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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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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 »

Max Rebo: Baroque composer? + MORE

In 'Return of the Jedi,' Jabba the Hutt's house band plays an eerie piece that's considered 'Baroque,' if you read the soundtrack titles. We asked our staff to review Jabba's taste in tunes..... More »

Brundibár, Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, review: 'astonishing' + MORE

An opera for children performed in Theresienstadt concentration camp is a remarkable piece of anti-Nazi satire, says Rupert Christiansen.... More »

Figaro up close and personal + MORE

Opera Up Close returns with a new small scale production, what is promised to be a lively updating of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Directed by Sarah Tipple the new production has just started a run at the King's Head in Islington which goes on into November. The production will be sung in a new .... More »

On the Air This Week

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Highlights from June 24 to July 1 Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: guidance counselor Anna Sattler. Wednesday, noon: Regarding Broadway. Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Tenor Anthony Dean Griffin sings Copland, from a Schubert Club recital. Friday, 8…

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Just in: Police are called as Met Opera suffers spray-paint attackSlogans were sprayed on the walls of the Met this morning and police were called.
The stage unions, in dispute with Peter Gelb, immediately denied any involvement. There also seemed to be no connection to the Klinghoffer furore. Just a random spray-can attack, say Met sources.
UPDATES: It’s looking more serious…

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La Gazzetta, Royal College of Music, 24 June 2014ChorusImages: Chris ChristodoulouBritten TheatreLisetta – Filipa van EckDoralice – Hannah SandisonMadama la Rose – Angela SimkinFilippo – Luke D WilliamsAlberto – Gyula RabDon Pomponio – Timothy NelsonAnselmo – Matus TomkoMonsù Traversen – Julien van MellaertsDonald Maxwell, Linda Ormiston (directors)Nigel Hook (designs)John Bishop (lighting)Louisa McAlpine (choreography) ChorusRoyal College of Music Opera OrchestraMichael Rosewell (conductor)Don Pomponio (Timothy Nelson)With but one exception, I am delighted to report with great enthusiasm on the Royal College of Music International Opera School’s summer show, Rossini’s La Gazzetta, performances and staging alike at least the equal of last year’s sparkling Offenbach production, La Vie parisienne…

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Excellent Performances in an Underwhelming Rossini Opera

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 Rossini, La Gazzetta: Soloists, Chorus, Royal College of Music Opera Orchestra, Michael Rosewell (conductor). Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, 24.6.2014 (MB) Cast Lisetta – Filipa van Eck Doralice – Hannah Sandison Madama la Rose – Angela Simkin Filippo – Luke D Williams Alberto – Gyula Rab Don Pomponio – Timothy Nelson Anselmo – Matus […]

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Thursday, July 17: Charleston Symphony Orchestra Spiritual Chorale/I’On Village Summer Concert Series, Mt Pleasant, 'Perilous Story of the Underground Railroad'June 25, 2014 Charleston SC— The CSO Spiritual Ensemble Chorale, a 28-member vocal group focusing on traditional African-American spirituals, continues the I’On Summer Concert Series on Thursday, July 17 at 7:00pm in a performance entitled No Trouble at the River: The Perilous Story of The Underground Railroad at East Cooper Montessori School, 250 Ponsbury Road, Mount Pleasant, SC…

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Yesterday morning, Ellen McSweeney wrote an excellent piece detailing payment trouble she and others are having with Chicago’s Beethoven Festival from 2013. (I would strongly suggest reading the article and glancing through the ever-growing comments before reading further.) There is no need to rehash those points here, but I do think it is important to address further some of […

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East Neuk Festival

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East Neuk FestivalCrail, FifeWhen I lived in Scotland in the late 1970’s the East Neuk of Fife was a rather grim sequence of (former) fishing villages. All that has changed and now the East Neuk Festival will be 10 this year. Centred on the village of Crail, the festival runs from 27 June to 6 July 2014. The final weekend will be a Schubertiade led by Christian Zacharias in his sixth festival residency, with Llyr Williams, the Belcea Quartet, the Gould Piano Trio, Malin Christensson and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra…

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The Knights chamber orchestra and the pianist Timo Andres presented Mr. Andres’s revision of Mozart’s unfinished “Coronation” Concerto in Central Park.

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Music Review: Glenn Dicterow’s Finale With the Philharmonic Is BeethovenThe 34-year career of the violinist Glenn Dicterow as the New York Philharmonic’s concertmaster is concluding with his solo performance in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto.

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Handel: The Triumph of Time and Truth review  not the disaster some have claimedBevan/Bevan/Mead/Lyon/Berger/Ludus Baroque/Neville-Towle(Delphian, two CDs)First performed in 1757, Handel’s last oratorio, The Triumph of Time and Truth, is a drastic revision of Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, written some 50 years earlier during Handel’s Italian period. The latter is one of his greatest works, and it has become common for critics to say that the 1757 version is vastly inferior…

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Dallas Opera fills artistic post

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Dallas Opera fills artistic postIan Derrer is to be artistic administrator, alongshide music director Emmanuel Vuiillaume and chief exec Keith Cerny.
Derrer has done stints at City Opera, Santa Fe and the Lyric Opera, Chicago.

Press release
DALLAS, JUNE 25, 2014 – In the wake of Jonathan Pell’s decision to step down after thirty years of distinguished service to The Dallas Opera, General Director & CEO Keith Cerny is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Artistic Administrator, Ian Derrer…

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Massenet's Don Quichotte

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Massenet's Don QuichotteDon Quichotte – Act one – photo credit Robert Workman Massenet Don Quichotte; Clive Bayley, David Stout, Renato Balsadonna, Charles Edwards; Grange Park Opera Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 22 2014 Star rating: 4.0Stylish and imaginative production of Massenet’s rarely performed opera.Massenet’s Don Quichotte is the best known of his group of late operas written for Montecarlo…

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Increasingly, performers, orchestras and record labels are thinking beyond the traditional concert in an attempt to get classical music heard by new audiences. From performances of Brahms in the pub to club nights that feature world-class performers and DJs side-by-side, here are five ways to get classical music heard outside the concert hall…

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