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Review: Festival Opera sparkles with two rare gems + MORE

The Walnut Creek opera company winningly performs Indian-flavored works: Gustav Holst's 'Savitri' and Jack Perla's 'River of Light.'.... More »
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Beethoven Sonatas - A Survey of Complete Cycles The Great Incomplete Cycles + MORE

Incl: Arrau “0” • Hungerford • Gieseking “Saarbrücken”• Gieseking “0” • Gilels • Gould • Kempff “0” • Richter “Philips” • Richter “Prague” • Richter-Haaser • Serkin “CBS” • Solomon Having listed all the complete* recordings of the Beethoven Sonat.... More »
virtuosos

Ensemble. Creative Achievements + MORE

A seventieth birthday concert for Alexander Knapp, reviewed by Malcolm Miller.... More »
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Dominique-René de Lerma: A New Publisher Series + MORE

Dominique-René de Lerma:A NEW PUBLISHER SERIESWilliam Grant Still Music, the prime source and more often only source for the music of this major composer (1895-1978), has initiated a new series, Done found my lost sheep, which, it might be guessed, is directed to the publication of music from t.... More »
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The voice of the opposition + MORE

Jeffrey Wiesenfeld struck an ominous tone at the protest against The Death of Klinghoffer yesterday: "You will be made to destroy that set before we're finished. We are going to be back here—everyone here and many, many more—every night of the Klinghoffer opera until the set is burned .... More »

SFCM’s Postcard from Morocco

– operatattler.typepad.com

* Notes * San Francisco Conservatory Opera Program is currently presenting Argento’s Postcard from Morocco. A co-production with Portland Opera, the set and costumes are entirely professional. The action takes place within a waiting room of a transit station, which has rows of chairs that are easily wheeled about…

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Elgar The Apostles Barbican Davis BBCSO Imbrailo Sherratt

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Elgar The Apostles Barbican Davis BBCSO Imbrailo SherrattHearing Elgar’sThe Apostles (op 49, 1902-3) at the Barbican Hall, was a superb experience. The piece was conceived on a grand scale with over a hundred choristers, a huge orchestra and  team of soloists (who can be augmented if needed). Any live performance is a major event to be cherished. The BBC has the forces to pull it off  on a grand scale, as with this performance conducted by Andrew Davis with the BBC SO, the BBC Singers and a star list of soloists…

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A Difficult Genius

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

I’m terribly sorry to read in the Times that saxophonist and composer Fred Ho died, at only 56: I knew he had been fighting cancer for years. He gave me a splendidly colorful interview in 1997 that’s reprinted in Music Downtown, beginning, “Fred Wei-han Ho knows how to cut your carotid artery with his hands……

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Jonas Kaufmann’s double debut

– intermezzo.typepad.com

The 2015 Salzburg Easter Festival programme was announced today, and the big draw is Jonas Kaufmann.
He makes role debuts in Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, topping off his Salzburg stay with the tenor part in Verdi's Requiem – all conducted by Christian Thielemann.
The rest of the four-night programme has a Russian flavour, with a symphony and a concerto each from Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich…

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Till there was June

– parterre.com

Till there was JuneAfter her marvelous Pat Nixon at the Théâtre du Châtelet  two years ago, June Anderson returned there last Wednesday with pianist Jeff Cohen for a recital of French melodies and Broadway songs.
With the fire curtain down, and singer and pianist placed on the covered orchestra pit, embraced by the red velvet and gilded plaster of the beautiful Châtelet theatre, Anderson and Cohen were very much a part of the audience…

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Opera singer Bryn Terfel has a carriage on the Snowdon Mountain Railway named after him.

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Wagner's tale comes to life

– www.chron.com

Clouds of gray mist shrouding the gods’ fortress, Valhalla, glowered from a video screen that filled nearly the entire rear of the stage.

[…] he sailed up and back toward the video screen, raised his silver hammer, and swung – smashing the mists into into a shower of glassy shards.

Though the voices were a bit less than heroic-scale, the cast sang with vividness and meaning; director Carlus Padrissa’s staging told the story through an arresting mix of realism and fantasy; the orchestra’s animation and color framed the events vividly…

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Competition

– www.planethugill.com

CompetitionDon’t forget our fabulous competition to win a signed copy of Rosalind Plowright’s new recital CD, La belle Dame sans Merci. Her first ever recital disc, it contains songs by Alessandro Stradella, Johannes Brahms, Manuel de Falla, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Kurt Weill, Benjamin Britten, Roger Quilter, Ernest Kaye, Charles Villiers Stanford and Frank Bridge, including Manuel de Falla’s Siete Canciones Populare Espanoles and Stanford’s La belle Dame sans Merci…

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The Apostles review  'Intelligently articulated'Barbican, LondonElgar’s treatment of the passion story shone most when it focused on Judas and this was where Andrew Davis’s performance came aliveSix days after their performance of The Dream of Gerontius, Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and its Chorus were back at the Barbican with another of Elgar’s great choral works…

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Briefly Noted: ‘The Mermaid’

– ionarts.blogspot.com

A. Zemlinsky, Die Seejungfrau, Gürzenich Orchester Köln, J. Conlon (EMI, 1997)
James Conlon has devoted much of his career to the revival of forgotten works and composers from the early 20th century. One of those composers is Alexander Zemlinsky, one-time teacher of Arnold Schoenberg and eventually his relative, when Schoenberg married Zemlinsky’s sister Mathilde…

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Maximum Minimalism at Disney Hall

– www.sequenza21.com

Maximum Minimalism at Disney HallOn Tuesday April 9, 2014 downtown Los Angeles was the scene of the centerpiece concert for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Minimalism Jukebox series. Over four hours of music was presented from eight composers, including ten different works, two world premiers and dozens of top area musicians. Wild Up, International Contemporary Ensemble, the LA Philharmonic New Music Group and the Calder Quartet all made appearances…

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Death Knell for Opera in San Diego After 49 YearsBarring a last-minute reprieve, the San Diego Opera was scheduled to close on Sunday after the final performance of Massenet’s “Don Quixote.”

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My Bach Pilgrimage – What A Difference …

– lietofinelondon.wordpress.com

Nach Dir, Herr, Verlanget Mich (BWV 150)
Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 4)
Gott ist mein König (BWV 71)
Lobe Den Herrn, Meine Seele (BWV 143)
A year or so makes. After the emotional intensity of the cantatas written in Mulhausen we have a cantatas written in 1708 that seem to take a huge leap forward…

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