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Troll-Elgen : Landscape and culture + MORE

Slow moving but strangely compelling, Troll-Elgen, a Norwegian stumfilm (silent) from1927, directed by Walter Fyrst (1901-1993). It's fascinating because it describes a world poised between the past and the modern, magic and reality. Think of Edvard Grieg's song cycle Haugtassa, where a girl lives a.... More »
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Daily Download: Antonio Vivaldi - The Four Seasons: Summer: II. Adagio + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Antonio Vivaldi - The Four Seasons: Summer: II. Adagio, performed by Capella Istropolitana..... More »
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Munich Opera Festival (2) - Don Giovanni, 23 July 2016 + MORE

Nationaltheater, MunichDon Giovanni – Erwin SchrottCommendatore – Ain AngerDonna Anna – Albina ShagimuratovaDon Ottavio – Pavol BreslikDonna Elvira – Dorothea RöschmannLeporello – Alex EspositoZerlina – Eri NakamuraMasetto – Brandon CedelOld Man – Ekkehard BartschStephan Kimmig (d.... More »
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Choreographer Petr Zuska and the Czech National Ballet + MORE

The Czech National Ballet is one of the oldest ballet companies in the world. It was founded in 1883 to provide dances for the opera and it also put on the classics of the time introducing creations for the Ballets Russes as it entered the 1920s. However, from the ‘30s on it slowly started leaning.... More »
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Facing the music: Renaud Capuçon + MORE

Mahler, Brel, Brahms and Woody Allen – the violinist reveals the music and musicians that inspire himHow do you mostly listen to music?Most of the time in my head! And sometimes at home, especially on vinyl records. I love the vinyl sound. The revival in recent years is really exciting.What was th.... More »

Get streaming on Slipped Disc…….

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Get streaming on Slipped Disc…….Dozens of opera houses and orchestras all over the world are free-streaming their performances, most with very little uptake.
Who would have known that Malmo was running a free Rosenkavalier, had it not been announced on this site?
How else would you get to hear of the world’s finest at Grafenegg this weekend, except by checking Slipped Disc?
For the month of August, we are running a special-offer advertising promotion for live-stream performances…

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CECILIA McDOWALL  – ‘AIRBORNE’ JULY 014 Cecilia McDowall – Airborne; Nova Music Ensemble, Artistic Director/conductor George Vass, Director Richard Williams Reviewed by Guest Reviewer Jill Barlowon July 30 2014 Star rating: 3.0World premiere of a new World War I themed chamber opera by Cecilia McDowallPremiered in Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead 29/30/31 July, a few days before the centenary of Britain entering the First World War (Aug 4th 1914), Cecilia McDowall got the idea for this short chamber opera from reading ‘Sagittarius Rising ‘, the flying Ace, Cecil Arthur Lewis’ account of his experiences as a fighter pilot in the First World War…

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Prisoners’ Chorus in Fidelio, 2014, Santa Fe Opera (photo by Ken Howard)
Charles T. Downey, Updated Donizetti and Beethoven offer mixed results at Santa Fe Opera
The Classical Review, August 6
It is an odd summer at the Santa Fe Opera, considering the festival’s repertorial specialties. The season offers only a sliver of Mozart, no Strauss, and no early opera — and this in the first season of

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Flicks in Five: The Pink Panther

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One of Lynne Warfel's favorite comedies of all time came about thanks to the collaboration of director Blake Edwards, actor Peter Sellers and composer Henry Mancini.

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Meyerbeer: Vasco de Gama review  markedly unevenSorokina/Yang/Berchtold/Chemnitz Opera Chorus/Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie/BeermannCPO, 4 CDsThis is not a newly discovered Meyerbeer opera, but a version of L’Africaine, his last stage work, posthumously premiered in 1865. Meyerbeer reworked it on and off for some 20 years, but was always dissatisfied with it, and was about to start another revision when he died in 1864…

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With balletic movement and adventurous sonic exploration, the two pianists of ZOFO are a twenty-finger orchestra.

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Ouverture spirituelle • J.M. Haydn & W.A.Mozart
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Silhouette of M.Haydn (Improved image(s) to follow shortly)
Johann Michael Haydn is given short shrift in music history and music appreciation—which is a shame. Even I have done so, in a recent article about the “History of the Mass” for Listen Magazine, where I gave his brother, that great master at everything (including masses), an

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Nazi Opera Conspiracies: a Right-Wing Rewriting of HistoryAfter much thought, a phrase occurred to me, one that encapsulated the very essence of the growing literature pointing the finger at Richard Wagner to single-handedly carry the blame for having caused World War II and the Holocaust, which are alleged to be historical events with purely cultural origins in nineteenth century romantic opera…

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The lion in stereo

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The lion in stereoA great man has passed and our consolation is that so much of his art has been preserved for us on recordings. This year marked Carlo Bergonzi’s 90 birthday and next week, in honor of that occasion, Decca is releasing a box set of 17 discs titled The Verdi Tenor, comprised of all of the Verdi opera and recital recordings Bergonzi made for Deutsche Grammophon, Decca and Phillps combined…

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"20th Season of Risk-Taking:" San Francisco Symphony 2014-15Yeah, sure it is.  Front door of Davies Symphony Hall, June 20, 2014As anyone reading this blog must know, I am woefully behind in reviewing season announcements for the upcoming season, which starts in about a month. Well, so it goes.But San Francisco Symphony sent out a press the other day with the first couple of months of concerts, so my dander is now up…

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Serge Dorny’s ballet boss is fired

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Serge Dorny’s ballet boss is firedThe Royal Ballet Flanders has sacked artistic director Assis Carreiro after two years in the job.
She was hired from Dance East in Ipswich by a panel headed by Serge Dorny, opera director at Lyon and a considerable fixer in Belgian affairs. The appointment was far from transparent. The end was very swift…

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New Choral Works Take Flight in Ottawa

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Ottawa’s Music & Beyond – one of two chamber music festivals Canada’s capital is fortunate to have – completed its celebration of contemporary Canadian music on the evening of Monday, July 14, presenting not only a fairly cogent idea of what new choral music by Ottawa composers is, but also some insight on the state […

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The Mostly Mozart Festival’s concert on Tuesday evening at Avery Fisher Hall included works by Alfred Schnittke, Haydn and Mozart.

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