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Fascinating De Falla/Puccini Double Bill from Opera North + MORE

 De Falla, La vida breve & Puccini, Gianni Schicchi: Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North/Jac van Steen (conductor), Lyric Theatre, Lowry, Salford, U.K. 12.3.2015 (MC)   La vida breve Cast: Worker – Daniel Norman Grandmother – Elisabeth Salud – Anne Sophie Duprels Paco –.... More »
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Concentrated intensity: George Benjamin and Martin Crimp's Written on Skin revived at Covent Garden + MORE

Barbara Hannigan - Written on Skin, The Royal Opera © ROH/Stephen Cummiskey, 2012 George Benjamin Written on Skin; Barbara Hannigan, Iestyn Davies, Christopher Purves, Victoria Simmonds, Mark Padmore, dir: Katie Mitchell, cond: George Benjamin; Royal Opera House Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Ja.... More »
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Ionarts-at-Large: Involuntary Exclusivity At Mozart’s Home + MORE

Violist Julia Rebekka Adler and pianist Axel Gremmelspacher presented a program—and their latest CD—in the sub-basement of the Mozart House in Vienna, just in the shadow of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The program and disc are titled “Viola in Exile”, concocted of composers, threatened, prosec.... More »
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Ernest Tomlinson: Sweet & Dainty + MORE

‘Sweet & Dainty’ is one of the shortest little numbers on the first Marco Polo retrospective CD of music by the 91 year old light music composer Ernest Tomlinson (b.1924). He has written that this piece of ‘mood music’ was ‘designed for Pride and Prejudice type plays.’ The liner note.... More »

Russian opera without the Russians

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For those who find Polovtsian Dances in sequinned Hammer pants too saccharine for their tastes, Graham Vick's Birmingham Opera Company present a hardcore alternative later this month – an English language adaptation of Musorgsky's Khovanshchina.
Like Prince Igor, KHOVANSKYGATE: A National Enquiry is an Official UK – Russia Year of Culture 2014 Event…

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NAC Orchestra tour to honour WWI soldiersThe fall tour of the UK, led by maestro Pinchas Zukerman, includes a performance at the historic Salisbury Cathedral and a joint concert with the Royal Philharmonic.

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Muntendorf

– www.therestisnoise.com

Simon Cummings, of the invaluable 5:4 blog, has a post on the German composer Brigitta Muntendorf, one of this year’s Siemens Composer Prize recipients. Tim Rutherford-Johnson, in response, highlights the video above. Mesmerizing.

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Pollini – Beethoven, 2 April 2014

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Royal Festival Hall Piano Sonata no.17 in D minor, op.31 no.2, ‘The Tempest’Piano Sonata no.21 in C major, op.53, ‘Waldstein’Piano Sonata no.29 in B-flat major, op.106, ‘Hammerklavier’Maurizio Pollini (piano) This would have been an ambitious programme, technically but still more so musically, for any pianist…

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Pause the anti-elitist classical music marketing campaigns for un viaggio a Reims (or in this case, a trip to Shoreditch)….

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Review: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Honors Stradivari Violins with  Strad Fest LABy Laurie Niles: As art objects, Stradivari violins create a stunning lineup of masterpieces, each instrument with its own 300-year-history:

But in the hands of live artists, these historic objects release their voices and deliver living moments of music. It’s a profound union of past and present, art and artist…

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Eight composers were chosen to receive grants in a new program to encourage more operas by women.    

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Mozart: Requiem review  'Tremendous climaxes'Dunedin Consort(LINN)Most new recordings of Mozart’s famously unfinished Requiem have a new completion of the score as their selling point. Scholars queue up to offer their ideas of what the work might have sounded like had Mozart lived to complete it himself, and demonstrating in the process that what his pupil Frank Xaver Süssmayr did to make the work performable he produced the version of the score that was always heard until the last quarter of the 20th century was nothing more than the most routine hack work…

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Tughan Sokhiev conducts Shostakovich tonight LIVE

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Tughan Sokhiev conducts Shostakovich tonight LIVETonight at 7pm European time LIVE on medici.tv, Tughan Sokhiev conducts the Orchestre National du Capitole, Toulouse in a special  programme in honour of Dimitri Shostakovich. This concert will be significant because Sokhiev has recemtly taken over as Music Director of the Bolshoi Opera. Sokhiev came up through the Russian system, though he’s spent most of his career abroad, so perhaps this Shostakovich concert i8s a statement of intent…

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Sir Neville Marriner’s 90th-Birthday Celebration Concert

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 Saint-Saëns, Mozart, and Elgar: Murray Perahia (piano), Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Joshua Bell (violin/director), Sir Neville Marriner (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London, 1.4.2014 (MB) Saint-Saëns – Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, op.28 Mozart – Piano Concerto no.20 in D minor, KV 466 Elgar – Enigma Variations, op…

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From among 112 eligible applicants, 8 composers have been awarded $12,500 to support the development of their compositions as part of a two-year initiative to increase diversity across the field.

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An elegant and untricksy production of Tchaikovsky’s lyrical romance, says Rupert Christiansen    

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Gheorghiu pulls out (again)

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It always sounded too strange to be true. Angela Gheorghiu, the opera world's most notorious canceller, filling in for Anna Netrebko, holder of the #2 position?
Now Gheorghiu announces via Facebook that she's not going to replace Netrebko in the Baden Baden Faust this summer after all. It seems she forgot her principles when she agreed to the gig: 
"I am very sorry to have to turn down the offer from the Baden-Baden-Festspielhaus to perform in Faust in June this year…

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