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Every week, our writers take an in‐depth look at an artist, program or topic of interest to us. Spend some time with this week's classical music feature, or scroll through the extensive SFCV archive for insights in many music topics.


Feature Article
August 28, 2012

The festival of Wagner operas at Bayreuth continues to confront the composer’s fraught and complicated legacy with fascinating, sometimes crazy productions. SFCV’s critic reports on the entire thing.

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Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra · Antonino Fogliani: <em>Rossini: L’occasione fa il ladro</em>

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Composed by the young Gioachino Rossini in 11 days, to comply with a contractual commitment, L’occasione fa il ladro (Opportunity Makes A Thief) is a comedy of multiple confusions. Count Alberto, travelling to be wed to a fiancée he has yet to meet, leaves an inn with the wrong suitcase; Don Parmenione adopts the Count’s identity, determined to take the bride for himself. This single-act burletta is a moral drama, and Rossini has crafted interactions both tender and hilariously bewildering.

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News Report
August 22, 2012

Ideas for arts funding and San Francisco policies to better support the arts provoke stimulating discussion at a Town Hall meeting.

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Marie-Josée Lord · Orchestre Métropolitain · Giuseppe Pietraroia: <em>Marie-Josée Lord</em>

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For her first solo album, Canadian soprano Marie-Josée Lord has selected her favorite opera arias. Her selection includes "Summertime" and "My man’s gone now" from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, "Si mi chiamano Mimi" from Puccini’s La bohème, "La mamma morta" from Giordano’s Andrea Chenier, and — a world premiere recording — "Le Monde est stone" from Starmania by Luc Plamondon and Michel Berger, in a symphonic arrangement by Simon Leclerc.

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Feature Article
August 17, 2012

Gioachino Rossini was probably the first composer to become a celebrity. His gastronomic excesses circulated, and food stories about him abounded. There are enough 'alla Rossini' recipes to fill a book: Here are 10 to whet your appetite.

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News Report
August 16, 2012

The Fremont Symphony is replacing David Sloss, who headed the orchestra since 1980, and Sue Rose in what the orchestra has termed a "challenging new direction" and spurred by a new grant.

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Feature Article
August 14, 2012

Bay Area–based Thomas Oliver Croen is a master craftsman of violin making. But before he really understood how to create these complex instruments, he had to learn to repair them.

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Karina Gauvin · Marc-André Hamelin: <em>Fête Galante</em>

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In collaboration with Espace musique (Radio-Canada), ATMA Classique presents a recital of French songs with soprano Karina Gauvin and pianist Marc-André Hamelin. Fête galante alludes to a collection of poems by Paul Verlaine. Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin is known for her musicality and wide vocal range. As an active recitalist, she has collaborated with several chamber music ensembles and with pianists Marc-André Hamelin, Michael McMahon, and Rogers Vignoles.

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