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symphonies

Meistersinger at the Met + MORE

As Wagner's only comedy, Meistersinger is the thing that is not like the other things in the Wagner canon. Where the other operas present a variety of strange and damaged relationships that easily transcend their 19th century trappings and feel immediately relevant, Meisteringer (at least on its sur.... More »
classical music news

The ten who sang most at the Met: they’re all men + MORE

Jenna Douglas at Schmopera has compiled a fascinating list of the singers who made most appearances at the Metropolitan Opera. Top of the ten is the tenor Charles Anthony, who died three years ago, aged 82. He sang 2,928 times between 1954 and his retirement in 2010. The next nine are also men. Has .... More »
performance

Triumphant Mahler 2 Harding Prom 57 + MORE

Triumphant! An exceptionally stimulating Mahler Symphony No 2 from Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Prom 57 at the Royal Albert Hall.  Harding's Mahler Tenth performances (especially with the Berliner Philharmoniker, read more HERE) are pretty much the benchmark by w.... More »
operas

Second Opinion: Eschenbach's Mahler 5 + MORE

Christoph Eschenbach will step down from the music directorship of the National Symphony Orchestra after the next two seasons. His influence will continue after that, through the musicians he has helped to engage during his tenure. This week's main attraction, Mahler's mammoth fifth symphony, seemed.... More »
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Crossing Over: Sacred Music for the Agnostic + MORE

Light and darkness (Edinburgh sunset, photo by me)The 40 days of Lent: season of prayer and fasting for adherents of Christianity, and of Requiems and Passions for devotees of classical music. With a seasonally appropriate release date of March 25, Crossing Over, the new album of the choral ensemble.... More »

Just in: Vienna Opera ends season on record high

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Just in: Vienna Opera ends season on record high
Overall takings are up 1.3% to a record €33.5 million.
Audience numbers also up: a record 603,652 vs 599,525 the previous year.
Capacity for opera performances was 99.67%. Unbeatable.
Hats off to Dominique Meyer.
 
(The Met, by comparison, is below 80%.)
 

Official stats:

Erneut Einnahmen- und Besucherrekord an der Wiener Staatsoper 2013/2014
In der Spielzeit 2013/2014 konnte die Wiener Staatsoper erneut einen Einnahmenrekord von
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Rédempteur à toute vitesseThis week, Our Own Jungfer Marianne Leizmetzerin presents what is perhaps the briefest Bühnenweihfestspiel on record, a 2005 performance of Parsifal from Bayreuth conducted by Pierre Boulez.
Richard Wagner: Parsifal
Bayreuther Festspiele
Pierre Boulez, conductor
29 July 2005
Amfortas – Alejandro Marco-Buhrmester
Titurel – Kwangchul Youn
Gurnemanz – Robert Holl
Parsifal – Alfons Eberz
Klingsor – John Wegner
Kundry – Michelle de Young
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Almost Back To Normal

– www.adaptistration.com

Almost Back To Normal

There’s nothing quite as refreshing as having main power almost within reach after operating on auxiliary power for several days and to that end, I’m still occupied with getting everything shipshape so there’s only a quick pointer to an article in the 6/29/2014 edition of the Green Bay Press Gazette by Paul Srubas that reports the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra’s (GBSO) board and executive leadership have made it quite clear that they are resolved to shut the organization down after next season…

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The Vienna Philharmonic Recalls World War I in SarajevoThe Vienna Philharmonic chose its material carefully for a concert held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, that remembered World War I.

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Beyond the serious financial plight of the unpaid 2013 Beethoven Festival musicians, the larger conversation drives home that both performing artists and their employers need to be educated and held accountable by the community at large, and there is some serious work to do on that score.

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Birmingham Treasures the Moment with Nelsons and Mozart

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Mozart: Soloists, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and CBSO Chorus / Andris Nelsons (conductor), Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 26.6.2014 (GR). Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K.550 isero! O sogno – Aura che intorno spin, K431 Per questa bella mano, K612 Mass in C Minor, K427 Soloists: Malin Christensson (Soprano I); Christine Rice (Soprano II); Ben […]

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Pas de deux for AB and ensemble

– www.theaustralian.com.au

FROM today, Orchestra Victoria becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Australian Ballet, and good sense has prevailed.

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A ubiquitous presence on the Bay Area’s underground music scene, Lisa Mezzacappa has toured with Donovan and recently founded her own record label, Queen Bee. On any given night, she is likely to be performing in some small venue you didn’t know existed, around the corner from where you live.

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The Chicago company announces it broke even in 2013-14, marking the 26th year out of the past 27 that the company managed to avoid red ink.

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Salonen Mahler 8 – not a Symphony of a Thousand

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Salonen Mahler 8  - not a Symphony of a ThousandMahler’s Symphony no 8 was given its title “The Symphony of a Thousand” by a promoter who wanted to attract the kind of crowd who like blockbusters, but don’t necessarily care much about music. Judging from the delirious applause at last night’s Royal Festival Hall concert, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, that kind of audience is all too common these days, too…

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Tristan Murail's world of breathtaking, disturbing beautyOver their final weekend, the Aldeburgh Festival is celebrating spectralism, with French composer Tristan Murail in residence. Tom Service introduces a world of sensuality and vividnessFrench composer Tristan Murail is in residence at the Aldeburgh Festival on Saturday for a mini celebration of spectralism, the musical movement/attitude/exploration of which he has been a leading figure since the 1970s, along with his fellow travellers Gérard Grisey and Hugues Dufourt…

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Wagner epic rings up $15.8m

– www.theaustralian.com.au

WAGNERITES who descended on Melbourne for Opera Australia’s Ring cycle have boosted spending in the state by $15.8m.

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Hot on the announcement that the Chicago Chamber Musicians was discontinuing all its artistic activiteis and would not be presenting a 2014-2015 season, another renowned classical music entity is announcing its closure…

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