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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.


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Véronique Gens <em>Berlioz / Ravel</em>

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The Ondine new release by internationally renowned soprano Véronique Gens includes performances of Herminie and Les Nuits d’été by Hector Berlioz and Shéhérazade by Maurice Ravel with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire under the baton of Music Director John Axelrod. Gens has made a big career with Baroque repertoire and Mozart, but French repertoire, especially Berlioz and Ravel, are “as natural to her as the air that she breathes.”

Axelrod has been music director of the Orchestre since 2009, and follows the philosophy of being “open to the world” by extraordinarily diverse repertoire choices and innovative programming.

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Ondine is offering the track "Berloiz: Les Nuits D’été - No. 4: Absence" from Berlioz: Herminie; Les Nuits d'été / Ravel: Shéhérazade for SFCV readers to download and enjoy.

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Kids & Families Feature
June 29, 2012

Members of the San Francisco Youth Ochestra continue the video diary of its European tour.

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Kids & Families Feature
June 27, 2012

Follow the S.F. Symphony Youth Orchestra tour through Europe with SFCV's exclusive blog series presented by the young musicians themselves.

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Feature Article
June 26, 2012

The opera Juno and Avos has been running for 30 years in Moscow. Bay Area audiences are about to find out what the fuss is all about.

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Monteverdi Choir · John Eliot Gardiner : Bach Motets

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Thirty years after their acclaimed recording for Erato, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir return to the Bach Motets in a new SDG recording, recorded last year at a London concert. The Motets can be seen as some of Bach’s most perfect and hypnotic compositions. Due to their extraordinary complexity and density, they require exceptional virtuosity and sensitivity of all the performers. The album is packaged in a 44 page booklet with original notes by John Eliot Gardiner and texts in German, English, and French.

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Soli Deo Gloria is offering the track "Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn, BWV Anh. 159" from Bach Motets for SFCV readers to download and enjoy.

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Feature Article
June 22, 2012

Sweet tunes to spice up your summer recreation.

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June 19, 2012

Many composers have a flair for dying in unusual and creative ways, which only adds to their mythic status. Here are some of the best musical tales from the crypt.

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The Hot Club of San Francisco: Live at Yoshi’s

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The Hot Club of San Francisco, in its 20-year history, has released 10 adventurous, critically acclaimed CDs in the passionate gypsy-jazz style that traces its origins to guitarist Django Reinhardt and his Quintette du Hot Club de France.

This latest CD starring vocalist Isabelle Fontaine puts their gypsy-jazz style in the forefront of interpretations of songs from the Great American Songbook. Sprinkled in between Cole Porter and Victor Young are songs from Fountaine’s homeland of France. A fun Live at Yoshi’s ride through songs interpreted by these gypsy jazz virtuosos.

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Azica Records is offering the track "What a Little Moon Can Do" from The Hot Club of San Francisco: Live at Yoshi’s for SFCV readers to download and enjoy.

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