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virtuosos

Madama Butterfly review – engages the mind at the expense of passion + MORE

Glyndebourne, LewesAnnilese Miskimmon’s production for Glyndebourne’s tour presents a hard-edged view of Puccini’s romantic tragedy. Musically, Matteo Lippi’s Pinkerton is marvellous, while John Wilson excels in the pit Annilese Miskimmon’s production of Madama Butterfly for Glyndebourne.... More »
classical music

Watch the winners of swimsuit competitions for opera conductors and singers + MORE

Sara Duchovany performed the role of Blonde wearing an out-of-this-world two-piece suit in a Southern Illinois Music Festival production of Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio..... More »
maestro

Wang Triumphs in Shostakovich and Gershwin + MORE

 Britten, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Colin Matthews, Gershwin: Yuja Wang (piano), Philip Cobb (trumpet), London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor), Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. 22-23.3.2015 (HS) Program 22 March Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes Shostakovich: Pi.... More »
operas

Feel Grateful, Londoners + MORE

An article in the Guardian talks about Simon Rattle's upcoming return to the London Symphony Orchestra, discusses the soon-to-be-announced feasibility study for a new venue, and complains about existing London concert halls.Sir Simon isn't making a new hall any kind of requirement for taking up the .... More »
virtuoso

The Week in Reviews, Op. 187: Lewis Kaplan, Joshua Bell, Augustin Hadelich + MORE

By Laurie Niles: In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world. Lewis Kaplan performed Bach's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Portland Bach Festival.Portland Press Herald: "Kaplan .... More »

Wagner Thought For The Week

– www.the-wagnerian.com

Wagner Thought For The Week

While listening  to some of the Wagner experts discuss their subject during “The Wagner Files” documentary, we were reminded of the following from the introduction to Dieter Borchmeyer’s Drama and the World of Richard Wagner:

“Even the most serious writers on Wagner – mainly in Germany but increasingly in the Anglo-Saxon world – seem incapable of treating the object of their attention with the same degree of calmness and composure that other writers bring to bear on comparable subjects…

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TT: Just because (in memoriam)

– www.artsjournal.com/aboutlastnight

Sir Georg Solti conducts the London Philharmonic in a 1975 performance of “Nimrod,” from Sir Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations: (This…

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Exclusive Listen: Andrew McKenna Lee’s The Knells on New Amsterdam RecordsThe self-titled debut from The Knells (Andrew McKenna Lee, Mivos String Quartet, and more) is scheduled to come out on November 19 on New Amsterdam Records, but you will hear it here first.The Knells is the name of both Andrew McKenna Lee’s hour-long song cycle as well as the hybrid ensemble Lee assembled to perform the project, featuring vocalists Nina Berman, Amanda Gregory, and Katya Powder; dual electric guitars (Andrew McKenna Lee, Paul Orbell); drums (Michael McCurdy); mallet percussion (Jude Traxler); electric bass (Joseph Higgins); and the critically lauded Mivos String Quartet (have you read our profile of Mivos in Issue 3 of our Magazine?)…

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Michael Tilson Thomas continues his exploration of the byways of contemporary American music with an inspired performance of Copland’s ‘Symphonic Ode’

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Frau at the Met, Short Version

– irontongue.blogspot.com

Go see it. You just don’t have many opportunities to catch this one; the production is solid and often absolutely gorgeous, though I have many quibbles with it. The singing is mostly excellent, and…..CHRISTINE GOERKE. Well. You may have thought this opera was about the Empress, the woman of the title, but Goerke steals the show in magnificent fashion as the Dyer’s Wife…

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Lang Lang’s new album ‘comes strongly recommended’By the conductor. By the pianist. By the Editor-in-chief of Gramophone magazine. But not by this humble listener in his Album of the Week on sinfinimusic.com. NB: The scoreline on the cover is misleading. The match was goalless.

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I want to offer a few general thoughts about music – what we call classical music and what it actually is – free of politics and free of esthetic evaluations–and the latter frequently acting as a mask for the former.
Read more: History, Classical Music, 20th Century, John Mauceri, Aesthetics, Movie-Music, Howard Shore, Danny Elfman, Arts News

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Download a track from our Recording of the Month!

The Recording of the Month in the new issue of BBC Music Magazine is the final installment of Masaaki Suzuki’s recording of the complete Bach Cantatas – Volume 55…

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Composer Spotlight Vol. 1: Jake Runestad

– minnesota.publicradio.org

When I came to Minneapolis for my interview with VocalEssence, one of the first people to show me around the twin cities was “local” composer Jake Runestad. Little did I know that the word local was not an accurate word…

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Bath Mozartfest – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

Bath Mozartfest – reviewAssembly Rooms/Bath AbbeyScholarship illuminated the Takács Quartet’s performance, and Harry Christophers and The Sixteen brought precision to Handel’s oratorio JephthaIt would be wrong not to begin with Mozart, it is, after all, his festival – his and Amelia Friedman’s; her artistic direction makes this a remarkable annual celebration…

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Violinist.com interview with Hilary Hahn: In 27 Pieces, the Hilary Hahn EncoresBy Laurie Niles: What started as several dozen cold-calls to composers has now become a major life focus for Hilary Hahn, whose album, In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores, is officially released today.

Photo by Michael Patrick O’Leary

Besides giving life to 27 new, short-length pieces for violin, Hilary’s project has done much more: it has provided a sort of tasting menu for both listeners and musicians to sample contemporary classical music by living composers…

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Britten War Requiem Royal Albert Hall Bychkov BBC SO

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Britten War Requiem Royal Albert Hall Bychkov BBC SOOn Remembrance Sunday, Semyon Bychkov conducted Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Chorus, Crouch End Festival Chorus and choristers of Westminster Abbey.  The sense of occasion was overwhelming. The vast auditorium was packed, and the arena area, where Prommers throng in summer, was filled with seats…

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This week: concerts in New York (November 11 – November 17, 2013)Creators in Concert | OPERA AmericaOPERA America’s Creators in Concert series features performances from new American operas and songs by leading composers and librettists. After each performance in the National Opera Center, featured artists discuss their work and answer questions from the audience…

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