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CD Roundup: Tchaikovsky miniatures, Rococo flute pieces and duo-violin works

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By Roy C. Dicks: What’s the Score?

CD Reviews: Tchaikovsky miniatures, Rococo flute works and duo-violin pieces

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 …

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”

The Electric Don Ellis Remembered in a New Video

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
Why isn’t Don Ellis up there in the pantheon of big band jazz icons with Duke, …

Kraftwerk Electrifies Disney Hall

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
The German electronic band Kraftwerk – which translates into “power station” in English – used to summon …

Sarasota Opera’s Verdi Project Sets the Standard with Jérusalem

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By Roy C. Dicks: What’s the Score?

“Jérusalem,” Sarasota Opera’s latest entry in its Verdi Cycle, is a satisfying, often thrilling production.

CD/DVD Roundup: Haydn, Heggie, Britten & Vivaldi

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By Roy C. Dicks: What’s the Score?

CD/DVD Reviews: New releases of Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Heggie’s Moby-Dick, Britten’s Cello Symphony and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

A Tale of Three Orchestras

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
Tchaikovsky is starting to burrow into my soul, wreaking havoc along the way with his tantrums …

Not just another French strike

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By Susan Brodie: Toi Toi Toi!

Unemployment benefits for performers and other show people help make France a cultural mecca. Will reduction of these benefits decimate France’s rich arts offerings?

The Quiet Maestro, Claudio Abbado –1933-2014

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Do you believe in ESP?
Just this morning (Jan. 20), I was watching one of Leonard Bernstein’s …

Farewell to the great Jim Hall

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
Yet another jazz giant is gone;  this time, it’s the guitarist Jim Hall, who passed away …

The First Performance of a Britten Masterpiece, and is there a Sibelius Eighth?

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
Wouldn’t it be a treat to be able to hear the actual first performance of a …

New Verdi Discs for his 200th birthday

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West
Giuseppe Verdi turns 200 on Thursday Oct. 10 – and CD land is full of tributes …

Grant Llewellyn’s Decade with the N. C. Symphony – The Honeymoon Continues

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By Roy C. Dicks: What’s the Score?

An overview of music director Grant Llewellyn’s past ten years with the North Carolina Symphony.

Janet Cardiff’s The Forty Voice Motet: sound as matter

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By Susan Brodie: Toi Toi Toi!

A lone alto intones the opening notes, gradually joined by single voices emanating from nearby speakers, sound reverberating against the stone as the texture thickens. So begins Janet Cardiff: The Forty Part Motet, a sound installation by Janet Cardiff currently on offer in the Fuentaduña Chapel of the Cloisters in upper Manhattan.

Lenny’s Legacy

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West

Michael Tilson Thomas stopped by Hollywood Bowl recently to remind us – perhaps without meaning to – that one of Leonard Bernstein’s many legacies was the Mahler boom of the 1960s, which turned out to be permanent. Tilson Thomas, of course, has since gone on to become a world-class Mahlerian with no need to hang on to the coattails of Bernstein.

Tenor Jay Hunter Morris Says Long Haul Worth It

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By Roy C. Dicks: What’s the Score?

Texas-born tenor, Jay Hunter Morris, now in great demand, is thankful for those who believed in him during his two-decade journey to the top. One was Eric Mitchko, general director of N.C. Opera, who was Morris’ manager for several years and later hired him at the Atlanta Opera. Morris is repaying that faith by appearing in the company’s concert of Wagner arias and excepts.

RIP the electronic wizard George Duke

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West

We should be getting used to the regular passing of our jazz heroes by now, but the death of George Duke Monday at the age of only 67 still comes as a devastating shock. He was still very much an active creative figure; only less than two months ago, he closed the first day of the Playboy Jazz Festival in Hollywood Bowl. Evidently he kept his struggle with leukemia to himself – always a pro putting his best face forward.

Goodbye, EMI Classics

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By Richard S. Ginell: From Out of the West

The reason why you won’t see these logos anymore is that Universal – which sold off EMI’s classical holdings in order to get permission to acquire the bulk of EMI – still owns the rights to these brand names.