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The show must go on: How L.A. Opera is pushing ahead as illness strikes cast + MORE

The soprano Diana Damrau and the bass-baritone Nicolas Testé were scheduled to begin a six-performance run last Saturday of Los Angeles Opera's production of Jacques Offenbach's "The Tales of Hoffmann," conducted by Plácido Domingo. Then bronchitis entered the scene. It sidelined Testé, who was...... More »

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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Review: Murray Perahia delivers transcendent recital at Stanford + MORE

Pianist Murray Perahia performed masterfully in a program of Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and Brahms; he repeats the program April 17 at UC Berkeley..... More »

Philharmonia/Salonen review – inventive energy animates Tansy Davies premiere + MORE

The Anvil, Basingstoke The British composer’s four-horn concerto Forest, commissioned for the orchestra’s 70th birthday, is a striking addition to a niche reportoireFew composers have followed Schumann’s example in his Op 86 Konzertstück and composed a piece for four horns and orchestra. Fore.... More »

Exactly what it says on the tin + MORE

On this day in 1927 Mae West was sentenced to ten days in jail for obscenity for her play Sex. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yJajJ_B5R4 Note: this posting may also serve as your “Intermission Feature” location for the week. Born on this day in 1892 composer Germaine Tailleferre ht.... More »
William Alwyn: the Suffolk composer who wasn't BrittenWilliam Alwyn’s First Symphony is coupled with Ralph Vaughan William’s Job: A Masque for Dancing in the BBC Prom being given by Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra tomorrow (Aug 13). Genuine thanks go to outgoing Prom director Roger Wright for putting together a programme that shows how classical music’s big opportunity is neglected music…

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Violinists Janine Jansen and Sakari Oramo were a virtuoso violin duo in the lunchtime recital, but Strauss fell flat in the evening

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The Immortal Hour Celebrates its Centenary above a Pub

– www.seenandheard-international.com

   Rutland Boughton, The Immortal Hour: Soloists and Instrumental Ensemble /  Inga Davis-Rutter (conductor), Finborough Theatre, London, 11.08.2014 (RB) Cast: Michelle Cornelius – Etain Stiofàn O’Doherty – Dalua Jeff Smyth – Eochaidh Thomas Sutcliffe – Midir with Matthew Crowe; Lydia Jenkins; Kate Marlais; Lee Van Geleen   Production: Director: Benji Sperring Designer: Bethany Wells Lighting: Nic Farman […]

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Guitarist brings good record news. Don’t even ask the bad…Milos Karadaglic has the best-selling classical album in the US this week (Nielsen sales). His Aranjuez sold 575 copies, which is about average for a number 1.
The next best-selling record is Dvorak 8th symphony. It sold…. (we can hardly bear to share this)…. just 175 copies in the entire USA…

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Hooterdämmerung?“It’s no surprise Kim Kardashian likes to dress as if she’s going to the opera each day.” [Daily Star]

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Jeffrey Mumford’s recent 2-CD album through a stillness brightening features a selection of imaginative, skillfully executed solo and chamber works to fire up the ears.

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When the Grant Park Music Festival decided to celebrate its 80th anniversary this summer by commissioning a composer to write a work for the occasion, an obvious candidate quickly emerged: William Bolcom.

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‘Heifetz had a very high wrist’

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‘Heifetz had a very high wrist’Laurie Niles has conducted one of her extraordinarily revealing interviews. This one is with the great violinist Aaron Rosand and it explores, among other things, the differing physiques and techniques of outstanding performers.
Rosand himself had an early start. He played the Mendelssoohn concerto at 10 with the Chicago Symphony, found a rich patron (whom he shared with Isaac Stern) and set off on what promised to be a glittering career …
Oh, read for yourselves…

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Royal Albert HallBerlioz – Overture: Le Corsaire, op.21Elgar – Sea PicturesHelen Grime – Near Midnight (London premiere)Beethoven – Symphony no.3 in E-flat major, ‘Eroica’, op.55Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)HalléSir Mark Elder (conductor) One of the most saddening aspects of this year’s Proms has been the insulting disservice it has done to new music…

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Rinaldo at Glyndebourne review  entertaining but ultimately trivialGlyndebourne, LewesFour strong countertenors are on display in this school-based setting of Handel’s opera, but the consistent playing for laughs feels both relentless and evasiveThe background to the plot of Handel’s 1711 opera is the first Crusade, which took place at the end of the 11th century. Given the ongoing situation in the Middle East, it is perhaps unsurprising that Robert Carsen’s 2011 production, here revived with a new cast, avoids references to real events, past or present; instead, it prefers to replace more contentious visuals with the heroic fantasies of a bullied schoolboy…

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I'm Looking at You, Sydney Symphony.

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UPDATE: The orchestra has been having problems with their internal systems and that is likely the problem with the search box; the new season hasn’t yet been indexed. The season brochure, which is displayed using a magazine application, is freely available and I had no problem viewing it with Chrome; I was using Firefox yesterday when I couldn’t navigate it from Stuart Skelton’s Facebook posting…

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Peter Sculthorpe took the 'spirit of place' and made it singThe late composer gloried in Australias landscape and the talent of the musicians he nurtured to tell its story, says colleague and friend Richard Mills Peter Sculthorpe dies in Sydney, aged 85In many ways the death of Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe signals the end of an era in Australian music…

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South African born Bass-Baritone Musa Ngqungwana in 2008 film; Performs at Alice Tully Hall September 21, 2014 with Opera Orchestra of New YorkMusa Ngqungwanawww.musangqungwana.comJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:South African born Bass-Baritone Musa Ngqungwana shares the following:”In 2008 Roger Lucey, an independent filmmaker made a short biographical film on a colleague of mine and me while I was a junior at the University of Cape Town…

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