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Jul. 28 2015

The Verbier Festival Revels in Mixing It Up

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The Verbier Festival in Switzerland continued with a tribute and performances of Mozart and Beethoven pieces.






Jul. 27 2015

Review: ‘The Wreckers,’ a Tale of Piracy, Love and Betrayal

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Bard College’s SummerScape hosted the American debut of this opera, which featured the American Symphony Orchestra.






Jul. 27 2015

‘Aida’ at Wolf Trap

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Scott Hendricks, Marjorie Owens, and Michelle DeYoung in Aida, Wolf Trap Opera, 2015 (photo by Kim Witman)
You give birth to children, and you raise them with such care, keeping them safe and guarding their every step, until they grow up and become their own people. And after all that, can they even be bothered to call or visit once in a while? One can imagine the maternal guilt trip that Wolf






Jul. 26 2015

Perchance to Stream: End of July Edition

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Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio and online video from the week gone by. After clicking to an audio or video stream, you may need to press the “Play” button to start the broadcast. Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.
François-Frédéric Guy plays all of the Beethoven piano concertos, while also conducting the Sinfonia Varsovia, recorded at the






Jul. 25 2015

Mostly Mozart Festival and the Knights Feature Don Quixote

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This festival and a concert by the Knights both include Don Quixote pieces in their programs.






Jul. 25 2015

Dip Your Ears, No. 201 (Brahms by Bax)

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J.Brahms, 4 Ballades, 8 Pieces for Piano, Paganini Variations,
Alessio Bax
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Purring Brahms

Alessio Bax has a way of taking big, growling, potentially overwrought romantic piano animals—lately Rachmaninoff, now Brahms—and making them purr like kittens. The brooding depth of Brahms’ Four Ballades is transformed into steady calm, especially the serene murmur of the Fourth is sensitive,






Jul. 24 2015

BSO Four Seasons

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Vivaldi, Le Quattro Stagioni, Concerto Italiano, R. Alessandrini (2003)Charles T. Downey, BSO skillfully illuminates familiar terrain of Vivaldi, Handel and Bach (Washington Post, July 25)
When ensembles perform chestnuts like Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” it is easy to fall into a routine. In the latest performance of this perennial favorite, heard at Strathmore on Thursday night, members of the






Jul. 23 2015

Classical & Opera Listings for July 24-30

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A critical guide to performances of classical music in the New York City area.






Jul. 23 2015

Celebrated Bass-Baritone Plans a Surprise Debut at Conducting

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Thomas Quasthoff will direct Bach’s monumental “St. Matthew Passion” at the Verbier Festival.






Jul. 23 2015

Briefly Noted: Chirk Castle Part-Books

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Music from the Chirk Castle Part-Books, Brabant Ensemble, S. Rice
(released on April 14, 2009)
Hyperion CDA67695 | 71’04”
My favorite kind of research project brings together elements of music history, art history, architecture, and other disciplines. Liturgical music in the Middle Ages and Renaissance is an area ripe for such studies, making links between notated music, the spaces in which it






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