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Frank Bridge: Allegro moderato, from the Unfinished Symphony for String Orchestra, H.192 (1941) Part II + MORE

In 1979 Lyrita Recorded Edition issued the premiere recording of Frank Bridge’s Oration: Concerto elegiac for cello and orchestra, H.180 (1930). The London Philharmonic Orchestra was conducted by Nicolas Braithwaite with the cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. Orationwas coupled with the present ‘Alleg.... More »
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Canzone Italiane: Italian elegance and Handelian earthiness at the Foundling Hospital + MORE

Foundling Museum picture gallery (Photo Foundling Museum) Luzzaschi, Monteverdi, Carissimi, Frescobaldi, Handel; William Wallace, Galina Averina, Shaked Bar, Pavla Flámová, Katherine Sharman, Elizabeth Kenny, Laurence Cummings; London Handel Festival at the Foundling Museum Reviewed by Ruth Ha.... More »
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BSO Takes Up Magnificent Rouse Oboe Concerto + MORE

C. Rouse, Oboe Concerto, L. Wang, New York Philharmonic, A. Gilbert (NYP, 2014) Charles T. Downey, BSO debut of ‘Oboe Concerto’ bursts with trills and colors (Washington Post, January 16) Next month, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra marks the 100th anniversary of its first public concert. This s.... More »
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SF Opera Audited Financial Results 2013-2014 + MORE

San Francisco Opera's 91st season started on September 6, 2013 and finished on July 13, 2014. Eight operas were held at the War Memorial Opera House in 68 performances. The Company concluded Fiscal Year 2013-14 (FY 14) with a deficit of $348,244 on an operating budget of $74,119,493. Total ope.... More »
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Hilary Hahn and Robert Levin + MORE

Charles T. Downey, Hahn and Levin strike sparks from Bach to Türk Washington Classical Review, October 29 PREVIOUSLY: Charles T. Downey, Hilary Hahn, Again (Ionarts, April 21, 2016).... More »
Bach – Mass in B minor, BWV 232Brahms – Ein deutsches Requiem, op.45Beethoven – Missa solemnis in D major, op.123Ah perfido, op.65Fidelio, op.72: ‘Abscheulicher! … Komm, Hoffnung’Mozart – Ave verum corpus, KV 618Strauss – Vier letzte LiederThe early Philharmonia Orchestra (featured on the greater part of these recordings) was an extraordinary band…

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Fresh life in Beethoven symphonies

– www.theaustralian.com.au

THE Beethoven Festival — all nine symphonies — is the West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s most adventurous act of programming in many years.

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An “in tents” Festival…

– blog.lso.co.uk

An “in tents” Festival…It feels an age since I have penned a blog, and in fact it is a couple of months since we have been on tour. Much has happened in our LSO lives. The departing in a tragic accident of Principal Trumpet Rod Franks was a huge blow to the Orchestra musically and professionally, and most of all, we lost a friend…

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The quick smile of Mary Whitaker

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

The quick smile of Mary WhitakerJonathan Taylor, who works for several New York orchestras, has written this touching tribute to his friend, the violinist  Mary Whitaker, who was shot dead by robbers at her upstate rural home.
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I had the privilege of working with Mary Whitaker for thirty years, primarily with the Westchester Philharmonic and American Composers Orchestra…

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Grimeborn: The Medium review  a deft, intrepid productionArcola, London E8Menotti takes flight in more ways than one at GrimebornThe prolific Italian composer Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007) was coolly regarded by the classical world, especially in his final years. Despite the perennial success of his sweetly sentimental children’s TV opera Amahl and the Night Visitors (1951), his approachable, mostly tonal and undeniably old-fashioned music is hardly performed in concert halls…

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Prom 48: Iceland Symphony Orchestra review  energetic but imperfect debutRoyal Albert Hall, LondonIceland’s relatively recently established symphony orchestra made its first Proms appearance with a selection of key Icelandic pieces, plus some Schumann and BeethovenA century ago, Iceland had never heard a symphony orchestra in concert. Now the country has a world-class orchestra and a roster of native composers to champion…

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Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio and online video from the week gone by. After clicking to an audio or video stream, press the "Play" button to start the broadcast. Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.
Watch the production of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier from the Salzburg Festival, directed by Harry Kupfer and conducted by Franz Welser-Möst,

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My favourite Mozart opera

– www.telegraph.co.uk

A new production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) is among the highlights of Glyndebourne’s Festival 2015. Rupert Christiansen explains its brilliance

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Sex, Drugs and Barcarolles

– blog.lso.co.uk

Addicts Symphony is a Channel 4 documentary coming to your screens on Wednesday. It involves LSO players Matt and Bindi as they show how music can help people rebuild their lives which have been shattered by alcohol and drug abuse. I took part in a small part of the filming, and it was a moving and joyous experience…

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Handel's Acis and Galatea

– www.planethugill.com

Handel's Acis and GalateaChris Parsons with the cast and chorusPhoto Hannah TaylorHandel Acis and Galatea; Eboracum Baroque, dir Jennifer Bakst, cond. Chris Parsons; Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Aug 22 2014 Star rating: 4.0Lively small scale production of Handel’s pastoral serenataEboracum Baroque returned to the Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre with a production of Handel’s pastoral serenata Acis and Galatea (seen 22 August 2014) directed by Jennifer Bakst, with Gareth Edmunds as Acis, Naomi Sturges as Galatea and Charlie Murray as Polyphemus…

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Haydn – Die JahreszeitenBeethoven – Missa solemnis in D major, op.123Brahms – Ein deutsches Requiem, op.45 In our allegedly ‘historically-informed’ times, it has become unfashionable to laud Herbert von Karajan’s work in Classical repertoire. So much the worse for fashion. From Mozart’s divertimenti to Haydn’s oratorios, much of his finest work is to be found here…

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CD Spotlight. Most Intriguing

– www.mvdaily.com

Music by Rameau, heard by Robert Anderson. ‘… much sensitive playing from the whole team.’

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The opera glasses are half fullNow that we have the good news (or anyway the goodish news) that the Met’s season will continue apace, let’s unbend a bit, cher public, and discuss off-topic and general interest subjects.

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