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‘Man on a Wire’ in Pasadena + MORE

Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Boston Court, People Inside Electronics presented Man on a Wire, a concert of new music featuring pianist Aron Kallay.  A capacity crowd filled the Branson performance space to hear eight pieces incorporating electronics, piano, keyboards and acoustic instruments. The fir.... More »
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Composer Corner: Adams + MORE

February’s composer of the month is John Adams.   Born: Feb. 15, 1947   Five facts: • Adams is widely considered to be the most performed living American composer. • Now and then, you can find Adams — a baseball fan — attending an Oakland A’s baseball game. • His.... More »
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Semi-Scholarly Summary: Cyrano de Bergerac + MORE

This evening sees the opening of Franco Alfano's Cyrano de Bergerac at the Met. It's being marketed as Puccini-like, but the comparison, in my view, over-simplifies the work of both composers. To me, Alfano's Cyrano seems a curious blend of romantic structure and dramatic spectacle, a.... More »
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January 6: Sony Masterworks Announces "Kathleen Battle: The Complete Sony Recordings" (10-CD Box Set) + MORE

Classic Kathleen Battle: A PortraitSonyKathleen Battle: www.kathleenbattle.comNew York, NY – Sony Classical is pleased to announce Kathleen Battle: The Complete Sony Recordings, the reissue of nine of the legendary soprano's foremost achievements in the studio. Battle, w.... More »
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Flypaper.Soundfly.com: Leo Brouwer is Among The 14 Most Influential South & Central American Composers of the 20th Century; Hear His Quintet + MORE

Leo Brouwer (b. 1939) is featured at AfriClassical.comAhmed Dickinson Cardenashttp://www.ahmeddickinson.comAhmed Dickinson Cardenas, an Afro-Cuban Classical Guitarist, joins the Santiago Quartet to play the Quintet (16:49) of the Afro-Cuban Composer, Guitarist and Conductor Leo BrouwerSoun.... More »
A critical guide to performances of classical music in the New York City area.

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The sun is shining (we do hope it stays) and we’ve a long weekend ahead. So grab those headphones or turn on your speakers and relax with our pick of the best classical music for Easter…

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Almanac: Paul Hindemith on creation and irrationality

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“The ultimate reason for his humility will be the musician’s conviction that beyond all the rational knowledge he has amassed…

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Semperoper, Dresden‘Unsterblicher Nachrühm Friedrich August’: Serenata on the Death of Augustus the Strong, TVW 4:7Simone Kermes (soprano)Netta Ør (soprano) Lothar Odinius (tenor) Marcel Beekman (tenor) Stephan Genz (bass) Daniel Ochoa (bass) Dresdner KammerchorStaatskapelle DresdenReinhard Goebel (conductor)Dresden’s Palm Sunday concerts – this Monday concert was a repeat of the previous night’s performance – have a distinguished pedigree indeed…

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Kolly/Sarastro Qt/Wiener Jeunesse O/Bock/Musikkollegium Winterthur/Albert(Pan Classics)After losing his right arm in the first world war, the Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein (elder brother of the philosopher) continued his career with one hand, commissioning a wide range of composers to write pieces and make arrangements for him…

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Dance with Talk Doesn’t Quite Come Off

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 Various Composers, If Play Is Play…: HeadSpaceDance, Royal Opera House (Linbury Studio Theatre), London, 16.04.2014 (J.O’D) Two Dancers: Christopher Akrill and Gemma Nixon Choreography: Johan Inger Music: ‘Silouan’s Song’ by Arvo Pärt Costume Designs: Sabine Lemaître Lighting Design:Simon Bennison Before the Interval Dancers: Christopher Akrill, Clemmie Sveaas, Jonathan Goddard Choreography and Sound Design:   Luca Silvestrini […]

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Not forgettable: Górecki’s final symphonyHenryk Gorecki Gorecki, Tansman & Stravinsky: Julian Rachlin, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrey Boreyko; South Bank Centre Reviewed by Hilary Gloveron April 12 2014 Star rating: 4.5World premiere of Henryk Gorecki’s fourth and final symphonyAlexandre Tansman with his first wife Anna Eleonora BrocinerThis memorial concert has been a long time in the planning but was worth the wait…

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"Mache dich…"

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"Mache dich..."Pick an occasion – any occasion – in the history of music at which you’d have liked to be present… Today I’ll choose the Bach St Matthew Passion as conducted in 1829 by the 20-year-old Felix Mendelssohn. The performance was organised by the young composer and his actor friend Eduard Devrient and the work enjoyed probably its first outing since the death of Bach himself, some 80 years earlier…

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Are Collaborative Pianists the DJs of Classical Music?

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Are Collaborative Pianists the DJs of Classical Music?Lost Vegas / ccLately I’ve been wondering about ways that we introduce and frame performers and their work, on the radio, on podcasts, on blogs, and on other platforms.As a blogger, I have several options that I can run in the title when I feature a video. For the purposes of argument, I’ll use this glorious live recording of Robert Koenig and Elmar Oliveira playing the final movement of John Corigliano’s Violin Sonata…

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Sergio A. Mims: Lawrence Brownlee stars in "I Puritani" at the Metropolitan OperaLawrence BrownleeSergio A. Mims writes:I know you will be interested in this of course.SergioAmanda Ameer:Throughout his career, tenor Lawrence Brownlee has astounded critics and fans alike with the beauty of his voice in the bel-canto repertoire. Starting…April 17, audiences can experience his gifts live at the Metropolitan Opera when he appears alongside Olga Peretyatko in Bellini’s I Puritani…

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‘Les Sylphides’ and Ashton from ABT

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Les Sylphides, American Ballet Theater (photo by Rosalie O’Connor)
American Ballet Theater is back at the Kennedy Center Opera House this week, only one year after its last visit. Before its main offering, Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky’s choreography of Minkus’s Don Quixote (April 17 to 20), the company is dancing a far more interesting triple-bill, seen on Tuesday night…

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So You Want To Write An Opera….

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I admit I attempted composing for opera long ago as an undergraduate. I remember seeing the Los Angeles Opera’s production of Billy Budd in the late ’90s and then seeing their production of Peter Grimes in the early 2000s, and I was convinced I absolutely had to write an opera.

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Semperoper’s Ariadne auf Naxos:an Estimable Pleasure

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 Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos: Soloists, Staatskapelle Dresden, Omer Meir Wellber (conductor). Semperoper, Dresden, 15.4.2014 (MB) Cast Music-Master – Markus Butter Major-Domo – Friedrich-Wilhelm Junge Lackey – Peter Lobert Officer – Michael Auenmüller Composer – Barbara Senator Tenor/Bacchus – Burkhard Fritz Wigmaker – Matthias Henneberg Zerbinetta – Romy Petrick Prima Donna, Ariadne – Marjorie Owens Dancing […]

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