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Eifman’s Anna Karenina Harks Back to Choreography Soviet Style + MORE

 Tchaikovsky, Anna Karenina: Saint Petersburg Eifman Ballet, London Coliseum, London, 19.04.2014 (J.O’D)   Dancers Anna:  Natalia Povoroznyuk Karenin: Oleg Markov Vronsky: Oleg Gabyshev Aigerim Beketyaya, Dmitry Fisher, Denis Klimuk, Yulia Manjeles, Oleg Markov, Natalia Povoroznyuk, Angela .... More »
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Fascinating De Falla/Puccini Double Bill from Opera North + MORE

 De Falla, La vida breve & Puccini, Gianni Schicchi: Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North/Jac van Steen (conductor), Lyric Theatre, Lowry, Salford, U.K. 12.3.2015 (MC)   La vida breve Cast: Worker – Daniel Norman Grandmother – Elisabeth Salud – Anne Sophie Duprels Paco –.... More »
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Letter: Antony Hopkins improvised the children's tunes on the piano + MORE

As schools officer for Granada Television in 1962, I remember Antony Hopkins being involved in the series The Art of Music. Schoolchildren with him in the studio in Manchester composed tunes, and he improvised on them on the piano. Eventually he orchestrated them so that the Hallé Orchestra c.... More »
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Ian Bostridge - Schubert's Winter Journey : Anatomy of an Obsession + MORE

Schubert's Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession, by Ian Bostridge, isn't yet another book about Winterreise.  Like the cycle, it is a journey of exploration. charting Bostridge's lifelong saga into the heart of the music, and into the world from which it came. Goethe may have been more of a .... More »
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Bagged by Baron Ochs Glyndebourne Der Rosenkavalier + MORE

Richard Strauss Der Rosenkavalier opened Glyndebourne's 80th anniversary season, dedicated to the memory of George Christie, who created country house opera as we know it today. "My father loved Der Rosenkavalier", said Gus Christie."I think he would have likedthis production", he added with a wink,.... More »
Patrice Bart’s Swan Lake, with Tsygankova and Kaniskin, in RomeSwan Lake with Rome Opera Ballet
It can’t be easy to dance with the possibility of redundancy hanging over your head. The workers at Rome Opera have put on a brave face recently as the theatre’s heavy debts will almost inevitably lead to job cuts, but the dancers from the ballet company certainly didn’t let their anxiety show as they performed Swan Lake…

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The mandolinist Avi Avital was joined by the Enso String Quartet and others in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.    

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UK-Russia culture fest opens with a compromised feeling

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UK-Russia culture fest opens with a compromised feelingThe Russia-Britain Cultural Exchange Year kicks off on Tuesday with nothing out of the ordinary. A programme of Prokofiev Cinderella excerpts, 3rd piano concerto and Rachmaninov’s second symphony could be heard any time, anywhere. The timing of the exchange, coinciding with Putin’s Winter Olympics and his anti-gay rampage, is suspect…

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In Brief: Polar Vortex Edition

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Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio, online video, and other good things in Blogville and Beyond. (After clicking to an audio or video stream, press the "Play" button to start the broadcast.) Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.
James Conlon conducts Verdi’s I due Foscari at the Theater an der Wien, with a cast starring Placido Domingo (Francesco

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BBCSSO/Runnicles – review

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BBCSSO/Runnicles – reviewCity Halls, GlasgowGlaring at the orchestra, tugging phrases around, German pianist Lars Vogt was in no mood for compromise tackling Grieg’s A-minor concertoHow to breathe fresh life into an old warhorse like Grieg’s A-minor Piano Concerto? For German pianist Lars Vogt, the answer is to treat the work like an improvised rhapsody: to oust all stock gestures and blow strange, dark drama in their place…

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3rd Sundays @ 3 Chamber Music Series: Trio Notturno, Sunday, January 19, 2014, Bentley University, Waltham, MARay Daniels, Artistic Director, 3rd Sundays @ 3Kristen Kort – FluteKen Allen – ViolaMolly McCaffrey – HarpProgramTrio Sonata in G minor by Georg Philipp TelemannElegiac Trio by Arnold BaxTrio for flute, viola and harp by Harald GenzmerTrio for flute, viola and harp by Keith Kusterer (World Premiere)Trio Notturno was formed in 2012 by Boston Conservatory students Kristen Kort (flute), Ken Allen (viola), and Molly McCaffrey (harp)…

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The soprano Anna Netrebko, absent from the first two performances of “L’Elisir d’Amore” at the Met, arrived to inhabit the leading role fully on Friday.    

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An inside view of The Passenger’s US premiere

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An inside view of The Passenger’s US premiereMieczyslaw Weinberg’s great opera The Passenger received its US premiere in Houston last night and we await first reviews. In the meantime, here’s how the production felt like from the inside by the young Welsh soprano, Natalya Anna Romaniw, exclusive to Slipped Disc. I first saw The Passenger as an audience member at ENO in […]

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To Hell and Back with Orpheus

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To Hell and Back with OrpheusEnglish Pocket Opera’s Ring project in 2011On Tuesday 21 January, English Pocket Opera are performing Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice at Central St. Martin’s School of Art as part of an on-going project there designed to open opera up to students at several different levels of their education: from undergraduates to primary school pupils…

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BSO/Litton – review

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Colston Hall, BristolThe Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s conductor laureate Andrew Litton took the reins for a Russian programme that nailed the country’s characteristically fine orchestral colouring perfectlyA Russian programme spanning three-quarters of a century might have seemed tailor-made for their principal conductor Kyrill Karabits, but the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has a particular affection for its conductor laureate Andrew Litton, and together they attacked the repertoire of Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich with real zeal…

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Leningrad-born conductor Semyon Bychkov revealed the awful majesty of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony in a magisterial interpretation

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Compelling music, especially from Norway’s Barokksolistene original-instrument ensemble, compensates for the production’s shortfalls

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Elgar's Piano Quintet at King's Place

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Elgar's Piano Quintet at King's PlaceDante Quartet, photo Philip Pratt Elgar Piano Quintet, Turina, De Falla, Poulenc: Benjamin Firth, Dante Quartet at King’s Place Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jan 17 2014 Star rating: 3.5Interesting side-long glances – music by Turina, de Falla and Poulenc brings out the Spanish flavour in Elgar’s Piano QuintetBenjamin FrithKing’s Place’s Chamber Classics Unwrapped festival has started and on Friday 18 January 2014 the Dante Quartet and pianist Benjamin Frith presented Elgar’s Piano Quintet…

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