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Betrothal in a Monastery review humour survives concert performance + MORE

Millennium Centre, CardiffWithout staging, it wasnt easy keeping track of the lovers in Prokofievs comic opera, but Gergievs cast and orchestra filled in at least some of the gaps Continue reading....... More »

Kirill Gerstein: battling it out with Gershwin and Schönberg + MORE

Over tea in Berlin, the pianist talks to Rebecca Schmid about Liszt, Thomas Adès and transcending boundaries.... More »

Just in: Yannick’s local orchestra plans first tour + MORE

The first orchestra to appoint Yannick Nézet-Séguin as its artistic director, his home town ensemble, is going on a 7-city Europe tour with him in a year’s time. The tour is intended as a showcase for the burgeoning cultural life of Quebec. Local reports are crediting the conductor with its.... More »
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It’s a good career + MORE

Music Director James Levine (pictured, right) is obviously feeling well enough that he can get back to favorite pastime, i.e., making sure nobody else has a success except him. Writes director Richard Eyre in his blog on the Met’s website: The orchestra will be added on Monday and when that h.... More »

Three Choirs Festival – Reflections on 1914 Elgar Rasch

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Three Choirs Festival  - Reflections on 1914 Elgar RaschThe Three Choirs Festival began more than 300 years ago. Perhaps it is the oldest music festival in the western world. The exact start date is unknown: members of the choirs of the cathedrals of Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford  decided to join together and sing. That sense of community and cooperation, is very much a part of Christian tradition…

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With a lockout increasingly likely, the show may not actually go on this fall at the Metropolitan Opera.

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Baritone Christian Gerhaher was born to play the title role in Monteverdi’s opera, staged here with a simplicity that was both timeless and modern

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Bob Wagner, 71, who is competing for the national shredding championship, thinks a win is in the bag

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Opera Review: Santa Fe Opera Stages ‘Carmen’Set in Mexico around 1960, Stephen Lawless’s production of Bizet’s “Carmen” is cinematic in its presentation by the Santa Fe Opera.

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Rameau Motets Prom William Christie Les Arts Florissants

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Best of the season so far! William Christie and Les Arts Florissants  performed Rameau Grand Motets at late night Prom 17. Perfection, as one would expect from arguably the finest Rameau interpreters in the business, and that’s saying a lot, given the exceptionally high quality of French baroque performance in the last 40 years…

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North Norfolk Music Festival

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North Norfolk Music FestivalThe North Norfolk Music Festival is based in and around St. Mary’s Church, South Creake in Norfolk. We happened on the festival last year almost by accident (see my review). This year’s festival runs from 12 to 24 August 2014. The festival is opened by soprano Joan Rogers, viola player (and festival co-artistic director) Simon Rowland-Jones and pianist Gary Matthewman in a programme of music by Rebecca Clarke, Britten and Poulenc, including Poulenc’s L’Histoire du Babar as well as Rowland-Jones’s own song-cycle for soprano, viola and piano setting Stevie Smith…

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press release, just in:
Met Musicians: Met Opera GM Peter Gelb Should Back Off Devastating Lockout Threats as Part of Federal Mediation Offer
Gelb should extend the current contract and continue talks without depriving musicians and families of income and health care and imperiling the upcoming Met Opera season
New York, NY–Thursday, July 31, 2014–During Met Opera negotiations on Wednesday, July 30, Met Opera management offered the option of bringing in a federal mediator to work toward an agreement…

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Prom 18: BBCPhil/Tharaud/Mena review  Birtwistle, Ravel and MahlerRoyal Albert Hall, LondonMena’s Mahler was unindulgent but still gorgeousNight’s Black Bird is the first of seven works by Harrison Birtwistle coming up at the Proms in the composer’s 80th birthday year, and it’s a dark-hued, opaque gem. Inspired by a lute song by the arch-melancholic English Renaissance composer John Dowland, and written in 2004, it is a pungent depiction of night in which the comforting, enveloping aspects of darkness are somehow evoked in the same sinking, sliding music as its potential terror…

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Two years ago, on a warm July evening in Caracas, Gustavo Dudamel and his Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra were joined by Panamanian salsa star Rubén Blades for a huge outdoor concert. Bringing together for the first time two Latin American musical icons, the event reportedly generated enough…

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Pianist Juho Pohjonen dazzled Tuesday in Atherton, as the Music@Menlo chamber festival offered one of its fascinating back-story programs. Titled ‘Beethoven’s Friends,’ it surrounded a Beethoven quintet with works by two of the titan’s long overlooked chums, Anton Reicha (a friend from school days in Bonn) and Johann Nepomuk Hummel…

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Though Weber’s opera has its fair share of problems, notably a widely scorned libretto, the first US staging in a century should not be missed

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John Malveaux: “Politics of Music-Part 3”

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John Malveaux: “Politics of Music-Part 3”John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com submits:“Politics of Music-Part 3”John MalveauxJuly 30, 2014The “Bicentennial Symphony” was not considered for performance during the proposed USOC fundraising concert and good will gesture to Soviet Union Olympic Team in 1980…

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