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Refracting the past: Leonard Elschenbroich in Schnittke's music for cello + MORE

Schnittke First Cello Sonata, Music in the Old Style, Madrigal: In memoriam Oleg Kagan, Musica Nostalgica, Elschenbroich Shards of Alfred Schnittke; Leonard Elschenbroich, Petr Limonov; ONYX CLASSICS Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Feb 26 2017 Star rating: 5.0Powerful performances of Schnittke's .... More »
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Tour of India - Part Two + MORE

The second installment of our India tour blog by orchestra manager, Annabel:We had a slow start to our general rehearsal on the afternoon of our first performance, with sound and lighting crew working around us, many people passing through the performance space, and the ever-efficient housekeepers s.... More »
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Katie Mitchell: 'Children are the harshest critics' + MORE

As she prepares to direct ENO's first children's opera, Katie Mitchell expects scrutiny even more severe than she gets for her 'serious' stage shows.... More »
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Pierre Boulez Saal opening concert : Schubert Der Hirt auf dem Felsen + MORE

The Opening Concert  of the Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin's new hall for chamber recitals.  Daniel Barenboim  did the honours in the Mozart Piano Quartet KV 493, with his son, Michael, the violinist, beside him.  No way would a concert as significant as this have been  complete.... More »
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Nicholas Collon CBSO Mahler 10 Webern Brahms + MORE

Nicholas Collon conducted the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Mahler 's Symphony no 10, or to put it more accurately Deryck Cooke's third Performing edition of Mahler's manuscript. Although it might seem redundant to point out that Mahler didn't complete the symphony, that basic fact is fun.... More »
NAC Orchestra tour to honour WWI soldiersThe fall tour of the UK, led by maestro Pinchas Zukerman, includes a performance at the historic Salisbury Cathedral and a joint concert with the Royal Philharmonic.

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Marcus Dods: Highland Fantasy

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Marcus Dods: Highland FantasyI was delighted to hear Marcus Dods’ delightfully evocative Highland Fancy on Classic FM the other day. It is rare to hear music that muses on the landscape of Scotland unless it is Hamish MacCunn’s ubiquitous Land of the Mountain Flood Overture, Mendelssohn’s great ‘Scottish’ Symphony or the Northampton composer Malcolm Arnold’s ‘Scottish Dances’ or ‘Tam O’ Shanter Overture’…

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Borodin’s nationalist pageant is hard to stage at the best of times. But Moscow’s Novaya Opera has turned it into a kitsch and tawdry spectacle

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Russian opera without the Russians

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For those who find Polovtsian Dances in sequinned Hammer pants too saccharine for their tastes, Graham Vick's Birmingham Opera Company present a hardcore alternative later this month – an English language adaptation of Musorgsky's Khovanshchina.
Like Prince Igor, KHOVANSKYGATE: A National Enquiry is an Official UK – Russia Year of Culture 2014 Event…

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From among 112 eligible applicants, 8 composers have been awarded $12,500 to support the development of their compositions as part of a two-year initiative to increase diversity across the field.

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Ensemble. A Little More Human

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Jack Perla’s ‘Jonah and the Whale’, enjoyed by Maria Nockin

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Sculptural Opera: Claudia Hart’s Alices (Walking) at EyeBeamIn Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice falls into a fantasy world populated by strange creatures and surreal distortions; she finds losing control both liberating and vexing. In The Alices (Walking), Claudia Hart overlays the Alice story on contemporary culture in what she calls a “sculptural opera,” using the confusion, nonsense, and whimsy of Carroll’s tale as a metaphor for life in the digital era…

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ArtsBeat: Classical Playlist: Beethoven, the Bad Plus, Fred Astaire and MoreTimes critics share what they’ve been listening to lately.    

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Sir Neville Marriner’s 90th-Birthday Celebration Concert

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 Saint-Saëns, Mozart, and Elgar: Murray Perahia (piano), Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Joshua Bell (violin/director), Sir Neville Marriner (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London, 1.4.2014 (MB) Saint-Saëns – Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, op.28 Mozart – Piano Concerto no.20 in D minor, KV 466 Elgar – Enigma Variations, op…

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Pure Handel - European Baroque Orchestra Pure Handel: European Union Baroque Orchestra, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Maria Keohane: Estonian Record Productions ERP 6212 Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Mar 30 2014 Star rating: 5.0EUBO in fine from in Handel cantatas, concerto grosso and Water MusicThis disc showcases the European Baroque Orchestra under their music director Lars Ulrik Mortensen in a programme of Handel, with the Overture from Admeto HWV 22, Water Music Suite no…

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When the Royal Opera announced their 2013-14 season last year, this new production of Strauss’s too rarely performed masterpiece was the highlight for me. However, from the outset I had my doubts – not about the musical team which promised to be (and was) superb, but about the production, judging from reviews of performances at La Scala…

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Review: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Honors Stradivari Violins with  Strad Fest LABy Laurie Niles: As art objects, Stradivari violins create a stunning lineup of masterpieces, each instrument with its own 300-year-history:

But in the hands of live artists, these historic objects release their voices and deliver living moments of music. It’s a profound union of past and present, art and artist…

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Compelling Dvořák from Efe Baltacigil (with Bach Digestif)

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 Dvořák, Varèse, and Debussy: Efe Baltacigil (cello), Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot (conductor), Benaroya Hall, Seattle, 27.3.2014 (BJ) Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor Varèse: Déserts Debussy: La Mer   Along with Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Strauss’s Don Quixote, Dvořák’s great B-minor concerto poses the most taxing challenge in the orchestral repertoire for a cello soloist…

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