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Rattle’s Pelléas et Mélisande: A Magnificent Achievement + MORE

Debussy, Pelléas et Mélisande: Soloists, London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle (conductor). Barbican Hall, London, 11.1.2016. (CC) Debussy, Pelléas et Mélisande Mélisande – Magdalena Kožená Pelléas – Christian Gerhaher Golaud – Gerald Finley Arkël .... More »
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On the Air This Week + MORE

Highlights from July 15 to 22 Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Imogen Cooper plays Schubert, from a Chopin Society recital. Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Mozart and Rachmaninoff. Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: From the Mailbag. Sunday, noon: From the....... More »
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Salzburg Festival (9) - WEDO/Barenboim - Widmann, Mozart, and Wagner, 11 August 2016 + MORE

Grosses FestspielhausImage: © Salzburger Festspiele / Marco Borrelli Jörg Widmann – Con brioMozart – Piano Concerto no.27 in B-flat major, KV 595 Wagner - Tannhäuser: Overture Götterdämmerung: ‘Dawn’ and ‘Siegfried’s Rhine Journey’ Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to A.... More »
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Contact! New Music Series Survives Attempted Murder + MORE

Last week, the NY Times ran an excellent, though surprising, article by Michael Cooper about the last-minute reprieve for the NY Philharmonic's Contact! new music series.This is one of outgoing music director Alan Gilbert's new-music initiatives for the orchestra. It's not so hard to see why the orc.... More »
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Saxon violence + MORE

His shaved head in striking contrast to his dark beard and glinting eyes, the implacable Tartar conqueror glowers at us from the CD cover, while the uncropped photo of countertenor Xavier Sabata (above) is even more disturbing, featuring his raised fist and forearm tightly wrapped in a leather belt..... More »
TSO’s New Creations Festival: Slonimsky’s EarboxToronto Symphony Orchestra celebrated the 10th anniversary of their New Creations Festival this year, with John Adams returning as the featured composer, conductor, and host of the festival. The second concert in the series, held on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Roy Thomson Hall, was nothing short of spectacular, as every piece and performance was compelling in its own way…

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One early music master calls out another

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

One early music master calls out anotherPeter Phillips, director of the Tallis Scholars, has a blast at his colleague John Eliot Gardiner in The Spectator today, apparently in the interest of soliciting public views on the cult of the awe-inspiring maestro. Phillips refers to… the story that John Eliot Gardiner recently lost his temper with a brass player in the London Symphony Orchestra…

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Salonen’s insights lift CSO

– www.suntimes.com

The partnership of Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen has become what might be called a win-win-win-win: The orchestra connects strongly with this provocative but thoughtful leader…

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Beethoven in excelsis, Mozart down the toiletOur Stockholm trip was not quite as planned. Originally centred around an interview with Sakari Oramo, on sensational form in recent Beethoven and Shostakovich as the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Conductor, the schedule changed with his indisposition. J and I were still free to go, but the concert had gained another brilliant Finn, Jukka-Pekka Saraste (pictured below by Chris Christodoulou), which meant that the change from new work and Berwald symphony to an all-Beethoven programme was not the disappointment it might otherwise have been…

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Pure Handel - European Baroque Orchestra Pure Handel: European Union Baroque Orchestra, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Maria Keohane: Estonian Record Productions ERP 6212 Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Mar 30 2014 Star rating: 5.0EUBO in fine from in Handel cantatas, concerto grosso and Water MusicThis disc showcases the European Baroque Orchestra under their music director Lars Ulrik Mortensen in a programme of Handel, with the Overture from Admeto HWV 22, Water Music Suite no…

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Viswa Subbaraman Feels “Angry And Insulted” At Proposed San Diego Opera Shutdown

Just a quick pointer today to highlight a guest author post at Sticks And Drones from Viswa Subbaraman, conductor and Artistic Director of the Skylight Music Theatre in Milwaukee. Subbaraman turns a very keen eye toward recent events at the San Diego Opera SDO and why it is different from other organizations that have recently closed or are going through difficulties…

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Woolf and Pappano at the ROH

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

Woolf and Pappano at the ROHThe Royal Opera House announced its plans for the the 2014/15 season this morning. On the dance side, there are enticing propositions from Wayne McGregor, who’s creating a full-length work for The Royal Ballet based on Virginia Woolf’s output, with a new score by Max Richter. There are also new one-act works from Hofesh Shechter, who’s this year’s Brighton Festival Guest Director, and in-house favourite Liam Scarlett…

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Admission-free Yerba Buena Gardens Festival runs May 4-Oct. 26 and opens with Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra..

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Quiz: How much do you know about 'La Boheme'?

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Given its popularity, opera fans should know 'La Boheme' inside and out, right? So here's a little quiz on this familiar favorite. We'll start off with some easier ones — but by the end, the questions may test the knowledge of even the most devoted Boheme-ophile.

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Tchaikovsky, known and unknown, heard by Gerald Fenech. ‘… a wondrous sense of joy …’

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John Malveaux: Mozart Requiem 8 PM Friday April 4, 2014, 540 S. Commonwealth Ave., L.A. Commemorates Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:In support of Maestro Daniel Suk, Dream Orchestra, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Choir, and Opera Chorus of Los Angeles, MusicUNTOLD selected Long Beach Millikan High School student Teryne Chatman to deliver an excerpt from Dr…

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The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is not only the finest choir from a nation of singers, but arguably the finest choir in the world. Hear the choir's amazing performance from The Cathedral of Saint Paul last November.

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Esa-Pekka Salonen Awarded US Prize for Musical Composition

ESA-PEKKA SALONEN AWARDED US PRIZE FOR MUSICAL COMPOSITION

 

By Culturekiosque Staff
CHICAGO, 4 APRIL 2014 — Conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen
has been awarded the Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Musical Composition…

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