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Prom 28 - D'Orazio/BBC SO/Oramo: Beethoven, Brett Dean, and Stravinsky, 7 August 2014 + MORE

Royal Albert HallBeethoven – Egmont, op.84: OvertureBrett Dean – Electric PreludesStravinsky – Oedipus Rex Francesco D’Orazio (electric violin) Oedipus – Allan ClaytonJocasta – Hilary SummersCreon – Juha UusitaloTiresias – Brindley SherrattMessenger – Duncan RockShepherd – S.... More »
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André Watts: The Complete Columbia Album Collection is a 12-CD Box Set From Sony Which Documents the Debut and Lifetime Achievements of a Piano Superstar + MORE

A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young ManBy Jed Distler"André Watts' complete recordings for Columbia Masterworks could easily be titled after James Joyce's first novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. They essentially cover his formative years, from his celebrated debut with the New York Ph.... More »
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Back from the Dead : Massenet Le roi de Lahore, Chelsea Opera QEH + MORE

In Jules Massenet's Le roi de Lahore,  King Alim returns from the dead, redeemed by love. On Sunday, the Chelsea Opera Group brought the long-dead opera back to life at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.  The opera was a smash hit from its premiere in April 1877. Fifty-seven performances fo.... More »
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No one mixes for speakers these days + MORE

Last week Philip Sheppard supported Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté in Norwich with a superb set for electric cello that engaged the packed non-classical audience from the first notes*. Afterwards, I complimented Philip, who is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and an in demand film composer, on th.... More »
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Prince Igor, Met Opera Live, 1 March 2014 + MORE

Cineworld, West India QuayPrince Igor – Ildar AbdrazakovPrince Galitsky – Mikhail Petrenko Vladimir Igorevich – Sergey Semishkur Skula – Vladimir Ognovenko Yeroshka – Andrey Popov Yaroslavna – Oksana Dyka Polovtsian Maiden – Kiri Deonarine Konchakovna – Anita Rachvelishvili Ov.... More »
Hall One, Kings Place Préludes: ‘La Colombe’ and ‘Plainte calme’Thème et Variations Quatuor pour la fin du temps Mark van de Wiel (clarinet)Alexandra Wood (violin) Oliver Coates (cello) John Constable (piano)  I had not realised that Kings Place’s current ‘Chamber Classics Unwrapped’ series had found its repertoire by virtue of a public vote…

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Used Bin Troll Tweets F.

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Used Bin Troll Tweets F.Ethelbert Nevin[February 2014.]Rodion Konstantinovich SHCHEDRIN: Concerto for Orchestra No. 4, “Khorovody” (1989); Concerto for Orchestra No. 5, “Four Russian Songs” (1998); Kristallene Gusli (Crystal Psaltery) (1999). Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits (cond.). Naxos 8.572405 (1 CD) (http://www…

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Ruminating on success

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Ruminating on successRecent adventures in classical amnesia took me back to the Third Symphony ‘The Song of the Night’ by Karol Szymanowski in the compelling recording by Antal Dorati and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. What is remarkable is not that Szymanowski set the poetry of the Sufi master Rumi, but that he set it in 1916…

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Late night thought listening to Silvestrov's Fifth Symphony Would the world really be a worse place if we had one less performance of Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony and one more of Valentin Silvestrov’s Fifth? Also on Facebook and Twitter. Image shows contemporary wood carving of desert monks who lived as stlites. Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as “fair use”, for the purpose of study, review or critical analysis only, and will be removed at the request of copyright owner(s)…

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Classical Playlist: Jenny Lin, Joshua Rubin, David Aladashvili and MoreThe New York Times ArtsBeat, February 19, 2014
My contributions:
‘THERE NEVER IS NO LIGHT’ Joshua Rubin, clarinetist; Cory Smythe, pianist (Tundra/New Focus)
PAINE: Orchestral Works Ulster Orchestra, conducted by JoAnn Falletta (Naxos)
WORTHINGTON: ‘Even the Light Itself Falls’ ensemble et cetera (Populist; available via Bandcamp)
Coming soon: Eva-Maria Houben; Nicholas Phillips; Christopher Campbell

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My dear Doctor Strauss

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My dear Doctor StraussWriting a lot about Strauss means having a copy of The Correspondence between Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal permanently by my side. Complete with introduction by Edward Sackville-West, the original 1961 edition of Hanns Hammelmann and Ewald Osers’ translation of the letters was given to me by the same kind friend who gave me a signed picture of Strauss for my 21st birthday…

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A sense of occasion

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A sense of occasionOn February 29, 1812 (thanks to Pope Gregory’s calendrical reforms), Gioachino Rossini celebrated his fourth birthday. He was twenty years old and not yet famous. It was necessary that he achieve fame, and soon.  
For one thing, like so many musicians of that age and artists of any, he created by theft…

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Writers’ block

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Writers’ block“The last place you’d expect to find opera at all, let alone good, exciting opera, is in still-scrappy Bushwick, Brooklyn. But that’s where a new and vital company called LoftOpera has popped up for a two-weekend run of Puccini’s La Bohème in a performance that is as true and moving as any I can remember in 40 years of opera-going…

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Victory looms for nascent Lucerne opera house

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If you’re in the know about the Lucerne Festival, you may have heard that its director Michael Haefliger’s plans to build a new opera house, the Salle Modulable, for the Swiss lakeside town looked set to turn into fairy dust upon the withdrawal of necessary funds. This has been challenged in court and the opera house has won…

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A Compelling Overall Experience

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Mike Wheeler listens to Italian pianist Leonora Armellini

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Franco Fagioli is superb in the title role in this period staging of Handel’s opera, while the production itself looks and sounds enchanting

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The Week in Reviews, Op. 20: Lisa Batiashvili, Vilde Frang, Michael Barenboim in concertBy Robert Niles: In an effort to promote the coverage of classical music, each week Violinist.com brings you links to reviews of notable violin performances from around the world. We’d love to hear about any recent concerts and recitals you’ve attended, too. Or just tell us what you think about these reviews!

Augustin Hadelich performed the Brahms with the Grand Rapids SymphonyGrand Rapids Press: “A sweet, singing tone spins from his Stradivarius, but Hadelich has the emotional restraint to ladle out passion carefully, favoring expressiveness over exuberance…

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Mayor says he’ll liquidate Rome Opera and Muti will quit if strike goes aheadIt’s getting nasty again in Rome. Graham Spicer reports from Milan that theatre staff are theatening to strike opening night. The Mayor, Ignazio Marino, says if they do that again he’ll shut the place down for good. Riccardo Muti, the music director, has indicated he will leave if the unrest continues…

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