CD Spotlight. A Short Straw? + MORE Jan 5th

 

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Production Photos from the Bregenz Festival's Turandot + MORE

It might merit confessing that I’m not all that hot about Puccini and that I suffer from a general deficiency in appreciating Italian opera. That said, I consider Turandot the best compromise as far as quality and popularity is concerned. Granted, I think that if it weren’t for Nessun dorma and .... More »
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Shame and dismay as the hijab is worn on an opera stage + MORE

From a correspondent who wishes to remain anonymous:   A production of Rossini’s “Turco in Italia” at the Antalya State Opera features women in hijab on stage. The local anti-government media is calling it “Türban Opera.”   The appearance of the modern hijab .... More »
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Ensemble. Vividly Characterised + MORE

A piano recital by Emmanuel Despax, heard by Mike Wheeler.... More »
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The Knife of Dawn, Roundhouse, London — review + MORE

This new one-act opera makes imaginative use of limited resources to tell a Guyanese political prisoner’s story.... More »
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Images and sounds of war + MORE

Two very different experiences this week. Yesterday evening's showcased the incredible power of the well-edited documentary footage filmed during the Battle of the Somme, with the most sensitive of scores from Laura Rossi, played simultaneously with the film by the BBC Concert Orchestra under John G.... More »
Opera Review: ‘La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers’ at St. Paul’s ChapelThe Gotham Chamber Opera performed the hourlong “La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers” at St. Paul’s Chapel.    

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CD Spotlight. A Short Straw?

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Skrowaczewski conducts Brahms, heard by Howard Smith. ‘… Brahms’ sonic architecture is overlooked.’

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Relativity

– parterre.com

RelativityBut surely it only feels that long?

Fledermaus ballet photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

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What quantum entanglement can teach classical musicThe most profound scientific discovery of all time – anticipated by Einstein, formulated in Bell’s Theorem, and confirmed by the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen experiment – is that the universe is nonlocal. What this comes down to in layman’s language is something like this: if you separate two particles that have been paired and give one of them a downward spin, its partner simultaneously spins upward…

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The face of a soprano: Fornasetti’s obsession with Lina CavalieriPiero Fornasetti with some of his plates
“Variation is not only a noble endeavour or a musical exercise, but also an intellectual tradition and virtuosity of the imagination,”
said Giò Ponti, Italian architect and designer, and close friend of Piero Fornasetti, the man whose obsession with the face of soprano Lina Cavalieri, his theme, led to more than 350 variations on plates, glasses, paperweights and candlesticks…

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Your Chance to Applaud Osmo

– irontongue.blogspot.com

Email from San Francisco Symphony reminds me that I have a ticket to see Osmo Vänskä conduct this tasty program on February 1:Daniil Trifonov pianoSan Francisco SymphonySibelius Night Ride and SunriseRachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of PaganiniStravinsky Symphonies of Wind InstrumentsSibelius Symphony No…

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Best Recordings of 2013 (#8)

– ionarts.blogspot.com

High time for a review of classical CDs that were outstanding in 2013. My lists for the previous years: 2012, 2011, (2011 – “Almost”), 2010, (2010 – “Almost”), 2009, (2009 – “Almost”), 2008, (2008 – "Almost") 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004.
# 8 – New Release
Johann Sebastian Bach, Cantatas BWV 30, 69, 191 (Volume 55), Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki (director), BIS SACD 2031

J…

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On Saturday, Jan. 4, at noon, Classical MPR will broadcast the Metropolitan Opera's performance of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'. But what is 'The Magic Flute' all about? A new video from Classical MPR provides a plot summary of the iconic opera.

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By The Weekend Vote: Playing in a long-term chamber group, such as a quartet, can be one of the most rewarding kinds of musical experiences of a lifetime.

Yet, the whole endeavor is dependent on four people being musically compatible, being able to get along personally in a variety of situations, being in-sync with their goals as a musical group, and being able to handle the logistics of organizing themselves for rehearsals, coachings and gigs…

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Music Review: Yefim Bronfman Performs With the PhilharmonicThe New York Philharmonic is providing a chance to hear one of the 2011-12 season’s most prominent new works, Magnus Lindberg’s Piano Concerto No. 2.    

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