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Remembrance Day War Requiem and a City’s Connection to Britten + MORE

 Britten and Vaughan Williams: Sheila Christie (soprano), Nicholas Phan (tenor), Russell Braun (baritone), University of British Columbia University Singers and UBC Choral Union (Graeme Langager, director), West Point Grey Academy Chorus, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra,  Bramwell Tovey (conductor), .... More »
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War, peace and love + MORE

Love is the only way to describe what so many of us feel about the complicated creatures of Tolstoy's War and Peace, and how we respond, too, to Prokofiev's gift for homing in on scenes and lines to bring them fully to life in operatic terms. Tough love is how I might define Graham Vick's second int.... More »
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'Evangeline!' -- Making History (Again) with The Longfellow Chorus & Orchestra in "Music from The Gilded Age" with Herb Smith, Trumpet & Tia Allen, Viola + MORE

[Kaitlyn Costello, as Gabriel, and Cree Carrico, as Evangeline, are encircled by Woodside One Wheelers during "100 Years Ago March" -- the grand finale of scenes from Edward Rice's comic opera "Evangeline!" in our "Music from The Gilded Age: Boston Theatre Orchestra Collection" production last .... More »
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Music@Menlo puts Franz Schubert at center stage + MORE

The music of this short-lived but prolific Austrian composer will be examined from many angles at this year's festival..... More »
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A witty take on a classic programme: the Faust Chamber Orchestra at Kings Place + MORE

Katie BrayConductor Mark Austin and his Faust Chamber Orchestra make their debut at Kings Place on Sunday 25 September 2017 with a witty take on a classic programme. Mezzo-soprano Katie Bray joins the orchestra for Cherubino's two arias from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, and under the title of Classi.... More »
Music Review: Farewells Begin for New York Philharmonic’s Glenn DicterowGlenn Dicterow’s chamber music recital on Sunday at Alice Tully Hall revealed facets of his playing that don’t always come to the fore in an orchestral setting.    

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Claudio Abbado (1933-2014)

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Claudio Abbado, one of the most revered and best loved conductors of his generation, has died. He was 80 years old.
Over a distinguished career that saw him conducting at the world’s most famous opera houses and concert halls for well over half a century, the list of prestigious posts that Abbado held included principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, music director of La Scala opera house in Milan and principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra…

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Claudio Abbado, 1933–2014

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I heard Claudio Abbado conduct only once. It was enough, more than enough, to confirm that those legendary qualities of his really did exist: a visible collegiality made audible, a lucidity of texture, a fluidity of texture over the grandest of spans, and an insistence that listeners must think. If anything, he made too many recordings, but it is through those that so many of us came to appreciate him, through his ubiquitous Mahler, his Schubert, his Mendelssohn, his Debussy, and especially his Berg…

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BBC Philharmonic/Mena – review

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BBC Philharmonic/Mena – reviewBridgewater Hall, ManchesterA perfectly judged Don Quixote was a particular highlight of the orchestra’s second concert in the Strauss’s Voice seriesStrauss’s Voice, the latest retrospective collaboration by the BBC Philharmonic, the Hallé and the Manchester Camerata, is structured round a survey of the composer’s orchestral songs, and the centrepiece of the second concert of the series, given by the BBC Philharmonic under Juanjo Mena, was a performance of the Drei Hymnen, dating from 1921…

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Claudio Abbado dies aged 80: An appreciation of the late conductor
Claudio Abbado’s Mahler Symphony No.9 with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra is among those rare concert experiences that will stay with me forever.

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Claudio Abbado 1933-2014

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Conductors achieving superstar status are rarely shy, self-effacing, and humble – but that was the paradox characterising Claudio Abbado throughout his extraordinary career. I came in during the nine years he was Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra when his dynamism and smouldering good looks were such a good fit for the hippest and flashiest of the London orchestras…

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Manon at ROH

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Manon at ROH14/01/14Few operas are so obviously relevant to our own times than Massenet’s Manon. The story is not dissimilar from Mark-Anthony Turnage’s recent Anna Nicole which tackles the same spiritual/psychological themes but fails to address them with any depth or warmth. Massenet is not a composer we turn to to plumb the depths and scale the heights of the human condition, but he was the ideal composer to tackle a story centred on greed, fame for fame’s sake, and the power of sensuality, lust and sexuality over morality and religion…

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Singer Katherine Jenkins speaks of classical music snobs, the perils of the internet, and why she refuses to adopt a “sexier image”    

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Claudio Abbado, former principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, has died aged 80    

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Some favourite Abbado recordings

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I only heard Claudio Abbado ‘live’ twice, both times with his Lucerne Festival Orchestra: at the Proms, in Mahler (a performance I found admirable, but which did not bowl me over as it seemed to do almost everyone else), and at the Royal Festival Hall, in Mozart and Bruckner. Both performances I recall vividly, and doubt I shall ever forget…

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Familiar Mastery from Garrick Ohlsson

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 Beethoven, Schubert, Griffes, and Chopin: Garrick Ohlsson (piano), Meany Hall, Seattle, 15.1.2014 (BJ) Beethoven: Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 Schubert: Fantasy in C major, D. 760, “Wanderer” Griffes: Fountain of Aqua Paola, Op. 7 No. 3; Scherzo, Op. 6 No. 3; The White Peacock, Op. 7 No. 1 Chopin: Sonata No…

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Addio to the master

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Addio to the masterI can add little more to the Guardian obit now up, various blog posts and Arts Desk features jammed with superlatives about Claudio Abbado, who has died surrounded by his family in Bologna at the age of 80. His Indian summer with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra yielded simply the best Mahler I’ve ever heard: I got myself out there on the strength of the Second Symphony on DVD, to be stunned first by the Seventh, later by the First; as for the Ninth, it was simply an out of body experience…

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Adored Italian conductor Abbado dies

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CLAUDIO Abbado conducted the world’s leading orchestras, but also made classical music accessible to all.

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