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Production Photos from the Bayreuth Festival's Götterdämmerung + MORE

After the excellently sung, superbly conducted, and rather warmly received Rheingold, Walküre, and Siegfried, the last of the tetralogy’s operas, Götterdämmerung, felt like a triumph. Never mind the boos, when Castorf came out, which were eventually overtaken by the counter-bravos… the show w.... More »
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Methodological Certitude in Nazi Opera Conspiracies: "He Knew Every Single Word"... + MORE

Some readers will be left wondering why it is that I keep writing about Nazi opera conspiracy theories. The answer is that it opens up a lot of philosophical and political questions that have nothing to do with Wagner at all. These have to do with questions about the relationship between culture and.... More »
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Review: Stately Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, a Brave Danish String Quartet + MORE

Edward Gardner conducted the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall; the Danish String Quartet played the Kaplan Penthouse later the same night..... More »
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Paata Burchuladze leaves opera to pursue a career in politics + MORE

Paata Burchuladze announced this week that he will run in the parliamentary elections in his native Georgia on 8 October with his State for the People Party. The operatic bass cancelled a year of commitments  – including La Scala, Covent Garden and The Met – when in November last year.... More »
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Young string quartet wins $100,000 + MORE

The inaugural winners of the University of Michigan’s Chamber Arts Competition are the Calidore String Quartet. The quartet, average age 27, beat four saxophonists and a piano-percussion foursome in the final.   Players: Jeffrey Myers; Ryan Meehan; Jeremy Berry; Estelle Choi. .... More »

Orpheus Sinfonia takes us to Paris

– www.planethugill.com

Orpheus Sinfonia takes us to ParisThe Orpheus Sinfonia provides opportunity and support for young musicians just starting in the profession. Under the direction of Thomas Carroll, the orchestra is visiting Paris for the concert at St George’s Church, Hanover Square on 24 April 2014. The programme includes music from visitors with Mozart’s Paris Symphony, written there when the composer was 22, and Stravinsky’s Petrushka which was premiered in Paris by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes…

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Some tight, jubliant playing from these guys. Joining pianist Ron Regev in this Jerusalem performance last October are the Amernet String Quartet: violinists Misha Vitenson and Marcia Littley, Michael Klotz on viola, and Jason Calloway on cello. I’ve played with Mike Klotz many times at Eastman and the Bowdoin Festival and it’s great to see him in such fine musical company…

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New video: Six quartets play a concerto

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

New video: Six quartets play a concertoThe Latvian composer Peteris Vasks wrote a terrific concerto for Gidon Kremer in 1997 and another for Richard Tognetti in 2008. It is played here by Sebastian Bohren together with members of six of Europe’s finest string quartets – the Alban Berg, Casals, Galatea, Gémeaux, Schumann and Stradivari…

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Hey, there’s a hoopster on my opera stage

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Hey, there’s a hoopster on my opera stageOur eye was caught by this stunning shot of Chicago Bull player Joakim Noah, taken by Todd Rosenberg on the stage of the Lyric Opera. Everything about the picture is as perfectly balanced as a striker leaping to score. We asked Todd to tell us how this session came about. Here’s his account: This is […]

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NYO/Roth review  'The risk of sonic overload was high'Philharmonic Hall, LiverpoolThe NYO took on two challenging works here the first with a few problems, the second utterly compellinglyThe programme for the National Youth Orchestra’s spring tour consists of Thomas Adès’s Asyla and Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben, imposing works of considerable difficulty…

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'Arabella' is an operatic romantic comedy

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Sisters Arabella and Zdenka are opposites, but they're loving sisters. A conflict exists between the sisters' desires and the needs of their parents. It seems an insoluble problem until an unexpected caller arrives, setting in motion a romantic comedy. Classical MPR's Rex Levang illuminates ahead of the Met Opera broadcast on Saturday, April 19, at 11 a…

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Music Review: Something New From the Chamber Music SocietyThe marimba featured prominently in a concert of new music, part of a series at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

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Classical Music Agenda: May 2014

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Winter may finally be over, so it is safe to plan your springtime concert schedule. Here are the ten performances most worth hearing in the month of May.

Mendelssohn, Ein Sommernachtstraum, La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, P. Herreweghe (Harmonia Mundi, 2012)
SYMPHONY:
Two programs from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra make the cut, beginning with Marin

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Nazi Opera Conspiracies: Their Kinship with the Goldhagen Hypothesis and Occult Reich ConspiraciesOf 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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Puccini Manon Lescaut Rattle Westbroek Baden Baden

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The very idea of the Berliner Philharmoniker playing Puccini operas  should raise a wry smile when one thinks of the orchestra’s magnificent past.  But why not? Their artistry gives this Manon Lescaut a musical grandeur not often heard in an opera house. Sometimes, shifting the walls between sub-genres in music can be a good thing…

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The composer’s music resonates far and wide in Lyon

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The release of the entire (85,000+) British Pathé archive on YouTube a few days ago contains countless buried media treasures, much of it still undiscovered. Here’s an 8-piano arrangement of Liszt’s Second Hungarian Rhapsody captured on film in 1933:

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5 questions to Yotam Haber (composer, exiting artistic director MATA Festival)The 2014 edition of the MATA Festival is in full swing. Yotam Haber, the exiting artistic director, kindly took a few minutes to answer our 5 questions…You are ending your tenure as artistic director of the MATA Festival after this year. How would you characterize the approach to programming during your time at MATA?I firmly believe in MATA’s mission of finding and promoting the most vital young voices in today’s musical landscape…

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