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Pittsburgh visit + MORE

I spoke at Carnegie Mellon last night, in the Humanities Center's "Music: Mind, Machine, and Milieu" lecture series. Many thanks to David Shumway, Richard Randall, and others for hosting me. This was my first visit to Pittsburgh since 2000, when I saw Mariss Jansons lead the Pittsbur.... More »
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This Maestro Is Turning 90. He’s Also Conducting Over 90 Concerts This Year. + MORE

Herbert Blomstedt, who shows little signs of slowing down, discusses the secrets of pulling off a demanding schedule..... More »
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Bill Doggett: Russell 'Thomas is the first Black Tenor to sing a Principal Tenor Role in recent years at San Francisco Opera' + MORE

Russell Thomaswww.russell-thomas.com Russell Thomas Photo credit: Bill Doggett Productions: signed insert and program by the three PrincipalsPRESS RELEASEOctober 1, 2014From: Bill Doggett ProductionsA critical moment in African American Opera history has occurred at San Francisco Oper.... More »
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Tai Murray on Performing Panufnik & Sibelius Concertos: 'A very exciting week with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Maestro Vasily Petrenko!' + MORE

On March 1, 2014 AfriClassical posted:LiverpoolEcho.co.uk: Tai Murray Replaces Vadim Repin on Violin Concerto of Andrzej Panufnik: 'Altogether a sensitive tread through some very fine tracery'We sent the link to Tai Murray with this message:"Congratulations on your fine performance of the .... More »
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GRAMOPHONE Review: Tchaikovsky/Sibelius Violin Concertos Lisa Batiashvili/Staatskapelle Berlin/Barenboim + MORE

Editor’s choice (January 2017) There is no violinist currently playing the high-end of the international circuit that I would sooner go out of my way to hear than Lisa Batiashvili. There is something so super-intuitive about her playing that while she is performing the brilliance of her techn.... More »
THE man once lauded as Japan’s Beethoven has admitted he can actually hear, following revelations someone else wrote his music.

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Anniversary

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Today is the 20th anniversary of my mum’s death. It still feels like yesterday. We miss her every day of our lives.This is the Marietta Lute Song duet from Die tote Stadt by Korngold, sung in 1924 in Berlin by Lotte Lehmann and Richard Tauber, here rendered with superbly remastered sound. If you don’t know the opera, it is all about coming to terms with loss…

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Classical music as a journey of joy and self-discoveryThe West has discovered how to tap so many powerful sources of energy in nature but still remains largely unaware of the tremendous force, even more powerful than nuclear energy, contained within each of us. As long as this powerful internal energy lies undiscovered, our life is doomed to the mental and emotional pressures so characteristic of our age…

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Mamoru Samuragochi, who had confessed that a ghostwriter wrote his best-known compositions, admitted that he had regained some of his hearing three years ago.    

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Mahler Park is uprooted for mini-golf

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Mahler Park is uprooted for mini-golfA public park in Prague, named after Gustav Mahler and erected on the site of a former Jewish cemetery, has been vandalised by its present owner for commercial purposes. The Park is near the Zizkov TV tower. The report that has been sent to us is three months old. Do let us know of the present […]

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Northern journeys

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Northern journeysIn late January there was Oslo, courtesy of the fabulous Barokksolistene, a city completely new to me. Sentry on duty at the Akershus Fortress:Then it was back to Reykjavík for the Dark Music Days Festival, the city almost unfamiliar in the freeze after our glorious summer initiation. Whooper swans on Tjörnin, which, believe it or not, is in the middle of town:Flanking those were return visits to Glasgow and the Borders, where host Christopher took me with my two beloved oldest godchildren to Stobo Castle’s Japanese Water Garden:and to Edinburgh for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s 40th birthday concert, where the situation of my hotel, the very characteristic Parliament House on Calton Hill, led me on a walk I’d never taken during my four student years in the city, past the Burns monument with stunning views over Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags:Glasgow is always a delight to visit, however gloomy the weather, and my talks before BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra concerts have become regular fixtures…

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'We owe it to Verdi not to keep Rigoletto cosy'Christopher Alden talks to John Crace about his new production for English National OperaIn 1982 Jonathan Miller directed a new Rigoletto for English National Opera in which he updated the action to 1950’s Little Italy in New York. Verdi’s Duke of Mantua became a Mafia capo, Rigoletto his bartender, and one of the opera’s most well-known arias, La donne e mobile, a jukebox hit…

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Music Review: Amanda Majeski Sings Britten and Schumann in ConcertThe soprano Amanda Majeski sang an English and German program that included Britten and Schumann.    

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Recklessly passionate

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Recklessly passionateBefore you ask, cher public, there is no Issue #41 of parterre box, the queer opera zine, or, rather, this issue, #42 is the 41st of the series. La Cieca hasn’t a clue why the numbering system went to hell, but at least she didn’t let you down on content: Gossip about Madame Vera Galupe-Borszkh and Cecilia Bartoli! An interview with Catherine Malfitano! Reviews by Indiana Loiterer III, Fleur Jetée, and Fils de Brahma! ”The Ballad of Billy Budd!” Plus the first installment in the serial “All About Steve” by the ineffable Manuela Haltertop!  [Download Issue #42]

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'Japanese Beethoven' faces the music after admitting he is no longer deafMamoru Samuragochi, who admitted paying professor to write symphonies, says he has regained some of his hearingA composer known as the “Beethoven of Japan” says he has regained some of his hearing ability, a week after causing a furore by admitting he had used a ghost writer for his popular symphonies and other music…

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"You couldn't do it a lot of places, even with high-level playing. Telling somebody, 'Here are 20 or so pieces, there won't be any rehearsal, bring a black suit and we'll go.'"

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Snapshot: Albert Schweitzer plays Bach in Africa

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Albert Schweitzer practices Bach on the pedal piano at his hospital in Africa: (This is the latest in a series…

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It is sometimes an unpredictable ride when attending a recital. What seemed like a straightforward programme of opera arias in the first half and lieder in the second became a very mixed up affair last night. What made the biggest impression was Surguladze’s unfussy and confident platform manner…

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