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The Official Classical Chart + MORE

Rating:  0 Week ending 17 January 2015       1 New Year�.... More »
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The Mastersingers of Nuremberg at ENO, or Fine Performance, Doubtful Omens + MORE

Note: This is a review of the performance on Saturday 21st February 2015Wagner's Mastersingers, the programme advises, hasn't been seen at English National Opera for over thirty years. That it returns now, just as the company has been placed in special measures by the Arts Council, is ironic to say .... More »
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William W. May: Excerpts From Two Operas Composed by Michael Raphael: "Till" and "The Three Mayors" + MORE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uP1LMaOWeXA&feature=em-share_video_user (by williammway)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-1_5BYX7K8&feature=em-share_video_user(by williammway)Bill May, www.williamwmay.net, tells us Kevin Maynor, Founder and Artistic Director of Trilogy: An Opera Co.... More »
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Two hours of Monty Python on acid: Shostakovich's The Nose at Covent Garden + MORE

The Nose, The Royal Opera © ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper Shostakovich The Nose; Martin Winkler, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, John Tomlinson, Rosie Aldridge, dir: Barrie Kosky, cond: Ingo Metzmacher; Royal Opera Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 19 2016 Star rating: 3.0Shostakovich's satirica.... More »
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Dip Your Ears, No. 182 (Late Abbado in Early Bruckner) + MORE

A.Bruckner, Symphony No.1 (1891 “Vienna” version) C.Abbado / Lucerne FO Accentus Stepchild in Lovechild Treatment “Abbado uncovered the radical nature of [this Symphony]” wrote Die Welt after the 2012 Lucerne Festival performance. Unlikely—Abbado isn’t so much the man for musica.... More »

Manchester Pride Chamber Music

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Manchester Pride Chamber MusicThis year’s Manchester Pride Chamber Music Recitals runs from 7 to 28 August and provide four free recitals as part of the Manchester Pride celebrations. It is described as a ‘mix of music celebrating LGBT composers, which involves some of the UK’s most experienced classical performers alongside some of Manchester’s young, local talent…

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Today's prize for shoddy, ignorant music journalism goes to...… Philip Oltermann of The Guardian. (It is actually a report dated 31 July, but since we are dealing with journalism, what’s a fact or two between friends?) A Twitter friend brought this to my attention, and it is quite staggering, even by the normal standards, clearly written by someone who knows nothing about Wagner, Bayreuth, music, nor indeed anything else, it would seem…

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CECILIA McDOWALL  – ‘AIRBORNE’ JULY 014 Cecilia McDowall – Airborne; Nova Music Ensemble, Artistic Director/conductor George Vass, Director Richard Williams Reviewed by Guest Reviewer Jill Barlowon July 30 2014 Star rating: 3.0World premiere of a new World War I themed chamber opera by Cecilia McDowallPremiered in Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead 29/30/31 July, a few days before the centenary of Britain entering the First World War (Aug 4th 1914), Cecilia McDowall got the idea for this short chamber opera from reading ‘Sagittarius Rising ‘, the flying Ace, Cecil Arthur Lewis’ account of his experiences as a fighter pilot in the First World War…

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Prom 26: EUYO/Petrenko review  thrilling Shostakovich but blurry BerioRoyal Albert Hall, LondonThe youth orchestra coped superbly with the technical challenges of Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony but Berio’s Sinfonia lacked clarityThe European Union Youth Orchestra’s latest tour was originally to be conducted by Semyon Bychkov. But a couple of weeks ago illness forced him to withdraw, and instead it was Vasily Petrenko who was in charge for the orchestra’s latest visit to the proms…

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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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The EUYO players coped admirably with the demands of two technically savage, manically unpredictable pieces by Berio and Shostakovich

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The Metropolitan Opera, which is in the midst of tense labor negotiations that are threatening the coming season, said in a financial disclosure filing last week that its deficit in the fiscal year that ended July 31 would be “significantly larger” than the $2.8 million gap it reported the year before.

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A true-life tale of survival is at the heart of this unusual work, which celebrates a centuries-old trade route between Venice and Norway

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West Edge Opera captures the emotional power of the operatic adaptation of the Graham Greene novel.

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The lion in stereo

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The lion in stereoA great man has passed and our consolation is that so much of his art has been preserved for us on recordings. This year marked Carlo Bergonzi’s 90 birthday and next week, in honor of that occasion, Decca is releasing a box set of 17 discs titled The Verdi Tenor, comprised of all of the Verdi opera and recital recordings Bergonzi made for Deutsche Grammophon, Decca and Phillps combined…

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Ouverture spirituelle • J.M. Haydn & W.A.Mozart
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Johann Michael Haydn is given short shrift in music history and music appreciation—which is a shame. Even I have done so, in a recent article about the “History of the Mass” for Listen Magazine, where I gave his brother, that great master at everything (including masses), an

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 Aspen Music Festival (11): Sarah Chang (violin), Aspen Chamber Orchestra, Hugh Wolff (conductor); Soloists; Sharon Isbin (guitar), Isabel Leonard (mezzo-soprano); Garrick Ohlssen (piano), Aspen Festival Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin (conductor). Benedict Music Tent, Harris Concert Hall. Aspen, Colorado…

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Prisoners’ Chorus in Fidelio, 2014, Santa Fe Opera (photo by Ken Howard)
Charles T. Downey, Updated Donizetti and Beethoven offer mixed results at Santa Fe Opera
The Classical Review, August 6
It is an odd summer at the Santa Fe Opera, considering the festival’s repertorial specialties. The season offers only a sliver of Mozart, no Strauss, and no early opera — and this in the first season of

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