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By Laurie Niles: In a puzzling presentation Wednesday in Moscow, the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition awarded no gold medal in the violin division, awarding a silver medal to Yu-Chien "Benny" Tseng. There were also three bronze medals, and a fourth and a fifth place prize.
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By Laurie Niles: In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.
Itzhak Perlman performed works by Beethoven, Franck and Stravinsky in recital with pianist Rohan De Silva and Isabe.... More »
The BBC Symphony Chorus has announced that conductor Neil Ferris has been appointed chorus director, effe.... More »
The progress of my summer reading list has been somewhat slowed by academic responsibility (alas) but I am currently immersed in Alexander Chee's recent The Queen of the Night, and it is so glorious that I can't wait for the eventual review to share it with you all. I got it from my local .... More »
Often films and stories from Israel and Palestine concentrate on the conflict between these two cultures, rather than life as it is experienced on the ground; daily life amid stoning, shooting and bomb explosions.
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Much trumpeting from Sony about a Billboard classical chart number one for Iranian composer Hafez Nazeri’s Rumi Symphony which “crosses cultural boundaries through a new universal blending of Eastern and Western classical music”. That PR speak sets the alarm bells ringing, because as one of the leading exponents of traditional Middle Eastern music, Julien Jaleddin Weiss, explains:”European stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello, double bass) were integrated relatively recently into oriental ensembles, to the point where they have acquired a dominant, indeed overwhelming position…
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The details have just been released. August marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Other highlights include: – Simon Rattle/Peter Sellars staging of St Matthew Passion – Proms debut by a Chinese orchestra – Salome and Elektra on successive nights – 80th birthday fanfares for England’s doyen composers, Harry and Max […]
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PSYCHIC POWERS! I guessed the First Night of the BBC Proms 2014 – Elgar The Kingdom, Andrew Davis BBC SO (the BBC house band). Read more HERE It pays to be “forward thinking”. So follow my site – I cover 40 or so Proms each year.A surprisingly safe Proms season otherwise, as if it’s been designed to placate the vociferous lobbies who need to find something to complain about in order to be happy I for one will miss Roger Wright who did know his music and did have vision but who was hamstrung one one side by dumbed-down bean counting and on the other by self-appointed “Friends”…
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From September 2014, Maestro Kevin John Edusei will serve as Chief Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra, one of four symphony orchestras in Munich. Sergio A. Mims writes:Here’s some important news that slipped by us. Kevin John Edusei has been appointed the chief conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra starting in Sept…
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Leipzig Opera HouseFairy King, Voice of Groma – Sejong ChangAda – Elisabet StridZemina – Magdalena HinterdoblerFarzana – Jean BroiekhuizenArindal – Arnold BezuyenLora – Eun Yee YouMorald – Mathias HausmannDrolla – Paula RummelGernot – Milcho BorovinovGunther – Ferdinand van BothmerHarald – Roland SchubertMessenger – Tae Hee KwonChildren of Ada and Arindal – Lukas Gosch, Jacob Scipio Renaud Doucet (director)André Barbe (designs)Guy Simard (lighting)Marita Müller (dramaturgy)Chorus of Oper Leipzig (chorus master: Alessandro Zuppardo)Leipzig Gewandhaus OrchestraMatthias Foremny (conductor)Perhaps one of the more surprising yet ultimately most significant revelations of Wagner Year for me was this Leipzig production of Die Feen and the conviction it furthered that Wagner’s first opera was not merely ‘interesting’, not merely ‘promising’, and so on, but a work which had been poorly, extremely unfairly treated by history – or rather by the lazy judgements of those claiming, and usually failing, to know the opera…
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TEDx Sydney takes place on Sunday at the Sydney Opera House. We asked some of the speakers involved to nominate their favourite TED talks of all time.
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Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann. Federico Colli (piano), Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 22.3.2014 (RB) Mozart – Sonata No. 5 in G Major K283 Beethoven – Sonata No. 23 in F Minor Op 57 ‘Appassionata’ Schumann – Sonata No. 1 in F Sharp Minor Op 11 Federico Colli walked away with the First Prize at the last […]
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Of all writings that help us to understand the historical background to Richard Wagner’s views on the Jews, there are perhaps few more enlightening than Ordinary Germans and the Longest Hatred found in the book Rereading German History by Sir Richard J. Evans: a brilliant and spellbinding collection of essays that make for essential background reading for anyone who wishes to read or write about Richard Wagner in historical context…
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