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Next to Norma + MORE

January 2, 1958 marked one of the darkest days in the career of Maria Callas.   After announcing to the management that she was ill, she was told there was no cover available for the title role of Norma for the opening night of Teatro dell’Opera, Roma in the presence of the president of Italy. .... More »

Leeds Lieder Festival launch + MORE

Last night (23 November 2015) we had a taster of the treats to come at the 2016 Leeds Lieder Festival, as the festival's director Joseph Middleton and the 2016 artistic director Roderick Williams were joined by storyteller Jo Blake-Cave to perform songs from Brahms's Die schöne Magelone, then Willi.... More »

Notte d’orror! + MORE

On this day in 1809, it became illegal to wear masks at balls held within the City of Boston, as its citizens believed this practice was “detrimental to morals.” Born on this day in 1910 composer Paul Bowles More »

Financial Times: 'Pumeza Matshikiza – Voice of Hope': Decca CD 'intermingles operatic arias and songs representing black African and American culture' + MORE

Pumeza: Voice of HopeDeccaPumeza Matshikiza has been featured on this blog several times.  On March 20, 2014 AfriClassical posted:Sergio A. Mims: Decca Classics: 'Voice of Hope' - The debut album from South African Soprano Pumeza MatshikizaHazel Singer of writes:Hello Bil.... More »

Finalists!! + MORE

We have eleven - one more than ideal but there was a dead heat for tenth place!  And here you see the happy group with jury chairman Dominique Meyer and overall inspiration for the competition Liz Mohn. The lucky eleven are: Miriam Albano - Mezzo soprano - Italy Mario Bochmanova - Soprano - Ru.... More »
The German tenor, singing for the first time in his native language on the Royal Opera House stage, embarked on a journey of real eloquence

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Enjoy a track from Florian Boesch and Malcolm Martineau's recording of Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin

Florian Boesch and Malcolm Martineau continue their journey through the Schubert song cycles with Die schöne Müllerin…

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The Emerson String Quartet performs an excerpt from Beethoven’s Quartet No. 9 in C (Op. 59, No. 3).

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Rossini’s ‘Maometto II’, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

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Jonas Kaufmann’s Winterreise proved the performer is at the peak of his artistry, says Rupert Christiansen

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Luke Bedford comes up smiling


Through his Teeth – Linbury Studio, 7 April 2014

The laws of statistics suggested that if the Royal Opera House tried out enough new operas, sooner or later one would work. After an endless train of inept, underbaked or just plain boring efforts they've finally hit paydirt with Luke Bedford's Through his Teeth…

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The official classical chart


Week ending 5 April 2014


Shostakovich: Symphony No. 14
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/Vasily Petrenko
Naxos 8.573132
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Mozart: Requiem
Dunedin Consrot/John Butt
Linn CKD 449
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The Art of Melancholy
Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Thomas Dunford (lute)
Hyperion CDA68007
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Miloš Karadaglić (guitar); London Philharmonic/Nézet-Séguin
Mercury Classics 481 0811
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Choir of New College Oxford/Patrick Hawes
Decca 374 2046
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Piano Reflections
Ji Liu (piano)
Classic FM 88883795652
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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 20 & 25
Martha Argerich (piano); Orchestra Mozart/Abbado
DG 4791033
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Beethoven: Complete String Quartets
Belcea Quartet
Zig Zag Territoires ZZT344
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Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Jennifer Pike (violin); Bergen Philharmonic/Andrew Davis
Chandos CHSA 5134
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Schubert: Winterreise
Jonas Kaufmann (tenor), Helmut Deutsch (piano)
Sony Classical 88883795652
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The Romantic Violin Concerto, Vol…

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Eugene Onegin at Pocket Opera


* Notes * Pocket Opera performed an English language version of Eugene Onegin yesterday at the Hillside Club in Berkeley. Donald Pippin is utterly charming, and his narration and translation of the text were both lively. The production is likewise cute and accessible. Though the playing was not entirely together and the musicians were far from being perfectly in tune, everyone performed with a lot of heart…

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  Strauss, Korngold, Mahler: Christopher Maltman and Simon Lepper, Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff, 4.4. 2014 (LJ)   Strauss, Five Lieder Op. 15 Korngold, Songs of a Clown, Op. 29 Mahler, Ruckert Lieder. Singing Strauss, Korngold and Mahler, Christopher Maltman accompanied by the incomparable Simon Lepper charmed and cheered the […]

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Matthew Herbert’s new opera on the theme of Goethe’s ‘Faust’ bends over backwards in its quest for novelty but achieves only banality

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Music of David Byrne, Philip Glass in Santa MonicaOn Saturday April 5, 2014 Jacaranda presented The Knee Plays by David Byrne along with music by Philip Glass. This concert was one of the Minimalist Jukebox Festival concerts of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and also part of the tenth anniversary season of the Jacaranda series. The venue was the First Presbyterian Church, whose ample and comfortable sanctuary was almost completely filled for the occasion…

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Spring into winter


Spring into winterFor those of you who might be feeling just a little too cheerful this week, Our Own Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin offers three performances of Winterreise, sung by Mark Padmore, Simon Keenlyside and Gerald Finley.
Franz Schubert: Winterreise
Schubertiade Schwarzenberg
21 June 2010
Mark Padmore, tenor
Till Fellner, piano

Schubertiade Schwarzenberg
17 June 2004
Simon Keenlyside, baritone
Malcolm Martineau, piano

Schubertiade Schwarzenberg
22 June 2012
Gerald Finley, bass-baritone
Julius Drake, piano

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