New Voices In Met’s “Zeffirelli Bohème”

Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, NY; January 19, 2016–It’s always nice to check in with the Met’s opulent, extravagant, now-34-year-old production of La bohème, just one of two Franco Zeffirelli productions that remain (the other is his Turandot). Zeffirelli was one of the 20th century’s great directorial and design maximalists, and his production still produces “oohs” […]

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Classical Gourmet: Essential Kitchen Companions

When we’re not listening to or writing about recordings–or, actually, sometimes when we are–Dave Hurwitz and I can usually be found in the kitchen, cooking, cutting, baking, frying, curing, proofing, stewing, or, well, you get the picture. For the past 15 years we’ve used our own kitchens as virtual test kitchens, trying all sorts of […]

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Six Christmas CDs That Always Make The List, Pt. 1

Over the past 20-plus years I have accumulated hundreds of Christmas CDs–featuring choirs, orchestras, brass ensembles, guitar, harp, string quartet, piano, organ, etc., etc.–and I appreciate most of them for various reasons; but no matter how many newcomers join the collection, there are a few “oldies” that have more than stood the test of time. […]

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Tchaikovsky Competition 1st Prize Winners To Make U.S. Debut At Carnegie Hall

New York, NY, October 8, 2015 – On October 24, the Mariinsky Foundation of America will present the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition First Prize Winners’ Recital at Carnegie Hall, which will mark the young artists’ New York debut. Part of a worldwide tour following the announcement of the winners in Moscow this summer, the Carnegie […]

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In Memoriam: Gunther Schuller

June 22, 2015 – Boston, MA – Gunther Schuller’s family, friends, contemporaries, faculty, and students are in mourning over the news of his death on June 21, but the trailblazing energy surrounding this man is so great, even his in memoriam feels like a chance for new understandings and transformation. As New England Conservatory President, […]

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Tchaikovsky Competition To Be Webcast Live

The XV International Tchaikovsky Competition and medici.tv this week announce the launch of Tch15.medici.tv , a dedicated website for free live webcasts, competition news, interviews, and more. The new relationship between the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition and medici.tv will produce 19 days of nonstop free live webcasts from Russia, June 15 to July 3, 2015. These webcasts will present the performances […]

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