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Wigmore Hall opener - Iestyn Davies, Harry Bicket and the English Concert in Handel and more + MORE

Iestyn Davies, Harry Bicket and the English Concert at the opening of the Wigmore Hall's 2015/16 season - photo credit Wigmore Hal Handel, music from Partenope, Rinaldo, Rodelinda, Orlando, Radamisto, Veracini, Porpora Iestyn Davies, the English Concert, Harry Bicket The Wigmore Hall .... More »
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Meistersinger at the Met + MORE

As Wagner's only comedy, Meistersinger is the thing that is not like the other things in the Wagner canon. Where the other operas present a variety of strange and damaged relationships that easily transcend their 19th century trappings and feel immediately relevant, Meisteringer (at least on its sur.... More »
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David Hertzberg Wins ACO’s Underwood Commission + MORE

American Composers Orchestra (ACO) has awarded composer David Hertzberg its $15,000 Underwood emerging composer commission for a work that will be premiered by ACO in the 2016-2017 season..... More »
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La bohème, Metropolitan Opera, New York — ‘Hyper-lavish, super-kitschy’ + MORE

The singers were often left to their own devices in this over-pretty, overpopulated production.... More »
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Madama Butterfly review – the whole evening is outstanding + MORE

Royal Opera House, London This revival of Leiser and Caurier’s production of Puccini’s tragedy is a superb achievement, with Ermonela Jaho bringing passionate conviction to the title role Opera audiences, it would seem, are developing a habit of booing reprehensible on-stage characters. When Mar.... More »
With conductor Herbert Blomstedt leading a Mozart concerto with piano soloist Garrick Ohlsson and a Bruckner symphony, our intrepid music writer discovers some of Davies Symphony Hall’s best seats are the $15 ones behind the orchestra.

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Prokofiev: Symphonies 3 and 7 review  'Terrifying yet detailed'Bournemouth Symphony/Karabits(Onyx)Kirill Karabits’s Prokofiev cycle promises to be a major reappraisal if its first instalment is anything to go by. The Third and Seventh Symphonies inhabit very different worlds, though both draw their material from stage works unperformed in Prokofiev’s lifetime: the Third from The Fiery Angel, his now familiar operatic study of demonic possession; the Seventh from an aborted 1936 adaptation of Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin…

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Violinist.com interview with Nigel Armstrong: Peace after Graduate SchoolBy Laurie Niles: Violinist Nigel Armstrong will perform this weekend with the American Youth Symphony at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, as part of the Symphony’s Alumni Project. He was the group’s concertmaster from 2009 to 2011.

It might be one of the last opportunities to hear this excellent young violinist before he goes on a hiatus of undetermined length…

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Headless Scots reach flailing for Uncle Tom

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Headless Scots reach flailing for Uncle TomThe last music director quit without notice seven months ago.They haven’t been able to find another. So Scottish Opera have asked the venerable baritone Sir Thomas Allen to assist in the search. Announcement follows.   We wanted our online fans to be the first to know that we’ve appointed world-famous baritone Sir Thomas Allen as […]

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“People, this will get you laid”

– www.adaptistration.com

“People, this will get you laid”

Today’s title is a quote from singer-songwriter Ben Folds who was describing a live orchestra event. Originally published in the 4/9/2014 edition of the Riverfront Times, the article’s author, Allison Babka, interviewed Folds about an upcoming St. Louis Symphony Orchestra appearance…

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Royal Festival HallSchumann – Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23Bruckner – Symphony no.8 in C majorRenaud Capuçon (violin)London Philharmonic OrchestraJukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor) The Schumann Violin Concerto remains a problematical work. Too good to discard, not quite coherent enough ever – yet? – entirely to convince, it hovers on the edge of the repertoire…

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Fiset/Paulin/Gonzalez/Toro/Deletré/Opera Lafayette/Brown(Naxos, 2 CDs)Provençal composer Félicien David (1810-76) is best known as a purveyor of fashionable operatic orientalism to the second empire, and Lalla Roukh (1862) was a big hit in its day. Based on the eponymous collection of tales by the Irish writer Thomas Moore, it deals with an Indian princess, who, en route to an arranged marriage to the king of Bukhara, falls in love with the minstrel Noureddin, only to discover at the end of her journey that he is, of course, the king in disguise…

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Upon a Melody and a Gaze ~

– www.violinist.com

By Sondes Ben Achour: I wrote this short poem after an exquisite chamber music concert in Tunisia … A blend of Bach, Vivaldi, Saint-Saens and Gardel begot these lines ~

Upon a Melody and a Gaze ~

The touch of a string

The birth of a note

A sigh ..

With the sway of his bow

You forthwith know

How it feels to fly …

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Andriessen Overload 1: "La Commedia"

– soundproofedblog.blogspot.com

Andriessen Overload 1: "La Commedia"Gerrit van Honthorst, Het concert (1623)National Gallery of ArtApril 6, 2014Louis Andriessen: La Commedia (2004-08)Cristina Zavalloni (voice)Lindsay Kesselman (soprano)Andrew Sauvageau (voice)Jacob Perry, Jr. (tenor)Children’s Chorus of Washington (chorus master: Joan Gregoryk)Third Practice (chorus master: Brian Bartoldus)Great Noise EnsembleArmando Bayolo (conductor)Performance spaces don’t get much more “official” than the National Gallery’s palatial West Garden Court…

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Beethoven, Roy Harper and Mose Allison: Ian Anderson's six best albumsIAN ANDERSON, 66, is a singer and musician with Jethro Tull, whose biggest hit was Living In The Past in 1969.

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Boy wonder

– parterre.com

Boy wonderWhich clean-shaven young tenor must be feeling full of beans to hear he is the winner of this year’s Richard Tucker award?

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Congratulations Michael Fabiano!The spectacular young American tenor has just been named the winner of the 2014 Richard Tucker award.

Top photo: Arielle Doneson

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Regional Spotlight: Rose Ensemble

– minnesota.publicradio.org

The Rose Ensemble presents several works honoring the personality and legacy of St Francis of Assisi.

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