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Daniel Barenboim unveils 'groundbreaking' new piano - video + MORE

Argentinian pianist and conductor, Daniel Barenboim, unveils what he says is a ground-breaking new piano on Tuesday. Barenboim conceived and commissioned the instrument, which took around 4,000 working hours to build. He will perform with the new piano at London's Southbank Centre between 27 May-2 J.... More »
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Classical ‘factory line’ takes the joy out of Beethoven and Brahms, says Nigel Kennedy + MORE

Lazy tutors are creating musical clones by putting too much emphasis on technique, says violinistViolin virtuoso Nigel Kennedy has accused music colleges and record companies of producing “factory lines” of pianists and violinists that end up all sounding the same.In being made to focus too heav.... More »
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Watch: Maria Callas accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge + MORE

It's unclear who nominated legendary soprano Maria Callas (1923-1977) to posthumously participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge, but she has now done so, courtesy of Warner Classics..... More »
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BBC Philharmonic/Mena, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London + MORE

Mena relished every moment of the Turangalîla Symphony, Messiaen’s life-affirming hymn to humanity.... More »
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Discovering Pēteris Vasks + MORE

P. Vasks, Piano Trio / Piano Quartet, A. Levitan, Trio Parnassus (Mdg, 2008)Charles T. Downey, A composer lets his work do the talking Washington Post, February 14 In the Leading European Composers series at the Phillips Collection, a composer has the opportunity to give a guided tour of his work. O.... More »
MELODEON presents Soprano  Marti Newland in 'Music of the American Jewish Diaspora' Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., 122 West 69th Street, NYCYiddish writers Bialik, Ben Ami, Sholem Alechem, Sholem Yankev Abramovich (Mendele)Marti Newlandwww.martinewland.comPreservation and Engagementfrom Yiddish Art Song to the GershwinsSunday, JANUARY 12th, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.Christ & Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church, NYC‎122 West 69th Street – between Broadway and AmsterdamMarti Newland, sopranoGeorge Spitzer, baritoneArtis Wodehouse, antique reed organ and pianoAdmission: $20, General; $15 Students and SeniorsTickets online:https://www…

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Cello for two

– www.planethugill.com

Cello for twoJulianand Jiaxin Lloyd Webber played a romantic return to the Cadogan Hall stage last night (Wednesday 11 December). Accompanied by John Lenehan the concert was more than pleasant – with not a single note out of place. All three performers were relaxed and genial, chatting to the audience between pieces, swapping instruments, and putting on a show as well as a performance…

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The final scene from Janáček’s Cunning little Vixen is a lovely curtain raiser before a performance of Das Lied von der Erde. Especially when a cunning little vixen is so readily at hand as it must be for Sir Simon Rattle who programmed this for his Vienna Philharmonic appearance at the Vienna Konzerthaus…

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The musicians, who have been locked out by orchestra management for over a year, will play 10 concerts in the spring.    

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Lifting the veil of the Temple Church, London: making music for 900 yearsMusic has always been at the heart of our church, writes the Master of Temple: this year’s Winter festival will showcase composers from Bach to PärtThe Temple is an oasis of calm in central London, between Fleet Street and the Thames. It is here that, nearly 900 years ago, the Knights Templar built two halls, a cloister and, around 1160, a spectacular round church…

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Can you solve these composer anagrams?

– minnesota.publicradio.org

How well do you know your composers–and your anagrams?

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On the Nose: Early Shostakovich at the Met

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On the Nose: Early Shostakovich at the MetNos (The Nose)October 3, 2013Kovalyov: Paulo SzotPolice Inspector: Andrey PopovThe Nose: Alexander LewisYakovlevich: Vladimir OgnovenkoIvan: Sergey SkorokhodovWilliam Kentridge (Director, Sets)Greta Goiris (Costumes)Catherine Meyburgh (Video Editing)Valery Gergiev (Conductor)I wasn’t in town back in April 2010 when the Met first debuted William Kentridge’s riotously inventive production of Shostakovich’s first opera, Nos, to rave reviews, so there was no way I was going to miss out on the current run…

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Money off Manon

– intermezzo.typepad.com

Thanks to all the readers who emailed me about a rare Royal Opera House discount.
Top price stalls and stalls circle tickets for Manon are reduced to £85  (from £150-160) with a new TravelZoo offer.
The price cut is valid for three performances only- 17 January, 28 January and 4 February. Book via the ROH website, using the code tzoomanon…

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Light my foyer

– parterre.com

Light my foyerEach year, Leon Botstein leads the American Symphony Orchestra in a concert opera or two. His choices vary between two repertories: deeply obscure works or operas by Richard Strauss. On Sunday, at Carnegie Hall, the two circles of this Venn Diagram overlapped in a very rare display of Strauss’s second opera, Feuersnot (Need for Fire), in possibly its New York professional debut…

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Fantasio, Royal Festival Hall, review

– www.telegraph.co.uk

Sir Mark Elder drew a tautly energised performance of Offenbach’s Fantasio from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment    

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We wouldn't sell that my luv - he's dead you knowResearch for yesterday’s post revealed that Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood once worked as a sales assistant in the Our Price record store in Oxford. Back in the late 1970s I went into Our Price in Staines and asked if they had the new LP of Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, only to be told “We wouldn’t sell that my luv – he’s dead you know”…

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Korean composer wins Mendelssohn competition

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Korean composer wins Mendelssohn competitionYesterday, a Korean pianist won the Beethoven competition in Bonn (albeit amid allegations of jury rigging). Today, we can report a Korean victory in Berlin. Eunsung Kim has won the Mendelssohn composers competition – for high school students. Well done, Kim.

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Carmen – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

Carmen – reviewRoyal Opera House, LondonIt’s sixth time unlucky for this latest outing of Francesca Zambello’s 2006 staging of Bizet’s masterpieceThe Royal Opera’s latest revival of Carmen marks the sixth outing of Francesca Zambello’s 2006 staging, and things are starting to fray a bit. A big, unwieldy amalgam of spectacle and psychodrama, it was far from ideal when it was new…

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