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What is the Academic Consensus on Nazi Opera Conspiracy Theories? + MORE

Today, I thought I would go through and highlight a bitesize portion of the information crammed into the main essay on this blog, which is now a bit overfull.Many Nazi opera conspiracies theories that “reduce the Third Reich to the outcome of Hitler’s alleged [secret] mission to fulfil Wagner’.... More »
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Zender’s Winterreise; Adelson e Salvini; BBC Young Musician review – testaments of youth + MORE

Barbican, LondonIan Bostridge confronts his younger self, Bellini’s first opera flies, and it’s all to play for in tonight’s BBC Young Musician finalIt sounds such a terrible idea. A “composed interpretation” of Winterreise, Schubert’s song cycle for voice and piano, in which the beloved.... More »
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Sophia Rahman and friends on special festivals + MORE

  David Nice writes: At the risk of overloading this special-guest polyphony of festival movers and shakers with one introduction too many, let me just begin by saying that everything you read below sums up a major revelation reinforced for me in 2015, which I should have come to much earlier. .... More »
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Managing the Rhythmic Jigsaw Puzzle of Music + MORE

By Paul Stein: Do you remember the hotshot violinist in high school who had no trouble playing virtuoso pieces? How about the young player with great posture and the golden sound? As impressive as they were, there were flaws here and there, lots of out-of-tune notes, or a skewed rhythm with a sudden.... More »
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First night of the Proms review – tribute to France opens a stirring evening + MORE

Royal Albert Hall, LondonConductor Sakari Oramo rightly began with an impromptu French national anthem, leading into Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and a compelling Elgar concerto from cellist Sol Galbetta, among other highlights Everyone, not only the Prommers, stood for the first piece played in.... More »
Classical: Via Canny Pairings, Variations on BlissHere’s another chance to dive into Stravinsky’s “Firebird.”

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Superficial Perceptions Are Permanent

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

“[Composer Rinaldo Di Capua] thinks composers have nothing to do now but to write themselves and others over again, and the only chance they have for obtaining the reputation of novelty or invention must arise either from the ignorance or want of memory in the public – as everything both in melody and modulation that […]

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Tom Cairns’s touring production of Verdi’s La Traviata is smart yet under-characterised, says John Allison

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David Watkin leaves the SCO

– www.wheresrunnicles.com

He plays with such huge commitment. He is a great inspiration to me, especially in Mozart.I can’t claim credit for those words, instead they belong to the late, great Sir Charles Mackerras, but I thoroughly endorse them and am greatly saddened to learn today that David Watkin, principal cello of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, is leaving the ensemble…

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Bewitched. Beguiled. Bedazzled.

– lietofinelondon.wordpress.com

Review – Alcina (Barbican Centre, Friday 10 October 2014)
Alcina – Joyce DiDonato
Ruggiero – Alice Coote
Morgana – Anna Christy
Bradamante – Christine Rice
Oronte – Ben Johnson
Oberto – Anna Devin
Melisso – Wojtek Gierlach
The English Concert
Harry Bicket (Director/Harpsichord)
Alcina is – for me – Handel’s greatest opera…

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Rupert Christiansen wishes Philip Glass could build dramatic momentum into his opera

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Not your usual list of reviewers, as you’ll see:Georgia Rowe, SJ Mercury NewsAllan Ulrich, FTGreg Freed, Parterre BoxRodney Punt, SFCVCedric, SFist (includes Norma and Susannah)Janos Gereben, ExaminerLisa Hirsch, SF ChronicleYes, you are reading that right: my review is in the Chron. And the first thing I have to do is apologize, because 90 minutes after I filed, I realized I’d forgotten to remark on the performances by singers in smaller roles, and by then it was too late for a change…

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Penticton.ca: Afro-Brazilian Guitarist Celso Machado: 'Sounds of the Rainforest' presented by Children's Showcase, October 26, 2014 2-3 PMCelso Machado (b. 1953) is an Afro-Brazilian classical guitarist and composer who makes his home in Canada. His website is: http://www.CelsoMachado.com. He is also featured at AfriClassical.com.Children’s ShowcasePenticton, British Columbia, CanadaChildren’s Showcase presents Celso Machado: Sounds of the Rainforest, Sunday, October 26 at the Cleland Community Theatre…

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Philip Glass : The Trial, Music Theatre Wales Linbury ROH

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Philip Glass : The Trial,  Music Theatre Wales Linbury ROHMusic Theatre Wales presented the world premiere of Philip Glass The Trial (Kafka) last night at the Linbury, Royal Opera House. Music Theatre Wales started doing Glass in 1989. Their production of Glass’s In the Penal Colony in 2010 was such a success that Glass conceived The Trial specially for the company…

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A long long way to run

– parterre.com

A long long way to runOn this day in 490 BC, the Athenians and their Plataean allies defeated the first Persian invasion force of Greece at the Battle of Marathon. 

Born on this day in 1872 composer Ralph Vaughan Williams

Born on this day in 1892 soprano Gilda Dalla Rizza

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Daniel Barenboim’s Wagnerian credentials are unanimously acknowledged, and his Wagner performances with the Staatskapelle Berlin are seen by many as reference in this repertoire. Even if I had my share of below-average performances with this Argentinian conductor in this repertoire, I have never heard a performance of Tristan und Isolde conducted by him that seemed less than excellent…

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Organist Mickey Thomas Terry Performs Work of Ulysses Kay on Great Organ of Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City, 5 PM, October 12, 2014Ulysses Kay (1917-1995) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com.Mickey Thomas TerryOn August 23, 2014 AfriClassical posted:Mickey Thomas Terry Performs Organ Works by Bach, Dupre and African-American Composers at Cathedral of St…

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Miscellany

– www.therestisnoise.com

Geoff Edgers, formerly of the Boston Globe and newly arrived at the Washington Post, has a richly detailed, wrenching piece on the Atlanta Symphony lockout. It seems to me that the conduct of the Woodruff Arts Center, and in particular its murky financial dealings, demand a serious investigation……

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