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Classical Music News - Israel in Egypt + MORE

VIVAT's new release of Mendelssohn's reconstruction of Handel's oratorio Israel in Egypt will be released in March 2016.... 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 »

Beautiful site, beautiful sounds as CSO returns to Arboretum for concert series + MORE

A little night music — under the stars, surrounded by trees and performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra — is made to order for summer nights. The second annual J.... More »
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An Ishmaelite welcome + MORE Dec 28th

It's the best part of the Christmas story, or rather the one according to Berlioz. Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus, having escaped the most obscene horror, arrive in Sais, Egypt, close to starvation. In the third part of L'enfance du Christ, they are rejected by Egyptians and Romans in the town wi.... More »

Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s Bach: Very Much More Than the Sum of its Parts   + MORE

 Bach: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano). Wigmore Hall, London, 20.9.2014 (MB) The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book One, BWV 846-69 Having heard Pierre-Laurent Aimard play The Art of Fugue in this very hall a few years ago, I was, despite very mixed feelings concerning that performance, keen to hear this al.... More »

The Sixteen/Christophers – review

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The Sixteen/Christophers – reviewBridgewater Hall, ManchesterThe Sixteen’s contribution to Britten’s centenary celebrations defied some technical difficulties to deliver a superb programme of Purcell, Taverner and moreHenry Purcell was as much a musical father to Britten as Schumann was to the young Brahms, or Chuck Berry to the Rolling Stones…

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Bring the dazzle, bring the bling. For November’s Opera Now magazine, OC wrote a piece on opera’s longstanding tradition with…

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The Week Ahead | Classical Music: One Composer, Two BoroughsEmbracing a landscape where cross-genre collaboration is the rule, the contemporary chamber music series Ear Heart Music continues its season at Roulette.    

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Listen to this only if you're feeling strong

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This is Terence Judd in a live performance from 1978 of Scriabin’s Etude Op.42 no.5. By the end of the following year, this brilliant young British pianist, winner of the 1978 Tchaikovsky Competition, was dead. His body was found under Beachy Head, a notorious cliff by the sea in Sussex, where he was assumed to have taken his own life…

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Rare Verdi Trilogy in Hamburg

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  Verdi: I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata, Philarmoniker Hamburg, Chor Staatsoper Hamburg, Simone Young (conductor), Staatsoper Hamburg, 13.11.2013 (JMI). New Production   Cast: Pagano. John Relyea Giselda: Elza Van Den Heever Arvino: Massimiliano Pisapia Oronte: Dimitri Pittas Viclinda: Cristina Damian Pirro: Szymon Kobylinski Priest: Dovlet Nurgeldiyev Acciano: Wilhelm Schwinghammer Sofia: Solen Mainguené   Production: Direction: David […]

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On explaining his new production of Verdi’s Falstaff for the Deutsche Oper, director Christof Loy says he was influenced by Brecht-ian heritage in Berlin, by the fact that this year is Verdi’s jubilee and by the role aging plays in one’s relationship with society (as related to the fact that Verdi composed Falstaff as an old man, that he founded the Casa Verdi for retired musicians and by Daniel Schmid’s documentary “Il Baccio di Tosca”)…

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Rising star has her phone stolen while playing in a churchIt has been quite a week for Alexandra Dariescu, the Romanian-born UK pianist. At one end, she won a Woman of the Future award. At the other, she had her phone nicked while playing a recital. Here’s what she tells us: Absolutely outraged- my phone was stolen from my dressing room while on stage, during […]

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Musical Invective: Jenufa

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As several guessed, the opera in the previous posting was Leoš Janáček’s wonderful Jenufa, a work that was greeted with a certain amount of derision on its US premiere in 1925. It took a while for public and musical opinion to catch up with the great Moravian composer’s music.Here are a bunch of reviews from the Metropolitan Opera Archives…

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Musical Invective

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What opera’s US premiere is under discussion in the following review excerpts? No fair using web search.From time to time [general director redacted] seeks to fatten the German repertoire at the Metropolitan Opera, but in spite of such bits of promising nourishment as he picks up here and there, the repertoire seems to remain statically Wagnerian…

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Wagner Rescued from the Opera House?

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Wagner Rescued from the Opera House?(My editorial to the November 2013 (7/3) edition of ‘The Wagner Journal’. For more information on its contents and for instructions on how to order a free electronic introductory copy, click here.) Wagner Rescued from the Opera House? ‘The most admirable twin-genius of musical composition and dramatic poetry…

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Bring in the Nymphs

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 R. Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos, Philarmoniker Hamburg, Axel Kober (conductor), Staatsoper Hamburg, 14.11.2013 (JMI). Cast: Ariadne: Karine Babajanyan Zerbinetta: Olga Peretyatko Bacchus: Peter Seiffert Composer: Maria Markina Harlekin:Christoph Pohl Music Master: Franz Grundheber Dance Master: Jürgen Sacher Najade: Katerina Tretyakova Dryade: Ida Aldrian Echo: Gabriele Rossmanith Scaramuccio: Chris Lysack Truffaldin: Alin Anca Brighella: Jun-Sang Han […]

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Books for Tyros

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A few weeks ago I published a blog titled “A Tyro’s Guide to Understanding Classical Music.” I listed five steps in the process of learning to appreciate classical music. Since then, I’ve decided I can reduce the list to two:Listen to a piece of music several times until the subtleties of its form and structure become familiar to you Learn something about the piece you are hearing — learn about its historical context, the composer who created it, and the terminology necessary to understanding it…

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Opera San Jose’s ‘Hansel and Gretel,’ which opened Saturday, features a kinky cross-dressing witch, but its heart and soul are mezzo-soprano Lisa Chavez as Hansel and soprano Cecilia Violetta López as Gretel, who exude the happy innocence and mischievous energy of children.

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