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Bychkov Leads an Unforgettable War Requiem + MORE Dec 1st

  Britten, War Requiem: Christine Brewer (soprano), James Gilchrist (tenor), Roderick Williams (baritone), San Francisco Symphony, Pacific Boychoir, Kevin Fox (director), San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Ragnar Bohlin (director), Semyon Bychkov (conductor), Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. 27.11..... More »

CSO’s Riccardo Muti a man for all seasons + MORE

Riccardo Muti is steadfast in his search to connect the musical past and present in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s mission.... More »

Così fan tutte, ENO, review: 'amiable and colourful' + MORE

This unchallenging version of Mozart's opera will please ENO fans, says Rupert Christiansen.... More »
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Somewhere for the weekend: Rye Arts Festival + MORE

RyeYou never really need an excuse to visit Rye, but the Rye Arts Festival (17 September to 1 October 2016) just makes the prospect more tempting. Euphonia (which we saw recently in Gluck's Iphigenie en Tauride) are performing Britten's The Turn of the Screw and Donizetti's Don Pasquale. Rather aptl.... More »

Justin Elie, Haitian Composer & Pianist, Was Born September 1, 1883; Hear Violinist Jean R Perrault in 'Légende Créole' (5:22) on YouTube + MORE

Justin Elie, Cover photo of sheet music for NostalgieLégende Créole (also known as Haytian Legend) (5:22) by Justin Eliehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP3JS3D_vE8&index=3&list=PLy6dFoiD8hz5rIMhwcoY6Alb9WfwNdftE Uploaded on Apr 20, 2011 Jean R Perrault (violin) a.... More »
John Tavener Dies at 69; Composer With Eye on GodMr. Tavener, a composer informed by Orthodox Christianity, was heard throughout the world in his elegy, performed at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.    

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A guide to the music of Sir John Tavener

– www.classical-music.com

Sir John Tavener, who has died at the age of 69, was one of the best known and best loved composers of the 20th century.
In the current issue of BBC Music Magazine, we print an interview that Michael White carried out with the composer shortly before he died…

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Tavener’s ‘Song for Athene’, performed at Diana’s funeral, won worldwide audience for music that combined mysticism and accessibility

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Off to Cambridge

– briandickie.typepad.com

I am taking the train to Cambridge tomorrow – an agreeable 80 minute trip to one of the prettiest cities in England.  I have not been there for years – I am really there for a performance of Cavalli's Giasone by English Touring Opera, but I will be going early for the pleasure of evensong at King's College Chapel at 5:30 – followed by some refreshment before the performance at the Cambridge Arts Theatre at 7:30…

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Cultural venues like the British Museum and Royal Opera House should be moved to the north of England, according to a former adviser to Tony Blair.

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Tavener's final broadcast: the cheerful serenity of a 'radical wizard'Last Monday, Sir John Tavener appeared on Radio 4’s Start the Week. Its host reflects on the composer’s wit and wisdom• Read Nico Muhly’s tribute to his fellow composerSir John Tavener has been an eerie and challenging presence in our national life for many decades. I met him only a few days ago when he came in to talk about George Herbert, the great English poet, for Radio 4’s Start the Week…

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Johannes Brahms has created a special journey in these two piano concertos. As you listen, you may realize you've lost all track of time.

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Carnegie Hall Live: San Francisco Symphony

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Tune in Wednesday night at 7 p.m. CT to hear Michael Tilson Thomas lead the San Francisco Symphony and Jeremy Denk through a program of Beethoven, Mackey, Mozart and Copland live from Carnegie Hall.

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Light reading

– parterre.com

Light reading“Opera isn’t all about the music: On the most basic level, it’s a grotesquely expensive form of entertainment. When people drop a half a grand for a pair of only pretty good seats at the Met, never mind parking and dinner and getting the suit pressed, they want some visual bang for their buck…

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Andrew Dickinson – New Music

– www.telegraph.co.uk

Andrew Dickinson is a young tenor with a strong stage personality and bold ambition, says Rupert Christiansen    

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The Go-To Dramatic Soprano

– irontongue.blogspot.com

The Met is hiring Christine Goerke to sing Elektra, Ortrud, Turandot, and Brünnhilde in upcoming seasons. That Elektra will be in the Chereau production that is expected to come to the Met in the near future, and the Ortrud will be in a revival of Robert Wilson’s Lohengrin. As for the Ring, alas, the Lepage production will return…

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A City Embraces a New Music Director

– www.seenandheard-international.com

Higdon, Copland, Beethoven: eighth blackbird, Maya Angelou (narrator), Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Louis Langrée (Music Director), Cincinnati Music Hall, 11.11.13  Jennifer Higdon: On A Wire Copland: A Lincoln Portrait Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 Having led several Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concerts in the past, Louis Langrée has now assumed the position of Music Director…

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Gergiev’s cheap Romeo

– intermezzo.typepad.com

Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra take another bash at Roméo et Juliette tonight (13 November) at the Barbican.
A ticket (normally up to £37) with a free cocktail thrown in can be yours for just £15 using the online discount code 131113.  
Keep your eyes peeled for more offers from the same source.

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