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Review: An Old Stravinsky ‘Funeral Song’ Rumbles Anew + MORE

The New York Philharmonic gave the New York “premiere” of the piece, written in 1908 and long believed lost..... More »

Eva outside Paradise + MORE

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Metropolitan Opera, 12/02 & 12/09/2014 Morris/Volle, Dasch, Cargill, Botha, Appleby, Kränzle, König / LevineThis revival, which has three more shows after this afternoon's moviecast matinee, is simultaneously an unmissable representation of Wagner's masterwork.... More »

Does cinema create new opera audiences? + MORE

The answer is a big fat NO, according to a new survey commissioned by English Touring Opera. The study of 234 operagoers "found that 81% of cinema opera attendees were over 60 years old, with an age profile slightly older than that typically found at live opera. In addition, the study indicate.... More »

Orchestre de Paris Impresses On Tour in Switzerland + MORE

Dubugnon, Schumann and Shostakovich: Orchestre de Paris, Khatia Buniatishvili (piano), Paavo Järvi (conductor), Tonhalle, Zurich 28.5.16. (JR) Dubugnon: Caprice for Orchestra No. 2 Schumann: Piano Concerto Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6 One forgets that the Orchestre de Paris is still a relatively yo.... More »
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Ouvre tes yeux bleus + MORE

Which soprano/tenor team won’t have to hunt very hard for a triumph on December 31. 2016, when the Met reunites them for a new production of Roméo et Juliette?.... More »
This production of Schoenberg’s opera Moses und Aron is an austere but enthralling masterpiece, says Rupert Christiansen

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In Brief: Memorial Edition

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio, online video, and other good things in Blogville and Beyond. (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 a concert of improvisations by pianist Gabriela Montero, recorded at the Montreal International Musical

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Ensemble. Collective Virtuosity

– www.mvdaily.com

Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov and Britten from Natalie Clein, the Moscow Philharmonic and Yuri Simonov, heard by Mike Wheeler

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A singer’s life: the harsh reality

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A singer’s life: the harsh reality
This is Olga Peretyatko, a rising Russian soprano who is touring Germany as Adina in Donizeeit’s L’elisir d’amore. Olga writes:
Yesterday was a really great evening with Teatro Regio di Torino here in Wiesbaden. But only a few of you know, what a week I have had. My adorable grandmother died exactly on my birthday, I was and am still sick, with laryngitis and a common cold…

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Poulenc Les mamelles de Tirésias, BBC SO, Barbican

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Poulenc Les mamelles de Tirésias, BBC SO, BarbicanFrancis Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites starts at the Royal Opera House this week. In complete contrast, Poulenc’s  Les Mamelles de Tirésias, at the Barbican, conducted by Ludovic Morlot, with the BBC SO, BBC Singers and a good cast of soloists. Dialogues des Carmélites presents Poulenc, the Catholic, deeply spiritual and uncompromising…

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Ives’s Tendency Toward Misquotation Exaggerated

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

I’ve mentioned before that Howard Boatwright, who edited the 1962 edition of Ives’s Essays Before a Sonata, missed or misidentified the sources of many of Ives’s quotations. In consequence he mentions that Ives gets a lot of his quotations wrong, or carelessly paraphrases them, but it’s not as true as Boatwright thought – he just […]

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Moses und Aron review  unmissable, rare Schoenberg operaMillennium Centre, CardiffA wonderfully contained Moses, suave Aron, and score delivered with clarity and sincerity only the updated staging did this unfinished masterpiece less than full justiceSchoenberg’s only full-length stage work stands alongside Berg’s Lulu, Puccini’s Turandot and Busoni’s Doktor Faust as one of the great unfinished operatic projects of the 20th century…

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Constantin Frantz: Offener Brief an Richard WagnerVolltext 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 einer reaktionäre schellingianische Seite über…

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Richard Wagner Supports Constantin Frantz's Denunciation of Prussian Militarism and Pan-GermanismWahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn!Wohin ich forschend blick’in Stadt- und Weltchronik,den Grund mir aufzufinden,warum gar bis aufs Blutdie Leut’ sich quälen und schindenin unnütz toller Wut! Madness! Madness! Everywhere madness!Wherever my searching eye does gaze,In chronicles of cities and the world,The grounds thereof to find,Why, to the point of drawing blood,People torment and mistreat each otherIn senseless frenzied rage!Hans Sachs’ Monologue from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg In 1869, Richard Wagner dedicated the second edition of his Oper und Drama to the Young Hegelian thinker, Constantin Frantz (1817–1891)…

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Jewish, Christian, German nationalist, anti-Hitler – Arnold Schoenberg was an elusive genius

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In My Dreams

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

I keep thinking about this self-indulgent course I want to teach, all European music. My Advanced Analysis seminars usually encompass three pieces from different historical periods, analyzed in depth. And I desperately want to teach one based around the unfinished fugue from Bach’s The Art of Fugue; Ferruccio Busoni’s Fantasia Contrappuntistica, which is based on […]

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Words from the women…

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I have a little guest spot in the Observer today, re the conundrum facing young female soloists in the classical music world re sounding good versus looking good… It’s connected to Susannah Clapp’s larger article, here.Meanwhile Fiona Maddocks has written such a brilliant take on Glyndebourne’s Der Rosenkavalier that I think we should campaign for her to receive a DBE for services to opera, wit and good sense…

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NEW VIDEO: Federico Colli's London recital

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This is the performance of the Schumann Piano Sonata No.1 that took pianistic London by storm last month. Federico Colli has just uploaded the entire recital to Youtube (in three chunks). I hope you enjoy it as much as we all did in the flesh. You can find the rest here. It was part of the International Piano Series at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

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