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Psappha/Hebrides Ensemble review – poignant tribute to Peter Maxwell Davies + MORE

Peel Hall, SalfordThe beguiling Farewell to Stromness and new work by David Fennessy featured in an evening that showed a profound sensitivity to folk traditionThe Red Brick Sessions is a new form of concert experience devised by the University of Salford and the BBC, combining live streams with dig.... More »
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Karine Deshayes, At Last + MORE

French Romantic Cantatas, K. Deshayes, Opera Fuoco, D. Stern (Zig Zag, 2014) Charles T. Downey, Mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes at the Kennedy Center Washington Post, February 5 Pierre Bernac, the singer and authority on the French “mélodie,” summed up this late Romantic song genre as “the art .... More »
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Janis Martin obituary + MORE

Opera singer best known for her performances of Wagner Continue reading....... More »
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On Forbes: Bach & Beyond: Music For The Easter Weekend + MORE

Bach & Beyond: Music For The Easter Weekend In an interview with then music director of the Washington National Opera Heinz Fricke back in 2007, I asked him as a seasonal aside, whether there was any particular music for Easter that he liked. He thought about it for a while, then added: “Anyt.... More »
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These ocean crossings gave birth to a new society + MORE

Jardins Migrateurs is a new CD from Montreal-based Ensemble Constantinople (Iranian setar and tombak, and viola da gamba) and Sengalese kora master Ablaye Cissoko - sample the album here. The title refers to the travelling gardens - jardins migrateurs - that invoked paradise in Persian culture. Thes.... More »

What a pianist, 90, does when his airport’s snowbound

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

What a pianist, 90, does when his airport’s snowboundMenahem Pressler was snowbound in Bloomington Indiana, with Indianapolis airport closed, when he had rehearsals the following day in Berlin with Semyon Bychkov and the Berlin Philharmonic. What to do? He hired a 4-wheel drive jeep and asked a devoted student to drive him to Chicago. After a seven-hour drive, he found Homeland Security blocking […]

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I spent a really nice day at the Royal Opera House for the dress rehearsal of Manon.  More about that tomorrow.  Meanwhile good night from here – where we had a lovely evening with the sunset colouring up the Thames riverscape at 4 pm as I waited for a bus……….

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Iris Wagner Dies At Age 71

– www.the-wagnerian.com

Iris Wagner Dies At Age 71BERLIN (Reuters) – Iris Wagner, great-granddaughter of composer Richard Wagner, died in Berlin on Thursday after a lengthy illness, her family told the Nordbayerischer Kurier. She was 71.Born in Bayreuth, Germany, in 1942, Wagner was the daughter of Wieland Wagner, who with his brother Wolfgang led the Bayreuth Festival, devoted to Wagner’s works, after World War Two…

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Oxford Lieder's Schubert Project

– www.planethugill.com

Oxford Lieder's Schubert ProjectThis year’s Oxford Lieder Festival is planned to be something special. Between 10 October and 1 November 2014 they will be performing every single song which Schubert wrote, that is over 650 songs. Names already confirmed for recitals include Sir Thomas Allen, Sarah Connolly, Sophie Daneman, William Dazelely, James Gilchrist, Robert Holl, Wolfgang Holzmair, Sophie Karthäuser, Angelika Kirchschlager, Stephan Loges, Christopher Maltman, Mark Padmore, Christoph Prégardien, Birgid Steinberger, Roderick Williams and pianists Eugene Asti, Julius Drake, Graham Johnson and Roger Vignoles amongst others…

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Deadly Pleasures – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

Counterpoise, Eleanor Bron, Donald Maxwell (narrators)(Deux-Elles)The ensemble Counterpoise, founded in 2008 using a combination of trumpet, piano, saxophone and violin, has nurtured the neglected medium of melodrama, meaning spoken narration with musical accompaniment – not an easy genre but made fascinating by powerful texts and excellent narrators, quite aside from the quality of the music…

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Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge/ Williams (Signum Classics)2014 will mark 100 years since the beginning of the first world war, and first into the centenary field is this fine choral compilation that manages to evoke a sombre mood of commemoration while avoiding sentimentality. Not all the music is specifically related to the war: starting from Parry’s neglected evocation of Tennyson’s Crossing the Bar, it encompasses classics by Brahms, Ireland and William Harris’s fine Faire is the Heaven, effective recent works by Mark Blatchly, Matthew Martin, James MacMillan and Geraint Lewis, and a Kontakion of the Dead from Kiev, before concluding with Vaughan Williams’s moving Lord, thou hast been our refuge…

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House of Solitude: Reflections on a Four Year CollaborationHouse of Solitude at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Photo by Jill Steinberg.
This coming February, composer Paola Prestini and I will present the world premiere of House of Solitude, an installation concerto, at Krannert Center in Champaign-Urbana. We have been working together on the piece since 2010 (Paola as composer and me as performer); this premiere seemed like a good moment to share with the community a short article about how the piece came together…

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House of Solitude: Reflections on a Four Year CollaborationHouse of Solitude at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Photo by Jill Steinberg.
This coming February, composer Paola Prestini and I will present the world premiere of House of Solitude, an installation concerto, at Krannert Center in Champaign-Urbana. We have been working together on the piece since 2010 (Paola as composer and me as performer); this premiere seemed like a good moment to share with the community a short article about how the piece came together…

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American composer and conductor H Owen Reed died in January 2014, aged one-hundred-and-three

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Saturday at 10 a.m., join host Lynne Warfel for classical music from the movies. Today's theme is Chaplin, Hitchcock and comedies. Plus, the Cube Critics provide a video that looks at artificial intelligence in film.

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New York’s gang-rape opera – first review

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

New York’s gang-rape opera – first reviewKamala Sankaram composed and sang the lead role in the world premiere of an opera about a revenge gang-rape in Pakistan. Powerful and focussed, says New York Classical Review, whose critic is first on the scene. Read here.  

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By Rosita Hopper: Like a koan they came to me:

control without tension

I imagine that the concept has been articulated by many teachers of–and aspirants to–our exquisite art form.

It matters not. What matters is that the concept came to me like a mystical revelation–felt more than articulated– during a recent practice session as I was attempting to apply a technique demonstrated by my viola teacher, who is guiding my work on the Bach solo cello suites:

control without tension

It’s a concept so simple to say and yet so difficult to attain, and strikes me as one of the most critical elements of string playing technique…

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Ravel Double Bill at RCM

– capricciomusic.blogspot.com

Ravel Double Bill at RCM7/12/13Ravel’s operas are an odd choice in some ways for a student showcase production because they rely so little on vocal display and contain few roles that could be considered foundational for operatic careers. On the other hand the situation comedy L’heure espagnol provides an immense textual and dramatic challenge in the realm of rapid fire Gallic farce, and the fairy tale parable L’enfant et les Sortileges an object lesson in precise physical and vocal characterisation in each of the tiny roles that comprise the opera’s mosaic structure…

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