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The Pirates of Penzance review – precise patter aplenty in Mike Leigh revival + MORE

Coliseum, LondonENO’s surefooted return for Leigh’s 2015 Gilbert and Sullivan production has a cast richly decked with boastful pirates and a proto-Wagnerian police chiefWhen Mike Leigh’s production of the Gilbert and Sullivan opera was first seen, in 2015, traditionalists found the abstractio.... More »
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More Proms–Ades, Coll, Mathews, Part, Widmann, Janacek + MORE

Thomas Adès is a phenominal musician. The depth of his musical intelligence and power of his insight are impossible to miss. They knocks you down, jumps up and down on your chest, and spit in your eye, and it’s enthralling. The performances of the Beethoven Eighth Symphony and the Prokofiev.... More »
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Oakland Opera Theater's Uksus + MORE

* Notes *My review of Oakland Opera Theater's Uksus up on KQED Arts. * Tattling * People next to me and behind me took photographs and videos of the opera, heedless of the sounds their devices made..... 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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Classical Music News - Mei Yi Foo + MORE

London-based Malaysian pianist Mei Yi Foo is raising money for her recording project ConNotations.... More »

Homecoming – A Scottish Fantasy

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Homecoming - A Scottish Fantasy Bruch Scottish Fantasy, traditional Scots music; Nicola Benedetti, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Rory Macdonald; DECCA Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jul 15 2014 Star rating: 5.0Brilliant combination of the Bruch Scottish Fantasy with traditional Scots fiddling What to programme with the Bruch Scottish Fantasy? This new disc from Nicola Benedetti takes a distinctive new tack by pairing the fantasy with traditional Scots music, in both orchestra arrangements and played in traditional style…

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31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR.

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David Zinman Ends His Tenure With Tonhalle in ZurichDavid Zinman, the American music director of the orchestra in Zurich, is leaving the post after 19 years.

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Sergio A. Mims: 'Mandela Tales' is a music theatre production by composer/musician Shirley J. Thompson, Sunday 27 July 2014, 4PM at Rich Mix, London, UKShirley J. ThompsonSergio A. Mims:I got this e-mail from British composer Shirley Thompson about an event happening  on July 27thSergio On Friday, July 11, 2014 6:51 AM, Shirley Thompson wrote: Dear Friends,Hope all is well and that you will make it to see a production of Mandela Tales after sell-out performances at the South Bank Centre and the V & A Pavillion in Cape Town…

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Just in: San Diego Opera signs deal with its defeated bossesTight-lipped company statement:
San Diego Opera, Ian Campbell, and Ann Spira Campbell announced today that they have mutually resolved their differences arising out of their former employment relationships.  Out of respect for each other’s privacy, no further comments about these resolutions will be made by any of the parties…

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First Night of the Proms review  Elgar's The KingdomRoyal Albert Hall, LondonPerhaps a little subdued for the opening night, but sumptuous choral work is fine farewell for director Roger WrightTo state the obvious: the First Night of the Proms marks the beginning of something. And, usually, that beginning feels something like a celebration. So why did this year’s concert feel a little subdued? It had elements of culmination, and of farewell too; but most of all, it was down to the choice of music…

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“Wagner’s Acquittal” by Joachim Köhler: the Death of the AuthorAs many readers will already know, the latest news in Wagner studies is the publication in the July, 2014 edition of The Wagner Journal of an article entitled Wagner’s Acquittal written by none other than Joachim Köhler, author of Wagner’s Hitler—The Prophet and his Disciple. It represents something of a dramatic and rather astonishing complete about-turn from Köhler, who is now writes:Anti-Semitism, allegedly Wagner’s most important concern, did not stand at the centre of his life…

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There have been changes at the Hollywood Bowl since Esa-Pekka Salonen’s last appearance at the amphitheater six years ago as the Los Angeles Philharmonic music director.

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Breaking: Anti-gay Tamar to sing at fund-raiser for victims of oppressionTamar Iveri, the Georgian soprano hustled out of Australia after homophobic sentiments were found on her Facebook page, is starting to rebuild her career. She called a press conference in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, to announce she will give a charity concert on National Coming Out Day, October 11…

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Branscombe Festival

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Branscombe FestivalBranscombe, DevonThe Devon village of Branscombe has its second festival this year, running from 25-27 July 2014. Founded by Ian Rosenblatt (of Rosenblatt Recitals), Branscombe Festival presents major musicians in a delightful country setting. This year, curated by Iain Burnside, there is a recital by Ailish Tynan and Luis Gomes, cellist Philip Higham playing Bach, and I Fagiolini in a programme which stretches from William Cornyshe and Monteverdi to Cathy Berberian and Britten…

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Prelude to Elgar The Kingdom First Night of the Proms

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Prelude to Elgar The Kingdom First Night of the PromsEdward Elgar The Kingdom at the First Night of the BBC Proms, hot ticket in more ways than one. I shall brave the heat of the Royal Albert Hall and make the pilgrimage. As I predicted before this year’s Proms were announced The Kingdom is an ideal blockbuster with which to start the Proms season. Oddly enough it was last heard at the Proms in 1999, though it’s been done 8 times since 1930…

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Glyndebourne’s new production of Verdi’s La Traviata is a satisfyingly elegant one

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Briefly Noted: Planès Plays Bartók

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Bartók, Piano Pieces, A. Planès
(released on May 13, 2014)
HMC 902163 | 78’42"
Alain Planès plays the music of so many composers so well, including the Haydn, Debussy, and Scarlatti we have heard over the years. A formidable technician with a painterly sense of color, he excels in vignettes rather than long forms, so it is little surprise that he produces beguiling results in this set of mostly

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