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Maralin Niska 1926-2016 + MORE

Soprano Maralin Niska, a mainstay of New York City Opera and America’s regional opera companies from the 1960s through the 1980s, died at her home in Santa Fe yesterday. She was 89. As a tribute to La Niska, here is Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin’s presentation of Marc Blitzstein’s Re.... More »
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Top Score fans: Enter for a chance to win a CD by Darren Korb + MORE

Composer Darren Korb of Supergiant Games has been featured on Top Score, and now you have a chance to win one of two Korb CDs: a copy of 'Transistor' or a signed copy of 'Bastion'..... More »
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Free Download: Allegro Vivace from Tchaikovsky's 'Souvenir de Florence' + MORE

This week's free download is the Allegro Vivace from Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence. It comes from The Russ.... More »
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German media name the two violists in Berlin Philharmonic fight + MORE

We reported earlier that a present member of the viola section is suing a former member for selling him a viola that proved to be a fake. Under German legal convention, the names were withheld. That convention has now been broken by some Berlin media and we see no reason to preserve fake identities.... More »
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Hugi Gudmundsson - Calm of the Deep + MORE

Hugi Gudmundsson; Nordic Affect, Hanna Loftsdottir, Hamrahlid Choir, Thorgerdur Ingolfsdottir Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jul 30 2015 Star rating: 3.5 Contemporary music from Iceland in dialogue with the past, in various waysHugi Gudmundsson (born 1977) is an Icelandic compo.... More »

Innovation, Majesty and Reflection in Philharmonia Concert

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Wagner, Berlioz, Elgar:  Ruxandra Donose (mezzo soprano), Philharmonia Orchestra, Edward Gardner (conductor), Royal Festival Hall, London, 3.4.2014 (CS)    Wagner: Overture, Rienzi Berlioz: Le mort de Cléopâtre, scène lyrique Elgar: Symphony No.2 in Ab major Op.55   The Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Edward Gardner found a myriad moods as they charted the stages […]

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After months of barrel-scraping, it looks like the hapless oil-funded orchestra is nearing a decision on a new chief.

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Pure Handel - European Union Baroque Orchestra Pure Handel: European Union Baroque Orchestra, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Maria Keohane: Estonian Record Productions ERP 6212 Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Mar 30 2014 Star rating: 5.0EUBO in fine from in Handel cantatas, concerto grosso and Water MusicThis disc showcases the European Union Baroque Orchestra under their music director Lars Ulrik Mortensen in a programme of Handel, with the Overture from Admeto HWV 22, Water Music Suite no…

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Who’s free? Me, says Gergiev

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Who’s free? Me, says GergievCarnegie Hall, hustling round for a second replacement for the indisposed Lorin Maazel, followed the old dictum: always ask a busy man. It looks like the LSO get short measure from his translatlantic rescue mission, but that was never likely to bother their outgoing chief. Release below. VALERY GERGIEV TO CONDUCT MUNICH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA IN […]

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John Malveaux: The Arts Desk Q&A: Soprano Nicole Cabell: The outstanding American singer on winning Cardiff, crying in performance and Kate BushJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com sends this link:Please see http://www.theartsdesk.com/opera/theartsdesk-qa-soprano-nicole-cabellThanks John MalveauxThe Arts Desk Q&Aby David NiceMonday, 07 April 2014DAVID NICE: I don’t know how you’ve felt about that Cardiff performance since, but it seemed close to perfect to me…

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Bychkov and OAE impress with Schubert in BasingstokeOrchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/BychkovThe Anvil, Basingstoke5 April 2014 Semyon BychkovWhen Ludwig van Beethoven died, in 1827, 20,000 people lined the streets of Vienna to watch his funeral procession pass. Among them was the 30 year old Franz Schubert, an ardent admirer of his older colleague, but when he himself passed away, a year later, his death was little marked beyond his own circle of friends and family…

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Blomstedt in Nielsen and Schubert

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I bought a ticket a few months back for the first of conductor laureate Herbert Blomstedt’s two programs with San Francisco Symphony, largely on the strength of the first works on the program, Carl Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto of 1928, to be played by principal clarinetist Carey Bell. Bell has been a favorite wind player of mine since he was principal clarinet of the San Francisco Opera orchestra; let’s just say that I will never forget his playing in La Forza del Destino back in 2005, when Nicola Luisotti made his first local appearance…

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Thrones: a deadly soap opera

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Thrones: a deadly soap operaSPOILERS: Happiness is a new season of GoT.

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This Unesco-protected chapel was an ideal setting for the world premiere of James Boznos’s ‘Anesti’

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Rossini’s ‘Maometto II’, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

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The group performs an excerpt from Beethoven’s Quartet No. 9 in C (Op. 59, No. 3).

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A coupla white chicks sitting around talking“On Wednesday, April 23rd at 8:15 PM, renowned soprano Deborah Voigt and opera and theater director Francesca Zambello, friends for over twenty-five years, join to discuss opera, inspiration, artistry and friendship. Ms. Zambello and Ms. Voigt have challenged stereotypes while building brilliant careers and navigating the high-flying demands of an international opera profession…

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The program is a partnership between Boosey & Hawkes, the New World Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony designed to develop the professional careers of emerging composers in the Americas.

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