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Ensemble. Consummate Professionalism + MORE

Nigel Ogden begins Derby Cathedral's series of summer organ recitals, heard by Mike Wheeler.... More »

Musicals at the opera house? + MORE

ENO’s staging of ‘Sunset Boulevard’ proves that purists have nothing to fear.... More »

Intimate Schumann from Four Leading players of the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia + MORE

 Schumann: Alexander Lonquich (piano), Cristina Barbuti (piano), Carlo Maria Parazzoli (violin), Simone Briatore (viola), Luigi Piovano (cello), Alessandro Carbonare (clarinet), Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Sala Sinopoli, Parco della Musica, Rome. 16.11.2016. (JB) I’ve long held that Sc.... More »
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Autumn from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons + MORE

Kati Debretzeni leads the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Autu.... More »

Have baton, will travel + MORE

Russian-born pianist and conductor Natalia Raspopova will join the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as its assistant conductor..... More »

Britten Owen Wingrave – made for TV

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Britten Owen Wingrave - made for TVThis year’s Aldeburgh Music Festival begins with Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave, which Britten himself conducted in the same theatre in November 1970. (I’m  at Snape on Sunday so I’ll be doing a review Monday)  While the opera was in gestation, the revolutions of 1968 were raging. Paris was brought to a standstill by Danny The Red and student protestors…

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Violinist Tai Murray Performs Ligeti, Mendelssohn & Brahms with Westchester Philharmonic 3 PM Sunday, June 15, 2014Tai Murraytaimurray.comWestchester PhilharmonicRyan McAdams, conductorTai Murray, violinSunday, June 15 at 3 pm The Phil continues its focus on presenting young, ground-breaking artists whose massive talents demand our attention. Ryan McAdams’ leadership of the New York Youth Symphony has led to non-stop critical acclaim wherever he conducts…

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Four Quarters - Aurora Orchestra at Kings Place Ravel, Thomas Ades, Mozart; Aurora Orchestra; Kings Place Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 13 2014 Star rating: 4.0Two established chamber classics and a new classic from this lively young orchestraAs part of Kings Place’s series Chamber Classics Unwrapped, on Friday 13 June 2014, the members of the Aurora Orchestra performed Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro, Thomas Ades’s Four Quarters and Mozart’s Gran Partita, a wonderfully profligate piece of programming which saw no one player participating in all three works…

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Beethoven’s stylistic evolution

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ON their own, Beethoven’s five piano concertos offer an incomplete idea of his genius.

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Carlos Kalmar leads orchestra, cast and chorus in Berlioz’ classic as the Grant Park Music Festival moves indoors for two nights.

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Götterdämmerung review  belt-and-braces WagnerTown Hall, LeedsThe sheer sound-pressure levels attained exemplified that this project has principally been the orchestra’s triumphWith this production, Opera North arrives at the climax of an extraordinary four-year project to present Wagner’s epic tetralogy without going out of business. It has been belt-and-braces Wagner, presented in semi-staged concert versions, yet curiously none the worse for that…

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A Verdi Requiem with only 12 singers

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A Verdi Requiem with only 12 singersThe rest of the National Chorus of Spain went on strike this weekend over pay and conditions. There were 66 absentees as the Madrid performance.

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Dr. Stan Ford is Artistic Director of International Chamber Music Series, Salzburg, 16 July-10 Aug., Supporting Salzburg's Children's Trauma InstituteDr. Stan FordOn March 6, 2014 AfriClassical posted:Dr. Stan Ford of Salzburg Mozarteum Presents Works of Ulysses Kay, Howard Swanson, H. Leslie Adams & Scott Joplin to Austrian Teachers at Lecture/Recital Dr. Stan Ford announces the International Chamber Music Series, of which he is Artistic Director, in Salzburg, Austria from July 16 to August 10, 2014…

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Paavo Järvi Impresses in Russian Fare with the Philharmonia

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 Glinka, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich: Kirill Gerstein (piano), Philharmonia Orchestra, Paavo Järvi (conductor), Royal Festival Hall, London, 12.6.2014 (CS) Glinka: Overture, Ruslan and Ludmilla Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor Op.30 Shostakovich: Symphony No.5 in D minor Op.47   Three Russian masterpieces; three very different temperaments…

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Art should be dangerous

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Art should be dangerousWhen did you last experience a true performance? Not one of those musically perfect but soulless concerts by a celebrity maestro and a touring orchestra – Edinburgh yesterday and Salzburg tomorrow – that is more restatement than performance. I mean a real performance, a one-off where routine is traded for risk, where the musicians become players in a drama, an event which, to paraphrae Carl Nielsen, gives us something else, gives us something new, instead of expressing deedless admiration for the conventional…

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Karajan’s concertmaster: still playing in Texas

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Karajan’s concertmaster: still playing in TexasLeon Spierer, who was a concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic from 1963 to his retirement, is giving a Father’s Day concert at the University of Houston. Appropriately enough with his son. He has been talking to local media.
Spierer, Berlin born, grew up in exile in Argentina, before studying the Max Rostal in London…

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Vogel and Cojocaru Are a Stunning Romeo and Juliet

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 Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet: Dancers and Orchestra of the English National Ballet / Gavin Sutherland(conductor),  Royal Albert Hall, London, 12.6.2013. (JPr) Cast:  Juliet: Alina Cojocaru Romeo: Friedemann Vogel Mercutio: Yonah Acosta Benvolio: James Forbat Tybalt: Max Westwell Lord Capulet: James Streeter Lady Capulet: Jane Haworth Nurse: Tamarin Stott Rosaline: Begoña Cao Friar Lawrence: Luke Heydon […]

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Gerard Schurmann’s chamber music impresses Howard Smith. ‘… potent, consuming, thematically cogent and burning with zeal.’

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