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Good Start to BBC NOW’s Season with a New Principal Guest Conductor + MORE

 Tchaikovsky,  Barber:  Chloë Hanslip (violin), BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Xian Zhang (conductor). BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, 27.9. 2016. (PCG) Tchaikovsky – Eugene Onegin: Polonaise (1878); Symphony No 4 in F minor, Op.36 (1878) Barber – Violin Concerto (1939, revised 1948) I revie.... More »
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A day at the Oxford Lieder Festival: lunch with Schubert, tea with Mendelssohn and Gade + MORE

Daniel Heide and Andrè Schuen at Oxford Lieder Festival - photo Tom Herring Schubert, Mendelssohn, Gade; Andrè Schuen, Daniel Heide, Phoenix Piano Trio; Oxford Lieder Festival Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 21 2016 Star rating: 4.5A vividly engaging baritone, and a lyrically passionate pian.... More »
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Met musicians mourn veteran cor + MORE

Richard Nass, who played English horn (cor anglais) at the Metropolitan Opera, for forty-eight seasons until his retirement in 1999, has died at the age of 96. Before the Met, he played six seasons for Fritz Reiner in Pittsburgh. Richard is survived by his wife, Met cellist Marian Heller, and three .... More »
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Cheryl North: James Rutherford has his Hans Sachs role down pat + MORE

British baritone replaces an ailing Greer Grimsley in S.F. Opera's production of Wagner's 'Der Meistersinger von Nurnberg'.... More »
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Poliuto, Glyndebourne, East Sussex, UK — review + MORE

Donizetti’s rarely-seen opera comes across as gloomy and formulaic.... More »

New Carol for Merton

– www.planethugill.com

New Carol for MertonSean DohertyThe composer Sean Doherty has won the 2014 Choir and Organ Composition Competition with his carol A Nywe Werk. The competition was presented by Choir and Organ Magazine in partnership with Merton College, Oxford and the entrants had to submit an Advent or Christmas carol suitable for the choir of Merton College…

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Purcell with a French accent - The Fairy Queen from Les Arts Florissants Purcell: The Fairy Queen; Les Arts Florissants, William Christie; Harmonia Mundi Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jul 17 2014 Star rating: 4.0Re-issue of William Christie’s 1989 recording of Purcell’s opera, with a fine line-up of soloistsHarmonia Mundi has re-issued William Christie’s recording of the music from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, recorded in 1989 with Les Arts Florissants…

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John Malveaux: National Association of Negro Musicians presents George Walker Tribute July 24, 2014 at its National ConventionGeorge Walker (b. 1922) has a website at http://georgetwalker.com/and is featured at AfriClassical.comJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:The National Association of Negro Musicians, an historic organization since 1919, presented a tribute to the incomparable living pianist, composer, and educator George Walker who was born June 27, 1922…

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Stephen Hough's tasty tweets

– minnesota.publicradio.org

In addition to being one of the world’s leading concert pianists, Stephen Hough is also a talented composer and gifted writer. It also turns out that this renaissance man loves food, and he tweets about it often. View this sampling of menu items Stephen Hough has shared via Twitter.

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ArtsBeat: Rain Cuts Short Once-in-a-Generation Performance of ‘Hommy’The first performance in 40 years of “Hommy: A Latin Opera,” a 1973 album by Larry Harlow’s Orchestra Harlow that was meant as a salsa rejoinder to the Who’s “Tommy,” was stopped halfway through.

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I was hunting for film of Daniel Barenboim playing Schubert, when I came across this trailer for a new release featuring him and Martha Argerich playing works for piano duet and two pianos. Schubert, Mozart and The Rite of Spring, no less, recorded live at the Philharmonie in Berlin. This isn’t historical yet, but it’s a history-worthy occasion…

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Sophie of the moment

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Sophie of the momentThat’s not our Sophe, La Sarina, who is ALWAYS of the moment (read her very moving latest blogpost about how her father’s fellow Swedish woodsmen chipped in to fund the annual trachoma operations she organises in rural Mali), but the latest singer stepping in to portray Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s Mamsell Sophie Anna Barbara Faninal…

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Why Garsington Manor was Britain's most scandalous wartime retreatAfter Ottoline and Philip Morrell moved to the Oxfordshire manor house in 1915, it became a sensational refuge for conscientious objectorsIt has been described variously as "the house of the Ottoline’s", a "cesspool of slime", "the setting for a Mozart opera", "Shandygaff Hall", "a Boccaccio court", "a refuge from the storm"…

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  PROM 6: Richard Strauss,  Der Rosenkavalier: Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra /  Robin Ticciati (conductor), Royal Albert Hall 22.7.2014 (RB)   Cast Octavian: Tara Erraught The Marschallin:  Kate Royal Baron Ochs: Franz Hawlata Sophie: Louise Alder Notary: Gwynne Howell Valzacchi: Christopher Gillett Italian Tenor: Andrej Dunaev Annina: Helene Schneiderman Faninal: Michael Kraus Marianne: Miranda […]

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Another composer in our French Composers’ Names series: Jean-Claude Risset. Well, composer and researcher. Risset came to composition after considering being a concert pianist (he studied with Robert Trimaille, himself a student of Alfred Cortot) but he also studied Physics in parallel, and graduated from the most prestigious science institutes in France…

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Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has advised aspiring musicians to avoid music competitions because “they are fixed”.

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Dominique-René de Lerma: 'Three Faces of Racism'Dr. Alfred DuckettTHREE FACES OF RACISMDominique-René de LermaScenario 1.  James DePriest is engaged as conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebéc, not for the color of his skin, but the character of his talent.Scenario 2 . Dean Dixon never had an orchestra in his own country, not because of the character of his talent, but the color of his skin…

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Ask Alice

– www.mvdaily.com

Original quotes from Paul Silverthorne, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

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