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American Ballet Theater, 1940s Ballet Triple-Bill + MORE

Xiomara Reyes (Cowgirl) and cast, Rodeo, American Ballet Theater Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring, heard as a concert work, did not really mean much to me until I saw Martha Graham's choreography live. The same is now true of Copland's Rodeo, thanks to a rare performance of Agnes de Mille's origin.... More »
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Kenneth Leighton: Fanfare for Organ: 1966 (50th Anniversary) + MORE

The twentieth-century produced four major British composers contributing sizable catalogues of music for the organ:  Herbert Howells, William Mathias, Francis Jackson and Kenneth Leighton. Leighton’s organ music is not in the trajectory of Howells, in spite of there being some fingerprints of.... More »
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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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Stunning Liszt from Kirill Gerstein + MORE

 Bartók, Bach, Liszt. Kirill Gerstein (piano), Wigmore Hall, London, 14.5.2015 (RB) Bartók – Two Pieces from Mikrokosmos Book VI Bach – 15 Sinfonias BWV 787-801 Liszt – Études d’exécution transcendante Liszt’s Études d’exécution transcendante are among the .... More »
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Morning Glories: Birthday Beethoven + MORE

This week brings us the birthday of the man who for many is the archetypal composer in the classical tradition, Ludwig van Beethoven (the evidence points to a December 16 birthday -- no one is absolutely sure). We'll note the anniversary with five Morning Glories, each in a different genre: son.... More »
International concert pianist Piers Lane: 'Townsville is in my blood'From concert crawls to on-stage conversations, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music is as intimate as its setting, says longstanding artistic directorPiers Lane is a concert pianist with an eclectic taste in socks and an intense passion for the people he works with. He has inoculated himself from the often lonely life of a solo artist by collaborating with a fabulous array of people, most recently actor Patricia Routledge…

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  Bayreuth Festival 2014 (3) – Wagner, Siegfried: soloists, chorus and orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival conducted by Kirill Petrenko. Bayreuth, Germany. 30.7.2014. (JPr) Cast Siegfried: Lance Ryan Mime: Burkhard Ulrich The Wanderer: Wolfgang Koch Alberich: Oleg Bryjak Fafner: Sorin Coliban Erda: Nadine Weissmann Brünnhilde: Catherine Foster The Woodbird: Mirella Hagen   Production Director: Frank […]

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Note: This is a slightly delayed review of the performance given on Sunday 27th July 2014.According to the programme, fully staged Wagner was last seen at the Theatre Royal, Norwich in 1997. Before anything else therefore, it is cause for celebration that the management have brought Wagner back once again…

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Strauss Choir and Elgar Symphony Petrenko Prom 19

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Strauss Choir and Elgar Symphony Petrenko Prom 19A Strauss choral work and an Elgar symphony – Vassily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra shook things up with devastating impact at Prom 19.  Strauss’s Festival Prelude was written for a grand occasion – the opening of a new concert hall in Vienna in 1913. It’s a massive, no-holds-barred piece glorying in drama and excess, ideal for grand surroundings like the Royal Albert Hall  Strauss packs intense power concentrated in a relatively short piece…

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Tons of people have devoted their whole life to new music, but few people have done so to the same extent as composer/trombonist Jim Staley, who for more than a quarter of a century devoted his home to it as well. But 35 years on, Roulette has moved boroughs and has gone from being new music in someone’s home to a home for new music.

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Gann Sings at Glimmerglass

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A week from tomorrow, August 9 at 10 AM, I’ll be delivering a lecture on American opera at the Glimmerglass Festival. It’s a favorite subject of mine, and one I rarely get to talk or write much about. Other professors than myself teach copiously about opera at Bard, and one dream course I’ve never ventured […]

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The Adjective That Must Not Be Named

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The Adjective That Must Not Be Named

There must be something in the water but regardless the reason it is tough not to miss the sharp uptick in the number of orchestra press releases coming in using the adjective that shall not be named…the b-word…beloved.
If there’s a better example of old school “greatest-art” era promotional jargon that needs to go, I can’t think of one…

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With just an hour to spare before general manager Peter Gelb's vow of a 12:01 a.m. Friday deadline that would trigger a lockout, New York's Metropolitan Opera announced it had agreed to a federal mediator's request to extend the talks by 72 hours.

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I Would Have Enlarged on This a Bit.

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Found in a San Francisco Opera press release covering details of their opening weekend (boldface mine):At 8 p.m, the curtain will rise at the War Memorial Opera House for the opening night performance of Norma, starring soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, in the role made famous by Maria Callas.Um…

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Briefly Noted: Spohr String Quartets

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L. Spohr, String Quartets, Vol. 17, Concertino String Quartet
(released on July 8, 2014)
Naxos 8.225352 | 56’25"

Vol. 16
(released on May 27, 2014)
Naxos 8.225983 | 57’19"

C. Brown, Louis Spohr: A Critical Biography (1984/2006)
The music of many composers who achieved great fame in their lives has faded into obscurity…

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Extension

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A Metropolitan Opera press release says:There’s a 72-hour extension of the talks, with no lockout yet.The Federal Mediation and Reconciliation requested the extension.The Met has reached agreements with Local 32BJ, which represents ushers, ticket takers, cleaning staff, porters, security guards, and office service workers; Local 210, which represents the call center; and Local 30, which represents building engineers…

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Prom 13: CBeebies Prom – review

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Prom 13: CBeebies Prom - reviewThe first prom pitched at the under-fives keeps its young audience entertained with its mix of CBeebies favourites and rousing tunes.Royal Albert Hall, LondonTowards the end of the CBeebies Prom, Bernard Cribbins famous to his young audience as the eponymous hero of Old Jacks Boat announces that his on-screen dog Salty will go down in history: it is the first time in its 120 years that an animal has taken part in the Proms…

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Vienna shuts its opera museum

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Vienna shuts its opera museumThe State Opera Museum, opened nine years ago on the Hanuschhof, has made a continuous loss. It was never much of a tourist attraction and of scant use to scholars, so few will mourn the culture minister’s decision to pull the plug.
Vienna has a thriving museum of music and a brilliant theatre museum…

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