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Richard Addinsell: The Admirable Crichton + MORE

Richard Addinsell (1904-1977) is known universally for his magnificent parody of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 for the wartime film Dangerous Moonlight (1941) – the ‘Warsaw Concerto’. Addinsell was prolific in writing film music with an excess of 50 credits on the International Movie Dat.... More »
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2014 Opera Awards finalists + MORE

This year's Opera Awards takes place on 7 April 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, following on from last year's debut from the awards. The finalists in the 19 categories have now been announced and one of the delights of such lists is being able to go through the selections and see if you.... More »
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RE:naissance 2014 + MORE

Matthew SharpFrom 1 May to 3 May 2014 at King's Place there are a series of events under the umbrella RE:naissance 2014 curated by Matthew Sharp. Cellist, bass-baritone and actor, Sharp is a remarkable virtuoso and the mini-festival at King's Place celebrates this with a whole variety of events.&nbs.... More »
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Classical Music News - Learn to conduct + MORE

Learn to conduct orchestras on a one-year course based in London.... More »
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French song in Wandsworth + MORE

The National Opera Studio just down the road from me in Wandsworth - well a 15-20 minute bus ride door to door.  So its relative distance from central London is not an issue for me.  But for others it is - nevertheless there was a splendid turn out in Wandsworth yesterday evening for an ex.... More »

Virtual Opera in Paris

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Much fuss was made about Nico Muhly’s Two Boys as an Internet opera, but starting today the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris will host performances of The End, Vocaloid Opéra, featuring the completely virtual "diva" from Japan, Hatsune Miku. Eléonore Prieur has a preview article (Le premier opéra virtuel investit le Théâtre du Châtelet, November 12) for Le Figaro (my translation):
It is the first

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I can’t think of another composer who manages, again and again, to create such an inverse relationship between the bald simplicity of the compositional plan and the crazy richness of the musical result. The more basic Lucier’s hypothesis—the more abstract the map—the more inexhaustible the experience.

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Morlot Masters Mahler in Riveting Sixth Symphony

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Boulez and Mahler: Kimberly Russ (piano), Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot (conductor), Benaroya Hall, Seattle, 7.11.2013 (BJ) Boulez: Notations I-IV Mahler: Symphony No. 6 This performance of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony in Benaroya Hall reminded me of a particular one I heard many years ago: it was so different…

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Stefan Herheim,/Salzburg Meistersinger To Get DVD Release In 2014

In a rather unusual turn of events – at least in regard to productions of Wagner’s work – it seems everyone liked the Stefan Herheim directed Salzburg Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. So we assume most will be pleased to know that it will receive a confirmed a release on DVD  sometime in 2014 as part of a series called “Festival Documents”…

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There are currently some 44 CDs featuring the music of Richard Addinsell listed in the on-line Arkiv Music Catalogue. However, this is not quite as impressive as it seems. At least 30 of these discs feature the ubiquitous Warsaw Concerto, the work by which Addinsell in known to millions of listeners…

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ArtsBeat: ‘Silent Night,’ Pulitzer Winner, to Air on PBSThe Pulitzer Prize-winning opera by Kevin Puts will be shown on PBS in December.    

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Under the baton of Neeme Järvi, the Estonians played with pride and warmth, culminating in a lean yet lusty performance of Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony

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Audio: An Introduction To The Ring (60 minutes)

Broadcast two days ago and made available by ABC Radio’s “The Music Show. A fine introduction to the Ring cycle from Heath Lees whose 4-part documentary series- Wagner’s Ring- A Tale Told in Music is available on DVD.

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Emeritus Professor of Music Heath Lees, from the University of Auckland, is also a musicologist and broadcaster, and the founder of the Wagner Society of New Zealand…

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Sir John Tavener’s final premiere

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Sir John Tavener, who died today at the age of 69, was dogged by ill health for much of his life, but he remained busy to the end.
His new composition Three Shakespeare Sonnets will receive its world premiere on Friday 15 November at Southwark Cathedral, Shakespeare's own place of worship.   Sir John hand picked the members of the Chamber Choir of Southern Iceland who will perform it…

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Sir John Tavener dies at the age of 69

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The great composer Sir John Tavener has died two months short of his 70th birthday.
Tavener, who was one of today’s best loved composers, studied at the Royal Academy of Music and rose to fame with the premiere of his iconoclastic oratorio The Whale in 1968, which was released on the Beatles' own Apple label…

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Sir John Tavener dies at 69: the veil falls for the final timeThe British composer’s music is essentially spiritual, but in a much more fearless way than his detractors thinkJohn Tavener, who has died peacefully at 69 at his home, was the single most popular British classical composer of the late 20th and 21st centuries. His music has become part of public consciousness, making him a unique cultural figure…

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I’ll never forget the first time I heard the music of John Tavener, who has died at the age of 69. It was 1989: the world premiere of The Protecting Veil, his cello concerto, at the Proms. A sound began to emerge – one deep-set chord – and rose. And rose. And continued to rise, a shining, all-enveloping sound that sucked you in like a tunnel filling up with golden light…

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