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What exactly am I listening to - the vexed question of cuts and editions in live performance + MORE

Gwynneth Jones as ElektraOn Sunday night Richard Strauss's Elektra was performed at the BBC Proms (see my review). The title role was sung (Elektrifyingly) by Christine Goerke who is an experienced stage Elektra and sang off the book. The version of Strauss's Elektra that we heard was the standard o.... More »
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Exclusive: English pianist, 16, scoops Long Thibaud finals + MORE

Julian Trevelyan has made it to the finals of the Long-Thibaud-Crespin competition. The other finalists are: Madoka Fukami, 27, Japan Daria Kisleva, 26, Russian Kaoro Jitsukawa, 26, Japan and Hyeon Park Joo, 27, South Korea. Julian will play the Bartok 3rd concerto in the final on Tuesday – by.... More »
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War, peace and love + MORE

Love is the only way to describe what so many of us feel about the complicated creatures of Tolstoy's War and Peace, and how we respond, too, to Prokofiev's gift for homing in on scenes and lines to bring them fully to life in operatic terms. Tough love is how I might define Graham Vick's second int.... More »
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Rossini's La Gazza Ladra from La Scala, Milan + MORE

Rossini: La Gazza Ladra - Teatro Alla Scala, Milan (Photo Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano) Rossini La Gazza Ladra; Rosa Feola, Edgardo Rocha, Alex Esposito and Paolo Bordogna, dir: Gabriele Salvatores, cond: Riccardo Chailly; Live broadcast from Teatro Alla Scala, seen at Barbican Cinema 2 Revi.... More »
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Sparks descending + MORE

On this day in 1856 the second Royal Opera House Covent Garden theatre was destroyed by fire.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZXw-0j0TEI Born on this day in 1748 composer William Shield. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylThUvoaZck On this day in 1868 Arrigo Boito‘s Mefistofele premiered in Milan..... More »
The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America rehearses for its Carnegie Hall debut.

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Body in great shape, shame about soul

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BARTOK’S Concerto for Orchestra was composed when the Hungarian exile was terminally ill.

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Music Review: New Juilliard Performs Contemporary Music at SummergardenThe New Juilliard Ensemble presented a contemporary program, including premieres of works by Roberto Sierra and Errollyn Wallen, at a MoMA Summergarden concert.

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Schubert Winterreise staged – Matthias Goerne

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Schubert Winterreise with a difference! Matthias Goerne sang Schubert Winterreise with pianist Markus Hinterhauser at the Aix en Provence Festival with a background of projected images designed by Sabine Theunissen, directed by William Kentridge. Not that there’s much to direct. Goerne sings as he would normally, only occasionally turning to gaze at the scenery behind him…

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Rossini's Otello

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Rossini's OtelloDress rehearsal for Rossini’s Otello at Buxton Festivalphoto Robert Workman Rossini Otello; Stephen Barlow conducts Northern Chamber Orchestra; Buxton Festival at Buxton Opera House Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jul 20 2014 Star rating: 4.5Rare outing for one of Rossini’s major serious operas, in the rarely done mezzo-soprano versionFor their third opera of the season, Buxton Festival presented a concert performance of Rossini’s opera Otello…

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Nazi Opera Conspiracies: a Right-Wing Rewriting of HistoryAfter much thought, a phrase occurred to me, one that encapsulated the very essence of the growing literature pointing the finger at Richard Wagner to single-handedly carry the blame for having caused World War II and the Holocaust, which are alleged to be historical events with purely cultural origins in nineteenth century romantic opera…

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Schubert, More Schubert and a Baroque Evening

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 Aspen Music Festival (6): Emerson String Quartet, Marc-André Hamelin (piano), Nicholas McGegan (conductor and harpsichord), Harris Concert Hall, Aspen, CO. 15-17.7.2014 (HS) Emerson String Quartet, July 15 Harris Concert Hall Eugene Drucker, violin Philip Setzer, violin Lawrence Dutton, viola Paul Watkins, cello Beethoven: String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op…

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The big attraction at this year’s festival was the resurrection of Staff Benda Bilili – the Kinshasa ensemble of paraplegics and street children

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The official classical chart

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Week ending 19 July 2014
 



1

Rival Queens
Simone Kermes and Vivica Genaux
Sony Classical 88843023682
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2

Prokofiev: Violin Sonatas
Alina Ibragimova (violin), Steven Osborne (piano)
Hyperion CDA67514
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3

Schubert • Beethoven • Wagner
Vienna Philharmonic/Claudio Abbado
Audite 95627
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Jenkins: Motets
Polyphony/Stephen Layton
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Bruckner: Symphony No…

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Howlin' Fling festival review  low-key folk in stunning settingIsle of Eigg, HebridesThis inaugural event showcased a wide range of music from Jens Lakeman to cellist Olly Coates’ Messiaen but the island was the real starCould there be a more magical setting for a music festival? The little Hebridean island of Eigg is a gem: tucked between Skye and Ardnamurchan, flanked by craggy Rùm and tiny Muck, topped by its iconic knobbly An Sgùrr…

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Me on the Diane Rehm show

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Me on the Diane Rehm show
This is happening tomorrow, Tuesday, 7/22. The Diane Rehm Show is a top NPR offering, broadcast from Washington, DC. I’ll be in the studio, talking about the future of classical music with quite a distinguished group of colleagues — Alex Ross, the pianist Orli Shaham, and Fred Bronstein, who as CEO of the St…

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Ensemble. Fatally Compromised

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Rossini’s ‘Otello’, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

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Employing a fresh approach to a familiar work, Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’ was the winner in Caramoor’s intriguing pairing of bel canto operas

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