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Gaffigan Gives Enticing Mozart and Balletic Shostakovich + MORE

 Barber, Mozart and Shostakovich: Philippe Quint (violin), Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, James Gaffigan (conductor), Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, BC, 29.11.2014. (GN) Barber: “Intermezzo” from Vanessa, Op. 32 Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4, K. 218 Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60 .... More »
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Victor Salvi, Who Played Harps and Made Them Too, Dies at 95 + MORE

Mr. Salvi, a former New York Philharmonic member, founded a company that became the world’s foremost harp producer..... 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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Beverly Hills teacher finds violin and Vivaldi in a time of war + MORE

I teach violin in Beverly Hills, and this summer I received an unusual request..... More »
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No more doubt or fear + MORE

Born on this day in 1923 musical director and conductor Mort Lindsey.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-8KW-sARYw Born on this day in 1905 soprano Hilde Konetzni. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9cMPXYIVH0 Born on this day in 1910 bass-baritone Gustav Neidlinger. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0VynX4qENU Born on.... More »
Music Review: New Music From Locrian Chamber Players at Riverside ChurchThe Locrian Chamber Players, who limit their repertory to works written in the last 10 years, played on Thursday at their home, Riverside Church.

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Choral at Cadogan - 2014/15 season launchLast night, 28 August, Cadogan Hall launched the 2014/15 Choral at Cadogan series with a short taster from Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars. The group performed three works from the Metamorphosis programme which they will be presenting at Cadogan Hall on 23 October 2014. We heard Palestrina’s Magnificat for Double Choir, a glorious work in which Palestrina starts out traditionally using the two choirs alternately but eventually varies the groupings of voices to magical effect, Orlando Gibbons’ Nunc dimittis from the ‘Short’ service which is a simple but very effective piece with a fabulous Amen, and finally Arvo Part’s Nunc Dimittis, a quietly spare work where Part reserves the climaxes for key moments such as the word ‘lumen’…

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Coronation of Poppea at Grimeborn FestivalRosie Aldridge and Elizabeth Holmes Monteverdi The Coronation of Poppea; Ryedale Festival Opera, director Nina Brazier, music director Christopher Glynn; Grimeborn Festival at Arcola Theatre Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Aug 28 2014 Star rating: 5.0Small scale, but entrancing and engrossing production of Monteverdi’s final operaRyedale Festival Opera brought its production of Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea to the Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre on 29 August 2014…

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Dominique-René de Lerma: ‘On Casting’

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Dominique-René de Lerma: 'On Casting'George ShirleyDominique-René de Lerma:In a recent exchange of emails, Professor emeritus (University of Michigan) George Shirley validly stated that opera goers sought a musical experience and were willing to suspend certain expectations toward that goal.  This becomes an obligation when viewing a short, rather stout tenor (e…

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Royal Albert HallSymphony no.2 in C minorKate Royal (soprano)Christianne Stotijn (mezzo-soprano)Swedish Radio Choir (chorus master: Peter Dijkstra)Philharmonia Chorus (chorus master: Stefan Bevier)Swedish Radio Symphony OrchestraDaniel Harding (conductor) This was, all told, an impressive performance of Mahler’s Second Symphony from Daniel Harding, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, their soloists and choruses…

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Triumphant Mahler 2 Harding Prom 57

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Triumphant  Mahler 2 Harding Prom 57Triumphant! An exceptionally stimulating Mahler Symphony No 2 from Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Prom 57 at the Royal Albert Hall.  Harding’s Mahler Tenth performances (especially with the Berliner Philharmoniker, read more HERE) are pretty much the benchmark by which all other performances are assessed…

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The New York Chamber Music Festival has stepped up during the early September lull in the classical music calendar with innovative programs at Symphony Space.

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Peking Opera at the Kennedy Center

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Jingju Theater Company of Beijing (photo by Lei Wang)
It has been quite a year for Chinese cultural organizations here in Washington. After tours by the China National Symphony Orchestra and Beijing Symphony Orchestra last year, the Jingju Theater Company of Beijing came to the Kennedy Center Opera House on Wednesday and Thursday night, for the first of two performances, another example of

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PROM 57: Daniel Harding’s Impressive Mahler at the Proms

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Prom 57 – Mahler: Kate Royal (soprano), Christianne Stotijn (mezzo-soprano), Swedish Radio Choir (chorus master: Peter Dijkstra), Philharmonia Chorus (chorus master: Stefan Bevier), Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 29.8.2014 (MB) Symphony no.2 in C minor, ‘Resurrection’ This was, all told, an impressive performance of Mahler’s Second Symphony from Daniel […]

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Social media hysteria will not help new musicI decided to set some of the Vespers texts that Monteverdi had set, but I did not want to write an orthodox Roman Catholic Vespers. Religious music is difficult to write nowadays because most composers (I think it is fair to speak generally) can no longer feel themselves part of established religions; yet the religious impulse is there in all of us, and religious works of some kind are, I think, still needed…

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Ricardo Muti • Wiener Philharmoniker
The Death of a Symphony

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On paper, Riccardo Muti might be suited to Bruckner, with his tendencies to regal, broad and mellifluous textures. On record, that has not borne out: Muti doesn’t touch Bruckner often; his best—the Fourth with the Berlin Philharmonic (

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Shopping season

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Shopping seasonAfter a long summer drought, suddenly new Blu-ray and DVD releases are falling, as it were, from the sky. La Cieca invites the cher public to peruse a gaggle of operatic offerings after the jump.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. “A fresh, charming and perceptive production, magical and irresistible!” (New York Times) This new staging of Richard Wagner’s Meistersinger burst upon the Salzburg Festival like a thunderclap…

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