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16.11.18

#morninglistening to 😍#Haydn Sy.82 & contemporaries J.B...



#morninglistening to 😍#Haydn Sy.82 & contemporaries J.B #Davaux & F. #Devienne w/@concertdelaloge, @emmajeanneblack et al. on @AparteMusic / @pias_usa

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Dir.: #JulienChauvin

#classicalcdcollection #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #wienerklassik #JosephHaydn #symphonies #LOurs #Sy82
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#morninglistening to #TheaMusgrave’s #opera...



#morninglistening to #TheaMusgrave’s #opera #MaryQueenOfScots from the @VAopera

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#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #20thcenturyclassical #womencomposers #20thcenturycomposer #vocalmusic #Lyrita #VirginiaOpera
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15.11.18

#morninglistening to #Mahler’s 8th w/@BerlinPhil under...



#morninglistening to #Mahler’s 8th w/@BerlinPhil under #ClaudioAbado + @TKChor, @RundfunkchorB & PrazFilSbor

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/2hJAMRB

#Symphony No.8

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection

In anticipation of my #AveMariaRadio interview w/#DealHudson

#orchestralmusic #Faust #Faust2 #20thcenturyclassical #symphonyofathousand
#SymphonyOfAThousand
#SanFranciscoSymphony #GustavMahler #symphonies #Abbado
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#morninglistening to @surprisedbeauty composer O....



#morninglistening to @surprisedbeauty composer O. #Schoeck’s mini-#opera “Vom Fischer un syner Fru”! On @clavesrecords w/@musikkollegiumwinterthur

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/6M5gPvZ

#classicalmusic #OthmarSchoeck #20thcenturycomposer
#surprisedbybeauty #classicalmusiccollection
#classicalcdcollection #vocalmusic

label on @instagram: @claves_records #musikkollegiumwinterthur


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13.11.18

#morninglistening to #Mahler w/#FrankfurtRadioSymphony under...



#morninglistening to #Mahler w/#FrankfurtRadioSymphony under #EliahuInbal in #Symphony No.8

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#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection

Also one of the better recordings of that work!

In anticipation of my #AveMariaRadio interview w/#DealHudson

#orchestralmusic #Faust #Faust2 #20thcenturyclassical #symphonyofathousand
#SymphonyOfAThousand
#SanFranciscoSymphony #GustavMahler #symphonies
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12.11.18

#morninglistening to #RichardStrauss’ #Rosenkavalier in...



#morninglistening to #RichardStrauss’ #Rosenkavalier in @LennyBernstein’s recording w/@Vienna_Phil & #ChristaLudwig for @sony_classical:

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/6lqTcGM

w/#GwynethJones, #LuciaPopp, #WalterBerry + #PlacidoDomingo as the Italian tenor.

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #Strauss #LeonardBernstein #opera #DerRosenkavalier #20thcenturyclassical #wienerphilharmoniker #sonyclassical
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#morninglistening to #Mahler w/@SFSymphony under @MTilsonThomas...



#morninglistening to #Mahler w/@SFSymphony under @MTilsonThomas in #Symphony No.8:

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/5xPEyGm

One of the better recordings of that work!

In anticipation of my #AveMariaRadio interview w/#DealHudson

In anticipation of my #AveMariaRadio interview w/#DealHudson

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection
#classicalcdcollection
#orchestralmusic #Faust #Faust2 #20thcenturyclassical
#SymphonyOfAThousand
#SanFranciscoSymphony #GustavMahler #symphonies
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#morninglistening to #JohnCage (@JohnCageTrust)...



#morninglistening to #JohnCage (@JohnCageTrust) w/#NicholasIsherwood on #BISrecords

An #AddOn item @ Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/6k6AM3U

which is about as random as the music.

#classicalmusic #classicalcdcollection #classicalmusiccollection #20thcenturycomposer #20thcenturyclassical #aleatory music #avantgardemusic

(Gorgeous #JohannNepomukHummel Mass in B-flat beneath)
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11.11.18

#morninglistening to #Haydn #StringQuartets w/splendid...



#morninglistening to #Haydn #StringQuartets w/splendid #quatuormosaiques @naiveclassique 😍

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/6UijEmu

#opus33 #classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #ChamberMusic #StringQuartet
#classicalcdcollection #wienerklassik #JosephHaydn #op33 #quatuorMosaĂŻques
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10.11.18

#morninglistening to the complete organ works of #CesarFranck...



#morninglistening to the complete organ works of #CesarFranck (who died Nov.8, 1890) on #mDG w/#BenVanOosten

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Amazing recording on the original, spectacular #CavailléColl @ #SaintOuen in #Rouen

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #organMusic #CavailleColl instrument
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9.11.18

#morninglistening to #Korngold #Songs on @capriccioRec...



#morninglistening to #Korngold #Songs on @capriccioRec w/#AdriannePieczonka & #KonradJarnot

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Fabulous songs channeling Schubert in the shape of Schoenberg/Zemlinsky

FYI: #CesarFranck died yesterday, in 1890.

Inclusion in @surprisedbeauty discography will commence.
Tigers love Marietta’s Song!

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #surprisedbybeauty #classicalcdcollection #americanclassicalmusic #liedmelodieartsong #vocalmusic #20thcenturyclassical #20thCenturyMusic #noFilter #capricciorecords #erichwolfgangkorngold
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#morninglistening to #Debussy’s late #chambermusic on...



#morninglistening to #Debussy’s late #chambermusic on @harmoniamundi / @pias_usa

w/@QueyrasJG et al.

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Excellent supplements for the Debussy centenary boxes from DG & Warner! That said, these pieces are some of the hardest to wrap my head around, as regards Debussy. I rarely outright enjoy them.

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection
#classicalcdcollection # #frenchmusic #transcription #FrenchClassicalMusic #ClaudeDebussy #HarmoniaMundi
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8.11.18

#morninglistening to @thetwiolins on @HaensslerMusic...



#morninglistening to @thetwiolins on @HaensslerMusic PROFIL

#SECRETplaces

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for classical #Crossover, this is frightfully good! Bit in the direction of the (awesome) “Spincycle” disc of the @afiaraquartet

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #contemporarymusic #chambermusic #violinmusic
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7.11.18

#morninglistening to #Schubert’s 5th #Symphony &...



#morninglistening to #Schubert’s 5th #Symphony & #Quintet w/@FestivalPCasals on @sony_classical
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#PabloCasals #IsaacStern #PaulTortelier et al.

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #orchestralmusic #FranzSchubert #chambermusic #pradesfestival
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#morninglistening to #Tchaikovsky, who died yesterday in 1893...



#morninglistening to #Tchaikovsky, who died yesterday in 1893 #SerenadeForStrings w/@YuriZhislin & @TheRVOE on @OrchidClassics

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/10v0y37

+ #SouvenirDeFlorence

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection # #RussianClassicalMusic #RussianMusic #stringorchestra #pyotrilyichtchaikovsky
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6.11.18

#morninglistening to #Rachmaninoff #Preludes w/@clairehuangci on...



#morninglistening to #Rachmaninoff #Preludes w/@clairehuangci on @BerlinClassics

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/1xgqtBG

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #Rachmaninov #Préludes #pianomusic #solokeyboard #BerlinClassics
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5.11.18

#morninglistening to #Debussy #jazzified on @harmoniamundi /...



#morninglistening to #Debussy #jazzified on @harmoniamundi / @pias_usa

w/#QuatuorDebussy et al.

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/6d1XSn5

Excellent supplements for the Debussy centenary boxes from DG & Warner!

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection
#classicalcdcollection #chambermusic #frenchmusic #transcription #Jazz #FrenchClassicalMusic #ClaudeDebussy #HarmoniaMundi
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4.11.18

#morninglistening ahead to some #ChristmasMusic from #Berlin...



#morninglistening ahead to some #ChristmasMusic from #Berlin w/@sirventesberlin on @carusverlag (ed. @chrismon_de)

Amazon: http://a-fwd.to/3dyYbqs

Delectable and will return for the actual Christmas season. (25.XII - 6.I)

#classicalmusic #classicalcdcollection #classicalmusiccollection #acapella #vocalmusic #ChoralMusic #SirventesBerlin #CarusVerlag
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3.11.18

'Anastasia' touring production technically savvy but dull



The animated version of Anastasia, released by the short-lived Fox Animation Studios in 1997, barely registered on the conscience, although Miss Ionarts assured me that we watched it together at some point. In the current rush to make what seems like every decently successful movie into a musical, someone somewhere thought that Anastasia could be expanded for the stage, a version that premiered on Broadway last year. The show proved popular enough to warrant a national tour, showing most of this month in the Kennedy Center Opera House, where we saw it on Thursday night. Not surprisingly for a children's movie made into a musical, most of the appeal was aimed at my young companion.

The story (book by Terrence McNally) concerns a conspiracy theory, the idea that a member of Tsar Nicholas II's family survived the Russian Revolution. A pair of con men coach a young woman picked off the streets of St. Petersburg, Anya, to pass as the lost girl, the Grand Duchess Anastasia. They take her to Paris, where she tries to convince the Dowager Tsarina that she is her long-lost grandchild. The villain of the movie, the sorcerer Rasputin, is excised in this version, replaced by a leader of the Soviet secret police, played with oily menace by Jason Michael Evans.


Other Reviews:

Nelson Pressley, If you’ve seen one princess fairy tale, you know what to expect with ‘Anastasia’ (Washington Post, November 1, 2018)
The music by Stephen Flaherty is of limited interest, with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and book by Terrence McNally. The strongest numbers from the movie are retained, only about a half-dozen songs, are retained, including the piece that ends Act I, "Journey to the Past," which bears a disappointing similarity to the theme from the television show Hill Street Blues. Lila Coogan is a wide-eyed naif in the title role, with the Disney-style straight-tone high notes to carry the show's climaxes.

Most of the music comprising the show in its current form is new, and instantly forgettable. One notable exception is the hilarious "The Countess and the Common Man," partly due to the outrageous stage antics of Edward Staudenmayer as Vlad, the disgraced nobleman who masterminds Anya's transformation. In Paris, the location of Act II, he tries to reconnect with the Dowager's lady-in-waiting, played here by Tari Kelly with physical humor reminiscent of the divine Carol Burnett.

The real star of Darko Tresnjak's direction is the video-heavy production, which expands a relatively small stage space into grand vistas with technological flair. The lights of Paris come into view at the end of Act I, ghosts waltz through memories of the Russian court, and most strikingly countryside passes by from different angles on the train voyage from Russia to France. A scene at the Paris Opéra Ballet, weaving in music and the celebrated choreography of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake in the second act, was another visual and musical highlight.

Anastasia runs through November 25 at the Kennedy Center Opera House.

#morninglistening to #Beethoven w/@rnomusic &...



#morninglistening to #Beethoven w/@rnomusic & #MikhailPletnev on @dgclassics in one of my favorite cycles of the 9 #symphonies

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#comparativeListening w/@leonardbernsteinofficial’s & #HansSchmidtIsserstedt’s @viennaphilharmonic cycles + #Norrington / @swrclassic on @warner_classics + #JosVanImmerseel / @animaeternabrugge on @alpha_classics

#classicalmusic
#classicalmusiccollection
#classicalcdcollection #Symphony #Ludwigvan #ludwigvanbeethoven #russiannationalorchestra
#Pletnev #ludwigvanbeethoven
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2.11.18

#morninglistening to @EbonitQuartet’s #debussy &...



#morninglistening
to @EbonitQuartet’s #debussy & #Janacek on #7MountainRecords

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#pianomusic as #chambermusic for #saxophonequartet

#classicalmusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #Janáček #SaintSaĂ«ns #saxophonemusic #InTheMists #pumpkinSoup
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