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Classicalite Recording News: Claudio Abbado and Martha Argerich in Two Mozart Piano Concertos for Deutsche Grammophon

How many of the late, great Claudio Abbado recordings have we yet to discover? Undoubtedly, there will be a rush of unreleased or reissued material, but Deutsche Grammophon has just brought out a new piano concertos album from 2013.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Age 70, to Retire from Opera Stage After Donizetti/Puccini at Covent Garden (Or So She Says)

Kiri Te Kanawa has said in a British television interview that she will retire from the opera stage. She's currently giving a cameo as the Duchess of Crackentorp in Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment at Covent Garden--and the staging has been massaged ...

Unanswered Question: Will Academy of Arts and Letters Exhibit, Chicago Symphony Efforts Mark New Dawn for Charles Ives?

A year or so ago, American music fans were decrying the fact that Charles Ives, in many ways the godfather of American classical music, was relatively little known among the American public. His house was up for sale by property developers and faced ...

Tour Journal: Oh Honey Plays and Takes in The SXSW Sights and Sounds

Music Times contributor Ian Holubiak and his band Oh Honey are on the road, traveling to SXSW and across the country to spread the musical word. Ian will give us a look into the life of the touring act as part of the Tour Journal series. Stay tuned ...

Italian Tenor Renato Cioni, One of Maria Callas' Leading Men, Dies at 84 on Elba

From an era when Italianate (and indeed, Italian) tenors were in more plentiful supply, Renato Cioni has passed away at the age of 84. He was also one of the last links to the age of Maria Callas, as one of her last Cavaradossis in Puccini's Tosca

Late Composer Robert Ashley's Pataphysical Operas Seek Whitney Biennial Premiere, Alex Waterman Directs via Kickstarter?

Kickstarter has certainly become the vehicle de rigueur for taking productions of all shapes and sizes to the widest possibly audience. This time, Alex Waterman needs your help staging the avant-garde stylings of the late American composer (perhaps ...

The Column: Is the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014 Under Threat Now?

What usually happens when the UK wants to express its annoyance with a state too big to rattle any sabres at (quite often Russia)? The spat will play out in the safe but very public arena of the arts.

Malcolm Clarke's Film on Late Pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, 'The Lady in Number 6,' Wins 2014 Oscar for Best Documentary Short

Pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, who passed away a week ago at age 110, was the world's oldest Holocaust survivor. Malcolm Clarke's film about her, The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, won an Oscar for Best Documentary Short at the Academy Awards on ...

Classicalite Recording News: Conductor Kent Nagano’s Daughter, Pianist Karin Kei Nagano, Debuts on Canada's Analekta

The Montreal Gazette has reported on a notable new release from the Analekta label, one of the leading Canadian recording companies. The reason that it will be of especial interest to some casual observers is that the pianist showcased on it is one ...

Everything, Again: Rodrigo Maio's Tumblr, 'New Records Old Covers,' Gives Contemporary Vinyl That Classic Jazz Look

Designer Rodrigo Maio reimagines recent albums in the style of old jazz covers, of which he consigns to his Tumblr, New Records Old Covers.

The Worst of Times: Now Metropolitan Opera to Cut Labor Salaries and Set Costs, Outraged Unions Await Negotiations

The Metropolitan Opera is proposing in contract talks with union-represented workers to cut compensation, the first this has happened in decades.

Audio Ingenuity: Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville Transcribes Music to Paper, Carl Haber's Digital Needle Revives an Old Science of Sonic Measurement

Like a photograph, audio documentation has gone through stages of redesign and evolution over the decades. And like most early inventions, audio archiving techniques went through periods of abandonment--coupled with some pretty half-baked ideas.

Violinist Owen Pallett Worries Oscar Win for Best Original Score (with Arcade Fire, for Spike Jonze's 'her') Will Kill Canada's Indie Cred

A proper Canadian, Pallett did not receive the information well, feeling a bit unnerved by the news and terrified of becoming, quote, "the most overrated Canadian in the eyes of Canadians."

Classicalite's Five Best: Rock Stars and Their Musical Mentors

The trend of recent decades of rock stars to turn to classical music isn't so very surprising. No, especially not when you consider some very direct influences between the mainstream classical world and the rockers. Here, then, are Classicalite's ...

Watch the Video for Roxanna's "Close Your Eyes," Her Second Single from 'Exotica' (Roxart, Inc.)

Just talking with Canadian bel canto Roxanna, via Skype, from her base in Toronto, it's pretty obvious what makes her such a great singer. Soothing, never strident, Roxanna makes you want to listen to her.

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