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Diary of a Tchaikovsky Competition loser + MORE

This is so bad it might even be good. Alexander Lubyantsev won third prize in the 2007 Tchaik Compettion and was eliminated in the first round four years later, a decision that provoked prolonged audience protests. Since then, he cannot make a living in music. He has been reduced to working on the s.... More »
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About The Lesser Spotted Composer + MORE

It is a great delight that so many concert halls around the world are filled with the music of the very greatest composers to have lived. But it can be easy to forget that those names, so familiar to today’s concert-goers, make up just a tiny proportion of the overall compositional output. The pre.... 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 »
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BBC’s Composer of the Week is the one the world forgot + MORE

When I first wrote about him in my Companion to 20th Century Music back in 1991, he was so little known that there was no standard spelling of either of his names. I called him Moisei Vainberg. Nowadays his name is more commonly transcribed as Miecyslaw Weinberg, but he remains a mystery to most mus.... More »
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Essays around a sonata + MORE

Kyle Gann, at work on a book about Ives's awesome Concord, has been blogging vigorously about the piece. Each post is worth reading and pondering. He's strongly in favor of the 1947 edition of the score, and very strongly opposed to the idea, first propagated by Elliott Carter, that Ives .... More »

The Fan

– mixedmeters.com

The Fan is a short piece of music composed in NotateMe, “performed” in Sibelius and used as a soundtrack for a video of the ceiling fan in our sunroom taken in September 2009.  Like my previous video, Baby Elephant Seal Walk, the music was completely finished before I sought out any visuals.  I didn’t select a title until I knew what the visuals were…

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Hespèrion XX/Savall(Alia Vox Heritage)The Alia Vox Heritage collection was established to revisit recordings of early renaissance music by Jordi Savall and his colleagues from the 1970s to the 1990s. Re-edited and remastered, this 1987 disc retains the freshness and immediacy characteristic of this ensemble of five viols and lute…

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C.H.Graun, Easter Oratorio
M.A.Willens / Cologne Academy
N.Koufochristou, D.Saskova, J.Kobow, A.Wolf
CPO

More Than Not-Quite-Bach

Any (North-) German composer of the high baroque, operating no less in the Prussian-Saxon corridor and composing works like Easter Oratorios is in the ungrateful position—in our age, not then—of being compared to Master Bach…

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May The Force Be Verdi

– operachic.typepad.com

We spotted a Verdi/Star Wars double-bill in the Milan metro where an exhibition of Star Wars collectibles at the Still…

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A special menorah

– minnesota.publicradio.org

Mindy Ratner, classical music host and host of the Chanukah special 'Candles Burning Brightly', shares a story about a menorah that's close to her heart.

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Just another prick and the wallWhy Rufus Wainwright is turning a Roman emperor into a cock… uh, a COC opera. [The Globe and Mail]

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Schreker Hoard Update

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

Schreker Hoard UpdateA sale at Sotheby’s went ahead on Wednesday in which a number of items from the Estate of Franz Schreker were sold for relatively unassuming reserves. Sadly the significant companies and institutions associated with the composer’s life and music were not present at the sale, nor seemingly did they bid on the corrected proofs, autographs and cherished gifts that were being sold…

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Ring Cycle Ousted By Aging Hippies And Eurovision Runners-upAnd so “classical” music takes another hit as Dalhalla Opera is told that booking time that was to go to their opera productions – including a continuation of their Ring cycle begun last year –  has, at the last minute, now been allocated to other musical artists.For those not aware, no doubt a few people, Dallalla is an amphitheatre in a disused quarry in Sweden…

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'George Walker: Great American Orchestral Works, Vol. 4' Includes Albert R. Lee, Tenor, in 'Lilacs for Voice and Orchestra' on Albany Troy1430Albany Records Troy1430 (2013)Albert Rudolph Lee, D.M.A.The American classical pianist and composer George Walker, 91, distinguished himself at a young age and has been honored with numerous awards in his long and productive career. In 2012 he received the Aaron Copland Award of ASCAP. George Walker has a website at http://georgetwalker…

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The canards begin at Calais

– parterre.com

The canards begin at Calais“Nicholas Hytner‘s ENO production of Xerxes, unveiled on the 300th anniversary of Handel’s birth and packed with visual conceits, might be seen as marking the beginning of the modern Handel renaissance on stage.” Where else but Opera magazine (“The Regietheater Issue”)?

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Parsifal: crystal bells, magic garden

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Parsifal: crystal bells, magic gardenThose great bells which sound four notes so solemn-jubilant in Act One and so doomy-despairing in Act Three of Wagner’s Parsifal are making a discreetly joyful sound in my head now that I’ve sent over the script for Radio 3’s Building a Library. It’s by no means the end of the quest, which will happen once I’ve declaimed the holy text in the studio on Tuesday morning…

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For performances at the Musikfest Bremen and the Beethovenfest Bonn, conductor Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie have prepared semi-staged performances of Beethoven’s Fidelio with dialogues replaced by Roccos Erzählung, a text written by literature historian Walter Jens for concerts conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt (with Julia Varady, Peter Schreier and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau) in Hohenems in 1986, here spoken by German actor Wolf Kahler…

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Ensemble. Last Gasp of Boyhood

– www.mvdaily.com

Roderic Dunnett investigates Jubilee Opera’s ‘A Time There Was’ for the Benjamin Britten centenary

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