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Young Scottish Musicians Reach the Peak of Excellence + MORE

 Three Choirs Festival (10)- Walton, Beamish, Strauss: Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet),  National Youth Orchestra of Scotland / Michael Francis (conductor), The Cathedral, Worcester, 1.8.2014. (RJ) William Walton: Johannesburg Festival Overture Sally Beamish: Trumpet Concerto Richard Strauss: Alpine.... More »
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African Musical Arts: Maestro Paul Freeman was incomparably passionate about mutual intercultural appreciation and inclusion in the classical music industry. + MORE

Fred Onovwerosuoke writes:Sadness is great in our hearts on the news of the passing of a great champion of  classical music. Maestro Paul Freeman was incomparably passionate about mutual intercultural appreciation and inclusion in the classical music industry. He was in a clas.... More »
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Ambitious Royal Opera House 2015/2016 season + MORE

The Royal Opera House 2015/2016 season is one of the best for a long time. Eight new productions in the main auditorium alone, and a florescence of new work at the Linbury, before it closes for refurbishment.  An ambitious range from the baroque to the modern.   Juan Diego Flórez sin.... More »
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Biss/Philharmonia/Valčuha - Strauss, Mozart, and Humperdinck, 4 December 2014 + MORE

Royal Festival Hall  Strauss – Don Juan, op.20Mozart – Piano Concerto no.9 in E-flat major, KV 271Humperdinck – Hänsel und Gretel: SuiteStrauss – Der Rosenkavalier: Suite  Jonathan Biss (piano)Olena Tokar (soprano)Kai Rüütel (mezzo-soprano)Philharmonia OrchestraJuraj V.... More »
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Celebrating 25 year's of Sound Investment at BCMG + MORE

BCMG's oboist Melinda Maxwell with Sound Investors - photo BCMGToday (Saturday 10 December 2016), Thomas Adès will be conducting the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) in a very special concert. At the CBSO Centre, Birmingham they will be celebrating 25 years of BCMG's pioneering Sound Inve.... More »
Charles T. Downey, New D.C. Public Opera performs its take on Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’
April 28, 2014

Mozart, Don Giovanni, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, R. Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi, 2007)
It is hard to keep an opera company, large or small, afloat. In the past few years, the Baltimore Opera, Baltimore’s Opera Vivente and Opera Theater of Northern Virginia have all gone belly up, while others

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Rameau Zaïs Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment QEH

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Rameau Zaïs Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment QEHShepherdesses, gods and supernatural sylphs, jostling merrily together in Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Zaïs, performed by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment complete with dancers.,This is the latest venture by the Rameau Project, a multi-disciplinary group dedicated to Rameau scholarship. In October, Anacréon (1754), reconstructed from archival sources, and Pigmalion will receive their modern premieres…

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Song of the lark

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Song of the larkOur Own Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin presents Natalie Dessay in recital.
Natalie Dessay
Philippe Cassard, piano
Davies Hall, San Francisco
15 March 2014
In-house recording
Clara Schumann:
Liebst du um Schonheit
Geheimes Flüstern
Sie liebten sich beide
Er ist gekommen in Sturm und Regen
Johannes Brahms:
Lerchengesang
Meine Lieder
Geheimnis
Henri Duparc:
L’invitation au voyage
Extase
Richard Strauss:
Ich schwebe
Wasserrose
Fruhlingsgedrange, opus 26, no 1
Die Nacht
[Cassard requests the audience to refrain from applause at the end of each selection…

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New audience for classical music, or for Mahler's music? My thesis that the premier league composers are not played often enough is supported by the 2014 BBC Proms season. Understandably, if regretably, there is a bias towards Richard Strauss. But, beyond the anniversary effect, there are eight performances of Mahler’s music – seven symphonies and a chamber work – and not a single note of Haydn…

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Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, the brother of Lord Lloyd Webber, is to retire due to a neck injury which has left him unable to play.

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Meet Music Of Our Time - Sounds of War, Instruments of PeaceOK, there’s self-interest here – next week, on Friday 9 May, they are doing my Messiaen play. I’m more than thrilled that the founder of MOOT, Brighton-based musician Norman Jacobs [pictured below with literary companion], wanted to include the play and the Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time in his varied, exciting and intriguing festival on the Brighton Fringe…

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Collaborative Pianists and Professionalism: A Passionate Rantalonefortherideily / ccEarlier today, Vancouver-based pianist Karen Lee-Morlang posted this wonderful, perceptive rant on Facebook:Dear fellow collaborative pianist:You are a very good piano player. I hear it, and often enjoy listening to you play so well. You also seem to like it that everyone around you acknowledges that you are good…

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5 questions to Lainie Fefferman (composer) about “Here I Am”Composer—and community builder—Lainie Fefferman will be presenting “Here I Am” at Roulette on Thursday, May 1, 2014 @ 8:00 pm. We had a quick chat about this ambitious piece and what it meant for her…
What inspired you to set these portions of the Hebrew Bible to music?
I got more and more obsessed with Torah stories while I was in college…

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Sudden death of Bayreuth’s stand-in boss

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Sudden death of Bayreuth’s stand-in bossThe manager who was whisked in by the aging Wolfgang Wagner in 2001 to run the festival until his daughter was ready to take over, has died suddenly at the age of 66. Klaus Schultz had been running a small state theatre on Munich’s Gärtnerplatz when he got the call from Wolfgang. He served Bayreuth as […]

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SDO’s Campbell Is Out But Not Gone

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SDO’s Campbell Is Out But Not Gone

The San Diego Opera (SDO) is one step closer to defusing the self-destruct mechanism triggered by its recently departed executive board members and General and Artistic Director and CEO Ian Campbell. In a 4/25/2014 press statement, the SDO announced that Campbell and Ann Spira Campbell, SDO Deputy General Director (and Ian Campbell’s ex-wife), have been placed on paid leave and that SDO Executive Director Keith Fisher has been moved into the position of Chief Operating Officer…

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A Conductor, Rehired, Now Must RebuildOsmo Vanska, the Finnish conductor who will return as music director of the Minnesota Orchestra, acknowledges the need for rebuilding but predicts that things may go fast.

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This is the third time Opera Atelier has presented this baroque classic and it is the most fully realized version yet of the piece that in many ways created the international reputation of the company

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Bernard Haitink conducts the LSO in Bruckner's unfinished final symphony

Even after the 9 years it took to compose, Bruckner's ninth symphony remained unfinished when the composer died in 1896…

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