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JS Bach: Mass in B minor review – dazzling transparency + MORE

Soloists, Concerto Copenhagen/Mortensen (CPO)The sound world of Bach’s last great Mass has changed radically in recent decades; one-to-a-part performance practice is, as conductor Lars Ulrik Mortensen puts it, “changing our entire notion of Bach’s acoustic universe”. This bold claim is amply.... More »
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S.F. Opera goes all out to perform 'The Trojans' + MORE

New productio of Berlioz's masterpiece features 32-ton set with fire-breathing horse; the opera plays in San Francisco June 7-July 1..... More »
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The Adam family + MORE

On this day in 1841 the Théâtre de l’Académie Royale de Musique in Paris premiered the ballet Giselle.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_Dz3zgarUM Born on this day in 1902 composer Richard Rodgers… and Happy 60th birthday baritone Thomas Hampson! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCwPN.... More »
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No tourists - John Eliot Gardiner Chabrier Debussy BRSO + MORE

Sir John Eliot Gardiner with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks at the notorious  Gasteig in Munich last week. Gardiner isn't getting any younger, but he's greatly loved. Every opportunity to hear him live is worth cherishing. This time he conducted Emmanuel Chabrier and Claude De.... More »
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Gifted violinist Jacques Israelievitch ‘played with his heart’ + MORE

Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s longest-serving concertmaster was with the ensemble for 20 years.... More »

Talent switch: Yuja joins Dude’s boutique

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Talent switch: Yuja joins Dude’s boutiqueWe hear that Yuja Wang, the sought-after Chinese pianist, is leaving her Opus3 agent, Earl Blackburn, to join London-based Fidelio Artists as its first instrumentalist.
Fidelio, run by Mark Newbanks, looks after three conductors: Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Lionel Bringuier.
Yuja works regularly with the first two…

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Scottish Broadcasting Corporation Symphony Orchestra  Yesterday, Norman Lebrecht published a blog post entitled: Scotland will lose an orchestra ‘the morning after independence.’ The text that follows doesn’t mention a source for this, suggesting he is quoting himself. Instead it gives a précis of an argument, first raised in January by critic Ken Walton, that the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra would disband in the event of a yes vote in the independence referendum…

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Serse, English National Opera, 15 September 2014

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Coliseum(sung in English as Xerxes)Serse – Alice CooteArsamene – Andrew WattsAmastre – Catherine YoungAriodate – Neal DaviesRomilda – Sarah TynanAtalanta – Rhian LoisElviro – Adrian PowterNicholas Hytner (director)Michael Walling (revival director)David Fielding (designs)Paul Pyant, Martin Doone (lighting) Chorus of the English National Opera (chorus master: Dominic Peckham)Orchestra of the English National OperaMichael Hofstetter (conductor) It was a delight to welcome Nicholas Hytner’s charming, witty staging of Serse, or Xerxes, intelligently revived by Michael Wallingm back to the Coliseum…

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The London opera season begins with a strong new Verdi production at the Coliseum and two highly contrasted revivals at Covent Garden

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U mad?

– parterre.com

U mad?For all those Mad Scene lovers out there, here is a video of some great Mad Scenes in opera. I’ve put together some more obscure scenes along with the popular ones from the bel canto composers like Donizetti and Bellini. I hope you enjoy!

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ENO Otello – all the makings of a great classic

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

ENO Otello - all the makings of a great classicVerdi Otello at the English National Opera. Definitely worth seeing, especially when things have settled after the premiere. The set is so stylish that it would have been an overwhelming experience at the Royal Opera House with a top notch international cast and conductor and sung in Italian. Fundamentally, opera  costs money…

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Tunisian composer, conductor, flautist, music critic, musicologist and teacher Salah El Mahdi died in September 2014, aged eighty-nine

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Dvořák Symphony no 8 José Serebrier

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New Dvořák Symphony no 8 ! José Serebrier continues his highly esteemed Dvořák series. Read my review of his Dvořák Symphony no 9 (The New World)  and see why Serebrier’s approach is so distinctive. Enjoy !  .

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Music of Pauline Oliveros in Los AngelesOn Tuesday, September 9, 2014 the Southland Ensemble presented a concert of the music of Pauline Oliveros at Human Resources in the arts-friendly Chinatown district of downtown Los Angeles. The performance space, with its wide open floor and lively acoustics was the perfect place given that the works of Ms…

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Xerxes review  Hytners staging remains fresh and fluidColiseum, LondonAlice Coote brings tremendous vocal swagger to this ENO revival of Handels comic operaWho would even believe it? asks Elviro towards the end of Nicholas Hytners venerable staging of Handels comic opera, Xerxes. Its a rather loose translation, which could be inserted equally into any of Handels operas, but its particularly apt here in a work whose absurd plot twists even Handels contemporaries found hard to stomach…

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Sorry, Lucy: Beethoven IS on bubblegum cards

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Cartoonist Charles Schulz’s beloved ‘Peanuts’ characters Lucy and Schroeder have a famous exchange in which Lucy dismisses Beethoven’s greatness given his absence from bubblegum cards. Turns out Lucy had it wrong.

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Opera Parallele 2014-15 Season

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Another two-opera season for Opera Parallele, with some notable casting, plus a benefit cabaret:Cabaret with soprano Sheri GreenawaldWhen: October 2, 2014 6:00 p.m.Where: Marines’ Memorial Club609 Sutter Street, San FranciscoTables of 10: $2500 and $5000Individual Tickets $250For table reservations and sponsorship opportunities:Contact: Executive Director Tod Brody at 415-626-6279Dead Man Walking, by Jake HeggieCast: Jennifer Rivera (Sister Helen Prejean), Michael Mayes (Joe DeRocher), Catherine Cook (Mrs…

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Kings Place Festival: Borodin, Tchaikovsky... and TimberThe Brodsky Quartetphoto credit: Eric Richmond Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Michael Gordon; Brodsky Quartet, percussionists from the Aurora Orchestra and Royal College of Music; Kings Place Festival Reviewed by Hilary Gloveron Sep 14 2014 Contrasting pair of concerts with Russian chamber music and Michael Gordon’s percussion work on woodThe Kings Place Festival – now in its 7th year has been a riot of success, showcasing 77 acts and including more than 200 performers (for other reviews Different Trains, Classical Works, Folk Roots, and THe Night Shift)…

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