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Review: Taylor Swift Leads a Jingle Ball Full of Hardheaded Women and Nice Guys

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:54:28 GMT

Taylor Swift showed off the new image that goes with her new album, “Reputation,” at Jingle Ball.The annual concert of hitmakers at Madison Square Garden slighted pop’s diversity, offering a narrow definition of what “hit radio” looked like in 2017.

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James Levine Will Not Face Criminal Charges in Illinois

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 23:55:57 GMT

James Levine rehearsing at the Metropolitan Opera in 2013.Officials said that even if they could prove a man’s accusation that Mr. Levine sexually abused him in 1986, he was at what was then the age of consent.

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The Best Albums of 2017

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 23:23:26 GMT

Clockwise from top left: J. Cole; nothing,nowhere.; Taylor Swift; Moses Sumney; Lorde; and Jaimie Branch.Our critics picked St. Vincent and Lorde, Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole, Julien Baker and Taylor Swift, Nicole Mitchell and Tyshawn Sorey — and many more.

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The Best Classical Music Performances of 2017

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 23:35:39 GMT

Clockwise from top left: “The Exterminating Angel”; “Dust”; “Der Rosenkavalier”; and Sebastian Currier’s “Re-Formation.”Our critics choose their favorites from a politically charged year.

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‘Merci, Johnny’: Hallyday Honored With Rock-Star Funeral (and Motorbikes)

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 14:40:18 GMT

Fans of the French rock star Johnny Hallyday gathered outside the Madeleine church in Paris on Saturday before a funeral procession.Crowds lined the streets of the French capital to watch the singer’s funeral procession. “He was part of France,” President Emmanuel Macron said.

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Apple Said to Be Acquiring Shazam, the Song Identifying App

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 22:54:19 GMT

Shazam said last year that it had surpassed a billion mobile downloads.The app, which can identify a song just by hearing a few seconds of it, has lost some of its shine but is still used by “hundreds of millions of people.”

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Popcast: In 2017, Pop Music Made Triumph Out of Tough Times

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 22:17:27 GMT

Lorde’s “Melodrama” appeared on both of our pop music critics’ best albums of 2017 lists.From Lorde to Kendrick Lamar, many of the albums and songs on our critics’ best-of lists showcased the work of musicians meeting difficult circumstances with artistic fortitude.

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Op-Ed Contributor: An Everyman — Just Not Ours

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:11:16 GMT

Johnny HallydayUnderstanding France’s ardor for Johnny Hallyday does not come easily to Americans.

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Songs, Music Publisher of Lorde and Diplo, Bought by Kobalt

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:50:20 GMT

Carianne Marshall, left, Matt Pincus and Ron Perry of Songs Music Publishing, which is selling its assets to a rival music publisher, Kobalt.The deal is the latest sign of a frothy market for music rights, as streaming has given a boost to the valuations of music catalogs.

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That Decisive Moment: Brazen Virtuosity: The Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments on YouTube

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:15:24 GMT

Janine Jansen backstage in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.Janine Jansen, Laurie Anderson and two young opera stars were among the highlights.

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Up Next: Wiki, Formerly of the Hip-Hop Collective Ratking, Strikes Out on His Own

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:05:18 GMT

The rapper Patrick Morales, better known as Wiki, in Brooklyn.The 24-year-old rapper from New York released a debut solo album and isn’t slowing down.

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Critic’s Notebook: Berlin’s State Opera Has Served Kings, Presidents and Dictators. Now What?

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:05:35 GMT

A seven-year restoration of the Berlin State Opera’s home is ongoing, but it is hosting the company’s 275th-anniversary celebrations.The opera company has reflected changing political weather in Germany for 275 years. Now it is shaped by its conductor, Daniel Barenboim.

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Review: The Radiant Modesty of Janine Jansen at Carnegie Hall

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:36:24 GMT

From left, Janine Jansen, Lucas Debargue and Martin Frost at Carnegie Hall, where Ms. Jansen began a five-concert Perspectives series.The violinist began a five-concert Perspectives series with a program of chamber music that benefited from her immaculate intensity.

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Johnny Hallyday’s Fans Share Their Favorite Songs

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:22:34 GMT

Mourners gathered to pay tribute to the late French singer Johnny Hallyday in Nice, Framce, on Wednesday.We asked readers from around the world to share their favorite song and a memory they associate with it.

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Your Week in Culture: Thom Yorke, JCVD, ‘The Ballad of Lefty Brown’

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:00:18 GMT

Thom Yorke will perform a rare solo set at the Day for Night festival in Houston this month.Also the week of Dec. 10: Nicholas Nixon’s “Brown Sisters” portraits in Boston; Merce Cunningham alumni in Brooklyn.

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James Levine Denies ‘Unfounded’ Sexual Abuse Accusations

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 03:35:15 GMT

James Levine leading the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2015.The Metropolitan Opera’s music director emeritus made his first public comment since four men accused him of abusing them when they were teenagers or his students.

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Classical Music in NYC This Week

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 21:26:55 GMT

The countertenor Anthony Roth Constanzo and members of the International Contemporary Ensemble in a 2016 version of Suzanne Farrin’s “La Dolce Morte.” See listing below.Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera.

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Pop, Rock and Jazz in NYC This Week

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:50:04 GMT

Perfume Genius has four coming New York engagements. See listing below.Our guide to pop and rock shows and the best of live jazz.

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Review: Listening at the Met, After James Levine

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:38:28 GMT

Adam Plachetka, left, as Figaro and Christiane Karg as Susanna in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” at the Metropolitan Opera.Performances of “Le Nozze di Figaro” and “Norma” provided a glimpse at the post-Levine company, and offered reflections of social and political upheaval.

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The Star Power of Johnny Hallyday (Jimi Hendrix Was His Opening Act)

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:02:31 GMT

Johnny Hallyday in concert at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris in 1993, shortly after his 50th birthday.In a previously unpublished interview, the French rock star, who died this week, discussed his favorite musicians, fame and discovering Hendrix in a London club.

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Finding ‘Hallelujah’: How to Navigate the ‘Messiah’ Landscape

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 23:24:59 GMT

The Choir of Trinity Wall Street performs Handel’s “Messiah” in 2014, under Julian Wachner.Our critics offer a brief guide to the (very) many versions of Handel’s oratorio strewn over the New York music scene each December and how they grew.

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Album Review: For Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, You Can’t Teach an Old Country Bro New Tricks

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:20:46 GMT

Luke Bryan has been making the case for big-tent country for years, but “What Makes You Country” is a step backward.New albums from the two singers are at odds over whether country is in the lyrics or the sounds.

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Netflix for Jazz? Quincy Jones’s Qwest TV Takes Concerts and Films Digital

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:12:16 GMT

Quincy Jones’s latest venture is Qwest TV, a service offering high-definition streams of jazz concerts and documentaries.The jazz impresario’s latest project will offer high-definition streaming of jazz concerts and documentaries.

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The 54 Best Songs of 2017

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 23:29:39 GMT

Clockwise from top left: Sylvan Esso; Sharon Jones; the xx, Smokepurpp; Cardi B; and Luis Fonsi with Daddy Yankee.Our pop music critics share their favorite tracks, from Jay-Z to Cardi B, Father John Misty to Sam Hunt.

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An appraisal: Why France Loved Johnny Hallyday

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:55:07 GMT

Johnny Hallyday at the Palais des Sports stadium in Paris in 1969.The singer represented a very French idea of the American dream. He cast a spell at home but was never really understood abroad.

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Moogfest Shines a Spotlight on Female, Nonbinary and Transgender Musicians

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:05:32 GMT

Kiran Gandhi, who makes music as Madame Gandhi, is one of the 50 artists livestreaming as part of Moogfest’s “Always On” marathon.The music, ideas and technology conference is showcasing its performers in a 50-hour live stream this week featuring 50 artists in 17 countries.

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A Guide to Holiday Events in New York City

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:09:16 GMT

A dress rehearsal for the Rockettes’ “Radio City Christmas Spectacular,” which is onstage at Radio City Music Hall through Jan. 1.Christmas stalwarts like the Rockettes’ Radio City show, participatory events including a festive caroling walk, and even a dose of Taylor Mac’s wild cabaret.

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Feature: From Farm to Farm With the King of ‘Bro-Country’

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:20:32 GMT

Luke Bryan outside his tour bus in Concord, Calif., in November.Luke Bryan has been testing the sonic limits of country music for a decade. Just how much novelty can the genre take?

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Johnny Hallyday, the Elvis Presley of France, Is Dead at 74

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:28:31 GMT

Johnny Hallyday performing in 2009 at the Stade de France in St.-Denis, a suburb north of Paris.Although he was little known outside the French-speaking world, Mr. Hallyday sold more than 100 million records and starred in numerous movies.

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James Levine’s Replacements Named for Met Opera’s ‘Tosca’

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:01:08 GMT

The “Tosca” cast at the Metropolitan Opera has undergone major changes even before James Levine’s suspension.Mr. Levine has been suspended from the Met and removed from upcoming performances as the company investigates accusations of sexual abuse.

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Review: Revisiting a Luxuriously Gonzo Side of John Cage

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 04:56:04 GMT

From left, Adrian Rosas, Jeffrey Gavett and Matilda Sakamoto performing John Cage’s “Song Books.”Petr Kotik and his S.E.M. Ensemble offered a program they had performed on a 1972 tour, featuring works by Cage, Julius Eastman and Mr. Kotik himself.

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Review: ‘Bill Frisell,’ a Winning Portrait of a Very Nice Guitarist

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:00:14 GMT

Bill Frisell, the subject of a documentary directed by Emma Franz.The director Emma Franz focuses on a musician who seems to never stop playing, featuring great collaborators of this “no drama” artist.

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Communist-Era Crooner and Far-Right Metal Band Share a Spotlight

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:15:51 GMT

The heavy metal band Ortel is known for its anti-Muslim lyrics.“The Sinatra of the East” and a heavy metal group known for anti-Muslim lyrics were honored in the Czech Republic’s answer to the Grammys.

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Critic’s Notebook: Should I Put Away My James Levine Recordings?

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:06:46 GMT

James Levine, conducting in 2009.Our critic reflects on the legacy of the revered Metropolitan Opera conductor, who has been suspended by the company after sexual abuse accusations.

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Met Opera Reels as Fourth Man Accuses James Levine of Sexual Abuse

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 05:32:33 GMT

James Levine in 2015.Met officials and musicians spent Monday grappling with the fallout from the suspension of Mr. Levine, the company’s longtime conductor.

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Critic’s Notebook: Exhausted by Harmony, Schoenberg Found Atonality

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 20:04:33 GMT

The soprano Dawn Upshaw with the Brentano String Quartet (from left, the violinists Mark Steinberg and Serena Canin, the violist Misha Amory and the cellist Nina Lee) at the 92nd Street Y.A Leon Botstein lecture and a Brentano String Quartet performance on Sunday explored this pathbreaking composer’s experiments with a new language.

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Bryan Singer Fired From Queen Biopic

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 19:10:39 GMT

Bryan Singer, shown here on the set of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014), has been fired from the film “Bohemian Rhapsody.”Production was halted after Thanksgiving because Mr. Singer failed to return to set. Now he has been fired.

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A Symphony Breathes Life Into 400 Broken School Instruments

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 20:44:02 GMT

David Lang’s “symphony for a broken orchestra” had its premiere on Sunday inside the drill hall of the 23rd Street Armory in Philadelphia.David Lang’s “symphony for a broken orchestra” had its premiere as part of a project to fix damaged instruments from Philadelphia’s public schools.

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Spends a Third Week at No. 1

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 18:26:32 GMT

Taylor Swift's "Reputation" spent a third week at No. 1, and arrived on streaming services.The singer also released the album to streaming services, which may give it a second wind next week when it faces a challenge from U2’s new record.

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Jerry Springer and Mozart: Guggenheim Unveils Works and Process Season

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 16:29:19 GMT

Harvey Keitel, center, in a concert staging of “Jerry Springer — The Opera” at Carnegie Hall in 2008. The satirical musical’s run at the New Group Off Broadway early next year will have a preview at the Guggenheim Museum’s Works and Process series.Highlights from the series include previews of “Jerry Springer — The Opera” and a new staging of Mozart’s “Così Fan Tutte” with Kelli O’Hara.

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Met Opera Suspends James Levine After New Sexual Abuse Accusations

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:57:45 GMT

James Levine leading the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in 2016.The company is investigating its revered conductor after three men came forward with accusations that he abused them when they were teenagers.

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Critic’s Notebook: Three String Quartets in a Week. One of Them Is Trying New Things.

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:48:39 GMT

From left, the Emerson String Quartet members Eugene Drucker, Philip Setzer, Paul Watkins and Lawrence Dutton at Alice Tully Hall on Tuesday.With its fresh programming, the young Aizuri Quartet brought an exciting program to the Met Museum, in a week that also saw Juilliard and Emerson perform.

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