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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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A debut in the land of enchantment: I chat to Rhian Lois about performing Zerlina in Santa Fe + MORE

Rhian Lois and ensemble - Don Giovanni - Santa Fe OperaWhilst I was in Santa Fe, the Welsh soprano Rhian Lois was also there making her American debut at Santa Fe Opera as Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni. I recently caught up with her to talk about how she had enjoyed singing at Santa Fe, to find o.... More »
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Verve, Passion and Intense Drama at the Cinema from Royal Opera’s Norma + MORE

The ROH Live Cinema Season 2016/17 – Bellini, Norma: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of The Royal Opera / Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor). Directed for the screen by Jonathan Haswell and broadcast to Cineworld Basildon from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 26.9.2016. (JPr) Cast: Norma R.... More »
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Chairman’s Choice: Klaus Heymann spotlights some of July’s new releases (Jul 01, 2016) + MORE

ROSSINI Stabat Mater (1832 version), Giovanna d’Arco (arr. M. Taralli) Cullagh, Pizzolato, Sola, Palazzi, Württemberg Philharmonic, Fogliani Naxos 8.573531 This new release of Rossini’s Stabat Mater is the latest in our acclaimed Rossini in Wildbad ser.... More »
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Lithuanian Orchestra Performs With A Piano-Playing Cat, Calls It A 'Catcerto' + MORE

Symphony leaders and philharmonic enthusiasts have long pondered how classical music havens can attract a young, contemporary audience. It seems as th... Read more: Classical Music, Catcerto, Mindaugas Piecaitis, Nora-the-Piano-Playing-Cat, Nora-the-Cat, Nora the Piano Cat, Piano Playin.... More »

The official classical chart

– www.classical-music.com

Week ending 24 May 2014
 



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Jenkins: Motets
Polyphony/Stephen Layton
Deutsche Grammophon
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Miloš: Aranjuez
Miloš Karadaglic
Mercury Classics 4810811
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Elgar: Symphony No…

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Lachenmann, Pesson, and Insubstantiality (or: Zombie Music)Robert Rauschenberg, Erased de Kooning Drawing, 1953In 1983, Hans-Werner Henze made West German headlines for singling out Helmut Lachenmann as the high priest of a veritable cult of “musica negativa.” Poor old Henze: he was only echoing the perception, still widely held in this country, that Lachenmann’s work “aggressively rejects almost everything that traditional classical music takes as a premise…

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The New York Philharmonic’s annual free concert at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine drew its usual large and enthusiastic crowd.

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So close to Memorial Day, we're considering music from two Hollywood war films unified by their great music written by distinctive composer Elmer Bernstein.

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Country opera hires London orchestra

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Country opera hires London orchestraThe bucolic art form is growing in England.
Glyndebourne, est. 1934, employs two London orchs, the LPO and the Age of Enlightenment.
Garsington Opera, est. 1990, has, until now, employed a pick-up ensemble of mostly London-based musicians.
Today it announces that from 2017 it will engage the Philharmonia Orchestra for one full production…

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Ben Heppner Retires From The Stage

– www.the-wagnerian.com

Ben Heppner Retires From The StageSad news. Having interviewed  one of the great Siegfried’s, we can assure you that he maybe one of the most pleasant and “down to earth” people in the opera “business” (Read it here if you have not). We also had the opportunity to hear him only two years ago in WNO’s Tristan und Isolde where he was  in more than fine form – where he also brought forth an aspect of Tristan’s character we had hardly considered…

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Cool customers

– jessicamusic.blogspot.com

Apple has put out a new ad for the iPad Air starring…Esa-Pekka Salonen?! I took some soundings from composers and techies and it seems to be rather a good thing. Here’s a piece I’ve written about it for the Independent – including thoughts on how multi-media apps and interactive books might yet revolutionise the way we experience classical music…

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Schoenberg’s opera is a triumph for WNO’s music director Lothar Koenigs and the chorus and orchestra; the production is rather less successful

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Quentin Tarantino might be saddling up to direct his ensemble western “The Hateful Eight” — which he emphatically mothballed after a script leak and sued Gawker Media over — after all.

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Scott Worthington, Even the Light Itself Falls on Populist RecordsScott Worthington is a busy and visible figure in LA’s tight new music scene, both as a composer and contemporary music bassist. He occupies both roles with his own ensemble et cetera, along with clarinetist Curt Miller and percussionist Dustin Donahue. Even the Light Itself Falls, their September 2013 release on emerging experimental label Populist Records, showcases both Worthington’s formidable artistry as a chamber musician and his unique compositional vision…

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New Face – Soraya Mafi

– www.telegraph.co.uk

Soprano Soraya Mafi has left a past as a Selfridges shop assistant to embark upon a career in opera

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On his new album of concertos by Mendelssohn and Adams, violinist Chad Hoopes wanted to capture the youthful energy of the music by letting it flow from his instrument. PLUS: You can enter for a chance to win a copy of Chad's new CD.

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New York Times Critics Respond to Glyndebourne ‘Fat’ ReviewsAnthony Tommasini, the chief classical music critic of The New York Times, and Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, a classical music critic for The Times, respond to the attention the opera singer Tara Erraught has gotten for her size, not her voice.

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