Turandot at ROH + MORE Dec 23rd


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Abolish an orchestra? None of my business, says minister + MORE

The Danish Minister for Culture, Marianne Jelved, was asked for her view on the national broadcaster (DR)’s plan to scrap its chamber orchestra. Here’s her serene and non-committal letter, straight out of the TV series Borgen: 16. september 2014 Folketingsmedlem Michael Aastrup Jensen (V.... More »
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Aldeburgh Festival 2014 - Owen Wingrave, or, Marking a Different Centenary + MORE

Aldeburgh Music has an enviable track record in opera productions in recent years, but this year's offering represented a tougher proposition. While Britten's Owen Wingrave is a sensible choice for the World War One centenary year, it is a work one previous encounter with which led me to feel is not.... More »

MET Orchestra/Levine, Carnegie Hall, New York + MORE Dec 27th

An energetic but sensitive James Levine conjured Mahler both nuanced and explosive from the virtuosic MET Orchestra.... More »
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Daily Download: Antonio Vivaldi - The 4 Seasons: Spring: I. Allegro + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Antonio Vivaldi - The 4 Seasons: Spring: I. Allegro, performed by Capella Istropolitana; Takako Nishizaki, violin..... More »

Wagner in Berwick-upon-Tweed + MORE

Berwick-upon-Tweed seems an unlikely  place to go for Wagner but if you visit The Maltings this weekend (23 & 24 August 2014), then Wagner is just what you will find. And not Wagner on the big screen, though The Maltings has an admirable programme of telecasts from Covent Garden. They are p.... More »

Turandot at ROH

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Turandot at ROH09/09/13After my previous Puccini experience I vowed not to go to any more Puccini. But curiosity got the better of me and amazingly I actually enjoyed this Turandot quite a lot! Andrei Serban’s production, revived here by Andrew Sinclair, is a totally silly and really fun romp, that scrapes the surface of the piece, to reveal more surface…

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By The Weekend Vote: In the last few days, I’ve found myself next to several living room pianos, playing Christmas and holiday music by ear, for gatherings of friends. In one case, it was with a pianist who easily transposes any tune to any key, for the sake of those who would like to sing. Not always comfy on the fiddle, but okay, I like practicing this skill!

At one of these gatherings, someone said, “It’s nice you can do that — a lot of classical players can’t play by ear!”

What? Actually, I think she might be right…

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Figures in a creche can't sing twelve-tone music When asked why his oratorio El Pessebre (The Manger) ignored contemporary musical developments the great Catalan musician Pablo Casals replied with a smile “The figures in a crèche are folk figures; why, they can’t sing twelve-tone music!” El Pessebre may be derivative with its echoes of Humperdinck and Wagner, but it is also a delightful example of naïve folk art that provides a welcome alternative to the oceans of musical kitsch that are now inseparable from Christmas…

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Pianist Lara Downes & Cellist Zuill Bailey record CD 'Some Other Time,' 'music by American icons Barber, Bernstein, Copland and Foss' due out in April, 2014Lara Downeswww.laradownes.com The Holiday Newsletter of pianist Lara Downes, who recently recorded Exiles’ Cafe, includes the announcement of another Steinway & Son recording, a duo CD with cellist Zuill Bailey:Dear Friends,   I hope this is finding you wrapping up your work and last-minute shopping, and getting ready to spend a peaceful holiday with family and friends…

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At its annual meeting in October, the orchestra decided to revoke the honors that had been bestowed on several Nazi officials during Hitler’s reign.    

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In Brief: Christmas Listening Edition

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Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio, online video, and other good things in Blogville and Beyond. (After clicking to an audio or video stream, press the "Play" button to start the broadcast.) Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.

Listen to Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, in a performance by the Choir of London and the Australian Chamber

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Help American Opera Projects to Keep on Going in 2014 with Your Support “Opera in New York is alive and well – especially the feisty, contemporary kind…

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Andras Schiff: I won’t go back to Hungary, where they threaten to cut off my handsThe pianist has told the BBC why he won’t go back to his homeland. The Government, he accuses, honours war criminals. As for the public mood, it veers from cowardice to viciousness: ‘It’s the people that disturb me. Not all of them. There’s very little civilian courage. People are scared to speak up… I have been […]

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"None" Wagner Concert Disrupted But Not StoppedPeaceful protesters outside of the eventAs previously noted, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, found that the only way it could note Wagner 200 in Israel was by not playing his work. Instead they chose to stage a concert program named, “The Case: Wagner” During this, rather than Wagner, they looked at those thought to have influenced or been influenced him…

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A lesson or two from Renee Fleming

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After being forced to cancel the concert that marked the start of her year as Humanitas Visiting Professor in Opera Studies, Renee Fleming was finally able to appear at Oxford for some masterclasses. Some useful stuff in there if singing's your thing.

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CD Spotlight. Temporal Stasis

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Olivier Messiaen’s ‘Vingt Regards’, heard by Andrew Schartmann. ‘… Evan Hirsch … brings forth the very essence of Messiaen’s vision.’

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Bach Mass in B Minor at Kings Place

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Bach Mass in B Minor at Kings PlaceAs the culmination of King’s Place’s year long exploration of Bach’s music, Bach Unwrapped, there was a performance Bach’s Mass in B Minor on Saturday 21 December 2013. The events of Bach Unwrapped not only explored Bach’s music but different styles of performance. The Mass in B Minor was performed by the Aurora Orchestra (performing on modern instruments) and the choir of Clare College, Cambridge (director Graham Ross), conducted by Nicholas Collon with soloists Malin Christensson, Jennifer Johnson, William Towers, Joshua Ellicott and Benedict Nelson…

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Lyric Opera Of Chicago Announce New Ring CycleAlas, very little information at the moment apart from that below.Lyric Opera of Chicago will present its second new production of Richard Wagner’s massive “Ring” cycle in one or more future seasons, the company said on Friday. It will announce details and unveil its creative team and key cast members at a press announcement Jan…

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