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Australian Chamber Orchestra | Dutilleux At The Proms | A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Manfred | BBC National Orchestra Of WalesThere should be a memorable start to the Edinburgh international festival’s series of Queen’s Hall morning recitals, as what is probably the greatest chamber orchestra a.... More »

The King, plus strings, touring Oz + MORE

ELVIS may have left the building — but he’s heading back to arenas as part of a virtual tour, backed by a 40 piece orchestra..... More »

A non-political practical question...... + MORE

I was listening yesterday evening, on a welcome evening off after my stressful last 36 hours, to a concert by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra concert from the City Halls Glasgow broadcast live by the BBC. A special programme of music by Janacek, Dvorak and Bartok.  My UK readers will be awa.... More »

La Passion de Simone, Tischlerei, Berlin + MORE

This staging of Kaija Saariaho’s opera lacks essential mysticism.... More »
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Dip Your Ears, No. 211 (Wilhelm Friedemann Done Right) + MORE

W.F.Bach, Harpsichord Concertos & Symphonies, M.Gratton / Il Convito Mirare Seniormost Junior Bach One of the choices for Best Recordings of 2015. It’s a well-known fact that but for August the Strong and Johann Sebastian Bach, Saxons would have been extinct as a people hundreds of year.... More »

Democratise or die

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OUTSPOKEN Opera Australia boss Lyndon Terracini has embarked on radical change, but not everyone is happy.

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Wield Influence Just Like A Big Money Donor

You’re in for a treat today because you’re going to learn how you can be just like a large donor; without needing all of that money. Moreover, we’re going to tie this into our series of posts that take a cue from public radio with another variation on their more successful pledge drive themes, as defined by June Thomas’ excellent 2009 article in Slate Magazine on the topic of public radio pledge drives, to help promote the Orchestra 990 Database Project’s Kickstarter campaign…

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, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London, 11.3.2014 (CS) Beethoven: String Quartet in C sharp minor Op.131 Brahms: String Quartet in C minor Op.51 No.1   Entering the Queen Elizabeth Hall, I was slightly startled by the arrangement of the expectant music stands on the stage platform: in the centre, a chair for the cellist […]

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Beautifully Spun

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Steven Osborne’s Prokofiev, Ravel and Rachmaninov impress Keith Bramich

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Gerard Mortier obituary

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Gerard Mortier obituaryAdministrator who sought to revolutionise opera, putting his stamp on three major institutionsThe Belgian opera administrator Gerard Mortier, who has died aged 70 of pancreatic cancer, was a self-confessed Machiavellian, described entirely without malice by his younger colleague and supporter Peter Sellars as “a little Napoleon, who knows exactly what he wants to do, and then does it”…

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OA facing cuts despite enchanted nights

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OPERA Australia is set to embark on a program of cost-cutting and restructuring.

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Strauss  Die Frau ohne Schatten Salzburg - exceptionally musically sensitiveRichard Strauss Die Frau ohne Schatten opens at the Royal Opera House. This opera fascinates because “Shadows” occlude its meaning on many levels. Yet, just as the Kaiserin has to engage with feelings rather than steal a shadow, so should we engage with the opera.  Every interpretation should reveal something…

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Music Review: Julia Bullock Gives New York Recital Debut at Merkin Concert HallThe soprano Julia Bullock, a Juilliard student, made her New York recital debut as part of the Young Concert Artists series.    

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Regional Spotlight: Jasper Quartet

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In a performance given earlier this season, the Jasper String Quartet performs a quartet by Haydn — it's Haydn at his most rambunctious!

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I just don’t see it

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I just don’t see itWhich soprano, whose lovely voice and charming stage presence should make her worth her weight in gold, is not being asked back to an opera company where she’s had great success? Is it because she’s developed a reputation for being difficult?

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So how was Thomas Hampson as the Met’s Wozzeck? First reviewHe missed two shows with bronchitis, then…. well, George Grella was impressed: With Goerne on opening night, the opera had tremendous force, but with Hampson in the lead, the overall production was even more expressive and affecting in every way. See more here.

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A selected guide to performances of classical music in New York City.    

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Ensemble. Full Value

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The Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra, heard by Mike Wheeler

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