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Live and kicking? Orchestras join Google Play to launch live recordings + MORE

The LSO, New York Phil and Royal Concertgebouw are among the orchestras to offer live performances on Google Play, as the online music service ramps up its classical offeringThe London Symphony Orchestra made history on 25 June, 1913 when it became one of the first British orchestras to make a studi.... More »
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Bath MozartFest: Nash Ensemble review – five-star poignancy + MORE

Assembly Rooms, BathAs the players created a rich and luscious body of sound, the opening concert of this annual celebration proved totally satisfyingBath’s annual celebration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is itself celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Amelia Freedman is artistic director both.... More »

I Warned You. + MORE

Back in September, I worried out loud about the number of cancelations on the SF Opera schedule. (Since then, Albina Shagimuratova has missed the opening Magic Flute.)And now the upcoming Meistersinger has been hit by the cancelation curse: A press release tells me that Greer Grimsley, who was .... More »

Review: Denes Varjon, a Hungarian Pianist, at Zankel Hall + MORE

The musician performed works from Schumann and Haydn at his concert..... More »

Technocratic Pelléas Shuns the Magic + MORE

Debussy, Pelléas et Mélisande: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Swedish Opera, Franck Ollu (conductor). Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm. 10.4.2016 (GF) Production: Director: Keith Warner Sets and costumes: Ashley Martin-Davis Lighting design: Mark Jonathan Cast: Mélisande – Kers.... More »
Music Review: Eighth Blackbird Performs ‘Colombine’s Paradise Theater’The Miller Theater opened its new season on Thursday with a diverse program, including “Colombine’s Paradise Theater,” a fantasia featuring the new-music ensemble Eighth Blackbird.

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End-of-summer miscellany

– www.therestisnoise.com

Tertulia is a new NYC chamber-music series combining the pleasures of music and food. Opening night, Sept. 29, is at Harding's, with excellent young players from Decoda…. Composer-percussionist Andy Akiho is the winner of the 2014 Underwood Emerging Composers Commission, his sharply playful Tarnished Mirrors having won over many ears at last spring's NY Phil Biennial…

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How much emotion should a performer give? Our psychotherapist reflectsDr Gerald Stein, a Chicago psychotherapist and symphony buff, has been thinking about the level of emotion it is possible to communicate from the stage without becoming over-emotional. Your weekend reading begins here.

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Swimming in Respighi, swaying to Wolf-FerrariIn fact the Respighi binge is past now, but I still ought to honour it. After Dutoit’s surely unrepeatable Proms feat of running Roman Festivals, Fountains and Pines together as a single second-half sequence, I reeled again from the surprising depth of the invention: quite apart from the superlative orchestration of Rimsky-Korsakov’s pupil, it strikes me more than ever as a question of feeling, not painting or picture-postcarding…

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CBSO/Nelsons review  an electric and thrilling programme of BeethovenSymphony Hall, BirminghamHaving overseen an exceptional account of Beethovens Fourth Symphony, Andris Nelsons infused the Fifth with rare freshnessAndris Nelsons and the City of Birmingham Symphony ended their European tour last week with a residency in Bonn, where their cycle of the Beethoven symphonies was the centrepiece of the Beethovenfest held there every September…

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The gift that just goes on giving

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

The gift that just goes on givingChicago Symphony has announced another $2 million gift – to add to the $32 million it received a few weeks back.

CHICAGO—Jay Henderson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA), announced today that CSOA Trustee Randy Berlin and her husband, Melvin, have pledged $2 million to the CSOA to create the Randy and Melvin Berlin Family Fund for the Canon…

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Classical Concerto Finals, Night 2: More Mozart and New CadenzasBy Laurie Niles: The all-Mozart Classical Finals continued Thursday night in the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis at the Christel DeHann Fine Arts Center, and it did bring to light a few new cadenzas, at least for me. (You can listen to these performances on the live-streaming or archived performances…

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A violist's-eye view of the orchestra

– minnesota.publicradio.org

In truth, there are jokes about every instrument in the orchestra, and about the perceived personality of an average operator of that instrument. But the viola jokes are particularly numerous and omnipresent on orchestral stages, and there's a reason for that.

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Harlem Chamber Players Season Opening Concert, Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 3 PM, St. Mary's Episcopal ChurchDavid Berry, PianistJoyce Hammann, ViolinistEric K. Washington,Journalist, Historian and AuthorManhattanville: Old Heart of West HarlemSEASON OPENING CONCERT3:00 PMSunday, September 21, 2014St. Mary’s Episcopal Church521 West 126th Street, New York, NY 10027Between Broadway and Amsterdam.Click here to view and print the flyer…

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Just In Case You Forgot How Deep Of A Public Perception Hole We’re In

If anyone ever wondered whether or not the orchestra field has a history of projecting an elitist image where the self-ordained curators of “greatest art” are comprised of a bunch of pompous asses, might I direct your attention to an article by Mariella Moon in the 9/17/2014 edition of endgadget…

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On stage, the 100 or so musicians of the TSO still basked in the afterglow of their summer tour of Europe that took them from Austria to Iceland

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London Sinfonietta/Connolly/Collon review  spontaneous SchoenbergKings Place, LondonSarah Connolly showed subtly shaded colours in the Wood Doves Song from Gurrelieder, while Nicholas Collon brought out the expressive detail of the First Chamber SymphonyTowards the end of the extended applause that greeted this rare all-Schoenberg concert, the conductor held up his score and pointed to the composers name…

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Carl Nielsen semi-final result

– briandickie.typepad.com

Carl Nielsen semi-final resultLate night news – the three contestants who qualified this evening for the finals are:
Yukie Ota – the now world famous Butterfly girl from Japan by way of Chicago
Sébastian Jacot – a Swiss flautist from Geneva
Yaeram Park – an eighteen year old young woman from South Korea, studying in Paris
Tomorrow evening each will play the first movemment of one of the Mozart Flute concertos, and the Carl Nielsen Flute concerto, in its entirety of course…

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