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A Warm Welcome to Matthew Shilvock + MORE

Photo posted to Twitter by @matthewshilvock"Same great company. First day in a new office. So excited for what lies ahead with my phenomenal colleagues @sfopera"It's August, which means that Matthew Shilvock is now the General Director of San Francisco Opera, with David Gockley retire.... More »
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Aspen (11): Gypsies, Paganini, and Saariaho Inspire Vivid Programs + MORE

Sibelius, Saariaho, Vivaldi, Tan Dun, Boccherini, Montaña, Shore, Rodrigo, Granados, Falla, Chabrier, Rachmaninoff, Lutoslawski, Brahms/Schoenberg: Soloists, Aspen Chamber Orchestra, Pacifica Quartet, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Robert Spano and Miguel Harth-Bedoya (conductors). Benedict Music Tent a.... More »
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Massenet Le roi de Lahore Sunday QEH + MORE

The Chelsea Opera Group presents Jules Massenet Le roi de Lahore this Sunday at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.  A pity it will be unstaged, because this is an opera that needs extravagant extreme visuals, in technicolor, and as over the top as possible. But we mustn't be greedy. Le roi de Lahor.... More »
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Aida Garifullina at Rosenblatt Recitals + MORE

Aida Garifullina and Iain Burnside the Wigmore Hall (c) Jonathan Rose Rimsky Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Delibes, Bellini, Rachmaninov, Gounod, Leoncavallo, Puccini; Aida Garifullina, Iain Burnside; Rosenblatt Recitals at the Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Dec 3 2014 Star rating: .... More »
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Pierre Boulez 1925-2016 + MORE

The composer and conductor died yesterday at his home in Baden-Baden, Germany. He was 90.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XVHLO9k3HI .... More »

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The world premiere of Julian Anderson's first opera is this evening at the English National Opera.  The buzz is good and the ingredients, Sophocles and Frank McGuinness, are a potent mixture when bound together by one of our most gifted composers.
The cast and creative team, including the ever rising Roland Wood as Oedipus (left) is, as typically these days at ENO, extremely strong…

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A US symphony orchestra shuts down after 101 years

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A US symphony orchestra shuts down after 101 yearsThe Green Bay Symphony, music director Donato Cabrera, has announced it will shut down at the end of next season. The reasons: ·        Insufficient financial support.  There is increased competition for charitable donations and increased competition for state sponsored grants and dollars…

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Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott review  their teamship is impeccableWigmore Hall, LondonYo-Yo Ma returned to Wigmore Hall for the first time in 20 years, while a devastated Julian Lloyd Webber bowed outIn last week’s tale of two cellists, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Julian Lloyd Webber, whose professional career began in 1971 since when he has played all the major repertoire, unearthed forgotten gems and introduced at least 50 premieres to the world laid down his cello for the last time…

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Ukrainian ballerinas perform anti-Putin Swan Lake in front of tanksIn Odessa four brave cygnets danced to Tchaikovsky’s music in front of military tanks.
The Ukrainian ballerinas were outside Odessa’s military history museum, and, reports The Moscow Times, “was a nod to a Soviet-era tradition” when “state-run television traditionally aired classical music during periods of great change in the Soviet Union…

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Arts | Westchester: At Peace With a Certain Level of RenownAnthony Newman, who was once enlisted to bring Bach to the counterculture masses, has been music director at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Bedford since 1991.

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Sophia Jaffé (violin), Hallé Orchestra/Stenz (NMC)The indispensable label NMC, which specialises in music of living British composers, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a flurry of releases and a new partnership with the Hallé. This John Casken recording, which coincides with a free download of his Apollinaire’s Bird, is the first fruit…

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‘Sexist’ Vienna Symphony appoints new flute

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‘Sexist’ Vienna Symphony appoints new fluteThe Vienna Symphony Orchestra was accused of sexism and racism when it got rid of principal flute Jasmine Choi last year. We now hear that the orchestra has selected a new principal flute. She is Silvia Careddu, an Italian.    

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Trug des Herzens, Traum der Ahnung: Tristan und Isolde in FrankfurtLiebesnacht: Ryan/Wilson in Act IIPhoto © Oper Frankfurt/Wolfgang RunkelIt seemed appropriate to me to begin the month of May with Frankfurt's Tristan und Isolde, an opera I've loved since hearing it cold as my first live Wagner. Frankfurt's current run boasts not only an impressive pair of lovers in Lance Ryan and Jennifer Wilson, but strong performances in further roles, and a rich reading of the score from conductor Stefan Blunier…

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And did those feet in ancient time…

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And did those feet in ancient time... ‘BBC Proms unveils celebration of global classical music for 2014’ declares the BBC press release accompanying the infamous ‘Madame Tussauds’ photo of Sakari Oramo. Which is not quite true: in fact the 2014 Proms are an admirable celebration of Western classical music. Yes, there are orchestras from beyond the Western hemisphere such as the Qatar Philharmonic and the Singapore Symphony; but they are playing Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov spiced with compositions from local composers written in the Western classical tradition…

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Pianist John Lill Evokes the Spirit of Curzon

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Mozart, Schumann, Prokofiev, Brahms, and Beethoven: John Lill (piano), Benaroya Hall, Seattle, 30.4.2014 (BJ) Mozart: Sonata in F major, K. 332 Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26 Prokofiev: Toccata, Op. 11 Brahms: Three Intermezzos, Op. 117 Beethoven: Sonata in F minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata” This being my last review written in Seattle before moving back […]
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NEW! Cincinnati’s Vibrant 2014-2015 Season

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  Cincinnati’s Vibrant 2014-2015 Season Earlier than many other arts organizations, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has announced its lineup for 2014-2015. Opening September 13 in an all-Beethoven concert led by CSO Music Director Louis Langrée that includes the Egmont Overture and the Symphony No…

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And the Snowman came too - piano music by Howard Blake played by Vladimir Ashkenazy Walking in the Air – piano music by Howard Blake: Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vovka Ashkenazy: Decca Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Apr 24 2014 Star rating: 4.0Fine survey of Blake’s piano music covering his entire careerThis new disc of piano music by Howard Blake  on Decca could be seen as a survey of the composer’s varied career as it not only includes recent music (his Parting, op…

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