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Review – Miah Persson (Wigmore Hall, Wednesday 26 November 2014)

The Orchestra of Classical Opera
Ian Page (Conductor)


Simply the best description of this recital by soprano Miah Persson and the Orchestra of Classical Opera conducted by Ian Page. 555 more words

Classical Music

A Bel Canto Bonanza — The Met Presents Bellini’s ‘La Sonnambula’ and ‘I Puritani,’ Rossini’s ‘La Cenerentola,’ and Donizetti’s ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’

Figaro Here, Figaro There, Figaro Everywhere

How much has the modern operatic repertoire changed over the years? How about the last half-century or more? Consulting one of my prized possessions, the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s 1948 edition of the… 2,827 more words


Concert Review: Max Richter (23 November 2014)

Despite the City Circle trains being down (never convenient for a concert at the Sydney Opera House) and it being Sunday night (I’ve decided I’m not a fan of anything being on Sunday night, really), the House was reasonably full for this performance by German-born English composer, Max Richter, performing with members of the Wordless Music Orchestra from New York. 632 more words


Classical Music Today

The Russians dominate today’s almanac. There must have been something about the long, cold, winters and short but beautiful summers that inspired such wonderful creativity and music in these men! 153 more words

Classical Music Almanac

Simply Wow! And How?

What a wonderful time I was treated to on Sunday afternoon. In exchange for nothing more than a ten minute walk along the soggy streets of Colchester and a donation at the church door, I got to hear some amazing and moving music played by an incredible and approachable pianist. 175 more words

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Nocturnes: A Few Personal Favorites

The definition of nocturnes is delightfully vague. Even with certain characteristic traits (repeated accompaniment pattern, free-flowing melodies, etc.), there is so much room for imagination underneath the seemingly tame mood that wraps itself around the genre. 355 more words

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