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Walter Braunfels Ulenspiegel on DVD + MORE

For the first time on DVD, Walter Braunfels' opera Ulenspiegel is now available. Braunfels's op 23 received its premiere in Stuttgart in November 1913. Two world wars intervened. Braunfels's Ulenspiegel was not performed again until 2011, as part of the Gera Festival.  An audio recording is ava.... More »

Philip Wood: Sonnets, Airs & Dances: Songs and Chamber Music + MORE

I began my exploration of this new disc of music by Philip Wood with the short ‘Lonsdale Dance’ written for unaccompanied descant recorder. The work carries a subtitle ‘Champêtre’ which implies that a pastoral mood was intended. The ‘Lonsdale’ in question is located in Westmorland and w.... More »

Production Photos from the Zurich Opera's Wozzeck with Christian Gerhaher + MORE

Spoiled by a masterful, cinematic production by Andreas Kriegenburg for the Munich State Opera, I was trying not to expect all that much – and certainly not something to supplant my experiences with Kriegenburg’s Wozzeck. And yet, the deceivingly simple production of the director (and Intendant .... More »
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Guildhall scenes + MORE

November is the time that the music colleges show off the achievements of their opera singers in waiting, both with productions and with "scenes" programmes.  And yesterday evening was my opportunity to see the Guildhall School of Music and Drama's best young up and comers - thos.... More »

Classical Music News - Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016) + MORE

Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara died in July 2016.... More »
Kaija Saariaho’s new piece, here given its UK premiere, may be be scored for organ and orchestra – but it is emphatically not an organ concerto

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Barbican HallBeethoven – Symphony no.2 in D major, op.36Messiaen – Turangalîla-SymphonySteven Osborne (piano)Cynthia Miller (ondes-Martenot)London Symphony OrchestraJonathan Nott (conductor) Try as I might, I found it impossible, whether before, during, or after the performance, to fathom the idea behind programming Beethoven’s Second Symphony with Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphony…

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Rupert Christiansen reviews Glyndebourne’s new production of La Finta Giardiniera, an early work by Mozart

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In Brief: End of June 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 the French premiere of the chamber version of Kaija Saariaho’s La Passion de Simone, with Clément Mao-Takacs

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Opera Review: ‘L’Incoronazione di Poppea,’ a Robert Wilson ProductionRobert Wilson puts his spin on Monteverdi’s “L’Incoronazione di Poppea” for the Paris Opera.

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The Vienna Philharmonic Recalls World War I in SarajevoThe Vienna Philharmonic chose its material carefully for a concert held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, that remembered World War I.

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New Issue Of The Wagner Journal Now AvailableThe July 2014 issue (vol.8, no.2), now available, contains the following feature articles:• ‘Spinning the Yarn: Intertextuality in Wagner’s Use and Reuse of his Songs in his Operas’ by Malcolm Miller• ‘Richard Wagner and the “Zurich Writings” 1849–51: From Revolution to Ring’ by Hilda Meldrum Brown• ‘Wagner’s Acquittal’, in which Joachim Köhler retracts his claim that Wagner was a forerunner of the Holocaust (See the Wagnerian’s “review” here)• ‘Reckoning up the Ring: A Mathematician’s Diary of Bayreuth 1876′ by Patrick Carnegy, discussing the journal kept by Alfred Pringsheim, father-in-law of Thomas Mann, on his 1876 visit to Bayreuth• Joseph Horowitz on Artur Bodanzky and the golden age of Wagner at the Metplus reviews of:Tannhäuser and Parsifal in BerlinDer fliegende Holländer in CopenhagenDas Liebesverbot in LeipzigGuy Cassiers’ Milan Ring and the Met Parsifal with Jonas Kaufmann on DVDPlus, new books on Wagner by David Trippett, Eva Rieger, Na’ama Sheffi and Joachim KöhlerMore at: The Wagner Journal

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Hall One, Kings PlaceBartók – Seven pieces from ‘Mikrokosmos’, for two pianos, four hands, Sz.108Sonata for two pianos and percusson, Sz.110Stravinsky – The Soldier’s TaleFlorian Mitrea, Alexandra Vaduva (piano)Tom Lee, Paul Stoneman, Oliver Butterworth (percussion)Kate Suthers (violin)Felix Lashmar (double bass)Leonie Bluett (clarinet)Hannah Rankin (bassoon)Matthew Williams (trumpet)Elliot Pooley (trombone)Dame Harriet Walter (narrator) Simon Wright (conductor) What a treat, to hear not just one but two of Bartók’s two-piano works, followed by The Soldier’s Tale, especially in excellent performances from Royal Academy students! Florian Mitrea and Alexandra Vaduva followed in the hallowed footsteps of Bartók himself and his wife, Ditta Pásztory…

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As some happy news for women in music – well, really for Judith Weir – leaked out in the Sunday Times earlier today, I’ve been writing this piece for The Guardian’s Comment is Free. Bet you didn’t know I once wanted to be a composer. It was a short-lived dream a long time ago, but never entirely forgotten.

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Judith Weir as Master of the Queen's Music is a vital step for new composers | Jessica DuchenAs a once aspiring composer myself I know how difficult it is for women to enter never mind succeed in this professionJudith Weir is to be appointed Master of the Queen’s Music. Weir, 60, will be the first woman ever appointed to this role, which has existed for nearly 400 years. The title may be archaic, the job’s implied responsibilities establishmentarian, but given the struggles for recognition that have faced women composers over the centuries it is still a significant crack in a crystal ceiling…

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Beauty, Emotion and Warmth in 17th Century Viol Concert

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 Ferrabosco, Holborne, Brade, Gibbons, Locke, William Lawes, Jenkins, Hespèrion  XXI [Jordi Savall (treble viol, director), Philippe Pierlot (treble and bass viols), Sergi Casademut (tenor viol), Friederike Heumann (bass viol), Xavier Puertas (consort bass), Michael Beringer (organ)], The Music Room, Gregynog Hall, Powys, 21…

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Salomon Orchestra in Panufnik, Dvorak and StravinskyThe Salomon Orchestra at their 50th anniversary concert at St John’s This year’s centenary celebrations for Andrzej Panufnik are provoking something of a reassessment. But the centenary has not called for quite such a torrent of Panufnik’s large scale works, so it was pleasing to encounter his Sinfonia Sacra at a concert by the enterprising Salomon Orchestra at St Johns Smith Square on Wednesday 25 June 2014…

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Union steps in over Chicago’s unpaid Beethoven Fest

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Union steps in over Chicago’s unpaid Beethoven FestGeorge LePauw, the festival’s director, has received a stiff letter from the Chicago Federation of Musicians. He is threatened with a musicians boycott unless he pays up.

George Lepauw, President and Artistic Director
International Beethoven Project
P.O. Box 14149
Chicago, Illinois 60614
Dear Mr…

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