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Mozart 250 Classical Opera Wigmore Hall + MORE

Ian Page and Classical Opera reached 1767 in their Mozart 250 project, the ambitious series planned to cover 27 years of Mozart's music and influences. 1767 was the year in which the young Mozart began to write more substantial and ambitious work, so this programme at the Wigmore Hall, London, was a.... More »
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The Bach-Mozart Connection + MORE

Mozart visited Leipzig in the spring of 1789. Astonished by Bach's genius, Mozart asked to visit the St. Thomas library. Part of the fruit of Mozart's study was a collection of string trio transcriptions of the Bach Preludes and Fugues. In this week's Regional Spotlight, hear the Bach/Mozart partner.... More »
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Antara Ensemble in works by Bizet, Dvorak & Telemann, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 8:00 p.m. Saint Peter’s Church at Citicorp 619 Lexington Ave. at 54th St, NYC + MORE

Harold JonesWilliam Foster McDaniel(www.abouttheartists.com)On Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM, at Saint Peter’s Church at CitiCorp, 54th Street and Lexington Avenue, New York City, conductor/flutist Harold Jones will lead members of the Antara Ensemble in Georges Bizet’s Adagietto and.... More »
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Not a shooting star, but a well rooted planet - my encounter with soprano Ilona Domnich + MORE

Ilona Domnich as Stella - Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, English Touring Opera, © Richard Hubert SmithThe soprano Ilona Domnich has had a busy year with roles including Mimi in Puccini's La Boheme (see our review), and the four heroines (Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta, Stella) in Offenbach's The T.... More »
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Much-loved composer lifted the spirit + MORE

“ALL composers are dead,” Peter Sculthorpe’s first piano teacher told him. The six-year-old Peter had been dispatched to the local piano teacher..... More »

Too Much Sangfroid, Too Little Passion in Pearl Fishers

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Bizet, The Pearl Fishers: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera / Jean-Luc Tingaud (conductor), London Coliseum, London, 18.6.2014. (JPr) Cast: Leïla: Sophie Bevan Nadir: John Tessier Zurga: George von Bergen Nourabad: Barnaby Rea Production: Director: Penny Woolcock Set Designer: Dick Bird Costume Designer: Kevin Pollard Lighting Designer: Jen Schriever Video Designer: 59 Productions […]

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Francesconi Quartett Linbury Royal Opera House

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Francesconi Quartett  Linbury Royal Opera HouseLuca Francesconi’s Quartett has at last made it to Britain. Francesconi is hardly obscure. His music has long been championed by Irvine Arditti and the Arditti Quartet , and is regularly heard in European new music circles. There’s even a Francesconi premiere at this year’s BBC Proms.  Maybe the British don’t like intellect…

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Bach for a bike breakfast

– jessicamusic.blogspot.com

I don’t cycle (yet), but am a big supporter of those who do. So it was touching to see this video of our old friend Raffy Todes, second violinist of the Allegri String Quartet, who got on his bike to go to a rehearsal, en route was apparently pounced on in friendly fashion by the Tower Hamlets Wheelers, and duly played them some Bach over their breakfast…

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Pianist/singer Michael Feinstein has added cabaret proprieter, conductor and museum curator to his repertoire of activities on behalf of keeping the flame for the Great American Songbook, not to mention writing a stage musical, too.

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The difference between Carnegie Hall and the Bolshoi – a pianist’s viewThe Russian pianist Denis Matsuev reflects on his recent New York residency:
This year my friend, Executive and artistic Director of Carnegie Hall, Sir Clive Gillinson invited me to take part in the three concerts of a series “Carnegie Hall presents”. This concert was part of a series “Keyboard Virtuosos”, in which I found myself in the company of wonderful musicians performing at Carnegie Hall during this musical season…

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The National Coalition Against Censorship, the National Opera Association, Article 19, The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund, Free Expression Policy Project, freeDimensional, Freemuse, and PEN American Center have issued a statement opposing the Metropolitan Opera’s cancellation of live HD simulcast of John Adams’ opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, to about 2000 cinemas in 65 countries…

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The new Susan Chilcott…

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The new Susan Chilcott…
Mezzo Clare Presland, 30, has won the award in memory of Susan Chilcott, a soprano cut short in her prime.
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The Chilcott Award is offered biennially to an opera singer between the ages of 23 and 33 who, like Susan Chilcott herself, has the potential to make an international impact within the world of opera…

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Forehead Slap

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Forehead Slap

Although it isn’t unheard of to deflect attention from one crisis by creating another, more manageable one, on a smaller scale it is unlikely that was the case when The Metropolitan Opera (Met) announced they were cancelling the radio broadcast and simulcasts for John Adams’s “The Death of Klinghoffer…

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Yefim Bronfman set fire to the Third Concerto in the Beethoven Festival of the New York Philharmonic on Wednesday.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Cimbalom but Were Afraid to Ask: A Discussion with Nick TolleNick Tolle, cimbalomNicholas Tolle is one of the few professional cimbalom players in the country. He has performed with some of the world’s preeminent ensembles, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Montréal Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Lucerne Festival, working with conductors like Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Daniel Harding, and David Zinman…

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It is not often we hear Bruckner’s colossal Eighth Symphony in its longer and far quirkier original version (1887 ed Nowak) and when we do hear it in either of its two incarnations it invariably stands alone. That Fabio Luisi chose it for his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra was in itself more than a little revealing and the fact that he added Mozart’s 23rd Piano Concerto as an apéritif seemed to suggest that he had something to say about Bruckner’s uneasy quest for the kind of classical perfection that Mozart took for granted…

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Osmo Vanska to be a welcome guest in Reykjavik

– minnesota.publicradio.org

The Minnesota Orchestra’s music director has been appointed principal guest conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

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Surely no audience anywhere has heard as many unforgettable performances of Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony as those at Orchestra Hall.

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