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Shedding light on a forgotten Romantic: Méhul's Uthal from Palazzetto Bru Zane + MORE

Méhul Uthal; Karine Deshayes, Yann Beuron, Jean-Sebastien Bou, Les Talens Lyriques, Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Christophe Rousset; Palazzetto Bru Zane/Ediciones Singulares Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 05 2017 Star rating: 4.0Méhul's forgotten Romantic opera, in strong revivalThis year (.... More »
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Ravens' Tucker's voice soars like his kicks + MORE

Placekciker reveals his opera chops in charity event in Baltimore, and nails it.... More »
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Pianist Imogen Cooper to headline Northern Aldborough Festival + MORE

Website:  www.aldboroughfestival.com Tel:  01423 900979 Email:  festival@aldborough.com .... More »

Cav/Pag, Wagner voices + MORE

High Concept. The New Yorker, May 11, 2015..... More »

'Lives of the Saints' by David Ives, theater review + MORE

'Lives of the Saints' by David Ives opens Off-Broadway at Primary Stages. .... More »
Nazi Opera Conspiracies: a Right-Wing Rewriting of HistoryAfter much thought, a phrase occurred to me, one that encapsulated the very essence of the growing literature pointing the finger at Richard Wagner to single-handedly carry the blame for having caused World War II and the Holocaust, which are alleged to be historical events with purely cultural origins in nineteenth century romantic opera…

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Julian Anderson premiere

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Julian Anderson premiereIt seems to be Julian Anderson’s time: not only is his opera Thebans playing at the London Coliseum until 3 June, but on 15 May the Arditti Quartet will present the world premiere of Anderson’s String Quartet No. 2 300 Weihnachtslieder at the Wigmore Hall. Anderson says that the new quartet celebrates ‘both the Arditti’s wonderous playing and my affection for old German Christmas Songs’…

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Daniel Barenboim wins the Royal Philharmonic Society’s conductor award for his Wagner Ring cycle at last year’s BBC Proms.

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Constantin Frantz: Offener Brief an Richard WagnerVolltext aus dem Bayreuther Blätter, Juni 1878. Constantin Frantz (12. Sep 1817 – 2. Mai 1891) gehört ursprünglich um den Junghegelianer wie Max Stirner, David Strauß, Ludwig Feuerbach, Arnold Ruge sowie Marx und Engels. Später aber tritt Frantz von Hegelianismus zurrück und ging zu einer reaktionäre schellingianische Seite über…

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ArtsCharleston.org: 'Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir to honor TV innovator Sadie Green Oglesby for Piccolo Spoleto' 5 PM Saturday, May 24, 2014Candace Burroughs McLeodThe Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Gospel Choir is pleased to present a concert theme honoring Sadie Green Oglesby, local African-American television pioneer, Saturday, May 24, 2014, 5:00pm at Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun Street, downtown Charleston as part of the 2014 Piccolo Spoleto opening weekend…

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Charles T. Downey, Mendelssohn Piano Trio studies Beethoven
Washington Post, May 13, 2014

Beethoven, Piano Trios, opp. 70/2, 97, I. Faust, J.-G. Queyras, A. Melnikov (Harmonia Mundi, 2014)
The Mendelssohn Piano Trio plans to perform all of Beethoven’s piano trios during the next three years, a journey that began Sunday afternoon at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Steinway Series…

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Critic’s Notebook: The Pittburgh Symphony Orchestra Plays at Carnegie HallThe Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra played the final offering of the visionary Spring for Music festival.

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Letter: Antony Hopkins improvised the children's tunes on the pianoAs schools officer for Granada Television in 1962, I remember Antony Hopkins being involved in the series The Art of Music. Schoolchildren with him in the studio in Manchester composed tunes, and he improvised on them on the piano. Eventually he orchestrated them so that the Hallé Orchestra could play the finished result in front of the children…

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Met Negotiations Progress As Anticipated

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Met Negotiations Progress As Anticipated

A move that might be best described as entirely expected, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra musicians unanimously authorized their negotiating committee to call a strike if negotiations fail to produce a new agreement after the current one expires on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
Interestingly enough, the 5/12/2014 edition of the New York Times reported that the “union representing the orchestra…vot[e]d to authorize a strike should negotiations with management fail…

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New on YouTube: Bournonville’s Napoli Divertissements with the Paris Opera Ballet, 1985After having seen the La Scala Ballet School’s ‘end of year’ performance of the Bournonville’s Napoli Divertissements, I went digging around to find other versions to watch, and found that on YouTube there are surprising few clips. One is of the Ballet Rambert’s end of year show.
Digging around in the old VHS tapes that are (very) slowly getting transferred to digital formats, there was a bad quality black and white video from 1985…

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Fascinating Portrait of Debussy in Words and Music

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 Rêverie – The Lives and Loves of Claude Debussy: Lucy Parham (piano), Alex Jennings (narrator), Chipping Campden Music Festival, St James’ Church, Chipping Campden, 11.5.2014. (RJ) Debussy: Danse bohémienne; Arabesque No 1; La soirée dans Grenade; Pagodes; La fille aux cheveux de lin; Jardins sous la pluie; Des pas sur la neige; Reflets dans l’eau; […]

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Music with Minnesotans: Dan Hulitt

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Dan Hulitt made the switch from academia to wholesale foods. He's a national buyer for SuperValu. While his playlist is Beethoven-centric, it also contains an equal portion of family pride. Hulitt's two sons are musicians.

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Phillip Cooke – Choral Music

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Phillip Cooke - Choral MusicPhillip Cooke is a young composer who is currently a Lecturer in Composition at Aberdeen University, and this disc on Regent Records contains a selection of his recent choral music. From 2008 to 2010 Cooke was Career Development Fellow at the Faculty of Music, Oxford University and a Junior Research Fellow at The Queen’s College, Oxford University and much of the music on the disc is linked to this period…

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