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This past Tuesday, Cincinnati Opera presented its first world premiere in over 50 years with Morning Star by Ricky Ian Gordon and William Hoffman. The opera was originally commissioned by Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Goodman Theater in the late 1990s, but the collaboration fell apart. When Gordon .... More »
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All About Orchestra Negotiations + MORE

Last May, we examined some new capacity at Adaptistration which provides the ability to package several articles on related content into an easy to find resource. Fortunately, metrics made it easy to determine what readers are looking for and for the past year, the most searches focus on how o.... More »
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Glass: Two Pages; Music in Fifths, etc CD review – the evolution of Philip Glass + MORE

Cluster Ensemble(Orange Mountain Music)It was Music in 12 Parts, composed between 1971 and 1974, that really put Philip Glass on the map. That huge, four-hour score is now recognised as one of the landmarks in the history of minimalism, alongside such scores as Terry Riley’s In C and Steve Reich.... More »
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“I don’t think any novelist should be concerned with literature” + MORE

Born on this day in 1918 novelist Jacqueline Susann.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=loU4tfTMiLg Born on this day in 1561 composer Jacopo Peri. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHMJgGE5Doc Born on this day in 1625 librettist Thomas Corneille. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rja8GMM6t0 On this day in 1828 Rossini.... More »
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Live from Salzburg - Don Giovanni Sunday + MORE

LIVE direct from Salzburg Mozart Don Giovanni  Sunday 3/8 6.30 London time (7.30 Salzburg time) BRILLIANT CAST Lenneke Ruiten (Donna Anna) Anett Fritsch (Donna Elvira) Valentina Nafornita (Zerlina) Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Don Giovanni) Luca Pisaroni (Leporello) Tomasz Konieczny (Il Commendato.... More »

Purcell – Ten Sonatas in Four Parts

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Purcell - Ten Sonatas in Four Parts Purcell Ten Sonatas in Four Parts: The Kings Consort: Vivat Reviewed by Robert Hugillon June 14 2014 Star rating: 4.0Finely involving performances of Purcell’s posthumously printed sonatasThis new disc from The King’s Consort on their Vivat label, presents Henry Purcell’s Ten Sonatas in Four Parts, the set which includes the Golden Sonata, played by Cecilia Bernardini and Huw Daniel (violins), Susanne Heinrich (bass viol), Lynda Sayce (theorbo) and Robert King (chamber organ and harpsichord)…

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Going Gold at the Royal Northern

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Going Gold at the Royal NorthernI can think of few greater privileges in the musical world than having the chance to listen to the crème-de-la-crème of a college’s talented youngsters perform all day. Last weekend I was lucky enough to be on the panel for the Royal Northern College of Music’s Gold Medal Competition, together with the college’s principal Linda Merrick, its artistic director Michelle Castelletti, composer Robert Saxton and general manager of the BBC Philharmonic Simon Webb…

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The National Coalition Against Censorship, the National Opera Association, Article 19, The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund, Free Expression Policy Project, freeDimensional, Freemuse, and PEN American Center have issued a statement opposing the Metropolitan Opera’s cancellation of live HD simulcast of John Adams’ opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, to about 2000 cinemas in 65 countries…

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 Luca Francesconi, Quartett: Soloists, Sound Intermedia, London Sinfonietta, Andrew Gourlay (conductor). Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London, 18.6.2014 (MB) Cast: Marquise de Mertueil – Kirstin Chávez Vicomte de Valmont – Leigh Melrose Soutra Gilmour (designs) Ravi Deepress (film) Bruno Poet (lighting) Production: Serge Le Mouton (computer music design) Julien Aléonard (recording, editing, mixing of […]

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Francesconi Quartett Linbury Royal Opera House

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Francesconi Quartett  Linbury Royal Opera HouseLuca Francesconi’s Quartett has at last made it to Britain. Francesconi is hardly obscure. His music has long been championed by Irvine Arditti and the Arditti Quartet , and is regularly heard in European new music circles. There’s even a Francesconi premiere at this year’s BBC Proms (apparently cancelled some weeks ago, see below)…

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Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe convincingly portrays Gertrude Stein in Ricky Ian Gordon’s finely crafted but slightly bland new opera

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Lee Hyla — a Northwestern University professor and contemporary music compose who composed for artists including the Kronos Quartet, Midori and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra — has died in Chicago at age 62.

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Don Quichotte review - meta-operatic twist on MassenetGrange Park, HampshireThe impact of Massenet’s 1910 Cervantes adaptation gets lost in the effort to weave in a second story about the composer’s late-life struggles with modernism"An elderly composer prepares to present a public showing of his latest opera to his friends in his salon," begins the synopsis in Grange Park Opera’s programme book…

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Playlist.

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Annea Lockwood – Ground of Being (Recital)
Tony Malaby's Tamarindo – Somos Agua (Clean Feed)
Celer – Rags of Contentment (Digitalis > Bandcamp)
Chubby Wolf – L'histoire (Gears of Sand > Bandcamp)
Sneeze – Wilt (Glory Kid)
Robert Fripp – Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, MO, March 4, 2006 (DGMLive)
Jason Lescalleet – The Pilgrim (Glistening Examples)
Greg Kelley/Jason Lescalleet – Conversations (Glistening Examples)
Jim O'Rourke – Steamroom 12 (Bandcamp)
Gnarwhallaby – [exhibit a] (Populist > Bandcamp)
Motion Sickness of Time Travel – Ballade for a Strawberry Moon (self-released > Bandcamp)
Jimmy Giuffre 3 & 4 – New York Concerts (Elemental)
Noveller – Artifact (Saffron Recordings)
Grant Evans – Lacerations (Hooker Vision)
King Crimson – Live at the Marquee, March 10, 1971 (DGM)
Reformed Faction - I am the source of light, I am not a mirror (Soleilmoon)
Ralph Vaughan Williams – Symphonies Nos…

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Aldeburgh festival review  pioneering accordion and harpsichord in the smaller venuesSnape Maltings and various venuesA sea spray-soaked accordion concert was among the virtuoso performances that conjured up the innovation of Britten’s earliest festivalsSnape Maltings’ concert hall is unquestionably the heart of the Aldeburgh festival, and its fine acoustic further enhanced the brilliant playing of soloists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in music by Elliott Carter, Janáek and Mendelssohn…

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Luca Francesconi: Quartett, Royal Opera, 18 June 2014Images: ROH/Stephen CummiskeyLinbury Studio TheatreMarquise de Mertueil – Kirstin ChávezVicomte de Valmont – Leigh MelroseSoutra Gilmour (designs)Ravi Deepres (film)Bruno Poet (lighting)Serge Le Mouton (computer music design)Julien Aléonard (recording, editing, mixing of choir and orchestra at La Scala)Sound IntermediaLondon SinfoniettaAndrew Gourlay (conductor)Luca Francesconi has been commissioned to write a new opera for Covent Garden, due for performance, alongside three others, in 2020: a development which marks a long-overdue departure from the parochial practice of only or mostly commissioning British composers…

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Our celebrity round-up includes Klinghoffer controversy and speculation over George Clooney’s fiancee

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John Malveaux: 'Mezzo Soprano Denyce Graves has shared her international talent in at least three operas outside standard repertoire'Denyce Graves, www.denycegraves.com (Devon Cass)Earlier today, AfriClassical posted:Patrick D. McCoy at Examiner.com: Composer Steven Allen talks about upcoming performance of his opera “The Poet”; Based on life of Paul Laurence DunbarJohn Malveaux has made a comment by email.  We feel it deserves a post in its own right, so it is reproduced here:Mezzo Soprano Denyce Graves has shared her international talent in at least three operas outside standard repertoire of note to me: Margaret Garner, Champion, and now The Poet…

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