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October: sounds from another world + MORE

This is the Russian pianist Lev Oborin playing 'October - Autumn Song' from Tchaikovsky's The Seasons, filmed in 1971. It's mesmerisingly wonderful. Sounds - and images - from another world altogether...This remarkable piano cycle - still desperately underrated - was commissioned by the editor of a .... More »
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Just 26, and Playing the Big House (Carnegie Hall) + MORE

It’s rare for a young artist to play Stern Auditorium solo, but Carnegie is giving the pianist Behzod Abduraimov the nod..... More »
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Appearance + MORE

On May 1 I will appear with the Portland ensemble Third Angle, reading some texts in support of a program devoted to West Coast composers, from Henry Cowell to John Luther Adams..... More »

Julian Wachner Conducts SF Opera's Partenope + MORE

Julian Wachner (pictured left) is to conduct San Francisco Opera's Partenope, which runs from October 15 to November 2, 2014. He replaces British conductor Christian Curnyn, who has withdrawn from the production for personal reasons. Production Web Site | Press Release.... More »

Just in: Great conductor announces retirement + MORE

In the programme book of a pair of Vienna concerts that he was forced to cancel through illness, Nikolaus Harnoncourt has announced in a shaky hand that he is stepping down as head of the Concentus Musicus and will not appear again on the concert stage. Harnoncourt, who turns 86 tomorrow (Dec 6), p.... More »

Schubert Opera Has Its Inspiring Moments

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 Salzburg Festival (5) – Schubert, Fierrabras: Soloists, Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus (chorus master: Ernst Raffelsberger), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Ingo Metzmacher (conductor). Haus für Mozart, 16.8.2014 (MB) Cast Fierrabras – Michael Schade Emma – Julia Kleiter Eginhard – Benjamin Bernheim Florinda – Dorothea Röschmann Roland – Markus Werba Charlemagne – Georg […]

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Patricia Kopatchinskaja performs Bartók's Violin Concerto No 2 for the Edinburgh international festivalIn this exclusive video, Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja plays Bartók’s 2nd violin concerto and discusses its themes as she prepares to perform it with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in her Edinburgh festival debut.Produced in association with the Edinburgh Film Company and the Edinburgh international festivalMore videos in this series: Michael Houstoun performs Ravel Collegium Vocale Gent perform Bach The Hebrides Ensemble perform Stravinsky Continue reading…

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The enduring appeal of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto

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Brian Reitzell is one of the best-kept secrets in Hollywood, but 2014 might be a turning point for this composer with numerous albums released this year, representing years of work. One of his many recent releases is music for the video game Watch Dogs, which has been in development since 2011.

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Once upon a Thames

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Once upon a Thames“Houston Grand Opera’s 2014–15 season, the company’s 60th anniversary season, includes the world premiere of A Christmas Carol by Iain Bell… from award-winning Dickens authority Simon Callow… the American premieres of Sir Nicholas Hytner’s The Magic Flute and Lee Blakeley’s Sweeney Todd……

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Metropolitan Opera reaches deal with unionThe Associated Press The Metropolitan Opera has reached labor agreements with the remaining unions that had expired contracts, averting the threat of a lockout with about a month to go before the season is scheduled to start.

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Celebrating Cole Porter 50 Years On

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 Cole Porter, Anything Goes: Maria Friedman, Jenna Russell, Graham Bickley,  Clive Rowe, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Royal Academy of Music Musical Theatre Company Chorus / Richard Balcombe (musical director). Cadogan Hall, London 20.8.2014. (JPr) Cole Porter was America’s quintessential twentieth-century sophisticated songsmith and as his biography in the printed programme began, ‘A gifted composer […]

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Illuminating Britten War Requiem Nelsons CBSO Prom

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Illuminating Britten War Requiem Nelsons CBSO PromAndris Nelsons conducted Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem at Prom 47. Nelsons’ War Requiem with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Birmingham is legendary, but the Royal Albert Hall is a unique setting. It illuminates even relatively straightforward performances, like Bychkov’s on 11/11/13 more here)  But whatever the reason, Nelsons’ Prom Britten War Requiem was exceptional…

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Music Review: Steven Schick Performs ‘Mathematics of Resonant Bodies’The percussionist Steven Schick performed John Luther Adams’s “The Mathematics of Resonant Bodies” on Wednesday at Mostly Mozart.

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Music Review: International Contemporary Ensemble Plays at the ArmoryThe International Contemporary Ensemble performed Alvin Lucier’s “Chambers” and other works on Thursday at the Park Avenue Armory.

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Concerto Italiano/Alessandrini review  a finely shaped programme of Monteverdi songsGreyfriars Kirk, EdinburghBold and stylish instrumental playing gave this performance its brilliant vivacity adding to its dramatic, raunchy storytellingThere are few performers better-versed in the music of Claudio Monteverdi than Rinaldo Alessandrini and the ensemble he founded 30 years ago, Concerto Italiano…

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Antara Ensemble in works by Bizet, Dvorak & Telemann,  Tuesday, Sept. 16, 8:00 p.m. Saint Peter’s Church at Citicorp 619 Lexington Ave. at 54th St, NYCHarold JonesWilliam Foster McDaniel(www.abouttheartists.com)On Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM, at Saint Peter’s Church at CitiCorp, 54th Street and Lexington Avenue, New York City, conductor/flutist Harold Jones will lead members of the Antara Ensemble in Georges Bizet’s Adagietto and Antonin Dvorák’s Serenade, and William Foster McDaniel will be guest conductor for Georg Phillipp Telemann’s Suite in A minor for Flute and Strings…

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Iceland Symphony Orchestra - Proms debutIlan VolkovTonight (22 August 2014) the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, conductor Ilan Volkov, makes its first performance at the Proms in a programme which combines contemporary Icelandic music by Haukur Tómasson and music by Jon Leifs (1899 – 1968), Iceland’s premier 20th century composer, with music by Schumann and Beethoven…

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