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Triumphant Mahler 2 Harding Prom 57 + MORE

Triumphant! 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 w.... More »
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Uncommon Handel: Surprisingly Rewarding + MORE

 Handel: Handelfest 2014, Soloists and Chorus of the American Classical Orchestra, Thomas Crawford (Director), Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, 19.3.2014 (SSM) Concerto a due cori in B-flat major, HWV 332 Concerto a due cori in F major, HWV 333 Jubilate, HWV 279 Alceste, HWV 45 Soloists:.... More »
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Maestro move: Quebec grabs a Brit + MORE

The Canadian early music ensemble Les Violons du Roy has named Jonathan Cohen to succeed its founder, Bernard Labadie, who has stepped down. Cohen, 39, associate director of William Christie’s Les Arts Florissants, took over a tour for Labadie two years ago. He is founder-director of Arcangelo.... More »
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Of all the queens that ever lived I’d choose you + MORE

Born on this day in 1879 composer Rudolf Friml.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=UO40WAQqrAk Born on this day in 1863 composer Pietro Mascagni. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VX3yBgfccs Born on this day in 1887 composer Ernst Toch. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7x0lqd3ohc Born on this day in 1906 mezzo-soprano .... More »
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For the ladies + MORE

On this day in 1787, Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni received its first performance in Prague. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BLNVWQjtd8 Born on this day in 1911 bass-baritone Herbert Fliether httpvh://www.tubechop.com/watch/3805812 Born on this day in 1920 conductor Vaclav Neumann http://ww.... More »

Wedding Bells on ‘Swan Lake’

– ionarts.blogspot.com

As previewed, the visit of the Mariinsky Ballet to the Kennedy Center Opera House, with a production of Swan Lake, seen on Tuesday night, is one of the highlights of the month. The Mariinsky production, like most productions everywhere, goes back to the St. Petersburg theater’s first staging of Swan Lake, choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov in 1895…

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His Tuneful Voice - Iestyn Davies sings Handel Your Tuneful Voice: Iestyn Davies, The King’s Consort, Robert King: Vivat 105 Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jan 30 2014 Star rating: 4.5This is a highly recommended disc in which Iestyn Davies certainly does not tread the well trod path of alto arias from Handel’s oratoriosThis latest disc on The Kings Consort’s Vivat label, Robert King and The King’s Consort join forces with counter-tenor Iestyn Davies to explore Handel’s writing for the alto voice in his oratorios…

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Peter Grimes/ENO, Coliseum - opera reviewFor this revival of their 2009 production of Peter Grimes, David Alden and Edward Gardner have racheted up the tension to create a shattering evening of music theatre.

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An Impressive Young Tenor in Schubert

– www.seenandheard-international.com

  Schubert, Mauro Peter (tenor), Helmut Deutsch (piano), Wigmore Hall, London 28.1 2014 (RB) Schubert – Die schöne Müllerin D795 (1823) Die schöne Müllerin is the first of Schubert’s three great song cycles and on the surface it is a much brighter piece with a more straightforward narrative than the two late cycles…

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Your doyenne’s goodness is extremeWell, “extreme” is such an, oh, how shall I put it… extreme word, my dears; really La Cieca is no more than the humble intermediary here between Mike Richter‘s CD-ROMs and you, the cher public. This time our treat from the trove is Eugene Onegin, a selection from his disc devoted to the Metropolitan Opera Record Club of the 1950s…

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Opera’s finest turn out for singer ‘who defined English opera in our time’Dame Josephine Barstow leads a stellar line-up to celebrate the life and roles of Richard Angas, the effervescent bass who died last August.  Cast and booking details here.

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BBCSO/Bringuier – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

BBCSO/Bringuier – reviewBarbican, LondonMarc-André Dalbavie’s Flute Concerto brought out the best in the BBCSO in a mixed bag of a programmeNext season, the 27-year-old conductor Lionel Bringuier gets his own top-class orchestra when he takes charge of the Tonhalle Zürich. But here he was in charge of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, for a mixed bag of a programme that began with Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony…

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Double Header!

– briandickie.typepad.com

© Nick Heavican / Metropolitan Opera
It is rare indeed in a single day to two three hour plus operas, let alone each with artists in the title roles, arguably, or even incontestably, the finest exponents of the roles of their generation. But so it was for me yesterday!
The morning was the dress rehearsal of Kasper Holten's new production of Don Giovanni which opens on Saturday evening…

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Convincing Performance from Osipova as Giselle

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Adolphe Adam, Giselle: Soloists, Corps de ballet and Royal Opera House Orchestra/Boris Gruzin (conductor). Broadcast to the Odeon Cinema, Chelmsford, Essex. 27.1.2014. (JPr)   Cast: Giselle: Natalia Osipova Albrecht: Carlos Acosta Hilarion: Thomas Whitehead Myrtha: Hikaru Kobayashi Moyna: Elizabeth Harrod Zulme: Akane Takada   Production Choreography: Marius Petipa Scenario: Théophile Gautier after Heinrich Heine Production […]

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English National Opera’s “ownership” of Britten’s Peter Grimes was more than a little advanced by the arrival of David Alden’s thrilling staging in 2009 – and seeing it again now only confirms what I thought and felt then, that this is physically and emotionally the theatrical embodiment of the piece: a bold expressionistic reimagining of it that puts us where Grimes might be and has us seeing “the Borough” as he might see it…

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The record I have listened to most this month is…

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

The record I have listened to most this month is…… not terribly well played. Nor is the music brilliantly constructed. The opening movement is 20 minutes long, verging on inarticulate. The second is embarrassingly derivative. It is only when you get to the adagio that the emotional storm-force of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s 12th symphony kicks in, revealing its inner anguish…

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Regional Spotlight: Imogen Cooper

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Imogen Cooper performs the Schubert Piano Sonata in A major from a Frederic Chopin Society recital given last October.

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Wednesday Miscellany

– irontongue.blogspot.com

The annual San Francisco Symphony Winter Sale ends Friday; get your tickets to lots of hot events (Carey Bell plays the Nielsen clarinet concerto; Peter Grimes; the Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings; Mahler’s 3rd, with Sasha Cooke; Ton Koopman’s Bach Family programs; Christian Tetzlaff in the Bartok 2nd violin concerto, etc, etc…

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