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Royal Ballet's Feisty New 'Don Quixote' + MORE

Carlos Acosta (Basilio) and Marianela Nuñez (Kitri) in Don Quixote, Royal Ballet (photo by Dave Morgan) The Royal Ballet has come from London to the Kennedy Center Opera House for the week. The residency is devoted entirely to the U.S. premiere of Carlos Acosta's freshening-up of Petipa's classic (.... More »
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Video: How Seoul saw off its maestro + MORE

These are the final moments of Myung Whun Chung as music director of the Seoul Philharmonic. He went around the orchestra shaking hands with every player while the audience roared their support. Some were totally overwhelmed. It was a seminal few moments, a terminal moment. End of. Click here to wat.... More »
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Richard Wagner: Supreme Annihilator of the German War Gods + MORE

In his book Wagner and Philosophy, Bryan Magee tells us that:Those of my readers who know Wagner only by his reputation may be surprised at the portrait I have presented so far of a left-wing revolutionary writing the libretto of The Ring while in political exile in Switzerland. The image of Wagner .... More »
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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 »
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Toad and Verklärung - Elgar and the Toad + MORE

On 8th October 1916, Alice Elgar wrote in her diaries:"Mr Blackwood.... met E coming up from Finchley Road with a toad in his pocket. E had bought it off some boys for 2p. He did not think it was happy with them. He put it in the garden and calls it Algernon...He puts his head out of the window .... More »
With the help of the LPO and a good cast, conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada rescues a messy staging of Mozart’s most intellectually challenging opera

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The Week in Reviews, Op. 34: Midori, Simone Lamsma, Isabelle Faust in concertBy Robert Niles: In an effort to promote the coverage of live music, each week Violinist.com brings you links to reviews of notable violin performances from around the world.

Midori performed Eotvos’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the New York PhilharmonicThe New York Times: “The violin writing is episodic, all fits and starts, with perpetual-motion passages and bittersweet melodic flights, though nothing dwells too long in this restless concerto…

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Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra in Beethoven`s Symphony No. 9, "Ode to Joy" 7 PM June 21, Dell Music Ctr, Free Admission, Seating ReservedJeri Lynne Johnsonwww.blackpearlco.orgJeri Lynne Johnson:Dear Friends, I want to personally invite you all to Black Pearl’s performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, the “Ode to Joy” at the beautifully renovated historic Dell Music Center in East Fairmount Park.  Beethoven’s last symphony was his wish for people of all nations to come together in a spirit of universal brotherhood…

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Richard Strauss at 150

– www.boulezian.blogspot.com

For Strauss’s 150th birthday (today), I have written a piece for The Conversation, which may be read here.

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It's the only good bit in the whole thingIs it my imagination or is the composer anniversary bandwagon finally running out of steam? Today is the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss’ birth. But where is the wall to wall Strauss on BBC Radio 3, and where are the Richard and Pauline cufflinks and Rosenkavalier iPhone covers? But the purpose of this post is not to wallow in schadenfreude…

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Burni on Gurney: He was mad before the War

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Burni on Gurney: He was mad before the WarInteresting piece by Iain Burnside on the poet and composer Ivor Gurney, who is supposed to have lost his sanity on the Somme. Apparently, his medical records show signs of insanity that predated the War. Read Iain here.

photo (c) Lebrecht Music&Arts

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Critic’s Notebook: Bronfman Braces for the Five Piano ConcertosYefim Bronfman, who will play all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos with the New York Philharmonic, explains how he approaches the work, starting with the Fourth Concerto.

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Shadwell Opera take the Arts Theatre to the Penal ColonyEnterprising young opera company Shadwell Opera is back with a pair of performances of Philip Glass’s In The Penal Colony. Shadwell Opera will be performing at the Arts Theatre on 16 and 30 June, interrupting the current run of Ghost Stories at the theatre and presenting In The Penal Colony as an installation-style operatic retelling of Franz Kafka’s famously visceral short story…

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Music with Minnesotans: Chris Gennaula

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Software engineer by day and successful composer by night, Chris Gennaula tells stories with wit and a smile.

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NGA Vocal Ensemble

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Debussy, Music for the Prix de Rome (Le Gladiateur, La damoiselle élue, L’enfant prodigue), Flemish Radio Choir, Brussels Phil., H. Niquet (Glossa, 2009)
Charles T. Downey, National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble provides some pleasant surprises in concert
Washington Post, June 10, 2014
Composers and painters have influenced one another in many eras, and in France at the end of the 19th century

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On the Air This Week

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Highlights from June 10 to 17 Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Software engineer and composer Chris Gennaula. Wednesday, noon: Regarding Broadway. Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight. Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: The American Influence. Sunday, noon: From the Top….

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Ibragimova and Osborne Unite for an Exceptional Recital

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Debussy, Prokofiev, Pärt: Alina Ibragimova (violin), Steven Osborne (piano), Wigmore Hall, London, 7.6.2014 (GD) Debussy:  Violin Sonata in G Minor Prokofiev:  Violin Sonata No.1 in F minor Op. 80;  Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94 Arvo Part:  Fratres for violin and piano.   After hearing several ‘high profile’ orchestral concerts in the […]

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#lso110

– blog.lso.co.uk

#lso110Yesterday on 9 June 2014 the LSO celebrated 110 years since its first concert on 9 June 1904, and we marked the occasion with a series of tweets of interesting facts about the LSO dug out of the less explored corners of our archive.
We have been thinking a lot about our archives recently, because we increasingly feel that it’s important for our present and future to know where the Orchestra has come from and why the company is like it is…

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