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October: sounds from another world + MORE

This is the Russian pianist Lev Oborin playing 'October - Autumn Song' from Tchaikovsky's The Seasons, filmed in 1971. It's mesmerisingly wonderful. Sounds - and images - from another world altogether...This remarkable piano cycle - still desperately underrated - was commissioned by the editor of a .... More »
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Chairman’s Choice: Klaus Heymann spotlights some of February’s new releases (Feb 01, 2017) + MORE

HALVORSEN/NIELSEN Violin concerto SVENDSEN Romance Kraggerud, Malmö Symphony, Engeset Naxos 8.573738 This is the world première recording of the recently rediscovered Violin Concerto by Johan Halvorsen (1864–1935) which was long thought to have been .... More »
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You can't write that because it will deter sponsors + MORE

My intention to leave the hot potato of the ethics of funding alone has been blown out of the water by the letter in the Guardian from composers and academics opposing BP's sponsorship of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. What role ethics should play in classical music sponsorship has been a rec.... More »
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SSO awarded for fostering China ties + MORE

THE Sydney Symphony Orchestra has been recognised for its efforts in building cultural relations between Australia and China..... More »
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Six of the best: Schubert songs + MORE

Rating:  0 Schubert's body of work includes over 600 songs for voice and piano. That number alone is vastly impressive - many composers fail to reach that number of comp.... More »
A critical guide to classical music performances, festivals and HD screenings in New York City and the area.

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Tour of India – Part 3

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Tour of India - Part 3The third installment of our India tour blog by orchestra manager, Annabel:Greetings from Hyderabad, as the musicians are beginning their fifth concert.  The last few days have passed in a blur of early flights, car journeys, soundchecks and performances.  From Coimbatore we travelled to Chennai where our cellist, Eilidh Martin, has previously lived…

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More Glimerglass 2014: An American Tragedy

To recap: An American Tragedy premiered back at the Met back in 2005 as the opera world was still reeling from Carl Sagan’s Romeo and Juliet. A Volpe-era commission from composer Tobias Picker and librettist Gene Scheer, the Met gave it an impressive launch, with a big Broadway style production (directed by Zambello), and an aughties all-star cast of American singers: Nathan Gunn (in the bathing suit that launched a thousand Arts & Leisure puff pieces), Pat Racette, Susan Graham, and Dolora Zajick…

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Bernd Weikl: Why Richard Wagner needs to be banned in GermanyBernd Weikl, yes the baritone well known for his Wagner roles, argues that Wagner’s work not only should but must be banned in Germany. Why? Well, it seems that after a very, financially, successful career performing Wagner, he has just discovered that Wagner was anti-Semitic [must have come as a surprise that, after all these years – Ed]…

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Salzburg Festival (7) - Der Rosenkavalier, 17 August 2014Images: © Salzburger Festspiele / Monika Rittershaus Grosses FestspielhausDie Feldmarschallin Fürstin Werdenberg – Krassimira StoyanovaDer Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau – Günther GroissböckOctavian – Sophie KochHerr von Faninal – Adrian ErődSophie – Mojca ErdmannJungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin – Silvana DussmannValzacchi – Rudolf SchaschingAnnina – Wiebke LehmkuhlPolice Officer – Tobias KehrerThe Marschallin’s Major-domo – Franz SupperFaninal’s Major-domo – Martin PiskorskiA Notary – Dirk AleschusA Landlord – Roman SadnikA Singer – Stefan PopA Milliner – Alexandra FloodA Vendor of Pets – Franz GürtelschmiedLeopold – Rupert GrössingerLackeys/Waiters – Won Cheol Song, Franz Gruber, Friedrich Springer, Jens MusgerLerchenauischen – Florian Boberski, Kiril Chobanov, Manuel Grabner, Helmut Höllriegl, Boris Lichtenberger, Christian SchläpferHouse Servant (Mohammed) – Liviu Burz Harry Kupfer (director)Hans Schavernoch (set designs)Yan Tax (costumes)Jürgen Hoffmann (lighting)Thomas Reimer (video design)Salzburg Festival and Theatre Children’s Chorus (chorus master: Wolfgang Götz)Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus (chorus master: Ernst Raffelsberger)Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraFranz Welser-Möst (conductor) Sophie (Mojca Erdmann) and Octavian (Sophie Koch)Harry Kupfer’s production of Der Rosenkavalieris without a doubt the most thought-provoking of the stagings I saw at this year’s Salzburg Festival…

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Massenet's Werther at Grimeborn

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Massenet's Werther at GrimebornKatie Bray as Charlotte Massenet Werther; Adam Tunnifliffe, Katie Bray, dir. Aylin Bozok; Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Aug 20 2014 Star rating: 4.0Stylish and imaginative chamber version of Massenet’s romantic dramaAylin Bozok’s new production of Massenet’s Werther at the Arcola Theatre’s Grimeborn Festival was inevitably something of a chamber affair (Seen 20 August 2014)…

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Nothing has resonated through the unfolding First World War commemorations than the poetry of Wilfred Owen; and in terms of its grim immediacy and enduring heartbreak nothing ever could. Benjamin Britten knew that when he set down his War Requiem for posterity, counterpointing religious posturing with Owen’s indisputable truths…

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Prom 46: WEDO/Barenboim - Mozart, Adler, Rouston, and Ravel, 20 August 2014Royal Albert HallMozart – Le nozze di Figaro, KV 492: OvertureAyal Adler – Resonating Sounds (UK premiere)Kareem Rouston – Ramal (UK premiere)Ravel – Rapsodie espagnoleAlborada del graciosoPavane pour une infante défunteBoléroWest-Eastern Divan OrchestraDaniel Barenboim (conductor)Images: BBC/Chris Christodoulou  The times could hardly be more tense with respect to ‘external’ politics and the lands in which the young musicians of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra live…

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The New York International Fringe Festival this summer includes a new opera by Matthew Zachary Johnson: The Boston Tea Party Opera. This show marks a new direction in his work. Johnson is the composer of a body of often-performed classical saxophone works.
Read more: Karen Gayle, Governor’S Honor Band, MZJ Ensemble, Opera, Musical Theater, The Boston Tea Party Opera, Weill Recital Hall, Fringe Festival, Matthew Zachary Johnson, Musician, Mannes College the New School for Music, Fringenyc, Steinway Hall, Classical Music, Politics, History, Saxophone, Dance, Austin Peay State Universit, Carnegie Hall, Glimmerglass, Ascaplus, Arts News

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Maestro’s lecture shines a light

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DAVID Robertson’s latest concert-lecture examined music, emotion and the brain.

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Time for Three Takes on Bullying with Stronger

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Time for Three is a string trio originally from the Curtis Institute but now in residence with the Indianapolis Symphony. Their unique style blends first-rate playing with some imaginative arrangements and video concepts. Their video for Stronger looks at the important issues of music education and bullying in the schools: You can check out the backstory for Stronger here…

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Anna Netrebko Il trovatore Salzburg

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Anna Netrebko Il trovatore SalzburgInterviewed by Austrian TV just before her performnac as Leonora in Verdi Il Trovatore at Salzburg, Anna Netrebko says “Leave me alone!” She’s made up and costumed just before curtain call and the interviewer asks her auf Deutsch about the difficulties of the role. “That’s why I need to concentrate in this hour, I don’t need lots of people around…

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Beethoven 9th Triumphs Over Rain

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 Aspen Music Festival (15): Vladimir Feltsman (piano), Aspen Chamber Orchestra, Jun Märkl (conductor); Susanna Phillips (soprano), Carolyn Sproule (mezzo-soprano), Vinson Cole (tenor), Eric Owens (bass-baritone), Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe (chorus director), Aspen Festival Orchestra, Robert Spano (conductor)…

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