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Dances of deception to sensual strategies, suggest your songs from the viewpoint of pursuer or pursued in this sexy topic

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Chicago SO/Muti
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Schneider/Fassbaender/Eiche/Munich Radio Orchestra/Schirmer
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Fagioli/Academia Montis Regalis/De Marchi
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De los Angeles/Bumbry/Windgassen/Fischer-Dieskau/Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus/Sawallisch
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Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
The late Fausto Romitellis fusion piece An Index of Metals didnt live up its immersive ambitions in this Southbank setting Continue reading...
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Decision by West Australia Opera has left fans fuming, while PM Tony Abbott calls it political correctness gone crazy

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For three unbelievable weeks in Oxford, the Schubert Project will present the complete repertoire of Schuberts songs, the first time ever in this country

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Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Radiohead guitarist and composer Jonny Greenwoods new work held its own alongside Haydn, Mozart and Tchaikovsky played by this exciting ensemble

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Santon-Jeffrey/Vidal/Van Mechelen/Christoyannis/Le Concert Spirituel/Niquet
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Les Fêtes de lHymen et de lAmour was first performed at Versailles in March 1747 to celebrate the wedding of Louis the Dauphin to Maria Josepha of Saxony. It seems to have been commissioned at shortish notice, since the score as we have it expands and adapts a work in progress, Les Dieux dEgypte, originally intended by Rameau and his librettist Louis de Cahusac for the Académie Royale de Musique in Paris.

The subject was tailored to the occasion and expresses the fervent hope that what was doubtless a dynastic marriage might turn into a love match. Cupid and Hymen, the feuding gods of love and marriage respectively, agree to mend their differences before introducing a three-part entertainment in which the gods of ancient Egypt go in search of human consorts. Osiris seduces the Amazon Orthésie and quashes rebellion in the ranks of her women-only army. Canope rescues Memphis from human sacrifice and bans the practice altogether, before naming a city after her. Aruéris (Horus), here perceived as the god of art and music, inspires the shy but devoted Orie to win a song contest held in honour of Isis.

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