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Bach for a bike breakfast + MORE

I don't cycle (yet), but am a big supporter of those who do. So it was touching to see this video of our old friend Raffy Todes, second violinist of the Allegri String Quartet, who got on his bike to go to a rehearsal, en route was apparently pounced on in friendly fashion by the Tower Hamlets Wheel.... More »
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Beethoven visits Japan: On Tour with the Vienna Academy Orchestra (Part 6) + MORE

After a day of exploring the world of semi-suburban middle-class Japanese shopping, including accidental acquaintance with the Japanese Wallmart (Seiyu, similar but vertical) which leers in the area of the Harmonica Yokocho, the little grid of shopping alleys north of the Kichijoji station, and walk.... More »
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Stéphane Denève is appointed chief conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic + MORE

Stéphane Denève has landed two prestigious appointments: as chief conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic and as the inaugural director of the Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire .... More »
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Classical Music in NYC This Week + MORE

Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera..... More »
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Curious Flights: Transatlantic Crossings 2 + MORE

The new music ensemble Curious Flights has another great program coming up on Saturday, March 19. The concert includes three works by British composer Simon Dobson, who is in residence with the group for a week, plus works by Samuel Adams (the composer, not the founding father), Mason Bates, Robert .... More »

Horseplay

– parterre.com

HorseplayMike Richter‘s documentation of the 1962 Buenos Aires Ring continues with the second act of Die Walküre featuring Birgit Nilsson and Hans Hotter.  
Wagner: Die Walküre, Act Two
Teatro Colón, September 28, 1962
Brünnhilde: Birgit Nilsson
Sieglinde: Gré Brouwenstijn
Fricka: Ursula Boese
Siegmund: Fritz Uhl
Wotan: Hans Hotter
Hunding: Arnold van Mill
Conductor: Heinz Wallberg
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The Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra offered a program of what its music director called “our favorites of the past 30 years” at Zankel Hall on Monday evening.    

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San Diego Opera is to close at the end of its current season

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Go inside a composer's apartment

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Composer Timo Andres — who is in St. Paul this week — recently opened his apartment to a video tour by WQXR. It gives us an insight into what makes this composer tick and what’s important to him. And also how he stores his bike.

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John Malveaux: On March 15, 2014, Long Beach Central Area Assoc. & Geffen Playhouse enabled Cambodian immigrants to attend 'The Pianist of Willesden Lane'John Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites:’Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport’ was screened by the Long Beach Central Area Association at the Long Beach Art Theater prior to winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2000. Kindertransport (German for Transport children) is a rescue mission that took place during the nine months prior to the outbreak of the Second World War The United Kingdom took in nearly 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from Nazi Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and the Free City of Danzig…

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More Handel

– briandickie.typepad.com

This evening the Royal Academy of Music opens a production of Ariodante – a run of just four performances with two casts, conducted by Jane Glover and directed by Paul Curran.  This is a very strong team and the show is sold out, but there are returns available so move fast!
This will a splendid showcase for the young singers in the Royal Academy Opera programme…

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LPO/Zinman/Ax – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

LPO/Zinman/Ax – reviewRoyal Festival Hall, LondonClarity and a commendable lack of sentiment were hallmarks of David Zinman’s Strauss, while Emanuel Ax’s playing was graceful and assertiveDavid Zinman’s concert with the London Philharmonic marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of Strauss with the Burleske for piano and orchestra and Tod und Verklärung, two works written four years apart but premiered at the same concert in Eisenach in June 1890…

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Falling in love

– www.artsjournal.com/sandow

Falling in love
…with a Mexican tenor, Javier Caramena. Not a young tenor. He’s 37. Just making his Met Opera debut this season in La Sonnambula.
But just watch and hear him sing “Una furtiva lagrima.” In my last post I’d longed for the far-gone days when Mario Lanza sang without holding back, with full passion, without an overlay of classical-music respectability…

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The Bourgeois Gentilhomme visits CardiffMaria Jeritza, who played Ariadne in the original1912 version, here as Ariadne in the 1917 versionof Ariadne auf NaxosOn Saturday 22 March 2014, Richard Strauss’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme gets a rare Welsh outing as he visits Cardiff’s Dora Stoutzker Hall (at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama) in the company of the Sinfonia Cymru, conductor Gareth Jones and actor Richard Harrington…

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Why was San Diego panicked into shutting down?

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Why was San Diego panicked into shutting down?Up to the last board-room minute yesterday, plans were being made for a 50th season of opera in San Diego. Directors and conductors were planning productions. We know of one singer who, just a few days ago, received a signed contract for next season. The suddennes of the decision is perplexing. So why was San […]

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Kate Soper “Voices From the Killing Jar” on Carrier RecordsKate Soper seems this season to be especially concerned with the rights of fictional women. Her wonderful opera Here Be Sirens (which is scheduled to return to New York’s Dixon Place Theater in the fall) was an inventive and appealing look at the plight of sirens stranded, perhaps eternally, on an island, luring men to their death…

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Gergiev is summoned to Munich for clarifications

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Gergiev is summoned to Munich for clarificationsDeutsche Welle reports (in Russian) that the Green faction in Munich’s city council want the Russian conductor to explain his letter of support for Vladimir Putin’s intervention in Crimea. Gergiev is due to become music director of the Munich Philharmonic next year. The new cold war may have consequences for him…

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 Veracini, Delalande, J. S. Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Marais: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York, 17.3.2014 Veracini: Overture in G Minor Delalande: “La grande piece royale”: Suite de symphonies pour le souper du roi, No. 7 J. S. Bach: Concerto for Two Violins, Strings and Continuo in D Minor, BWV 1043 Handel: […]

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