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What is the Academic Consensus on Nazi Opera Conspiracy Theories? + MORE

Today, I thought I would go through and highlight a bitesize portion of the information crammed into the main essay on this blog, which is now a bit overfull.Many Nazi opera conspiracies theories that "reduce the Third Reich to the outcome of Hitler’s alleged [secret] mission to fulfil Wagner’s .... More »
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Kurtág speaks + MORE

A perusal score of Kurtág's Petite musique solennelle en hommage à Pierre Boulez 90, just premiered in Lucerne, can be seen on the Editio Musica Budapest website. The musical world is eagerly awaiting word of Kurtág's Endgame opera, which has been announced several times for the Salzbu.... More »
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Exclusive: Gotham’s death kills off a classic revival + MORE

Nicolas Mansfield, director of Holland’s Reisopera, writes exclusively for Slipped Disc about a co-pro he was planning with Gotham Chamber Opera – a production that may never see light of day after Gotham’s sudden closure.   I saw the news today, oh boy. Another opera house sh.... More »
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Soprano Christine Goerke on Ring Cycle and the evolution of her voice + MORE

The American dramatic soprano is one of the hottest stars in opera these days. After her debut as Brunhilde, the heroine of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, she stars in Siegfried, debuting Saturday at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto.... More »
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Gay orchs play for Orlando in SanFran and Berlin + MORE

press release: San Francisco’s Bay Area Rainbow Symphony will be performing a free concert to remember and honor the victims of the Orlando Victims on Monday June 20th at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak Street.   Music Director Dawn Harms will conduct Tchaikovsky’s Symphony #6 .... More »

Ma and Ling Bring Brilliance to Elgar

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 Smetana, Elgar, Dvořák: Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Cleveland Orchestra, Jahja Ling (conductor) Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, 08.16.2014. (MSJ) Smetana: Overture to The Bartered Bride Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Opus 85 Dvořák: Symphony No. 6 in D major, Opus 60   Is classical music relevant? That’s the big question those of us who […]

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Budapest Festival Orchestra – more!

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I’ve reviewed the second of the Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer Proms for The Arts Desk. Two Brahms symphonies, five stars.About 10 minutes into the Brahms Third Symphony I wanted to check a name in the Budapest Festival Orchestra’s programme. I dared to turn a page. Bad idea. Such preternatural stillness had settled over the sold-out Royal Albert Hall that the gesture could probably have been spotted from the balcony…

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Prom 54: ORR/Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner review  the demands of Missa Solemnis were thrillingly metRoyal Albert Hall, LondonJohn Eliot Gardiner brought tremendous force to Beethoven’s massive work"You have to be attracted to the fire in Beethoven to do this work," John Eliot Gardiner remarked ahead of his late-night performance of the Missa Solemnis with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and Monteverdi Choir…

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Practically every work by composer Anthony Davis could have been composed today. Long, overlapping rhythmic patterns and formulas that pit portions of the orchestra against each other, as harmonically rich and textured as the doleful tapestries of inequalities in the United States, is a central component of Davis’ oeuvre…

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Finale

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FinaleCourtesy of Boosey & Hawkes From his web page at Boosey & Hawkes: Elliott Carter’s final world premiere will take place at Carnegie Hall during the 2014–15 season; the work, The American Sublime, will be performed by the MET Chamber Ensemble under the baton of James Levine.  It is on a great program that the man himself would have liked a lot:STRAVINSKY OctetIVES From the Steeples and the MountainsIVES Scherzo: Over the PavementsCARTER The American Sublime (Word Premiere)CAGE Atlas Eclipticalis CHARLES WUORINEN It Happens Like ThisThe MET Chamber EnsembleJames Levine, Artistic Director and ConductorEvan Hughes, Bass-BaritoneI’m so happy that there’s more Carter to come, and a little sad that a great compositional run will finally be over…

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Ships in the night

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Ships in the nightAs dear Rosalind Russell once said, “Politics makes strange bedclothes,” and none surely are stranger than the juxtaposition of the Metropolitan Opera and political blog Wonkette, which today offers a stinging takedown of the wingnuttery behind the movement to remove The Death of Klinghoffer from the Met’s fall schedule.

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Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition showcases the best young talent in opera from around the world

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The Latest Nazi Opera Conspiracy Book is Out

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The Latest Nazi Opera Conspiracy Book is OutHere it is, folks. As predicted, no sooner as Joachim Köhler published his retraction of charges against Richard Wagner for causing WWII and the Holocaust, the next iteration of Nazi opera conspiracy theories is out. And it is being enthusiastically endorsed by none other than Norman Lebrecht:Now, I haven’t yet read this new title by singer, Bernd Weikl, calling for Richard Wagner to be banned in Germany, but I can certainly guarantee that the likelihood that Weikl has gone through thousands of ex-Soviet archival documents opened up to Western historians to uncover new evidence that the National Socialist Party was an opera company in disguise are slim…

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Milhaud: L'Orestie d'Eschyle review  an operatic curiosity worth investigatingPhillips/Kempson/Outlaw/Eder/University of Michigan School of Music/Kiesler(Naxos)Though Aeschylus’s triptych of tragedies has influenced opera composers from Wagner to Birtwistle, relatively few of them have been tempted to fashion a stage work of their own from the Oresteia plays. There is Sergei Taneyev’s ambitious, evening-long version, while Iannis Xenakis’s Oresteia compresses the whole drama into just 50 minutes, with a single baritone protagonist and children and adult choruses…

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Poor attendances and late replacements at Edinburgh FestivalOur man in the stalls reports:
Bernstein’s Kaddish Symphony faced large swathes of empty seats. The attendance at Guglielmo Tell was slightly increased but still very far from full. Four principals were replaced at short notice without explanation. Seats are available at all prices for Gergiev’s Les Troyens with another unexplained replacement – Mlada Khudoley (pictured) for Ekaterina Gubanova…

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What did this German composer get up to in Paris?

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What did this German composer get up to in Paris?In an eight-month stay in Paris in 1737-8, Georg Philipp Telemann changed his style, his mood, the very character of his music.
What on earth was going on in his life?
A selection of Telemann’s Paris music is my Album of the Week on sinfinimusic.com.

 

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Did Tony get whacked? 'Sopranos' creator David Chase answers the questionIt’s been seven years since “The Sopranos,” HBO’s groundbreaking drama about a New Jersey mob family, wrapped its Emmy-winning run. Yet the show’s cut-to-black finale remains one of the most contentious endings for a TV series ever, with fans continuing to debate: Did crime boss Tony Soprano really get whacked in that last scene?Looks like the debate is over.

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A concert performance of this rare Rossini opera was rewarding, says Rupert Christiansen

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