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Schnittke: Musica Nostalgica + MORE

Leonard Elschenbroich and Petr Limonov embody the composer’s various musical personalities with aplomb.... More »
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The 1945 Victory Symphony Contest in the Daily Express: The Premieres + MORE

The Daily Mail (10 June 1946) reported on the success of their rival newspaper’s Victory Symphony competition. Ralph Hill insisted that the paper has to be congratulated on its success in bringing to ‘the notice of the musical public two gifted young composers, Cedric Thorpe Davie and Bernard St.... 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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Avec la garde montante + MORE

“Brandon Jovanovich has agreed at short notice to step into the role of Don José in this evening’s performance of Carmen, replacing Aleksandrs Antonenko, who is ill. Jovanovich is currently at the Met rehearsing for next month’s revival of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.̶.... More »
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Michael Torke: Life After the Ceremony of Innocence + MORE

Before turning 30, Michael Torke had become a towering figure in the new music community. He was signed by a major publisher, had an exclusive record contract on a major label, and was the de-facto composer-in-residence for New York City Ballet. In his early 40s, he went totally DIY both self-publis.... More »
Prom 28: Beethoven, Brett Dean, StravinskySakari Oramo Stravinsky Oedipus Rex, Beethoven, Brett Dean; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo; BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Aug 7 2014 Star rating: 4.0Prom 28: Oramo’s first Proms outing – Stravinsky’s monumental opera-oratorio in an eclectic programmeIn typical Proms fashion, Thursday 7 August 2014’s Prom 28 saw Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex performed in an eclectic programme which started with Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and also featured Electric Preludes by the contemporary Australian composer Brett Dean…

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Howard University Symphony Orchestra to audition community members on violin, viola and cello for coming seasonHoward University Symphony Orchestra:Hello!This year, the Howard University Symphony Orchestra opened its doors to community members for the first time, and with much success!  We are excited to do it once again this fall.If you or someone you know is a violin, viola, or cello player and is interested in networking with fellow musicians while performing exciting repertoire, please send an email to DMVMusiciansUnited@gmail…

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Music Review: Osmo Vanska Conducts the Mostly Mozart Festival OrchestraMr. Vanska led the orchestra in a program of Beethoven, Shostakovich and Prokofiev, with solos from the trumpeter Philip Cobb and the pianist Yuja Wang.

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The levels of refinement now exhibited by the Hallé, the stylishness and elegance of the playing, is alone a measure of the special relationship that they and Mark Elder have cemented over the last decade and a half. The opening bars of Berlioz’ Le corsaire came off the page like a manifesto for French sensibilities with rapier-like strings parrying airborne woodwinds like the most flexible of swashbuckling foils…

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Royal Albert HallBeethoven – Egmont, op.84: OvertureBrett Dean – Electric PreludesStravinsky – Oedipus Rex Francesco D’Orazio (electric violin) Oedipus – Allan ClaytonJocasta – Hilary SummersCreon – Juha UusitaloTiresias – Brindley SherrattMessenger – Duncan RockShepherd – Samuel BodenSpeaker – Rory KinnearBBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus (chorus master: Stephen Jackson)BBC Symphony OrchestraSakari Oramo (conductor)I admit that I came to this concert mostly with the second half in mind…

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Glyndebourne Handel Rinaldo Revived

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Glyndebourne Handel Rinaldo Revived Handel Rinaldo at Glyndebourne tonight. Rinaldo is set in the Crusades but has nothing to do with history, religion or even common sense. Handel’s glorious opera works because it’s hyper-fantasy. Knights, enchantresses, magic, battle scenes, mountains, oceans – anything but literal realism…

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Handel's Rinaldo at Glyndebourne

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Handel's Rinaldo at GlyndebourneKarina Gauvin as Armidaphoto Robbie Jack Handel Rinaldo; Karina Gauvin, Iestyn Davies, Christina Landshamer, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenmment, cond. Ottavio Dantone, direct. Robert Carsen; Glyndebourne Festival Opera Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Aug 9 2014 Star rating: 4.5Revival of Carsen’s schoolboy fantasy Rinaldo with a superb castHandel’s Rinaldo was first performed in 1711 at London’s King’s Theatre…

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Cadogan Hall C.P.E. Bach – Symphony in B minor, Wq 182 no.5Birtwistle – Endless ParadeHonegger – Pastorale d’étéDavies – SinfoniaSibelius – RakastavaHåkan Hardenberger (trumpet)Lapland Chamber OrchestraJohn Storgårds (conductor) A principal theme of this year’s Proms has been the greater-than-ever variety of ensembles from across the world, many of them making their debuts here, whether at Cadogan Hall or a short walk away at the Royal Albert Hall…

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Regietheater is supposed to be an exercise in extracting the underlying truth in a libretto and bringing it to the fore by a radical revaluation or re-appropriation of its symbolic framework. In the big picture, Frank Castorf’s staging of Wagner’s Das Rheingold for the Bayreuth Festival does that – it claims to propose a discussion on politics, its manipulation of the natural (both in the sense of Nature and in the sense of what is true) and of irony as a means of resistance…

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Prom 29: BBC Philharmonic/Noseda review  Benjamin Grosvenor lifts the roof offRoyal Albert Hall, LondonPianist Benjamin Grosvenor’s ample programme brought together a one-time Proms favourite, a neglected Italian and an old French warhorseIn his Proms appearance with the BBC Philharmonic under the Manchester orchestra’s conductor laureate, Gianandrea Noseda, pianist Benjamin Grosvenor offered the audience not one concerto but two…

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A Babel of hope and possibility

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A Babel of hope and possibilityThe phrase is not mine but my bright young colleague Alexandra Coghlan’s on The Arts Desk, of Berio’s Sinfonia, which preceded a shattering but superbly nuanced interpretation of Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony at Tuesday night’s Prom. I choose to apply it to the superlative team which gave one of the best Proms I’ve ever heard, our already-beloved European Union Youth Orchestra, and further, to the even younger members of nine British youth orchestras they mentored in an inspiring workshop featuring 180 young musicians on the platform of the Royal Albert Hall the morning after the EUYO triumph…

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Glyndebourne presents La traviata

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Watch: Verdi’s classic opera live from Glyndebourne today at 5.45pm

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Met’s Labor Woes Divide Opera Fans as Well as ParticipantsThe labor strife at the Metropolitan Opera has inflamed the passions of opera lovers.

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