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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Jansons review + MORE

Barbican Hall, LondonContinuing his Bruckner series, Mariss Jansons conducted a high-quality performance of the Seventh Symphony, but it was the Ninth Symphony that impressed the mostBruckner symphonies respectively the Fourth, Seventh and the Ninth have been the bedrock of the Amsterdam orchestra.... More »
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Akram Khan Pays Tribute to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring + MORE

 Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook, Ben Frost, iTMOi: Akram Khan Company, Sadler’s Wells, London, 10.6.2014 (J.O’D)  Dancers: Kristina Alleyne, Sadé Alleyne, Ching-Ying Chien, Denis ‘Kooné’ Kuhnert, Yen-Ching Lin, T.J. Lowe, Christine Joy Ritter, Catherine Schaub Abkarian, Nicola Monaco, Blena.... More »
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The Last Supper review – Birtwistle's enigmatic millennial catchup with Christ + MORE

City Halls, Glasgow The disciples break bread with Jesus 2,000 years on in an intense drama semi-staged by the BBCSSO – which, like most meals, could have been more balancedThe Last Supper is Harrison Birtwistle’s intense and mysterious “dramatic tableau” — an opera, but more static and mo.... More »
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Why Rashida Jones invited Robin Thicke to junior high prom and then dumped him + MORE

Actress and producer Rashida Jones grew up with a few famous friends, even riding the school bus with Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. The "Angie Tribeca" star tells Sunday TODAY's Willie Geist about the time she asked Robin Thicke to the junior high prom, but then bailed on him..... More »
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Speak truth to power + MORE

“Truth to Power”: That’s the name of a festival the Chicago Symphony is offering from May 22 to June 5, with the idea of highlighting “music’s ability to connect people and harness the power of shared experience,” and to “inspire justice and fairness..... More »
The second in an occasional (though not occasional enough) series that started with a blog post in October, here's another omnibus entry covering all of my writing for The New York Times between the Bard Music Festival in mid-August and the New York Philharmonic concert of November 14, both blogged up individually elsewhere…

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Ronald Binge: Listings of Music recorded on the Guild Light Music Series.At the time of writing this post (February 2014) there are some 22 CDs listed in the Arkiv catalogue featuring the music of Ronald Binge.  There are also about 22 individual works listed.  Unfortunately only one disc is currently dedicated to the composer –Marco Polo 8.223515 – which was released 20 years ago…

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Rameau 250: don't just sit there, do something!Jean-Philippe Rameau died 250 years ago, so there’s a nice anniversary to provide an excuse to spotlight him. He’s an absolute magician – just as his later successors, Ravel and Debussy, would be. I’m a late convert to French Baroque: I’ve grown to love the richness of its musical invention, its startling originality, its mellifluous beauty and its dizzying range of emotion – excitement, humour, sparkle, pathos and more – and Rameau is one of its reigning triumvirate, alongside Lully and Couperin…

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This was my third staging of Don Giovanni. The two previous efforts were dismal: Tim Albery’s Endless Pairs of Gloves version at Scottish Opera and Rufus Norris’s confused attempt at ENO. Kasper Holten’s new production for the Royal Opera is better than either of these but still left me increasingly unengaged and overall unconvinced…

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Touhill.org: Moipei Quartet, Kenyan Triplets and Sister, presented March 1, 2014 by International Studies and Programs, Univ. of Missouri St. LouisMoipei Quartet (YouTube)Composer Fred Onovwerosuoke of African Musical Arts and Fredo Music, Inc. announces the first U.S. tour of the Moipei Quartet, beginning February 18, 2014 in New York.  Performance dates are available at the Moipei Quartet’s website   http://www.moipeiquartet…

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Music Review: New York Philharmonic Celebrates Lunar New YearThree soloists and a Chinese superstar vocalist helped the New York Philharmonic celebrate the Chinese New Year at Avery Fisher Hall.    

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Don Giovanni – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

Don Giovanni – reviewRoyal Opera House, LondonKasper Holten’s new production is visually spectacular, but amid uneven performances, the drama and music lack fizzKasper Holten’s new production of Don Giovanni plays its trump card before the overture has even ended. As the names in Leporello’s catalogue proliferate like ivy over the facades of Es Devlin’s set, it’s clear that this is going to be an evening of technological virtuosity, and that Luke Halls’ video designs are going to figure very prominently…

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Miaskovsky and Panufnik Rarities Splendidly Served in London

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Tchaikovsky, Panufnik and Miaskovsky: Bartholomew Lafollette (cello), Melos Sinfonia, Oliver Zeffmann (conductor), Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke’s, Old Street, London, 31.1.2013. (RB)  Tchaikovsky: Fantasy Overture – Romeo and Juliet Panufnik: Cello Concerto Miaskovsky: Symphony No. 27 This was my first concert at LSO St Luke’s, a converted church about a mile north of Liverpool Street […]

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Minnesota boss takes 15% pay cut in bid to save his job

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Minnesota boss takes 15% pay cut in bid to save his jobMichael Henson, the vastly unpopular president and CEO of the Minnesota Orchestra, has announced that he will fulfil a pledge to take the same pay reduction as the musicians. Whether this will save his seat is other matter. The musicians are due to meet the new chairman, Gordon Sprenger, next week and Henson’s future will be […]

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February on the South Bank

– www.planethugill.com

February on the South BankFebruary on the South Bank includes major choral works from Elgar, Verdi, Poulenc and Brahms along with Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe, there is also rare repertoire from Balakirev, Khachaturian and Kalinnikov plus a portrait of Karin Rehnqvist. As well as a rare appearance from Maurizio Pollini and some South Asian Dance from Akademi…

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John Malveaux: BroadwayWorld.com: Denyce Graves To Lead Rob Ashford's CAROUSEL At Lyric Opera Of Chicago In 2015Denyce Graves (Broadway World)John Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites:Ms. Graves will lead CAROUSEL at Lyric Opera of Chicago 2015. Ms. Graves was featured soloist for 2011 Juneteenth Celebration at Long Beach Performing Arts Center produced by MusicUNTOLDhttp://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Denyce-Graves-To-Lead-Rob-Ashfords-CAROUSEL-At-Lyric-Opera-Of-Chicago-415-20140127 John Malveaux

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Review: Hilary Hahn plays the Nielsen Violin Concerto with the LA PhilBy Laurie Niles: Something I love about Hilary Hahn is that she asks more of her listener than to sit back and be entertained.

Sure, she can whip up the best of traditionally palatable and entertaining virtuoso fare. But she also can make the unlikely seem inevitable, like a chef who makes spinach ice cream seem like the most delectable creation since buttered toast…

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ETO On Tour: The Magic Flute March - May 2014“Meanwhile Wagner had been doing his best to raise the standard of opera in Zurich. As we have seen, he opened the season on the 4th October, 1850, with Der Freischutz. He further conducted La Dame Blanche of Boieldieu on the llth and 18th, Norma on the 21st, Freischutz again on the 27th, Don Giovanni on the 8th and 18th November (again on the 26th March, 1851), the Magic Flute on the 29th November”THE LIFE OF RICHARD WAGNER VOLUME TWO 1848 1860 – Newman”I was furious “, Bulow wrote to his father, ” when I remembered how it used to be said in Dresden that Wagner conducted Mozart’s operas badly on purpose, because in his vain self-esteem he could not tolerate this music! He shows towards Mozart a warm, living, unselfish, but rational piety to which none of Mozart’s pseudo-worshippers will ever attain…

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