The truth slowly emerges about the smashed-up flutes at JFK + MORE Jan 4th

 

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Gerald Finley: Don Giovanni is the Mick Jagger of opera + MORE

What does it take to play Mozart's rakish seducer?.... More »
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A Wondrous Walkure at the COC + MORE

Production is Wagner with a heart, not just with noise and faux political theorizing.... More »
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Gift Ideas for Classical Music Fans + MORE

Gift suggestions this season include works by Mozart, but also a classical-themed pillow and books..... More »
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WATCH: Classical City: Tempo, Tone and More Come to Life in a NYC Middle School + MORE

Carnegie Hall's Ensemble Connect fellow Remy Taghavi breaks down the basics of music with the kids of PS 63 in Queens, NY..... More »
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San Francisco Opera Chorus Gives a Concert! + MORE

Here's something I've never seen before: a concert by the SF Opera Chorus, and hoorah for that. They're a great group that has made immense contributions to many, many performances. Their role in Les Troyens was unforgettable, for instance.I will be out of town on the 19th and can't go to this .... More »

Orpheus goes downtown

– parterre.com

Orpheus goes downtownMarc-Antoine Charpentier came along at the wrong time for a composer of French opera. Lully had persuaded Louis XIV (his dancing partner) to give him a monopoly on composing stage music in France. One of the grandest dames about court, Mademoiselle de Guise, provided Charpentier a regular gig at her palace and an apartment over her stables for seventeen years…

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Dangerous living, with JS Bach

– jessicamusic.blogspot.com

Dangerous living, with JS BachI’ve long been an admirer of the extraordinary South African pianist Daniel-Ben Pienaar, whose recordings of Bach and Mozart in particular have struck me as profound, original, fresh, thought-provoking and utterly authentic in terms of the spirit of the music. Among his many roles, he teaches at the Royal Academy of Music and Benjamin Grosvenor has often cited him as a vital mentor…

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Matsuev/Mariinsky O/Gergiev(Mariinsky)In both these concertos it is hard not to enjoy Denis Matsuev’s playing and that of the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, if only for the sheer enthusiasm and larger-than-life presence. Even in the highly wrought passages in the massive Second Concerto, which he plays in Tchaikovsky’s own revision, Matsuev copes with the fistfuls of notes with real relish, while there’s refinement, too, in the slow movement: with its violin and cello solos, it effectively becomes a triple concerto at times…

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The truth slowly emerges about the smashed-up flutes at JFKWe have been in touch again with Boujemaa Razgui, the virtuoso player and instrument maker whose 11 neys were seized and destroyed by Customs at JFK Airport, as reported exclusively on Slipped Disc. Boujemaa has since been talking to the Globe and Mail, CNN and other media. Notwithstanding language difficulties, the facts of the case […]

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The past year: posts

– auv.blogspot.com

December 12 was the ninth birthday of this blog. As usual, some of the more interesting posts from its previous year:Amber Wagner in BalloOn the struggle against time in Les TroyensReview: Maria Stuarda and a DiDonato recitalOn the Francois Girard/Met Parsifal’s Parsifal, cast, conductor, physical production, and meaningOn the entrance of story into the Ring in The ValkyrieSondra Radvanovsky in Norma(A full compilation from the blog’s beginning is on the sidebar…

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A performance from this past August at the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, Minn., is like a warm summer wind — a welcome respite from this cold January day.

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BBC Young Musician finalist performs with Northern Chamber OrchestraCallum Smart photo by Benjamin HarteCallum Smart, still only a teenage and studying at Chetham’s School of Music, will make his debut with the Northern Chamber Orchestra on 11 January 2014 in their concert Turkish & Other Delights at Macclesfield Heritage Centre. Smart will be playing Mozart’s Violin Concerto no…

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Opera Review: ‘La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers’ at St. Paul’s ChapelThe Gotham Chamber Opera performed the hourlong “La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers” at St. Paul’s Chapel.    

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Still a few hours to go

– www.planethugill.com

You still have chance to enter our competition to win an evening with Masterclass and Company to one of their new evenings, Divas & Scholars – THE HISTORY OF OPERA; six evenings on the history of opera with a variety of expert lecturers and fabulous singers (with a glass of champagne!). The final evening will be a lecture/recital from Nelly Miricioiu…

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Accompanied by period-instrument group Ensemble Claudiana, the Italian mezzo performed arias that Handel composed for the celebrated castrato Senesino

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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

Crowe/Johnston/Gilchrist/Rose/Monteverdi Choir/Orchestre Révolutionaire et Romantique/Gardiner(SDG)John Eliot Gardiner has recorded Beethoven’s great choral monument before, more than 20 years ago for Archiv, also with the Monteverdi Choir. That version has been consistently admired ever since, and if this new one, taken from the concerts at the Barbican in London in 2012, has a more detailed sound – instrumental lines and textures are vividly, sometimes raspingly clear – the performance is broadly similar…

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Jeremy Sams’ production of Johann Strauss’s operetta is a lavish but clunky marathon in which everyone mugs, prances, struts, kicks – and talks

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Best Recordings of 2013 (#9)

– ionarts.blogspot.com

High time for a review of classical CDs that were outstanding in 2013. My lists for the previous years: 2012, 2011, (2011 – “Almost”), 2010, (2010 – “Almost”), 2009, (2009 – “Almost”), 2008, (2008 – "Almost") 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004.
# 10 – New Release
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Complete Symphonies, volume 2, Danish National Chamber Orchestra, Adam Fischer (conductor), Dacapo SACD 6220537

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