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Feel Grateful, Londoners + MORE

An article in the Guardian talks about Simon Rattle's upcoming return to the London Symphony Orchestra, discusses the soon-to-be-announced feasibility study for a new venue, and complains about existing London concert halls.Sir Simon isn't making a new hall any kind of requirement for taking up the .... More »

Sokhiev, Mullova, Kalagina, Philharmonia. RFH 12 December 13 + MORE Dec 14th

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E MinorMahler: Symphony No. 4Viktoria Mullova (violin), Anastasia Kalagina (soprano), Tugan Sokhiev (cond.), Philharmonia Orchesta, Royal Festival Hall, London, 12.12.13A game of two halves this: a Mendelssohn Violin Concerto wholly lacking in enthusiasm, commitment .... More »

Blood will be flung + MORE

For those of you who missed the live webcast of Rossini’s Otello last weekend (and for those of you who want to see it again), the entire LoftOpera presentation is now viewable on YouTube, complete with an oddly familiar-looking bald dome situated in the lower left hand corner of the screen. .... More »

Perchance to Stream: Feels Like Home Edition + MORE

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio and online video from the week gone by. After clicking to an audio or video stream, you may need to press the "Play" button to start the broadcast. Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days. Soprano Karina Gauvi.... More »

La bohème, Royal Opera, 9 July 2014 + MORE

Royal Opera HouseMarcello – Markus WerbaRodolfo – Charles CastronovoColline – Jongmin ParkSchaunard – Daniel GriceBenoît – Jeremy WhiteMimì – Ermonela JahoParpignol – Luke PriceMusetta – Simona MihaiAlcindoro – Donald MaxwellCustoms Officer – Christopher LacknerSergeant – Bry.... More »

Perceval contra Parzival

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Perceval contra ParzivalI’m glad I read two medieval romances in the ‘wrong’ historical order – Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival first, and then the unfinished work to which he was so much indebted, Chrétien de Troyes’ Story of the Grail. Wagner must have known about the latter when he worked on his Parsifal, but he only rails against the former, chiefly in that key letter to Mathilde Wesendonck of 30 May 1859 where he bewails the hopelessness of defining Anfortas’ agony – later he used the alternative ‘Amfortas’ and shifted the stress to the second syllable – in operatic terms…

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Ned Rorem – Evidence of Things Unseen

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Ned Rorem - Evidence of Things Unseen

Ned Rorem

Nigel Foster and the London Song Festival opened their autumn season on 24 October 2013 with a concert at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, celebrating Ned Rorem’s 90th birthday.Accompanied by Nigel Foster on the piano, soprano Gillian Keith, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston, tenor Nicholas Mulroy and baritone Ben McAteer performed Rorem’s Evidence of Things Not Seen…

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Violinist.com interview with Rachel Barton Pine: Schumann and Mendelssohn ConcertosBy Laurie Niles: It’s about time that Robert Schumann’s Violin Concerto had its day. Composed 150 years ago, just before Schumann’s suicide attempt and descent into madness, its dedicatee, Joseph Joachim, apparently associated the piece with his friend’s tragic unraveling. To that end, he hid it away in a Berlin library and pronounced it should not be published or played until 100 years after Schumann’s death in 1856…

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Ensemble. A Runaway Success

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Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic impress Mike Wheeler

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Gewandhaus Chailly Volodos Barbican 23 Oct 13

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Gewandhaus Chailly Volodos Barbican 23 Oct 13 Gewandhaus, Chailly, Volodos, Barbican 23 Oct 13Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2, Symphony No. 2Arcadi Volodos (piano), Riccardo Chailly (cond.), GewandhausorchesterExpect the unexpected from Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester. When they tour, it is usually with core repertoire: Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler – Schumann at a push…

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Ensemble. Rather Impressive

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Mark Berry experiences English National Opera’s ‘Madama Butterfly’

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San Francisco Opera's Dutchman: Flotsam and Jetsam

Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) holds a unique place in the composer’s body of work: it’s easily the most of accessible of his major operas, containing set pieces, arias, duets and other trappings that fit well within the casual fan’s expectations, including a relatively straightforward, familiar-feeling plot…

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“Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks” too. Meanwhile, some crackerjack brass players from the Boston Symphony and St. Louis Symphony face off ahead of Game 1 of the World Series. And once you get past the opening schtick, the…

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In memoriam Mike Richter

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In memoriam Mike RichterSerious opera fan and internet pioneer Mike Richter died earlier this week. One of his many exhaustive projects was the mastering and encoding of hundreds of outstanding live opera performances onto CD-ROMs. Following the jump, a tribute to Mike in the form of an excerpt from his “Audio Encyclopedia…

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Scottish Ensemble at the Wigmore Hall

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Scottish Ensemble at the Wigmore Hall

The Scottish Ensemble return to London’s Wigmore Hall on Saturday 26 October for a programme which includes Walton’s Sonata for Strings, and arrangement of Brahms String Quartet No. 2 in G minor and music by two young contemporary composers Leopold Hurt and Martin Suckling. The ensemble are also playing for the Sunday morning coffee concert on 27 October when they will be joined by pianist Alasdair Beatson in Schubert’s Trout Quintet, plus Alasdair Sprott’s Bite…

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Review Round-Up: ‘Two Boys’

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I was in New York this weekend to see Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Metropolitan Opera but could not stay for opening night of the company’s new production of Nico Muhly’s recent opera Two Boys on Monday night. It is a ripped-from-the-headlines kind of story, with a libretto by Craig Lucas on a 2001 story involving a teenager who used an Internet chatroom to manipulate another

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Wagner: Die Walküre – review

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Wagner: Die Walküre – reviewKonieczny/Lang/Vermillion/Dean-Smith/Diener/Riihonen/Berlin RSO/Janowski(Pentatone, four SACDs)Marek Janowski’s Wagner cycle for Pentatone, which began to appear two years ago, is easily the most ambitious recording project marking this year’s bicentenary. Janowski has left The Ring to last; Das Rheingold came out last spring, while Siegfried and Götterdämmerung are both due to be released next month…

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It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. According to The Claudette’s pianist Johnny Iguana, the band’s story sprang from a rare opportunity for a regular paycheck at Claudette Tan’s downstate Illinois bar…

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