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The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at the Dresden Music Festival + MORE

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain; Dresden Music Festival at the Semper Opera, Dresden Reviewed by Robert Hugill on May 28 2016 A remarkable confluence of styles: the Ukulele Orchestra in the grand confines of the Semper Opera in Dresden.The Ukulele O.... More »

CBSO/Rattle/Donohoe review a euphoric reception for the returning conductor + MORE

Symphony Hall, BirminghamSimon Rattle brought nobility and urgency while Peter Donohoe played as if visited by the spirit of RachmaninovBut for the vision and tenacity of Simon Rattle, Symphony Hall and its stunning acoustic would not have come into being and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestr.... More »
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New Classical Tracks: Stephen Layton, 'American Polyphony' + MORE

Stephen Layton and British vocal ensemble Polyphony have assembled a collection of choral works by composers Layton calls 'the real grandfathers of American choral music writ large.' Learn more about the album and enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD..... More »
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Briefly Noted: Gunnar Idenstam + MORE

Ravel / Debussy (arrangements for organ), G. Idenstam (released on July 8, 2014) BIS-2049 | 73'46"Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel wrote no music for the organ. That bothered Swedish organist Gunnar Idenstam, who decided to make his own arrangements of some of his favorite pieces. With inventiv.... More »

Not just the look, how the sets work is part of the narrative - my encounter with designer Leslie Travers + MORE

Elysium - Den Norske Opera.  Directed by David Pountney. Set and costume design by Leslie Travers - photo Erik BergVerdi's grand opera Don Carlo opens at Grange Park Opera tonight (18 June 2016), a striking choice for such a compact opera house and the designer responsible for the challenge is .... More »

Glorious Bernard

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Glorious BernardPart two of my survey of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s Radio Legacy – a 152 boxed set released to celebrate the RCO’s 125th birthday – is now up on Sinfini Music. Much of it covers the Bernard Haitink era, when the young Dutchman took the helm of his nation’s leading orchestra and maintained exceptional standards through to the 1980s…

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Audio:Wagner And Turn-of-the-century British Culture,Aubrey Beardsley: The WagneriansSimon Russell Beale explores the impact of Wagner on turn-of-the-century British culture, from the works of Aubrey Beardsley and George Bernard Shaw to Elgar, Bantock and Rutland Boughton. He talks to Emma Sutton and David Huckvale.First Broadcast: BBC Radio 3, 8:10PM Sun, 28 Jul 2013To Listen Click Here

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Woodwinds and a Mermaid Hold Court

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Stravinsky, Mozart, Zemlinsky: Judith LeClair (bassoon), New York Philharmonic, Andrey Boreyko (conductor), Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, 18.1.2014 (BH) Stravinsky: Chant du rossignol: Poème symphonique (Song of the Nightingale: Symphonic Poem (1913-14/1917) Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major, K…

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A Strauss Wonder

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A Strauss WonderSome pieces are a slow burn. The first time I heard Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie it evaded me. It was the famous Karajan recording, the first classical CD ever pressed, and it left me nonplussed. I heard the Symphony live with Dudamel and his overgrown youth orchestra. While I relished the colours and the sheer force of the work, I couldn’t think that I would ever love it…

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Slideshow: Met Opera's 'Rusalka'

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The Met's current production of Dvorak's fairy-tale opera, 'Rusalka', features lush sets that could have been lifted directly out of a Tolkien story: realistic, but tinged with fantasy. Here's a slideshow of the production.

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“Oh how I sympathize with King Canute!”Norman Lebrecht, who seems now to have no goal in life beyond actively impeding the progress of classical music—and why not: look how cruelly the industry has treated him!—has published a “review” from a “critic” who walked out of a three-act opera after the first act.

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The Minnesota Orchestra received standing ovations Friday at its first concert since the end of the lockout. Here is a look at the audience and musicians.

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Muti steps in to save Abbado’s orchestra

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Muti steps in to save Abbado’s orchestraThe Orchestra Mozart, Abbado’s creation, was wound up last month, a few days before he died. Now Riccardo Muti, his colleague, friend and occasional rival, has let it be known that he is bringing the orchestra together again for a tribute concert this summer at the Ravenna Festival, directed by his wife, Cristina Mazzavillani…

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Will cinema kill the opera star?

– www.telegraph.co.uk

More and more operas are being broadcast in cinemas. Is this the end of live singing, asks Rupert Christiansen    

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CD Spotlight. Highly Sensitive

– www.mvdaily.com

Brahms from Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, recommended by Patric Standford. ‘… the authority and tenderness of fresh interpretations.’

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Hey, Bud, Glyndebourne’s just blown a hole in BrooklynA production of Britten’s Billy Budd from deep in the Sussex countryside has given Brooklyn its biggest opera night in yonks, say our pals at NY Classical Review:   Photo: Richard Hubert Smith ‘Mark Padmore delivers the performance of a lifetime as Captain Vere … The cast and musicians (the London Philharmonic Orchestra led with […]

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Once when I showed a video of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s video of Madama Butterfly to a Japanese friend, she would say “eeeh… that’s so strange” every 30 seconds. As I had never seen any Japanese production of Puccini’s Japanese opera, I thought that Tamiya Kuriyama’s 2005 staging for the New National Theatre could be a good opportunity to check if the Western stagings I had previously seen would look so different in comparison…

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Beardsley’s The Wagnerites & Shaw’s The Perfect Wagnerite“Shaw does mention the fact that the leitmotif which accompanies Brünnhilde’s renunciation of the ring and her glorification of Siegfried’s love during the apocalyptic ending of the opera is the same as that which we hear when Siegfried’s birth is predicted in Die Walküre, he sees no particular sense in this…

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