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André Watts: The Complete Columbia Album Collection is a 12-CD Box Set From Sony Which Documents the Debut and Lifetime Achievements of a Piano Superstar + MORE

A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young ManBy Jed Distler"André Watts' complete recordings for Columbia Masterworks could easily be titled after James Joyce's first novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. They essentially cover his formative years, from his celebrated debut with the New York Ph.... More »
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Rameau - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment + MORE

"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 da.... More »
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Opera San José's Carmen + MORE

* Notes *My review of Opera San José's Carmen is up on San Francisco Classical Voice. * Tattling * The audience was very happy for this performance, though it was odd to note someone behind me on the orchestra level that was surprised the opera is in French..... More »
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Raphaël Sévère + MORE

Brahms, Clarinet Sonatas / Clarinet Trio, V. Julien-Laferrière, R. Sévère, A. Laloum (Mirare, 2014) Charles T. Downey, Young French clarinetist in fine form in D.C. debut Washington Post, April 1 “The clarinet is quite possibly the easiest of all orchestral instruments to master,” composer (a.... More »
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An Opera About Robert Moses Is Among the River to River Festival Highlights + MORE

The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council has unveiled its lineup for the 16th annual festival of dance, music, theater and visual art..... More »
Verdi’s Requiem, heard by Mike Wheeler

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The Crackle review

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The Crackle  reviewLinbury Studio, LondonMatthew Herbert’s hi-tech take on the Faust legend offers a valuable vehicle for young performers, but his humdrum musical setting does little to help a flat-footed scriptNormally, switched-on smartphones are a big no-no during opera performances, but their use during this premiere of Matthew Herbert’s The Crackle is encouraged…

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Opera Review: ‘Madama Butterfly’ Stars Kristine Opolais at the MetAnthony Minghella’s production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” returned to the Metropolitan Opera with this season’s second cast.    

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J S Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, impress Gerald Fenech. ‘… up there with the best.’

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Win a copy of Rosalind Plowright's La belle Dame sans merciMezzo-soprano Rosalind Plowright has a new disc out next month on Romeo Records, her first recital disc.  La belle dame sans merci includes songs by Alessandro Stradella, Johannes Brahms, Manuel de Falla, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Kurt Weill, Benjamin Britten, Roger Quilter, Ernest Kaye, Charles Villiers Stanford and Frank Bridge, including Manuel de Falla’s Siete Canciones Populare Espanoles and Stanford’s La belle Dame sans merci…

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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Jansons  reviewBarbican Hall, LondonContinuing his Bruckner series, Mariss Jansons conducted a high-quality performance of the Seventh Symphony, but it was the Ninth Symphony that impressed the mostBruckner symphonies respectively the Fourth, Seventh and the Ninth have been the bedrock of the Amsterdam orchestra’s enterprising Barbican residency under Mariss Jansons…

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Lying About Hitler: Why Historians Reject Nazi Opera Conspiracies—and Why We Must Follow their ExampleEvery book has its target audience. The question is as to what the target of Nazi opera conspiracy books might be. It is likely to be an audience interested in opera, music and art history. It is likely to be a popular audience interested in the history of the Holocaust, some of whom have heard that it was caused by an opera composer—one who either deserves to be justly hated as the Holocaust’s root cause, or amongst Neonazi’s, revered for it…

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Compelling Adès Opera Succeeds in Subterranean Space

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 Adès,Powder Her Face: Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of English National Opera/Timothy Redmond (conductor). Ambika P3, University of Westminster, London, 2.4.2014 (CC) Cast: The Duchess: Amanda Roocroft Maid: Claire Eggington Electrician: Alexander Sprague Hotel Manager/Judge: Alan Ewing My previous reactions to the music of the precocious talent that is Thomas Adès have been mixed, tending towards […]

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This new chamber opera commissioned to stand alongside the Royal Opera’s revival of Gounod’s ‘Faust’ sets the imagination spinning

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Royal Opera new season

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Royal Opera new seasonMariusz Kwiecien as King Roger in Santa Fe in 2012The 2014/15 season at Covent Garden has much to enjoy. There are two new Verdi opera productions (I due Foscari and Un ballo in maschera), Giordano’s Andrea Chenier with Jonas Kaufmann, Szymanowski’s King Roger with Mariusz Kwiecien, Brecht and Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and Mozart’s Idomeneo…

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Concertgebouw Jansons Vogt Barbican 5 April 2014

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Concertgebouw Jansons Vogt Barbican 5 April 2014 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 Bruckner: Symphony No. 9Lars Vogt (piano), Mariss Jansons (conductor), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Barbican, London, 5.4.14 The Concertgebouw Orchestra ended their three concert residency at the Barbican with some luxurious Beethoven followed by some propulsive Bruckner…

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Jonas Kaufmann Winterreise – Royal Opera House, 6 April 2014

While opera squeezes itself into pubs, clubs and underground bunkers, could piano recitals take over its abandoned theatres? Jonas Kaufmann's sold out the Royal Opera House instantly. Some may have come for the Schubert; I suspect most were after the man…

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No apologies

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It is a subject I have been thinking about for a while. How the average opera fan and many people in management positions in the companies around the country have one common characteristic…being nearly apologetic every time they talk to the media and the people around them about the art form. We seem at times […]

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