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Armenia’s finest turns 75 + MORE

The composer Tigran Mansurian will be 75 on Monday.  Patricia Kopatchinskaja will give first performances of his violin concerto “Four serious songs” and also of  the “Romance” for violin and orchestra which Mansurian dedicated to her: In February with the Orchestra della .... More »
maestro

Ensemble. A Cause for Celebration + MORE

'Mechanical Advantage', Sinfonia Viva's latest Schools Residency, described by Mike Wheeler.... More »
composer

More Elgar + MORE

It has been a pleasure of the past week to have been at Elgar's Gerontius (last Sunday) and The Apostles (last night).  All we now need to wait for is The Kingdom - and not for too long I hope.  Andrew Davis is a passionate interpreter of these works, and indeed of the whole orchestra.... More »
recital

A magical ‘Swansong’ from Sir John Tomlinson + MORE

 Schubert: Sir John Tomlinson (bass), Christopher Glynn (piano). Wigmore Hall, 11.12.2016. (CC) Schubert – Schwanengesang, D957, sung in English as ‘Swansong’ (tr. Jeremy Sams) A bit unclear from the Wigmore’s documentation as to whether this was the world premiere of Jeremy Sams’s.... More »
conductors

Facing the music: Viktoria Mullova + MORE

Stevie Wonder, Paavo Järvi’s Schumann, Pärt and Kleiber - violinist Viktoria Mullova shares her musical inspirations How do you mostly listen to music?Mostly when I’m travelling, on my iPhone with noise-cancelling headphones. I have a large music library with many contrasting genres, so someti.... More »

In Brief: Christmas Listening Edition

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio, online video, and other good things in Blogville and Beyond. (After clicking to an audio or video stream, press the "Play" button to start the broadcast.) Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.

Listen to Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, in a performance by the Choir of London and the Australian Chamber

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Parsifal at ROH (New Langridge Production)

– capricciomusic.blogspot.com

Parsifal at ROH (New Langridge Production)30/11/13photo copyright ROH/TelegraphParsifal is a tricky work. No one I know claims to fully understand it, and of Wagner’s mature opus it’s the one that gives me most trouble. The work is obviously exceptionally far-reaching intellectually, musically, emotionally, spiritually, but at times it also veers extremely close to utter absurdity…

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By The Weekend Vote: In the last few days, I’ve found myself next to several living room pianos, playing Christmas and holiday music by ear, for gatherings of friends. In one case, it was with a pianist who easily transposes any tune to any key, for the sake of those who would like to sing. Not always comfy on the fiddle, but okay, I like practicing this skill!

At one of these gatherings, someone said, “It’s nice you can do that — a lot of classical players can’t play by ear!”

What? Actually, I think she might be right…

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Technical Hitches Mar Parsifal Transmission.

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Wagner, Parsifal (simulcast) Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Antonio Pappano. Cineworld Haymarket, 18.12.2013 (CC) Cast: Simon O’Neill: Parsifal Gerald Finley: Amfortas René Pape: Gurnemanz Angela Denoke: Kundry/Voice from above Robert Lloyd: Titurel Willard White: Klingsor   Production: Stephen Langridge: Director Alison Chitty: Designer If it was slightly frustrating that Cineworld Haymarket […]

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"None" Wagner Concert Disrupted But Not StoppedPeaceful protesters outside of the eventAs previously noted, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, found that the only way it could note Wagner 200 in Israel was by not playing his work. Instead they chose to stage a concert program named, “The Case: Wagner” During this, rather than Wagner, they looked at those thought to have influenced or been influenced him…

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The Rape of Lucretia at Glyndebourne on Tour

– capricciomusic.blogspot.com

The Rape of Lucretia at Glyndebourne on Tour28/11/13The Rape of Lucretia makes a return to Glyndebourne after a hiatus of 67 years, and for me it wasn’t quite the triumphant revival that others have found it. The opera has never held its place in the repertoire despite the fact that it comes from Britten’s most musically fertile decade; the score has many beauties, but the central problem is all too obvious – the fanciful, wanky libretto by Ronald Duncan which Britten has to work around, rather than with to make this a viable drama…

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Barcelona Berlioz Britten and more Xmas listening

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Berlioz L’enfance du Christ The Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya’s Christmas concert, live on medici.tv Good Xmas listening : not as vibrant and original as François-Xavier Roth with the LSO at the Barbican last week, but still worth listening to because it’s done honestly…

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Pianist Lara Downes & Cellist Zuill Bailey record CD 'Some Other Time,' 'music by American icons Barber, Bernstein, Copland and Foss' due out in April, 2014Lara Downeswww.laradownes.com The Holiday Newsletter of pianist Lara Downes, who recently recorded Exiles’ Cafe, includes the announcement of another Steinway & Son recording, a duo CD with cellist Zuill Bailey:Dear Friends,   I hope this is finding you wrapping up your work and last-minute shopping, and getting ready to spend a peaceful holiday with family and friends…

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A lesson or two from Renee Fleming

– intermezzo.typepad.com

After being forced to cancel the concert that marked the start of her year as Humanitas Visiting Professor in Opera Studies, Renee Fleming was finally able to appear at Oxford for some masterclasses. Some useful stuff in there if singing's your thing.

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Interval adventures: Staatstheater Wiesbaden

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Interval adventures: Staatstheater WiesbadenStaatstheater WiesbadenMentioning my passion for opera to new acquaintances has elicited a near-universal comment on how fortunate it is that there are multiple houses in the region. A good handful of people piqued my interest by following this remark with: "Have you been to the house in Wiesbaden yet?" While Frankfurt sits preeminent among the companies within easy traveling distance, local consensus seems to be that Wiesbaden is, by some margin, the most beautiful house…

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TT: Ten books that have stayed with me

– www.artsjournal.com/aboutlastnight

• W. Jackson Bate, Samuel Johnson • David Cairns, Berlioz • Otis Ferguson, The Film Criticism of Otis Ferguson •…

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Lyric Opera Of Chicago Announce New Ring CycleAlas, very little information at the moment apart from that below.Lyric Opera of Chicago will present its second new production of Richard Wagner’s massive “Ring” cycle in one or more future seasons, the company said on Friday. It will announce details and unveil its creative team and key cast members at a press announcement Jan…

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The Christmas Oratorio is generally put in second place to the Matthäus- and Johannes-Passionen because of its lack of theatricality and relatively less complex structure. Its expressive style is certainly more direct and puts greater emphasis on its soloists. This is probably why it is usually the less successful of many Bach vocal work collections that has been successful with only fair soloists…

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