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Production Photos from the Bregenz Festival's Turandot + MORE

It might merit confessing that I’m not all that hot about Puccini and that I suffer from a general deficiency in appreciating Italian opera. That said, I consider Turandot the best compromise as far as quality and popularity is concerned. Granted, I think that if it weren’t for Nessun dorma and .... More »
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Stravinsky: Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments, Pétrouchka etc CD review – energy and precision from Bavouzet + MORE

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano), São Paulo Symphony Orchestra/Tortelier(Chandos) Continue reading....... More »
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Strauss Elektra Goerke Broadcast Royal Opera House + MORE Jan 6th

Another chance to hear Richard Strauss Elektra form the Royal Opera House : listen here on BBC Radio 3. Christine Goerke, Adrianne Pieczonka, Michaela Schuster and Iain Paterson sing, Andris Nelsons conducts. When this production premiered it was savagely attacked, much in the same way other good pr.... More »
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A leading Danish ensemble has less than a month to live + MORE

The well-known Esbjerg Ensemble in the southwest of Denmark has been warned it will lose its subsidy in a programme of regional cuts on October 5. The ensemble has been the only classical group in its region for 17 years. Here’s an appeal from its founder, Michel Camille, asking you to sign a.... More »
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Beethoven's heart and Wagner's bowels, and why they don't matter + MORE

The trend to draw parallels between the specifics of a composer’s possible medical history and the particularities of his music should come - well, with a musicological health-warning.Diagnosing composers’ ailments from their music has become something of a mini-industry over recent years. The l.... More »
The Semperoper Dresen (sic) provide an early Christmas present for pedants everywhere.

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Tattoo, amore, tu!

– parterre.com

Tattoo, amore, tu!In vintage issue #33: La Cieca gossips about Dr. Jonathan Miller, Renée Fleming‘s Lucrezia Borgia, a weekend at Glimmerglass and New York Grand Opera in Central Park; reviews by Andrew Cooper and Dawn Fatale; “La Canzone di Lydia”; the final installment of “Impossible Discs”; Act Two of “A Bitchy Class”; and offbeat recordings selected by Leila de Lakmé…

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The day classical WNCN became hard rockin' WAXQVinny Marino was there for the most jolting format change in New York radio history. It was 20 years ago Wednesday that thousands of WNCN listeners who expected to wake to the soothing sounds of Bach on 104.3 FM were blasted out of bed by AC/DC and ‘Highway to Hell.’    

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Music Review: Vox Vocal Ensemble and Friends, in Spiral FormationThe Vox Vocal ensemble, led by George Steel, was joined by the Graham Ashton Ensemble and the Practical Trumpet Society for its annual holiday concert at the Guggenheim Museum.    

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Fantastic Fantasio

– www.planethugill.com

Fantastic FantasioBrenda Rae and Sarah Connollyin rehearsal for Fantasiocredit Russell DuncanOffenbach’s Fantasio is one of his lost operas; now, as part of a project by Opera Rara to recover and record the opera there was a concert performance at the Royal Festival Hall on 15 December, with a cast including Sarah Connolly, Brenda Rae, Russell Braun, Robert Murray, Neal Davies, Victoria Simmonds, Aled Hall and Gavan Ring, and Mark Elder conducted the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Opera Rara Chorus…

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Lubomyr Melnyk: Three Solo Pieces on Unseen WorldsThe music of Lubomyr Melnyk (b. 1948) has enjoyed a resurgence of late. In 2007, the fantastic label Unseen Worlds reissued Melnyk’s 1978 debut album, KMH: Piano Music in the Continuous Mode, which helped spark new interest in this Ukrainian-Canadian composer. His most recent album, Three Solo Pieces, is a beautiful example of his so-called Continuous Music, a style he developed in the 1970s while in Paris…

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András Schiff, 48 Book 2, Wigmore Hall 18.12.13

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András Schiff, 48 Book 2, Wigmore Hall 18.12.13 Bach: Well tempered clavier book IIAndrás Schiff, pianoWigmore Hall 18 December 2013András Schiff picked up the 48 more or less where he left off with the first book at the end of November. Now, as then, he gave a focussed but flowing account, balancing his habitually detached touch against the legato impulse in his voice leading…

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Uchida/Kashimoto/Quandt/Fuchs – reviewWigmore Hall, LondonUchida and players from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra revealed the full force of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of TimeSome pieces of music should only be experienced in live performance. Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time is one of them. The luminous intensity of this extraordinarily beautiful work, largely written and famously first performed in a German prisoner of war camp in 1941, demands complete engagement across its 50-minute span…

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Andrea Breth’s superb production of Prokofiev’s opera is minutely observed and utterly black, mercilessly exposing the protagonists’ character flaws

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Classical Music Agenda: February 2014

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February, it turns out, will be the month for the Library of Congress. While more of this storied concert series’s budget appears to be going to music beyond the scope of these pages, we will looking for a seat in the Coolidge Auditorium — the best acoustic in the city, now that exquisite venue at the Corcoran Gallery of Art is no longer really hosting concerts — on many nights that month…

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2013 in Concerts: A Top 10

– unpredictableinevitability.com

Last year, Daniel Barenboim’s Beethoven cycle at the BBC Proms sat atop my list as the most memorable musical experience.
I hate to be predictable like this, but it’s him again this year. Three concerts given by Barenboim make it onto my rather arbitrary and probably unnecessary ‘Top 10′ for 2013…

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Wagner Parsifal, Royal Opera House

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Wagner Parsifal, Royal Opera HouseAny new production of Wagner’s Parsifal would be welcome, if only to banish memories of Klaus Michael Gruber’s staging from the 1990’s where the Knights of the Grail were so comatose they had to be wheeled across the stage on a conveyor belt. But the Knights wore Knight suits and it was a “traditional” production so no-one dared demur…

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Want to buy a piece of the Sydney Opera House?

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Want to buy a piece of the Sydney Opera House?They are trying to raise money by selling off the roof tile by tile, while appealing to cultured people not to let Australia be ruled by philistines. Watch the video. The attitudes it reveals may shock.

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