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A real artist cannot accept the world the way it is + MORE

Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami has observed that "Capturing the slightest emotion of people's lives is always a political act", and the image above is from his celebrated 'Koker trilogy'. If classical music is about anything, it is about capturing emotion. Which means, by Abbas Kiarostami's .... More »
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Bagged by Baron Ochs Glyndebourne Der Rosenkavalier + MORE

Richard Strauss Der Rosenkavalier opened Glyndebourne's 80th anniversary season, dedicated to the memory of George Christie, who created country house opera as we know it today. "My father loved Der Rosenkavalier", said Gus Christie."I think he would have likedthis production", he added with a wink,.... More »
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Alessandro Scarlatti - Con eco d'amore + MORE

Alessandro Scarlatti arias; Elizabeth Watts, The English Concert, Laurence Cummings; Harmonia Mundi Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Nov 14 2015 Star rating: 4.0 Brilliant disc of arias by this unjustly neglected composerWhilst his name is not so much on the tips of p.... More »
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Ensemble. Woman for all Seasons + MORE

Gerald Fenech returns to Festival Maribor in Slovenia.... More »
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Rochester Philharmonic/Merry Mount, Carnegie Hall, New York + MORE

Howard Hanson’s opera about Puritan fanaticism and cruel demonism in 17th-century Massachusetts still sounds bloated and bombastic after 80 years.... More »

Biggest Losers 'drop like flies'

– www.couriermail.com.au

TWO Biggest Loser competitors ‘dropped like flies’ after collapsing while scaling 10,000 stairs at the Sydney Opera House.

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JACK Quartet – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

JACK Quartet – reviewWigmore Hall, LondonThe quartet displayed concise intonation in contemporary works, from Christopher Trapani’s reworking of Bob Dylan, to composer-in-residence Julian Anderson’s first workConcert planners must dream of concocting programmes that tick several thematic boxes at the same time, and the JACK Quartet’s latest appearance at the Wigmore Hall did exactly that…

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All the ladies are doing it

– likelyimpossibilities.blogspot.com

All the ladies are doing itI rolled my eyes a little bit when James Levine was recently described in the Times as “somebody who may be the greatest opera conductor in history.” But after last night’s Così, the fourth performance in his triumphant return to the Met, I can at least understand the thinking behind it (though I still don’t agree)…

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Lovers schooled

– likelyimpossibilities.blogspot.com

Lovers schooledOn Thursday night, the Washington, D.C.-based group Opera Lafayette graced the Rose Theater with a double bill of French opera… sort of. The first half consisted Così fan tutte in French, the second François-André Philidor’s opéra-comîque Les femmes vengées, which slightly predates Mozart. It was ambitious and creative production that put a new spin on some very familiar material…

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Helping Complete the Symphonic Picture

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

Helping Complete the Symphonic PictureI’m guilty of oversights. Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler… it’s a symphony trajectory I repeat ad absurdum. Of course I include the final Mozart Symphonies, a handful of Haydn’s and maybe a Mendelssohn or two along the way. Schumann doesn’t enthral and Bruckner still evades me. But while I’ll venture out of Central Europe once or twice – Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Sibelius – the trunks, the totems remain the same…

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New – Mahogany Opera Group

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

New - Mahogany Opera GroupMahogany Opera and The Opera Group are joining forces to create The Mahogany Opera Group. Frederic Wake-Walker is Artistic Director and John Gilhooly is Chairman of an illustrious group of sponsors.  This could be an interesting development.  Mahogany Opera produced the brilliant  Britten Church Parables at Aldeburgh last summer – read more HERE (Curlew River)  and HERE…

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Danielle de Niese, the opera singer, argues outdated stereotypes about the genre must go, and signals the end of ‘the fat lady sings’    

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Pianist Fredericka King Performs 'Sonata No. 1' by George Walker & 'Troubled Water' by Margaret Bonds at Weill Recital Hall, 2 PM Feb. 16, 2014Fredericka King, PianoPianist Fredericka King writes:Hello Mr.Zick,Always good to visit AfriClassical and see how much wonderful activity is going on in our musical world!I wanted to share news of an upcoming performance in New York City; I will be playing at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on February 16 at 2 pm…

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BroadwayWorld.com: Tania León's 70th Birthday Celebrated as Part of 'Uncommon Women' at Symphony Space 2/7/14Tania Justina León (b. 1943) is featured at AfriClassical.com and has a web site at http://www.tanialeon.com/Broadway WorldTower, Leon, Oppens and Cassatt Set for UNCOMMON WOMEN at Symphony Space, 2/7Tower, Leon, Oppens and Cassatt Set for UNCOMMON WOMEN at Symphony Space, 2/7Tower, Leon, Oppens and Cassatt Set for UNCOMMON WOMEN at Symphony Space, 2/7January 16, 2014On Friday, February 7 (7:30 pm), Symphony Space pays tribute to “the women warriors of new music” with a concert marking a quartet of anniversaries: composer Joan Tower’s 75th birthday (Sept…

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Directed by Otto Schenk and designed by Günther Schneider-Siemssen, a production that respects Dvořák’s fairytale now seems tired

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Candace Evans’ new production of Puccini’s La bohème, reviewed by Maria Nockin

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Disguise and dolls

– parterre.com

Disguise and dollsWhile many performing arts organizations have been reducing their schedules or even closing, Opera Lafayette, a Washington DC-based group dedicated primarily to 17th and 18th century opera, has proven remarkably prosperous.  The results of those ambitions were on display at the Rose Theater Thursday evening during one of the company’s frequent visits to New York City when it presented its intriguing, if exhausting program called The French Così, consisting of a nearly complete performance of a French translation of Mozart’s opera, followed by a shorter work containing some plot echoes, Les Femmes Vengées by François-André Danican Philidor…

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In Brief: Claudio Abbado Edition

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio, online video, and other good things in Blogville and Beyond. (After clicking to an audio or video stream, press the "Play" button to start the broadcast.) Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.

Remember Claudio Abbado, who passed away this week, with this recording of Mahler’s second symphony, performed

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