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Review: Renée Fleming’s Poignant Farewell to ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ at the Met + MORE

The superstar soprano has been retiring her signature roles one by one, and however her career evolves, she should be proud of her magnificent performance..... More »
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Classical music history, rewritten as clickbait + MORE

What if classical music history was written as a series of shamelessly sensational headlines designed to drive clicks on the Internet?.... 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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William W. May: Excerpts From Two Operas Composed by Michael Raphael: "Till" and "The Three Mayors" + MORE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uP1LMaOWeXA&feature=em-share_video_user (by williammway)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-1_5BYX7K8&feature=em-share_video_user(by williammway)Bill May, www.williamwmay.net, tells us Kevin Maynor, Founder and Artistic Director of Trilogy: An Opera Co.... More »
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Composer Corner: Adams + MORE

February’s composer of the month is John Adams.   Born: Feb. 15, 1947   Five facts: • Adams is widely considered to be the most performed living American composer. • Now and then, you can find Adams — a baseball fan — attending an Oakland A’s baseball game. • His.... More »

Sir Andrzej Panufnik Centenary

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Sir Andrzej Panufnik CentenaryPanufnik stands beneath his beloved Chopin in Lazienki Park, Warsaw, during his final and triumphant return to Poland, 1990. Photo by Jem Panufnik2014 is the centenary of the birth of Sir Andrzey Panufnik (1914 – 1991), the Polish composer who lived through the Nazi occupation of Poland and the Warsaw Uprising, before making a dramatic escape to the West in 1954…

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Choreographer 'pulverises' opera

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DIDO & Aeneas, the Sydney Festival’s centrepiece event, is a self-regarding production that rides roughshod over Henry Purcell’s delicate opera.

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Playlist.

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Celer – Voyeur (Humming Conch)
Otomo Yoshihide/Sachiko M/Evan Parker/John Edwards/Tony Marsh/John Butcher – Quintet/Sextet (OTOroku)
Whitney George – Blue Nine (Blue Tapes)
Various artists –  v-p v-f is v-n, cs02 (winds measure recordings)
Tuluum Shimmering – Festival at the Shallow River (Noumenal Loom)
International Parallives Institute – Memoirs of Anomie Gray (Noumenal Loom)
Billy Gomberg – Give or Give In (Digitalis)
Noveller – ARTIFACT (Saffron Recordings)
Josh Mason – Dark Threads & Other Colors (SEM Label)
Ralph Vaughan Williams – Phantasy Quintet; String Quartets Nos…

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Italian composer and musicologist Flavio Testi died in January 2014, aged ninety-one

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The girl who beat Trifonov

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Last night I had my first introduction (live) to the playing of Yulianna Avdeeva, winner of the 2010 Chopin Competition in Warsaw. She took first prize as Daniil Trifonov pulled in third (and second prize was shared between Wunder and Geniusas, two contestants with fine names in every sense). To say that the competition sent waves of controversy through the pianophile community at the time probably isn’t saying enough…

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All the ladies are doing it

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All the ladies are doing itI rolled my eyes a little bit when James Levine was recently described in the Times as “somebody who may be the greatest opera conductor in history.” But after last night’s Così, the fourth performance in his triumphant return to the Met, I can at least understand the thinking behind it (though I still don’t agree)…

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Manon; James MacMillan Viola Concerto – reviewRoyal Opera House; Royal Festival Hall, LondonA soft-shoe shuffle is the least of Manon’s worries. And a new viola concerto is a cause for celebrationOperatically speaking, Manon is the girl who walks on stage a schoolgirl virgin heading for a nunnery and, within minutes, has hooked a lover, tasted money and thrown away her chastity belt…

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La Quinta essentia

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La Quinta essentia Masses by Lassus, Palestrina & Ashewell: Huelgas Ensemble/Paul Van Nevel Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jan 18 2014 Rating: 4.0 starsFascinating contrasts in three different massesThis disc, a reissue of a Harmonia Mundi recording originally made in 2005, places three renaissance masses by rather different composers in close proximity…

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 Martinů, Shostakovich: Katia and Marielle Labèque (pianos), Semyon Bychkov (conductor), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Barbican Hall, London, 16.1.2014 (GDn) Martinů: Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 60, ‘Leningrad’ The BBC Symphony Orchestra plays well for Semyon Bychkov…

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Things take time in grand opera. And if you’re talking about a new staging of Richard Wagner’s mammoth “Ring of the Nibelung,” that can mean nearly a decade. At a Friday morning press conference, Lyric Opera of Chicago announced top casting, the creative team and dates for the second-ever new production of the four-opera saga in its storied history.

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Chicago and Houston to stage Holocaust opera scorned by most London criticsWhen David Pountney staged Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s The Passenger at English National Opera in September 2011, most of the London critics reached deep into their dictionaries of scorn.  Mine was one of few voices that argued for the importance of the work, not as a holocaust memento but as a masterwork of modern opera…

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Saturday at 10 a.m., join host Lynne Warfel for classical music from the movies. Today's theme is music from all-time great movies (according to the American Film Institute). Plus, some thoughts from the Cube Critics about film reboots.

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Beware the bulls north of the borderIt’s not yet ten o’clock in the morning but already we’ve discussed Bach’s early development, the concentration of influential composers born around 1685 and somehow, and I’m really not sure how, we have shifted to the subject of whether the temperature controlled LSO truck is suitable for the transportation of bull semen or if it’s just not cold enough…

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