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BBCSSO/Volkov – rare musical portraits of film's early stars + MORE

City Halls, GlasgowA persuasive account of Charles Koechlin’s Seven Stars’ Symphony captured its actors in unsentimental detail The Seven Stars’ Symphony hasn’t been performed in the UK since the 1960s and isn’t exactly a pops classic elsewhere, so this BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conc.... More »
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Emanuel Ax Fashions a Crowd-Pleasing Doubleheader + MORE

Beethoven, Mozart: Emanuel Ax (piano), Vancouver Symphony Orchestra/Bramwell Tovey (conductor), Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, 18.1.2017 (GN) Beethoven – Wellington’s Victory Op.91 Mozart – Piano Concerto No.22 in E flat major K.482 Beethoven – Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 ‘Emper.... More »
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Minnesota Opera: Tosca + MORE

Join us Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. as we head to the Ordway for a special live broadcast of Tosca with the Minnesota Opera. Minnesota native Kelly Kaduce stars in the lead role as the fiery prima donna, with Leonardo Capalbo as Cavaradossi and Stephen Powell as Scarpia..... More »
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Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s Bach: Very Much More Than the Sum of its Parts   + MORE

 Bach: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano). Wigmore Hall, London, 20.9.2014 (MB) The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book One, BWV 846-69 Having heard Pierre-Laurent Aimard play The Art of Fugue in this very hall a few years ago, I was, despite very mixed feelings concerning that performance, keen to hear this al.... More »
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Curtain Calls + MORE

This article first appeared at auditionoracle.com Photo: operacreep.wordpress.comLast night I was one of many who had the opportunity to see Terry Gilliam Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini at the cinema. There are all sorts of wonderful things to talk about but I thought I might just dwell on o.... More »

Franco-Russian treasure trails around W1…

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On Saturday evening at the Wigmore Hall I’m doing a pre-concert talk before Alina Ibragimova and Steven Osborne’s recital. It will be a sort of Franco-Russian treasure trail full of exciting musical connections, some of which are even relevant to Debussy and Prokofiev. Do come along – am anticipating a sensational concert.

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Film-maker Benoît Jacquot fails to tame the Bastille’s vast stage – but Diana Damrau is in glorious voice as she makes her house debut

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Remembering David Nadien (1926-2014)By Laurie Niles: Violinists are remembering David Nadien, who died last week at the age of 88. Nadien, who was concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein, was also known as the violinist on the Suzuki recordings, teacher at Mannes College of Music, and New York studio musician with legendary sight-reading abilities…

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The Week in Reviews, Op. 33: James Ehnes, Tai Murray, Veronika Eberle in concertBy Robert Niles: In an effort to promote the coverage of live music, each week Violinist.com brings you links to reviews of notable violin performances from around the world.

James Ehnes performed the Beethoven with the New Jersey Symphony OrchestraThe Star-Ledger: “James Ehnes proved a technical marvel as the soloist for Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, a much-loved work that carries Mozartian grace but also an intrepid quality…

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“Too Tired to Attend Opening Night of the Opera”“Even Mary Garden herself is said to be in a state of mind because Mme. Bourskaya has been given several of Mary’s best roles.” [The Washington Times]

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Barbican HallBeethoven – Violin Concerto in D major, op.61Henze – Being BeauteousSchumann – Symphony no.2 in C major, op.61Veronika Eberle (violin)London Symphony OrchestraSir Simon Rattle (conductor) This was very much a concert of two halves. A well-nigh unlistenable performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto was arbitrarily pulled about to an extent I had never heard before, and hope never to hear again…

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Terry Gilliam's production of  Benvenuto Cellini - in picturesA selection of rehearsal, behind-the-scenes images and costume designs from Terry Gilliam’s production of Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini that opens at English National Opera on 5 June 2014. Read Terry Gilliam’s production diary Continue reading…

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Surprise Gift from the Younger Me

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In case you happen to be in Canberra this Saturday (conflicts with my acupuncture appointment in Kingston, sadly), the ANU New Music Ensemble and their guests, Uncut Percussion, will give the world premiere of my The Stream (Admonitions), which I wrote in 1987 and forgot about until I ran across the manuscript this spring…

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Many thanks to Robert R. Reilly for this review from the Kennedy Center..

Photo (detail) courtesy Washington National Opera, © Scott Suchman
On May 7, 2014, I caught the third performance of The Magic Flute at the Kennedy Center Opera House in a production that is scheduled to run till May 18. It was vocally satisfying, but visually irritating…

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See It and Believe It

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In case you missed the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra performing a choreographed version of “Appalachian Spring,” the video is now available:

Not as cool as it was live, but still pretty darn cool. And good job to Maryland for documenting it. More on the performance here.

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Maestro Stephen Layton and the Holst Singers bring new life to Handel’s ‘Israel in Egypt’, as Classical MPR’s Choral Stream Producer Tesfa Wondemagegnehu reports from London.

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Dialogues des Carmélites, Royal Opera, 2 June 2014Images: Stephen Cummiskey/Royal Opera House  Royal Opera HouseChevalier de la Force – Yann BeuronMarquis de la Force – Sir Thomas AllenBlanche de la Force – Sally MatthewsThierry – Neil GillespieMme de Croissy – Deborah PolaskiSister Constance – Anna ProhaskaMother Marie – Sophie KochM…

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 Beethoven, Henze, and Schumann:Veronika Eberle (violin), Anna Prohaska (soprano), London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor). Barbican Hall, London, 1.6.2014 (MB) Beethoven – Violin Concerto in D major, op.61 Henze – Being Beauteous Schumann – Symphony no.2 in C major, op.61   This was very much a concert of two halves…

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