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Jul. 22 2015

Ghosts at Versailles and in the Supreme Court

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Corigliano, The Ghosts of Versailles, T. Stratas, H. Hagegård, R. Fleming, M. Horne, Metropolitan Opera (1992)
Charles T. Downey, Ghosts, Ginsburg Given Justice As Summer Delights
Classical Voice North America, July 22
WASHINGTON, D.C. – For opera to thrive, companies must be willing to commission new works and, just as important, to revive recent operas so they can be heard more than once. Two






Jul. 21 2015

À mon chevet: ‘The Arabian Nights’

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À mon chevet is a series of posts featuring a quote from whatever book is on my nightstand at the moment.

When everything was readied before the Caliph Harun al-Rashid, he turned to one of the damsels who had come with him and said, “Sweetheart, sing me a song.” The damsel played the lute and sang the following verses:

If water can turn cheeks into green fields,
My tears might have covered my






Jul. 20 2015

Fabio Luisi Steps In at Castleton

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N. Medtner, Piano Sonatas, A. Taverna (1201 Music, 2015)Charles T. Downey, Young players bolstered by pros in last classical performance at Castleton (Washington Post, July 21)
The Castleton Festival struggles on in Rappahannock County, a year after the death of its founder, Lorin Maazel. The programming is sharply reduced, with jazz taking over from classical music for the final two weeks, and






Jul. 20 2015

Playing Mozart’s Piano Pieces as Mozart Did

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A music scholar plays classical piano pieces with techniques that 19th-century performers learned, producing a markedly different effect that researchers are studying.






Jul. 20 2015

Review: At Summergarden, a Steamy Evening of Exploratory Sounds

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On Sunday, four musicians who hail from the New Juilliard Ensemble presented premieres of pieces by Ahmed Adnan Saygun, Suzanne Farrin and Mark Grey.






Jul. 20 2015

Review: Marc-André Hamelin Connects Past and Present in Kaye Playhouse Recital

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The Sunday program, part of the International Keyboard Institute & Festival, featured Liszt, Chopin and Yehudi Wyner.






Jul. 20 2015

Salonen Replaces James Levine at the Verbier Festival

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Esa-Pekka Salonen was a last-minute substitute as conductor, but the opening-night program of the festival’s 22nd season was only slightly altered.






Jul. 19 2015

Review: The Cleveland Orchestra Plays Strauss With Abundant Color

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The ensemble, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, also performed Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony in the last of three programs for the Lincoln Center Festival.






Jul. 19 2015

Perchance to Stream: Back from the U.K. 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.
Kate Aldrich, Inva Mula, and Jonas Kaufmann star in a performance of Bizet’s Carmen, conducted by Mikko Franck, recorded at the






Jul. 18 2015

When Cries of Rape Are Heard in Opera Halls

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Increasingly graphic representations of sexual violence in productions like “Guillaume Tell” and “The Abduction From the Seraglio” are coming in for questioning.






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