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Bassoonist sets out to ‘Save the Bassoon’ + MORE

The polar bear. The black rhino. The bassoon? Virtuoso bassoonist Bram van Sambeek warns that this joker of the orchestra could one day become “as endangered as the panda.” He is leading ‘Save the Bassoon’— an effort to emphasize the importance of this instrument and to en.... More »
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A principal oboe plays Jingle Bells through her nose + MORE

This is Katherine Needleman,  principal oboe of the Baltimore Symphony. On recorders. So what’s your party trick? .... More »

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol 4 CD review – blazing, nimble and dangerous + MORE

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This week: concerts in New York (June 9 – June 15, 2014) + MORE

Silent Moons and Brahmsian Schoenbergs | Chelsea Music Festival Featuring a New York Premiere by Augusta Read Thomas, two works from Schoenberg’s Brahms period, the Brahms clarinet quintet and lieder for soprano and string quartet by Mendelssohn as arranged and transformed by German composer .... More »

The Week in Reviews, Op. 153: Julian Rachlin, Karen Gomyo, Joshua Bell + MORE

By Laurie Niles: In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world. Julian Rachlin performed Mozart's 3rd Violin Concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia.The Westmorland Gazette: "Th.... More »
Ludovic Lamothe (1882-1953), Haitian Classical Pianist and Composer Called 'A Black Chopin,' Was Born May 12 Fleurs d`Haiti, 10 Selections de Piano  par Ludovic Lamothe Compositeur; Disques VictorValses to Voodoo: Piano Music of Haitian Composer Ludovic Lamothe Joshua Russell, Piano (2010)   http://www.joshuarulpianist.com/products”This audio CD features piano music by Haiti’s best known composer, Ludovic Lamothe…

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Hospital patients star in opera

– intermezzo.typepad.com

When Romeo Castellucci first listened to Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, what sprang to mind was a bed in a white hospital room. As the Italian theatre director carried on studying the opera, suggested as a future project by La Monnaie's Peter de Caluwe, he couldn't shake off that initial image…

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Birtwistle at 80 – Earth Dances, Theseus Games

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Birtwistle at 80 - Earth Dances, Theseus GamesThe Barbican’s major retrospective, Harrison Birtwistle at 80, starts with his opera Gawain. Gawain is echt Birtwistle. Just as the plot connects to ancient myth, Birtwistle’s music operates on simultaneous layers. It’s a good time to revisit Birtwistle’s seminal Earth Dances (1985), conducted by Pierre Boulez…

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Frank H. Wu: Applause, Please

– www.huffingtonpost.com

People who are enthusiastic about classical music should express themselves and allow others to do so. Those of us who care about it as a repertoire to be performed rather than a tradition to be admired should encourage more, not less, applause — even if it comes at the “wrong” time.
Read more: Classical Music, Symphony, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Snobbery, Applause, San Francisco Symphony, Arts News

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Boesch in Winterreise: Mad or Guilty?

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Schubert: Florian Boesch (baritone), Malcolm Martineau (piano), Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York City, 9.5.14 (DA)  Schubert: Winterreise, D911  I’ve often thought that the Winterreise, a bit like the Quatuor pour le fin du temps, is the kind of work that should only ever be heard live…

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This week: concerts in New York (May 12 – May 18, 2014)Ralph van Raat
David Lang
Pianist Ralph van Raat plays the music of Louis Andriessen, David Lang, and John Adams.
Monday, May 12 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15-$25
(Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY
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Kathleen Supové and Mohammed Fairouz
Mohammed Fairouz
This event celebrates the collaboration of pianist Kathleen Supové and the exciting young composer Mohammed Fairouz…

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Is this left-hand music any good?

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Is this left-hand music any good?Paul Wittgenstein was a wealthy Austrian pianist who lost his right arm in Russian captivity during the First World War. Back home in Vienna he commissioned a welter of left-hand music from prominent composers, some of it outstanding. But the rest? I have been listening to three little-played left-hand works by Franz Schmidt, the Viennese […]

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In its 2014-15 season, the Collegiate Chorale will offer “Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy),” an oratorio with a text by Eric Idle of Monty Python.

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Opera is now available in the comfort of your home

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Just because: Julian Bream plays Malcolm Arnold

– www.artsjournal.com/aboutlastnight

Julian Bream plays Malcolm Arnold’s Guitar Concerto in 1991, accompanied by Barry Wordsworth and the BBC Concert Orchestra: (This is…

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Composer Edvard Grieg's life was closely intertwined with Norway's drive for independence. On the 200th anniversary of Norway's Declaration of Independence, Grieg expert William Halverson talks about the composer.

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Gerard Depardieu’s starring role as a disgraced politician based on Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to be shown for the first time at the Cannes Film Festival – but not as part of the official programme.

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An Ohio composer gives up the struggle

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

An Ohio composer gives up the struggleThe following statement has appeared on the Facebook page of Mark Flugge, pianist, composer and teacher at the school of music of Ohio State University. Following a valiant 22-month struggle, Mark Flugge succumbed to major undiagnosed hearing issues and depression early Sunday morning, May 11. He expressed the hope that his music will live on, […]

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