conductor would accept the blog’s invitation to submit a swimsuit video, but the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s Bill Eddins has in fact tendered a submission.

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The world’s foremost Chopin authority died today, aged 100Professor Jan Ekier, pianist, composer and Chopin editor of the Polish National edition, died today, a fortnight short of his 101st birthday. His death has just been reported on Polish radio.
Jan, born August 1913, came eighth in the 1937 Chopin competition in Warsaw and made his name more as a scholar than as a performer…

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 Seattle Chamber Music Society: An Evolving Force in the City After 30 years, the Seattle Chamber Music Society is a fixture in the city’s music scene. The pair of appealing seasons — winter and summer, which just concluded — are usually sold-out, financially well-endowed and highly respected…

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Licia Albanese 1913-2014

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Licia Albanese 1913-2014La Cieca has just heard the sad news that the beloved soprano Licia Albanese died earlier this evening. She was 101.

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