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BMOP Records Thomson and Premieres Sanford + MORE

Virgil Thomson – Gertrude Stein Four Saints in Three Acts; Capital Capitals   Charles Blandy, tenor; Simon Dyer, bass; Aaron Engebreth, baritone; Andrew Garland, baritone; Tom McNichols, bass; Gigi Mitchell-Velasco, mezzo-soprano; Sarah Pelletier, soprano; Deborah Selig, soprano; Sumner .... More »

Classical Music News - Robert Anderson + MORE

British conductor, critic and scholar Robert Anderson died in November 2015.... More »

Composers kill sopranos (is that a man thing?) + MORE

There’s a thoughtful piece on NewMusicBox by Mari Valverde on how composers and conductors, overwhelmingly male expect too much from sopranos, universally female. Sample: Soprano and composer Victoria Fraser, a friend of mine who makes a living as a choral musician, recently referenced her exp.... More »

#morninglistening: Paul Badura-Skoda & Mozart on the Beach + MORE

#morninglistening to #Mozart on the Beach. @GramolaKlassik w /Paul Badura-Skoda #classica… http://t.co/vxhoiAmFaO pic.twitter.com/wPrD3zPFyY— Jens F. Laurson (@ClassicalCritic) September 26, 2015 Mozart, Piano Concertos K.271 & 467 Paul Badura-Skoda (piano) W.Dörner / Cannes SO Gramola.... More »
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Loving Life ! Mahler 5 Petrenko RLPO, Orchestral Wolf + MORE

 Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra are a great combination, truly major league. More's the pity we don't get to hear them  more often down south.  So hearing them on BBC Radio 3 was a treat, especially with a strong programme of Hugo Wolf orchestral music .... More »
 Takemitsu, Karpen, Li, and Grieg: The Six Tones: Nguyen Thanh Thuy (dan trahn), Bgo Tra My (dan bau), Stefan Östersjö (ti ba, banjo, and guitar), Haochen Zhang (piano) Seattle Symphony, Julia Tai (conductor), Benaroya Hall, Seattle, 21.3.2014 (BJ) Takemitsu: Three Film Scores Richard Karpen: Nam Mái (world premiere) Shuying Li: Overture to The Siege (world […]

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Letterhead of the day: Dudley Buck

– www.therestisnoise.com

The distinguished American composer and organist was employed for a time at St. Ann's Episcopal Church, in Brooklyn Heights — a building that now serves as the chapel of the Packer Collegiate Institute. The St. Ann's congregation later moved to the Church of the Holy Trinity, on Montague Street, where Buck also played for a number of years…

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The highlight of the evening was sterling world premiere performance of composer Juhi Bansal’s ‘Where Shadow Chases Light.’

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Have you seen the great Chopin Polonaise mash?

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Have you seen the great Chopin Polonaise mash?16 pianists tackle the opus 53. Fascinating. Especially Gilels and Paderewski. And some of the wrong ‘uns.  

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Slideshow: Met Opera's 'La Sonnambula'

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Diana Damrau stars as Amina opposite bel canto specialist Javier Camarena as Elvino in Mary Zimmerman's staging of Bellini's sweet love story, with its unforgettable sleepwalking aria for the heroine. Marco Armiliato conducts this production, which airs at noon on Saturday, March 29, on Classical MPR.

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Beethoven composed the fifth symphony in his mid-thirties, a period when his deafness was increasingly troubling him. In popular myth, the staccato theme of the first movement represents fate knocking at the composer’s door. To say…what, precisely?

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Emerson String Quartet at Alice Tully Hall, March 23, 2014The New York Times, March 26, 2014
My first time to see and hear the Emersons with their new cellist, Paul Watkins. Nice to know that it all still works, and that youngblood has lit a new fire in his crew.

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Dvorak, Tchaikovsky and Rossini in GrimsbyAlexandra Dariescu Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Rossini: Alexandra Dariescu, Benjamin Pope, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Grimsby Auditorium Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Mar 26 2014 Star rating: 4.0Dariescu, Pope and RPO on terrific formThe Royal Philharmonic Orchestra paid a visit to the Grimsby Auditorium in North Lincolnshire, on 26 March 2014 giving a rare live orchestral concert in the town; generally Grimsby gets just one or two visits from major orchestras in a year…

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Lurking in the shadows: Die Frau ohne SchattenEmily Magee (the Empress). Picture credit Monika Rittershaus © Teatro alla Scala Richard Strauss Die Frau Ohne Schatten: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Reviewed by Hilary Gloveron Mar 26 2014 Star rating: 4.0Claus Guth’s stylish new production of Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s operaDie Frau ohne Schatten by Richard Strauss (1864-1949) at the Royal Opera House was a deliciously dark fairy tale…

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Put-upon women: The Young Wife/Dido & Aeneas, OperaUpClose

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Put-upon women: The Young Wife/Dido & Aeneas, OperaUpCloseFrom Roger Thomas:Musically the two parts of this OperaUpClose double bill at King’s Head Theatre, Islington, have little in common. Polish composer Katarzyna Brochocka’s chamber “comic opera”, The Young Wife, a one-hander for soprano and piano, marries spiky keyboard writing, played skilfully by the composer, with largely recitative-cum-Sprechgesang from the singer…

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Reinier van Houdt, by Michelle V. Agins for The New York Times

Jacob Greenberg and Reinier van Houdt at Spectrum, March 25, 2014The New York Times, March 27, 2014
Two separate recitals by brilliant pianists heard most frequently in group settings: Jacob Greenberg with the International Contemporary Ensemble, and Reinier van Houdt in the Ives Ensemble and Ensemble MAE (which, I learned at length, was once bassist Maarten Altena's band)…

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SpunkIn issue #46 of parterre box the queer opera zine (“Spunk”), you will find an endorsement by the legendary Astrid Varnay, the fever-dream libretto Der Fledermausmann, Dr. Repertoire and Dawn Fatale cavorting through the Broadway smash The Impresarios, the usual reviews and gossip, plus an installment of “A Boy and His Diva” by Jon Taylor…

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Arts | Westchester: A Team of Maestros Takes HoldAfter financial setbacks and relying on guest conductors, the Westchester Philharmonic has hired two principal conductors in an unusual arrangement that officials hope will lend greater consistency.    

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