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New Contract Signed by San Francisco Symphony and Musicians + MORE

Davies Symphony Hall, no picket lines this year!Good news and congratulations all around: the Board and Musicians agreed to a new contract this week. The old contract, signed about two years after after the inexplicable three-week strike, would have expired in a week. It took about three months to r.... More »
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Click on Classical: Nature and the ‘Nutcracker,’ a YouTube celeb, and an ‘Interstellar’ vinyl release + MORE

Every Monday morning at 9:15, I join John Birge on Classical MPR to talk about stories we’re featuring on our website this week. Here are the stories we’ll be discussing today. It’s not the season for which Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker was written—but in Disney’s Fantas.... More »
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Bayou and sell you + MORE

On this day in 1803 the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million, more than doubling the size of the young nation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVxdc1PpiQA Born on this day in 1870 composer Franz Lehár http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S66-wbpzALs Born on t.... More »
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Apologies!! + MORE

The blog is back and I owe an explanation! Way back at the end of last year I took on a project with my friend and colleague Sarah Playfair - we became joint heads of casting at the English National Opera for three months while they recruited a new person for this vital position. Between us we had a.... More »
Ryedale Festival - Italy, monks, Donald Swann and moreThe Ryedale Festival opened with a bang on Friday (11 July) with a performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (1610), conducted by Robert Hollingworth at Ampleforth Abbey with performers including monks from the Abbey. Festival director Christopher Glynn has an Italian theme running through the festival, with Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea being given by Ryedale Festival Opera at Ampleforth College Theatre, La Serenissima performing Vivaldi concertos (including those concertos), and the Fieri Consort in Monteverdi and Gabrieli…

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The 2014 Minnesota Beethoven Festival Chorale had a great week in Winona, MN with the legendary Dale Warland. Learn about their experiences through Twitter.

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A Russian Vaughan Williams?

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

A Russian Vaughan Williams?When the late Richard Hickox conducted the nine Vaughan Williams symphonies with the Bournemouth orchestra in the mid-1990s it was thought to be the first time the cycle had been performed complete.
Wrongly.
It now appears that Gennady Rozhdestvensky, that indefatigable Anglophile, had conducted the series in Leningrad a few years earlier, in 1988-89…

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Remembering Conductor, Violinist and Composer Lorin Maazel (1930-2014)By Laurie Niles: By now you have likely heard that Maestro Lorin Maazel, 84, died on Sunday at his home in Virginia, Castleton Farms, where he was in the midst of his annual Castleton Festival. He died from complications following pneumonia.

During his prolific, seven-decade career, Maazel, 84, conducted some 7,000 concerts and made around 300 recordings…

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All in the family

– parterre.com

All in the familyOur Own Jungfer Marianne Leizmetzerin delves into the seedy personal lives of royalty (especially queens) with this performance of Semiramide from San Francisco.
Gioachino Rossini: Semiramide
San Francisco Opera
Richard Bonynge, conductor
03 October 1981
Semiramide – Montserrat Caballé
Arsace – Marilyn Horne
Assur – James Morris
Idreno – Dalmacio Gonález
Azema – Candace Kahn
Oroe – Eric Halfvarson
Mitrane – Jonathan Green
Ghost of Nino – Gregory Stapp

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Conductor Lorin Maazel dead at 84

– www.nydailynews.com

Conductor Lorin Maazel dead at 84Lorin Maazel, a world-renowned conductor whose prodigious career included seven years at the helm of the New York Philharmonic, died Sunday at his home in Virginia.

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The official classical chart

– www.classical-music.com

Week ending 12 July 2014
 



1

Bruckner Symphony No. 9 in D minor
Lucernce Festival Orchestra/Claudio Abbado
Deutsche Grammophon 479 3441
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2

Voice of the Turtle Dove
The Sixteen/Harry Christophers
CORO COR16119
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3

Jenkins Motets
Polyphony/Stephen Layton
Deutsche Grammophon 479 3232
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4

Aranjuez
Miloš Karadaglić (guitar); London Philharmonic Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Mercury Classics 481 0811
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5

Haydn Symphonies
Nos…

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Orfeo ed Euridice review  Buxton celebrates Gluck's 300thBuxton Opera HouseMichael Chance’s Orfeo is patchy, but Barbara Bargnesi’s wounded Euridice is entrancingly sung in this updating of the Orpheus storyWith few exceptions, the UK’s leading companies are celebrating the 300th birthday of Christoph Willibald Gluck with total silence. Buxton, honourably, steps up to the mark with a new production of his most popular work in its original Italian-language version of 1762…

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The Bolshoi Opera gave a compelling concert performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera, with conductor Gennadi Rozhdestvensky still a formidable force at 83

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VIENNA (Reuters) – Tributes poured in from the classical music world on Monday for Lorin Maazel, considered one of the most brilliant conductors of his generation, who died on Sunday at the age of 84.

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Found in a Maazel Obit

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From Allan Kozinn’s Times obit:In 1989, he was on a short list of candidates to succeed Herbert von Karajan at the Berlin Philharmonic. When Claudio Abbado was chosen instead, Mr. Maazel insisted that he never had any intention of leaving his Pittsburgh orchestra, and canceled his Berlin dates — not, he said, in a fit of pique, but so that Mr…

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Opera snobs won’t stop us going back to La BohèmeBy Peter Franklin, University of OxfordThe Royal Opera House’s restaging of La Bohème will get the same responses as any other production of the Puccini opera. The savvy enthusiast hedges cautiously, perhaps going with the sceptic’s play-it-safe response: “Well, it puts bums on seats, pays for the things we really want to see… in these difficult times, what with funding and all that, beggars can’t be choosers…

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Lorin Maazel's key recordings

– www.guardian.co.uk

Lorin Maazel's key recordingsTom Service selects his five essential recordings made by the US conductor, who directed many of the top orchestras in Europe and the
United States including Cleveland, Paris and Munich for more than 40
years. Maazel died on 13 July Obituary: Lorin Maazel, conductor and composer, dies aged 841…

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