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operas

Brundibár, Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, review: 'astonishing' + MORE

An opera for children performed in Theresienstadt concentration camp is a remarkable piece of anti-Nazi satire, says Rupert Christiansen.... More »
classical music recital

Benjamin Appl Schubert Wigmore Hall + MORE

Luca Pisaroni and Wolfram Rieger were due to give the latest installment in the Wigmore Hall's complete Schubert songs  series, but both had to cancel at short notice. Fortunately, the Wigmore Hall rises to such contingencies, and gave us Benjamin Appl and Jonathan Ware.   Since there's a .... More »
sonata

SHIFT — a weird PR gaffe + MORE

Resuming my blog after a gap… I’m sorry that I said some provocative things about the SHIFT festival in DC, and then fell silent. I hadn’t planned that. But life intervened, taking me by surprise, when my schedule got crazy. My bad. I apologize. And I also apologize for something off-base I sa.... More »
conductor

Wozzeck review – Berg's opera sounds lustrous but ducks its cruelty + MORE

Houston Symphony/Hans Graf(Naxos)A working-class guy tries and fails to get by in a society that ignores poverty and disdains mental illness, and the consequences shame us all. Schoenberg thought the message inappropriate for opera (“one writes about angels, not batmen”), but today Alban Berg’.... More »
symphonies

Constantin Frantz: Offener Brief an Richard Wagner + MORE

Volltext aus dem Bayreuther Blätter, Juni 1878. Constantin Frantz (12. Sep 1817 – 2. Mai 1891) gehört ursprünglich um den Junghegelianer wie Max Stirner, David Strauß, Ludwig Feuerbach, Arnold Ruge sowie Marx und Engels. Später aber tritt Frantz von Hegelianismus zurrück und ging zu ein.... More »

NOT Là ci darem la mano

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Ahead of Don Giovanni at the Royal Opera House tonight, NOT Là ci darem la mano but Dort reichst du mir deine Hand. Heinrich Schlusnus and Erna Berger sing Don Giovanni and Zerlina auf Deutsch. Once, singing in the vernacular was not uncommon. Sometimes singers would even sing in their own language if they couldn’t master the local language…

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Review: The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia. Now An With Extensive PreviewThe Cambridge Wagner EncyclopediaEDITOR: Nicholas VazsonyiDATE PUBLISHED: November 2013FORMAT: HardbackISBN: 9781107004252Encyclopedias, especially specialist, one volume sets, are works fraught with risks. There is of course the question of what to include and what to exclude. The intrepid editor is unlikely to satisfy all readers with what is given inclusion and worse will be those facts that are left in the editors waste basket…

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Saturday at noon, Classical MPR broadcasts the Met Opera's production of Puccini's 'Madama Butterfly'. Here is a slideshow and synopsis of the opera.

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Around Mahler's First Symphony

– www.planethugill.com

Around Mahler's First SymphonyThe London Arts Orchestra, the resident orchestra at Christ Church, Spitalfields, is putting a new slant on Mahler’s First Symphony. When they perform the work under conductor Edward Farmer at Christ Church on Thursday 6 February they will be preceding it with a performance of Mahler’s song cycle, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (which provides on of the main themes in Mahler’s symphony) sung by Luke D…

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CD Spotlight. Quite Sensational

– www.mvdaily.com

Iestyn Davies’ Handel arias impress Roderic Dunnett. ‘… pretty wonderful …’

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Friday, in the first of three area performances, New York’s Trio Cavatina was commanding, expressive and as exciting as it is refined.

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Catch of another day

– parterre.com

Catch of another day“The nameless heroine of Dvorak’s Rusalka is one of those hybrid creatures that crops up so often in myth and fairy tale, half woman and half fish. The Met’s current quickie revival of this opera is also a half-and-half sort of thing: a charming musical performance welded to a dramatic production so old and stale that, like fish left out too long, it’s starting to smell…

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Mariss Jansons cancels, a drummer steps up

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Mariss Jansons cancels, a drummer steps upMariss Jansons has told the Concertgebouw he needs rest after undergoing medical treatment and will miss this week’s concerto. Step up Gustavo Gimeno, the orchestra’s Spanish principal percussionist, who has been assisting Mariss in several productions this season. The programme, which includes a Lindberg premiere, is unchanged…

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Riccardo Muti’s Chicago Symphony Orchestra winter residency programs this week and next have a particularly Janus-faced character. They look to the past to prepare for the future and they look to a future that is very conscious of the past…

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Playlist.

– nightafternight.blogs.com

Pausal – Sky Margin (Own Records > Bandcamp)
G Sweems – Treasure Island (Noumenal Loom)
György Kurtág – Grabstein für Stefan; Stele; Karlheinz Stockhausen – Gruppen – Jürgen Ruck, Berlin Philharmonic/Claudio Abbado, Friedrich Goldmann, Marcus Creed (Deutsche Grammophon)
Luigi Nono – Como una ola de fuerza y luz – Slavka Taskova, Maurizio Pollini, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Claudio Abbado (Deutsche Grammophon)
Giacomo Manzoni – Masse: Omaggio a Edgard Varèse – Maurizio Pollini, Berlin Philharmonic/Claudio Abbado (Deutsche Grammophon)
Wolfgang Rihm – Dèpart; György Ligeti – Atmosphères; Lontano; Luigi Nono – Liebeslied; Pierre Boulez – Notations for Orchestra Nos…

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Alessandro Scarlatti - Carlo Re dAlemagna Alessandro Scarlatti – Carlo Re d’Alemagna: Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Fabio Biondi: agOgiqe Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jan 7 2014 Star rating: 4.5A vivid and highly dramatic account of a lesser known, but important early 18th century operaAlessandro Scarlatti is an important figure in the history of 18th century opera, with over 65 works surviving, but rather under-represented in the recording catalogue…

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Happy February 1!

– parterre.com

Happy February 1!To celebrate the birthday of Renata Tebaldi, our friends at Opera Depot are offering a free download of live performances by this great diva. And speaking of divas, Our Own JJ returns to Operavore this afternoon for a talk about operatic miscasting. And don’t miss Zachary Woolfe‘s fascinating look at the Met’s new and different Prince Igor in the New York Times.

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Enough names to go around?

– renewablemusic.blogspot.com

I’ve admired the work of the Amsterdam-based new music ensemble, Trio Scordatura, which has specialized in music with alternative tunings since 2006.  Now, I’ve just read a review at the New Music Box of a Texan violin and viola twosome, Duo Scordatura.  Before I clicked on the review, I expected to find that some 2/3 of the Amsterdam trio had done a recording absent either a voice, viola or keyboard instrument…

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