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Noseda to National Symphony Orchestra (DC) + MORE

Gianandrea Noseda will be the next music director of the Washington, DC National Symphony Orchestra. He will be Music Director Designate for a season (2016-17), with his appointment commencing in the fall of 2017. His initial contract runs through 2020-21.I have never heard Noseda conduct, so I have.... More »
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A Brilliant Evelyn Herlitzius Leads an Outstanding Cast in Elektra on the Liceu Stage + MORE

Strauss, Elektra: Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu / Josep Pons (conductor), Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, 15.12.2016. (JMI) Cast: Elektra – Evelyn Herlitzius Chrysothemis – Adrianne Pieczonka Klytämnestra – Waltraud Meier Orest – Alan Held Aegisth – Thomas Randle Orest Precepto.... More »
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Nouveau Classical Project at The Center for Fiction + MORE

“21-year-old Danny wouldn’t believe this was happening!” At an evening of his music curated by Nouveau Classical Project (NCP), composer.. Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!.... More »
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May Night, Royal Academy Opera, 7 March 2016 + MORE

Ambika P3, University of WestminsterLevko – Oliver JohnstonGanna – Laura Zigmantaite Kalenik – Alex Otterburn The Headman – Božidar Smiljanić Headman’s Sister-in-law – Katie Stevenson Distiller – William Blake Pannochka – Alys Roberts Clerk – Dominic Bowe Stepmother/Rusalk.... More »
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Susanna Mälkki : Mahler 6, Francesconi Duende + MORE

Mahler Symphony no 6 with Luca Francesconi's Duende, with Susanna Mälkki conducting the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, last week, available HERE direct from the orchestra's website. Two innovative pieces, written a hundred years apart yet enhancing each other.  Mahler said "music lies not on.... More »
Apartment House(Another Timbre, two CDs)Laurence Crane’s music is quietly unassuming and perhaps gently subversive. It deals in the common currency of tonal harmony and scale patterns, yet does so in ways that never seem cliched, arch or predictable. It’s possible to guess at the composers who have influenced his style Satie and Feldman historically speaking, Howard Skempton more immediately…

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Thunderous Ovation for a Last-Minute Substitute      

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 Weber, Mozart, Shostakovich: Francesco Piemontesi (piano), Cleveland Orchestra, Brett Mitchell (conductor), Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, 20.7.2014 (MSJ)  Weber: Overture to Der Freischütz Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor The Cleveland Orchestra’s summer home, Blossom Music Center, is the place for dramatic last-minute substitutions this […]

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Circus Falstaff Comes to Läckö

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 Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff Soloists, chorus, Läckö Slottsorkester, Simon Phipps (conductor), Läckö Castle, Sweden, 19.07.2014 (NS) Cast: Sir John Falstaff: Lars Arvidson Alice Ford: Lisa Carlioth Mr Ford, her husband: Daniel Hällström Nannetta, their daughter: Vivianne Holmberg Fenton, in love with Nannetta: Markus Pettersson Meg Page: Matilda Paulsson Mrs Quickly, neighbour to Alice: Susanna Sundberg Doctor Cajus: […]

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From Spain to Eternity review  El Greco's world resurrected with careEnsemble Plus Ultra(Archiv)Though he was born in Crete, Domenikos Theotokopoulos El Greco settled in Spain and spent the second half of his life in Toledo, awaiting a summons to work at the court of Philip II that never came. He died in 1614, and Ensemble Plus Ultra’s programme of works from the Spanish golden age particularly associated with the great cathedral of Toledo commemorates the 400th anniversary of the artist’s death…

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Did I ever tire of the same music every day? No. That's the thing about classical music: there's always something new to hear.

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Bartók Shostakovich Bělohlávek Prom 7

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Bartók Shostakovich Bělohlávek Prom 7Jiří Bělohlávek made a welcome return to the BBC Proms. Sakari Oramo is a good Chief Conductor of the BBCSO but Bělohlávek was unique. He conducted the BBC SO from 1995, becoming the first non-British Chief Conductor in 2006, and serving in that capacity until 2012. He then decided to concentrate on Prague…

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The ensemble chose to perform their selection of Ashley’s works continuously without a break, sometimes even simultaneously. Boundaries were blurred—not just between the pieces themselves, but also between music and theater, between audience and performer, between performance and life.

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Death of a prominent viola player

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Death of a prominent viola playerThe Hungarian virtuoso Ervin Schiffer, viola player of the Haydn Quartet and its forerunner, the Dekany Quartet, has died at the age of 82.
Born in Hungary, he moved to Holland and taught there at the leading conservatories.
Our condolences to his wife and quartet partner Kati Sebestyen (pictured).
 

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Video: Lang Lang and LeBron

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Superstars of the keys and the key, respectively, pianist Lang Lang and basketball star LeBron James have fun and entertain the fans at sponsored events in China.

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In the current issue of AUDITORIUM:

Picture courtesy Salzburg Mozart Woche, © Wolfgang Lienbacher

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McDowall and McNeff premieres

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McDowall and McNeff premieresCecilia McDowall is a composer whose work I have followed both enjoyed and performed, so it was with great interest that I read that her opera Airborne is being premiered by Nova Music Opera, conductor George Vass, in a double bill with Stephen McNeff’s Prometheus Drowned. Directed by Richard Williams, the two operas are being premiered at Rosslyn Hill Chapel, NW3 1NG (29,30,31 July) before being performed at the Presteigne Festival (21/8), Canterbury Festival (26/10) and at the Barber Institute, Birmingham (1/11)…

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Award-winning Galamian student has died, aged 58

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Award-winning Galamian student has died, aged 58Ik-Hwan Bae, a South Korean violinist who made his Seoul Philharmonic debut aged 12, died today. A Juilliard graduate, he came second at the 1985 Reine Elisabeth and went on to form his own chamber orchestra in Korea. He was a sought-after teacher at Peabody, Manhattan and Seoul.
 

 
 
 
 
 

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Rare charm: Scarlatti's Rosinda ed Emireno Scarlatti Rosinda ed Emireno; Alice Borciani, Alex Potter, Musica Fiorita, Daniela Dolci; Pan Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jul 15 2014 Star rating: 4.0Arias and duets from a rarely heard Scarlatti opera once attributed to his rival, PertiAlessandro Scarlatti seems to have written around 60 operas, but few of them are in the record catalogue…

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