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Bach: Cello Suites CD review – a definitive account from David Watkin + MORE

David Watkin (cello)(Resonus)Using two historic instruments and playing on gut strings, David Watkin gives a definitive period instrument account of Bach’s six solo Cello Suites. It should be in any Bach lover’s collection. One can only marvel at Watkin’s range of colour, his elegance, his ver.... 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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Dip Your Ears, No. 215 (A Grand Steinway Romance) + MORE

A Grand Romance, Jeffrey Biegel (Steinway) From the most aggressively self-promoting, social-media-mongering pianist since the invention of the internet comes this cornucopia of musical miniatures and technical dazzlers from the likes of Moszkowski, Henselt, and Rubinstein. (It is a disc purport.... More »
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A loveable but strange Lulu at the Staatsoper Hamburg + MORE

There is much to admire about this production of Berg’s opera — but it frustrates, too.... More »
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Composer György Kurtág celebrates his 91st birthday, and 70th wedding anniversary, with a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award + MORE

Today, Hungarian composer György Kurtág is celebrating his 91st birthday, and also his 70th wedding anniversary. He and his pianist wife, Márta, have been presented with a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award (£30,000) in recognition of their distinguished contribution to the world of music, as well as.... More »
An opening night of cool control amid oppressive heat, a second of crowd-pleasing from the China Philharmonic Orchestra

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China Philharmonic Orchestra at the BBC Proms

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China Philharmonic Orchestra at the BBC PromsHearing the China Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall made BBC Prom 2 something unique. Listening as “pure music” is largely irrelevant: its real significance was that it acknowledged where the future of classical music might lie. In the west, audiences may be perceived to be in decline, but in Asia, nearly every middle class family puts faith in what Germans call Bildung: improvement through cultivation…

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Composer is named president of Munich conservatoire

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Composer is named president of Munich conservatoireThe composer Bernd Redmann has been announced this weekend as the new chief of Munich’s Hochschule für Musik und Theater. He’ll have to start getting used to wearing a tie.

 
Redmann succeeds Siegfried Mauser who, after 11 years, has taken an upgrade to become Rektor of the Mozart University in Salzburg.

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Yale student wins Leipzig Bach prize

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Yale student wins Leipzig Bach prizeA School of Music that has lagged in recent years behind the best now has a feather to put in its cap.
Hilda Huang, 18, an American scholarship student at Yale, took first prize at the prestigious Leipzig contest.
Second was Schaghajegh Nosrati, 25 (Germany/Iran). Third was a Latvian, Georg Kjurdian, 20…

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31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Today it's love at first listen with Guillaume de Machaut.

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BBC First Night of the Proms 2014 Elgar The Kingdom

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BBC First Night of the Proms 2014 Elgar The Kingdom  Sir Edward Elgar’s The Kingdom, First Night of the BBC Proms 2014. A magnificent start to the season, particularly one which commemorates 1914, the start of the First World War. From that perspective Sir Andrew Davis’s The Kingdom moved me deeply.Elgar dreamed of writing a trilogy of oratorios examining the nature of Christianity as Jesus taught his followers, using the grand context of the Edwardian taste…

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A Musician of the North (Arnold Bax) by Watson Lyle

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The music critic and author Watson Lyle provided this short pen portrait of Arnold Bax. It was the result of an ‘interview’ with the composer at this North London house. The two men had been acquaintances for a number of years. The piece was published in The Bookman, February 1932. I have made a few minor editorial changes and provided a number of explanatory notes…

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One of the things I love about this region is that there always seems to be room for another music festival. The Chamber Music Fest Rheinhessen was founded by the Flex Ensemble, a young quartet that entrepreneurially set out to create this opportunity. The weekend included masterclasses, children's concerts, and genre-crossing collaborations with other artists; Friday's opening concert, which I attended, was an evening of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century piano quartets…

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         PROM 1: Elgar: The Kingdom, Op. 51. Erin Wall (soprano) – The Blessed Virgin; Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano) – Mary Magdalene; Andrew Staples (tenor) – St John; Christopher Purves (bass-baritone) – St Peter; BBC National Chorus of Wales; BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)…

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Wedges – of several kinds

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Wedges - of several kindsThe thin end of one wedge is webcasting. I was supposed to be in Verbier now. Long boring story about storms, leaks and missed planes. I was planning to hear a tetralogy of my piano gods, and more, but am running after builders instead. Gutted to be missing Ferenc Rados and Grigory Sokolov – the latter still the man I regard as the greatest living pianist, and tragically one we will not hear in the UK any time soon (I understand he refuses to go through the visa rigmaroles that we require)…

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CD Spotlight. Varied Mythology

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Deutsche Grammophon’s Strauss opera compilation, sampled by Robert Anderson. ‘… a hugely enjoyable set …’

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Prom 2: China Philharmonic Orchestra/Yu review  a bit too coolRoyal Albert Hall, LondonTwo contrasting concertos finally got the fastidious China Philharmonic playing with some passionThe China Philharmonic, with its artistic director Long Yu, is the first of a series of orchestras, mostly from the far or Middle East and Australia, to make their debuts at this year’s Proms, though neither they nor Yu are by any means strangers to the UK…

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Women on the edge - Rosalind Plowright in recital Handel, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Falla, Weill, Britten, Stanford; Rosalind Plowright, Philip Mountford; Buxton Festival at the Pavilion Arts Centre Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jul 19 2014 Star rating: 4.0The distinguished mezzo-soprano’s recital based on her recent solo disc.A subtitle for Rosalind Plowright’s recital at Buxton Festival on 19 July might have been ‘Women on the Edge’ or even borrowing Almodovar’s ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’…

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