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Morn til Night: Your May Calendar + MORE

There’s plenty to do in Prague from morning til night during the month of May. Here: The National Theatre. The merry month of May comes alive with great performances – classical music, opera, ballet – literally from morning til night. Read on for some specific suggestions. The Prague.... More »

Vivid Colors from the San Franciscans + MORE

 Mahler, Samuel Adams, Prokofiev, Ravel: Samuel Adams (sound design), Gil Shaham (violin), New York Choral Artists, Joseph Flummerfelt (director), San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor), Carnegie Hall, New York City. 20-21.11.2014 (BH) Nov. 20 Mahler: Symphony No. 7 in E Minor (1.... More »

Waterworks - the Baltic Sea Philharmonic's new concert experience + MORE

Kristjan Järvi and the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, at Historical Technical Museum, Peenemünde, for the Usedom FestivalWaterworks, the new concert show from Kristjan Järvi and the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, begins a tour of Germany and Denmark tomorrow (5 May 2017). The programme combines arrangements .... More »
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CD Spotlight. An Absolute Delight + MORE

Svjatoslav Richter plays Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky, heard by Geoff Pearce. 'Remind yourself that these are live recordings from 1954-60 and you will enjoy this disc.'.... More »

Daily Download: Franz Schubert - String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden": IV. Presto + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Franz Schubert - String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden": IV. Presto, performed by Petersen Quartet..... More »

Nobody has evoked the languid pastoral England of our dreams quite as surely as Vaughan Williams did in The Lark Ascending. Likewise his Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis expresses the mysterious hold the Tudor past continues to have on our imagination…

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Myth opportunity

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Myth opportunityFrance has this year saluted one of its greatest composers with many performances including revivals of some long-forgotten works. Unlike his homeland, America hasn’t exactly been vigorous about commemorating the 250th anniversary of the death of Jean-Philippe Rameau.  
However, the ever-enterprising Opera Lafayette has trumped all by mounting the first staging since the 1700s of a true rarity—Les fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour, ou Les dieux d’Égypte—which after its premiere in Washington, DC earlier this week was performed in New York at the Rose Theater on Thursday evening…

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Bramwell Tovey in a Deeply-Felt Vaughan Williams Fourth

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 Walton, Butterworth, Elgar and Vaughan Williams: Ariel Barnes (cello), Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey (conductor), Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, BC, 4.10.2014. (GN) Walton: Façade: Suite No. 2 Butterworth: The Banks of Green Willow Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 Vaughan Williams: Symphony No…

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Blogger in action - Verismo: Puccini and his contemporariesRosalind PlowrightI am lecturing on Verismo: Puccini and his contemporaries on Wednesday 15 October as part of a Divas and Scholars study day at the Cadogan Hall in which the mezzo-soprano Rosalind Plowright will be conducting a masterclass and singing, and I will be lecturing. All the music being performed, by Rosalind and by the young singers, will be coming from Verismo operas…

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Powerful Sound from a Small Orchestra in Mahler

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 Hosokawa, Mahler: Naoko Yoshino (harp), Karen Cargill (mezzo), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Robin Ticciati (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 09.10.2014 (SRT) Hosokawa: Aeolus, Re-Turning III for Harp and Chamber Orchestra Mahler: Symphony No. 4   Commissioning a new piece is always a risk for any performing arts organisation, but even more so when you choose to open […]

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Next Level: Where Music Worlds Collide, part 3

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Next Level is an attempt to bring new video game and classical music worlds to people who don't even know they exist. This week, Respighi goes dragon hunting and Dead Space 2 meets its Polish composer-soul mate.

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Rameau – Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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Rameau - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment“Flying the Flag/L’Amour” ,the catchy title of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s  Rameau programme at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The title concealed the treasures within, two rarely-heard Rameau pieces, Pigmalion and Anacréon. True to the spirit of Rameau’s aesthetic, which lies in dance, the performance was realized by dancers from Les Plaisirs des Nations (choreographer Edith Lalonger)…

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Falstaff offers sheer perfection: reviewFalstaff is must-see for opera lovers, and even those immune to opera’s charms will have their minds changed.

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Music Review: Belgrade Philharmonic Performs at Carnegie HallThe Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra concluded its first American tour with a program of Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and more at Carnegie Hall.

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Angela Hewitt, David Zinman with NSO

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Great Symphonies, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, D. Zinman (Sony, 2014)
This summer David Zinman retired as music director of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. Before the birth of Ionarts, we enjoyed listening to him conduct the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and were sorry to see him leave Charm City, but thanks to his series of recordings from Zurich, now available in a box set from Sony, we have kept

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Handel's Alcina with DiDonato and Coote

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Handel's Alcina with DiDonato and CooteJoyce Di Donato in Act 1 of Handel’s Alcina with Harry Bicket and the English Concertphoto credit Mark Allan/Barbican Handel Alcina; DiDonato, Coote, English Concert, Bickett; Barbican Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Oct 10 2014 Star rating: 5.0Full of stars and hot on drama, finely involving account of Handel’s masterpieceTo say that the English Concert’s performance of Handel’s Alcina at the Barbican on 10 October 2014 was hotly anticipated would be an understatement…

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2014 Schubert

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2014 SchubertTonight, the start of the Oxford Lieder Festival 2014.  I won’t be there, since I’m at Philip Glass Kafka, Music Theatre Wales, Linbury) but I’ll be there in spirit.  I’ve been a Friend since the Festival got off the ground more than ten years ago.  Oxford Lieder isn’t like ordinary festivals…

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Sibelius and Myth

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by George Colerick

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