Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra celebrates Chaplin's Little Tramp + MORE


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The Trial, Linbury Studio Theatre, London – review + MORE

Kafka, Glass, Hampton: this new chamber opera is a dream ticket.... More »

Real Housewives of Valhalla (Castorf Ring, 1) + MORE

Many of Bayreuth’s audience members can tell you about Ring cycles going back decades. They know the Ring very well. Not only that, but when we--and now I mean all of us--go to Bayreuth we engage with Wagner in a certain way: immersed, initiated, as part of a thread of history.  We are here t.... More »

Victor Salvi, Who Played Harps and Made Them Too, Dies at 95 + MORE

Mr. Salvi, a former New York Philharmonic member, founded a company that became the world’s foremost harp producer..... More »

NSO and Busoni + MORE

F. Busoni, Piano Concerto, G. Ohlsson, Cleveland Orchestra, C. von Dohnányi (Telarc, re-released in 2002) Ferruccio Busoni's piano concerto is an epic, crazy piece of music: over seventy minutes in length, in five movements, one of them involving a men's chorus chanting to Allah. Needless to say, o.... More »

Facing the music: Viktoria Mullova + MORE

Stevie Wonder, Paavo Järvi’s Schumann, Pärt and Kleiber - violinist Viktoria Mullova shares her musical inspirations How do you mostly listen to music?Mostly when I’m travelling, on my iPhone with noise-cancelling headphones. I have a large music library with many contrasting genres, so someti.... More »
CubaSi.cu: Chucho Valdes to Premiere 'Concierto de los Ancestros' of Afro-Cuban Composer Leo Brouwer at 6th Chamber Music Festival, Sept. 26-Oct. 12, 2014Leo Brouwer (b. 1939) is featured at AfriClassical.comCuba Si Prize-winning Cuban pianist, band leader and composer Chucho Valdes will premiere, in the 6th edition of the Chamber Music Festival, the Concierto de los Ancestros for piano and orchestra composed by maestro Leo Brouwer. As announced to the press by Brouwer on Wednesday, the premiere will take place during the closing of the Festival at this city’s Karl Marx Theater…

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The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s silent film Sunday evening at UCLA’s Royce Hall is marking two important anniversaries: the 25th year of the gala that presents classic comedies with live musical accompaniment and the 100th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s beloved Little Tramp character.

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The Week Ahead | Classical: Bracing Beethoven InterpreterStarting Wednesday, the New York Philharmonic presents the first of three programs featuring the distinguished pianist Yefim Bronfman.

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New York's Met opera house on edge of precipice, says Peter GelbThreat of bankruptcy at world’s biggest and richest opera house contrasts strongly with ‘cracking season’ in UKGrand opera is dying along with its increasingly ancient audience, according to Peter Gelb, general manager of one of the grandest operas in the world, the Metropolitan in New York. The renowned 3,800-seat opera house is fighting a losing battle on many fronts, and could face bankruptcy within three years, he says and the crisis he sees in his own company could be a warning to many other opera houses…

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Cecilia reveals Divine Festival plans

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Cecilia Bartoli has had a busy week. Opening her 2014 Salzburg Whitsun Festival, singing in it, celebrating her birthday and, finally, revealing her plans for the 2015 festival. All whilst dressed as a milkmaid. Pretty impressive.
This year's festival centres on Rossini. Next year's is elevated to the divine with a 'gods' theme…

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ENO Benvenuto Cellini – no groupthink !

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ENO Benvenuto Cellini - no groupthink !Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini at the ENO reviewed by Mark Berry in Opera Today (read the whole piece here)”First, a sigh of relief: in almost every respect, this new ENO staging of Benvenuto Cellini marks a significant improvement upon Terry Gilliam’s ‘Springtime for Hitler’ Damnation of Faust. If that sounds like faint praise, for beating a ‘Holocaust as entertainment’ travesty is perhaps setting the bar unreasonably low, then such is not entirely the intention…

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Gee, our old Chagalls hang greatIt’s time to call out the canard again, a whole row of them in fact: a series of “What’s wrong with the Metropolitan Opera?” editorials by “writer, speaker, consultant… compelling teacher…. [and] expert on everything Italian, the person other so-called Italy experts turn to for definitive information,” Fred Plotkin…

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LONDON (Reuters) – Anyone attending the premiere of Berlioz’s rarely seen opera “Benvenuto Cellini”, directed by Monty Python alumnus Terry Gilliam at the English National Opera, could be forgiven for thinking it was a preview for the Python reunion show in July.

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Parsifal On Tv: Met And Festspielhaus

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Parsifal On Tv: Met And FestspielhausParsifal On TV: Met And FestspielhausAlunno Marco. Originally published in Mediamusic,Electronic Scientific Magazine Television shares with cinema the possibility of presenting an opera in any location, but, more often than not, it relies on filming a live performance in the opera house. It is not necessarily for economic reasons that it does so; it is also because the reproduction of a live performance perpetuates the immediacy the spectator, now sitting in his comfortable chair at home, would have experienced in the theater at the time of the première…

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 Strauss, Bruckner: Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano), Philharmonia, Christoph von Dohnányi (conductor), Royal Festival Hall, London,  5.6. 2014 (GDn) Strauss: Four Last Songs Bruckner: Symphony No. 9   As the final, ethereal chord of the Bruckner’s great Adagio faded to silence at the end of this evening’s concert, somebody behind me whispered to their companion that the […]

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John Malveaux: M. Tafoya: 'Jessye Norman is an American Grammy award-winning...opera singer and a successful recitalist of classical music' (YouTube)Jessye Norman (Mauricio Tafoya, researcher)John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Please see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0i8Sw4xkmIThanks,John Malveauxwww.musicuntold.com Comment by email:The gracious Jessye Norman permitted me a private audience on October 21, 2007 following a fund raising recital at the Detroit Opera House…

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Uncanny Ax man

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AN ambitious take on Beethoven has reunited old friends Emanuel Ax and conductor David Robertson.

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New York’s Metropolitan Opera faces bankruptcy in “two or three years” if it does not cut its wages bill, its boss tells the BBC.

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