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Classical Music News - David Stock + MORE

American composer and conductor David Stock died in November 2015.... More »
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Who knew that Haitians love Polish opera? + MORE

From an essay by Nicholas Till in the Times Higher Educational Supplement: At the end of a long day at the Venice Biennale last year, I stumbled upon the Polish pavilion in one of the furthest corners of the Giardini: the park where the art festival is presented. The brief statement posted at the en.... More »
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BBC’s Composer of the Week is the one the world forgot + MORE

When I first wrote about him in my Companion to 20th Century Music back in 1991, he was so little known that there was no standard spelling of either of his names. I called him Moisei Vainberg. Nowadays his name is more commonly transcribed as Miecyslaw Weinberg, but he remains a mystery to most mus.... More »
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Towards creating new opera - the Helios Collective's Formations masterclasses + MORE

On Friday 6 November 2015 I went along to Formations, the first of a series of masterclasses being organised by the Helios Collective in which three short new operas are given supportive coaching by luminaries such as Stephen Unwin, David Parry, Kasper Holten, and Stephen Barlow. These culminate in .... More »
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Slipped Disc editorial: Why Petrenko? + MORE

When the leaders of the Berlin Philharmonic staggered, weary and confused, from a May election that split the orchestra between supporters of Christian Thielemann and Andris Nelsons, they knew that there was not time to waste in choosing an compromise candidate. Either of the first choices would hav.... More »

A new way of walking about opera

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A new way of walking about operaClick the links embedded in the image here, and you will be led into a graphic video wonderworld of grand opera, front and back stage.

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Ensemble. Collective Virtuosity

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Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov and Britten from Natalie Clein, the Moscow Philharmonic and Yuri Simonov, heard by Mike Wheeler

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As orchestras see audiences age and dwindle in size, the Cleveland Orchestra is trying to attract the youngest audience of any in America by its 100th birthday in 2018.

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Peace and Celebration – EUBO

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Peace and Celebration - EUBO Handel Coronation Anthems, Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Lars-Ulrik Mortensen: Obsidian Reviewed by Robert Hugillon May 24 2014 Star rating: 4.0Live recording of Handel’s music for the English Royal court from Lars-Ulrik Mortensen and his young performersIn 2013 the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) and their director Lars-Ulrik Mortensen gave a concert tour with the choir of Clare College, Cambridge…

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ENB Dancers Choreograph First World War Themed Works

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  Korseniowski, Hewson, Hodel, Hamilton, Gurney, Choreographics:  English National Ballet, The Pit, Barbican, London, 22.5.2014 (J.O’D)   Count Down Dancer: Emmeline Jansen Choreographer: Emmeline Jansen Music: Dance for me Wallis – W.E. Music from the Motion Picture Composer: Abel Korzeniowski Ripple Effect Dancers: Juan Rodríguez, Guilherme Menezes, Joshua McSherry-Gray, Ksenia Ovsyanick Singer: Johnny Muir Pianist: […]

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In My Dreams

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I keep thinking about this self-indulgent course I want to teach, all European music. My Advanced Analysis seminars usually encompass three pieces from different historical periods, analyzed in depth. And I desperately want to teach one based around the unfinished fugue from Bach’s The Art of Fugue; Ferruccio Busoni’s Fantasia Contrappuntistica, which is based on […]

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London Soloists Ensemble(NAXOS)These two early quintets were not published in the composer’s lifetime and neither is thought to have been performed after 1918, so this is an interesting glimpse into Vaughan Williams’s development. His widow, Ursula, gave the scores to the British Library in 1958 but placed an embargo on their performance, only lifted in the 1990s…

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Is this the best Covent Garden can show to students?

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Is this the best Covent Garden can show to students?Covent Garden has announced, via a BBC education reporter, that its opening night next season will be reserved for students only, at prices ranging from £1 to £25.
Genuine outreach or eye-catching stunt?
Opinion is divided. Obviously, the more students you can get across an opera threshold, the more likely some of them are to return…

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Sir Peter Maxwell Davis: Film Music (and other things) from NaxosThe first piece of music by Peter Maxwell Davies that I heard was the iconic masterpiece Eight Songs of a Mad King premiered in April 1969. This ‘monodrama’ had been released on LP in 1971 and I heard it around about the same time as I was coming to terms with Elgar and Vaughan Williams. The contrast could not be greater…

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London English Song Festival 2014

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London English Song Festival 2014Judith Weirphoto credit Chris ChristodoulouThe London English Song Festival was started in 2011 by Artistic Director William Vann to promote and celebrate the wide and varied repertoire of English Song.This year’s festival kicks off on the 5th June at St James Piccadilly with the Irish mezzo-soprano Ann Murray DBE, tenor Alessandro Fisher, winner if the Oxford Lieder Young Artist award, and the festival’s Artistic Director William Vann (piano) performing songs from the 17th to 21st century by Henry Purcell, Joseph Haydn, William Denis Browne, Michael Head, Samuel Barber, Benjamin Britten, Lennox Berkeley, and Donald Swann…

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Coliseum Fiordiligi – Kate ValentineDorabella – Christine RiceGuglielmo – Marcus FarnsworthFerrando – Randall BillsDespina – Mary BevanDon Alfonso – Roderick WilliamsPhelim McDermott (director)Tom Pye (set designs)Laura Hopkins (costumes)Paule Constable (lighting)Chorus of the English National Opera (chorus master: Genevieve Ellis)Orchestra of the English National OperaRyan Wigglesworth (conductor)I hoped I should never live to see a worse staging of Così fan tuttethan Jonathan Miller’s; indeed, I should not have thought it possible…

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Ô après-midi d’amour

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Ô après-midi d’amourStarting in just half an hour, a live broadcast of Faust from De Nederlandse Opera starring Michael Fabiano and Irina Lungu. Naturally, La Casa della Cieca will be open!

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Time to bring down the curtain on stage critics' sexismA week in which male reviewers provoked a storm by calling opera singer Tara Erraught ‘unsightly’ has provoked a much-needed debate on sexist attitudes in arts criticismBelow, women in the arts give their views on the controversyThe row about Tara Erraught and her body-bashing critics is both terrible and useful…

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