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Domestic strife at the Frontline + MORE

A cup of coffee helps to put things right in the turbulent household of Robert and Christine Storch (aka Richard and Pauline Strauss – played above in the recent Garsington production of Strauss's Intermezzo by Mark Stone and Mary Dunleavy, photo by Mike Hoban). It takes mushrooms sprinkled with r.... More »
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New music, chorus anniversary, Brahms and more - Scottish Chamber Orchestra new season + MORE

Lotta WennäkoskiThe Scottish Chamber Orchestra's 2015/16 season will be continuing the group's policy of performing new work, and both new commissions this season have a Nordic theme. Finnish composer Lotta Wennäkoski is writing new work to be performed as part of an all-Nordic programme conducted.... More »
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Cuts like a knife + MORE

Aside from being the choice of the revived New York City Opera for its opening double-bill this season, you may wonder what Rachmaninoff’s Aleko and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci have in common.  Both operas are short, both were composed in 1892 and both concern women who, having ceased to love their.... More »
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Joyce DiDonato Goes to War, Finds Peace + MORE

Handel, Purcell, Leo, Cavalieri, Gesualdo, Pärt, Jommelli: Joyce DiDonato (soprano), Il Pomo d’Oro/Maxim Emelyanychev, (conductor), presented by Cal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, University of California, Berkeley, 4.12.2016. (HS) ‘WAR’ Handel: “Scenes of horror, scenes of woe,” .... More »
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No tourists - John Eliot Gardiner Chabrier Debussy BRSO + MORE

Sir John Eliot Gardiner with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks at the notorious  Gasteig in Munich last week. Gardiner isn't getting any younger, but he's greatly loved. Every opportunity to hear him live is worth cherishing. This time he conducted Emmanuel Chabrier and Claude De.... More »

A Slew of Strauss

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

A Slew of StraussRichard Strauss’s 150th birthday has spurred a great slew of recordings, some new, some re-released. The trend reaches a particularly profligate level this month, with discs featuring old established interpreters such as Wilhelm Furtwängler and Karl Böhm sitting proudly side by side with a new guard of Daniel Harding and Andris Nelsons…

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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Jansons review  'Immaculately crafted'Barbican, LondonLuminous textures, warm melodies and spell-binding climaxes create a transformative journeyThe Barbican Hall’s acoustics could hardly be more different from that of the orchestra’s Amsterdam home, but the Royal Concertgebouw’s residencies there are now pleasingly regular. The latest centres on Bruckner, with three concerts in as many days under its chief conductor Mariss Jansons, including the Fourth, Seventh and Ninth Symphonies…

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Dominique-René de Lerma: 'Exploring Music' No. 4 centered on two cherished landmarks: Dett's 'In the bottoms' and Still's 'Afro-American symphony.'  The Collected Piano Works of R. Nathaniel DettSummy-Birchard (1973)[R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma, www…

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The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is not only the finest choir from a nation of singers, but arguably the finest choir in the world. Hear the choir's amazing performance from The Cathedral of Saint Paul last November.

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Want to see what a live string quartet can do? This is one of London’s coolest venuesThe players are London orchestra regulars. The audience is not. Not yet, that is. Just watch.

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Dominique-René de Lerma:  The second in a series of ten NPR broadcasts of Bill McGlaughlin's 'Exploring Music' had Joseph White's wonderful violin concerto [José Silvestre White (1835-1918), Afro-Cuban violinist and composer, is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma, www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com. Shown here after he received the 1st prize for violin at the Conservatoire de Paris in 1856…

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Venetian Soap

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Review – L’Ormindo (Wanamaker Playhouse, Friday 4 April 2014)
Ormindo – Samuel Boden
Amidas/Wind – Ed Lyon
Nerillus/Love – James Laing
Erisbe/Music – Susanna Hurrell
Mirinda – Rachel Kelly
Sicle/Lady Luck- Joélle Harvey
Eryka/Wind – Harry Nicoll
King Ariadenus – Graeme Broadbent
Osman/Destiny/Wind – Ashley Riches
Orchestra of Early Opera Company
Christian Curnyn (Director)
Director – Kasper Holten
Designs – Anja Vang Kragh
Movement – Signe Fabricius
I have to start by saying that the Wanamaker Playhouse is a beautiful gem of a theatre…

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Barbican HallHaydn – Cello Concerto in C major, Hob.VIIb/1Bruckner – Symphony no.7 in E majorTruls Mørk (cello)Royal Concertgebouw OrchestraMariss Jansons (conductor) It was the Haydn C major Concerto, which, despite the massed ranks of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Bruckner symphony and the radically smaller ensemble deployed before the interval, received the more compelling performance in this, the second of three Concertgebouw concerto-and-Bruckner programmes…

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Quiz: How much do you know about 'La Boheme'?

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Given its popularity, opera fans should know 'La Boheme' inside and out, right? So here's a little quiz on this familiar favorite. We'll start off with some easier ones — but by the end, the questions may test the knowledge of even the most devoted Boheme-ophile.

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Throughout the history of FitzGerald’s nightclub in Berwyn, owner Bill Fitzgerald has seen thousands of musical acts take the stage, from complete unknowns, to those just on the brink, to some of the best artists in the business…

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Pure Magic! L'Ormindo at the Globe

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Pure Magic! L'Ormindo at the GlobeHarry Nicoll in L’Ormindo © Stephen CummiskeyThe Royal Opera House’s latest collaboration is on rather a smaller scale than usual. Cavalli’s L’Ormindo is being performed in the Sam Wanamaker Theatre at the Globe, a reconstruction of an English 17th century indoor theatre. Both theatre and opera are of roughly the same date, Cavalli’s opera was premiered in Venice in 1644…

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Enough with the whirling!

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Enough with the whirling!It’s time for lazy stage directors and lazy sopranos to find some other gesture besides the chain of clumsy pique turns (AKA “whirling”) that is the cliché go-to opera shorthand for “joy.” Nobody but drag queens actually twirl in real life, and they’re doing it ironically…

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The Week Ahead | Classical Music: How the Centuries Will Play OutFor music lovers, Thursday brings a clear choice between older and newer, both options tantalizing.    

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