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An Account of the St John Passion that Brought Home the True Meaning of Easter + MORE

Bach: Soloists, Polyphony, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Stephen Layton (Conductor), St John’s Smith Square, London, 14.4.2017.  (RB) Bach – St John Passion Nick Pritchard (Evangelist) Neal Davies (Christus) Julia Doyle (soprano) Iestyn Davies (countertenor) Gwilym Bowen (teno.... More »
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That is not permissible: Menahem Pressler’s masterclass + MORE

This is a genuine masterclass, an opportunity to read chamber music with a pianist who played 55 years in the world’s most successful piano trio. The recording is a little grainy but the Mendelssohn wisdom is indispensable. Just watch. And witness a transformation. .... More »
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Lethal injection + MORE

If British Opera magazine is to be believed (and that’s a huge if) incoming Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin has already scheduled the first artistic fiasco of his new incumbency: a production of that glob of manipulative dreck Dead Man Walking is apparently on the schedule for the 20.... More »
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Thunderous Ovation for a Last-Minute Substitute       + MORE

 Weber, Mozart, Shostakovich: Francesco Piemontesi (piano), Cleveland Orchestra, Brett Mitchell (conductor), Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, 20.7.2014 (MSJ)  Weber: Overture to Der Freischütz Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor The Cle.... More »
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Listen Now: When Tolkien Stole Wagner's Ring + MORE

Tolkien always vehemently denied any connection between his Lord of the Rings and Wagner's Ring Cycle. He once said: 'Both rings were round, and there the resemblance ceased'.But there is almost certainly more to it than that. Tolkien used the same Norse legends as Wagner for inspiration in 'Lord of.... More »
What does it mean to write about classical music when you’re not classically trained?

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ArtsBeat: Rare Encore at the Met as Mexican Tenor Stirs CrowdJavier Camarena joined the small coterie of opera singers who have literally stopped the show at the Met when he got such a thunderous ovation in Rossini’s “La Cenerentola.”

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We might also encourage every orchestra to look into its past and how it dealt with issues like anti-Semitism (and this includes our American orchestras) and what music was played during the war years and after.
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Sudden death of Bayreuth’s stand-in boss

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Sudden death of Bayreuth’s stand-in bossThe manager who was whisked in by the aging Wolfgang Wagner in 2001 to run the festival until his daughter was ready to take over, has died suddenly at the age of 66. Klaus Schultz had been running a small state theatre on Munich’s Gärtnerplatz when he got the call from Wolfgang. He served Bayreuth as […]

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The End of an Era - Julian Lloyd Webber to retireJulian Lloyd Webber and Gustavo Dudamel with In Harmony childrenCellist Julian Lloyd Webber has announced that he is to give up playing the cello publicly, and that his final performance will be on May 2, 2014 at the Forum Theatre, Malvern where he is performing with the English Chamber Orchestra. His decision has been brought about by a herniated-disc in his neck which has reduced the power in his right arm…

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Kay Metzger’s production is a modest affair, but George Benjamin’s opera retains its power and the singers inhabit their roles with ease

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Arditti Quartet review  the virtuosic group celebrate their 40th anniversaryMilton Court, LondonTheir willingness to extend the boundaries of what can be expected of a string quartet has never falteredEven a whole day of concerts three programmes containing 15 works, three of them world premieres was hardly enough to convey the full extent of the Arditti Quartet’s achievement across four decades, and how the recent history of the form would have been very different without it…

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Mendelssohn in Birmingham Volume 1

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Mendelssohn in Birmingham Volume 1My first consideration when reviewing this CD was the title –‘Mendelssohn in Birmingham’. Clearly the CBSO is a locally-based orchestra, so that much is understood. As far as I was aware, none of these present works were written for, or first performed in, that great city. The composer first visited Birmingham in 1837 shortly after his marriage to Cécile…

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Morning Glories: Vanska Returns

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It's quite a week for Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra. Vanska will return as the Orchestra's music director, as of May 1. All this week, we'll bring you five Morning Glories, spanning a decade of performances by conductor and orchestra.

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CD Spotlight. Perfect Indeed

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More Beethoven from James Brawn, recommended by Andrew Schartmann. ‘… a profound – almost spiritual – connection to the music …’

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The official classical chart

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Week ending 26 April 2014
 



1

Aranjuez
Miloš Karadaglić (guitar); London Philharmonic/Nézet-Séguin
Mercury Classics 481 0811xt
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2

Mozart: Requiem
Dunedin Consort/John Butt
Linn CKD 449
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Shostakovich: Symphony No…

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A statement from Julian’s press agent informs us:Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber announced today that he has been forced to stop playing due to a herniated disc in his neck which has reduced the power in his right arm.  His final performance as a cellist will be on 2 May at the Forum Theatre, Malvern with the English Chamber Orchestra…

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Don Giovanni hits on Philadelphia

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Don Giovanni hits on Philadelphia“Maybe choosing this particular lady wasn’t one of my best ideas”Don Giovanni never reveals what is going on inside his head. As he tears his way through the opera bearing his name he never stops to explain himself. His only important solo moments are extremely brief: the Act 1 “champagne aria” and Act 2 serenade…

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