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On this day in 1927 Mae West was sentenced to ten days in jail for obscenity for her play Sex.
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Born on this day in 1892 composer Germaine Tailleferre
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Philharmonia Orchestra 1 • Dohnányi • Camilla Tilling
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With the Te Deum being out of the running already, at this year’s Salzburg Festival, the program of the Philharmo.... More »
Chamber music with French horn by Mozart, Michael Haydn and Punto; Anneke Scott, Ironwood, ABC Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Aug 12 2015 Star rating: 4.0Vivid colour and bravura techniqueThis new disc on the Australian label ABC Classics comes from horn player Annek.... More »
New York's Metropolitan Opera is to break with operatic tradition and not use skin-darkening make-up on the star of its new version of Otello..... More »
J. S. Bach, Flute Sonatas, B. Kuijken, E. Demeyere (Accent, 2000)
J. S. Bach, Viola da Gamba Sonatas, J. Savall, T. Koopman (Alia Vox, 2000)Washington's entire community of musicians was shocked and saddened when J. Reilly Lewis died from a sudden heart attack this past June. No group of musicians.... More »
Mayuzumi, Koyama, Stravinsky: 100th Anniversary World Tour, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Eiji Oue (conductor), Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, 11.3.2014 (DS) Toshiro Mayuzumi – Bugaku Ballet in Two Parts Kiyoshige Koyama – Kobiki – Uta for Orchestra Igor Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring Three years ago, the Tokyo Philharmonic was due to have its debut US performance at LincolnCenter…
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In the early 90s, the composer and physicist Hauke Harder and I started a new music publishing project. I spontaneously came up with the name Material Press and Hauke just as spontaneously agreed to it, without any discussion. We both understood something about the name and its applicability to the kind of repertoire we were interested in as well the the plain fact that we would be in the business of providing material — sheet music, audio recordings, mostly — required for performing the music we’d have in the catalog…
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The Royal Opera House and the Roundhouse have announced a new partnership. They’re doing a joint production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in January 2015. This follows on the ROH Cavalli’s L’Ormindo, a joint venture with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. It’s the first time that ROH has done L’Orfeo, which is hardly surprisng: the opera is very early baroque, better suited to small, eclectic houses and period performance…
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"We started negotiations last Saturday, and I think that the purpose of those negotiations is to try to find out if there is a way for me to come back," former Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vanska said on Wednesday
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Emily Magee (the Empress). Picture credit Monika Rittershaus © Teatro alla Scala Richard Strauss Die Frau Ohne Schatten: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Reviewed by Hilary Gloveron Mar 26 2014 Star rating: 4.0Claus Guth’s stylish new production of Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s operaDie Frau ohne Schatten by Richard Strauss (1864-1949) at the Royal Opera House was a deliciously dark fairy tale…
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Opéra BastilleTamino – Pavol BreslikFirst Lady – Eleonore Marguerre Second Lady – Louise Callinan Third Lady – Wiebke Lehmkuhl Papageno – Daniel Schmutzhard Papagena – Regula Mühlemann Sarastro – Franz-Josef Selig Monostatos – François Piolino Pamina – Julia Kleiter Queen of the Night – Sabine Devieilhe Speaker – Terje Stensvold First Priest – Michael Havlicek Second Priest – Dietmar Kerschbaum First Armoured Man – Eric Huchet Second Armoured Man – Wenwei Zhang Three Boys – Soloists from the Aurelius Sängerknaben Calw Robert Carsen (director)Michael Devine (set designs) Petra Reinhardt (costumes) Martin Eidenberger (video) Peter van Praet and Robert Carsen (lighting) Chorus of the Opéra national de Paris (chorus master: Patrick Marie Aubert)Orchestra of the Opéra national de ParisPhilippe Jordan (conductor)This, the 408thperformance of The Magic Flute (or La Flûte enchantée) at the Opéra national de Paris, had a good number of virtues, the greatest of which was the quality of the soloists…
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A mass public Lights Out and a Late Night Prom lead the line-up for 14-18 NOW, the official cultural programme accompanying World War One commemorations.
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Lawrence Brownleewww.lawrencebrownlee.comJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Finalists Announced for the 2014 National Council AuditionsMarch 23, 2014Nine Young Opera Singers Advance to Final Round ofthe Met’s National Council Auditions,America’s Most Prestigious Vocal CompetitionThe final phase of competition is a live public concert heldSunday, March 30 on the Met stage;winners will receive individual cash prizes of $15,000New York, NY – Following this afternoon’s highly competitive semi-final competition, nine young singers will advance to the final phase of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2014 National Council Auditions, America’s most prestigious vocal competition…
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Awadagin Pratt, Pianist & Janet Wolfe, HonoreeKay George Roberts, ConductorTerrance McKnight, HostJanet Wolfe’s 100th Birthday Celebration Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 8 PM Members of the Housing Symphony Orchestra celebrate Janet Wolfe’s 100th Birthday and all she has done for minority musicians since 1971…
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