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Anthony Amato, 1920-2011

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While I was taking a break from typing up my review of Tuesday's superb Messiah at Avery Fisher Hall, I learned that Anthony Amato — founder of the little tiny New York City opera company that could, the Amato Opera — died yesterday at the age of 91.
UPDATE: WQXR has published an obituary.
UPDATE 2: Here's the NY Times "The Local" obituary.

 

Best Classical Releases of the Year 2011 — With Podcast

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You knew I'd weigh in.

The full list of my picks for best classical CDs and downloads of 2011 is below the break.

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Busy Busy Busy

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Apologies for the dearth of posting. Here's one thing I've been working on recently; if you like vintage electronica, virtuoso drumming, or Joan LaBarbara, you are especially urged to click on the linky goodness. And if you like Piazzolla or tangos in general, check this out.

 

Turkey Overdose Recovery Music: Speakers Matter

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About a month ago, a pair of enormous shipping crates arrived at the New York apartment. Mrs. Synaphaï nearly freaked out.

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In Creative MODX

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Yes, I've been a bit preoccupied since Labor Day. Here's what's up:

 

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Haitink / New York Philharmonic @ Avery Fisher , Week 2

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My review is up at Classical Source. Yes, Bruckner is exciting when it's done right.

 

Haitink / New York Philharmonic @ Avery Fisher

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My "official" review is live at Classical Source, but I'm going to add a few comments here.

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Inaugurating the New and Recent Release Podcast

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I'm going to take a crack at regularly showcasing new and recent releases that impress the heck out of me. Herein is the first edition.

More information on the featured recordings:

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Hough / Vänskä / Minnesota Orchestra @ Carnegie Hall

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My review is live at Classical Source. And for those who missed it, my review of the season's first and well-programmed ACO concert can be found here.

 

Ugly Rumors from a Venerable Musical Powerhouse

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I've recently heard from some colleagues who are very well connected to New York City's musical organizations rumors that the manager of one of the most prominent and revered had hired — and generously paid — his well-known brother as a "consultant" some years back without going through the proper channels. Yes, these are "only rumors" — but when they come from people in different business and social circles, one tends to put a bit more credence in them. Someone may well need to hire a spin doctor, and soon.

 

Following the Biz: Three sites and a newsletter worth watching

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Sorting through the classical music biz noise on the Internet is not easy, but I do have a few bookmarks -- and an e-mail subscription -- that are well worth integrating into your routine.

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