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Top 10 Best And Worst Of 2014 + MORE

2014 is firmly in the rear view mirror so it seems like a good time to revisit some of the highest highs and lowest lows that help establish comparative parameter. To that end, here’s a decuplet of the best and worst from 2014 plus one more to acknowledge the sadder moments. Best Of 2014.... More »
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Less is More + MORE

Embed from Getty ImagesFrances Wilson on Marginal Gain Learning:Learning music is hard: from the junior student faced with just three or four lines of music to the advanced pianist embarking on a full-length piano sonata or multi-movement work, the learning and upkeep of all those notes is a dauntin.... More »
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Perchance to Stream: Advent IV Edition + MORE

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio and online video from the week gone by. After clicking to an audio or video stream, you may need to press the "Play" button to start the broadcast. Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days. Watch a performance .... More »
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CD Spotlight. Scintillating Performances + MORE

Asian music for string quartet impresses Howard Smith. '... an exemplary, highly recommendable release.'.... More »
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Review: LoftOpera’s ‘Lucrezia Borgia,’ With Flying Bottles of Beer and Poison + MORE

Donizetti’s opera, with its famously difficult final aria, gets an updated setting in Brooklyn..... More »
Finally Available: The Life of Richard Wagner - Ernest NewmanNewman’s masterful 4 volume Wagner biography The Life of Richard Wagner is, at last, finally available once more. Although, we originally mentioned this reprint nearly two years ago, various issues meant that its publication was delayed. However, it is now finally available to buy; either as an entire set or as a more affordable four separate volumes…

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Toronto orchestra’s 2014/15 season includes baroque masterpieces, a new Canadian composition and an all-Beethoven collaboration with Montreal maestro Kent Nagano

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Harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell, leader of a Cleveland period-instrument orchestra, will replace Richard Egarr as conductor of Mercury’s upcoming performance of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos.

Sorrell is the artistic director of Apollo’s Fire, an ensemble she founded in 1992.

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Video game composer Dren McDonald had a great idea to raise money for an after-school music program in California. McDonald is Emily Reese's guest on this week's episode of Top Score.

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Elton John to make musical into animation movieElton John’s film company has acquired the film rights to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s hugely popular musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.    

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Freiburger Brandenburgs

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Freiburger Barockorchester (Harmonia Mundi, 2014)

Bach, Brandenburg Concertos, Freiburger Barockorchester (DVD, 2000)
Charles T. Downey, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra at the Library of Congress (Washington Post, February 6, 2014)
The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra is on a Bach World Tour, and the first stop in the United States was at the Library of Congress on Tuesday…

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WQXR Radio, NYC: 1-Hour Specials by Terrance McKnight on Langston Hughes, Hazel Scott & Florence Price, Listen On Demand or Stream Live at WQXR.orgTerrance McKnight (Marco Antonio)New York Public Radio”This year, The Grio recognized the contributions of WQXR host Terrance McKnight to this effort by naming him as one of The Grio’s 100 in the arts category.  As a pianist, a former professor at Morehouse, and now as a host at WQXR, the most listened-to classical music station in the country, McKnight is committed to making classical music accessible to everyone…

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Thomas: Aureole; Words of the Sea; In My Sky at Twilight; Terpsichore's Dream, etc – reviewBrandes/Chicago SO/MusicNOW Ensemble/Boulez/Knussen(Nimbus Alliance)For nine years from 1997, Augusta Read Thomas was composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony, and three of the pieces on this disc were composed either for that great orchestra or its sibling new-music ensemble, MusicNow. Together with the other pieces here they give a good sense of the vividly imaginative instrumental palette that Thomas has at her fingertips, and which established her as one of the most distinctive and rewarding US composers of her generation, though the most recent of them, the brief and breezy concert-opener, Aureole, completed last year, suggests that her music is now becoming more gestural and direct, with more than a touch of Copland-esque Americana in some of the ideas…

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Japan reacted with remorse and outrage to Mamoru Samuragochi’s admission that he had hired a ghostwriter since the 1990s to compose most of his music.    

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(le)Poisson Rouge’s in-house Ensemble LPR
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Since (Le) Poisson Rouge, (LPR) opened in 2008; the venue has established itself as a sure ticket to an unconventional concert experience. LPR’s motto, “serving art and alcohol,” gives some idea of its free-spirited approach.
Now, with the launch of its own ensemble, LPR has further expanded the venue’s ventures into unchartered, artistic territory…

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John Malveaux: At San Diego Symphony Chamber Music Program of February 4, 2014 Nicole 'Cabell demonstrated elegance and greatness'Nicole Cabell (Devon Cass)John Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites:I attended San Diego Symphony Chamber music program of February 4, 2014 featuring Soprano Nicole Cabell. Ms. Cabell demonstrated elegance and greatness. I met Ms. Cabell for the first time and brieftly chatted with her mother in Green room following the concert…

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Alexander Melnikov: True to the Spirit of Shostakovich

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 Shostakovich: Alexander Melnikov (piano), Wigmore Hall, London, 4.2.2014 (GDn) Preludes and Fugues, book 2 Alexander Melnikov’s recorded Shostakovich is a known quantity – accolades for his CDs of these works take up half his programme biography – but nothing prepares you for the live experience…

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Composer 'lied about songs, deafness'

– www.dailytelegraph.com.au

A DEAF composer lauded as Japan’s Beethoven has admitted that he didn’t write many of his songs, as his ghost writer claims he can hear just fine.

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