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Progenitor back in the spotlight + MORE

Since the Melbourne Festival began, the scale, prominence and rationale of its classical music program has fluctuated..... More »
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New Bayreuth Wagner museum confronts family Nazi ties head on + MORE

BAYREUTH, Germany (Reuters) - A renovated Richard Wagner Museum opening in Bayreuth this weekend to coincide with the Bavarian city's annual Wagner opera festival puts the composer's anti-Semitism and his family's later ties to Adolf Hitler center stage for the first time. .... More »
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Rewarding Concert from BBC NOW and Søndergård Embraces Dutilleux, Debussy and Mozart + MORE

Dutilleux, Debussy, Mozart:  Akiko Suwani* (violin), Rebecca Evans+ (soprano), Jennifer Johnston+ (mezzo-soprano),  Timothy Robinson+ (tenor), Alastair Miles+ (bass), BBC National Orchestra and Chorus+ of Wales / Thomas Søndergård (conductor). St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 22.1.2016. (PCG) Henri D.... More »
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Berliner Philharmoniker — Simon Rattle conducted an evening of substance and drama at the Philharmonie + MORE

Highlights included Ligeti’s Violin Concerto played by a barefoot Patricia Kopatchinskaja.... More »
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Rescue me + MORE

Fidelio but with an unhappy ending, Bedrich Smetana’s stirring Dalibor opens 2016’s “Trove Thursday” in a 1968 German-language broadcast from Bavarian Radio.   Starring Met stalwart Sándor Kónya and the evanescent African-American soprano Felicia Weathers, it’s led by the great Czech co.... More »
The composer’s music resonates far and wide in Lyon

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Nazi Opera Conspiracies: Their Kinship with the Goldhagen Hypothesis and Occult Reich ConspiraciesOf all writings that help us to understand the historical background to Richard Wagner’s views on the Jews, there are perhaps few more enlightening than Ordinary Germans and the Longest Hatred found in the book Rereading German History by Sir Richard J. Evans: a brilliant and spellbinding collection of essays that make for essential background reading for anyone who wishes to read or write about Richard Wagner in historical context…

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Hey, there’s a hoopster on my opera stage

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Hey, there’s a hoopster on my opera stageOur eye was caught by this stunning shot of Chicago Bull player Joakim Noah, taken by Todd Rosenberg on the stage of the Lyric Opera. Everything about the picture is as perfectly balanced as a striker leaping to score. We asked Todd to tell us how this session came about. Here’s his account: This is […]

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A Visitor's Guide to the St. Matthew Passion

– minnesota.publicradio.org

J.S. Bach wrote his St. Matthew Passion for a single purpose–to present the biblical passion story in music. Bach's Passion continues to move audiences more than 280 years after it was first heard in Leipzig, Germany. It airs on Friday, April 18, starting at 10 a.m., on Classical MPR.

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The release of the entire (85,000+) British Pathé archive on YouTube a few days ago contains countless buried media treasures, much of it still undiscovered. Here’s an 8-piano arrangement of Liszt’s Second Hungarian Rhapsody captured on film in 1933:

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San Diego Opera Closure Delayed

– operatattler.typepad.com

San Diego Opera's closure has been delayed to May 19, 2014. Carol Lazier, the former Secretary of the Board, is now the acting President after President Karen Cohn resigned along with 12 other Directors in a board meeting that lasted over four hours.
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I've been having an unusual Holy Week this year. The most hours I've spent in church have been spent not in services, but in singing. I have missed the liturgy of sorrow and pain and astonishing redemption, but it has been a gift to sing Purcell's Funeral Music, and Heinrich Schütz's Matthäuspassion, a piece I've gotten to know through singing it…

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Orpheus Sinfonia takes us to Paris

– www.planethugill.com

Orpheus Sinfonia takes us to ParisThe Orpheus Sinfonia provides opportunity and support for young musicians just starting in the profession. Under the direction of Thomas Carroll, the orchestra is visiting Paris for the concert at St George’s Church, Hanover Square on 24 April 2014. The programme includes music from visitors with Mozart’s Paris Symphony, written there when the composer was 22, and Stravinsky’s Petrushka which was premiered in Paris by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes…

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Ensemble. Passionate Tones

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La bohème in HD from The Met, appreciated by Maria Nockin

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Fonda-ness for Beethoven

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Even before she was a cool lady, she was a cool girl. Vintage Jane Fonda (with Peter McEnery) rocks a…

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Puccini Manon Lescaut Rattle Westbroek Baden Baden

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The very idea of the Berliner Philharmoniker playing Puccini operas  should raise a wry smile when one thinks of the orchestra’s magnificent past.  But why not? Their artistry gives this Manon Lescaut a musical grandeur not often heard in an opera house. Sometimes, shifting the walls between sub-genres in music can be a good thing…

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New video: Six quartets play a concerto

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New video: Six quartets play a concertoThe Latvian composer Peteris Vasks wrote a terrific concerto for Gidon Kremer in 1997 and another for Richard Tognetti in 2008. It is played here by Sebastian Bohren together with members of six of Europe’s finest string quartets – the Alban Berg, Casals, Galatea, Gémeaux, Schumann and Stradivari…

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Music Review: Something New From the Chamber Music SocietyThe marimba featured prominently in a concert of new music, part of a series at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

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