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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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Ouvre tes yeux bleus + MORE

Which soprano/tenor team won’t have to hunt very hard for a triumph on December 31. 2016, when the Met reunites them for a new production of Roméo et Juliette?.... More »
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Just in: Yannick’s local orchestra plans first tour + MORE

The first orchestra to appoint Yannick Nézet-Séguin as its artistic director, his home town ensemble, is going on a 7-city Europe tour with him in a year’s time. The tour is intended as a showcase for the burgeoning cultural life of Quebec. Local reports are crediting the conductor with its.... More »
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Deborah Borda: President Trump is closing down the arts + MORE

The president of the Los Angeles Philharmonic has made a rare political intervention, publishing an op-ed in the LA Times on Trump’s closed-border policies. Here’s what she writes:     The arts breed compassion, and as Americans, we are at our best when we are compassionate. I.... More »
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Freedom and Joyous Accuracy from the Belcea Quartet + MORE

 Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert: Belcea Quartet, Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 17.10.2014 (BJ) Mozart: Quartet in F major, K. 590 Beethoven: Quartet in D major, Op. 18 No. 3 Schubert: Quartet in A minor, D. 804   Founded twenty years ago, and constituting a virt.... More »
Autumn season at the Handel House MuseumCevanne Horrocks-HopayianThe autumn season at the Handel House Museum includes not only music by the master, but a series of concerts with a French theme as well as a contemporary series curated by the the current composer in residence, Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian and of course a selection of baroque Christmas music…

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Bells and Guns : Rachmaninov Tchaikovsky Stravinsky Gardner Prom 43Blockbuster Prom 43, sure to be seared into the memory of all who were there. Queues round the block, punters turned away in droves. Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture s such a showpiece that it usually gets played at open-air events, complete with fireworks. the presence  of “Sexy Ed”, the charismatic Edward Gardner, and the prospect of big band massed choirs and big orchestras – no wonder the Royal Albert Hall was packed to capacity…

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The Hollywood Bowl this summer seems to be taking few chances by playing favorites. Leaving adventure to the other Los Angeles Philharmonic seasons in Walt Disney Concert Hall, otherwise adventurous conductors and performers have leaned heavily on top of the classical pops (and sometimes just…

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Bernd Weikl: Why Richard Wagner needs to be banned in GermanyBernd Weikl, yes the baritone well known for his Wagner roles, argues that Wagner’s work not only should but must be banned in Germany. Why? Well, it seems that after a very, financially, successful career performing Wagner, he has just discovered that Wagner was anti-Semitic [must have come as a surprise that, after all these years – Ed]…

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Opera is 20% down in Australia

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Opera is 20% down in AustraliaAnnual live performance statistics are in and the news is bleak for opera down under.
Attendances are down 20%, revenue 9.5%. Higher ticket prices reduced the budget gap, but drove audiences away. Fewer performances and poorer marketing failed to attract a new public.
Stage musicals, which Opera Australia is using as a revenue driver, are also down…

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Listen Now: When Tolkien Stole Wagner's RingTolkien always vehemently denied any connection between his Lord of the Rings and Wagner’s Ring Cycle. He once said: ‘Both rings were round, and there the resemblance ceased’.But there is almost certainly more to it than that. Tolkien used the same Norse legends as Wagner for inspiration in ‘Lord of the Rings’, but it also seems likely that he took the original idea of an all-powerful and corrupting ring directly from Wagner…

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Rare pic: Shostakovich at a private premiere

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Rare pic: Shostakovich at a private premiereWe have shared a number of pictures from the composer’s archive, but few more fascinating than this. It shows the composer at a premiere of his violin sonata Op. 134.
The performance took place at a Union of Soviet Composers private hearing; David Oistrakh (violin) and Mieczysław Weinberg (piano) on January 8, 1969…

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This fall’s classical music highlights begin with Michael Tilson Thomas’s 20th season with the San Francisco Symphony, jump to the San Francisco Opera’s ‘Norma’ and continue with hot programs all around the bay.

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Rhythmic Vitality in Kopatchinskaja’s Bartók Performance

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           Edinburgh International Festival 2014 (15) – Linberg, Bartók, Beethoven:  Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin), London Philharmonic Orchestra /Vladimir Jurowski (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 18.8.2014 (SRT) Lindberg:  Chorale Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2 Beethoven:   Symphony No…

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More Details On The Met Agreements

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More Details On The Met Agreements

Things seem to be rolling along for the Metropolitan Opera (Met); once the company reached tentative four year agreements with the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) it only took a day to reach a similar agreement with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)…

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Llr Williams(Signum)As Llr Williams points out in his introduction to this collection, Wagner wrote more original piano music than is realised almost two hours of it in all. He includes six pieces here, only two of which are really substantial a rather long-winded Fantasy from 1831, when Wagner was 18 and clearly in thrall to Beethoven, and the much more cogent and interesting Sonata for the Book of Mrs MW of 1853…

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The 16-strong cast of popular South African soap opera Generations is sacked after a long-running dispute over pay and contracts.

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Michael Houstoun performs Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin for the Edinburgh international festivalIn this exclusive video for the Guardian, New Zealand pianist Michael Houstoun introduces Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin his piano suite dedicated to friends who were killed in the first world war. Houstoun performs the 5th movement from the suite, a menuet, dedicated to Jean Dreyfus. Produced in association with the Edinburgh Film Company and the Edinburgh international festival…

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