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‘At Home’ with PKF’s Worldwide Chamber Series + MORE

The Belfiato Quintet, with guest Jindřich Pavlíš on bass clarinet, perform Czech compositions for the PKF-Prague Philharmonia chamber series.Martina Cechová, musicologist for the PKF – Prague Philharmonia, invites listeners to learn a few tidbits and to hear composers’ works in a c.... More »

Curtis president will play solo on European tour + MORE

The college orchestra has announced its European tour of the century for May next year, visiting Helsinki, Bremen, Berlin, Dresden, Salzburg, and Vienna. Minnesota’s Osmo Vänskä will conduct. Peter Serkin will play Brahms’s first piano concerto. In the other concerto,  Penderecki.... More »

Result: An unfancied American wins the Sibelius + MORE

The results are in: I prize 25 000 €                   Christel Lee, USA II prize 18 000 €                  Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, Austria III prize 12 000 €                Friederike Starkloff, Germany   Three other finalists, Mayumi Kanag.... More »

Opera in the concert hall? + MORE

Rating:  0 Opera doesn’t always have to be enjoyed in the opera house – increasingly, concert halls.... More »

West Bay Opera's Faust + MORE

* Notes * My review of West Bay Opera's Faust is on San Francisco Classical Voice. * Tattling * There was light whispering during the first act. Watch alarms sounded at 9pm. Audience attrition was noticeable after each intermission..... More »
Alexandre Tharaud review  exagerrated dynamic rangeWigmore Hall, LondonThe French pianist was never inelegant, but he delivered Mozart and Mahler with characteristic grandeurFrench pianist Alexandre Tharaud’s recitals tend to be wayward if fascinating affairs insightful and perverse in equal measure. The centrepiece of his latest concert was his transcription of the Adagietto from Mahler’s Fifth Symphony a surprising undertaking, perhaps, though we should also remember that Mahler made a number of piano-roll recordings of his own, rather straightforward arrangements of songs and symphonic extracts…

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Pianist Dr. Polli Chambers-Salazar plays Waltz-Suite Three-Fours by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Wed., July 9 at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, Pasadena, CA[Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma, www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com.  We are collaborating with the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation of the U…

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NEW! Rome Opera’s 2014 – 2015 Season

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Rome Opera’s 2014 – 2015 Season Following the fiasco at La Scala, Riccardo Muti was cautious about taking on another Italian House.  There wasn’t, of course, a Sovrintendente (General Manager)  who would not have been delighted to enrol him as Principal Conductor.  Various Sovrintendenti tried…

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Musical Saga of Pianist Stewart Goodyear Leads From LP Fragments in Childhood to 'Tchaikovsky Grieg Concertos' CD on Steinway & Sons LabelTchaikovsky Grieg ConcertosStewart Goodyear, PianoSteinway & Sons 30035 (2014)American Piano ClassicsStewart Goodyear, PianoTelarcAfriClassical first wrote about pianist Stewart Goodyear September 25, 2007, when he was performing with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.  The post reported the pianist had already substituted for André Watts with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2006…

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Anna Netrebko Debuts as Lady Macbeth

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 Verdi: Macbeth, Orchestra and Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper, Paolo Carignani (conductor), Nationaltheater, Munich, 1.7.2014 (JMI) Cast: Macbeth: Simon Keenlyside Lady Macbeth: Anna Netrebko Macduff: Joseph Calleja Banco: Ildar Abdrazakov Malcolm: Dean Power Doctor: Christoph Stephinger Lady Macbeth’s Dame: Iulia Maria Dan Production: Bayerische Staatsoper Direction: Martin Kusej Sets: Martin Zehetgruber Costumes: Werner Fritz Lighting: […]

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Felicien David – Melodies

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Felicien David - Melodies Songs by Felicien David; Tassis Christoyannis, Thanassis Apostolopoulos; Aparte Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 24 2014 Star rating: 4.0Rarely performed songs by the interesting 19th century French composerThis disc from the Greek baritone Tassis Christoyannis and pianist Thanassis Apostolopoulos on the Aparte label assembles a group of eighteen songs by the 19th century French composer Felicien David (1810 – 1876)…

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Just in: Fallen? Aber nein!

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Just in: Fallen? Aber nein!This is the cast of La Traviata at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich tonight (NB, in the interval) as Germany progresses to the semi-final of the World Cup. “Something I’ve never, ever witnessed at Glyndebourne,” says my spy.

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CBSO/Gardner review  sumptuous, overwhelming season closerSymphony Hall, BirminghamCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra provides all the illustration needed in a fine instrumental performance of Bluebeard’s CastleOf all great 20th-century operas, there’s none that retains its dramatic power better in a concert performance than Bluebeard’s Castle. Even monodramas such as Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine need their theatrical trappings more than Bartók’s two-hander, in which the psychological battle between the protagonists, what that reveals and what that destroys, are vividly enough depicted in the score…

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Monteverdi Vespro della beata Vergine

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Monteverdi Vespro della beata Vergine Monteverdi Vespro della beata Vergine – Vespers of 1610; Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Cappella Mediterranea, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon; Ambronay Editions Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 27 2014 Star rating: 5.0Lithe and vibrant new recording, with some dazzling performances at terrific speed.This new recording of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 was recorded in the abbey of Ambronay and involved the Choeur de Chambre de Namur, instrumentalists from Cappella Mediterranea plus soloists Celine Scheen, Mariana Flores, Fabian Schofrin, Fernando Guimaraes, Zachary Wilder, Matteo Bellotto, Victor Torres and Sergio Foresti, all directed by Leonardo Garcia Alarcon…

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New video: Boy, 16, conducts Shostakovich 9th

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New video: Boy, 16, conducts Shostakovich 9thIn Venezuela, where else?
Jose Angel Salazar conducts the Simon Bolivar Conservatory Orchestra.

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Michael Nyman on writing a symphony for Hillsborough

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Music Review: Aix-en-Provence Festival Presents Mozart and HandelIn opening days beset by problems from striking workers, the Aix-en-Provence Festival presented Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” and Handel’s “Ariodante.”

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John Williams to debut new arrangement of national anthemAmerican composer-conductor John Williams is debuting a new arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” featuring choirs, trumpets, an orchestra and cannons on the National Mall for the nation’s birthday.

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