From Abgesang to Zurich + MORE Dec 24th

 

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Beethoven sonatathons, improvisation and Ravel: my encounter with pianist Stewart Goodyear + MORE

Stewart Goodyear (Photo Andrew Garn)Stewart Goodyear (Photo Anita Zvonar)The Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear has just released his latest album, a disc of Ravel piano works on Orchid Classics. Stewart is known for his performances of the complete Beethoven sonatas, sometimes playing all 32 in a si.... More »
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The Top 20 Beethoven Pieces + MORE

Each month on the YourClassical Favorites stream, we host a vote and a countdown of your musical favorites. In December, we asked you to tell us your favorite Beethoven pieces. We've tallied the votes, and now we'll count them down on Tuesday, Dec. 20, on the Favorites stream, starting at 10 a.m. Ce.... More »
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ArtsBeat: City Opera Musicians and Singers to Play a Benefit Concert + MORE Jan 17th

The orchestra musicians and several of the principal singers of the New York City Opera will perform to commemorate the now-defunct company’s 70th anniversary.    .... More »
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HMS Pinafore at Edinburgh festival review – joyless, stifled and stilted + MORE

Usher Hall, EdinburghScottish Opera’s reintroduction to the EIF fold made for a dispiriting statement about the organisations’ relative ambitions It’s hard to figure out what a dismally innocuous Scottish Opera concert performance of HMS Pinafore was doing in the programme of the Edinburgh int.... More »
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Art Song + Dressage Riding + MORE

Dressage rider Audrey Zehnder is the backdrop for Lori Laitman's Old Tunes, as performed by soprano Natalie Mann and pianist Jeffrey Panko. You can find more songs by Lori Laitman and Richard Pearson Thomas on Natalie's recently released Experience. .... More »

From Abgesang to Zurich

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

From Abgesang to ZurichWagner created new worlds within his operas, yet he also generated a new world by them. Has there been any other composer, including Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, who has commanded such an enormous following and fascination? Judging by the thousands of entries in The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia – from Abgesang to Zurich – I think not…

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Mikis Theodorakis is rushed to hospital

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Mikis Theodorakis is rushed to hospitalThe iconic Greek composer, 88, is under observation in Athens with a respiratory infection. We wish him a swift recovery.

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Bach's Christmas Oratorio

– www.planethugill.com

Bach's Christmas OratorioAs part of the Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square, the choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, conductor Stephen Layton, performed parts one, two, three and six of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, with soloists Katherine Watson, Iestyn Davies, James Gilchrist and Neal Davies…

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Love Haendels…..

– www.violinist.com

Love Haendels.....By Stephen Brivati: Greetings,

When I was a mere stripling I happened to hear Ida Haendel playing the Walton violin concerto in the Proms. There was a brief passage of the most sensual double stopping in the last movement which she played so beautifully it made my hair stand on end. From that time on I always wanted to hear that same gut wrenching sadness from whoever was performing…

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A round-up of the finest recordings of Tchaikovsky’s sweeping, romantic, Pushkin-based masterpiece – an opera that wasn’t recorded in the west until 1974

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Hans Zimmer: In film, you’re working with people who encourage you to failThe sought-after film composer and five of his pals sit around a table and chew out the business in a fascinating colloquy for THR. Thomas Newman says: ‘You have to let people know you’re flexible. If you come in like the guy who knows what he’s doing, and this is what it is, that’s tough…

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The best albums of 2013: Andrew Clements' and Tim Ashley's classical albums of the yearIt was a year of rediscoveries and reappraisals, magnificent performances and exquisite surprises, say our critics• See all our Best Albums of 2013 coverage hereEisler: Ernste Gesänge; Songs; Piano Sonata – Goerne/Larcher/Ensemble Resonanz (Harmonia Mundi)The gravely beautiful, achingly poignant Ernste Gesänge, completed just a few weeks before Hanns Eisler’s death in 1962, was the great discovery of the year for me…

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Sophie’s choices

– intermezzo.typepad.com

Soprano Sophie Bevan gives BBC News her top 10 tips for becoming an opera star.
Or does she? Looks as if someone might have made up a few after reading Sophie's interview. Anyway, here they are:
1. Sing every day
2. Don't record Ave Maria as a child
3. Get a teacher and immerse yourself in the world of opera
4…

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  Wagner, Webern, Berg, Strauss: Christine Brewer (soprano), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner (conductor). Barbican Hall, London, 20.10.2013. (JPr) Wagner – A Faust Overture Wesendonck-Lieder Tristan and Isolde – Prelude Act I Webern – Passacaglia, Op. 1 Berg – Seven Early Songs Strauss – Death and Transfiguration   Over very many years I have had an […]

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In a concert that made emotional as well as intellectual sense, Edward Gardner showed how Wagner changed musical history

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ArtsBeat: Boulez Withdraws From Chicago Symphony ConcertsThe conductor and composer Pierre Boulez is pulling out of two weeks’ worth of concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra because of unspecified health issues.    

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Michael S. Wright: 'Nelson Mandela was the person I most admired, period! I was more saddened by  his passing than I ever expected.'Nelson R. Mandela (1918-2013) (1999 Photo by Mike Hutchings, Reuters)On December 20, 2013 AfriClassical posted:  African Musical Arts presents Songs of Africa Ensemble in Nelson Mandela Tribute, 4 PM Dec. 29, 2013, Pilgrim Congregational Church, St. Louis MOMichael S. Wright writes:Thanks Bill for posting this and other tributes…

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Covent Garden’s Carmen Has Spectacle but Little High Drama

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Bizet, Carmen: Soloists and Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Daniel Oren /(conductor), Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 21.12.2013 (JPr)   Cast: Carmen: Christine Rice Don José: Yonghoon Lee Escamillo: Kostas Smoriginas Micaëla: Sarah Fox Frasquita: Anush Hovhannisyan Mercédès: Rachel Kelly Le Dancaïre: Adrian Clarke Le Remendado: Stuart Patterson Luniga: […]

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