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On this day in 1890 Les Troyens premiered in Karlsruhe.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ctb3TNq3M7A Born on this day in 1898 soprano Grace Moore http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_-6QrL26gw Happy 79th birthday soprano Jeanette Scovotti http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fv0qxiXOq8g Happy 69th b.... More »

Composer Corner: Dvorak + MORE

September’s composer of the month is Antonín Dvořák (AN-tuh-nin DVOR-zhak).   Born: September 8, 1841 Died: May 1, 1904   Five facts: • Dvořák was born in a small village north of Prague — the eldest of 14 children. • In 1873, he married his wife Anna Čermáková — only .... More »
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Classical Music News - Peter Reynolds (1958-2016) + MORE

Welsh composer Peter Reynolds died in October 2016.... More »
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Tippett Symphony No. 2 & Arthur Bliss Concert on Pristine Audio + MORE

All ‘Tippetians’ will be aware of the near-catastrophic premiere of the Symphony No.2 on 5 February 1958 at the Royal Festival Hall. The almost unheard of event of Boult stopping the performance at the end of the exposition of the first movement, and admitting that it was ‘Entirely my mistake,.... More »

Royal Ballet Onegin casting 2015: débuts for Osipova, Golding and Muntagirov + MORE

John Cranko's masterpiece, Onegin, returns to the Royal Opera House at the end of this month. Created for the Stuttgart Ballet in 1965, the Royal Ballet first performed this production in 2001 and have since made it a staple of the repertory.The upcoming performances feature role débuts from Prin.... More »

WNO: Guillaume Tell; ROH: Barbiere

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[From The Spectator, September 27] Is there a fundamental, insuperable problem with staging Rossini’s Guillaume Tell on a budget, without the resources to conjure up the sense of scale that was part of grand opéra’s appeal and raison d’être? Take away the special effects, whip away the phantasmagorical curtain, and, as with any Hollywood blockbuster, you are left with a modest little plot whirring away at its centre…

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This week’s San Francisco Symphony program concludes with an iconic tone poem: Richard Strauss’s ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra,’ made famous in Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey.’ But what conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the orchestra are doing this week at Davies Symphony Hall extends well beyond Strauss…

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Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood is to play cruel orphanage supervisor Miss Hannigan in the stage musical Annie next year.

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Inspired by Shakespeare

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Inspired by ShakespeareCity of London Sinfonia photo credit James Berry.City of London Sinfonia (CLS) is celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary with a series of concerts featuring music from film and theatre inspired by his plays. Running from 8 October to 1 November, there are four concerts which feature music by Purcell, Mendelssohn, Korngold, Walton and RVW…

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Intriguing Choreography in Mats Ek’s Juliet & Romeo  

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 Tchaikovsky et al,  Juliet & Romeo: Soloists and corps de ballet of the Royal Swedish Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet Orchestra / Alexander Polianichko – conductor (recorded),  Sadler’s Wells, London, 24.9.2014. (JPr)   Dancers Juliet: Mariko Kida Romeo: Anthony Lomuljo Tybalt: Dawid Kupinski Benvolio: Hokuto Kodama Mercutio: Jérôme Marchand Father: Arsen Mehrabyan Mother: Marie Lindqvist The […]

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When I have sung my songs

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When I have sung my songsSoprano Renée Fleming is certainly making the role of the Countess in Richard Strauss’s final opera Capriccio the focus of her late-career years.  After her Met run in 2010, she has made various stops in the role, including this 2013 Wiener Staatsoper production, released by Unitel Classica and directed for video by Brian Large, and she will bring her Countess to Chicago and Dresden in the coming months…

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Violinist Anna Humphrey from Rogers, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2014 Showcase Artist, performing with the Luna String Quartet. She recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what she's doing now.

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Dance Review: New York City Ballet Dances Stravinsky, by BalanchineNew York City Ballet presents a program of Igor Stravinsky’s work, choreographed by George Balanchine.

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Opera in Boston

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Jeremy Eichler, the chief classical music critic at the Boston Globe, has started what I gather will be a multi-part series on opera in Boston. This is a fraught subject, for various reasons: the city demolished what was supposedly a first-class venue in 1958 – for a parking lot – and the brilliant but erratic Sarah Caldwell burned through gigantic amounts of money and good will…

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Malcolm Arnold Third Symphony & Scottish Dances on EverestI first came across Malcolm Arnold at grammar school. Mr Mclean, the music teacher, let us hear a recording of the fantastic ‘Tam O’Shanter’ Overture.  Shortly afterwards, I discovered the delicious English Danceson a Decca Eclipse LP, Festival of English Music Volume 1. Not many years later, I heard this version of the Scottish Dances played by the LPO with composer conducting…

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Royal Festival HallGrande messe des morts, op.5Sébastien Droy (tenor)Philharmonia Voices (chorus master: Aidan Oliver)Gloucester Choral Society (chorus master: Adrian Partington)Bristol Choral Society (chorus master: Adrian Partington)Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor)It was a little over two years ago that I heard Sir Colin Davis conduct the Berlioz Requiem in St Paul’s Cathedral; it was the last time I heard – or indeed saw – him conduct his beloved and loving London Symphony Orchestra…

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A selected, critical guide to classical performances in New York City.

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 Berlin Musikfest 2014 – J. S. Bach, György Ligeti, Gustav Mahler: Vocalconsort Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin / Iván Fischer (conductor), Philharmonie, Berlin 21.9.14 (MC) J.S. Bach: Church Cantata, Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit Deinem Knecht (Lord, do not pass judgment on Your Servant), BWV 105 (1723) György Ligeti: Hamburg Concerto (Hamburgisches Konzert) for solo horn […]

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