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Piemontesi/ BBC PYE/ Aurora/ Collon, review: Aurora Orchestra plays from memory, and Francesco Piemontesi excels in Mozart + MORE

Talk about memory is currently much in the air – getting it, improving it, losing it – and Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra entered this debate with their bold decision to join those musicians who play without the assistance of sheet music, by delivering Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Sy.... More »
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Andsnes and friends - Brahms Piano Quartets, 28 May 2016 + MORE

Milton Court Concert Hall Piano Quartets nos 1-3Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)Christian Teztlaff (violin)Tabea Zimmermann (viola)Clemens Hagen (cello) I remain sceptical about this sort of programming. Performing, say, Beethoven’s three final piano sonatas in a single recital makes a great dea.... More »
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PBO and SF Opera Adlers + MORE

* Notes * A number of San Francisco Opera Center's Adler Fellows (pictured left) performed with conductor Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra last night at the SFJazz Center. The evening was a delight from beginning to end. The first half of the program featured four instrument.... More »
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Minnesota Orchestra Musicians Donate $250k To Association. No Funds Earmarked For Eliminating Substitute Pay Disparity. + MORE

The lovefest that is labor relations between the Minnesota Orchestra Association (MOA) and the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra (MOMO) crossed a new threshold last week with the announcement that the musicians decided to donate $250,000 in restricted use funds to the MOA for the purpose of.... More »
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CarnegieHall.org: Bass-Baritone Justin Hopkins & Pianist Bruce Levingston Perform "Repast" Based on The Story of Booker Wright, Monday, April 4, 2016 + MORE

Repast is based on the life of Booker Wright(New York Times: Photo from Booker Wright Family)Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story is a documentary film about Booker Wright, a waiter who sang the menu in a Greenwood, Mississippi restaurant catering to White patrons, as well as operating his own e.... More »

St Matthew and St Mark?

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St Matthew and St Mark?It was one of the hottest tickets in town yesterday: the semi-staged performance at the Proms of the Bach St Matthew Passion with the Berlin Philharmonic, Sir Simon Rattle conducting, direction by Peter Sellars. Add to this the Berlin Radio Choir, singing from memory, an all-star cast and a packed Albert Hall that was ready for anything…

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Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano review  masterful wit and charmWigmore Hall, LondonFrom Kern to Hadyn, a diverse programme demonstrated the mezzo-soprano’s artistry, while Pappano was a lively accompanistThe opening night of the Wigmore season brought together two leading performers in a programme that suited them both perfectly. It was comprised of an almost entirely Italian first half, followed by a second consisting of a variety of American musical classics, with the odd addition from elsewhere…

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Peter Sculthorpe, Composer Steeped in Australia’s Sounds, Dies at 85Mr. Sculthorpe, named a National Living Treasure in 1987, wrote music influenced by Australia’s landscapes and employing indigenous instruments like the didgeridoo.

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Opera Review: ‘Here Be Sirens,’ a Little Philosophy Included“Here Be Sirens,” by Kate Soper, is a hybrid of opera, play and musical theater that presents these creatures as avian-humanoid femme fatales.

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SF Opera’s Susannah

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* Notes * Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah (Patricia Racette as Susannah Polk and Brandon Jovanovich as Sam Polk in Act II pictured left, photograph by Cory Weaver) had a San Francisco Opera debut yesterday evening. The score is sweepingly lyrical, and Maestra Karen Kamenseki conducted a powerful orchestra…

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Good morning Wales

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Another beautiful day here in Wales in prospect – perfect for a Sunday exploring parts of this beautiful country.
Yesterday afternoon we were at the Mid Wales opera production of Carmen, in a chamber version with an immensely successful orchestration by Stephen McNeff, reducing the players to a mere ten, four strings, guitar, flute/piccolo, two clarinets one doubling alto sax, trumpet and percussion…

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Atlanta to musicians: No pay from today, no health care in 30 daysThe statement by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on the ‘breakdown of negotiations’ with musicians carefully avoided any mention of a lock-out. The L-word has acquired very bad karma since it rebounded on Minnesota.
But the intent is made clear in the small print of the ASO’s website, where the odious situation is clarified for the benefit of bewildered donors and supporters…

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 BBC Prom 66 – Bach, St Matthew Passion: Soloists, Berlin Radio Choir; Choristers of Wells and Winchester Cathedrals; Berliner Philharmoniker/Sir Simon Rattle. Royal Albert Hall, London, 6.9.2014 (CC) Mark Padmore,Evangelist Christian Gerhaher,Christus Camilla Tilling,soprano Magdalena Kožená,mezzo Topi Lehtipoo,tenor Eric Owens,bass-baritone   Director,Peter Sellars     After a night of Rachmaninov, Stravinsky and a Puccini encore, […]

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Prom 66: Bach St. Matthew Passion

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Prom 66: Bach St. Matthew PassionCamilla Tilling, Mark Padmore, Simon Rattle and soloists from Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra photo credit BBC / Chris Christodoulou Bach St Matthew Passion; Christian Gerhaher, Mark Padmore, Camilla Tilling, Magdalena Kozena, Topi Lehtipuu, Eric Owens, Berlin Radio Choir, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, cond: Simon Rattle, dir: Peter Sellars; BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Sept 6 2014 Highly emotional and dramatic staging of Bach’s epic workSimon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra brought their staging of Bach’s St Matthew Passion to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 6 September 2014…

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Prom 65: Paloma Faith review  endearingly camp retro-soul pasticheRoyal Albert Hall, LondonMotown beats and soul mannerisms mark Faith’s entertaining Proms debutPaloma Faith seems to have become an omnipresent showbiz star a kooky and charming presence on TV chat shows, Radio 2 and the tabloids without ever setting the singles chart alight. One suspects most of the audience for this sold-out, televised Prom could barely hum any of her songs…

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“Specialist subject, the bleeding obvious”“Jonathan Miller‘s Carmen for Mid Wales Opera has no sexual electricity, complains Rupert Christiansen” [The Telegraph]

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CD Spotlight. Musical Assets

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Orchestral music by Richard Strauss, heard by Stephen Francis Vasta. ‘… sensitivity and tenderness …’

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Where no man has gone beforeOn this day in 1966, the television series Star Trek premiered.

Born on this day in 1841 composer Antonín Dvorak

Born on this day in 1863 composer Gustavo E Campa

Born on this day in 1921 composer Hans Ulrich Engelmann

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