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CD Spotlight. Heavy Laden + MORE

Performances of Shostakovich violin concertos, admired by Robert Anderson. 'Christian Tetzlaff manages both works' difficulties effortlessly ...'.... More »
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“Et puis tout le monde a pris un beau long somme” + MORE

“Après un repas gastronomique de cinq plats, Eyvazov s’est agenouillé devant tous les invités, y compris bien sûr la famille Netrebko, et a demandé à Anna d’être sa femme. Emue aux larmes, la diva lui a donné son consentement et ils ont dansé ensemble sur la chanson de Cha.... More »
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Bin ich nun frei? + MORE

La Cieca is pleased as can be to announce that our friends at Opera Depot (not pictured) are offering a whopping 60% off on all German opera recordings all week long. Their free download is nothing to sneeze at either: a complete Ring cycle from Bayreuth in 1973 is yours just for visiting the site..... More »
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Singapore Symphony Orchestra Prom 61 Zhou Long + MORE

The presence of Andreas Haefliger should have alerted audiences to BBC Prom 61 with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lan Shui. Haefliger played Zhou Long's Postures, which he premiered in July in Singapore. Zhou's Postures may not be newly written, but it's genuinely new music. It's no.... More »
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Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, Bayerische Staatsoper, 28.07.2015 + MORE

The raw material of Manon Lescaut is passion. If you catch yourself pondering or evaluating or judging anything during a performance of Puccini’s first big success, then you can claim your money back in the box office: you’ve been defrauded. The wigs and crinolines might pose an extra challenge .... More »
Harrison Birtwistle’s opera bullies you into submission. This production bravely tries to fight it, says Ivan Hewett

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Other strings to his bow

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One of classical music’s most sought-after violinists says conducting was his ‘first love’

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On Privilege

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On PrivilegeBy Karen Rile:
Composer Joseph Hallman. Photo credit: Stephen Grebinski

A few weeks ago I published a magazine profile on a gifted, prolific young composer, Joseph Hallman, whose grit, dedication, and talent have taken him far, despite a disadvantaged start in life:
…Hallman’s composing career is blossoming with accolades, commissions, and critical approbation…

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This Saturday marks the 200th anniversary of Norway's Declaration of Independence. Composer Edvard Grieg was involved in the journey for Norway's independence in significant ways; Dr. William Halverson explains how.

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Final Thoughts on WNO ‘Magic Flute’

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Eri Nakamura (Pamina) and Anna Siminska (Queen of the Night)
in The Magic Flute, Washington National Opera (photo by Scott Suchman)
The Washington National Opera’s production of Mozart’s Magic Flute has almost reached the end of its run. I have written about the production and the singers heard at the first performance and added some thoughts on some of the cast’s alternate singers heard at the

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Chamber Choir Ireland at Vale of Glamorgan Music FestivalChamber Choir Ireland Lang, Tavener, Martland, Williamson, Fennessy: Chamber Choir Ireland, Paul Hillier: Vale of Glamorgan Festival Reviewed by Robert Hugillon May 16 2014 Star rating: 4.0Wide range of contemporary short pieces in this imaginative programme from Ireland’s premiere chamber choirThe second of Paul Hillier and Chamber Choir Ireland’s concerts at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival took place at lunchtime on 16 May, in the light and bright modernised gothic interior of All Saints Church, Penarth…

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New York Philharmonic Names Sphinx Artist Anthony McGill Principal ClarinetistAnthony McGill Anthony McGill: That Lightness of Spirit Anthony McGill Music, © Copyright-Anthony McGill (884502357493) (2010), CDBaby.com AfriClassical has featured Anthony McGill throughout his career, and his debut CD remains a staple of our classical music playlist.  We congratulate him on his outstanding achievement!Sphinx OrganizationAnthony McGill, one of the recipients of the inaugural Sphinx Medals of Excellence and a Sphinx Symphony alumnus, has been named the Principal Clarinetist for the New York Philharmonic…

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Dorchester Hotel faces the music as orchestra joins protest over Brunei’s anti-gay laws
The Royal Philharmonic Society, one of the world’s oldest music societies, is expected to drop its long association with the Dorchester Hotel in protest at the Brunei owner’s anti-gay laws.

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A Revealing  Age of Anxiety from Yang and Akiyama

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 Bernstein, Barber, Copland and Gershwin: Joyce Yang, piano; Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, conductor, Orpheum Theatre Vancouver, 10.5.2014. (GN) Gershwin: Cuban Overture Bernstein: Symphony No. 2, ‘The Age of Anxiety’ Copland: Appalachian Spring Barber: Adagio I admit that I always get somewhat anxious when discussing Leonard Bernstein’s Second Symphony, ‘The Age of Anxiety’, since it […]

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The beautiful rooms are emptyIt appears that Mariame Clément’s conception of Don Pasquale is that the opera should be retitled Malatesta. During the overture a man is seen slinking in and out of three revolving rooms—Pasquale’s room, Ernesto’s room, and Norina’s apartment. Dr. Malatesta (Nikolay Borchev) is some vaguely sinister Casanova type who maliciously manipulates Don Pasquale (Alessandro Corbelli)…

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Mozart’s Symphony No. 36, known as the “Linz,” was tossed off in four days in 1783 when the 27-year-old composer arrived in the Austrian city and needed a new piece for his host, Count Thun-Hohenstein. A remarkable score, the weightiest thus far of Mozart’s 41 symphonies and the first to have…

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This unchallenging version of Mozart’s opera will please ENO fans, says Rupert Christiansen

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Harrison Birtwistle – Gawain, NMC review

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Harrison Birtwistle - Gawain, NMC reviewNew from NMC, a reissue of the recording of Harrison Birtwistle’s opera Gawain, being performed live at the Barbican tomorrow, part of the Birtwistle at 80 celebrations. HERE IS THE LINK TO MY REVIEW OF THE CONCERT.This was recorded live by BBC Radio 3 on 20 April 1994 at the Royal Opera House. Elgar Howarth conducted…

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