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The Week Ahead: A Beethoven Teaser and a Rare ‘Cyrano’ + MORE

The Dutch conductor and violinist Jaap van Zweden was not well known in America when he took over as music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 2008..... More »
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What did this German composer get up to in Paris? + MORE

In an eight-month stay in Paris in 1737-8, Georg Philipp Telemann changed his style, his mood, the very character of his music. What on earth was going on in his life? A selection of Telemann’s Paris music is my Album of the Week on sinfinimusic.com.  .... More »
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York Bowen: Donald Brook’s Pen-Portrait from 'Composer's Gallery' + MORE

Donald Brook wrote a series of books presenting short studies or pen-portraits of a wide variety of musicians and authors. Clearly he had met these people and had a chance to speak to them about their achievements and interests. Sir Granville Bantock endorsed Composer’ Gallery by insisting that it.... More »
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Vancouver Opera Presents Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters + MORE

Thursday, December 10, 2015 marked the penultimate performance of Nico Muhly‘s Dark Sisters for Vancouver Opera’s 2015-2016 season. Originally co-commissioned and premiered.. Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!.... More »
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Music Review: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Opens Season at Carnegie Hall + MORE

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra played its first concert of the season at Carnegie Hall, featuring works by Rossini and Beethoven..... More »

Astonishing Cellini

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Photo: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian
Michael Spyres as Benvenuto Cellini
English National Opera have, I fancy, another huge success on their hands with Terry Gilliam's extraordinary production of Berlioz'a Benvenuto Cellini. One might think that the visual brilliance and hyperactivity of the production might have dominated the evening at the expense of everything else…

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A critical guide to classical music performances in New York City.

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Holland ParkMinnie – Susannah GlanvilleDick Johnson – Jeff GwaltneyJack Rance – Simon ThorpeNick – Neal CooperSonora – Nicholas GarrettTrin – Jung Soo YunSid – Peter BraithwaiteBello – James HarrisonHarry – Oliver BrignallJoe – Edward HughesHappy – John LofthouseJim Larkens – Aidan SmithAshby – Graeme BroadbentWowkle – Laura WoodsBilly Jackrabbit – Tom StoddartJake Wallace – Simon WildingJose Castro – Henry Grant KerswellPony Express Rider – Michael BradleyStephen Barlow (director)Yannis Thavoris (designs)Richard Howell (lighting)Opera Holland Park Chorus (chorus master: Timothy Burke)City of London SinfoniaStuart Stratford (conductor)‘I like the atmosphere of the West’, Puccini wrote after seeing three of David Belasco’s plays performed on Broadway in 1907, ‘but in all the “pièces” I have seen, I have found only a few scenes here and there…

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Benvenuto Cellini, London Coliseum

– www.edwardseckerson.biz

Hector Berlioz and Terry Gilliam were undoubtedly made for each other – kindred spirits with wild imaginations, impractical demands, and a touch of anarchy. But Berlioz was a chaotic dramatist at best and in a piece like Benvenuto Cellini which he and his librettists described as an Opéra semi-seria but was in truth a miserable attempt at comedy Gilliam has his work cut out papering over the cracks and riding out the longueurs with increasingly Pythonesque desperation…

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Remembering Bryden Thomson

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Remembering Bryden ThomsonA recent post praised the Martinů and Nielsen symphony cycles recorded by Bryden Thomson and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and I went on to say that, despite making many outstanding recordings for Chandos and other labels, Bryden Thomson, who died in 1991, is now a forgotten figure. At the time of the recordings the RSNO was under the management of Christopher Bishop, and in response to my post, he has sent me the following short appreciation:Bryden (known as Jack) Thomson was Principal Conductor of the RSNO from 1988 till his death from cancer in 1991…

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  Liszt Inspections: Marino Formenti (piano), Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, Lincoln Center, New York City, 4.6.14 (DA)   Liszt: Hungarian Folksong in F Minor, S.245/5 Cerha: Knabenschwermut Liszt: Klavierstück in A Flat Major, S.192/2 Kurtág: …waiting for Susan Liszt: Bagatelle sans tonalité, S…

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LONDON (Reuters) – Anyone attending the premiere of Berlioz’s rarely seen opera “Benvenuto Cellini”, directed by Monty Python alumnus Terry Gilliam at the English National Opera, could be forgiven for thinking it was a preview for the Python reunion show in July.

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The Two Tenors

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Swapping Tosca tales backstage at the Royal Opera House, Roberto Alagna and Jonas Kaufmann.
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 Ravel, Brahms, Chopin, and Stravinsky: Khatia Buniatishvili (piano). Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 4.6.2014 (MB) Ravel – Gaspard de la nuit Brahms – Intermezzi: op.117 nos 1 and 2, op.118 no.2 Chopin – Scherzo no.2 in B-flat major, op.31 Ravel – La Valse Stravinsky – Three Movements from ‘Petrushka’   It was not difficult on the […]

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Astonishing Benvenuto Cellini at London Coliseum Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini: Michael Spyres, Corinne Winters, English National Opera, Terry Gilliam, Edward Gardner: London Coliseum Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 06 2014 Star rating: 5.0Terry Gilliam’s idiosyncratic vision matched by an astonishing performance of Berlioz’s rarely staged operaTerry Gilliam’s much anticipated production of Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini made it’s debut last night (6 June 2014) with English National Opera at the London Coliseum…

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Philadelphia Honors Marian Anderson's 75th Anniversary of the Historic Lincoln Memorial ConcertAttendees gathered in lobby of The Philadelphia African American MuseumAward recipients: Seated, Jillian Pirtle, Blanche Burton Lyles, Back row: Dr. Patricia Jackson, Loraine Ballard Morrill, Mrs. Audrey Johnson Thorton, Attorney; Daniel J Tann, Mr. Robert Lott, Attorney; Enid Horowitz AdlerBill Doggett presents replica of rare 1940 lobby posterMarian Anderson Historical Society founder, Blanche Burton Lyles acknowledges standing ovation after performance of Rachmannioff Prelude as she is presented the Founders Award by Society Executive Director, Jillian PirtleThe Marian Anderson House: a peek at the restored living roomBill Doggett sends this Press Release:The  National Historical Marian Anderson Society founded by the renown concert pianist and protégé of Marian Anderson, Blanche Burton-Lyles honored  Philadelphia’s legendary “Lady from Philadelphia”, Marian Anderson in a sold out Gala luncheon last Saturday, May 31st…

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Philharmonia, Westbroek, Dohnányi, RFH 5 June 2014 Strauss: Four Last SongsBruckner: Symphony No. 9Christoph von Dohnányi: condEva-Maria Westbroek: sopranoPhilharmonia OrchestraAs the final, ethereal chord of the Bruckner’s great Adagio faded to silence at the end of this evening’s concert, somebody behind me whispered to their companion that the conductor, Christoph von Dohnányi is 84 years old…

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No women apply to women-led conducting course

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

No women apply to women-led conducting courseSian Edwards, head of the Advanced Conducting Course at Dartington International Summer School, is more than a little surprised that not a single woman has applied this summer.
Sian, a former music director at English National Opera and head of conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, was apparently expecting a surge after Marin Alsop’s challenging words at the 2013 Last Night of the Proms…

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