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CD Spotlight. Commanding Authority + MORE

Shostakovich and Schnittke string quartets, heard by Howard Smith. '... vivid sonic immediacy.'.... More »
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A shift in the balance of vocal power + MORE

To withdraw from one role is unfortunate. Two starts to look like contempt (pace O. Wilde). The double-whammy that Anna Netrebko has inflicted on the Royal Opera House and the Met – agreeing at the first to sing Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust and at both to sing Bellini’s Norma ̵.... 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 »
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English National Opera chorus to conduct silent protest during performance of Philip Glass's Akhnaten over contract dispute + MORE

Officials from Equity vote unanimously to strike after failing to agree new terms with ENO management.... More »
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Jethro Tull: The String Quartets - An album of classic repertoire + MORE

A massive treat for Jethro Tull fans and classical aficionados alike: Jethro Tull The String Quartet.... More »

A hardworking English mezzo has died

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

A hardworking English mezzo has diedWe have been informed of the death of Carol Rowlands, who had a 30-year career mostly in UK opera houses, and a secondary line as a cabaret singer.
Carol,who died in her sleep yesterday, started out in chorus and small roles with Scottish Opera.   She went on to sing  Mrs Grose in The Turn of the Screw, Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress for English Touring Opera, Judy in Punch and Judy by Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Goneril in Toshio Hosokawa’s Vision of Lear…

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The world premiere of a ‘Quintessence’, a new work by Hong Kong-born composer Fung Lam, brought the orchestra’s 40th-anniversary season into focus

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Pianist/singer Michael Feinstein has added cabaret proprieter, conductor and museum curator to his repertoire of activities on behalf of keeping the flame for the Great American Songbook, not to mention writing a stage musical, too.

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Just got blown away by Beethoven on the Theremin

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Just got blown away by Beethoven on the ThereminNo excuses. This is not a new video nor an exceptionally illuminating one.
But watched at the end of a long day, the sight of 167 Japanese students playing Beethoven’s 9th on electronic theremins built into Matryoshka dolls was simultaneously so weird and moving that we felt moved to share it.
See what you think…

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In this first world war centenary year, Aldeburgh’s first ever production of Britten’s pacifist opera was an appropriate festival centrepiece

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Handel – Duetti da Camera

– www.planethugill.com

Handel - Duetti da Camera Handel Duetti da Camera: Roberta Invernizzi, Marina de Liso, La Risonanza, Fabio Bonizzoni: Glossa Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 03 2014 Star rating: 5.0Sparking accounts of ten of Handel’s neglected chamber duetsHandel wrote Duetti da Camera throughout his life, his first set dates from 1710/12 when he was in Hanover and his last from the around 1744 when he was in London and has stopped composing Italian operas…

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Morning Glories: The Sounds of Spain

– minnesota.publicradio.org

As the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony is on its 10-day tour through Andalusia, this week's Morning Glories celebrate the sounds of Spain.

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In Brief: At the Lake Edition

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio, online video, and other good things in Blogville and Beyond. (After clicking to an audio or video stream, press the "Play" button to start the broadcast.) Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.
Watch Jakub Hruša lead a performance of Dvorak’s Stabat Mater at the Festival de Saint-Denis, with the Prague

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Documenting Amacher

– renewablemusic.blogspot.com

Here is a short documentary video portrait by Elisabeth Schimana and Lena Tikhonova of the late composer Maryanne Amacher.  Over the end credits, there is a moment in which two of her assistants admit that they don’t quite understand her work, a feeling I share.  I always had the sense of something substantial going on — and sometimes even dangerous, whether bathing petri dishes with cultures labeled as “musicians of the future” in incredibly amplified sounds or exploring the possibilities of a “post-cochlear” mode of listening (possibinvolving direct transmission to the brain) —; her appeals to hard science were both studied and off-kilter enough to evoke musical liveliness, her environmental-acoustic consciousness was admirable, and her demand for quality in performance was real evidence of her seriousness (if often frustrating to those trying to help her present her work…

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2014 Ojai Music Festival – The Classical StyleThe 2014 Ojai Music Festival opened on Thursday June 12 to begin 4 days packed with informative talks, movie screenings, parties and concerts. The Festival’s Music Director this year is Jeremy Denk and the resident musical groups included The Knights orchestral collective and the Brooklyn Rider string quartet…

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The Sixteen review  a glorious celebration of Renaissance polyphonyClifton Cathedral, BristolThe ensemble saved the best for last with a graceful delivery of William Mundy’s Vox Patris CaelestisThe Sixteen’s annual Choral Pilgrimage mostly takes them to cathedrals and churches that are the architectural equivalent of the polyphonic music the ensemble specialise in. So the brutalist style of Clifton Cathedral, a mere 41 years old, seemed a rather stark setting for the Tudor polyphony of Richard Davy, John Sheppard and William Mundy…

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Conductors Are To Waiters As Composers Are To What?

The 11/29/2013 edition of BBC News published an article by Alison Feeney-Hart where she interviewed conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and asked about his tips for becoming a great conductor. By and large, Salonen’s advice is superb; it’s not only grounded but downright populist when compared to the traditional Maestro Mystique…

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2014 Ojai Music Festival – The Classical StyleThe 2014 Ojai Music Festival opened on Thursday June 12 to begin 4 days packed with informative talks, movie screenings, parties and concerts. The Festival’s Music Director this year is Jeremy Denk and the resident musical groups included The Knights orchestral collective and the Brooklyn Rider string quartet…

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