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It’s rare for a young artist to play Stern Auditorium solo, but Carnegie is giving the pianist Behzod Abduraimov the nod..... More »
MDR Leipzig RSO/Järvi(Sony)The folk tale of the Snow Maiden, Snegurochka – the girl of the forest, daughter of Grandfather Frost and the Spring Fairy, who cannot love because her heart is made of ice – became the source for one of the greatest of 19th-century Russian operas, by Rimsky-Korsakov,.... More »
Wagner Der fliegende Holländer from the Teatro Real in Madrid, with Kwangchul Youn as Daland, Samuel Youn as the Dutchman, Ingela Brimberg, Nikolai Schukoff, Kai Rüütel and Benjamin Bruns, conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado, recorded live 23/12 and now on Culturebox,The presence of Kwangchul Y.... More »
Robert Scott Thompson - Pale Blue Dot (excerpts) (Anodize < Bandcamp; due Fall 2015)
The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble - Komitas (ECM New Series; due Oct. 2)
James Moore & Andie Springer - Gertrudes: music for violin and resonator guitar (New World)> Larry Polansky - 10 Strings (9 E.... More »
The one-act opera that Richard Strauss wrote after losing his Nazi state position and his exiled librettist in 1935 is more than a bit of a problem child. Based on classical myth and legend, it has two guys fancying a goddess who would rather be a tree. Or some such. Not much to engage heart and m.... More »
"Fifth Symphony tonight. Tomorrow Lohengrin. Friday Debussy. Saturday Schnitzler. Sunday Valkyries. Yesterday the Wild Duck. On Sunday I saw Ghosts for 6d: played as a farce. Mr. Wedekind turns out to be a music hall singer: & has coffee at the next table after lunch. No other news."
— Letter to James Strachey, 1911
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Philharmonie, BerlinSymphony no.39 in E-flat major, KV 543Symphony no.40 in G minor, KV 550Symphony no.41 in C major, KV 551Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraDaniel Barenboim (conductor)There is a little irony in that I have now twice been asked to write an essay to accompany this programme for the Salzburg Festival – last year for the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle, this year for Concentus musicus Wien and Nikolaus Harnoncourt – yet not for this, with a conductor far more to my liking in Mozart…
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By Desiree House: I have always enjoyed listening to orchestral and chamber music. I love the way musicians in chamber groups are able to hold their own when playing their parts as well as communicating (musically) with each other. As a music major, I do not have a choice to play only solo works, only chamber or orchestral music…
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Hearing Elgar’sThe Apostles (op 49, 1902-3) at the Barbican Hall, was a superb experience. The piece was conceived on a grand scale with over a hundred choristers, a huge orchestra and team of soloists (who can be augmented if needed). Any live performance is a major event to be cherished. The BBC has the forces to pull it off on a grand scale, as with this performance conducted by Andrew Davis with the BBC SO, the BBC Singers Symphony Chorus and a star list of soloists…
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I’m terribly sorry to read in the Times that saxophonist and composer Fred Ho died, at only 56: I knew he had been fighting cancer for years. He gave me a splendidly colorful interview in 1997 that’s reprinted in Music Downtown, beginning, “Fred Wei-han Ho knows how to cut your carotid artery with his hands……
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Enjoy the prelude from Handel's Suite No. 6 in F minor, HWV 433
The eight 'Great' suites were the first keyboard works that Handel chose to present to London audiences…
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Valery Gergiev substituted for Lorin Maazel at Carnegie Hall on Friday, despite the presence of people outside opposed to his friendship with Vladimir V. Putin.
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I spent a fascinating hour yesterday afternoon interviewing Daniil Trifonov – it’s a cover feature for PIANIST magazine and will be out in a few months’ time. Backstage at the Barbican before his concert with the LSO, I had, in close up, the same impression that occurred when listening to him at the Southbank a little over a year ago: there’s something in this 23-year-old Russian that seems lit from within…
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Outside the Barbican, campaigners protested; inside, the Russian maestro conducted impressive performances of Messiaen and Scriabin
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JC Bach’s symphonies aren’t just important because of their influence on the young Mozart. They’re signature works of the 18th century and his G minor symphony, Op 6 no 6, is arguably the darkest and most dramatic Bach ever composedWe think of the symphony in the 20th and 21st centuries as the apogee of radicalism and experimentation in the form, as composers strove to create new kinds of thinking and feeling after it was thought to have exhausted itself (not true! as youll know if youve been following this series so far)…
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The 2015 Salzburg Easter Festival programme was announced today, and the big draw is Jonas Kaufmann.
He makes role debuts in Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, topping off his Salzburg stay with the tenor part in Verdi's Requiem – all conducted by Christian Thielemann.
The rest of the four-night programme has a Russian flavour, with a symphony and a concerto each from Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich…
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Critics say Baz Luhrmann’s stage musical has failed to live up to the magic of his 1992 film, with the Sydney Morning Herald saying it “sparkles but falls short”.
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