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Guest Post: An opera that really is for the young... + MORE

In a lively guest post for JDCMB, young conductor Gaetano Lo Coco explains why his Rossini Festival is putting on The Barber of Seville on Monday, at Cadogan Hall, in possibly the youngest performance ever. And why Rossini would have loved it, having been only 23 when he created this tip-top favouri.... More »

Celebrating 25 year's of Sound Investment at BCMG + MORE

BCMG's oboist Melinda Maxwell with Sound Investors - photo BCMGToday (Saturday 10 December 2016), Thomas Adès will be conducting the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) in a very special concert. At the CBSO Centre, Birmingham they will be celebrating 25 years of BCMG's pioneering Sound Inve.... More »

Aldeburgh Music Festival 2015 details + MORE

Booking for the 2015 Aldeburgh Music Festival starts soon. Plan ahead. Serious music values, properly marketed.  Benjamin Britten believed that good music could speak for itself, and that audiences had the intelligence to rise to the challenge. Thank goodness for Roger Wright as Chief Executive.... More »

Figlia! A Tal Nome Io Palpito! + MORE

And her name is: Lianna Haroutounian.You may recall that Haroutounian had been announced for one performance as Amelia Grimaldi in Simon Boccanegra, with the balance TBA. Today, the Met said that the Armenian soprano will sing all of the performances, on April 1, 5, 9, 13, and 16, 2016.Lucky Me.... More »

Berlioz and Bliss, brothers in arms ? Barbican + MORE

Berlioz and Bliss at the Barbican with Andrew Davis and the BBC SO.   Berlioz and Bliss, brothers in arms?  Stylistically, they could be on opposite ends of the spectrum.  Yet this programme worked because Andrew Davis drew a performance from his forces with such flair  that.... More »
VIDEO: Exclusive live footage of Cole Porter classicsTAKE a break from your day and enjoy the John Wilson Orchestra playing some Cole Porter classics to mark the 50th anniversary of the composer’s death

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Haitink 60th Jubilee Mahler 4 broadcast RFO not RCO

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Haitink 60th Jubilee Mahler 4 broadcast RFO not RCO Last night, Bernard Haitink conducted Mahler Symphony no 4  to celebrate the 60th anniversary of his debut as a conductor. It’s ONLINE NOW, in full video ! Listen soon because it won’t be up long. Mahler 4 is very close to Haitink’s heart, so this is a wonderful performance,. But it’s even more poignant because, on this very important occasion, he’s conducting the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra…

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The Latest Nazi Opera Conspiracy Book is Out

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The Latest Nazi Opera Conspiracy Book is OutHere it is, folks. As predicted, no sooner as Joachim Köhler published his retraction of charges against Richard Wagner for causing WWII and the Holocaust, the next iteration of Nazi opera conspiracy theories is out. And it is being enthusiastically endorsed by none other than Norman Lebrecht:Now, I haven’t yet read this new title by singer, Bernd Weikl, in his book Why Richard Wagner Must Be Banned in Germany (Warum Richard Wagner in Deutschland verboten werden muss) calling for Richard Wagner to be banned in Germany, but I can certainly guarantee that the likelihood that Weikl has gone through thousands of ex-Soviet archival documents opened up to Western historians to uncover new evidence that the National Socialist Party was an opera company in disguise are slim…

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A tale of two resignations: conductors Franz Welser-Möst and Han-Na ChangOver the weekend, both Franz Welser-Möst and Han-Na Chang, both coincidentally performing at the Proms on Sunday, resigned their conducting posts. Whats surprising in Welser-Mösts case is how long he lastedA tale of two resignations: the irreconcilable artistic differences that led to Franz Welser-Möst leaving his post in charge of the Vienna Staatsoper over the weekend, on the eve of his two Proms with his other institution, the Cleveland Orchestra; and the, well, irreconcilable artistic differences (theres a lot of it about at the moment) that meant Han-Na Chang resigned from the music directorship of the Qatar Philharmonic just hours after the orchestras debut performance at the Proms – a concert that Tim Ashley, and many others, enjoyed immensely, and felt could have heralded a bright future for this newest of all international orchestras, set up by the Qatar Foundation to seed classical music in Qatari culture…

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Berlin’s Neuköllner Oper has created an engaging, refreshing new opera drawn from the everyday lives of the company’s unglamorous home district

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Tippett yes, but Rozsa, Schubert and Mendelssohn tooThe Tippett Quartet – photo credit Thurstan Redding(John Mills, Lydia Lowndes-Northcott, Jeremy Isaac, Bozidar Vukotic)An encounter with members of the Tippett QuartetThe Tippett Quartet (John Mills – violin, Jeremy Isaac – violin, Lydia Lowndes-Northcott – viola, Bozidar Vukotic – cello) has recently released a disc of string quartets by Andrzej Panufnik and Witold Lutoslawski and whilst their name might suggest that they specialise in 20th century quartets, if you look at their repertoire it is of far greater range, stretching from Haydn and Mozart, to Miklos Rozsa and Bernard Herrmann…

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Strauss: Josephslegende CD review  beautifully performed rarityWeimar Staatskapelle/Solyom(CPO)Premiered in Paris in May, Josephslegende was Richard Strausss first completed ballet score. Its history was vexed, and there is still considerable disagreement as to its qualities and worth. Composed to a scenario by Strausss regular librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal and his friend, the diarist Harry Kessler, it was originally commissioned by Diaghilev as a vehicle for Nijinsky to be both choreographer and principal dancer…

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Hot on the Heels of the Lockout

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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has a new release, of music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, on their own label. It comes complete with a self-congratulatory press release. Here’s what CEO Stanley Romanstein has to say:“This has been an exciting time in the Orchestra’s history of performing great music and presenting great artists,” Atlanta Symphony Orchestra President and CEO Stanley E…

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Sure, it’s sort of a bromide, but it’s apt: what was once old is new again. Along with a resurgence in recent years for composing for period instruments, the harpsichord as acted as an unlikely phoenix during the 20th and 21st Centuries. Having fallen into disuse from the Classical period until the Interwar period, the harpsichord continues […

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 Prom 68     Brahms,  Jorg Widmann:  Joshua Smith (flute), Cleveland Orchestra / Franz Welser-Most (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London, 7.9.2014   Brahms:  Academic Festival Overture Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op. 68 Jorg Widmann  Flute en suite ( UK Premiere)   This was the first Prom of two by the Cleveland Orchestra and its chief conductor Franz Welser-Most, […]

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15 penniless composers

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Money. Dosh. Wonga. Call it what you will, but all too often when it comes to art we like to ignore this unpalatable necessity. Ever since Beethoven, we’ve harboured the Romantic idea that composers simply live for their art alone, unfettered by everyday trivialities such as paying the bills or buying food…

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The Cleveland Orchestra Welser-Möst Brahms Proms London

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The Cleveland Orchestra Welser-Möst Brahms Proms LondonThe Cleveland Orchestra, with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, made a most welcome return to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.  Are the Clevelanders the best orchestra in the United States today? Their two Proms certainly made the case. Superlative finesse and poise, generated by genuine musicality…

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The Week in Reviews, Op. 47: Simone Porter, Maxim Vengerov in concertBy Robert Niles: In an effort to promote the coverage of live music, each week Violinist.com brings you links to reviews of notable violin performances from around the world. Photo: Philip PiroloSimone Porter performed the Barber with the Los Angeles PhilharmonicLos Angeles Times: “The remarkably mature Porter easily encompassed every aspect of this bipolar concerto…

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