Crumb’s Spanish, American Songs Make CD Debuts

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By Richard S. Ginell

DIGITAL REVIEW – Before long, it seems, the words of Federico García Lorca will be set almost as many times as those of Shakespeare. For George Crumb, Sun and Shadow (2009) is his eleventh go at the Spanish poet.

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Rossini Festival Revives Aureliano In Vocal Splendor

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By Rebecca Schmid

PESARO – In the seaside town where Gioachino Rossini was born, opera has persevered with an unrivaled standard of authenticity. All productions this year, including Aureliano in Palmira, were based on recent critical editions.

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Knights, Ma Share Blithe Spirit At Ravinia Festival

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By Daniel Hautzinger

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. – One might expect the New York City-based chamber orchestra called the Knights to be vainglorious, but its democratic, relaxed spirit of camaraderie made it an ideal collaborator for Yo-Yo Ma.

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Figure To Note, Iceland Composer Is Etched in ICE

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By Barbara Jepson

NEW YORK – Composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir, 37, was the focus of a Mostly Mozart Festival concert by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Her music is not yet widely played in the U.S., but it should be.

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Schubert Rarity Fierrabras Is Star Of Salzburg Fest

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By Rebecca Schmid

SALZBURG — In today’s fierce competition, when one can view a world of arts on the computer screen, Salzburg must prove its offerings are not only a cut above but available nowhere else. A new ‘Fierrabras’ does that.

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Bolcom Premiere Crowns 80th Year For Chicago Fest

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By Kyle MacMillan

CHICAGO – The Grant Park Music Festival has long championed Pulitzer-winning William Bolcom, beginning with his landmark Songs of Innocence and of Experience in 1986. Now comes Millennium: Concerto-Fantasia.

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Around the U.S.

In Dr. Sun Yat-Sen At Santa Fe, Clear Echoes Of China

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By James Paulk

SANTA FE – Like Tristan und Isolde, but without that last scene, Huang Ro’s new opera about the founder of modern China refuses to resolve itself in the traditional Western way. The result is quite moving and often riveting.

American Tragedy, In Trimmed Form, Still Lacks Edge

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By George Loomis

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – In the first professional revival since its 2005 Metropolitan Opera premiere, Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy, about a young man who is destroyed by his own ambition, fails to convince at Glimmerglass.

Patricia Racette Scores At Ravinia In Salome Debut

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By Dorothy Andries

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — Backed by the Chicago Symphony under the baton of festival music director James Conlon in a dazzling evening of fiery emotion, Racette triumphed in her role debut as the spoiled Judean princess.

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Around Canada

Intimate Brahms From Bremen At Lanaudière Fest

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By Earl Arthur Love

JOLIETTE, QUEBEC – In a bucolic setting some call “Tanglewood North,” the small but first-rate Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under Paavo Järvi kicked off a final summer festival week of three visiting orchestras.

Twentysomething Handel Sparkles In Triumph Of Time

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By David Gordon Duke

VANCOUVER – The music of Handel has occupied a key place in the summer offerings of Early Music Vancouver for a number of seasons. This year’s festival keystone was Handel’s first oratorio, Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno of 1707.

2 Chamber Music Festivals Enrich Ottawa’s Summer

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By Richard Todd

OTTAWA – Cellist Julian Armour first founded Chamberfest, then Music and Beyond, making Canada’s capital a top destination for music lovers in North America. Why such festive abundance? Therein lies a tale.

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International

Keyed For Europe, Toronto Symphony Crowns A Festival

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By Colin Eatock

TORONTO – Kicking off a European tour for the city back home, maestro Peter Oundjian and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performed a festival concert for Toronto Summer Music, now in its ninth season. Next stop, Vienna.

MCANA Reports: Strauss Leads The Way At 2014 Dresden Music Festival

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DRESDEN – It was to this magical city on the Elbe that five members of the Music Critics Association of North America were drawn for the Dresden Music Festival June 7-10. Their reviews and impressions are gathered here.

Lean Force Lifts Beethoven Missa At Dresden Fest

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By Paul Hyde

DRESDEN – The late conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler believed the Missa Solemnis to be the composer’s greatest work, and a thrilling performance at the Dresden Music Festival under Ivor Bolton supported that claim.

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Issues in the Arts

Reviving Forgotten Gems Is New Grail For Chicago Critic

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By Nancy Malitz

Do you know the composers shown above? You will if the American Music Project, founded by Lawrence A. Johnson, succeeds. “There is quality music in great variety that is being ignored,” he says. And he has a plan.

Tanglewood’s New Music Fest Honors Enduring Legacy

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By Leslie Kandell

LENOX, Mass. – The annual Festival of Contemporary Music bifurcates Tanglewood for five days each year. This year’s music featured Tanglewood fellows and teachers, a who’s who of the last half century or so.

Maazel In His 80s Rode In To Rescue Chicago SO Tour

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By Nancy Malitz

Lorin Maazel was 84 when he died July 13 of complications from pneumonia. But in early 2013, he was vigorous, mentally sharp, and openly thrilled to be able to step in for ailing Riccardo Muti on a Chicago Symphony Asia tour.

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Disc and Stream

Stravinsky’s Dim Hollywood Years Conjured on DVD

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By Richard S. Ginell

DIGITAL REVIEW – In just 52 minutes, Marco Capalbo’s new film summarizes how Stravinsky’s stay in Southern California prompted a rebirth of his creative energies even though he was rejected by the Hollywood movie industry.

Nézet-Séguin CDs Display Schumann In Classical Light

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By Paul Hyde

DIGITAL REVIEW – Working with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads streamlined readings of Schumann’s four symphonies that bring out considerable detail often lost in a thicker orchestral sound.

Berlin PO Blazes Own Trail With Schumann Discs

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By Nancy Malitz

DIGITAL REVIEW – In recording circles, May 2014 will be remembered as the Berlin Philharmonic’s new spring. A bold Schumann project under Simon Rattle is the orchestra’s first venture as a go-it-alone label.

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MCANA Hosted Blogs

Hearing the Los Angeles Philharmonic Outdoors and iPalpiti Indoors

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
In the good old summertime in the Los Angeles area, classical music heads outdoors to Hollywood …

Richard S. Ginell - From Out of the The West

Lorin Maazel 1930-2014

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
It has not been a good year for followers of major maestros. First to fall in …

CD Roundup: Mozart, Schubert & Von Stade’s Coffin

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By Roy C. Dicks: What’s the Score?

Reviews of new releases: Anderson & Roe Mozart duos; Jonas Kaufmann’s “Winterreise,” and Frederica von Stade in Ricky Ian Gordon’s “A Coffin in Egypt”

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