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Simon Boccanegra CD review – only patchy cause for celebration + MORE

Hvorostovsky/Frittoli/Abdrazakov/Secco/Kaunas City Symphony/Orbelian(Delos)Studio recordings of familiar operas are special occasions now, but this one, a vehicle for Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Verdi’s tortured Doge, offers only patchy cause for celebration. The passages in which the velvety authority.... More »
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Ensemble. Inner Struggle + MORE

Giuseppe Pennisi watches and listens to Tchaikovsky's 'Sleeping Beauty'.... More »
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George Cleve, Conductor Who Interpreted Mozart, Dies at 79 + MORE

Mr. Cleve, who was born in Vienna, fled with his family to the United States and spent most of his American career on the West Coast..... More »
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As normal as blueberry pie + MORE

On this day in 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific opened on Broadway.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpj832F2VQk Born on this day in 1895 composer Eduardo Toldrá. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G282qMtzlU Born on this day in 1935 conductor Johannes Somary. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx4Q.... More »
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27, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Missouri + MORE

Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe convincingly portrays Gertrude Stein in Ricky Ian Gordon’s finely crafted but slightly bland new opera.... More »

Birtwistle at 80 (2) – Baerts/BCMG/Knussen

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Milton Court Concert HallCantus Iambeus (2004)Cantata (1969)Tragœdia (1965)Monody for Corpus Christi(1959)Fantasia on all the Notes (2011)Four Poems by Jaan Kaplinski(1991)Silbury Air (1977)Katrien Baerts (soprano)Birmingham Contemporary Music GroupOliver Knussen (conductor)What a joy it is to attend an intelligently-programmed concert of music, all of it receiving excellence in performance! The latest of the Barbican’s ‘Birtwistle at 80’ concerts offered music for ensemble, some with and some without soprano, from throughout the composer’s career…

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Barn yesterday

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Barn yesterdayThe Cleveland Orchestra’s premiere performance of Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen proved to be both a critical  and audience success. This is no mean achievement as the opera which is quite a cultural gem is not easy to carry off in a standard operatic house due to its fanciful plot and a highly anthropomorphic cast of animal characters…

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John Malveaux: 'I voted for George Walker in the category of Arts & Letters. Please note that a valid ballot requires voting in all [5] categories'George Walker (b. 1922) has a website at http://georgetwalker.com/and is featured at AfriClassical.comOn May 23, 2014 AfriClassical posted:NJ.com: Composer George Walker is Nominee for New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2014 – Vote Online Until June 20John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:I voted for George Walker in the category of Arts & Letters…

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The New York Youth Symphony closed its 51st season on Sunday by playing Copland’s Third Symphony at Carnegie Hall.

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Premiere of intriguing new chamber opera by Edward LambertSix Characters in Search of  a StagePhoto Credit Edward LambertComposer Edward Lambert, well known for his work at Covent Garden and his youth opera commissioned by W11 Opera (‘All in the Mind’ for the Britten Theatre 2004), has just had his puzzling new chamber opera ‘Six Characters in Search of a Stage’ premiered at Brighton Fringe by his very own Music Troupe of London with a cast including Jon Stainsby, Olivia Clarke, Sheridan Edward and Max Beesley…

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Why is Messiaen suddenly so popular?

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Why is Messiaen suddenly so popular? There has been a large spike in traffic to my 2012 post Is Olivier Messiaen part of the Vichy myth? seen above. Traffic logs show the traffic as coming from Facebook, but do not identify the exact source. As this is a mildly controversial topic with topical resonances I would be grateful for any information from readers about links to this post…

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Henry-Louis de La Grange – Happy 90th Birthday !

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Henry-Louis de La Grange - Happy 90th Birthday !Happy Birthday to Henry-Louis de La Grange, who is 90 today. Professor de La Grange is the foremost Mahler scholar, whose work has done so much to increase our understanding of Mahler the composer and Mahler the man. These concepts go closely together. Quite frankly without Prof de La Grange and his library, the Médiathéque Musicale Mahler, we wouldn’t know Mahler as we know him today…

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Ray Chen Debuts with BSO

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Mozart, Violin Concertos and Sonata, R. Chen, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra, C. Eschenbach (Sony, 2014)

Tchaikovsky / Mendelssohn, Violin Concertos, R. Chen, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, D. Harding (Sony, 2012)
Reviews of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra have become less and less common in these pages, because the programming of their concerts in the last few years has been

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New Music Theatre in London this May

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New Music Theatre in London this MayOne is able to see new music drama performances in London at almost any time. Usually the summer sees a spike in this sort of activity with the Grimeborn and Tete a Tete opera festivals. However, this May seems to have served up more than our fair share of diverse and probing musical theatrics. Or maybe I’ve just had the opportunity to go to plenty of them…

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BBCSO/Morlot review  a superbly sure-footed PoulencBarbican, LondonMorlot conjured a wonderful palette of colour from a work whose cross-dressing craziness never eclipses its dark wartime originsAs with the proverbial buses, you wait a long while for a Poulenc opera and then two come along at once. Les dialogues des Carmélites returns to Covent Garden this week after an absence of more than 30 years…

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Happy Memorial Day!

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Happy Memorial Day!

Whether you’re home all day enjoying the holiday with family and friends or your orchestra is putting on a performance today, try to take a few moments to remember the reason for the holiday. Furthermore, take a moment to remember that the single largest employer of full-time professional musicians is the United States Armed Forces…

The United States Air Force Band
The United States Army Band
“The Presidents Own” United States Marine Band
The United States Navy Band
The United States Coast Guard Band

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An ‘opera’ without voices and a birdwatching trip were among the items on the programme for this Dutch festival of the unconventional

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Voglio fare il gentiluomo: Mainz's Don Giovanni

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Voglio fare il gentiluomo: Mainz's Don GiovanniParasite or political protestor? Don G. on the margins.Photo © Staatstheater Mainz/Martina PipprichIn Mainz's new Don Giovanni, opera's most famous amoralist is placed in a dystopian dictatorship that seems uncomfortably familiar to today's newspaper-reading public. Liberty is more of a slogan than an ideal…

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