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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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Purcell - Ten Sonatas in Four Parts + MORE

Purcell Ten Sonatas in Four Parts: The Kings Consort: Vivat Reviewed by Robert Hugillon June 14 2014 Star rating: 4.0Finely involving performances of Purcell's posthumously printed sonatasThis new disc from The King's Consort on their Vivat label, presents Henry Purcell's Ten Sonatas in Four Par.... More »
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An Often-Mystifying Production of Alcina Arrives in Madrid + MORE

Handel: Alcina, Teatro Real Orchestra, Christopher Moulds (conductor), Teatro Real, Madrid, 1 & 2. 11. 2015 (JMI) Production: a coproduction with Opéra National de Bordeaux Direction: David Alden Sets and Costumes: Gideon Davey Lighting: Simon Mills   Casts: Alcina: Karina Gauvin/Sofia So.... More »
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Songs by David Lang and J. Ralph Denied Oscar Performance + MORE

During a year in which the Oscars have received strong criticism for their lack of diversity, this seems an especially odd move--not only in terms of the music itself, but also when considering that it means the absence of Korean soprano Sumi Jo and transgender performer ANOHNI..... More »
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The Adam family + MORE

On this day in 1841 the Théâtre de l’Académie Royale de Musique in Paris premiered the ballet Giselle.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_Dz3zgarUM Born on this day in 1902 composer Richard Rodgers… and Happy 60th birthday baritone Thomas Hampson! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCwPN.... More »

Stop the show! There’s a child abuser in it

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Stop the show! There’s a child abuser in itNever underestimate the Daily Mail’s ability to misread good deeds for bad and destroy human hope wherever it might glimmer. The gutter rag has attacked a London opera group that goes into prisons to help turn convicts away from crime and towards the realisation of their creative potential. Here is how the Mail sent out […]

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Under Donald Runnicles’ baton, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra turned in a scorching, go-for-broke performance of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony

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Captain Dreyfus: An affair, a film, a novel… now an operaRobert Harris’s novel, An Officer and A Spy, a novelisation of the Dreyfus Affair, is one of the year’s best-sellers. It might have remained just that, going into paperback and onto the summer beaches. But the terrible injustice committed by the French Republic against a loyal officer is a plot that refuses to die away…

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* Notes *Opera Parallèle has put together a double bill of Mahagonny Songspiel with Les mamelles de Tirésias at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Opera Parallèle has embedded the Poulenc between the second and third parts of the Weill. Director Brian Staufenbiel never lacks for ideas and connects the two pieces by setting them in an apocalyptic future, which looks distinctly like Steampunks at Burning Man…

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BBC SSO/Runnicles: Mahler's Ninth review  'a forthright, noble performance'City Halls, GlasgowThe BBC Scottish Symphony orchestra and Donald Runnicles paired Mahler with Arvo Pärt in a typically bold and impactful programmeMahler’s Ninth Symphony lasts about 90 minutes, give or take. On paper that might look lightweight alone on a concert programme, but this towering score needs no side dish or starter; with all its torment and transcendence it is more than enough…

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Faust/Queyras/Melnikov: Haydn, Beethoven and Schumann review  lovingly meticulous piano trioQueen Elizabeth Hall, LondonIsabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov and Jean-Guihen Queyras performed this period-instrument programme with warmth, colour and detailThough all have flourishing solo careers, violinist Isabelle Faust, pianist Alexander Melnikov and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras are an established piano trio in all but name…

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The Emerson String Quartet, adopting an unusual posture, presented a program of Britten and Shostakovich on Wednesday at Alice Tully Hall.

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Faces of mirth

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Faces of mirthLa Cieca’s old, old, old friend Dorothy Bishop, recently interviewed in Opera News, brings her “Dozen Divas” show to NYC’s Metropolitan Room April 30 and May 5.  

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Morton Subotnick, the 81-year-old electronic music pioneer, continues to blow minds. He did it Friday at the Sweet Thunder Festival of Electro-Acoustic Music, as did the International Contemporary Ensemble, known as ICE. Presented by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the festival runs through Sunday at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion.

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MartinsvilleBulletin.com: Sphinx Laureate Brendon Elliott Performs Violin Concerto of Adolphus Hailstork with Virginia Symphony in Martinsville, VirginiaAdolphus C. Hailstork (b. 1941) is featured at AfriClassical.comBrendon Elliott (Sphinx Organization)Violin soloist Brendon Elliott (center) performs with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra on Friday night at Martinsville High School. Benjamin Rous is the orchestra’s conductor. The performance was part of the orchestra’s first Virginia tour…

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My Bach Pilgrimage – Rain, Snow, Turks & Papists

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Alles Mit Gott (BWV 1127)
Gleichwie Der Regen Und Schnee Vom Himmel Fällt (BWV 18)
Once again there seems to be some scholarly debate as to the actual date of Bach’s cantatas and if I follow Gardiner’s research amongst other, then Christen, ätzet diesen Tag (BWV 63) falls into the following year…

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British Pathe on YouTube

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The Telegraph and various friends (Janos Gereben, Alex Ross) have been spreading the word: British Pathé has uploaded 85,000 historic newsreels and compilations to YouTube.It’s true, it’s true: but low-res versions of these films have been available at British Pathé’s own web site since 2003.Enjoy the riches, and here’s one of special interest to me: Sir Henry Wood conducting the BBCSO in Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music in 1938, the year of its composition…

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Yoon-Hee Kim plays Khachaturian and Tchaikovsky, heard by Howard Smith. ‘… she appears to lack the aural muscle of others …’

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