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Music Review: ‘Music for a Prince,’ an Artek Concert Focusing on Haydn + MORE

“Music for a Prince: The Esterhazy Orchestra,” a concert by the ensemble Artek, focused on pieces that Haydn composed for an aristocratic family..... More »

Ensemble. A Philological 'Tosca' + MORE

Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Rome.... More »
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Semele in Wales + MORE

Mid-Wales Opera, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD), and the Academy of Ancient Music are joining forces for a production of Handel's Semele which will tour Wales from 8 February 2016. The cast and orchestra will combine student singers and musicians with professional singers fr.... More »

Marc-André Hamelin: Starts with a Whimper Ends with a Bang + MORE

 Field, Debussy, Hamelin, Liszt: Marc-André Hamelin (pianist), Theresa L. Kaufmann Hall, 92nd St. YMHA, New York 21.12.2015 (SM) John Field: Andante inédit in E-flat Major,  H. 64 Marc-André Hamelin: Chaconne Claude Debussy: Images, Book II I.Cloches à travers les feuilles (Bells Through the L.... More »

Daily Download: Hector Berlioz - Requiem: Rex tremendae + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Hector Berlioz - Requiem: Rex tremendae, performed by Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir; Elora Festival Orchestra..... More »
 Messiaen, Turangalîla Symphony: Markus Bellheim (Piano), Jacques Tchamkerten (Ondes Martenot), Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Thomas Søndergård (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 14.3.2013 (SRT)  Sixty-five years after it first appeared, there is probably no large-scale, post-war orchestral work that can match Turangalîla for its power, scale, grandeur, eclecticism, brazenness and, importantly, its sense of the downright […]

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In Brief: Yet More Winter Edition

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio, online video, and other good things in Blogville and Beyond. (After clicking to an audio or video stream, press the "Play" button to start the broadcast.) Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.

You will want to watch this complete performance of all of Bach’s harpsichord music on historical instruments, recorded

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Die Frau ohne Schatten, Royal Opera, 14 March 2014Michaela Schuster (Nurse), Emily Magee (Empress)Images: © ROH/Clive Barda Royal Opera HouseNurse – Michaela SchusterSpirit Messenger – Ashley HollandEmperor – Johan BothaEmpress – Emily MageeVoice of the Falcon – Anush HovhannisyanThe One-Eyed – Adrian ClarkeThe One-Armed – Jeremy WhiteThe Hunchback – Hubert FrancisBarak’s Wife – Elena PankratovaBarak – Johan ReuterServing Maids – Kathy Batho, Emma Smith, Andrea HazellApparition of a Youth – David Butt PhilipVoices of Unborn Children – Ana James, Kiandra Howarth, Andrea Hazell, Nadezhda Karyazina, Cari Searle, Amy CattNight-Watchmen – Michel de Souza, Jihoon Kim, Adrian ClarkeVoice from Above – Catherine CarbyGuardian of the Threshold – Dušica BijelićClaus Guth (director)Christian Schmidt (designs)Olaf Winter (lighting)Andi A…

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London Philharmonic, Skrowaczewski, Beilman, RFH 14 March 2014 Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E MinorBruckner: Symphony No. 3 (1889 ed. Nowak)Benjamin Beilman, violinStanisław Skrowaczewski, conductorLondon Philharmonic OrchestraRoyal Festival Hall, London, 14 March 2014An age difference of 65 years separated this evening’s soloist and conductor – and it showed…

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Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten - reviewRoyal Opera House, LondonWith Semyon Bychkov conducting and singers who never disappoint, the performance is musically exceptional, even if director Claus Guth’s dramatic treatment can feel muddledThe Royal Opera is marking the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss’s birth with a new version of his most massive, most ambitious and, for some, most tendentious stage work…

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The death of the title character in Massenet’s “Werther” was silent for opera fans who went to movie theaters across the country on Saturday to see Jonas Kaufmann perform the title role in the Metropolitan Opera’s live high-definition simulcast.    

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Gustavo Dudamel: ‘I believe in the right of people to protest’In a soft-talk conversation on Times Talks, the Los Angeles Philharmonic music director talked briefly about political events in his country. This is Gustavo, verbatim:     56:15 It is a difficult time in my country.  I can say first of all that I believe in the right of people to protest because this is […]

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“I don’t care what they call this place, it’ll always be Orchestra Hall to me,” joked John Prine at Symphony Center Friday. Another cherished Chicago product, his two-hour, 22-song performance was a homecoming, as they all are when the Maywood native returns to town…

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Been away in Paris. Here are a few bits and pieces of light reading for you while I get rid of my stinking cold and the blisters on my feet. (Apart from that, it’s been a fabulous few days.)Strauss, Pauline and the fish…a magical opera with some family insights, from the Indy: http://www.independent…

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Follow that Falcon ! Die Frau ohne Schatten ROH

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Follow that Falcon ! Die Frau ohne Schatten ROHLike all good nightmares, Richard Strauss Die Frau ohne Schatten is bizarre and perceptive, at the same time. And like all good dreams, what you get from them equates to what you put in. In  the Royal Opera House’s new Die Frau ohne Schatten, at the Royal Opera House London, previously at the Teatro alla Scala Milan, Claus Guth gives us a simplified cartoon-like version of one of the most surreal fantasies in the whole repertoire…

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And Don't Do This, Either

– irontongue.blogspot.com

Do not put an informational email address on your web site or in printed materials unless you intend to reply to email sent to that address.I am looking at you, Classical North Voice America, and you, Sacred & Profane Chamber Chorus.

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Happy Day, Ben

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

Via Facebook, microtonal composer-guitarist David Beardsley posts this wonderful photograph by William Gedney, circa 1966, of composer (and, much later, my teacher) Ben Johnston for his 88th birthday today: Still near the beginning of his microtonal period, around the time of his Quintet for Groups, Sonata for Microtonal Piano, and Third Quartet, he’s probably juggling […]

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Song of Crimea

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Song of CrimeaMy mailbox is filled with cards and letters, all asking the same question: “Croche, is there a classical music angle to the escalating conflict in Crimea?” My answer is: “Indeed there is!”
This past week, Kristina Karamanova, daughter of the Crimean composer Alemdar Sabitovich Karamanov (1934-2007), posted online a small fragment of his seldom-heard oratorio The Heroic Legend of Adzhimushkay Quarry with the following note:
The Heroic Legend of Adzhimushkay Quarry, for soloists, chorus and orchestra, was written to words of Boris Serman in 1983…

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