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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

Feb. 02 2016

David Daniels Broadens His Horizons

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Handel, Oratorio Arias, D. Daniels, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, J. Nelson (Virgin Classics, 2002)
Countertenors have a limited repertory, because the voice part was just not a solo option for composers in many historical periods. This does not prevent them from trying to claim music created for other voice types, as David Daniels showed in his recital debut at the Kennedy Center Terrace

Feb. 01 2016

Ivy Bestsellers – February 1, 2016

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Brooklyn returns to the top spot on our bestseller list.

Feb. 01 2016

Brahms 4 from the BSO

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Sibelius / Khachaturian, Violin Concertos, S. Khachatryan, Sinfonia Varsovia, E. Krivine (Naïve, 2004)
After the Brahms first symphony from the National Symphony Orchestra on Friday, it was time for more Brahms from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The fourth symphony was the centerpiece of the program led by Czech guest conductor Jakub Hrůša, heard on Saturday evening in the Music Center at

Feb. 01 2016

Simile and Metaphor as Critique: Jaap van Zweden Speaks to an Ensemble

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The future conductor of the New York Philharmonic has a knack for analogies when he rehearses with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

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