Editorial: Classical Music’s Ten Dirtiest Secrets

Classical Music’s Ten Dirtiest Secrets Considering how culturally valuable and self-evidently important classical music is supposed to be, its proponents are a surprisingly defensive group. At performing arts organizations, press departments fret that the slightest negative comment about an artist might attract public notice. What little marketing that takes place with respect to recordings always […]

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Cedille Label Founder James Ginsburg Nominated for Grammy Award

CHICAGO, November 21, 2019—Cedille Records founder and president James Ginsburg has been nominated for the 2020 Grammy Award for Producer of The Year, Classical, his first nomination in that category. Nominations were announced November 20 by the Recording Academy. Ginsburg’s Cedille productions released during the Grammy eligibility period, Oct. 1, 2018, to Aug. 31, 2019, […]

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Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal’s Sensitive, Detailed Mozart and Bruckner

Friday, November 22, 2019: Carnegie Hall, New York The Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal presented a program of Mozart and Bruckner on its first U.S. tour, featuring the overture and stellar mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in the two big arias for high voice from the former’s La Clemenza di Tito, and the latter’s “Romantic” Symphony (No. 4). […]

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Anima Eterna and the Contrabassoon That Could

Vienna, November 6, 2019; Konzerthaus—Vienna was in an early-music mood this November: Christophe Rousset’s Les Talens Lyrique was performing Ariodante at the State Opera; the Musikverein hosted the fast declining Concentus Musicus as well as the endearingly chaotic but often exciting Vienna Academy Orchestra; and the Konzerthaus opened its doors to Jos van Immerseel and […]

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Orchestra of St. Luke’s Plays Bach and Mendelssohn

Thursday, October 17, 2009 8pm. Carnegie Hall, NY Bach and Mendelssohn always go well together, the one having been a major influence on the other, and so it proved Thursday evening at Carnegie Hall, when the Orchestra of St. Luke’s presented two Bach keyboard concertos framed by two of Mendelssohn’s most popular orchestral works, The […]

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Rusalka Gets Wet Feet In Vienna

Vienna, September 23, 2019; Theater an der Wien—The Theater an der Wien, Vienna’s interesting opera house, put on Dvořák’s Rusalka last month, directed by Amélie Niermeyer and conducted by David Afkham. The most notable aspect about the production might well have been the set, designed by Christian Schmidt, intending to make a splash – literally […]

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Cult Conductors: A New Review Series

We live in an era when more recordings of more music by more artists are available than at any time before. In particular, the release of Big Boxes of live performances, radio broadcasts, and even commercial recordings now in the public domain, have given collectors the opportunity to sample extensively the output of conductors whose […]

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