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Composer Corner: Puccini + MORE

March’s composer of the month is Giacomo Puccini.   Born: December 22, 1858 Died: November 29, 1924   Five facts: • Puccini composed ten operas (though Il trittico was actually three one-act operas) and has been called “the greatest composer of Italian opera after Verdi.”.... More »
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A Magnificent Jenůfa from the Bayerische Staatsoper + MORE

Janáček, Jenůfa: Bayerische Staatsoper Orchestra and Chorus / Tomáš Hanus (conductor), Nationaltheater, Munich, 14.7.2017. (JMI) Cast: Jenůfa – Eva-Maria Westbroek Kostelnička – Karita Mattila Laca – Stuart Skelton Števa – Pavel Černoch Grandmother Burya – Hanna Schwarz Miller –.... More »
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Wexford Festival Ends with a Sprightly Production of Another Opera Rarity, Le Pré aux Clercs + MORE

Hérold, Le Pré aux Clercs: Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Jean-Luc Tingaud (conductor), National Opera House, Wexford, 29.10.2015 (JMI) Hérold, Le Pré aux Clercs New production with Paris Opéra Comique Direction: Éric Ruf (original) revived by Laurent Delvert Sets: Éric Ruf .... More »
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Ensemble. Old and New + MORE

Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Siena's Chigiana International Festival.... More »
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Life on the Moon, ETO, Hackney Empire, review: 'alcohol-free entertainment' + MORE

Did Haydn have any real love for the human voice? On the evidence of this staging of the composer's Il Mondo della Luna, Rupert Christiansen is not convinced.... More »

Off to Denmark

– briandickie.typepad.com

I am at Heathrow – in plenty of time on another warm London September morning.  Now for a week of flute music – including, no doubt on multiple occasions, Carl Nielsen's wonderful flute concerto.
I am thrilled to be back in Denmark, and to explore its third city Odense.  It is the birthplace of Nielsen and Hans Christian Andersen, as well as of the wonderful Caroline Wozniacki!  That is a good start!
I hope I can make time in our intensive schedule to enjoy the beauties of this place – and share them with you! This may have to wait until towards the end of the week…

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Tick tick tick

– parterre.com

Tick tick tickOn this day in 1968, the television newsmagazine program 60 Minutes premiered on CBS-TV.

Born on this day in 1885 conductor and composer Vittorio Gui

Born on this day in 1896 tenor José Mojica

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 BBC Prom 73 –  Mahler: Gerhild Romberger (mezzo-soprano), Leipzig Opera and Gewandhaus Choir (women’s voices), Leipzig Gewandhaus Children’s Choir, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Alan Gilbert (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London, 11.9.2014. (JPr)   Mahler, Symphony No. 3 in D minor It is clear looking around me that some people have no idea what they will be hearing […]

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Nicole Cabell – Chanson d'avril

– www.planethugill.com

Nicole Cabell - Chanson d'avril Songs by Bizet, Duparc, Liszt, Ravel; Nicole Cabell, Craig Terry; Delos Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Sep 03 2014 Star rating: 4.0Survey of French melodies with the known and lesser known from the American lyric sopranoSoprano Nicole Cabell won the BBC Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff in 2005 and has since then made a name for herself as a lyric soprano with a nice line in the more coloratura end of the market (I remember a notable appearance in Halevy’s La Juive in concert with the Royal Opera House a few years ago and she has since returned for Bizet’s Les Pecheurs de Perles)…

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Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Mahler 3 BBC Proms London

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Mahler 3 BBC Proms London(For my review of the gorgeous Leipzig Gewandhaus Beethoven 9 Prom  Gilbert redeemed please see here).  Because Riccardo Chailly was scheduled to conduct the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony no 3 at the BBC Proms, (Prom 73), tickets sold out within hours. All my friend could get were pricey seats in a box in the Grand Tier…

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Here’s a video song made from 23 other videos

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Here’s a video song made from 23 other videosTo steal from one artist is theft. To steal from many is creative.
Here’s a video posted yesterday by the Israeli composer Opher Kutiel, known as Kutiman. The song was compiled from 23 existing vocal and instrument tracks posted on YouTube by mostly amateur musicians.
Original? You decide.
In 24 hours, the vid has gathered almost half a million hits…

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Guillaume Tell, WNO, review, 'bravo!'

– www.telegraph.co.uk

The highlight of a forcefully communicated performance of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell is the stupendous chorus singing

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Throughout his political career, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky has been a notable advocate for arts organizations, especially local classical-music groups both large and small. He has spoken at concerts and even tried his hand at guest conducting on a number of occasions.

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Benignly British – Last Night of the Proms 2014

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Benignly British  - Last Night of the Proms 2014Last Night of the BBC Proms 2014. Thousands were there, having fun, and thousands more at open air Proms all over the country. I was at Otello at the ENO – new production by David Alden. I’ll write about that in a few hours, please come back – it was good! The real Last Night of the Proms was  a thrilling Beethoven Ninth with the Leipzig Gewandhaus (reviewed here)  So the Last Last Night of the Proms is Silly Season, a time to unwind and ham things up…

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Proms 64 & 66; Proms Matinee 4; Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano  reviewRoyal Albert Hall; Cadogan Hall; Wigmore Hall, LondonSome loved Peter Sellarss staging of the St Matthew Passion, others loathed it, but there was nothing but awe for the Berlin PhilharmonicEver one to plunge in even when the danger flags are out, Simon Rattle brought two wildly contrasting concerts to the Proms last week, each played with dazzling brilliance by the Berlin Philharmonic…

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Haydn: Die Schöpfung review  wit, grandeur and riveting detailSoloists, Choir and Orchestra of Bayerischen Rundfunks/Haitink(BR Klassik)This marvellous recording, sung in German, comes as a surprise, since Bernard Haitink is not obviously associated with Haydn. In fact he didnt tackle The Creation until 2011, when he was 82. He approaches this great choral masterpiece with wit, unhurried grandeur, riveting orchestral detail and forward momentum in short, with just the acuity he brings to anything he conducts…

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The world of composer Steve Barakatt: from space to eternal life in RussiaYou may not have heard the name of Canadian composer Steve Barakatt, but how many composers have had a composition played in space? This happened on 20 November 2009 when Barakatt’s UNICEF International Anthem, Lullaby, was played on the  international space station.Lullaby was composed for the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child…

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South African ‘Magic Flute’ at STC

– ionarts.blogspot.com

Mhlekazi (Wha Wha) Mosiea (Tamino) and cast in The Magic Flute: Impempe Yomlingo, Isango Ensemble
Mozart’s timeless Singspiel The Magic Flute is a universal tale. Its libretto, in a pseudo-Egyptian setting, is imaginary enough that it can be transposed to almost any other locale, and its Masonic ideals can be applied in any culture where the human heart yearns for freedom from tyranny and men

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