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Edinburgh Festival 2014, Alison Jackson: A Story in the Public Domain (La Trashiata), review: 'a damp squib' + MORE

Artist Alison Jackson has brought her first "opera", in which celeb lookalikes mouth along to famous arias, to Summerhall on the Edinburgh Fringe. Laura Barnett is unimpressed.... More »
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A 55 year history: I talk to Kyung Wha Chung about Bach's solo sonatas & partitas + MORE

Kyung Wha Chung (Photo Kang Taewook)When injury forced the violinist Kyung Wha Chung to retire from performing in 2005 it seemed like the end of her performing career, one which had started over 40 years earlier when she made her concert debut aged nine. But she was able to return to the concert pla.... More »
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Koma, Schwetzingen Festival, Germany — ‘Overwhelming’ + MORE

Georg Friedrich Haas’s new opera is dense, sensual and engrossing.... More »
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Malala Yousafzai's UN speech set to music for International Women's Day + MORE

BBC Radio 3 announces Kate Whitley’s composition, using statements about every girl’s right to education, will broadcast on 8 MarchMalala Yousafzai’s 2013 speech to the UN, in which she spoke powerfully about every girl’s right to an education, has been set to music.BBC Radio 3 announced it .... More »
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Simon Rattle LSO Turnage Mahler Barbican + MORE

This was no "ordinary" event! When Simon Rattle conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in Mark-Anthony Turnage and Mahler at the Barbican, a statement was being made, of much wider significance than the concert itself.  Consider the context.  Though he formally becomes the LSO's Music Dir.... More »
John Malveaux holds certificate from Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti for performance during 2014 Korean Independence Day-Bell of Friendship ringing ceremonyJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:John Malveaux holds certificate of congratulations from Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti for providing performance of Pianist Phoenix Park-Kim & Hye-Young Suh during 2014 Korean Independence Day-Bell of Friendship ringing ceremony in San Pedro, Ca…

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A quarter century for Tognetti

– www.theaustralian.com.au

THE Australian Chamber Orchestra celebrates two milestones next year.

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Drink and drug addictions 'blighting lives of classical musicians'Channel 4 documentary Addicts’ Symphony claims use of alcohol and prescription drugs is rife among orchestral playersAddiction is blighting the lives of many classical musicians as they grapple with performance anxiety and antisocial hours, a cellist has said.Rachael Lander features in a Channel 4 documentary that brings together classical musicians whose careers have been derailed by drug and drink problems…

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Don't let the spandex pants, bejeweled shoes and modified mohawk fool you: Cameron Carpenter is a serious musician. He's a modern-day throwback to the flamboyant virtuosos of the 19th century. Like Liszt or Paganini, Carpenter dazzles audiences with blazing technique, igniting enthusiasm for his music and his instrument, the pipe organ.

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Can you sell an orchestra on TV? Don Draper can.

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Can you sell an orchestra on TV? Don Draper can.Holly Mulcahy, concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra has been reflecting on last week’s TV advert for the St Louis Symphony, which did not necessarily reflect the product in the best light. Here’s Holly’s take:

 
In today’s television advertising world, we see orchestras being used regularly to sell products from beverages to airlines, cars to computers…

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The songs of La Bohème will live foreverOur Own Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin demonstrates the enduring quality of art with two performances of La Bohème four decades apart.
Giacomo Puccini: La Bohème
Metropolitan Opera
Giuseppe Antonicelli, conductor
16 December 1948
In-house recording (amazing sound quality!)
Mimì – Bidu Sayão
Rodolfo – Jussi Björling
Musetta – Mimi Benzell
Marcello – John Brownlee
Schaunard – Hugh Thompson
Colline – Nicola Moscona
Benoît – Melchiorre Luise
Alcindoro – Melchiorre Luise
Parpignol – Anthony Marlowe
A sergeant – Lawrence Davidson

Giacomo Puccini: La Bohème
Highlights
Metropolitan Opera
Carlos Kleiber, conductor
25 January 1988
In-house recording
Mimì – Mirella Freni
Rodolfo – Luciano Pavarotti
Musetta – Barbara Daniels
Marcello – Jonathan Summers
Schaunard – Thomas Hampson
Colline – Gwynne Howell
This was the second of 19 performances Carlos Kleiber conducted at the Met through October 1990…

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The mystery of George Butterworth

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

The mystery of George ButterworthRoderick Williams sang George Butterworth Songs from A Shropshire Lad at tonight’s BBC Prom 41 at the Royal Albert Hall. Williams is by far the best best British song specialist around. He has such a warm. conversational style which makes his singing direct and personal. (Read more here) .The photo at right show George Butterworth  in civilian days…

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 Prom 42: Stephan, Kelly, Butterworth, Vaughan Williams: Allan Clayton (tenor), Roderick Williams (baritone); BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Manze, (conductor) Royal Albert Hall, London, 17.8.2014 (CS) Rudi Stephan: Music for Orchestra (1912) F.S. Kelly: Elegy for Strings, in memoriam Rupert Brooke George Butterworth: Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad (orch…

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Opera Review: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in ‘Teseo,’ at Mostly MozartThe Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra presented a performance of “Teseo” on Sunday as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival.

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'Don't you know who I am'

– www.planethugill.com

'Don't you know who I am'‘Don’t you know who I am’I have always got annoyed with people (reviewers, celebrities etc) who use the phrase or something like it, pulling rank at events. I haven’t seen it happen very often, I have to admit. But the other day, to my horror, I found myself slipping into that mode when attending an opera performance at a fringe theatre (on press tickets), for a review on this blog…

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This time I won’t reproduce Caruso’s quote, but only mention that the Salzburger Festspiele presented Verdi’s Il Trovatore only once in 1962 when Karajan had Leontyne Price, Giulietta Simionato, Franco Corelli and Ettore Bastianini (and the next year, without Corelli). Some would say that you will never have a cast like that again, but the Festival has decided that you can always try something different when you cannot offer the traditional choice…

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The Russians were coming – and the prospect of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, even without the added attraction of hearing it in Igor Buketoff’s questionable choral arrangement where the Tsarist hymn is taken at its word and does a Boris Godunov on us, the promenade queues were fast stretching towards South Kensington…

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Sergio A. Mims: SlippedDisc.com: Afro-Venezuelan Conductor Rafael Payare to conduct Vienna Philharmonic in Vienna and Paris in January 2015Rafael Payare(Askonas Holt)On May 31, 2014 AfriClassical posted:Sergio A. Mims: Afro-Venezuelan Conductor Rafael Payare Appointed Chief Conductor of Ulster Orchestra From September 2014Today Sergio sends this link:Slipped DiscAugust 18, 2014 by Norman LebrechtVienna picks Venezuelan to replace MaazelWe hear that Rafael Payare, chief conductor of the Ulster Orchestra has been approached by the Vienna Philharmonic to take over three concerts in January 2015 from the late Lorin Maazel…

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