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An Ishmaelite welcome + MORE Dec 25th

It's the best part of the Christmas story, surely. Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus, having escaped the most obscene horror, arrive in Sais, Egypt, close to starvation. In the third part of Berlioz's L'enfance du Christ, they are rejected by Egyptians and Romans in the town with the same cry: 'away.... More »
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K. Lamar Alsop and Ruth Alsop + MORE

A NY Times obituary for violinist K. Lamar Alsop, former concertmaster of the New York City Ballet orchestra, also reports on the death of his wife Ruth, a cellist for 50 years in the same orchestra. Mr. Alsop died this past Monday of complications of progressive supranuclear palsy. Mrs. Alsop died .... More »
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Did Hitler ever say "whoever wants to understand National Socialist Germany must know Wagner"? + MORE

Is there evidence that Hitler ever said: “whoever wants to understand National Socialist Germany must know Wagner”? The simple answer to this question is: no, there is currently no evidence that Hitler ever said this. The quotation is likely to be apocryphal. I will go into the authenticity of t.... More »
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Wigmore Hall 2014-2015 season announced + MORE

John Gilhooly has just announced the Wigmore Hall 2014-2015 seasonHighlights :Maria João Pires seriesHenry Purcell: a celebrationPaul Lewis seriesMartin Frõst Artist in ResidenceFlorian Boesch Artist in ResidenceMozart OdysseyWolfgang Rihm Composer in Focus  and much more!  More detailed.... More »
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Why I Hate Mozart—and So Should You + MORE

Confession time. I have never really liked Mozart, and at many a moment have even counted myself a Mozart hater.I dislike all of the hype surrounding his name. The last time I was in Vienna I was horrified by the plethora of Mozart bon bons, cakes, and other kitsch. There was even a flag with Mozart.... More »
Renata Scotto on Maria Callas: greater than all of usRenata Scotto
“Listen to me, everyone speak about Callas. But I know Callas. I know Callas before she was Callas.
She was fat and she had this vociaccia — you know what a vociaccia is? You go kill a cat and record its scream. She had this bad skin. And she had this rich husband. We laugh at her, you know that?
And then, I sat in on a rehearsal with Maestro Serafin…

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5 questions to Phyllis Chen (Director, UnCaged Toy Piano Festival)Phyllis Chen is an accomplished pianist, both on the full-sized concert instrument and on the pint-sized toy piano. In addition to her frequent appearances with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) as a composer and performer, she is also the Director of the UnCaged Toy Piano Festival, which she started in 2007 to expand the interest in and repertoire for this captivating instrument…

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CBSO/Nelsons – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

CBSO/Nelsons – reviewSymphony Hall, BirminghamBrahms’s Third began almost glutinously, but recovered irresistibly, while the violinist Isabelle Faust’s Britten was startlingly freshLast season, Andris Nelsons worked his way through all nine of the Beethoven symphonies, but he is taking his time exploring Brahms with his City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra…

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Nelson Mandela was, quite famously, a fan of European classical music. His two favorite composers were George Frideric Handel and Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky, but he grew up exposed to the country’s rich tradition of vocal groups forging a unique form of sacred rhythm music.

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Ted Hughes's children's fables come to the stageAhead of an opera version of Ted Hughes’s How the Whale Became, librettist Edward Kemp reveals the challenges of rounding up a menagerie of vain and devious animals for the stageI first encountered Ted Hughes’s How the Whale Became in the edition lushly illustrated by Jackie Morris, which we bought by chance on a family camping holiday in Wales…

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John Rutter: Partita for orchestra

– landofllostcontent.blogspot.com

Many people will be listening to, and singing the music of, John Rutter over the coming few weeks.  He is now traditionally regarded as ‘Mr Christmas’ in the musical world. Certainly sales of his delightful Christmas carols will have made a strong impression on his bank account.  Yet there is another side to this composer which has been largely ignored not only by the general public, but the by composer himself…

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Nelson Mandela’s classical pianist

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

One of Mandela’s close friends in the 1950s was the Welsh-born pianist Harold Rubens, who moved to South Africa when his prodigy career dried up (he is pictured below as a boy, playing for George Bernard Shaw).   A brother of the novelist Bernice Rubens and the hero of her novel, Madame Sousatzka, Harold became […]

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Ladies Night In A Foggy FroSch

– lietofinelondon.wordpress.com

Review – Die Frau ohne Schatten (Live stream from Bayerische Staatsoper, Sunday 1 December 2013)
Die Kaiserin/Empress – Adrianne Pieczonka
Der Kaiser/Emperor – Johan Botha
Barak, the Dyer – Wolfgang Koch
The Dyer’s Wife – Elena Pankratova
Die Amme/ Nurse – Deborah Polaski
The Messenger – Sebastian Holecek
The Falcon – Eri Nakamura
The Dyer’s Brothers – Tim Kuypers, Christian Rieger & Matthew Peña
Watchmen – Andrea Borghini, Rafal Pawnuk & Leonard Bernad
Voices of the Unborn – Laura Tatulescu, Heike Grötzinger, Tara Erraught, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Eri Nakamura & Okka von der Damerau
Director – Krzysztof Warlikowski
Stage & Costume – Malgorzata Szczesniak
Lighting – Felice Ross
Choreography – Claude Bardouil
Video – Denis Guéguin
Animation – Kamil Polak
Dramaturgy – Miron Hakenbeck
Orchestra of the Bayerische Staatsoper
Kirill Petrenko (Conductor)
Hats off once again to the Bayerische Staatsoper for their commitment to live-streaming opera from their magnificent opera house…

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Brandon Cedel, Rising

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Charles T. Downey, Brandon Cedel makes Kennedy Center debut (Washington Post, December 6, 2013)

Vaughan Williams, Songs of Travel (inter alia), G. Finley, S. RallsAttentive Washington audiences recognize the voice of Brandon Cedel. I heard him as an apprentice singer at the Castleton Festival last year, and he appeared at Wolf Trap this summer…

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Music for Angelenos, by Angelenos

– www.newmusicbox.org

This Tuesday, the Los Angeles Philharmonic finally took the leap and programmed a concert of works all by Los Angeles composers—Sean Friar, Julia Holter, Andrew McIntosh, and Andrew Norman. It was an extremely eclectic program that showcased the range and depth of talent here.

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Pianist Aaron Fagerstrom from Thief River Falls, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2012 and 2013 Featured Artist. He recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what he's doing now.

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Ensemble. Delicious Buzzing

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A new departure for Derby’s Assembly Rooms, appreciated by Mike Wheeler

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BBC Radio 3 - Wagner Weekend 7 - 8 DecThis weekend, BBC Radio 3 is having a “Wagner Weekend” consisting of a series of programs, unsurprisingly, with a Wagner theme. Details below.Through The Night – 1.00am Sat 7 DecVioleta Urmana joins the Radio France Philharmonic in Wagner from Paris – Tristan, Lohengrin, Tannhauser, the Flying Dutchman…

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