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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 »
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The Tale of Januarie review – new opera crosses Carry On with Chaucer + MORE

Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London John Findon is brilliantly larger than life as Chaucer’s ageing knight in a well-made take on The Merchant’s Tale that’s even fruitier than the original “The first opera to be written in Middle English” is a lot more fun than the description soun.... More »

Enterprising and Excellent Concert from Hazlewood And Welsh Sinfonia + MORE

 Mozart, Nyman, Ives, Prokofiev: Sara Trickey (violin),  Sarah Jane Bradley (viola), Welsh Sinfonia, Charles Hazlewood (conductor), Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. 17.1.2015 (PCG) Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante in E flat, K.364 Nyman – Trysting Fields (1988.... More »

Texas Wind Ensemble premieres at Cadogan Hall + MORE

The University of Texas Wind Ensemble is touring at the moment and conducted by Jerry Junkin they will be performing at Cadogan Hall on Sunday 8 June 2014. The ensemble has been commissioning new music since 1988 and has given world premiere performances by John Corigliano, Michael Daugherty, Donald.... More »
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Review: The Composer Tristan Perich’s Proudly Lo-Fi Electronic Sounds + MORE

Works by Mr. Perich, combining gritty one-bit electronic sounds with live music, were performed at the Kitchen..... More »
'Seven Traceries Suite' of William Grant Still on 'Rarely Performed Piano Works, Vol. 2' by Pianist Seta Karakashian on Romeo Records[William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com. Recordings, sheet music and books of William Grant Still are available at www.WilliamGrantStill.com, which is operated by the composer’s daughter Judith Anne Still]Rarely Performed Piano Works, Vol…

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ColumbiaTribune.com: 'Blind Tom' Wiggins' 1880 piano 'duel' with John William Boone in Columbia, MO to be reenacted March 3, 2014The Ballad of Blind Tom, Slave Pianist by Deirdre O’Connellhas been partially excerpted at AfriClassical Blog.Thomas “Blind Tom” Wiggins (1849-1908) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a complete Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma…

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Gay opera tenor is beaten up in Sweden. It’s the second time, he says.Rickard (Rick) Soderberg, a well-known rainbow activist, was pelted with stones and eggs  on Friday night after a rehearsal at Malmö Opera. Rick says it was in the same area as he was first attacked four years ago and it follows a rising tide of incoming hate mail on his social media. Report here (in Swedish)…

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Saturday at 10 a.m., join host Lynne Warfel for classical music from the movies. Today's theme continues from last week, presenting music from all-time great movies (according to the American Film Institute). Plus, some thoughts from the Cube Critics about depicting writers' lives in film.

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Invigorating, Colourful Music in Selmeczi’s New Opera

– www.seenandheard-international.com

  György Selmeczi, Spiritisti:  Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Hungarian State Opera/János Kovács (conductor), Hungarian State Opera House, Budapest, 19.1.2014. (RD)   Spiritisti (Spiritiszták – seemingly ‘Spiritualists’) is a new Hungarian State Opera commission from composer György Selmeczi, a significant senior figure in the country’s arts scene, who was born in Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvár), in what was the […]

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Dance of Life CD launch

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Dance of Life CD launchSoprano Patricia Rozario recording Roxanna Panufnik’s Dance of Life Tallinn MassIn what was to be the first event in an Estonian themed day, (see my review of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir’s concert), I attended the launch of Roxanna Panufnik’s Dance of Life Tallinn Mass on Warner Classics yesterday (22 January 2014)…

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Pocket Opera’s Enterprising Orfeo Woos Young Audiences

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 Gluck, Orfeo ed Euridice: Soloists, Orpheus and Eurydice Chorus, Philip Voldman (musical director),  Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London, 21.1.2014 (MB) Cast: Orfeo – Paul Featherstone Euridice – Pamela Hay Amor – Joanna Foote Production: Mark Tinkler (director) Alex Hopkins, Fridthjofur Thorsteinsson (lighting) Maddy Rita Faye, DenisaDumitrescu, Vivian Lu, Anastasia Glazova, Lucia […]

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Chorus director calls it quits at 92, with Chichester PsalmsRobert De Cormier is retiring from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus, which he founded 20 years ago. What to do for his farewell? Everyone agreed on Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. But De Cormier’s second proposal – Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time – was shouted down by the singers…

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New – Mahogany Opera Group

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New - Mahogany Opera GroupMahogany Opera and The Opera Group are joining forces to create The Mahogany Opera Group.Frederic Wake-Walker is Artistic Director and John Gilhooly is Chairman of an illustrious group of sponsors.  This could be an interesting development.  Mahogany Opera produced the brilliant  Britten Church Parables at Aldeburgh last summer – read more HERE (Curlew River)  and HERE…

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Alia Vox announces the reissue of of Jordi Savall’s only recording of orchestral music by Marin Marais

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Stand Up And Be Conti’d

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Review – L’Issipile (Wigmore Hall, Wednesday 22 January 2014)
Issipile – Lucy Crowe
Eurinome – Diana Montague
Rodope – Rebecca Bottone
Toante – John Mark Ainsley
Learco – Flavio Ferri-Benedetti
Giasone – Lawrence Zazzo
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David Bates (Director)
Generally unknown, Francesco Bartolomeno Conti is the latest composer to be ‘rediscovered’ and we are fortunately that L’Issipile is seeing the light of day once again…

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Brahms: Symphonies 3 & 4 – review

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London Philharmonic Orchestra/Jurowski(LPO)Every conductor wants to make their mark on the four symphonies of Brahms – recently Riccardo Chailly at the Barbican, currently Andris Nelsons at the Southbank – and then, if they have the chance, commit them to disc. None will be definitive: when it comes to Brahms interpretations, so much comes down to taste…

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What dramatic tension from the Overture onwards! No mere curtain-raiser, but as Gluck/Calzabigi demanded in the Preface to Alceste, an integral part of the drama. And then the noble, heartrending simplicity of the obsequies, already looking towards Les Troyens…

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