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EIF 2014 – The Opening Concert, or, A Justly Resurrected Rarity + MORE

In advance of this year's opening concert I had my doubts. Jonathan Mills has several times resurrected neglected works which prove to be deservedly neglected (Delius's Mass of Life springs to mind). I recalled listening to a recording of the Debussy which made little impression on me. And Oliver Kn.... More »
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27, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Missouri + MORE

Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe convincingly portrays Gertrude Stein in Ricky Ian Gordon’s finely crafted but slightly bland new opera.... More »
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Life on the Moon, ETO, Hackney Empire, review: 'alcohol-free entertainment' + MORE

Did Haydn have any real love for the human voice? On the evidence of this staging of the composer's Il Mondo della Luna, Rupert Christiansen is not convinced.... More »
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The Latest Nazi Opera Conspiracy Book is Out + MORE

Here it is, folks. As predicted, no sooner as Joachim Köhler published his retraction of charges against Richard Wagner for causing WWII and the Holocaust, the next iteration of Nazi opera conspiracy theories is out. And it is being enthusiastically endorsed by none other than Norman Lebrecht:Now, .... More »
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Scores + MORE

Taken out of two libraries today:Curlew River, Britten, SF Public LibrarySerenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, Britten (Oakland Public Library)Quintet for piano and strings, op. 34, Brahms (Oakland Public Library)Reports coming up on Saturday's Rubin Institute panel and also on Tosca, which I wound.... More »
(Reuters) – The Colorado Symphony is giving new meaning to hitting a high note, announcing on Tuesday a bring-your-own marijuana concert series, the first of which features its chamber ensemble and South-of-the-border food and booze.

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ArtsBeat: Gelb Joins French Legion of HonorPeter Gelb, the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, was honored by the French ambassador.

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Dennis O'Neill at Rosenblatt Recitals

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Dennis O'Neill at Rosenblatt RecitalsThe Welsh tenor, Dennis O’Neill will be making a recital appearance in London 5 May 2014 at the Wigmore Hall, as part of the Rosenblatt Recitals Series. Accompanied by the pianist Jane Samuel, O’Neill will be performing arias from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Verdi’s Otello, Puccini’s Tosca and Cilea’s L’Arlesiana along with songs by Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi and Tosti…

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Crumb: Voices from the Heartland review  touchingly honestCrumb/Mason/Barrone/Orchestra 2001/Freeman(Bridge)George Crumb will be 85 in October. Over the past decade, his output has been almost exclusively vocal, concentrated in a series of song cycles and arrangements he has subtitled American Songbook. Recently, he began a Spanish songbook, and one instalment from each project appears on this latest issue, the 16th, in Bridge’s Complete Crumb Edition…

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Composer Dave Malloy took NYC musical theater by storm with his Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, but his path to Off-Broadway success began in San Francisco’s experimental theater community—and he’s holding on tightly to that non-traditional approach.

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 Schumann, Kurtág, Berg, Robin Members of the Ensemble Intercontemporain (Odile Auboin, viola; Alain Billard, clarinet/bass clarinet; Dimitri Vassilakis (piano) Wigmore Hall, London, 27.04.2014 (CC) Schumann                   Märchenerzählerungen, Op. 132 Kurtág                         Korál Berg                            Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op…

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Scotland’s foremost composer attacks secessionist fellow-travellersJames MacMillan, the most successful composer ever to emerge from the northern kingdom has published a lacerating attack on artists who promote independence from Great Britain, denouncing their reliance on the great poet Hugh MacDiarmid, an outspoken Fascist sympathiser. Read him here.    

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These pleasant, yet unremarkable works long for a sense of direction and purpose(Hyperion)With his 20 operas, six symphonies, eight piano and orchestral concertos and voluminous numbers of chamber music and piano works, Anton Rubinstein was so prolific as a composer that it’s hardly a surprise to discover that some of his output has still not appeared on disc…

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Dish night

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Dish night“Superstar soprano Deborah Voigt and powerhouse opera and theater director Francesca Zambello, friends for over 25 years, came to 92Y to talk opera, inspiration, artistry and friendship.”

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Dennis Kamakahi, Hawaiian Renaissance Songwriter, Dies at 61Mr. Kamakahi, a Grammy Award-winning virtuoso of the slack-key guitar tradition, composed roughly 500 songs, many of which have become beloved standards in Honolulu.

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Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han took Beethovern’s five sonatas Tuesday evening in a powerful and enlightening experience.

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Pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim has launched a digital-only record label in collaboration with Universal Music.
Peral Music will, eventually, comprehensively showcase Barenboim’s career as a conductor, pianist and chamber musician…

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Benjamin Grosvenor Returns

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No one who heard Benjamin Grosvenor’s Washington debut recital in 2012, on the heels of a fine debut recording with Decca, was likely to think of missing his second Washington Performing Arts appearance. An impending deluge could not keep me away from hearing this talented and intelligent British pianist again, on Tuesday night in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater…

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