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Review: Dither Delivers an Electric-Guitar Master Class + MORE

This ensemble drew from its own works as it continued a weeklong residency at the Stone..... More »
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The General Director's Office + MORE

Matthew Shilvock gives a tour of his office and its contents. Somehow, I thought it would be a little less Spartan; at least, my mental image of David Gockley's office involved an enormous walnut desk, bookshelves behind him, and a Persian rug. So much for my fantasies!But this tour is quite charmin.... More »
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Peter Allen, a Voice on the Radio for the Met Opera, Dies at 96 + MORE

Mr. Allen, who presided over 29 seasons of broadcasts, said introducing performances was, except for his marriage, “the richest experience of my life.”.... More »
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Click on Classical: ​A Faure foray, a rite of Reich, and a toy opera + MORE

Every Monday morning at 9:15, I visit the Classical MPR studio to talk about some of the stories we're featuring on our website. Here are the stories Melissa Ousley and I will be discussing today..... More »
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Oscar Schafer on His Coming Role at Philharmonic + MORE

Oscar S. Schafer, who will take over from Gary W. Parr, will become the New York Philharmonic’s board chief at a critical juncture..... More »
Music Review: Osmo Vanska Conducts the Mostly Mozart Festival OrchestraMr. Vanska led the orchestra in a program of Beethoven, Shostakovich and Prokofiev, with solos from the trumpeter Philip Cobb and the pianist Yuja Wang.

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Royal Albert HallBeethoven – Egmont, op.84: OvertureBrett Dean – Electric PreludesStravinsky – Oedipus Rex Francesco D’Orazio (electric violin) Oedipus – Allan ClaytonJocasta – Hilary SummersCreon – Juha UusitaloTiresias – Brindley SherrattMessenger – Duncan RockShepherd – Samuel BodenSpeaker – Rory KinnearBBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus (chorus master: Stephen Jackson)BBC Symphony OrchestraSakari Oramo (conductor)I admit that I came to this concert mostly with the second half in mind…

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Prom 29: BBC Philharmonic/Noseda review  Benjamin Grosvenor lifts the roof offRoyal Albert Hall, LondonPianist Benjamin Grosvenor’s ample programme brought together a one-time Proms favourite, a neglected Italian and an old French warhorseIn his Proms appearance with the BBC Philharmonic under the Manchester orchestra’s conductor laureate, Gianandrea Noseda, pianist Benjamin Grosvenor offered the audience not one concerto but two…

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Puccini's Italian tragic love affair house up for saleProperty south of Lake Como where composer famously escaped with married lover in 1886 has price tag of 400,000A house that played a central role in Giacomo Puccini’s turbulent and ultimately tragic love life is up for sale a three-storey building in the hills south of Lake Como to which the composer of Tosca and La Bohème escaped with his lover in 1886…

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Regietheater is supposed to be an exercise in extracting the underlying truth in a libretto and bringing it to the fore by a radical revaluation or re-appropriation of its symbolic framework. In the big picture, Frank Castorf’s staging of Wagner’s Das Rheingold for the Bayreuth Festival does that – it claims to propose a discussion on politics, its manipulation of the natural (both in the sense of Nature and in the sense of what is true) and of irony as a means of resistance…

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           Edinburgh International Festival 2014 (2) – Schoenberg, Stravinsky: Hebrides Ensemble, Graham F. Valentine (narrator), Queen’s Hall, 9.8.2014 (SRT) Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (arr. Steuermann) Stravinsky:   The Soldier’s Tale   The Hebrides Ensemble describe themselves as a collective, which is a good way of saying that, more so than most chamber groups, they […]

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Much-loved composer lifted the spirit

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“ALL composers are dead,” Peter Sculthorpe’s first piano teacher told him. The six-year-old Peter had been dispatched to the local piano teacher.

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Joseph Dennis and Corinne Winters in Dr. Sun Yat-sen, 2014 (photo by Ken Howard)
Charles T. Downey, Santa Fe Opera’s leaden “Dr. Sun Yat-sen” leaves one hungry for more musical substance (The Classical Review, August 9)
When Santa Fe Opera decided to pull the plug on the world premiere of Judith Weir’s new opera Miss Fortune this year, the company settled instead on an American premiere…

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Met’s Labor Woes Divide Opera Fans as Well as ParticipantsThe labor strife at the Metropolitan Opera has inflamed the passions of opera lovers.

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Walking on water wasn't built in a day

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Walking on water wasn't built in a dayWhen Timothy Leary first offered Allen Ginsberg LSD the poet objected, saying “Walking on water wasn’t built in a day”, and responses to recent posts here underline that the new audience for classical music also will not be built in a day. My appreciation of Arnold Dolmetsch’s work with young people prompted Philip Amos to comment:The second paragraph of this fine post serves to bring again to my mind that the potential saviours of classical music are now about five years of age, if not younger…

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Tete a Tete Opera Festival 2014

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Tete a Tete Opera Festival 2014New year, new shoes as the unwritten novel has it. The Tete a Tete Opera Festival of 2014 has moved across town to King’s Cross to the theatres in one end of the new Central Saint Martin’s building and then on to King’s Place, just the other side of the road. King’s Place is a known quantity now, an asymmetric, stratified atrium that’s well-suited for the informal communality spilling out after the set-piece shows…

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Ensemble. Spectral Music

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Women and War at the Salzburg Festival, by Giuseppe Pennisi

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Vitality under Young’s baton

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COMPOSER Peter Sculthorpe could not have wished for a more fitting tribute.

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