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Minnesota Opera's 'La Boheme' + MORE

On Thursday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m., join host Melissa Ousley for the live broadcast of the Minnesota Opera's production of Puccini's 'La Boheme.' View a synopsis, slideshow and a video preview..... More »
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Impressive Music-Making Outside the Top-Orchestra Circuit + MORE

Grieg, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Beethoven: James Rester, Kenneth Bell, John DeVivo, and Albert Houde (horns), Reading Symphony Orchestra, members of the Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra*, Andrew Constantine (conductor), Santander Performing Arts Center, Reading, Pennsylvania. 2.4.2016 (BJ) Grieg: F.... More »
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The Nose review – virtuosic staging smells like teen spirit + MORE

Royal Opera House, London Barrie Kosky’s take on Shostakovich’s satire is imaginative and brilliant but it sacrifices the opera’s deeper meaning Shostakovich’s First Symphony and his first opera, The Nose, point in the modernist direction his later music might have taken, had he not so spect.... More »
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Monteverdi: L’Orfeo CD review – bold and full-bodied + MORE

Soloists, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Le Concert des Nations/Savall(Alia Vox)This vivid recording of the first-ever great opera has been around for a while as a DVD from Barcelona in 2002, but this is its first sound-only issue on CD. You may miss the period costumes in the orchestra (pictures in.... More »
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A Distinguished Conclusion to Gergiev’s London Prokofiev Cycle with the Mariinsky Orchestra + MORE

Prokofiev: Alexander Ramm (cello), Mariinsky Orchestra / Valery Gergiev (conductor), Cadogan Hall, London, 28.9.2016. (AS) Prokofiev – Symphony No. 6 in E flat minor, Op. 111; Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 125; Symphony No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 131 This was the third and last of the consecuti.... More »

Bramwell Tovey Completes His Mahler Cycle

– www.seenandheard-international.com

  Mahler: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey, conductor; Orpheum Theatre Vancouver, 24.5.2014  Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D Major The Mahler Revolution finished decades ago, but we have nonetheless waited a very long time for this VSO performance of Mahler’s Ninth, the last remaining symphony in a Mahler cycle that Maestro Bramwell Tovey began a […]

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Regional Spotlight: Accordo plays Mozart

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Mozart always gives each player a chance to shine, and shine they do! In this week's Regional Spotlight, a performance of the Mozart Flute Quartet No. 1 by members of Accordo from a December 2013 concert. Welcome, summer!

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James Rhodes

– www.classical-music.com

The British pianist on establishing his own record label, the importance of communicating classical music to new audiences and working on a new Channel 4 series about improving music education in UK schools
 
What was the initial spark for Instrumental Records?
Well, it’s always been a dream of mine to have my own label…

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Richard Wagner Supports Constantin Frantz's Denunciation of Prussian Militarism and Pan-GermanismWahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn!Wohin ich forschend blick’in Stadt- und Weltchronik,den Grund mir aufzufinden,warum gar bis aufs Blutdie Leut’ sich quälen und schindenin unnütz toller Wut! Madness! Madness! Everywhere madness!Wherever I searchingly glance,Through chronicles of cities and the world,The grounds thereof to find,Why, to the point of drawing blood,People torment and mistreat each otherIn senseless frenzied rage!Hans Sachs’ Monologue from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg In 1869, Richard Wagner dedicated the second edition of his Oper und Drama to Constantin Frantz (1817–1891), a Young Hegelian thinker somewhat neglected today compared to other better known Junghegelianer such as Max Stirner, David Strauss, Ludwig Feuerbach, Arnold Ruge—not to mention Marx und Engels…

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No one mixes for speakers these days

– www.overgrownpath.com

No one mixes for speakers these daysLast week Philip Sheppard supported Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté in Norwich with a superb set for electric cello that engaged the packed non-classical audience from the first notes*. Afterwards, I complimented Philip, who is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and an in demand film composer, on the compelling headphone-like sound in the auditorium…

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Youngest ever player in an international orchestra?

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Youngest ever player in an international orchestra?Social media are abuzz with our news of the London Symphony Orchestra’s appointment of an 18 year-old co-principal trombone.
He’s the youngest principal in LSO history, that’s for sure. But there must have been some younger players in the ranks.
Neville Marriner, 90 last month, was playing in the LSO second violins at 15 in 1939 when senior players were called up to war…

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The latest production at the Royal Opera House features the largest number of people on stage – 14 principals, 48 chorus, 12 extra chorus, 26 actors, and 67 community ensemble.

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Twentieth century operas in Rome, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

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Fela Sowande, Nigerian Composer, Organist and Professor, Was Born May 29, 1905Fela Sowande (1905-1987) is featured at AfriClassical.comAlan Ashton provides this photo from the “1946 Theatre Organ World publication”Fela Sowande: African Suite, The Negro in Sacred IdiomOriginally on Decca LM 4547 (1952) LP, Now on Naxos mp3The African composer Olufela Sowande was born in Oyo, Nigeria on May 29, 1905…

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Forget snakes. On this plane, it’s violins that have people treble-ing.

Seriously.

Musicians Nicolas Kendall and Zach De Pue were kicked off a U…
Read more: Classical Music, US Airways Violins Not Allowed, Video, Violins on a Plane, US Airways, Violin, Instruments Plane Carry On, Violins Not Allowed on Plane, Violinists Kicked Off Plane, Airplanes, US Airways No Violins, Good News News

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Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra; Don Juan; Till Eulenspiegel review  a showcase for CBSO's superb playingThe across-the-board talents of his orchestra are matched by conductor Andris Nelsons’s gifts as a Strauss interpreterDon Juan was the work that Andris Nelsons chose as his calling card in 2008 when he was first presented as the CBSO’s next music director, and Richard Strauss’s music has been a staple of his Birmingham programmes throughout his tenure…

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Joyce DiDonato encourages artists to pursue their crafts, as the world needs the work of artists. It’s inspiring to my daughter, who will soon graduate from the music conservatory at Lawrence University, in pursuit of an opera career.

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John Malveaux: 'soprano Jennifer Lindsay, meeting renowned soprano  Renée Fleming...backstage at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion during run of "Street Car Named Desire"Renée Fleming and Jennifer LindsayJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Please see Long Beach resident, soprano Jennifer Lindsay, meeting renowned soprano  Renée Fleming (red outfit) backstage at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion during run of “Street Car Named Desire” starring Renée Fleming…

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