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Ysaÿe’s transcription of Chopin's Ballade No. 1 op. 23 + MORE

By jacob niederhoffer: The music of Eugène Ysaÿe has always been one of my great loves. The aspect of his music that I find most appealing as both a listener and a violinist is the tension resulting from the intermingling of the romanticism of his youth and the modernity of his adult years. From a.... More »
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La Passion de Simone, Tischlerei, Berlin + MORE

This staging of Kaija Saariaho’s opera lacks essential mysticism.... More »
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'The work never stops' for Anne-Sophie Mutter + MORE

'The reigning diva of the violin' plays Roy Thomson on Friday, along with her Mutter Virtuosi chamber ensemble..... More »
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The Prokofiev Piano Concerto Marathon at the Proms + MORE

              Prom 15 – Prokofiev: Daniil Trifonov, Sergei Babayan, Alexei Volodin (pianos), London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 28.7.2015 (MB) Piano Concertos nos 1-5 Yes, in case you had not heard about this much-hyped .... More »
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An easygoing musical powerhouse + MORE

VIOLIST and composer Brett Dean is relaxed even though his schedule is more demanding than ever..... More »

Thunderous Ovation for a Last-Minute Substitute      

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 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 Cleveland Orchestra’s summer home, Blossom Music Center, is the place for dramatic last-minute substitutions this […]

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From Spain to Eternity review  El Greco's world resurrected with careEnsemble Plus Ultra(Archiv)Though he was born in Crete, Domenikos Theotokopoulos El Greco settled in Spain and spent the second half of his life in Toledo, awaiting a summons to work at the court of Philip II that never came. He died in 1614, and Ensemble Plus Ultra’s programme of works from the Spanish golden age particularly associated with the great cathedral of Toledo commemorates the 400th anniversary of the artist’s death…

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Verbier Festival live: Yuri Temirkanov

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Watch Yuri Temirkanov and the Verbier Festival Orchestra – with soloists Daniil Trivonov (piano) and Ekaterina Semenchuk (mezzo-soprano) – perform works by Rossini, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev at Verbier Festival 2014…

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Classical music should be an agenda-free zoneIn the past when classical record sales were sluggish, industry luminaries such as Walter Legge and John Culshaw (seen above with Sir Georg Solti) sorted things out by making legendary recordings such as the Giulini Verdi Requiem and the Solti Ring. Nowadays, when sales are slack, a luminary such as Max Hole goes on Classic FM to advocate tearing down the Royal Festival Hall, and then feeds the story to a conveniently on side journalist in the futile hope that the alchemy of social media will transmute contentious sound bites into sales revenues…

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Some Historical Perspective On Met Labor Relations

The 7/23/2014 edition of New York Times published an article by Michael Cooper that reported on the communication from the Metropolitan Opera (Met) to its employees informing them to anticipate that they will be locking out union employees whose contract expires on July 31, 2104. What’s interesting to note in Cooper’s article is reference to the relatively low number of labor dispute related work stoppages in the Met’s history: a lockout in 1980 and a strike in 1969…

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  PROM 6: Richard Strauss,  Der Rosenkavalier: Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra /  Robin Ticciati (conductor), Royal Albert Hall 22.7.2014 (RB)   Cast Octavian: Tara Erraught The Marschallin:  Kate Royal Baron Ochs: Franz Hawlata Sophie: Louise Alder Notary: Gwynne Howell Valzacchi: Christopher Gillett Italian Tenor: Andrej Dunaev Annina: Helene Schneiderman Faninal: Michael Kraus Marianne: Miranda […]

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Purcell with a French accent - The Fairy Queen from Les Arts Florissants Purcell: The Fairy Queen; Les Arts Florissants, William Christie; Harmonia Mundi Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jul 17 2014 Star rating: 4.0Re-issue of William Christie’s 1989 recording of Purcell’s opera, with a fine line-up of soloistsHarmonia Mundi has re-issued William Christie’s recording of the music from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, recorded in 1989 with Les Arts Florissants…

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Brutal review for wealthy agent’s wife

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Brutal review for wealthy agent’s wifeWe alerted you the other day to a set of Bach suites, the summit of every cellist’s dream, that has been recorded for Warner by Nina Kotova, wife of the fraud-convicted co-owner of IMG Artists, Barrett Wissman.
We refrained for passing detailed comment on the playing, leaving that for specialist reviewers…

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Work permit threat to San Francisco Symphony violinist

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Work permit threat to San Francisco Symphony violinistElina Lev has won an audition to play in the second violins of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
Before that, she was associate concertmaster of the Charlotte Symphony for four years and then of the Utah Symphony. She’s the daughter of professional musicians in St Petersburg and a former student of Vadim Gluzman…

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ArtsBeat: Rain Cuts Short Once-in-a-Generation Performance of ‘Hommy’The first performance in 40 years of “Hommy: A Latin Opera,” a 1973 album by Larry Harlow’s Orchestra Harlow that was meant as a salsa rejoinder to the Who’s “Tommy,” was stopped halfway through.

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Portrait of the proletarians’ poet

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A new opera honours a one-man Soviet cultural industry.

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The ensemble chose to perform their selection of Ashley’s works continuously without a break, sometimes even simultaneously. Boundaries were blurred—not just between the pieces themselves, but also between music and theater, between audience and performer, between performance and life.

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Dear John, Opera House isn't 'hideous'John, your attack, frankly, is a bit harsh.

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