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East of Tallinn: Orient music festival Part III - concerts + MORE

Ensemble Indra from Japan, Orient Music Festival, Tallinn - photo credit Hilary GloverAfter the first day of the Orient music festival, organised by Tiina Jokinen (from Estonia Record Productions: ERP) and composer Peeter Vähi, with its ethnomusicology conference, film premiere, and after show pa.... More »
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Stunning Liszt from Kirill Gerstein + MORE

 Bartók, Bach, Liszt. Kirill Gerstein (piano), Wigmore Hall, London, 14.5.2015 (RB) Bartók – Two Pieces from Mikrokosmos Book VI Bach – 15 Sinfonias BWV 787-801 Liszt – Études d’exécution transcendante Liszt’s Études d’exécution transcendante are among the .... More »
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Music Review: New York Philharmonic and Dianne Reeves on New Year’s Eve + MORE

The New York Philharmonic, led by Bramwell Tovey, was joined by Norm Lewis and Dianne Reeves for a program of Gershwin on New Year’s Eve..... More »
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Financial Times: 'Pumeza Matshikiza – Voice of Hope': Decca CD 'intermingles operatic arias and songs representing black African and American culture' + MORE

Pumeza: Voice of HopeDeccaPumeza Matshikiza has been featured on this blog several times.  On March 20, 2014 AfriClassical posted:Sergio A. Mims: Decca Classics: 'Voice of Hope' - The debut album from South African Soprano Pumeza MatshikizaHazel Singer of BlackPastBlog.org writes:Hello Bil.... More »
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The ten who sang most at the Met: they’re all men + MORE

Jenna Douglas at Schmopera has compiled a fascinating list of the singers who made most appearances at the Metropolitan Opera. Top of the ten is the tenor Charles Anthony, who died three years ago, aged 82. He sang 2,928 times between 1954 and his retirement in 2010. The next nine are also men. Has .... More »
Opera-goers give their verdicts on the Glyndebourne production of Verdi’s La Traviata

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Glyndebourne Handel Rinaldo Revived

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Glyndebourne Handel Rinaldo Revived Handel Rinaldo at Glyndebourne tonight. Rinaldo is set in the Crusades but has nothing to do with history, religion or even common sense. Handel’s glorious opera works because it’s hyper-fantasy. Knights, enchantresses, magic, battle scenes, mountains, oceans – anything but literal realism…

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Vitality under Young’s baton

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COMPOSER Peter Sculthorpe could not have wished for a more fitting tribute.

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Regietheater is supposed to be an exercise in extracting the underlying truth in a libretto and bringing it to the fore by a radical revaluation or re-appropriation of its symbolic framework. In the big picture, Frank Castorf’s staging of Wagner’s Das Rheingold for the Bayreuth Festival does that – it claims to propose a discussion on politics, its manipulation of the natural (both in the sense of Nature and in the sense of what is true) and of irony as a means of resistance…

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Music Review: Osmo Vanska Conducts the Mostly Mozart Festival OrchestraMr. Vanska led the orchestra in a program of Beethoven, Shostakovich and Prokofiev, with solos from the trumpeter Philip Cobb and the pianist Yuja Wang.

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Cadogan Hall C.P.E. Bach – Symphony in B minor, Wq 182 no.5Birtwistle – Endless ParadeHonegger – Pastorale d’étéDavies – SinfoniaSibelius – RakastavaHåkan Hardenberger (trumpet)Lapland Chamber OrchestraJohn Storgårds (conductor) A principal theme of this year’s Proms has been the greater-than-ever variety of ensembles from across the world, many of them making their debuts here, whether at Cadogan Hall or a short walk away at the Royal Albert Hall…

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Tragic news: Opera Australia mezzo dies after domestic accident.We’ve been informed that Deirdre Elliott, a New Zealander who enjoyed a lively career in Europe before returning south in 2007 to join the OA ensemble, has died. Apparently, she fell down a flight of stairs at her sister’s house and never recovered consciousness.
Deirdre, a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, is thought to have been in her late forties…

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Joseph Dennis and Corinne Winters in Dr. Sun Yat-sen, 2014 (photo by Ken Howard)
Charles T. Downey, Santa Fe Opera’s leaden “Dr. Sun Yat-sen” leaves one hungry for more musical substance (The Classical Review, August 9)
When Santa Fe Opera decided to pull the plug on the world premiere of Judith Weir’s new opera Miss Fortune this year, the company settled instead on an American premiere…

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Royal Albert HallBeethoven – Egmont, op.84: OvertureBrett Dean – Electric PreludesStravinsky – Oedipus Rex Francesco D’Orazio (electric violin) Oedipus – Allan ClaytonJocasta – Hilary SummersCreon – Juha UusitaloTiresias – Brindley SherrattMessenger – Duncan RockShepherd – Samuel BodenSpeaker – Rory KinnearBBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus (chorus master: Stephen Jackson)BBC Symphony OrchestraSakari Oramo (conductor)I admit that I came to this concert mostly with the second half in mind…

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Sometimes Encores Do the Trick

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 Aspen Music Festival (12): Aspen Percussion Ensemble, Jonathan Haas (conductor); Juho Pohjonen (piano); Aspen Philharmonic, Stefan Jackiw (violin), James Feddeck (conductor); Alisa Weilerstein (cello); Inon Barnatan (piano). Harris Hall, Benedict Music Tent, Aspen, Colorado. 4-7.8.2014 (HS) Percussion  Ensemble, August 4 Harris Hall Jonathan Haas, conductor Varèse: Ionisation Joseph Pereira: …tied to the past Michael Udow: […]

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The levels of refinement now exhibited by the Hallé, the stylishness and elegance of the playing, is alone a measure of the special relationship that they and Mark Elder have cemented over the last decade and a half. The opening bars of Berlioz’ Le corsaire came off the page like a manifesto for French sensibilities with rapier-like strings parrying airborne woodwinds like the most flexible of swashbuckling foils…

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Much-loved composer lifted the spirit

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“ALL composers are dead,” Peter Sculthorpe’s first piano teacher told him. The six-year-old Peter had been dispatched to the local piano teacher.

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A Babel of hope and possibility

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A Babel of hope and possibilityThe phrase is not mine but my bright young colleague Alexandra Coghlan’s on The Arts Desk, of Berio’s Sinfonia, which preceded a shattering but superbly nuanced interpretation of Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony at Tuesday night’s Prom. I choose to apply it to the superlative team which gave one of the best Proms I’ve ever heard, our already-beloved European Union Youth Orchestra, and further, to the even younger members of nine British youth orchestras they mentored in an inspiring workshop featuring 180 young musicians on the platform of the Royal Albert Hall the morning after the EUYO triumph…

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