Vivid, Theatrical St. John Passion Keys Bach Festival

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By David Gordon Duke

VANCOUVER – Local and imported artists combined under the assured direction of Alexander Weimann to create an impressive performance at the second summer Bach Festival presented by Early Music Vancouver.

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It’s Die Winterreise, But Reimagined And (Up)Staged

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By Susan Brodie

NEW YORK – Mostly Mozart reached into Schubert with the US. premiere of Hans Zendler’s extravagantly orchestrated version, staged by Netia Jones for tenor Ian Bostridge. The sensory onslaught distracted from the emotional core.

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As New Director, Măcelaru Brings Flair To Cabrillo

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By Richard S. Ginell

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – For his first season as music director of the incorrigibly progressive Cabrillo Festival, Cristian Măcelaru is leading a flurry of premieres, including a made-to-order tour de force for percussionist Evelyn Glennie.

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Young Singapore Musicians Conjure A Dream Orchestra

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By Robert Markow

TAIPEI – Showcased at an international festival, Singapore’s aspiring, self-governing Orchestra of the Music Makers, in its ninth season, sounded like a million dollars and was certainly at one with the Force.

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Heartfelt Parsifal In Concert Setting At Lanaudière Fest

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By Arthur Kaptainis

JOLIETTE, Quebec – Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conducting the score of Wagner’s long opera for the first time, led Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain in a glorious outdoor performance with Christian Elsner as Parsifal.

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Thompson, Barber Symphonies Paired On CD Of Classics

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By Paul Robinson

DIGITAL REVIEW – Under conductor James Ross, the accomplished young musicians of the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic seem quite at home in Thompson’s Second Symphony as well as Barber’s First for Naxos.

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Around the U.S.

Postmodern Alcina In Baroque Style – And Gender Melee

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By Rodney Punt

SANTA FE, N.M. – While David Alden’s setting of Handel’s opera in a tawdry movie theater was fraught with gender ambiguities, conductor Harry Bicket kept the music smartly attuned to the period at the Santa Fe Opera.

Flourish Of Music Writ Small, Under Banner Of Variety

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By Lawrence B. Johnson

SANTA FE, N.M. – The wizardly guitarist Łukasz Kuropaczewski offered solo works, and a star ensemble played a Mozart string quintet, exemplifying the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s penchant for marvelous mixes.

To Mark A War’s End, A Devout Vision Of Peace

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By Kyle MacMillan

CHICAGO – Carlos Kalmar led the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus in their first traversal of Frank Martin’s oratorio In terra pax, written to mark the end of World War II. The outdoor setting wasn’t kind to the composer’s lean textures.

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Around Canada

Summer Festival Spotlights Music By Canada’s Own

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By Colin Eatock

TORONTO – R. Murray Schafer’s String Quartet No. 3 called for the St. Lawrence String Quartet to do some shouting at this year’s Toronto Summer Music Festival, which seems fitting. The 2017 edition salutes Canadian music.

Nary A Weak Link In Concert Packed With New Music

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By Colin Eatock

TORONTO – The Bang on a Can All-Stars performed works by a dozen contemporary composers from Canada and the United States in an eclectic program that included John Oswald’s “plunderphonic” treatment of a Motown hit.

Hoping For Spark, Vancouver Opera Becomes Festival

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By David Gordon Duke

VANCOUVER – In a bold restructuring that replaces the conventional season, the first Vancouver Opera Festival, April 28-May 13, will boast three full-scale productions as well as solo performances and a variety of special features.

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International

For Opera-Bound, Competition Final Is All-Around Win

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By Rebecca Schmid

MOSCOW – The International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in the courtyard of the Helikon Opera had three top prize winners, but other hopefuls also cashed in with immediate engagements at several opera houses.

Trip To The Moon: Gift To Amateurs, Laced With Maxim

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By Rebecca Schmid

BERLIN – Andrew Norman’s educational opera A Trip to the Moon, with the Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle and a large cast of pros and amateurs, is skillfully constructed while leaving an aftertaste of cliché.

Lunar Parsifal: Toto, We’re Not In Bayreuth Anymore

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By Rebecca Schmid

VIENNA – At the Theater an der Wien, installation artist Jonathan Meese and Austrian composer-librettist Bernhard Lang created Mondparsifal, a new version of Wagner’s Parsifal that moves the action to the future, and to the moon.

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Issues in the Arts

Weill Fest Explores Music’s Advocate For Social Progress

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By Rebecca Schmid

BREVARD, N.C. – Perhaps only in the current age of stylistic pluralism may it be possible to reconcile Kurt Weill’s German and American phases. In a mix of scholarly talks and performances, the Brevard Festival takes a stab.

New Opera Award Goes To Mazzoli, Vavrek For Waves

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By John Fleming

Breaking the Waves, with music by Missy Mazzoli (right) and libretto by Royce Vavrek, is the first winner of the Music Critics Association of North America’s Best New Opera Award. The presentation will be made July 19 in Santa Fe.

Fine Book Details Cliburn’s Victory At Tchaikovsky

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By Colin Eatock

BOOK REVIEW – In When the World Stopped to Listen: Van Cliburn’s Cold War Triumph and Its Aftermath, Stuart Isacoff brings a pianist’s insights and historian’s rigor to an event that shook the world nearly six decades ago.

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Disc and Stream

Thompson, Barber Symphonies Paired On CD Of Classics

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By Paul Robinson

DIGITAL REVIEW – Under conductor James Ross, the accomplished young musicians of the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic seem quite at home in Thompson’s Second Symphony as well as Barber’s First for Naxos.

Beethoven: Takács Excels In Quartets; Book Illuminates

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By Paul E. Robinson

DIGITAL REVIEW – In a new boxed set, the Takács Quartet gives memorable readings of the Beethoven string quartets, and a valuable book by the group’s first violinist, Edward Dusinberre, explores the challenge of playing them.

When New Music, Criticism Flowed From Same Pens

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By Richard S. Ginell

DIGITAL REVIEW – A new CD pulls together works by Virgil Thomson and four other composers who once served as music critics for the New York Herald-Tribune. It’s a great idea for a concept album, and beautifully executed.

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SANTA FE, NM: How often do you go into a concert hall or an opera house …

John Adams on Record – Part Two

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Here is Part Two of my updated, expanded, 70th birthday discographical survey of John Adams’s music, …

John Adams On Record – Part One

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My most vivid memory of John Adams was way back near the beginning of his career, …

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