Arthur Butterworth: The Path across the Moors- some further thoughts + MORE

 

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The Sacramento Bee: Classical pianist Downes reflects on the nation in her latest album [America Again] + MORE

 Pianist Lara Downes will perform her new album, “America Again,” at the Mondavi Center. Rik Keller PhotographyRead more here: http://www.sacbee.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article110681412.html#storylink=cpyLara Downes: America AgainSono Luminus DSL-92207(Photo: Rik Keller) Samuel Coler.... More »
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2015 Paul Revere Awards & Other MPA Annual Meeting Highlights + MORE

Among the first-prize winners in these annual engraving awards presented by the Music Publishers Association were two of the final works of Elliott Carter (1908-2012) Composer Mohammed Fairouz also presented the MPA's lifetime achievement award to Ralph Peer II of Peermusic..... More »
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Dallas Opera, 2017-18 + MORE

Well, well, one of the more unusual operatic seasons in the US, and it's in Dallas. Good for you - I will finally make my first visit, maybe two, to Texas. Once again, I steal liberally from OT. The Dallas Opera web page about the season is here.October 20- November 5 2017: Samson and DalilaOct.... More »
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Video Premiere: Chance the dog (the song) + MORE

Alright, I’ll just say it: I love percussion ensembles. From So Percussion, to Ensemble, et al., Yarn | Wire, Third.. Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!.... More »
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Mozart in Beethoven's hands + MORE

Modeled after one of Beethoven's favorite Mozart quartets (which Beethoven himself copied by hand), the Beethoven Op 18 No. 5 is a romp of a work. The Miro Quartet certainly thinks so. You'll hear its performance from a Chamber Music Society of St Cloud recital in this week's Regional Spotlight..... More »

Knussen Aldeburgh – miniature Symphonies

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Knussen Aldeburgh - miniature SymphoniesMendelssohn Symphony No 1, with Elliott Carter’s Instances for chamber orchestra (2012), written shortly before his death aged 103. Trust Oliver Knussen to come up with a programme that blends Mendelssohn, Dallapiccola, Carter, Webern and Ligeti, conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Maltings, Snape, Aldeburgh, part of this year’s Aldeburgh Music Festival…

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Shostakovich and Schnittke string quartets, heard by Howard Smith. ‘… vivid sonic immediacy.’

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Further Shameless Self-Promotion

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Further Shameless Self-PromotionI’m delighted to announce that a new disc of premieres by the late Peter Lieberson, with liner notes by yours truly, has just been released on Bridge Records. Including performances by pianist Steven Beck, violist Roberto Díaz, and the Odense Symphony Orchestra conducted by Scott Yoo, these are first rate renditions of some really worthy music…

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Eduard Franck, Roman Carnival Overture, Concert Piece for Violin & Orchestra, Fantasy for Orchestra op.16, Concert Overture for large Orchestra op.12
C.Erdinger / O.Rudner / Württemberg Phil. Reutlingen
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Eduard Franck (ditto his son Richard) is an ingenious chamber music composer whose output has been championed by the Audite label and Franck-veteran

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Bullet time

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Bullet timeLucky Müncheners won’t be the only ones reveling in Rossini this afternoon: the opening of the Bayerische Staatsoper’s Guillaume Tell will be webcast starting at noon EDT, naturally with a session at La Casa della Cieca devoted to discussion.

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She liberated Vienna’s young women

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She liberated Vienna’s young womenMichael Haas has written a fascinating post on Eugenie Schwarzwald, founder of a school that educated Anna Freud, Helene Weigl, Vicki Baum and hundreds more young women who were liberated from patriarchal tyranny. She was also an important patron of modernism, employing Arnold Schoenberg as a music teacher and Oskar Kokoschka for art…

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As Good As It Gets

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Peter Grimes at San Francisco Symphony: a splendid performance, with great singing  and conducting, outstanding direction, and a flawless performance from Stuart Skelton in title role. I’ll try to write more later, but I am still feeling a little stunned. As Patrick said to me on the way out of the hall, “I’ve seen it before, and I’ve heard it on record, but this feels like the first time…

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The Borletti-Buitoni Trust helps outstanding young musicians develop and sustain international careers with awards that fund tailor-made projects. BBT Fellowships are awarded to artists who are at the beginning of their careers and the Trust hopes their BBT budget will help develop their future potential…

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Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic(Challenge Classics)These varied chamber works by James MacMillan are keenly concerned with Scottish identity, whether in the two-part From Ayrshire, written for violinist Nicola Benedetti and here played by Linus Roth, or in Tuireadh, a lament for victims of the Piper Alpha oil-rig disaster…

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Julius Rudel 1921-2014

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I was saddened to hear of the death of Julius this week.  American opera is in his debt, as are generationsof singers and other artists who were his "children". I will cherish the memory of his work with us in Toronto 25 years ago, and the memory too of his remarkable New York City Opera – alas no more…

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Fizzing with fun: Rossini's La gazzetta

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Fizzing with fun: Rossini's La gazzettaKelly Mathieson and Timothy Nelson Rossini La gazzetta; Royal College of Music< Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 27 2014 Star rating: 4.0Lively account of one of Rossini’s neglected comic operasRossini’s comic opera La gazzetta was written in 1815, between Il barbiere di Siviglia and La Cenerentola but it is far less famous then these two and has, until recently, been rarely performed…

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I recently wrote an appreciation of Arthur Butterworth’s excellent tone-poem The Path across the Moors, in which I suggested that in spite of it having been issued on a ‘light music’ CD, it had considerable depth and emotional content beyond what is normally considered belonging to that genre. I sent the composer a copy of my article and fortunately he approved of what I had written…

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‘Venus in Fur’ playwright David Ives says filmmaker Roman Polanski helped sharpen the dialogue here and there in the play’s adaptation to the big screen.’Venus in Fur’ playwright David Ives says filmmaker Roman Polanski helped sharpen the dialogue here and there in the play’s adaptation to the big screen.

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