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Clarinetist Anthony McGill and Composer & Performer Daniel Bernard Roumain Join Board of Directors of League of American Orchestras + MORE

Anthony McGillwww.anthonymcgill.comDaniel Bernard Roumainwww.danielroumain.comToday the League of American Orchestras announces seven appointments to its Board of Directors, including two prominent musicians we have often featured, Anthony McGill and Daniel Bernard Roumain.... More »
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Visions of Wonder Debussy, Abrahamsen, Mahler 4 CBSO Volkov + MORE

Child-like visions of wonder and excitement : a potentially brilliant concert from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Ilan Volkov. Hans Abrahamsen's Left Alone was the big draw, the premiere of a major work by an extremely significant composer, noted for his inventiveness and  indiv.... More »

Uplifting Mahler Resurrection Symphony from the Czech Philharmonic + MORE

 Mahler & Bruch: Sarah Fox (soprano), Jana Hrochová Wallingerová (mezzo), Josef Špaek (violin), Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, CBSO Chorus / Jiří Bělohlávek (conductor), Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 24.4.2015 (GR). Gustav Mahler: Symphony No 2 in C Minor, Resurrection Max Bruch: Violin Con.... More »
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October: sounds from another world + MORE

This is the Russian pianist Lev Oborin playing 'October - Autumn Song' from Tchaikovsky's The Seasons, filmed in 1971. It's mesmerisingly wonderful. Sounds - and images - from another world altogether...This remarkable piano cycle - still desperately underrated - was commissioned by the editor of a .... More »
Breaking opera news I can’t bring myself to care about“It was patriotism—and fate—that launched Heather Pawsey’s 19-year search for Ogopogo. It wasn’t Lake Okanagan’s mythical creature itself that she was after, but an opportunity to stage a Canadian opera about an Ogopogo sighting,” [The Globe and Mail]

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At some point during the Ring performances conducted by Kirill Petrenko this week, I’ve started to wonder if my recollection of the orchestral sound in the Festspielhaus when I first saw the Ring with Christian Thielemann there in 2010 was some sort of “affective memory”, a collage of the actual experience of listening to the Ring in Bayreuth and the excitement of doing that in the Festival for the first time…

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A Babel of hope and possibility

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A Babel of hope and possibilityThe phrase is not mine but my bright young colleague Alexandra Coghlan’s on The Arts Desk, penned about Berio’s Sinfonia, which preceded a shattering but nuanced interpretation of Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony at Tuesday night’s Prom. I choose to apply it to the superlative team which gave one of the best Proms I’ve ever heard, our already-beloved European Union Youth Orchestra, and further, to the even younger members of nine British youth orchestras they mentored in an inspiring workshop featuring 180 young musicians on the platform of the Royal Albert Hall the morning after the EUYO triumph…

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Benjamin Hulett (tenor), Alison Hill (soprano), Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Hill(Naxos)Herbert Howells (1892-1983) occupies a special place in English choral music as the composer of fresh, 20th-century approaches to the Anglican rite and as the creator of larger-scale works, the last of which, his Stabat Mater, he completed for the Bach Choir in 1965…

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Sibelius Maxwell Davies Bridge Storgårds Prom 38

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Sibelius Maxwell Davies Bridge Storgårds Prom 38Like Prom 36, (more here) Prom 38 demonstrated why some composers are first rank while others aren’t. John Storgårds conducted the BBC Philharmonic in a programme which contrasted  Jean Sibelius and Frank Bridge with Sir Peter Maxwell Davis.Finlandia effectively changed the course of world history…

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Licia Albanese, Exalted Soprano, Is Dead at 105One of the most admired operatic sopranos of the mid-20th century, she was revered for a soaring top range and a passionate intensity on the stage.

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As Met deadline looms, could opera survive without a orchestra?Today is the Met’s deadline for reaching a wage agreement with musicians, or locking them out.
Dr Gerald Stein, a Chicago psychotherapist and www.slippedisc.com contributor, is a passionate, lifelong concertgoer. He is involved with music and musicians in his community. But Dr Stein has some chilling fears about the replaceability of the orchestra in the immediate technological future…

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Crack Team Perform Owen Wingrave

– www.seenandheard-international.com

            Edinburgh International Festival 2014 (11) – Britten, Owen Wingrave: Soloists, Choristers of Chelmsford Cathedral, Britten-Pears Orchestra / Mark Wigglesworth (conductor), King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 15.8.2014 (SRT) Cast: Owen Wingrave – Ross Ramgobin Spencer Coyle – Jonathan Summers Lechmere – Isaiah Bell Miss Wingrave – Susan Bullock Mrs Coyle – Samantha […]

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Zing! went the strings of his heart“Prince Charles‘s harpist, 27 leaves husband for Britain’s biggest opera star Bryn Terfel, 48″ [Daily Mail]

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Mark Stone (baritone), Stephen Barlow (piano) (Stone Records)This second of four discs will be the first complete recording of the songs of Roger Quilter (1877-1953). As well as setting Blake, Byron, Keats, Binyon and the Earl of Rochester, the Sussex-born composer also wrote some of his own texts, sometimes using a pseudonym…

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Howard Blake piano concerto

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Howard Blake piano concertoHoward Blake’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra was commissioned by the Philharmonia Orchestra in 1991 to celebrate the 30th birthday of Diana, Princess of Wales. It was given its premiere by the orchestra, conducted by David Willcocks, with the composer playing the piano part. The work had been recorded by Sony prior to this performance and this recording was reissued by Sony in 2008…

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Rufus Wainwright funds his opera recording by selling the shirt off his back
Rufus Wainwright’s wardrobe is renowned for some exotic made-to-measure creations, as befits the flamboyant singer. But now he is offering fans the suit off his back, so that he can give his first opera the opulent recording it deserves.

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A Bright Touch of Ruddigore Gothic Horror

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Gilbert & Sullivan, The House of Murgatroyd or Ruddigore Revisited: The New York Light Opera Ensemble,Harrogate G&S Festival, The Crown Hotel, Harrogate, 11.8.2014 (RJW) Cast: Rose Maybud / Rascal … Jessica Wagner Mad Margaret, / Rascal … Cáitlin Burke Dame Hannah / Rascal … Bridget Harvey Robin Oakapple / Rascal … David Macaluso Richard Dauntless […]

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