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Sep. 24 2016

CD Review: Office of San Minias

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Charles T. Downey, CD reviews: Early music on the cutting edge
Washington Post, September 15

Officium Sancti Miniatis (Florence, Arcivescovado, s.c.), Coro Viri Galilaei, Ensemble San Felice
(released on July 8, 2016)
Bongiovanni GB5193-2 | 107’03”
[CD booklet]
The music we call Gregorian chant was not a monolithic, unified repertory. Melodies and texts varied widely from place to place,

Sep. 23 2016

At Washington Classical Review: WNO’s Rebuilding Year

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Charles T. Downey, WNO opens season with a visually attractive, vocally bland “Figaro”
Washington Classical Review, September 23

Sep. 22 2016

An Interview with D. Watkins

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Tyler Mendelsohn interviews D. Watkins in advance of his appearance at the Baltimore Book Festival:

Sep. 21 2016

At TCR: The Weekly Stream

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Get your Internet streaming music fix for the week:

Charles T. Downey, The Weekly Stream (The Classical Review, September 21)

Sep. 21 2016

The challenge of presenting ‘African American music’: First, define it.

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The challenge of the Oprah Winfrey Theater at the NMAAHC: Is music art first, or artifact?

Sep. 20 2016

Latest on Forbes: World Premiere of A. Schreier’s Hamlet at Theater-an-der-Wien

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The Shakespeare Quadricentennial is upon us, hard, and Shakespeare music content is sprouting up wherever we look. If it is just rehashing the regularly played Verdi operas, then that is not much. Better to have something unknown revived, like the Bregenz Festival did with Amleto by Franco Faccio and with a libretto by Arrigo Boito (REVIEW) or commission a new work altogether. That is what the

Sep. 19 2016

At Washington Classical Review

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Charles T. Downey, Washington Concert Opera marks 30 years with a bel canto feast (Washington Classical Review, September 19)

—, Critic’s Choice for 2016-17 season (Washington Classical Review, September 13)

Sep. 19 2016

Ivy Bestsellers – September 19, 2016

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Ann Patchett’s new novel tops our bestseller list.

Sep. 19 2016

In the Post: Dancing to the Gran Partita

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Mozart, Serenade in B-flat Major (“Gran Partita”), Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, P. Herreweghe (Harmonia Mundi, 1995)
Charles T. Downey, PostClassical Ensemble presents Mozart through a different lens (Washington Post, September 19)
PostClassical Ensemble likes to refract familiar music through a different lens. For its season opener, heard on Saturday evening at Sidney Harman Hall, the piece

Sep. 19 2016

Forbes Classical CD of the Week

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…What La Voce Strumentale and their do-it-all leader Dmitry Sinkovsky deliver is truly rock’n’roll-baroque. Just when you think that the race towards expressive extremes in baroque must surely have come to an end or enter the realm of the ridiculous, another band shows that the envelope can still be pushed and excite.…
-> Classical CD of the Week: Classical CD Of The Week: The Vivaldi Vanity

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