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Great soprano sings farewell on eve of golden wedding + MORE

The US soprano Helen Donath has let it be known that this week’s Wiesbaden appearance as Mrs Grose in Britten’s Turn of the Screw will be her last in that role. It is not the only milestone she is celebrating this week. On Friday, her 75th birthday, Helen will have been married for 50 ye.... More »

Ezra Sims (1928-2015) + MORE

News comes that the composer Ezra Sims has died.  He was a fixture in Boston New Music and a well-know practitioner of microtonal music, but was always an independent and his music fit into no category other than his own.  Alabama-born, he studied at Harvard and then a Mills College under .... More »

Silvia Belfiore to perform Godwin Sadoh's piano works 'Three Dances' & 'Moonlight Dances' in Concert Tour in Abuja, Lagos, and Kwara State from Feb. 1 to 16, 2015 + MORE

Godwin SadohGodwin Sadoh writes:Italian virtuoso pianist, Silvia Belfiore, will be performing the following piano compositions of mine in a Nigerian Concert Tour, in Abuja, Lagos, and Kwara State, between February 1 and 16, 2015:**Three Dances (Nigerian Premiere)**Moonlight Dances (World Premiere)Go.... More »

Feldman: Two Pianos and Other Pieces CD review – transcendently beautiful + MORE

Tilbury/Thomas(Another Timbre)Though the last 10 years has seen a steady flow of new recordings of Morton Feldman’s music, those have tended to concentrate on the remarkable series of works from the final decade of the composer’s life. But how his music achieved the refinement and clarity of tho.... More »

Superb Beethoven Relayed through the Digital Concert Hall of the Berliner Philharmoniker + MORE

  Beethoven: Isabelle Faust (violin); Berliner Philharmoniker/Bernard Haitink (conductor), Digital Concert Hall of the Berliner Philharmoniker – Live Broadcast to European Cinemas – New Park Cinema, Chichester, 6.3.2015 (MMB) Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 61 Symphony No. 6 i.... More »
"If life were just, I would become a great conductor"One of my earliest and fondest memories is of standing in the center of our kitchen at about age four, stick baton in hand, “conducting” symphonies by Dvořák and Rimsky-Korsakov*. My mother had given in to my pleas for the 78 rpm records. She thought the music completely unappealing and constantly yelled at me for turning the volume up, but I loved her without bounds for buying me the ninety-eight cent record…

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Zurich Opera: mixed hand

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Zurich Opera: mixed handIt was a happy coincidence that ever-stylish director/designer Robert Carsen’s new production of Tchaikovsky’s Pikovaya Dama happened to be running at our old haunt the Zurich Opera following on from the not-too-hard-work Basel stint of my latest Swiss trip (which you can read all about over on The Arts Desk – though I have more to add on the city and the dreamlike Fondation Beyeler)…

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Goodness had everything to do with itAlthough Rossini and his librettist Ferretti endeavored to cleanse their Cinderella of all things supernatural—no fairy godmother, no pumpkin transformed into a coach, no glass slipper, the Met stage was still filled with considerable magic Monday night when its dizzily effervescent revival of La Cenerentola starring Joyce DiDonato and Javier Camarena stirred a bewitched audience to some of the most ecstatic ovations heard this season…

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With five recordings under his belt and a 2005 victory at the noted International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Rafal Blechacz was hardly an unknown when he was named in January as the recipient of the 2014 Gilmore Artist Award.

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'On An Overgrown Path': Jan Willis: "If life were just, I would become a great conductor"Bob Shingleton of On An Overgrown Path writes:Hey Bill, tangential, but, nevertheless, a nice story – – http://goo.gl/tWS6JIRegards,BobOn An Overgrown PathApril 21, 2014Black, Baptist, And Buddhist: One Woman’s Spiritual Journey by Jan Willis[Excerpt]One of my earliest and fondest memories is of standing in the center of our kitchen at about age four, stick baton in hand, “conducting” symphonies by Dvořák and Rimsky-Korsakov*…

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End the Missionary Position in Classical Music

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End the Missionary Position in Classical MusicTime to end the Missionary position in classical music, where middle class western pundits pontificate on what’s best for lesser beings. The motives may be noble but the underlying assumption isn’t. When “civilised” folk bemoan the fact that non-white, non middle-class audiences don’t flock to concerts and opera, they’re implicitly replicating the values of imperial aggression…

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ArtsBeat: Mariss Jansons to Resign From Royal Concertgebouw OrchestraMr. Jansons, 71, will resign his post after the 2014-15 season.

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Kaufmann Takes Winter Walk

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Schubert, Winterreise, J. Kaufmann, H. Deutsch
(released on April 1, 2014)
Sony 8883795652 | 70’01"
Schubert’s Winterreise is a baritone’s song cycle, at least to my ears, just as Die schöne Müllerin will always be tenor territory. Schubert actually conceived both of these masterpieces in higher keys suited to a treble voice, but while a tenor’s ethereal high range is perfectly suited to the

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The official classical chart

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Week ending 19 April 2014


Miloš Karadaglić (guitar); London Philharmonic/Nézet-Séguin
Mercury Classics 481 0811xt
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Schubert: Winterreise
Jonas Kaufmann, Helmut Deutsch
Sony Classical 88883795652
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I Saw Eternity
Paul Mealor
Decca 481 0494
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Shostakovich: Symphony No…

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Ms. Bullock, a rising soprano from Juilliard, sings “Canción de Cuna Para Dormir a un Negrito.”

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The American Chamber of Commerce in China has called on the Chinese to ease visa requirements and allow greater press freedom to help stem a decline in confidence in the world’s No. 2 economy by U.S. companies, even as it praised moves toward economic revisions.

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Mariss Jansons announces Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra departureThe conductor’s 10-year reign as chief of the world-renowned Amsterdam orchestra will end after 2014-15 season Comment: Tom Service on Jansons and the RCO Mariss Jansons announced today that he will resign his position as chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra after the 2014/15 season. The Latvian-born conductor, 71, has held the position since September 2004, succeeding Riccardo Chailly…

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A concert ‘to provide hospital beds for musicians’

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From the Pathé archives, with super-rare footage of Ralph Vaughan Williams:

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