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Maralin Niska 1926-2016 + MORE

Soprano Maralin Niska, a mainstay of New York City Opera and America’s regional opera companies from the 1960s through the 1980s, died at her home in Santa Fe yesterday. She was 89. As a tribute to La Niska, here is Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin’s presentation of Marc Blitzstein’s Re.... More »
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Review: Renée Fleming’s Poignant Farewell to ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ at the Met + MORE

The superstar soprano has been retiring her signature roles one by one, and however her career evolves, she should be proud of her magnificent performance..... More »
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Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition - 2015 shortlist + MORE

The Arcadia Quartet, winners of the 2012 Competition, with John Gilhooly, Director of the Wigmore Hall.~photo Ben EalovegaThe 12 quartets have been announced who will take part in the 13th edition of the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. The shortlisted quartets, chosen after a .... More »
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Berlin Festival loses 2 Nielsen concerts as Danish Quartet pulls out + MORE

press notice: Due to urgent family matters Danish String Quartet has to cancel its performance at Musikfest Berlin TODAY 12 September 5 pm and TOMORROW 13 September 11 am at Chamber Hall of the Philharmonie. .... More »
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Daily Download: Leo Delibes - Lakme: Flower duet + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Leo Delibes - Lakme: Flower Duet, performed by Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra..... More »

Classical Music Agenda (September 2014)

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Hopefully you have marked your calendar with the twenty-five concerts picked in our season preview. Now in the Classical Music Agenda we list the ten concerts we want to hear in each month. Here is September.

Hindemith, Hérodiade, Inscape (2014)
CHAMBER MUSIC:
As part of the season-opening festivites at the Clarice Smith Center, Inscape Chamber Orchestra gives a free concert (September 12, 9 pm

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Vespri solenni per la festa di San Marco Monteverdi – Vespers for the Feast of Saint Mark; Rinaldo Alessandrini and Concerto Italiano; Naive Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jul 29 2014 Star rating: 5.0Imaginative reconstruction using music from Monteverdi’s Selva MoraleThis new disc on Naive from Concerto Italiano and Rinaldo Alessandrini creates a possible Vespers service for the Feast of Saint Mark at the Basilica of St Mark in Venice, using material published by Claudio Monteverdi during his time there…

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Support Schubert !

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Support Schubert !A major new development! The Oxford Lieder Festival has been offered amazing matched funding for its Sponsor a Song scheme. This means big money for a small but exceptionally worthy enterprise, which this year mounts the biggest and most comprehensive celebration of Schubert’s songs and chamber music ever attempted in this country, enhanced by talks (Graham Johnson), films, masterclassses, exhibits and community events…

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Sydney Orchestra Update

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See my previous posting for an update; the problems are not what I thought they were.

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Read These While They're Still Free

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Last month, The New Yorker announced all of its most recent pieces, plus the full archives back to 2007 and some even older selections, are free for the rest of the summer. So we took this opportunity to dig up some delicious classical music-minded pieces from the magazine's archives.

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In a remarkable video, Rochester’s Mayo Clinic shows Minnesota Orchestra violinist Roger Frisch having electrodes implanted into his brain – while he plays.

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I am not sure that I will be able to be objective about today’s performance: after two Wagner performances marred by disappointing orchestral playing and conducting, the very sensation of hearing beautiful, rich and powerful sounds from the pit had the effect of opening the windows in a room where the air is stale…

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Hooterdämmerung?

– parterre.com

Hooterdämmerung?“It’s no surprise Kim Kardashian likes to dress as if she’s going to the opera each day.” [Daily Star]

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Violinists Janine Jansen and Sakari Oramo were a virtuoso violin duo in the lunchtime recital, but Strauss fell flat in the evening

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Walking on water wasn't built in a day

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Walking on water wasn't built in a dayWhen Timothy Leary first offered Allen Ginsberg LSD the poet objected, saying “Walking on water wasn’t built in a day”, and responses to recent posts here underline that the new audience for classical music also will not be built in a day. My appreciation of Arnold Dolmetsch’s work with young people prompted Philip Amos to comment:The second paragraph of this fine post serves to bring again to my mind that the potential saviours of classical music are now about five years of age, if not younger…

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‘Heifetz had a very high wrist’

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

‘Heifetz had a very high wrist’Laurie Niles has conducted one of her extraordinarily revealing interviews. This one is with the great violinist Aaron Rosand and it explores, among other things, the differing physiques and techniques of outstanding performers.
Rosand himself had an early start. He played the Mendelssoohn concerto at 10 with the Chicago Symphony, found a rich patron (whom he shared with Isaac Stern) and set off on what promised to be a glittering career …
Oh, read for yourselves…

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Prom 34: BBCNOW/Søndergård  unwieldy start leads to emotional payoffRoyal Albert Hall, LondonMannered during the Mozart and Strauss, the Danish conductor was most at home with his idol, NielsenThe first of Thomas Søndergård’s two Proms with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales placed Strauss alongside Mozart, his idol, and Nielsen, his very different near contemporary…

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Singers needed for masterclass with Rosalind PlowrightOn 15 October 2014, Rosalind Plowright will be giving a masterclass at Cadogan Hall, Chelsea. The masterclass will be part of the Divas and Scholars Study Day. In the morning I will be lecturing on Puccini, his contemporaries and Verismo, then after lunch Rosalind Plowright will perform, talk about her Verismo roles and give a master class for emerging opera singers…

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