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BBCSO/Morlot review a superbly sure-footed Poulenc + MORE

Barbican, LondonMorlot conjured a wonderful palette of colour from a work whose cross-dressing craziness never eclipses its dark wartime originsAs with the proverbial buses, you wait a long while for a Poulenc opera and then two come along at once. Les dialogues des Carmélites returns to Cove.... More »
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Gerald Finley: 'I feel I've joined the Wagner train and I have a valid ticket' + MORE Nov 30th

The baritone talks about his 100th Covent Garden performance and the obsession that tied his career in knots'It was a ludicrous progression that I went into the Wagner repertoire with Hans Sachs first," laughs baritone Gerald Finley. "And now Amfortas in Parsifal? This is not the natural evolution f.... More »
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ArtsBeat: Rain Cuts Short Once-in-a-Generation Performance of ‘Hommy’ + MORE

The first performance in 40 years of “Hommy: A Latin Opera,” a 1973 album by Larry Harlow’s Orchestra Harlow that was meant as a salsa rejoinder to the Who’s “Tommy,” was stopped halfway through..... More »
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Music and its Visual Alter-Ego: Michel van der Aa at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival + MORE Nov 17th

What we see affects what we hear. And while classical music concerts are no exception to this rule, most composers and musicians downplay the phenomenon. This is understandable – after all, music is a discipline unto itself with centuries devoted to purely aural technique. But on the other hand, b.... More »
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How the Whale Became; Remember Me: A Desk Opera – review + MORE Dec 15th

Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House; Rivington Place, LondonA coloratura frog and a falsetto peacock hold court in an engaging new opera based on Ted Hughes's creation storiesChildren may be more open-minded as audiences than the adults who accompany them but they expect certain routines: rude no.... More »
 Mozart: Ruth Killius (viola), Royal Northern Sinfonia, Thomas Zehetmair (conductor/violin). Milton Court Concert Hall, London, 18.10.2013 (MB) Divertimento in D major, KV 136/125a Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major, KV 364/320d Symphony no.39 in E-flat major, KV 543   A new chamber-size hall for London as part of the Guildhall-Barbican complex: Milton Court Concert Hall – […]The post Top-Class Mozart Performances Grace London’s Newest Concert Hall appeared first on Seen and Heard International.

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Frock Me – Virtual Verdi.

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Review – Les Vêpres Siciliennes (Royal Opera House, Thursday 17 October 2013)
Guy de Montfort – Michael Volle
Hélène – Lianna Haroutounian
Henri – Bryan Hymel
Jean Procida – Erwin Schrott
Robert – Jihoon Kim
Ninetta – Michelle Daly
Thibault – Neal Cooper
Le Sire de Béthune – Jean Teitgen
Le Comte de Vaudemont – Jeremy White
Daniéli – Nicholas Darmanin
Mainfroid – Jung Soo Yun
Director – Stefan Herheim
Set Designs – Philipp Hürhoffer
Costume Designs – Gesine Völlm
Dramaturgy – Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach
Choreography – André de Jong
Lighting Design – Anders Poll
Royal Opera Chorus (Chorus Director – Renato Balsadonna)
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House (Concert Master – Vasko Vassilebv)
Conductor – Antonio Pappano
It is both unbelievable but somewhat acceptable that Verdi’s Les Vêpres Siciliennes has never before been performed at Covent Garden…

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Maturity Will Come, But Fun is Here Now

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Prokofiev, Chopin, Kapustin, Stravinsky: Yuja Wang (piano), Jordan Hall, Celebrity Series of Boston, Boston, 18.10.13 (DA) Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.3 in A Minor, Op.28 Chopin: Piano Sonata No.3 in B Minor, Op.58 Kapustin: Variations for Piano, Op.41 Chopin: Nocturne in C Minor, Op.48/1; Ballade No…

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Ensemble. A Pleasant Surprise

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Fauré, Britten and Franck in Cleveland, heard by Suzanne Torrey

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Verdi Les vêpres siciliennes Royal Opera House

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Verdi Les vêpres siciliennes Royal Opera HouseKaspar Holten promised that Verdi Les vêpres siciliennes at the Royal Opera House would be a spectacle, and he was right. The sheer presence of singers like Bryan Hymel, Michael Volle, Erwin Schrott and Lianna Haroutounian guaranteed its success, and Antonio Pappano’s impassioned conducting made it orchestrally thrilling…

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New Music North West

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New Music North West

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and the University of Manchester are presenting New Music North West, the UK’s largest festival of new British music, from 26 October to 2 November. The week-long festival takes place mainly at the RNCM and at the university’s Martin Harris Centre. There is the opportunity to hear groups such as the BBC Philharmonic, Psappha, Ensemble 10/10 and the House of Bedlam and the Liverpool-born composer Edwin Roxburgh features heavily…

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Columbus, OH music blogger Heather Brown tells you what it’s like to make an online contribution to various nonprofits around town:Opera Columbus: Five (5) steps.Promusica Chamber Ensemble: Five (5) steps.Columbus Symphony Orchestra: Up to twenty (20) steps. The process is so confusing that it’s barely possible to determine how long it will take any particular individual…

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Menachem Pressler (piano)(La Dolce Volta)Born in Germany in 1923, Menachem Pressler is best known as the pianist in the incomparable Beaux Arts Trio, which disbanded in 2008 after more than half a century. Pressler still teaches, and at the age of 89 recently resumed his solo career, somewhat curtailed by his chamber music making…

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In music there is an infinity of undecidables More evidence of how artwork changes the sound of CDs comes from this new release on the Spanish Enchiriadis label. Músicas Viajeras is a journey through the music of Christians, Sephardic and Muslim Spain performed by chamber choir Musica Ficta and early music ensemble Ensemble Fontegara with sonic enhancement from Juan Lucas’ cover photography…

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Fiona Shaw’s production of Britten’s chamber piece is opera at its most nakedly powerful, says Rupert Christiansen    

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Thomas Adès in San Francisco: A Warm, Welcoming Concert Among FriendsEarly October saw the San Francisco Symphony continuing it’s commendable streak of new music programming with a duet of programs highlighting the music of British composer Thomas Adès in both orchestral and chamber settings. Adès is considered in many circles a 21st century musical heartthrob: a conductor, pianist, and award-winning composer whose music seems to toe the line perfectly between widespread critical acclaim (in classical music terms) and adulation from new music aficionados…

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Ulysses Kay Project at Columbia University: Panel Discussion Mon. Oct. 21 at 5 PM; Harlem Chamber Players Concert Tues. Oct. 22, 2013 at 6 PM

Ulysses S. Kay, Jr. (1917-1995)

Ulysses Simpson Kay,
Jr. (1917-1995) is profiled at
AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works
List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma,
http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com.  He writes that Ulysses S. Kay, Jr. received a scholarship,
fellowship and awards which allowed him to take up residence in Rome
in 1949 to undertake studies at the American Academy in Rome…

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Autumn Music at the Temple: Sacconi Quartet

The Sacconi Quartet
Picture credit David Merewether

The Sacconi String Quartet
played last night (Tuesday 15 October) at the Temple
church just outside the city of London. The Temple church was
built in the 12th century by the Knights Templar, a
medieval military order of monks whose duty was to protect pilgrims
during the crusades…

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