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Biggest ever CD box sells 1.25 million in five weeks + MORE

Figures just in from Universal show that ‘Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition’ has sold 1.25 million CDs globally in just 5 weeks since it was released – more than releases by Drake, Rihanna and David Bowie. Weighing 12kg, ‘Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition’ is believed to be the big.... More »
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CD Spotlight. Spohr on the Cheap + MORE

Symphonies 2 and 9, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... much to enjoy in the second symphony ...'.... More »
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Looking ahead - Wigmore Hall January + MORE

So much to look forward to in the New Year!At the Wigmore Hall: Jonas Kaufmann in recital on Sunday, sold out for months, with ticket prices three times more than usual. Much as I love JK in opera, I'll leave that for the fashionable crowd. But start the year with Amore e Morte dell'amore, a very we.... More »
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HuffingtonPost.com: Eric Owens And Morris Robinson Discuss The Challenges Of Being A Black Opera Singer + MORE

"Wednesday, April 8, Eric Owens (Left) and Morris Robinson (Right) perform during a rehearsal of the opera Don Carlo" (Associated Press)Sergio A. Mims writes:Here is an article that is definitely worthy of attention.SergioHuffington PostAP By Mike SilvermanPosted April 20, 2015When King Philip II of.... More »
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Chloë Hanslip Shines in the Sibelius Violin Concerto + MORE

Prokofiev, Sibelius:  Chloë Hanslip (violin), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Alexander Shelley (conductor), Cadogan Hall, London, 25.1.2017. (RB) Prokofiev – Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op25 ‘Classical’ Sibelius – Violin Concerto in D minor, Op47 Prokofiev – Symphony No..... More »

71 today

– intermezzo.typepad.com

Happy birthday to Daniel Barenboim, whose festive cake awaits him backstage at the Staatsoper Berlin.
I get the sheet music, the baton and the Beethoven bust, but what's the significance of the blue hankie and the toilet roll? Anyone?

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An odd evening

– briandickie.typepad.com

I was persuaded yesterday evening to attend the first performance of a "new opera" at St Paul's, Covent Garden.  This was The Invited by Richard Knight with "words" by Norman Welch.  This was produced by a company called Opera Room Productions.  They say "we're dedicated to writing and producing modern operatic works with a classical flair…

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For centuries, painters, musicians, writers and other artists flocked to the city in search of fame and fortune.

On Saturday, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music hosts a free all-day chamber music festival called Spotlight on Music From Vienna.

On Sunday the museum and Houston Friends of Chamber Music co-present the Viennese Tradition, a musical event designed to complement the current exhibition…

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Curlew River – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

Curlew River – reviewSt Giles, Cripplegate, LondonThe monastic intensity of Britten’s Noh-inspired opera parable – sung by a starry cast – contrasted to great effect with the hurly-burly of the City”What are those birds?” demands the Madwoman. In Britten’s “church parable” they are curlews – conjured up by a skittering, flutter-tongued flute – high above the land where she is looking for her lost son…

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AOP and Schomburg Center co-present scenes from Nkeiru Okoye's 'Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom'; Q & A with Terrance McKnightAMERICAN OPERA PROJECTSARTIST Q&A TO FOLLOW  MODERATED BY WQXR’S TERRANCE MCKNIGHTNew York, NY– AOP (American Opera Projects), and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will co-present an evening of scenes from Nkeiru Okoye’s folk opera Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom that tells of how a young girl born in slavery, becomes Harriet Tubman, the legendary Underground Railroad conductor…

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How classical music has painted itself into a cornerMy best personal example is that I seem to have developed a resistance to the latest “sensational” pianist/soprano/tenor/whatever. This item provides a convincing rationale. Do I miss something with this attitude? Perhaps … but if the newest sensation lasts, you usually catch up with them sooner or later anyhow…

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Wagner passion comes full cycle

– www.theaustralian.com.au

DRESS rehearsals have been held this week for the Melbourne Ring cycle, with full houses cheering each performance.

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* Notes * San Francisco Opera gave a second performance of Il barbiere di Siviglia (Finale of Act II pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver) this season with four different principal singers yesterday night. Emilio Sagi’s direction is funny but has som much going on at all times. There is an incredible amount of choreography and the corps de ballet is kept quite occupied…

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MTT and the SFS in Mahler’s Ninth

– unpredictableinevitability.com

So much myth has accreted to Mahler’s Ninth Symphony that it is difficult to know where to begin any more. A farewell to life? A farewell to a culture? A farewell to tonality? An affirmation in the face of death? A piece more from eternity than earth?
All of the above, really, and such are the exalted heights of Mahler’s achievements in this greatest of his symphonies that a satisfactory performance – let alone anything beyond that – is rare……

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Latest from Alexandre Tharaud

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Autograph (Encores), A. Tharaud
(released on November 19, 2013)
We were early adopters of pianist Alexandre Tharaud here at Ionarts. I have covered two of his local recitals for the Post, in 2012 and 2008 (plus one with Jean-Guihen Queyras in 2010), and we have reviewed most of his recordings over the years with high praise…

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Cultured?

– www.newmusicbox.org

Charles Ives, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, and John Corigliano have all used music to promote social commentary, but these are all individuals who use their talents to create great music and see it performed. To the Great American Culture Machine, music is still mainly seen as a pastime marketed primarily to sexually frustrated adolescents with enough money to buy new product.

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Spanish prosecutors seek a 20-month prison sentence for a professional pianist whose former neighbour is suing for noise pollution.

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We have tried to help raise awareness of the terrible state of the buildings associated with Romania’s foremost composer, Georges Enescu. It’s a battle worth fighting. Bucharest is sensitive to its cultural image. Today, a battery of composers and musicologists have launched a campaign in Germany to save the Enescu heritage…

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