John Malveaux: John Wineglass’s ‘Someone Else’s Child’ was highlight of ‘An American Portrait’ of Southeast Symphony Feb. 8, 2014 + MORE

 

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Miscellany for the 47th birthday of "The Weight" + MORE

The 2015-16 season announcements have begun to trickle in. Of particular interest is Jake Heggie's Great Scott, at the Dallas Opera, next October. I mentioned this opera-about-opera in my profile of Joyce DiDonato; she will play the title character, an American diva returning home for the worl.... More »
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Classical Music This Week: Levine Cancels and a Birthday Triptych + MORE

A look ahead at the rest of the week in classical music..... More »
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Could You Shorten That Aria? Opera Weighs Cuts in the Classics + MORE

A recent San Francisco Opera production whittled about a half-hour off Bizet’s “Carmen.” Other companies are considering tightening works as well..... More »
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Tomáš Hanus and WNO Perform Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony Stupendously Well + MORE

Mahler: Rebecca Evans (soprano), Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano), Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Community Chorus / Tomáš Hanus (conductor), St David’s Hall, Cardiff, 2.10.2016. (PCG) Mahler: Second ‘Resurrection’ Symphony Whereas the performance last year by the BBC Nation.... More »
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Mahlerei + MORE

Christian Gerhaher does not appear at first to sing but rather to speak on pitches, telling stories, explaining words by lingering on them or biting them off short.  In two lines of “Die Einsame im Herbst,” the opening number of the all-Mahler recital he gave on the Great Performers’ Series a.... More »
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra marked its 40th birthday with fresh-sounding Chopin and Beethoven, and a subtly crafted commission from Martin Suckling

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German conductor Gerd Albrecht died in February 2014, aged seventy-eight

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Macbeth – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

Macbeth – reviewGrand, LeedsOpera North’s relocation of Verdi’s opera to a 20th-century totalitarian state is bleak and unnerving, but on opening night didn’t scale the musical heights it shouldFirst seen in 2008, Tim Albery’s Opera North production of Macbeth relocates Verdi’s opera to an unnamed totalitarian state in the mid-20th century…

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Verbrechen und Geheimnisse und Schuld: Reimann's GespenstersonateOn the outside looking in: the student ArkenholzPhoto © Oper FrankfurtYesterday, I attended the last performance in Oper Frankfurt's premiere run of Die Gespenstersonate, Aribert Reimann's 1984 opera based on Strindberg's play of the same name. Walter Sutcliffe's production, making use of a stage placed diagonally between two tribunes in the Bockenheimer Depot, was both sleek, with appropriate twists of the surreal and the claustrophobic…

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Brokeback Mountain: An Intense and Convincing Premiere

– www.seenandheard-international.com

Wuorinen: Brokeback Mountain, Teatro Real Orchestra and Chorus, Titus Engel (conductor), Teatro Real, Madrid, 5.2.2014 (JMI). Cast:  Ennis del Mar: Daniel Okulitch Jack Twist: Tom Randle Alma: Heather Buck Lureen: Hannah Esther Minutillo Aguirre/Hog-Boy: Ethan Herschenfeld Jack’s Mother: Jane Henschel Jack’s Father: Ryan MacPherson Alma’s Mother: Celia Alcedo Bar Tender: Hilary Summers Sales Woman: Letitia […]

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John Malveaux: John Wineglass's 'Someone Else's Child' was highlight of 'An American Portrait' of Southeast Symphony Feb. 8, 2014John Wineglass,http://www.johnwineglass.com/newsite/John Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites:Southeast Symphony OrchestraThe Southeast Symphony Orchestra program of February 8, 2014 was titled AN AMERICAN PORTRAIT. The concert opened with Duke Ellington Medley, arr. Calvin Custer followed by The Entertainer, Scott Joplin, arr…

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Gerd Albrecht, Volatile Conductor, Is Dead at 78Mr. Albrecht, a German, had a volatile run as the first non-Czech to lead the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.    

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Aurora Orchestra serenades us at the Wigmore Hall Mahler, Shostakovich, Britten: Jane Irwin, Andrew Staples, Aurora Orchestra, Andrew Gourlay: The Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Feb 9 2014 Star rating: 4.0A fascinating and satisfying programme, showcasing some virtuosic playing Last night’s (9 February 2014) concert at the Wigmore Hall by the Aurora Orchestra was one of those which seemed fated…

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Theodora, Barbican, review

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Handel’s Theodora at the Barbican was an enthralling series of highlights, says Ivan Hewett    

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Oliva/Schröder/Hewitt – Bach, 8 February 2014

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Wigmore HallFlute Sonata in A major, BWV 1032Partita no.4 in D major, BWV 828Violin Sonata no.6 in G major, BWV 1019Musical Offering, BWV 1079: excerptsAndrea Oliva (flute)Julia Schröder (violin)Angela Hewitt (piano) There was much to enjoy in this concert, and not only the rarity value of hearing Bach’s chamber music with the piano rather than the harpsichord…

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New faces

– parterre.com

New facesMr. Ian Rosenblatt is a London solicitor and patron of charitable causes in Britain primarily focused on classical music. In 1999 he stepped in to fund a concert by José Cura and the Philharmonia Orchestra when the sponsor withdrew at the last moment. Since then his foundation, Rosenblatt Recitals, has underwritten over 130 concerts with an eye on rising stars who haven’t been presented in London as yet…

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In Brief: Olympics Edition

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Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio, online video, and other good things in Blogville and Beyond. (After clicking to an audio or video stream, press the "Play" button to start the broadcast.) Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.

Watch the world premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s opera Brokeback Mountain, from the Teatro Real de Madrid…

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Wagner Madness Repeats Itself In London: 1839 & 2014London Docks: 1839″We were on board a merchant vessel of the smallest type. She was called the Thetis; a bust of the nymph was erected in the bows, and she carried a crew of seven men, including the captain. With good weather, such as was to be expected in summer, the journey to London was estimated to take eight days…

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