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How classical music can help mend a broken heart + MORE

If you're suffering from a broken heart, can classical music help you move on? Let's consider a couple of scenarios..... More »
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The Mastersingers of Nuremberg at ENO, or Fine Performance, Doubtful Omens + MORE

Note: This is a review of the performance on Saturday 21st February 2015Wagner's Mastersingers, the programme advises, hasn't been seen at English National Opera for over thirty years. That it returns now, just as the company has been placed in special measures by the Arts Council, is ironic to say .... More »
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Salonen leads Yuja Wang, L.A. Phil through Russian turmoil + MORE

There have been changes at the Hollywood Bowl since Esa-Pekka Salonen's last appearance at the amphitheater six years ago as the Los Angeles Philharmonic music director..... More »
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When Opera Directors Need To Step Back And Reevaluate Their Work + MORE

Düsseldorf Deutsche Oper am Rhein's Tannhauser.An interesting discussion from Jessica Duchen which asks "Should an opera production be changed if audiences dislike it?" Sparked by the clear revision of Christof Loy’s production of Tristan und Isolde at the ROH this season and going on to discuss .... More »
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Handel's L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato + MORE

Handel L'Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato (1740); Gillian Webster, Laurence Kilsby, Jeremy Ovenden, Ashley Riches, Peter Harvey, Gabrieli Consort and Player, Paul McCreesh; Winged Lion Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jun 19 2015 Star rating: 5.0 Combination of musicology and mu.... More »
(Reuters) – The Colorado Symphony is giving new meaning to hitting a high note, announcing on Tuesday a bring-your-own marijuana concert series, the first of which features its chamber ensemble and South-of-the-border food and booze.

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ArtsBeat: Gelb Joins French Legion of HonorPeter Gelb, the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, was honored by the French ambassador.

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Dennis O'Neill at Rosenblatt Recitals

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Dennis O'Neill at Rosenblatt RecitalsThe Welsh tenor, Dennis O’Neill will be making a recital appearance in London 5 May 2014 at the Wigmore Hall, as part of the Rosenblatt Recitals Series. Accompanied by the pianist Jane Samuel, O’Neill will be performing arias from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Verdi’s Otello, Puccini’s Tosca and Cilea’s L’Arlesiana along with songs by Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi and Tosti…

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Crumb: Voices from the Heartland review  touchingly honestCrumb/Mason/Barrone/Orchestra 2001/Freeman(Bridge)George Crumb will be 85 in October. Over the past decade, his output has been almost exclusively vocal, concentrated in a series of song cycles and arrangements he has subtitled American Songbook. Recently, he began a Spanish songbook, and one instalment from each project appears on this latest issue, the 16th, in Bridge’s Complete Crumb Edition…

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Composer Dave Malloy took NYC musical theater by storm with his Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, but his path to Off-Broadway success began in San Francisco’s experimental theater community—and he’s holding on tightly to that non-traditional approach.

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 Schumann, Kurtág, Berg, Robin Members of the Ensemble Intercontemporain (Odile Auboin, viola; Alain Billard, clarinet/bass clarinet; Dimitri Vassilakis (piano) Wigmore Hall, London, 27.04.2014 (CC) Schumann                   Märchenerzählerungen, Op. 132 Kurtág                         Korál Berg                            Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op…

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Scotland’s foremost composer attacks secessionist fellow-travellersJames MacMillan, the most successful composer ever to emerge from the northern kingdom has published a lacerating attack on artists who promote independence from Great Britain, denouncing their reliance on the great poet Hugh MacDiarmid, an outspoken Fascist sympathiser. Read him here.    

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These pleasant, yet unremarkable works long for a sense of direction and purpose(Hyperion)With his 20 operas, six symphonies, eight piano and orchestral concertos and voluminous numbers of chamber music and piano works, Anton Rubinstein was so prolific as a composer that it’s hardly a surprise to discover that some of his output has still not appeared on disc…

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Dish night

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Dish night“Superstar soprano Deborah Voigt and powerhouse opera and theater director Francesca Zambello, friends for over 25 years, came to 92Y to talk opera, inspiration, artistry and friendship.”

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Dennis Kamakahi, Hawaiian Renaissance Songwriter, Dies at 61Mr. Kamakahi, a Grammy Award-winning virtuoso of the slack-key guitar tradition, composed roughly 500 songs, many of which have become beloved standards in Honolulu.

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Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han took Beethovern’s five sonatas Tuesday evening in a powerful and enlightening experience.

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Pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim has launched a digital-only record label in collaboration with Universal Music.
Peral Music will, eventually, comprehensively showcase Barenboim’s career as a conductor, pianist and chamber musician…

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Benjamin Grosvenor Returns

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No one who heard Benjamin Grosvenor’s Washington debut recital in 2012, on the heels of a fine debut recording with Decca, was likely to think of missing his second Washington Performing Arts appearance. An impending deluge could not keep me away from hearing this talented and intelligent British pianist again, on Tuesday night in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater…

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