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Das Rheingold is a Memorable Start to Saffron Opera Group’s Ring + MORE

Wagner, Das Rheingold: Soloists and Saffron Opera Group Orchestra / Michael Thorne (conductor). Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Essex, 17.1.2016. (JPr) Wagner – Das Rheingold – concert performance Jeremy White: Wotan Nicholas Folwell: Alberich Stephen Rooke: Loge Deborah Humble: Erda Toby Girl.... More »
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The Week in Reviews, Op. 152: Anne Akiko Meyers, Gil Shaham, Hilary Hahn, Niklas Walentin + MORE

By Laurie Niles: In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world. Anne Akiko Meyers performed the Bates with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.Stuff: "Bates must be thrilled to hav.... More »
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Prosecutor Recommends Strauss-Kahn Be Cleared + MORE

A prosecutor recommended former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn be cleared of all charges, saying a trial has failed to demonstrate he was an organizer of a prostitution ring..... More »
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International Women's Day, 2017 + MORE

Joshua Kosman celebrated the occasion a day early, with an article in the San Francisco Chronicle about the nearly-complete failure of American orchestras to notice that all good composers aren't white, male, and mostly dead.My only disagreement with the article is that I don't consider SoundBox to .... More »
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Classical Music News - Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016) + MORE

Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara died in July 2016.... More »
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra said Wednesday that it ended the 2013 fiscal year with a small surplus after raising $18.9 million in contributions.    

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L’Heure espagnole and L’Enfant et les sortilèges, Royal College of Music, 7 December 2013 Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music Concepcíon – Kezia BienekGonzalve – Gyula RabTorquemada – Peter AisherRamiro – Luke D WilliamsDon Iñigo Gomez – Bradley Travis L’Enfant – Rose SettenLe Feu, Le Rossignol – Natasha DayLa Princesse – He WuL’Arithmétique, La Rainette – Craig JacksonMaman, La Tasse Chinoise, La Libellule – Maria OstroukhovaLa Bergère, La Chouette – Elizabeth HolmesLa Chatte, L’Ecureuil – Katie CoventryL’Horloge comtoise, le Chat – Nicholas MortonLe Fauteuil – Jerome KnoxL’Arbre – Matthew BuswellLa Chauve-Souris, Une Pastourelle – Josephine GoddardUn Pâtre – Amy WilliamsonLa Thêière – Daniel Farrimond James Bonas (director)Ruari Murchison (designs)Wayne Dowdeswell (lighting) ChorusRoyal College of Music Opera OrchestraMichael Rosewell (conductor)  Gyula Rab (Gonzalve), Kezia Bienek (Concepcion) A delightful end-of-term show from the Royal College of Music International Opera School…

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Day 11 — Malven

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

Day 11 — MalvenThis setting of Betty Wehrli-Knobel’s poem ‘Malven’ (Hollyhocks) was the last of Strauss’s songs to be published. It was also the last thing he wrote, in November 1948, shortly after the Four Last Songs. He dedicated the piece to Maria Jeritza and sent the manuscript to her in March 1949. Jeritza kept the song under wraps under it was sold after her death, when the performance was given by Kiri Te Kanawa in 1985…

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The Nutcracker Ballet

– minnesota.publicradio.org

The Nutcracker is the most popular ballet in the United States. But it took a number of years to become that. In fact, even Tchaikovsky considered it one of his least successful efforts. Join Alison Young December 11 at 8 p.m. for flying cooks, dancing snowflakes and the sugar plum fairy herself.

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How the Whale Became, Linbury Studio - opera reviewA bit much for kids, and a touch childish for adults, I can’t see this curate’s egg of a show — based on Ted Hughes — finding a rapt audience this Christmas. But if you can shrug off passages of boredom, it has sporadic charm and moments of sonic and visual wonder.

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A Concert of English Music on Decca (LXT2015)

– landofllostcontent.blogspot.com

A Concert of English Music on Decca (LXT2015)A few days ago I featured an interesting Ace of Clubs record which had been released in 1963. Music from three earlier long-playing records was subsumed into this ‘Festival of English Music’. The two pieces by George Butterworth had been released some 8 years previously on Decca LXT 2015. This album was an exciting ‘concert’ that featured Sir Adrian Boult and the London Philharmonic Orchestra playing four well-regarded pieces on LP…

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Forget Dudamel - this man is classical music's futureMusicians at the sharp end of classical music report to executive staff who are in turn accountable to management bodies variously termed boards, councils etc. These management boards control the future of classical music, yet they come under very little scrutiny. My research for yesterday’s post about Aldeburgh Music uncovered just how incestuous classical music’s controlling bodies are…

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Remember Me: A Desk Opera – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

Remember Me: A Desk Opera – reviewRivington Place, LondonClaudia Molitor’s ‘desk opera’ – more quirky, intimate performance art than opera – might be slender, but it has an odd beauty to itWhen is an opera not an opera? When it’s a “desk opera”, which is composer Claudia Molitor’s subtitle for this quirky, intimate piece of performance art, staged for audiences of around two dozen…

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BBC Radio 3 To Rebroadcast Barenboim/Proms Ring - Dec 2013If you were unfortunate enough to miss the Prom’s Ring cycle in the summer, fear not. During December BBC Radio 3 will rebroadcast it in its entirety. Very, highly recommended.Monday 23 Dec 20137.02pm–9.45pm Das Rheingold (160 mins)(concert performance; sung in German)Iain Paterson baritone (Wotan)Stephan Rügamer tenor (Loge)Jan Buchwald baritone, Proms debut artist (Donner)Marius Vlad tenor, Proms debut artist (Froh)Ekaterina Gubanova mezzo-soprano (Fricka)Anna Samuil soprano (Freia)Anna Larsson mezzo-soprano (Erda)Johannes Martin Kränzle baritone (Alberich)Peter Bronder tenor (Mime)Eric Halfvarson bass (Fafner)Aga Mikolaj soprano (Woglinde)Maria Gortsevskaya mezzo-soprano (Wellgunde)Anna Lapkovskaja mezzo-soprano, Proms debut artist (Flosshilde)Staatskapelle BerlinDaniel Barenboim conductorTuesday 24 Dec 20137…

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Is There Anything Stronger Than Divorce?

– www.adaptistration.com

Is There Anything Stronger Than Divorce?

Divorce is a messy business. All parties face daunting legal, economic, and psychological difficulties. And much like a knife fight, there’s no way to go through one without getting cut but it looks increasingly like the labor equivalent of divorce is the option of choice in Minneapolis where the Minnesota Orchestra Association (MOA) leadership and musicians have all but determined that there’s little chance to move forward unless the other side leaves…

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Lully Well Served, Molière Disserved

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Lully and Molière, Le Bourgeois gentilhomme: Soloists, Cornish Opera Theater, Stephen Stubbs (music director), Makaela Pollock (stage director), Anna Mansbridge (choreographer), Cornish Playhouse, Seattle, 18.10.2013 (BJ)  This is only half of a review, because I witnessed only half of the performance…

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A Highly Cultivated Recital from Roman Rabinovich

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 Couperin, Ravel, Haydn, Chopin. Roman Rabinovich (piano) Wigmore Hall, London, 10.12.2013 (RB) Couperin – Five pièces de clavecin from Ordre 18 Ravel  – Prélude from Le tombeau de Couperin   Minuet on the name of Haydn Haydn – Piano Sonata in A Flat HXVI:  46 Ravel – Two Movements from Daphnis et Chloé (arr Rabinovich) Chopin […]

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The doe

– auv.blogspot.com

Der Rosenkavalier – Metropolitan Opera, 12/10/2013Serafin, Sindram, Rose, Morley, Cutler / GardnerI have said much already about this opera, mostly in 2009’s post on the Marschallin and her world, and so I’ll leave this brief so I can return to my second long post on Frau (holiday, illness, and two other stupendous productions that I still plan to write about — along with one not-so-stupendous one — have forced delay)…

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