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Feb. 06 2016

Review: A Schubert Song Cycle and Moods It Inspired

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The baritone Roderick Williams, the pianist Susie Allan and the actress Jenny Agutter combined for a performance of “Schwanengesang” and poetry at the Park Avenue Armory.

Feb. 05 2016

CD Review: Divine Redeemer

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Divine Redeemer (music by Bach, Franck, Gounod, Reger, et al.), C. Brewer, P. Jacobs
(released on September 11, 2015)
Naxos 8.573524 | 61’22”
Charles T. Downey, Divine Redeemer: Christine Brewer, Paul Jacobs
Washington Post, February 3
A new album of Christian devotional pieces by a major opera singer, while part of a long tradition, might turn off some listeners. On her new disc, “Divine

Feb. 05 2016

Classical Music Listings for Feb. 5-11

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Feb. 05 2016

Birmingham Symphony Names Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, Rising Star, as Its Next Conductor

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In a field where women are rare as maestros, Ms.Grazinyte-Tyla also stands out for her originality and upbeat rapport with musicians.

Feb. 04 2016

Something Missing from ‘Une éducation manquée’

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(L to R) Sopranos Amel Brahim-Djelloul and Sophie Junker in Une Éducation Manquée, Opera Lafayette (photo by Louis Forget)
People should perform the music of Emmanuel Chabrier more than they do. The good folks at Opera Lafayette have done their part, adding Chabrier to their list of revivals of 19th-century operas. On Tuesday evening in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, the company presented a

Feb. 04 2016

New York Philharmonic Announces Its 175th-Anniversary Season

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The Alan Gilbert era of the Philharmonic will draw to a close with a blaze of new music, intriguing juxtapositions and a semi-staged opera.

Feb. 03 2016

ONF de Retour

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Debussy, Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien, I. Huppert, Orchestre National de France, D. Gatti (Radio France, 2012)

Debussy, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (inter alia), Orchestre National de France, D. Gatti (Sony Classics, 2012)
The last time that the Orchestre National de France was in Washington, at the Kennedy Center in 2008, the late Kurt Masur was at the podium. On that tour, the main

Feb. 03 2016

Review: A New York Philharmonic Contact! Menu, With Esa-Pekka Salonen as Chef

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This concert at National Sawdust in Brooklyn Included Mr. Salonen’s 1982 concoction “Floof,” as well as new-music compositions by Donatoni, Lutoslawski and Castiglioni.

Feb. 02 2016

Book of the Day: Savage Lane, by Jason Starr

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The good people at Polis Books have given readers the gift of a spoiler-free jacket blurb for Jason Starr’s delectable new noir novel. I’m going to do likewise and keep my take on Savage Lane laudatory but vague. The story’s twists are wonderfully . . . well, twisty, so I’d recommend going into it without too much foreknowledge.

Today’s Book of the Day is Jason Starr’s Savage Lane.

Feb. 02 2016

#morninglistening: The Tharaud Goldbergs

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#morninglistening to @atharaud’s #GoldbergVariations/#Bach on @warnerclassics#classicalm… https://t.co/mw0r6tFkh9 pic.twitter.com/AuTEl5uBMk— Jens F. Laurson (@ClassicalCritic) February 1, 2016

J.S.Bach, The Goldberg Variations
Alexandre Tharaud
Erato

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