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New Classical Tracks: Cypress String Quartet - Beethoven: The Early String Quartets + MORE

This recording of Beethoven's early string quartets marks the beginning of the end for the Cypress String Quartet. After 20 years, they've decided to disband..... More »

Crossing Over: Sacred Music for the Agnostic + MORE

Light and darkness (Edinburgh sunset, photo by me)The 40 days of Lent: season of prayer and fasting for adherents of Christianity, and of Requiems and Passions for devotees of classical music. With a seasonally appropriate release date of March 25, Crossing Over, the new album of the choral ensemble.... More »
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Dramatic power of war and grief + MORE

IPHIGENIE en Tauride was one of Gluck’s greatest triumphs, its dramatic power generated by the music and emotional conflicts..... More »
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Playlist. + MORE

King Crimson - Casino Arena, Asbury Park, NJ, June 28, 1974 (remix) (The Road to Red 15) (DGM) Burnt Belief - Etymology (Alchemy) Luigi Nono - Polifonica-Monodia-Ritmica - Ensemble of the CMW, University of Minnesota (YouTube) Extreme Noise Terror - Extreme Noise Terror (Willowtip; due Nov. 5) Bill.... More »

Concert Pile-Up Weekend + MORE

Yes, it's the weekend after Thanksgiving and there are too many concerts (and other events) to attend.Adler Fellows Gala Concert (The Future is Now), Friday, Herbst Theater, SF; a chance to say "I knew them when...."SF Bach Choir, Christmas by Candlelight, with The Whole Noyse, Friday & SundayPh.... More »

Steven Isserlis at PBO

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* Notes * Cellist Steven Isserlis (pictured left, photograph by Satoshi Aoyagi) is playing with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in the Bay Area starting with a performance at the SFJazz Center last night in San Francisco. The program is bookended with symphonies by Haydn, the first one being No…

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Rosa Antonelli returns to Carnegie Hall to benefit Hispanic studentsArgentine pianist Rosa Antonelli’s return to Carnegie Hall is a win-win. Her concert on Oct. 22 will benefit Hispanic students while promoting little-known classical music by Latin American composers.

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Black, box

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Black, boxPassion propels more operas than almost any other human emotion; however, many musical dramas have a very different sort of passion—the final days of Jesus—as their subject. While most commonly performed in concert halls or churches, this week the greatest of these, J. S. Bach’s setting of the gospeler Matthew’s retelling, opened this season’s White Light Festival in a grandly ambitious semi-staging by Peter Sellars at a strikingly transformed Park Avenue Armory…

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Listen – Daniele Gatti dirigeert Mahler 9

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Listen - Daniele Gatti dirigeert Mahler 9Listen HERE to a live recording of  the opening concert of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, from August 2013. It’s Mahler Symphony no 9, conducted by Daniele Gatti, who was confirmed lasst week as the new Chief Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam. The news was hardly “news” in the sense of being unexpected, since orchestras tend to appoint conductors whom they know well, and who are good in their core repertoire…

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The Isango Ensemble, one of the world’s most unusual, interesting and important theater and opera companies, doesn’t distinguish between African theater and European opera. Nor does the company from Cape Town, South Africa, acknowledge barriers between African myth and European, African…

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Catch up miscellany

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I have had a busy week and have been less than diligent on the blog…….
There was a fine opportunity on Wednesday evening to hear a good many of the Royal Academy of Muisc students – the Pavarotti Prize. Sadly there was precious little Italian opera on offer, and no Verdi at all – something that Pavarotti might have raised his eyebrows at!  But there is little Verdi available for young singers apart from Oscar, Nanetta and Fenton…

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Barnett orders overhaul after opera ban

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WEST Australian Premier Colin Barnett says he is embarrassed the state opera company dumped ‘Carmen’ because it featured smoking.

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Strauss: Intermezzo CD review  darker than ever beforeSchneider/Fassbaender/Eiche/Munich Radio Orchestra/Schirmer(CPO, 2CDs)The German CPO label has distinguished itself during the Strauss anniversary, first with its new recording of Josephslegende, and now with this fine performance of Intermezzo, the composers autobiographical 1924 opera, depicting a period of strain in his own marriage…

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Second time unlucky for the Rosenblatt recitals as the second one of the new season also had an indisposed singer programmed, so instead of Carmen Giannattasio we had Ruxandra Donose performing, fresh from her triumphant return to the Royal Opera as the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos and her recent Carmen in Calixto Bieto’s celebrated […]

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Sally Beamish and Andrew Motion

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To mark the centenary of World War One, Sally Beamish has written a new choral-orchestral work Equal Voices based on the war poetry of Sir Andrew Motion. One of Britain's best-known contemporary composers, Beamish's recent pieces include Flodden, written for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to mark the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden, and Variations on a Theme of Benjamin Britten, to mark Britten's centenary…

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Pittsburgh visit

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I spoke at Carnegie Mellon last night, as part of the Humanities Center's "Music: Mind, Machine, and Milieu" series. Many thanks to David Shumway, Richard Randall, and others for hosting me. This was my first visit to Pittsburgh since 2000, when I saw Mariss Jansons lead the Pittsburgh Symphony in Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra…

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WAC Board Chair Doubles Down On Crazy Comment

The 10/8/2014 edition of The Washington Post published an article by Geoff Edgers that examines the ongoing Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO)/Woodruff Arts Center (WAC) lockout. Of particular interest is the response from WAC Governing Board Chairman Douglas Hertz to questions about whether or not he regretted characterizing the ASO musicians and conductors as “a bunch of crazy people…

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