Zev Yaroslavsky makes cameo appearance in 'La Traviata' at L.A. Opera + MORE


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La rue est une musée pour tous! + MORE

Born on this day in 1907 comic book creator Hergé.  Born on this day in 1813 composer and librettist Richard Wagner. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiNTxGcUv7k Born on this day in 1900 soprano Vina Bovy. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh-1PigewfA Born on this day in 1913 conductor Frantisek Jílek. //www.yo.... More »

In memory of an enterprising fortepianist + MORE

Naxos are bringing forward the release today of a fourth album of Clementi sonatas played by Susan Alexander-Max, US-born founder of the London chamber ensemble The Music Collection and former professor at the Guildhall School of Music. Susan died in January of cancer, her death unrecorded in public.... More »
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Sex and Nuns : Hindemith Sancta Susanna + MORE

Paul Hindemith's opera Sancta Susanna still has the power to scandalize. Nearly 100 years after it was written, (January/February 1921) it's still a shocker in many ways. It's a psycho-drama, where the emotions of the protagonists are thrown into extreme focus, the music emphasizing psychic trauma.&.... More »

UK premiere for Steinberg's Passion Week + MORE

Until recently Maximilian Steinberg's Passion Week (written in 1923) was all but forgotten, but now choirs are rediscovering it. Steinberg was a pupil of Rimsky Korsakov; both Steinberg and Stravinsky were class-mates, in fact Steinberg became very close to Rimsky Korsakov, marrying his daughte.... More »

Goerne/Pressler - Schumann, 2 July 2015 + MORE

Wigmore HallDichterliebe, op.48 Variations on an original theme in E-flat major, WoO 24, ‘Ghost Variations’ Songs from the Six Songs, op.89, and from Six Poems of Nikolaus Lenau, op.90 Matthias Goerne (baritone)Menahem Pressler (piano)  London audiences have grown used to making difficult c.... More »

Here’s a video song made from 23 other videos

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Here’s a video song made from 23 other videosTo steal from one artist is theft. To steal from many is creative.
Here’s a video posted yesterday by the Israeli composer Opher Kutiel, known as Kutiman. The song was compiled from 23 existing vocal and instrument tracks posted on YouTube by mostly amateur musicians.
Original? You decide.
In 24 hours, the vid has gathered almost half a million hits…

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Guillaume Tell, WNO, review, 'bravo!'

– www.telegraph.co.uk

The highlight of a forcefully communicated performance of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell is the stupendous chorus singing

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Putin congratulates a loyal violinist

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Putin congratulates a loyal violinistLoyalty works both ways.
The violinist and chamber orchestra conductor Vladimir Spivakov has been quick to sign manifestos in support of the Russian president.
This weekend, the Kremlin reciprocated by publishing  a 70th birthday telegram from Putin to his court violinist. It says, among other fond things: ‘Thank you for your many years of work and devotion to art, to the entire Russian society, our homeland, (and) for your enormous contribution to the increase of the national cultural heritage…

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Benignly British – Last Night of the Proms 2014

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Benignly British  - Last Night of the Proms 2014Last Night of the BBC Proms 2014. Thousands were there, having fun, and thousands more at open air Proms all over the country. I was at Otello at the ENO – new production by David Alden. I’ll write about that in a few hours, please come back – it was good! The real Last Night of the Proms was  a thrilling Beethoven Ninth with the Leipzig Gewandhaus (reviewed here)  So the Last Last Night of the Proms is Silly Season, a time to unwind and ham things up…

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It is 30 years ago – but feels like another life – that David Alden first exploded on to English National Opera’s Coliseum stage with his forever notorious cut-price staging of Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa. None of us there will ever forget the high-drama of that evening on stage and off. The booing began with the ballet about 20 minutes in and at the close even “impartial” critics (yes, myself included) were howling our approval – or otherwise – publicly…

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Haydn: Die Schöpfung review  wit, grandeur and riveting detailSoloists, Choir and Orchestra of Bayerischen Rundfunks/Haitink(BR Klassik)This marvellous recording, sung in German, comes as a surprise, since Bernard Haitink is not obviously associated with Haydn. In fact he didnt tackle The Creation until 2011, when he was 82. He approaches this great choral masterpiece with wit, unhurried grandeur, riveting orchestral detail and forward momentum in short, with just the acuity he brings to anything he conducts…

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Vivaldi's Griselda

– www.planethugill.com

Vivaldi's GriseldaStory of Griselda in the Spalliera panels from Siena, c1490Vivaldi’s operas are slowly making a come back. His opera Griselda was premiered in Venice in 1735, and is loosely based on the story from Boccaccio’s Decameron. Vivaldi’s libretto was originally written in 1701 and was updated by the playwright Carlo Goldoni…

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Proms 64 & 66; Proms Matinee 4; Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano  reviewRoyal Albert Hall; Cadogan Hall; Wigmore Hall, LondonSome loved Peter Sellarss staging of the St Matthew Passion, others loathed it, but there was nothing but awe for the Berlin PhilharmonicEver one to plunge in even when the danger flags are out, Simon Rattle brought two wildly contrasting concerts to the Proms last week, each played with dazzling brilliance by the Berlin Philharmonic…

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Bach and Reger: They Might Be Giants

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Reger, Bach, Paul Jacobs (organist), Paul Hall, Juilliard School,  Lincoln Center, New York, 8.9.2014 (SSM)   Reger             Fantasy and Fugue on BACH, Op. 46 J.S. Bach       Chorale-Prelude: Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, BWV 658 Prelude and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 539 (the “Fiddle”) Reger      […]

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Throughout his political career, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky has been a notable advocate for arts organizations, especially local classical-music groups both large and small. He has spoken at concerts and even tried his hand at guest conducting on a number of occasions.

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Off to Denmark

– briandickie.typepad.com

I am at Heathrow – in plenty of time on another warm London September morning.  Now for a week of flute music – including, no doubt on multiple occasions, Carl Nielsen's wonderful flute concerto.
I am thrilled to be back in Denmark, and to explore its third city Odense.  It is the birthplace of Nielsen and Hans Christian Andersen, as well as of the wonderful Caroline Wozniacki!  That is a good start!
I hope I can make time in our intensive schedule to enjoy the beauties of this place – and share them with you! This may have to wait until towards the end of the week…

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Nicole Cabell – Chanson d'avril

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Nicole Cabell - Chanson d'avril Songs by Bizet, Duparc, Liszt, Ravel; Nicole Cabell, Craig Terry; Delos Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Sep 03 2014 Star rating: 4.0Survey of French melodies with the known and lesser known from the American lyric sopranoSoprano Nicole Cabell won the BBC Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff in 2005 and has since then made a name for herself as a lyric soprano with a nice line in the more coloratura end of the market (I remember a notable appearance in Halevy’s La Juive in concert with the Royal Opera House a few years ago and she has since returned for Bizet’s Les Pecheurs de Perles)…

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South African ‘Magic Flute’ at STC

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Mhlekazi (Wha Wha) Mosiea (Tamino) and cast in The Magic Flute: Impempe Yomlingo, Isango Ensemble
Mozart’s timeless Singspiel The Magic Flute is a universal tale. Its libretto, in a pseudo-Egyptian setting, is imaginary enough that it can be transposed to almost any other locale, and its Masonic ideals can be applied in any culture where the human heart yearns for freedom from tyranny and men

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