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Say, you cover a lot of ground yourself + MORE

Born on this day in 1889 actress Margaret Dumont. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3FZ_jtDMVg Happy 85th birthday contralto Lauris Elms. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKcZrIFV83I Happy 73rd birthday dramatic soprano/mezzo-soprano Dunja Vejzovic. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NoMVxz0AMc Happy 71st birthday compos.... More »
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West Bay Opera's Faust + MORE

* Notes * My review of West Bay Opera's Faust is on San Francisco Classical Voice. * Tattling * There was light whispering during the first act. Watch alarms sounded at 9pm. Audience attrition was noticeable after each intermission..... More »
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Manon Lescaut review – emotional power and a luminous central performance + MORE

Royal Opera House, LondonJonathan Kent’s contemporary take on Puccini’s opera doesn’t always work, but Sondra Radvanovsky shines as the tragic heroine and Pappano brings precision and power to the scoreIt was with this, his third opera, that Puccini made his international breakthrough. In 1894.... More »
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SFBayView.com: 'Pianist Stephanie Woodford, 18, one of 173 worldwide chosen to attend Grammy Camp' + MORE

Stephanie Woodford and her mother at the piano Photo: Lance Burton, Planet Fillmore CommunicationsSan Francisco Bay ViewJune 28, 2014by Lance Burton, Planet Fillmore CommunicationsThere’s no shortage of Black citizen profiles of personal success.One bright profile of a San Francisco community.... More »
classical music

The Pittsburgh Symphony Strike Is Over + MORE

Just a quick post-Thanksgiving note today to make sure you haven’t inadvertently overlooked the good news that the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra work stoppage has ended and the group is back to work with a newly ratified collective bargaining agreement. Rumblings of a deal surfaced via a.... More »
Ingrid Jacoby (piano), Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Marriner (ICA)Fifty-four years ago, orchestral violinist Neville Marriner and 12 fellow players got together to perform early Italian and German music for fun. They went on to become the world-famous Academy of St Martin in the Fields, an orchestra that breathed new life into the repertoire with its refreshing vitality and clarity of texture…

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Bechstein bunnies, dressing for Easterjet and Scriabanoffiev PieIn an increasingly off-the-wall Easter, we have here a fantastic greeting from Bechstein Pianos:Meanwhile stunning soprano Sarah Gabriel – who was our premiere production Vicky in my Wagner play Sins of the Fathers – found her concert dress falling foul of Easyjet’s carry-on baggage regulations the other day and in the resulting carry on, worthy of the eponymous films, she came up with a fine sartorial solution, which made it into the national papers…

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Nazi Opera Conspiracies: A Kinship with the Goldhagen Hypothesis and Occult Reich Conspiracy TheoriesOf all writings that help us to understand the historical background to Richard Wagner’s views on the Jews, there are perhaps few more enlightening than Ordinary Germans and the Longest Hatred found in the book Rereading German History by Sir Richard J. Evans: a brilliant and spellbinding collection of essays that make for essential background reading for anyone who wishes to read or write about Richard Wagner in historical context…

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Ensemble. Deeply Gratifying

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The first performance of Ian Venables’ new clarinet quintet, heard by Roderic Dunnett

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CPE Bach's St. John Passion

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CPE Bach's St. John PassionKirill Karabits – credit Sasha Gustov CPE Bach St John Passion: BBC Singers, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits: Cadogan Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Apr 16 2014 Star rating: 4.0Striking rediscovery of a hitherto lost CPE Bach passionWith this year being the 300th anniversary of CPE Bach’s birth, it was pleasing to be able to welcome a performance of his St John Passion of 1784 (a work only relatively recently re-discovered) at the Cadogan Hall, on 16 April 2014, as part of the Choral at Cadogan series…

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Mozart’s Women – Part One

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Review – Mozart Opera & Concert Arias (Karina Gauvin, Les Violons Due Roy, Bernard Labadie)
Over the last few weeks I have been throrougly enjoying two recital discs from opposite ends of the performance spectrum but both highly recommended.
The first is by Karina Gauvin, perhaps better known – to me at least – as a consummate Handelian so hearing her Mozart was – except for a random recording of Exsultate Jubilate – an almost new experience…

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Rufus Wainwright is raising money to record his opera Prima DonnaRufus Wainwright has gone to PledgeMusic to raise money to fund a studio recording of his opera Prima Donna.
PledgeMusic? For those who have just caught up with Kickstarter, which was launched in April 2009, it’s time to turn your attention to PledgeMusic which débuted in August of the same year…

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Bach’s Erbarme Dich….Sung in Arabic

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There’s something about seeing a theorbo in the middle of a large ensemble that is totally badass. Fadia el-Hage joins the Netherlands Blazers Ensemble with oboist Bart Schneemann in a unique performance of J.S. Bach’s Erbarme Dich from the St. Matthew Passion with the text sung in Arabic…

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Lying About Hitler: Why Historians Reject Nazi Opera Conspiracies—and Why We Must Follow their ExampleEvery book has its target audience. The question is as to what the target of Nazi opera conspiracy books might be. It is likely to be an audience interested in opera, music and art history. It is likely to be a popular audience interested in the history of the Holocaust, some of whom have heard that it was caused by an opera composer—one who either deserves to be justly hated as the Holocaust’s root cause, or amongst Neonazi’s, revered for it…

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Cantique de Pâques – Arthur Honegger

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For Easter, the glorious Arthur Honegger: Cantique de Pâques  for  soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto, female choir and chamber orchestra. It was written in 1918, when the composer was in his mid twenties but it’s a surprisngly “modern” work. It isn’t heard nearly as often as it should be, because the ensemble isn’t the easiest to programme, and the piece runs 6 minutes…

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…Krzysztof Chorzelski, the violist of the Belcea Quartet bemoans at the Dinner after their performance in the Mozart Saal that he missed the Camerata Salzburg with Philippe Herreweghe performing Beethoven and Chopin the night they were giving their first of their two Purcell-Haydn-Britten recitals…

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Classical Music Can Make You Dumb

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On Saturdays we sometimes drive back from breakfast just as the NPR opera is starting up. Today’s was Strauss’s Arabella. The male and female commentators were discussing it, and the man mentioned something about the emotionalism of the music being especially appropriate because “this is an opera that really deals with issues of human emotion…

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Juan Diego Florez – L'Amour

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Juan Diego Florez - L'Amour Boieldieu, Bizet, Delibes, Donizetti, Adam, Massenet, Thomas, Offenbach and Gounod; Juan Diego Florez, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale Bologna, Roberto Abbado Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Apr 19 2014 Star rating: 4.5Juan Diego Florez’s first all French disc, with some spectacular repertoireFor his new disc on Decca, Juan Diego Florez moving into new territory and exploring roles which he does not (yet) have in his repertoire…

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