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Harry Potter movie to play at Radio City Music Hall with orchestra + MORE

This coming weekend Harry Potter fans will be able to experience the first film of the beloved series in an entirely new way..... More »
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San Francisco Classical Voice: Lara Downes Is Showing Us How to Make Music Matter + MORE

Lara Downes(Photo by Christine DiPasquale)San Francisco Classical VoiceBy Lou FancherFebruary 15, 2016Awarded a 2016 Sphinx Medal of Excellence given each year to distinguished, emerging classical artists of color, American pianist Lara Downes says the $50,000 career grant "just fell from the sky." .... More »

Das Rheingold is a Memorable Start to Saffron Opera Group’s Ring + MORE

Wagner, Das Rheingold: Soloists and Saffron Opera Group Orchestra / Michael Thorne (conductor). Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Essex, 17.1.2016. (JPr) Wagner – Das Rheingold – concert performance Jeremy White: Wotan Nicholas Folwell: Alberich Stephen Rooke: Loge Deborah Humble: Erda Toby Girl.... More »
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Rameau's Zaïs: OAE/Jonathan Williams review + MORE

Queen Elizabeth Hall, LondonA classy cast and some wonderfully idiomatic conducting brought Rameau's exercise in pastoral to ravishing lifeFirst performed in Paris in 1748, Rameau's Zaïs has not been heard complete in the UK until now. Its revival forms part of the Rameau Project, a collaborati.... More »

Juan Diego Florez saves the Last Night of the Proms 201 + MORE

Juan Diego Florez saved the Last Night of the BBC Proms 2016.   First, he reminded us that Paddington Bear was an immigrant, from darkest Peru, who arrived, alone and nameless in Paddington Station.  JDF sang star turns, diplomatically avoiding Don Alvaro from La forza del destino. Th.... More »

The master died as we played Schumann in his honour

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The master died as we played Schumann in his honourFrancisco Vila gave a concert in Colombia this week, as the great writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez breathed his last. Here is his account for Slipped Disc:    The drive to Popayán is long from Cali during Easter celebrations. People from all over the country make their pilgrimage to Popayán during this week for its famous […]

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Classical Music Can Make You Dumb

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On Saturdays we sometimes drive back from breakfast just as the NPR opera is starting up. Today’s was Strauss’s Arabella. The male and female commentators were discussing it, and the man mentioned something about the emotionalism of the music being especially appropriate because “this is an opera that really deals with issues of human emotion…

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Nazi Opera Conspiracies: A Kinship with the Goldhagen Hypothesis and Occult Reich Conspiracy TheoriesOf all writings that help us to understand the historical background to Richard Wagner’s views on the Jews, there are perhaps few more enlightening than Ordinary Germans and the Longest Hatred found in the book Rereading German History by Sir Richard J. Evans: a brilliant and spellbinding collection of essays that make for essential background reading for anyone who wishes to read or write about Richard Wagner in historical context…

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Kiss frontman Paul Stanley feels a strong connection to the title character of “The Phantom of the Opera,” and not just because he’s spent nearly 40 years onstage with his face covered in paint.

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How to get into the Met orchestra

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How to get into the Met orchestraAuditioning is, for many musicians, like a long-delayed visit to the dentist. Even if you emerge relieved and rewarded, the pain lingers and the fear persists. William Short, principal bassoonist at the Metropolitan Opera, is all too aware of these traumas. He has written a remarkably positive and helpful guide for musicians who think they […]

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Tannhäuser; Simon Boccanegra review

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Tannhäuser; Simon Boccanegra  reviewA tremendous Tannhäuser led the way in Daniel Barenboim’s whirlwind Staatsoper festival in BerlinIn Berlin, history and politics dart across your path at every turn. This extends to musical life too. The headline event of Daniel Barenboim’s Festtage, the annual spring festival organised by the Berlin State Opera, was an arresting new production of Wagner’s Tannhäuser by the German choreographer Sasha Waltz, stunningly performed by a star cast led by Peter Seiffert…

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CadenaAgramonte.cu: Afro-Cuban Maestro Leo Brouwer directs '13th edition of the International Guitar Festival and Contest on April 21-27'Leo Brouwer (b. 1939) is an Afro-Cuban classical guitarist, composer and conductor who is featured at AfriClassical.comRadio Cadena AgramonteHavana, Cuba, Apr 18.- Havana will host the 13th edition of the International Guitar Festival and Contest on April 21-27, under the direction of maestro Leo Brouwer…

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Lying About Hitler: Why Historians Reject Nazi Opera Conspiracies—and Why We Must Follow their ExampleEvery book has its target audience. The question is as to what the target of Nazi opera conspiracy books might be. It is likely to be an audience interested in opera, music and art history. It is likely to be a popular audience interested in the history of the Holocaust, some of whom have heard that it was caused by an opera composer—one who either deserves to be justly hated as the Holocaust’s root cause, or amongst Neonazi’s, revered for it…

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Bach’s Erbarme Dich….Sung in Arabic

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There’s something about seeing a theorbo in the middle of a large ensemble that is totally badass. Fadia el-Hage joins the Netherlands Blazers Ensemble with oboist Bart Schneemann in a unique performance of J.S. Bach’s Erbarme Dich from the St. Matthew Passion with the text sung in Arabic…

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Forty years ago, “Jesus Christ Superstar” became a cultural icon and musical pillar, gaining legions of fans.

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Rufus Wainwright is raising money to record his opera Prima DonnaRufus Wainwright has gone to PledgeMusic to raise money to fund a studio recording of his opera Prima Donna.
PledgeMusic? For those who have just caught up with Kickstarter, which was launched in April 2009, it’s time to turn your attention to PledgeMusic which débuted in August of the same year…

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Ensemble. Deeply Gratifying

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The first performance of Ian Venables’ new clarinet quintet, heard by Roderic Dunnett

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Lugansky in Blistering Prokofiev 3

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Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 3 (and Grieg Concerto), N. Lugansky, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, K. Nagano (Naïve, 2013)
Nikolai Lugansky is an exceptionally accomplished pianist, someone with technique to burn but who plays with consummate restraint. The combination leads some, who judge principally with their eyes, to find him cool or distant, but to those who listen, he consistently

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