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Beethoven manuscript auctioned after being discovered in a Connecticut home + MORE

A page of the notebook in which the composer worked on King Stephen has been sold for $100,000A handwritten piece of sheet music by Beethoven has sold for $100,000 (£67,000) at auction after being discovered in Connecticut home. It was bought in November by a German antiques dealer.Professiona.... More »
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You can't write that because it will deter sponsors + MORE

My intention to leave the hot potato of the ethics of funding alone has been blown out of the water by the letter in the Guardian from composers and academics opposing BP's sponsorship of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. What role ethics should play in classical music sponsorship has been a rec.... More »
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Roderick Cox Among Five Conductors in the League of American Orchestras' 2016 National Conductor Preview with the Nashville Symphony May 11 + MORE

Roderick CoxLeague of American Orchestras Showcase to be Available for Streaming Online New York, NY (March 10, 2016) – Five conductors have been selected to participate in the League of American Orchestras' 2016 Bruno Walter National Conductor.... More »
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Pocket Opera’s Enterprising Orfeo Woos Young Audiences + MORE

 Gluck, Orfeo ed Euridice: Soloists, Orpheus and Eurydice Chorus, Philip Voldman (musical director),  Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London, 21.1.2014 (MB) Cast: Orfeo – Paul Featherstone Euridice – Pamela Hay Amor – Joanna Foote Production: Mark Tinkler (director) Alex Hopkin.... More »
Second instalment of Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s survey covering Beethoven’s development of sonata form

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What quantum entanglement can teach classical musicThe most profound scientific discovery of all time – anticipated by Einstein, formulated in Bell’s Theorem, and confirmed by the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen experiment – is that the universe is nonlocal. What this comes down to in layman’s language is something like this: if you separate two particles that have been paired and give one of them a downward spin, its partner simultaneously spins upward…

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Iris Wagner Dies At Age 71

– www.the-wagnerian.com

Iris Wagner Dies At Age 71BERLIN (Reuters) – Iris Wagner, great-granddaughter of composer Richard Wagner, died in Berlin on Thursday after a lengthy illness, her family told the Nordbayerischer Kurier. She was 71.Born in Bayreuth, Germany, in 1942, Wagner was the daughter of Wieland Wagner, who with his brother Wolfgang led the Bayreuth Festival, devoted to Wagner’s works, after World War Two…

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Against all trends, musicians still join union

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Against all trends, musicians still join unionA visit yesterday from Professor Martin Cloonan of Glasgow University revealed an unexpected statistic. Martin, who is writing a history of the Musicians Union, came to discuss some aspects of its operations in classical music. As we chatted, I asked about the present state of MU membership in Britain…

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Hallé/Znaider – review

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Hallé/Znaider – reviewBridgewater Hall, ManchesterThe three month celebration of Richard Strauss kicked off with a composed, precise yet slightly glacial performanceHow do you organise a major collaborative survey of Richard Strauss’s orchestral songs? Chronologically? Thematically? Given the honour of commencing the Strauss’s Voice series, a three-month celebration that also features contributions from the BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata, the Hallé opted to start at the bottom…

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Opera Review: Bartlett Sher’s ‘L’Elisir d’Amore’ Is Revived at the MetBartlett Sher’s “L’Elisir d’Amore,” at the Metropolitan Opera, features Andriana Chuchman in her Met debut.    

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Singing for Dürer - the Courtauld Community ChoirIn connection with the Courtauld Gallery’s Young Dürer Exhibition, I joined the Courtauld Community Choir to perform at last night’s late opening (9 January 2014). The music for the evening was all themed around music of Dürer’s time, such as a group playing recorder consort music from the period. The choir, under the direction of Joseph Timmons, sang music by Heinrich Isaac and JS Bach along with some pieces to celebrate Epiphany and to get the audience singing as well…

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Best Recordings of 2013 (#2)

– ionarts.blogspot.com

High time for a review of classical CDs that were outstanding in 2013. My lists for the previous years: 2012, 2011, (2011 – “Almost”), 2010, (2010 – “Almost”), 2009, (2009 – “Almost”), 2008, (2008 – "Almost") 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004.
# 2 – New Release
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Kasper Holten, Juan, Lars Ulrik Mortensen (conductor), Concerto Copenhagen et al…

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Ana María Martínez’s Fête galante

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Charles T. Downey, At Kennedy Center, soprano Ana María Martínez excels with pleasing, lighter songs (Washington Post, January 10, 2014)

A. M. Martínez, Soprano Songs and Arias, Prague Philharmonic, S. Mercurio (2005)
Why singers connect to some types of music more than others often comes down to personal taste, and how music and language sit in the voice…

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Shoes in Opera

– cheyneyk.blogspot.com

This article first appeared in auditionoracle.comAre you standing comfortably? Then I’ll begin!Recently I was passed a clip of Anna Netrebko singing Verdi at the Mariinsky. The aria, Veni t’afretta from Macbeth, is seriously demanding yet the remarkable Russian soprano performs in a pair of high-heeled shoes that would scare off vertiginously challenged catwalk models…

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Spring at the Guildhall School of Music

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Spring at the Guildhall School of MusicThe spring term at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama includes a recital by Tasmin Little, masterclasses from a range of distinguished practitioners, the launch of Rolf Hind’s new CD, a conference on audience engagement, performances of Shakespeare’s Henry V and Hamlet and a staging of Jonathan Dove’s opera PinocchioMusicians from the Guildhall School will be joining the BBC for their two Total Immersion days, devoted to Thea Musgrave (15 February) and Villa-Lobos (8 March)…

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Review: The Cambridge Wagner EncyclopediaThe Cambridge Wagner EncyclopediaEDITOR: Nicholas VazsonyiDATE PUBLISHED: November 2013FORMAT: HardbackISBN: 9781107004252Encyclopedias, especially specialist, one volume sets, are works fraught with risks. There is of course the question of what to include and what to exclude. The intrepid editor is unlikely to satisfy all readers with what is given inclusion and worse will be those facts that are left in the editors waste basket…

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Richard Strauss: 1864 … 2014

– hugoshirley.blogspot.com

Richard Strauss: 1864 ... 2014If anything was going to inspire me to revive my blog, then it would be the Strauss anniversary that looms in various ways as 2014 gradually drags itself off the sofa, tries to work off the excess weight of seasonal over-eating and looks bleary eyed at its agenda.But I’m not sure I’m as excited as I should be…

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