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Best Recordings of 2007 / These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: II - Concerto + MORE

For 2007 I wrote something similar to the "Best Recordings" list for WETA's long-defunct blog, naming it: "These Are a Few of My Favorite Things", which ended up being divided into eleven parts: I - Crossover II - Concerto III - DVD IV - Keyboard V - Choral/Vocal VI - Orchestral.... More »
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Slideshow: Met Opera's "Macbeth" + MORE

"Macbeth" airs Saturday, Feb. 7, at noon, on Classical MPR. Anna Netrebko moves boldly into Verdi with her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Zeljko Lucic's doomed Macbeth..... More »
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Kerstmatinee 2014 - Mahler, Jansons, Concertgebouw LINK + MORE

Live in the Netherlands on Christmas Day - now available on demand, online for a limited period on NP (Netherlands Public Broadcasting) - Mahler Symphony no 4, Mariss Jansons conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Anna Prohaska (perhaps the most ideal soloist for this piece at the moment).&.... More »
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'Carnival of the Animals': Inside Saint-Saens's children's classic + MORE

Like a trip to the zoo or an uncle's bad jokes, "The Carnival of the Animals" is supposed to be fun. So fun, in fact, that composer Camille Saint-Saens feared it would ruin his image. Though he banned most of it from public performance until after its death, it is among his biggest hits today..... More »
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Concert Pile-Up Weekend + MORE

Yes, it's the weekend after Thanksgiving and there are too many concerts (and other events) to attend.Adler Fellows Gala Concert (The Future is Now), Friday, Herbst Theater, SF; a chance to say "I knew them when...."SF Bach Choir, Christmas by Candlelight, with The Whole Noyse, Friday & SundayPh.... More »

Auckland Youth Orchestra Brings Hungarian Folk to Whangarei

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 Brahms, Ligeti, Monti, Bartók, Kodály; Alex McFarlane (viola), Auckland Youth Orchestra, Antun Poljanich (conductor); Forum North, Whangarei, New Zealand, 13.4.2014 [Pse] Brahms – Hungarian Dances Nos. 1 and 5 Ligeti – Concert Românesc (Romanian Concerto) Bartók – Hungarian Sketches Viola Concerto Kodály – Dances of Galanta   Let’s get some relatively minor “bad news” out […]

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CD Spotlight. On Top Form

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Géza Anda plays Bartók and Tchaikovsky, heard by Robert Anderson. ‘… splendid unanimity between pianist and conductor.’

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How to hold a house concert

– jessicamusic.blogspot.com

How to hold a house concertWant to hold a musical soirée? Here is everything you need to know, in one easy blogpost.Your pianist pal wants to try out some repertoire and has been eyeing your Bechstein hopefully. Sure, come over and play it through, you say. We’ll invite some friends and have a few drinks and it’ll be lovely….

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Composer and Professor Adolphus C. Hailstork was born April 17, 1941; His 'Overture' for David Lockington will be premiered in 2014-15 SeasonAdolphus C. Hailstork (b. 1941) is featured atAfriClassical.com`Adolphus Hailstork: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 Grand Rapids Symphony David Lockington, Conductor Naxos 8.559295 (2007)Adolphus C. Hailstork is an African American composer and professor who was born on April 17, 1941…

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La Calisto in Highgate

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La Calisto in HighgateHampstead Garden Opera is performing Cavalli’s 1651 opera La Calisto at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, the fringe theatre above the Gatehouse Pub in Highgate,  from April 25 to May 4, 2014. Sung in Anne Ridler’s English translation, Cavalli’s opera depicts  the perils and pains of love and mixes the comedy and tragedy with a strong admixture of farce and cross-dressing beloved of the original Venetian 17th century audience…

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Benjamin Grosvenor and the Escher String QuartetBenjamin Grosvenor – operaomnia.co.ukTemple Music Foundation’s concert season continued on 15 April with a concert in Middle Temple Hall from the young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor and the Escher String Quartet from America. Grosvenor played piano solos by Mendelssohn, Schubert and Liszt, whilst the quartet played Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in E flat major Op…

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Charleston Symphony Orchestra Spiritual Ensemble Hosts  Sixth Annual Charleston Festival of Choirs Saturday, April 26, 2014  Free and Open to the PublicAllison Savicz, Publicist, announces:Charleston SC April 16, 2014─The Charleston Festival of Choirs committee is pleased to announce the Sixth Annual Charleston Festival of Choirs, Saturday, April 26, 2014. This free, one-day festival will feature world-renowned conductor and choral clinician Dr…

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A New Voice Emerges In The San Diego Opera Saga

The 4/15/2014 edition of The San Diego Union-Tribune published an article by Pam Kragen that examines recent developments at the San Diego Opera (SDO). Of particular interest is news of a new voice in the discussion that may be just what the situation needs to embrace a new plan capable of keeping the company going…

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While the larger question of whether conductor Osmo Vanska will return as Minnesota Orchestra music director is still open, another question troubling Minnesota Orchestra fans has been resolved: Principal Cellist Tony Ross will remain with Minnesota.

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Das war in Ordnung, Mandryka

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Das war in Ordnung, MandrykaI am sorry not to blog; I have been facing major academic deadlines and decisions every day. When I finish working, I have found myself too spent to consider writing something else. But I saw Arabella at the Met last Friday, and I have thoughts. I enjoy this opera a lot, probably more than it strictly merits…

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Ursula Oppens – Thinking of the next noteUpon entering Ursula Oppens’ modestly furnished, yet comfortable Upper West Side apartment with a view of the pedigreed patina of the historistic cupola belonging to Columbia University’s campus building, one is immediately taken by the vibrant aura that surrounds the eminent musician.
The personable pianist speaks softly, yet animatedly, in a welcoming way; her reputation is linked to an astonishingly vast array of distinguished contemporary composers, some of whose prominent works were dedicated to Oppens…

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Deals by the Incoming La Scala Chief Cause a StirAn agreement to purchase four opera productions from the Salzburg Festival, without approval from the opera house’s board or Italian authorities, has turned into a scandal in Milan.

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Composer Joel Corelitz just received a BAFTA nomination for his score to <em>The Unfinished Swan</em>. Baroque-inspired sounds accompany the artful tale. Hear our conversation on Top Score from Classical MPR.

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