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Nicola Benedetti portrait + MORE

Nicola BenedettiThe Edinburgh International Festival is gearing up for this year's festival by releasing a series of artist portraits on YouTube. Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti will be performing Glazunov's Violin Concerto with Vasily Petrenko and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra at the Usher Ha.... More »
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Miscellany + MORE

The MATA Festival begins tonight in NYC. As in prior years, the lineup is vigorously international, with Ensemble NeoN of Norway and Ensemble Linea from Strasbourg undertaking the better part of the performance duties. Several of the composers are new to me; I'm exploring Michelle Agnes Magalh.... More »
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Methodological Certitude in Nazi Opera Conspiracies: "He Knew Every Single Word"... + MORE

Some readers will be left wondering why it is that I keep writing about Nazi opera conspiracy theories. The answer is that it opens up a lot of philosophical and political questions that have nothing to do with Wagner at all. These have to do with questions about the relationship between culture and.... More »
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Peter Racine Fricker: String Quartets on Naxos + MORE

I immediately began my exploration of this stunning new CD of music by Peter Racine Fricker, with the Adagio and Scherzo. These two pieces were composed during the summer of 1943 when the composer was in the Royal Air Force, working as a radio operator. During that year Fricker married (Audrey) Hele.... More »
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Dallas remake axed by US TV network + MORE

Dallas, the remake of the classic 1980s US TV soap opera, is cancelled after three seasons by cable and satellite network TNT..... More »
Opera Review: ‘Here Be Sirens,’ a Little Philosophy Included“Here Be Sirens,” by Kate Soper, is a hybrid of opera, play and musical theater that presents these creatures as avian-humanoid femme fatales.

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Good morning Wales

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Another beautiful day here in Wales in prospect – perfect for a Sunday exploring parts of this beautiful country.
Yesterday afternoon we were at the Mid Wales opera production of Carmen, in a chamber version with an immensely successful orchestration by Stephen McNeff, reducing the players to a mere ten, four strings, guitar, flute/piccolo, two clarinets one doubling alto sax, trumpet and percussion…

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Peter Sculthorpe, Composer Steeped in Australia’s Sounds, Dies at 85Mr. Sculthorpe, named a National Living Treasure in 1987, wrote music influenced by Australia’s landscapes and employing indigenous instruments like the didgeridoo.

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Atlanta to musicians: No pay from today, no health care in 30 daysThe statement by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on the ‘breakdown of negotiations’ with musicians carefully avoided any mention of a lock-out. The L-word has acquired very bad karma since it rebounded on Minnesota.
But the intent is made clear in the small print of the ASO’s website, where the odious situation is clarified for the benefit of bewildered donors and supporters…

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Prom 66: Bach St. Matthew Passion

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Prom 66: Bach St. Matthew PassionCamilla Tilling, Mark Padmore, Simon Rattle and soloists from Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra photo credit BBC / Chris Christodoulou Bach St Matthew Passion; Christian Gerhaher, Mark Padmore, Camilla Tilling, Magdalena Kozena, Topi Lehtipuu, Eric Owens, Berlin Radio Choir, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, cond: Simon Rattle, dir: Peter Sellars; BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Sept 6 2014 Highly emotional and dramatic staging of Bach’s epic workSimon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra brought their staging of Bach’s St Matthew Passion to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 6 September 2014…

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Where no man has gone beforeOn this day in 1966, the television series Star Trek premiered.

Born on this day in 1841 composer Antonín Dvorak

Born on this day in 1863 composer Gustavo E Campa

Born on this day in 1921 composer Hans Ulrich Engelmann

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 BBC Prom 66 – Bach, St Matthew Passion: Soloists, Berlin Radio Choir; Choristers of Wells and Winchester Cathedrals; Berliner Philharmoniker/Sir Simon Rattle. Royal Albert Hall, London, 6.9.2014 (CC) Mark Padmore,Evangelist Christian Gerhaher,Christus Camilla Tilling,soprano Magdalena Kožená,mezzo Topi Lehtipoo,tenor Eric Owens,bass-baritone   Director,Peter Sellars     After a night of Rachmaninov, Stravinsky and a Puccini encore, […]

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Prom 65: Paloma Faith review  endearingly camp retro-soul pasticheRoyal Albert Hall, LondonMotown beats and soul mannerisms mark Faith’s entertaining Proms debutPaloma Faith seems to have become an omnipresent showbiz star a kooky and charming presence on TV chat shows, Radio 2 and the tabloids without ever setting the singles chart alight. One suspects most of the audience for this sold-out, televised Prom could barely hum any of her songs…

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CD Spotlight. Musical Assets

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Orchestral music by Richard Strauss, heard by Stephen Francis Vasta. ‘… sensitivity and tenderness …’

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Many thanks to Robert R. Reilly for this review from out West.

On Friday, August 1st, the San Francisco Symphony’s “Summer and the Symphony” series concluded at Davies Symphony Hall with The Beethoven Revolution, featuring the Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, the Triple Concerto, and Symphony No…

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“Specialist subject, the bleeding obvious”“Jonathan Miller‘s Carmen for Mid Wales Opera has no sexual electricity, complains Rupert Christiansen” [The Telegraph]

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America’s All-Star Orchestra proudly does not rehearseThe conductor Gerard Schwarz has put together a symphony orchestra of leading players from 30 top ensembles. It gets together once a year to record music for internet and the television.
All the men wear the same company tie.
‘We don’t rehearse,’ says executive director Paul Schwendener…

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SF Opera’s Susannah

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* Notes * Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah (Patricia Racette as Susannah Polk and Brandon Jovanovich as Sam Polk in Act II pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver) had a San Francisco Opera debut yesterday evening. The score is sweepingly lyrical, and Maestra Karen Kamenseki conducted a powerful orchestra…

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