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The BBC Concert Orchestra has announced the appointment of Bramwell Tovey as its new Principal Conductor, taking up his position in January 2018. Audiences will be able to hear Tovey conduct the BBC Concert Orchestra publicly for the first time since the announcement tomorrow (Wednesday 22November) in a special edition of BBC Radio 3’s drive-time show In Tune, broadcast live from the orchestra’s base in Watford. Showcasing works such as Bernstein’s Candide Overture, Copland’s Rodeo and Tovey’s own composition, Lincoln Tunnel Cabaret with trombonist Peter Moore, the show will be broadcast live from 5-7pm and available to listen again on…

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Mozart: Symphony no. 29 in A major Mozart: Requiem Mass in D Minor Société Philarmonique du Nouveau Monde Choeur philarmonique du nouveau monde Michel Brousseau, conductor Soloists: Maria Knapik (soprano), Stéphanie Pothier (mezzo), Antoine Bélanger (tenor), Jeffrey Carl (baritone) 18 November, Notre-Dame Basilica Last Saturday, the Société Philarmonique du Nouveau Monde presented two full-house concerts of one of Mozart’s vocal masterpieces: The Requiem Mass in D minor. The first was performed at 3 PM and the second one at 8 PM upon which we based our review. What you missed:  Normally one doesn’t expect a choir composed mainly of unprofessional…

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Giordano’s masterpiece returns to La Scala for the Opening of the 2017/2018 Season in a production staged by Mario Martone with sets by Margherita Palli and costumes by Ursula Patzak. The title role is played by Yusif Eyvazov, Anna Netrebko is Maddalena di Coigny, and Luca Salsi plays Gérard. The Première is dedicated to Victor de Sabata on the fiftieth anniversary of his death. Once again this year, the Première will be broadcast live on RAI 1 and in cinemas around the world. The 2017/2018 Season at Teatro alla Scala opens on 7 December at 6 pm with Andrea Chénier…

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Dracula (1931) with Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet Philip Glass on keyboard Mike Rossi on keyboard and Conductor Dan Bora, Sound Design Kronos Quartet (David Harrington, violin, John Sherba, violin, Hank Dutt, viola, Sunny Yang, cello) Film: Dracula, Tod Browning, director Screenplay, Garrett Fort Based on the Novel by Bram Stoker Play Adapted for Film, Hamilton Deane and John Balderston Film score by Philip Glass. Film Cast: Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Helen Chandler, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan. A co-presentation of Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Philharmonic Society of Orange County October 28, 2017 Get out the Ghosts.…

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Author : (Mathias Adamkiewicz)

Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 Rodion Schedrin: Piano concerto # 2 Igor Stravinsky: Suite from “The Firebird” (1919) Rodion Schedrin: Humoresk for piano (encore) Giuseppe Verdi: La Forza del Destino overture, 1862 version of the Petersburg premiere (encore) Denis Matzuev, piano Mariinskyi Orchestra, Valery Gergiev, conductor Maison Symphonique de Montréal November 11, 2017 Valery Gergiev and his orchestra honored us with a visit at the Maison Symphonique on November 11 with a memorable concert of three pieces performed with variety and eclecticism. First came Stauss’s symphonic poem “A Hero’s Life,” with “elongated” tempi: because the maestro from Petersburg paid…

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Cecilia and Sol: Dolce Duello (Decca) Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo Sol Gabetta, cellist I am about to break another of my hard-and-fast rules. A while back, I swore never to give another three-star review as long as lived on the grounds that such things are cop-outs for critics who cannot make up their minds, one way or another, about the recommendability of a record. One way or another, I stand by that judgement. So why the exception? The present album brings together the super-mezzo Cecilia Bartoli, the highest-selling diva on record since Callas, and Sol Gabetta, an Argentine cellist of mostly…

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REVIEW: of La Cenerentola by Gioachino Rossini (libretto by Jacopo Ferretti) at l’Opéra de Montréal (viewed opening night, November 11, 2017 at Montreal’s Place des Arts / Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier). Splendid, strange, hypnotic, and thigh-slappingly hilarious, Rossini’s famous operatic reworking of the Cinderella tale, La Cenerentola, comes to vibrant life in the new Opéra de Montréal production running now through November 18. Premiering in 1817, Rossini and his librettist, Jacopo Ferretti, rang numerous changes on the classic Cinderella story (as enshrined in Charles Perrault’s seminal 1697 version) – changes both practical and dramatically ingenious. Importantly, for instance, Cinderella’s Prince Charming, here…

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Sondra Radvanovsky, soprano, Anthony Manoli, piano – 5 stars October 22, Grand Théâtre de Québec Performance 10/10 Take 1 What you missed: Canadian diva Sondra Radvanovsky presented a two-hour recital without showing any signs of vocal fatigue. The soprano interpreted songs from Bellini, Verdi, Strauss, Liszt, Barber and arias from the operas Tosca, Andrea Chenier, Dvořák and a song from the musical “My Fair Lady”. Not only did she sing impeccably, but this prima donna also broke the typical recital conventions: She spoke to the public between pieces, creating a rapport, sharing her musical intellect and allowing the audience…

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BARITONE RECEIVES IRCPA CAREER BLUEPRINT AWARD AFTER MONDAY SINGING STARS CONCERT Baritone Clarence Frazer, 30, of Toronto has been named recipient of the second annual IRCPA Career Blueprint Award. The announcement was made Monday night by Li Koo of the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists, following the concert Singing Stars: The Next Generation.  The event was presented by the IRCPA at Zoomer Hall in Toronto, and broadcast live on The New Classical FM.  All 10 participants had taken part in an Encounter with Brett Polegato in October. Mr. Frazer was chosen as recipient by Polegato, who was on hand to congratulate him. On Monday night, the 10 young professional singers…

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Schubert: Sonatas D959, D960 (DG) Some records grab you by the ears, others take longer to impress. It is in no sense to Krystian Zimerman’s discredit that his first attempt at late Schubert took three spins on my deck before I grasped the originality of his interpretation. Rather, it is a mark of Zimerman’s thoughtfulness that the heart of the music is revealed layer by layer in a manner that makes you want to listen again and again. Winner of the 1975 Chopin competition, the Polish pianist has been playing these pieces for half his life before he was ready…

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