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Benjamin Millepied to leave Paris Opera Ballet?… La Scala the new POB? + MORE

According to a report online in today’s Paris Match, Benjamin Millepied is on the verge of leaving the Paris Opera Ballet. He took up the position as head of one of the world’s most celebrated ballet companies just over a year ago, saying that he would shake it up a little, bringing also a littl.... More »
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CD Review: David's 'Herculanum' + MORE

F. David, Herculanum, V. Gens, K. Deshayes, Brussels Philharmonic, Flemish Radio Choir, H. Niquet (released on September 25, 2015) Ediciones Singulares ES1020 | 122'04" Charles T. Downey, CD reviews: Exhuming an operatic ‘Herculanum’ (Washington Post, December 20) Félicien David (1810-1876.... More »
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Jiří Bělohlávek and the NSO + MORE

Many thanks to Robert R. Reilly for this review from the Kennedy Center. Martinů, Symphonies, BBC Symphony Orchestra, J. Bělohlávek (Onyx, 2011) I came for the Bohuslav Martinů, heard it, and was conquered. I apologize for the campy gloss on Julius Caesar’s famous "Veni, vidi, vici,&q.... More »
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BBC Music announces Ten Pieces III + MORE

Rating:  0 The BBC has revealed the line-up of music for its latest Ten Pieces project. Works by composers from the .... More »
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Daily Download: Peter Tchaikovsky - Six Romances: No. 6 Again, as Before, Alone, Solitude + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Peter Tchaikovsky - Six Romances: No. 6 Again, as Before, Alone, Solitude, performed by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra..... More »
Opera quest for novelty? Hardening the arteries of the soulIs opera a quest for novelty? A depressing question, because it suggests a hardening of the arteries of the soul. Change is fundamental to civilization. Throughout history, people have been motivated to take risks and do better (or worse). The inescapable fact is that no-one can ever be a clone of anyone else, even in supposedly stagnant societies…

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A London curiosity – for me anyway!

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This has nothing whatsoever to do with opera………..but I just experienced something that may be very familiar to my American friends who are used to living in condominiums or co-ops.  Not sure of the difference actually.  But the point is that they have meetings.  And I went to just such a meeting this evening…

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Constantin Frantz: Offener Brief an Richard WagnerVolltext aus dem Bayreuther Blätter, Juni 1878. Constantin Frantz (12. Sep 1817 – 2. Mai 1891) gehört ursprünglich um den Junghegelianer wie Max Stirner, David Strauß, Ludwig Feuerbach, Arnold Ruge sowie Marx und Engels. Später aber tritt Frantz von Hegelianismus zurrück und ging zu einer reaktionäre schellingianische Seite über…

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How I came to write a cello concerto, aged 14Teenage cellist and composer Anoushka Sharp’s cello concerto gets its world premiere on 18 May. She tells us how she had the ambition to compose the work, and why it’s dedicated to Steven IsserlisOn Sunday 18 May, my cello concerto gets its world premiere at a concert in East London with the Docklands Sinfonia…

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Carter, Bartok, Ravel, Schumann:  Tonhalle Zurich, Tonhalle Orchestra, Christoph von Dohnányi (conductor), Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin), 8.5.2014   ( JR) Carter:    Sound Fields Bartok:  Violin Concerto No. 1 Ravel: Tzigane Schumann:   Symphony No. 2   It should have been Bruckner, his Seventh Symphony to be exact…

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Royal Festival HallRavel – Valses nobles et sentimentalesBerlioz – Les Nuits d’été, op.7Saint-Saëns – Symphony no.3 in C minor, op.78Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano)Stephen Disley (organ)Royal Philharmonic OrchestraCharles Dutoit (conductor)The orchestral version of Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales opened promisingly, the first waltz glossy, its surface properly shimmering, inviting and yet evading the question of what lay underneath…

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5 questions to Nat Evans (composer)

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5 questions to Nat Evans (composer)On April 30, Seattle-based composer Nat Evans stepped onto the Pacific Crest Trail, beginning a summer musical residency. His project, “The Tortoise and His Raincoat: Music for a Very Long Walk”, spans five months and 2600 miles, following the Pacific Crest Trail as it winds from the Mexican border in California to the northernmost region of Washington State…

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Tosca: ne voglio altra mercede

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Tosca: ne voglio altra mercedeBudapest's opera house, central stairThe Hungarian State Opera is a beautiful house. "I don't say it is nicer than Vienna's," said the woman who ran the pension where I stayed, "but it is at least as beautiful, and more gemütlich." A businessman from Hannover with whom I got chatting at the interval raved about it as one of Europe's loveliest and most opulent opera houses…

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BBC Symphony Orchestra new season

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BBC Symphony Orchestra new seasonBrett DeanThe BBC Symphony Orchestra’s 2014/15 season at the Barbican includes some very tempting offerings. There are three operas, Smetana’s Dalibor, Bartok’s Bluebeard and Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland. Total Immersion covers John Tavener, Pierre Boulez and Percussion. Brett Dean is the featured composer, but there is also music by Kevin Volans, Thomas Larcher, Ryan Wigglesworth, Detlev Glanert, Christopher Rouse and Henze…

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New York Philharmonic Faces Big Orchestra Hiring DecisionsEven as it faces the challenge of renovating its hall, the New York Philharmonic confronts the need to replace five of its signature musicians.

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Audition time

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This is what went down when the Pittsburgh Symphony auditioned a bunch of guest artistes recently.

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Ravens & Radishes: new operatic song cycle premieres in Houston, TexasOn Sunday, April 27, the operatic song cycle Ravens & Radishes received its world premiere in Houston, TX. A collaboration of poetry by Divergence Vocal Theater’s artistic director and soprano Misha Penton, and Liminal Space co-artistic director, composer and guitarist George Heathco, the project was conceived after the two collaborated on a Divergence Vocal Theater production in 2011, and bloomed into a music video and EP release project…

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Roberto Gerhard: Leo, Libra, Gemini and Concerto for 8 review  quick-witted brilliance of rarely heard worksCollegium Novum Zürich/Peter Hirsch(Neos)Roberto Gerhard died in 1970 at the age of 73. The Catalan composer, who had studied with Granados and Schoenberg, and lived in the UK after fleeing from Franco in 1939, probably enjoyed more exposure for his works during the last decade of his life than at any other point in his career…

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