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HMS Pinafore at Edinburgh festival review – joyless, stifled and stilted + MORE

Usher Hall, EdinburghScottish Opera’s reintroduction to the EIF fold made for a dispiriting statement about the organisations’ relative ambitions It’s hard to figure out what a dismally innocuous Scottish Opera concert performance of HMS Pinafore was doing in the programme of the Edinburgh int.... More »
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Britten/Korngold: Violin Concertos CD review – phrases that pour with urgency + MORE

Vilde Frang/ Frankfurt Radio Symphony/Gaffigan(Warner)Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang calls Britten’s Violin Concerto “one of the greatest dramas in the repertoire” and has described “never feeling closer to death” than when playing the piece. What she means (I think) is the constant strug.... More »
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The Premiere of Ian Venables’ Important, Eloquent New Song Cycle + MORE

Venables, Vaughan Williams, Schumann, Gurney, Finzi, Quilter, Britten: Nick Pritchard (tenor); Louise Williams (viola); Benjamin Frith (piano), Perrins Hall, The Royal Grammar School, Worcester, 30.6.2016 (JQ) Ian Venables – Through These Pale Cold Days, Op. 46 (world premiere) The Send Off &#.... More »
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Daily Download: Max Reger - Clarinet Quintet: II. Vivace + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Max Reger - Clarinet Quintet: II. Vivace, performed by Leipzig String Quartet..... More »

Deconstructing Some Spin From Atlanta

– www.adaptistration.com

Deconstructing Some Spin From Atlanta

One of the more confusing aspects related to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) lockout is how the relationship between the ASO and the Woodruff Arts Center (WAC) impacts the organization as a whole. We’ll be diving into those issues as they relate to board governance in a future article but for today, we’ll examine the administrative piece of the puzzle…

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Met showdown seals swift San Fran deal

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Met showdown seals swift San Fran dealSan Francisco Opera and its musicians are singing off the same hymn sheet: ‘Following almost four months of bargaining, characterized by both parties as collegial, respectful and dedicated to shared problem-solving, the new agreement creates a stable working framework now through July 31, 2018,’ said a joint announcement (below)…

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English Music in Worthing

– www.planethugill.com

English Music in WorthingAssembly Hall, WorthingThe Worthing Symphony Orchestra’s 2014/15 season with conductor John Gibbons starts on 14 September with a programme which includes music by Wagner, Delius and Debussy alongside Chausson’s Poem de l’amour et de la mer sung by Helena Dix. English music is to the fore with Doreen Carwithen’s Piano Concerto played by Anthony Hewitt (12/10), and Bliss’s Piano Concerto (9/11) played by Poom Pommachart and the concerts include also music by Ireland, Farrar, and Holst…

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The San Francisco Symphony’s Beethoven and Bates Festival returned to Davies Symphony Hall for a third (and final) program. It’s a gas. With Michael Tilson Thomas on the podium, the program featured composer Mason Bates as the soloist, on laptop, for his ‘Alternative Energy’ symphony. Then came Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No…

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Rule Britannia: Will it still be sung at the Proms in the event of a Yes Vote? Why is it sung at all?Rule Britannia, its words by a Scot and its tune from an opera about Englands king Arthur, is far from a straightforward song of imperialist triumphalism, writes Tom ServiceRoderick Williams interview: Maybe I should dress as BritanniaA time of dissent in the North, of rebellion sweeping down from Scotland, an attempt to unseat the King, to repeal the Union, and to return the rightful blood line to the throne…

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Music Review: Paul Jacobs, Organist, Plays Max Reger’s Works at JuilliardThe organist Paul Jacobs told a Juilliard audience that he holds the “difficult” composer Max Reger “near and dear to my heart.”

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The Metropolitan Opera is modifying its program that offers $25 tickets in some of the priciest sections of the opera house by moving it onto the web this season, rather than having patrons physically wait in line for a chance at seats.

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Help the Collaborative Pianist Guild Become a Professional Advocacy Group for our ProfessionAlthough collaborative pianists are known for their ability to work with others, as a group they can often be marginalized and sometimes have difficulty identifying with a professional organization.The Collaborative Pianist Guild aims to change all that. Starting off as an accompanist directory, they eventually plan to become a full-fledged advocacy group for the entire profession…

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The Cleveland Orchestra Welser-Möst Brahms Proms London

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

The Cleveland Orchestra Welser-Möst Brahms Proms LondonThe Cleveland Orchestra, with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, made a most welcome return to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.  Are the Clevelanders the best orchestra in the United States today? Their two Proms certainly made the case. Superlative finesse and poise, generated by genuine musicality…

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Beware of classical music's new silly conventionsSpeaking at the recent Salzburg launch of Deutsche Grammophon’s Discovery classical music streaming app DG president Mark Wilkinson asserted that “The digital audience is our audience”. If we leave aside concerns that the Discovery app – £2.59 a month to access more than 450 albums – will destroy rather than creates financial value, Mark Wilkinson’s sound bite requires closer study…

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LONDON (Reuters) – The Royal Opera House rolled out the red carpet for young people on Thursday for season opener “Anna Nicole,” based on the life of American stripper and Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith whose voluptuous surgically enhanced cleavage attracted a billionaire.

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Opera Parallèle’s 2015 Season

– operatattler.typepad.com

Opera Parallèle presents Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts from February 20 to 22, 2015. The cast features Jennifer Rivera (Sister Helen Prejean), Michael Mayes (Joe DeRocher), Catherine Cook (Mrs. DeRocher), Talise Trevigne (Sister Rose), and Robert Orth (Owen Hart)…

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Light tomorrow with today

– parterre.com

Light tomorrow with todayOn this day in 1846, Elizabeth Barrett eloped with Robert Browning.

Born on this day in 1801 composer and singing teacher Giuseppe Concone

Born on this day in 1890 composer Guido Guerrini

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