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Classical Music News - Georges Prêtre (1924-2017) + MORE

French conductor Georges Prêtre died in January 2017.... More »
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Three Tales, Imax Cinema, Science Museum, London + MORE

Steve Reich and Beryl Korot tackle hubris with 2002 ‘video opera’ about science and technology.... More »
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Nikki Chooi named new concertmaster of Met Opera Orchestra; leaves Time for Three + MORE

By Laurie Niles: Congratulations to Canadian violinist Nikki Chooi, who was named new concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Thursday. The announcement comes just a little more than a month after the Met named conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin as its new Music Director, replacing James L.... More »
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5 Questions to Rasa Daukas and Will Larsen (Tess Said So) + MORE

The Australian contemporary music duo Tess Said So is the artistic collaboration of pianist Rasa Daukas and percussionist Will Larsen... Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!.... More »
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Dubai-Rostov-New York: Scenes from contemporary opera + MORE

David Pountney rehearsing the cast (Photo NOS) Errollyn Wallen, Joanna Marsh, Elena Langer Dubai-Rostov-New York: Scenes from Contemporary Opera; Young Artists of the National Opera Studio, director David Pountney; Wilton's Music Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on May 4 2017 Star rating: 4.0Two .... More »
Royal Festival HallRavel – Valses nobles et sentimentalesBerlioz – Les Nuits d’été, op.7Saint-Saëns – Symphony no.3 in C minor, op.78Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano)Stephen Disley (organ)Royal Philharmonic OrchestraCharles Dutoit (conductor)The orchestral version of Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales opened promisingly, the first waltz glossy, its surface properly shimmering, inviting and yet evading the question of what lay underneath…

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New York Philharmonic Faces Big Orchestra Hiring DecisionsEven as it faces the challenge of renovating its hall, the New York Philharmonic confronts the need to replace five of its signature musicians.

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Ravens & Radishes: new operatic song cycle premieres in Houston, TexasOn Sunday, April 27, the operatic song cycle Ravens & Radishes received its world premiere in Houston, TX. A collaboration of poetry by Divergence Vocal Theater’s artistic director and soprano Misha Penton, and Liminal Space co-artistic director, composer and guitarist George Heathco, the project was conceived after the two collaborated on a Divergence Vocal Theater production in 2011, and bloomed into a music video and EP release project…

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Southbank Centre: Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble Perform 16 July 2014 at Queen Elizabeth Hall, LondonSouthbank CentreJean-Philippe Rameau: Overture, Castor et PolluxJean-Philippe Rameau: Suite from Castor et PolluxErnest Bloch: Nigun (Improvisation) from Baal Shem SuiteJohannes Brahms: Selection from Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op.52a arr. HermannJenö Hubay: Csárda Scene No.4, Hejre Kati (Hey Katie!), Op…

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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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There are no winners in suburbanized classical music Latest UK radio audience figures released today graphically illustrate that there are no winners in suburbanized classical music. RAJAR audience data for the first quarter of 2014 show BBC Radio 3 continuing to lose audience, with listeners down 3.5% on the same quarter the previous year*. Classic FM’s audience decline was sharper: down 5…

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A London curiosity – for me anyway!

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This has nothing whatsoever to do with opera………..but I just experienced something that may be very familiar to my American friends who are used to living in condominiums or co-ops.  Not sure of the difference actually.  But the point is that they have meetings.  And I went to just such a meeting this evening…

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Fatal attraction

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Fatal attractionBenjamin Britten’s final opera Death in Venice, based on Thomas Mann’s 1912 novella, is given a lush and quite beautiful production from stage director Deborah Warner for the English National Opera in this Opus Arte DVD filmed in 2013. Featuring almost magical settings by Tom Pye, luminous, wind-blown fabrics and water projections lit by the heat and sun effects of the lighting by Jean Kalman, the production gives an almost perfect frame for Britten’s tale…

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William Bender, Time Editor and Music Critic, Is Dead at 83In a career at the magazine that lasted from 1967 to 1978, he covered the full range of musical styles but considered himself primarily a classical music critic.

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Carter, Bartok, Ravel, Schumann:  Tonhalle Zurich, Tonhalle Orchestra, Christoph von Dohnányi (conductor), Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin), 8.5.2014   ( JR) Carter:    Sound Fields Bartok:  Violin Concerto No. 1 Ravel: Tzigane Schumann:   Symphony No. 2   It should have been Bruckner, his Seventh Symphony to be exact…

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BBC Symphony Orchestra new season

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BBC Symphony Orchestra new seasonBrett DeanThe BBC Symphony Orchestra’s 2014/15 season at the Barbican includes some very tempting offerings. There are three operas, Smetana’s Dalibor, Bartok’s Bluebeard and Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland. Total Immersion covers John Tavener, Pierre Boulez and Percussion. Brett Dean is the featured composer, but there is also music by Kevin Volans, Thomas Larcher, Ryan Wigglesworth, Detlev Glanert, Christopher Rouse and Henze…

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Opera quest for novelty? Hardening the arteries of the soulIs opera a quest for novelty? A depressing question, because it suggests a hardening of the arteries of the soul. Change is fundamental to civilization. Throughout history, people have been motivated to take risks and do better (or worse). The inescapable fact is that no-one can ever be a clone of anyone else, even in supposedly stagnant societies…

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As Teodora Gheorghiu prepares to sing in Der Rosenkavalier at Glyndebourne, she tells Rupert Christiansen how she overcame an illness that threatened her career

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