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Sir Charles Villiers Stanford: The Complete Organ Works, Volume 4. Daniel Cook: The Organ of Westminster Abbey + MORE

When I reviewed the first volumeof this important series, I conceded that I was not familiar with the ‘organ’ section of Charles Villiers Stanford’s catalogue. Since then, I have had the pleasure of exploring three further instalments of Daniel Cook’s survey of the composer’s ‘complete o.... More »

Who needs a designer concert hall? + MORE

A recent post suggested that anyone who thinks I am overstating the disruptive impact of technology on classical music should use journalism as a case study. This view was vindicated by the announcement a few days later that the Independent newspaper will cease publication of a print edition. I also.... More »
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Jerusalem Quartet - Beethoven and Bartók, 16 May 2016 + MORE

Wigmore Hall Beethoven – String Quartet no.2 1 in G major, op.18 no.2Bartók – String Quartet no.6 Alexander Pavlovsky and Sergei Bresler (violins)Ori Kam (viola)Kyril Zlotnikov (cello) Bartók’s string quartets are surely as close to the equivalents for the twentieth century of Beethov.... More »

Notte d’orror! + MORE

On this day in 1809, it became illegal to wear masks at balls held within the City of Boston, as its citizens believed this practice was “detrimental to morals.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAnisRJdbGs Born on this day in 1910 composer Paul Bowles http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dWSiQK.... More »

The Philharmonic to Stream Young People’s Concerts + MORE

The orchestra is putting videos, educational materials and games online for free streaming in a “Young People’s Concerts Play!” initiative..... More »
The Week Ahead: The New York Philharmonic Begins a New SeasonFor the second year, the New York Philharmonic eases back into a new season with “The Art of the Score: Film Week at the Philharmonic.”

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Israeli settlers whip up anti-Klinghoffer Met demo

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Israeli settlers whip up anti-Klinghoffer Met demoAn alleged ‘coalition’ of Jewish groups are planning a demo near the Metropolitan Opera to protest against the Sept. 22 staging of John Adams’ opera The Death of Klinghoffer, which they consider to be anti-semitic.
The news is net-blasted by Arutz Sheva, propaganda outlet of West Bank settlers…

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EastEnders actor John Bardon, who played Dot Branning’s husband Jim in the soap opera, has died aged 75. His real-life illness was reflected in the soap’s storylines.

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Oniegin review  overloaded with histrionic gesturesThe Gate, CardiffOpra Cymrus Welsh-language version of Tchaikovksys classic was well sung in places but hampered by a confused stagingThe north Wales-based initiative Opra Cymru was formed in 2009 to stage opera in the Welsh language much as many small companies offer it in English. But in this performance of Tchaikovskys Eugene Onegin, that some of the singing made little more sense to the audience than the original Russian would have done seemed to defeat the object of the exercise…

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This dangerous, exhilarating opera hits the bullseye

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Mike Silverton[September 2014.]Weird Science?The Acoustic Revive RR-888 is Ken Ishiguro’s third iteration of a diminutive, stand-alone device that, from the start, made obvious contributions to the quality of recorded sound. No larger than a small box of chocolates, weighing next to nothing, my original RR-77 sat, as recommended, well above and away from the audio rig where the RR-777 and RR-888 likewise sat and sit…

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SF Opera Orchestra Contract 2014-2018

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Yesterday the San Francisco Opera Association and members of the American Federation of Musicians Local 6 announced they have negotiated a new four-year agreement for the San Francisco Opera Orchestra effective August 1, 2014. Following almost four months of bargaining, the new agreement creates a stable working framework now through July 31, 2018…

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Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Mahler 3 BBC Proms London

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Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Mahler 3 BBC Proms LondonBecause Riccardo Chailly was scheduled to conduct the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony no 3 at the BBC Proms, (Prom 73), tickets sold out within hours. All my friend could get were pricey seats in a box in the Grand Tier. The Leipzigers and Chailly are so good and their Mahler so distinctive that the cost seemed a good investment…

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Pérello? God Help Us

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Love Duets, A. Pérez, S. Costello, BBC Symphony Orchestra, P. Summers
Two American opera singers who also happen to be husband and wife, tenor Stephen Costello and soprano Ailyn Pérez, gave a recital on Wednesday night in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, to kick off the Washington National Opera season…

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Additional Cast Changes, SF Opera Norma

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You might have expected this one: Jamie Barton will sing Adalgisa in all performances of the opera.You probably didn’t expect this one: tenor Marco Berti has withdrawn from the production “for personal reasons.” He will be replaced as Pollione by American tenor Russell Thomas, who makes his Sf Opera debut and role debut.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Proms

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Proms What a great Proms season! A packed two months of music making, the quality almost continuously high, and a good number of real standout performances. Of the concerts I attended, almost all were excellent: Iván Fischer’s Brahms, Runnicles’ Salome, the Seoul Philharmonic. The CBeebies Prom got a middling writeup from me, but my then three-year-old daughter loved it, and has talked about little else since…

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There was a time when Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony was considered to be a “festival piece,” reserved for important occasions, but nowadays, it’s done routinely by ensembles major and minor. Its “Ode to Joy” is the European Union anthem, Japan has canonized it, there are more recordings than…

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The Cleveland Orchestra Welser-Möst Brahms Proms London

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The Cleveland Orchestra Welser-Möst Brahms Proms LondonThe Cleveland Orchestra, with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, made a most welcome return to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.  Are the Clevelanders the best orchestra in the United States today? Their two Proms certainly made the case. Superlative finesse and poise, generated by genuine musicality…

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