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Metropolitan Opera Cast Change: More Keenlyside Withdrawals + MORE

Received from the Met, and as worrisome as Simon Keenlyside's withdrawal from the NYPO premiere of Totentanz in the spring:George Gagnidze and Željko Lučić will share the title role of Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Met this fall, replacing Simon Keenlyside, who is taking a necessary p.... More »
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Orphée et Eurydice review – dazzlingly effective playing, and Flórez shines + MORE

Royal Opera House, LondonWith the English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner on a midstage platform, Gluck’s score is shown off to vivid effect, but the staging feels half-heartedBritain’s major opera companies allowed last year’s Gluck tercentenary to pass uncelebrated. The Royal Opera.... More »
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War, peace and love + MORE

Love is the only way to describe what so many of us feel about the complicated creatures of Tolstoy's War and Peace, and how we respond, too, to Prokofiev's gift for homing in on scenes and lines to bring them fully to life in operatic terms. Tough love is how I might define Graham Vick's second int.... More »
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Carnival of Pianos Oxford Lieder Festival Schumann + MORE

This year's Oxford Lieder Festival is an immersion in Robert Schumann, but any intensive focus on Schumann would feature his music for piano, and his wife, Clara Schumann, one of the first celebrity pianists, and a pioneer in her own right.  Thus the "Carnival of Pianos" on  Friday, 14th O.... More »
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Critic's Notebook: Fiddling While Venezuela Starves? Bolívar Symphony Opens Carnegie Season + MORE

The country’s spiraling crisis once again puts the orchestra — which is opening Carnegie Hall’s season with three concerts — and its maestro in the hot seat..... More »
'In Memory of Maya Angelou,' Pianist Richard Alston, Violinist Christopher Lee & Cellist Ellison Artisson Perform 'Deep River' arranged for Piano Trio[Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma, www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com.  We are collaborating with the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation of the U…

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Dialogues des Carmélites; Birtwistle at 80; London contemporary music festival  reviewRoyal Opera House; Barbican; Second Home, LondonPoulenc’s harrowing opera about Carmelite nuns is lost in space but saved by a finely wrought performancePart fact, mostly fiction, Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites (1956) holds up an unbroken mirror to the essence of faith. The nuns of Compiègne, martyred in the French Revolution, face terror within and without, on the streets and in their souls…

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Jazzman’s doublebass is battered by US security

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Jazzman’s doublebass is battered by US securityJohn Patitucci is a Grammy-winning virtuoso bass player, presently travelling with the Wayne Shorter Quartet.
This is what happened to his instrument at the hands of the US transport Security Administration.
We’re not sure where. John posted: Look what the TSA did to my bass today and how I had to play on it at tonight’s concert!
 

 

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Sergio A. Mims: Afro-Venezuelan Conductor Rafael Payare Appointed Chief Conductor of Ulster Orchestra From September 2014 Rafael Payare (Ulster Orchestra)Rafael Payare (Elgin Symphony Orchestra)Sergio A. Mims writes:I’ve been remiss in telling you the great news about Afro-Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare and that back in January he was named chief conductor of the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, Northern Ireland starting this year:Ulster Orchestra In what industry insiders are calling a major coup for Northern Ireland, one of the world’s most exciting emerging conductors has been appointed as the new Chief Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra…

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‘Midsummer’ Music from the BSO

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Mendelssohn, Ein Sommernachtstraum, La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, P. Herreweghe (Harmonia Mundi, 2012)
In the past year A Midsummer Night’s Dream has appeared in these pages in many different guises: in the opera by Benjamin Britten, in the ballet by Frederick Ashton, soon in a different ballet by George Balanchine, and even in its original version by

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Dutoit conducts Fauré’s Requiem

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* Notes * At the moment, Charles Dutoit (pictured left) is conducting San Francisco Symphony in performances of Poulenc, Stravinsky, and Fauré. Poulenc’s Gloria began the concert on Thursday. The orchestra sounded bright and the chorus was cohesive. The “Laudamus te” was particularly jaunty. The soloist, soprano Susanna Phillips, sounded gorgeous…

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Paganini at Schloss Wackerbarth

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Paganini at Schloss WackerbarthSchloss Wackerbarth Vivaldi, Locatelli, Paganini: Karen Gomyo and Ismo Eskelinen: Dresden Music Festival at Schloss Wackerbarth Reviewed by Robert Hugillon May 27 2014 Star rating: 4.0Spectacular duets for violin and guitar from young duoFor our first visit to the Dresden Music Festival (on 27 May 2014) we attended a concert given by American violinist Karen Gomyo and Finnish guitarist Ismo Eskelinen at Schloss Wackerbarth…

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John Powell interview: ‘I sold myself to the Devil, just a bit’
John Powell came to compose his most famous soundtrack almost by mistake. In 2002, the director Doug Liman had just filmed a new action  thriller starring Matt Damon, loosely based on a pulp novel called The Bourne Identity. Another highly regarded film composer, Carter Burwell, had written a score that had been recorded, but Liman wasn’t satisfied.

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BREMF wants to take you on a journey

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BREMF wants to take you on a journeyThe theme of this year’s Brighton Early Music Festival (24 October to 9 November 2014) is Cities: Musical centres and the journeys between them. So that the festival opens with Adrian Chandler and La Serenissima celebrating Venice in La Venezia Festeggiante with music by Vivaldi, plus Albinoni, Caldara and Porta…

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Polly-hymnia at green, green Garsington

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So there’s this dead parrot… A strange start indeed for a French 19th-century rom-com. But this is no common stage work: it is Vert-Vert by Jacques Offenbach, France’s finest composer of operetta, creator of such classic favourites as Orpheus in the Underworld and La belle Hélène. For Garsington Opera at Wormsley, the director Martin Duncan has joined forces with the conductor and Offenbachophile David Parry to offer a new staging of this little-performed madcap comedy, brilliant in its musical hues and light as a feather…

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San Diego Opera has raised enough funds to present a reduced 2015 season

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Indian Marathi film composer and music director Anand Modak died in May 2014, aged sixty-three

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Backwards to Brahms in Time and Space

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Zoll, Hindemith, Brahms: Joshua Bell (violin), Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano (conductor), Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, 29.5.14 (DA)   Zoll: Asimov at Star’s End Hindemith: Mathis der Maler Symphony Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.77   A Mule, a Plan, and a planet called Gaia? I’ve never read Isaac Asimov’s science fiction, […]

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