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A Verdi Macbeth remix in the Congo + MORE

Opera Philadelphia and FringeArts import a South African take on the classic.... 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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Just-in: Trudeau says Hi to classical music magazine + MORE

The Canadian PM salutes a local magazine with which we have longstanding ties: It is with great pleasure that I extend my warmest greetings to the readers of the ­magazine La Scena Musicale on its 20th ­anniversary. La Scena Musicale is a Canadian classical music and arts reference that promotes .... More »
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Godowsky: The Art of Transcription CD review – clarity and definition + MORE

Laurent Wagschal (piano)(Evidence)Among all the virtuoso pianists who have embellished the music they play, Leopold Godowsky was one of the most extreme. His imaginative paraphrases go far beyond the bounds of mere transcription: Saint-Saëns’s famous Swan is sugar-coated with decoration, and thre.... More »
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The end of time in Clapham: Messiaen at Omnibus + MORE

Michael Foyle, Maksim Štšura - photo Alastair Merrill Messiaen Quatuor pour le fin du temps Maksim Štšura, Michael Foyle, Joseph Shiner, Yelian He Omnibus, Clapham Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 2 2016 Star rating: 4.0Young artists bring Messiaen's intense masterpiece to Clapham.... More »

Harrison Birtwistle – Gawain, NMC review

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Harrison Birtwistle - Gawain, NMC reviewNew from NMC, a reissue of the recording of Harrison Birtwistle’s opera Gawain, being performed live at the Barbican tomorrow, part of the Birtwistle at 80 celebrations. HERE IS THE LINK TO MY REVIEW OF THE CONCERT.This was recorded live by BBC Radio 3 on 20 April 1994 at the Royal Opera House. Elgar Howarth conducted…

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Composer Aaron Grad doesn’t feel constrained by conventional models; he fashions his means of expression to suit his end. For example: His cycle of Old-Fashioned Love Songs, written for his wife and commissioned by Strathmore, where it received its DMV premiere on Thursday night.
In the cycle, Alexandria-born Grad sets to music poems by…him, written largely in metrical rhyming verse…

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Music Review: Bernard Haitink Conducts the PhilharmonicThe Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink is leading the New York Philharmonic in Mahler’s Third.

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This unchallenging version of Mozart’s opera will please ENO fans, says Rupert Christiansen

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Harrison Birtwistle’s opera bullies you into submission. This production bravely tries to fight it, says Ivan Hewett

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In search of the contemporary string quartet - Quatuor Tana at Vale of Glamorgan Music FestivalQuatuor Tana and Nick Baron Music for string quartet by Gabriel Jackson, Yann Robin, John Metcalf, Daniel D’Adamo, John Tavener: Quatuor Tana, Nick Baron: Vale of Glamorgan Music Festival at Ewenny Priory Church Reviewed by Robert Hugillon My 16 2014 Star rating: 4.0Young Belgian string quartet performs contrasting group of contemporary works for string quartetEwenney Priory Church The Belgium-based string quartet, Quatuor Tana made their second appearance of the Vale of Glamorgan Music Festival at the lovely Ewenny Priory on 16 May 2014…

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BaltimoreSun.com: 'Clarinetist, Peabody faculty member Anthony McGill gets new post; gives recital here Sunday'Anthony McGill (David Finlayson / Baltimore Sun)The Baltimore SunMay 14, 2014 | By Tim SmithWQXR in New York reports that Anthony McGill, one of the most eloquent clarinetists of our day, will join the New York Philharmonic in September as principal.***If you heard McGill’s sublime account of the Mozart concerto with the Baltimore Symphony a couple months ago, you know how fortunate the Philharmonic will be…

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On Privilege

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On PrivilegeBy Karen Rile:
Composer Joseph Hallman. Photo credit: Stephen Grebinski

A few weeks ago I published a magazine profile on a gifted, prolific young composer, Joseph Hallman, whose grit, dedication, and talent have taken him far, despite a disadvantaged start in life:
…Hallman’s composing career is blossoming with accolades, commissions, and critical approbation…

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Kronos Quartet at 40; Quatuor Tana  reviewBarbican, London; Vale of Glamorgan festival, CardiffThe Kronos Quartet celebrated 40 years of shaking things up, as Belgium’s young Quatuor Tana made a memorable UK debutOnce upon a time, to become a gold standard string quartet, it was enough to play sublimely the works of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven as core concert repertoire, over and over again…

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Final Thoughts on WNO ‘Magic Flute’

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Eri Nakamura (Pamina) and Anna Siminska (Queen of the Night)
in The Magic Flute, Washington National Opera (photo by Scott Suchman)
The Washington National Opera’s production of Mozart’s Magic Flute has almost reached the end of its run. I have written about the production and the singers heard at the first performance and added some thoughts on some of the cast’s alternate singers heard at the

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Straussian high days and holy days

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Straussian high days and holy daysTussock time, as in leaping from one pleasure to another, truly began the Friday before last with the annual Europe Day Concert in St John’s Smith Square and continued on Sunday and Monday at Glyndebourne. 150th birthday boy Richard Strauss was central to both: for the Rosenkavalier Study Day, obviously, in anticipation of Richard Jones’s production opening this afternoon – can’t wait – and in the truly surprising component of the European Union Youth Orchestra’s yearly marriage with singers from the European Opera Centre (official credit to the European Commission for the concert photos)…

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Brahms chamber music, heard by Howard Smith. ‘… Walther-Korevaar-Fejér are exemplary in all three works.’

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Pianist’s rousing performance of the popular concerto with Symphony Silicon Valley brings down the house

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