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London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, London — review + MORE

A celebration of Pierre Boulez’s 90th birthday featured an edgy take on one of his favourite works.... More »
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Daily Download: Johannes Brahms - Symphony No. 3: II. Andante + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Johannes Brahms - Symphony No. 3: II. Andante, performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra..... More »

More Elgar + MORE

It has been a pleasure of the past week to have been at Elgar's Gerontius (last Sunday) and The Apostles (last night).  All we now need to wait for is The Kingdom - and not for too long I hope.  Andrew Davis is a passionate interpreter of these works, and indeed of the whole orchestra.... More »

Eerily Familiar Language + MORE

The 5/21/2016 edition of TechCrunch published an article by Devin Coldewy that reports on a speech given by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) about the gig economy (such as Uber, not musician related gigging) that touches on some remarkably familiar concepts inside the orchestra field. Here̵.... More »

Nazi Opera Conspiracies: a Right-Wing Rewriting of History + MORE

After much thought, a phrase occurred to me, one that encapsulated the very essence of the growing literature pointing the finger at Richard Wagner to single-handedly carry the blame for having caused World War II and the Holocaust, which are alleged to be historical events with purely cultural orig.... More »


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SpunkIn issue #46 of parterre box the queer opera zine (“Spunk”), you will find an endorsement by the legendary Astrid Varnay, the fever-dream libretto Der Fledermausmann, Dr. Repertoire and Dawn Fatale cavorting through the Broadway smash The Impresarios, the usual reviews and gossip, plus an installment of “A Boy and His Diva” by Jon Taylor…

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IDIS Releases Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's 'Hiawatha's Wedding Feast' in 1962 Performance of Philharmonia Orchestra, Conducted by Malcolm SargentIDIS 66722[Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com. We are collaborating with the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation of the U.K., www.SCTF.org.uk]The Philharmonia Orchestra, tenor Richard Lewisand the Royal Choral Society made a studiorecording of Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast under thedirection of Sir Malcolm Sargent in 1962…

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April at the Barbican

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April at the BarbicanApril at the Barbican includes the English National Ballet commemorating the First World War, a residency from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Andrew Davis conducting two of Elgar’s great oratorios, the BBC Singers in 20th century German masterworks and the Britten Sinfonia in a Bach passion.The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from Amsterdam has a three day residency (3-5 April 2012) with Mariss Jansons conducting them in Bruckner Symphonies nos…

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Winterreise to Waly – Bostridge in Rome

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 Schubert, Ives, Britten  Ian Bostridge (tenor), Julius Drake (piano)  Accademia Filarmonica Romana at Teatro Argentina, Rome  27.03.2014 (JB) A poem known from memory changes our lives: it becomes part of us, surfacing at unexpected moments, subtly but directly influencing decisions, conscious and not conscious…

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Don Giovanni and the Paparazzi

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. Mozart Don Giovanni. Soloists, The Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra. Lawrence Renes (conductor). The Royal Opera, Stockholm, 15.3.2014. Premiere (GF) Cast: Don Giovanni – Ola Eliasson Donna Anna – Yana Kleyn Donna Elvira – Elin Rombo Don Ottavio – Michele Angelini Leporello – Luhtando Qave Zerlina – Sara Widén Masetto – Linus Börjesson Commendatore […]

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Books on Wagner that Needs Translating into EnglishToday, I decided I compile a wishlist of books that desperately need to be translated into English. So for those of you involved in Wagner societies etc who might want to try to organise for something like to happen please consider these titles.1. Richard Wagner im Dritten Reich (Richard Wagner in the Dritte Reich/Third Empire):Paperback: 373 pagesPublisher: C…

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Congratulations go to Jason Doell, who has just won the Canadian Music Centre’s 2014 Toronto Emerging Composer Award (full press release here).Jason’s multi-location chamber work Delicate Triangles: Warheads for piano, double bass, and percussion played by the Toy Piano Composers’ Ensemble: Finally, the charming Two Music Box Pieces from a recent Soundstreams Salon 21 performance:

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Violinist.com interview with Daishin Kashimoto: Beethoven SonatasBy Laurie Niles: London-born Japanese violinist Daishin Kashimoto never really planned to be a concertmaster, but he has greatly enjoyed being just that, with the Berlin Philharmonic, since 2009.

Now in his mid-30s, Daishin began his career as a child prodigy. He was accepted at age seven to Juilliard pre-college, and as a teenager he won first prize in major competitions: in the Menuhin Junior International Competition (1993), the Cologne International Violin Competition (1994), the Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna (1996) and the Long-Thibaud International Competition in Paris (1996)…

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Nazi Opera Conspiracies: a Right-Wing Rewriting of HistoryAfter much thought, a phrase occurred to me, one that encapsulated the very essence of the growing literature pointing the finger at Richard Wagner to single-handedly carry the blame for having caused World War II and the Holocaust, which are alleged to be historical events with purely cultural origins in nineteenth century romantic opera…

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Carla Fracci returns to dance on Italy’s heelCarla Fracci, now in her 78th year, will be opening in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice tomorrow, at Lecce’s Teatro Politeama Greco.
The Italian ballet icon will be appearing with the Balletto del Sud in the numerous ballet interludes during the opera. Choreography is by the company’s founder Fredy Franzutti…

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A Greek tragedy without togas, the new COC production of Handel’s Hercules wears army fatigues. Robert Harris talks to Peter Sellars, the director who gave an ancient tale a shocking, modern relevance

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Have you seen the great Chopin Polonaise mash?

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Have you seen the great Chopin Polonaise mash?16 pianists tackle the opus 53. Fascinating. Especially Gilels and Paderewski. And some of the wrong ‘uns.  

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Put-upon women: The Young Wife/Dido & Aeneas, OperaUpClose

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Put-upon women: The Young Wife/Dido & Aeneas, OperaUpCloseFrom Roger Thomas:Musically the two parts of this OperaUpClose double bill at King’s Head Theatre, Islington, have little in common. Polish composer Katarzyna Brochocka’s chamber “comic opera”, The Young Wife, a one-hander for soprano and piano, marries spiky keyboard writing, played skilfully by the composer, with largely recitative-cum-Sprechgesang from the singer…

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