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Aimard/Stefanovich - Brahms and Messiaen, 24 January 2017 + MORE

St John’s, Smith SquareBrahms – Sonata in F minor for two pianos, op.34bMessiaen – Visions de l’AmenPierre-Laurent Aimard, Tamara Stefanovich (pianos) I am not sure that I had ever heard Brahms’s op.34 (the Piano Quintet, to most of us) in its earlier, but not earliest, two piano ve.... More »

It’s a Mantua’s world + MORE

Verdi’s Rigoletto returned to the Met Friday in the stilted “Las Vegas” production by Michael Mayer, with mostly competent singing from a good-looking cast. However, in the role of Gilda, Olga Peretyatko was the standout performer, with a clean, brilliant soprano and a fresh face. In both “C.... More »

CD Spotlight. Moods and Textures + MORE

Dvorák's Slavonic Dances played by the Czech Philharmonic, recommended by Geoff Pearce. 'There is balance and lightness here, not achieved by many other orchestras.'.... More »

@NaijaClassical: Comic Opera House presents "An African Setting of Don Pasquale" by G. Donizetti, Sat. Sept. 3, 2016 at 5:30 PM, MUSON Centre, Lagos, Nigeria + MORE

Sunday, August 7, 2016 Nigeria Classical ‏@NaijaClassical Tweeted: 3 September 2016: Comic Opera House presents 'An African setting of Don Pasquale by #Donizetti ', Muson Centre, #LagosKenneth Ekhuemelo as Don PasqualeGenevieve Ogu as NorinaJo Oparamanuike as Ernesto.... More »

When this cruel war is over + MORE

Jarrett Ott is a star. That is the only surprise takeaway from the well-intended snore, Cold Mountain, which opened Friday for a five-performance run at Opera Philadelphia.   Pictures show that Mr. Ott is handsome, but they don’t capture his charisma onstage, or the floating beauty of his high ba.... More »

Worlds Apart.

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Zaïs (Sunday 27 April 2014, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London)
Zaïs (Jeremy Budd), Zélidie (Louise Alder), Cindor (Ashley Riches), Amour (Katherine Watson), Oromazès (David Stout), La grande Prêtresse (Katherine Manley), Une Sylphide (Anna Dennis) & Un Sylph (Gwilym Bowen).
Choir of the Enlightenment
Les Plaisirs des Nations (Ricardo Barros, Annabelle Blanc, Damien Dreux, Hubert Hazebroucq, Guillaume Jablonka, Fenella Kennedy, Adeline Lerme & Flora Sans)
Edith Lalonger (Choreographer)
Jonathan Williams (Conductor)
Arias for Farinelli (Monday 28 April 2014, Wigmore Hall)
Ann Hallenberg (Mezzo Soprano)
Les Talens Lyriques
Christophe Rousset (Director)
Last week I attended two concerts containing music written within roughly a decade or so of each other that couldn’t have been more different…

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Impassioned performances and a beguiling score impress Rupert Christiansen

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Arabella – Metropolitan Opera, 4/3, 4/11, 4/19 & 4/24/2014Byström/Wall, Banse, Volle, Luna, Saccà/Sorensen / AuguinThis final Richard Strauss/Hugo von Hofmannsthal collaboration is, disconcertingly for the foolish or first-time listener, a piece of two halves. The first act is thoroughly Hofmannsthal: germinated from his prewar story “Lucidor” — in which the characters now called Matteo and Zdenka were the leads and Arabella herself a cutout — it draws his characteristic passive/reflective heroine at a point of crucial suspension and ambivalence from/with a rather more “vulgar and dubious” social order than the Marschallin’s rococo Vienna…

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And the Snowman came too - piano music by Howard Blake played by Vladimir Ashkenazy Walking in the Air – piano music by Howard Blake: Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vovka Ashkenazy: Decca Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Apr 24 2014 Star rating: 4.0Fine survey of Blake’s piano music covering his entire careerThis new disc of piano music by Howard Blake  on Decca could be seen as a survey of the composer’s varied career as it not only includes recent music (his Parting, op…

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La Fanciulla del West is probably no one’s favorite opera; although Puccini’s imaginative writing for the orchestra and harmonic adventurousness are often mentioned, the whole spaghetti western impression comes across are unforgivably kitsch for most opera goers. This is why the fact that director Christof Loy had not decided to rescue it from its innocence is what makes his staging particularly effective…

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Breaking from San Francisco Opera:SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 2, 2014)—San Francisco Opera today announced casting changes for upcoming presentations of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata and Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème. Soprano Sonya Yoncheva, who was scheduled to appear as Violetta Valéry in six performances of La Traviata this summer and as Mimì in seven performances of La Bohème this fall, has withdrawn from the productions because she is expecting a baby…

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Nikolaj Znaider: Not Yet the Finished Article as a Conductor

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 Strauss, Brahms: Nikolaj Znaider (conductor), Roman Simovic (violin), Tim Hugh (cello), London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, London, 1.5.2014 (GDn) Strauss: Don Juan Brahms: Double Concerto Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra If you are one of the greatest violinists of your generation, pursuing a second career as a conductor is always going to involve overcoming prejudices…

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Arts: At Peace With a Certain Level of RenownAnthony Newman, who was once enlisted to bring Bach to the counterculture masses, has been music director at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Bedford since 1991.

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A US symphony orchestra shuts down after 101 years

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A US symphony orchestra shuts down after 101 yearsThe Green Bay Symphony, music director Donato Cabrera, has announced it will shut down at the end of next season. The reasons: ·        Insufficient financial support.  There is increased competition for charitable donations and increased competition for state sponsored grants and dollars…

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When Peter Racine Fricker wrote his Violin Concerto for small orchestra he was regarded being something of an énfant terrible – writing music that owed more to Schoenberg and Webern rather than Vaughan Williams and Walton.  Yet he was deemed to be one of the most important composers writing at the time (along with Humphrey Searle and Iain Hamilton)…

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Trug des Herzens, Traum der Ahnung: Tristan und Isolde in FrankfurtLiebesnacht: Ryan/Wilson in Act IIPhoto © Oper Frankfurt/Wolfgang RunkelIt seemed appropriate to me to begin the month of May with Frankfurt's Tristan und Isolde, an opera I've loved since hearing it cold as my first live Wagner. Frankfurt's current run boasts not only an impressive pair of lovers in Lance Ryan and Jennifer Wilson, but strong performances in further roles, and a rich reading of the score from conductor Stefan Blunier…

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Opera North’s Never Failing La Bohème

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  Puccini,  La Bohème: Soloists, Chorus  and Orchestra of Opera North / Andrea Delfs (conductor), Leeds Grand Theatre, Leeds  29.4.2014 (JL) Cast: Mimi:  Gabriela Iştoc Rodolfo:  Sébastien Guèze Musetta: Lorna James Marcello: Phillip Rhodes Schaunard : Gavan Ring Colline: Jimmy Holliday Benoit: Geoffrey Dolton Alcindoro:  Geoffrey Dolton Parpigno:   Paul Rendall   Production: Director:  Phyllida Lloyd Revival […]
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