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Grieg, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Beethoven: James Rester, Kenneth Bell, John DeVivo, and Albert Houde (horns), Reading Symphony Orchestra, members of the Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra*, Andrew Constantine (conductor), Santander Performing Arts Center, Reading, Pennsylvania. 2.4.2016 (BJ) Grieg: F.... More »
This week's top classical news stories include a composer speaking out against racism in classical music; a piano prize for Benjamin Grosvenor; and a tragedy in the family of one of the Piano Guys..... More »
Anna Netrebko adds yet another veristic aria to her burgeoning repertoire: “L’altra notte in fondo al mare” from Boito’s Mefistofele.
(From a concert August 27 at the Beiteddine Festival. Orchestra: Filarmonica Gioachino Rossin.... More »
Melvyn Tan Beethoven, Czerny, Jonathan Dove; Melvyn Tan; Rhinegold Live at Conway Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Feb 28 2017 Star rating: 5.0From late Beethoven to a Jonathan Dove birthday present, in a programme notable for the dexterous virtuosity of the playingFor the first Rhinegold Live.... More »
By Laurie Niles: Who could have predicted that Joshua Bell's 43-minute busking experiment in a D.C. Metro station would still be inspiring stories more than 10 years later?
And yet it is -- beyond the 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning story in the Washington Post, a children's book in 2013 and a host of .... More »
Ferrabosco, Holborne, Brade, Gibbons, Locke, William Lawes, Jenkins, Hespèrion XXI [Jordi Savall (treble viol, director), Philippe Pierlot (treble and bass viols), Sergi Casademut (tenor viol), Friederike Heumann (bass viol), Xavier Puertas (consort bass), Michael Beringer (organ)], The Music Room, Gregynog Hall, Powys, 21…
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“Wagner always considered himself a spiritual revolutionary whose concern was the liberation of human beings, including the Jews, from their so-called ‘curse’. Joachim Köhler. The Wagner JournalWhile there is much of interest in the July issue of the Wagner Journal, perhaps Joachim Köhler’s reversal on the centrality of Wagner’s antisemitism in his work, his influence on the the Third Reich and the persecution of the Jews; is one of the most interesting, extraordinary and “brave” “turn-a-rounds” in Wagner research…
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The title of the opera provides the essence of Frederic Wake-Walker’s staging. Finta – pretend, fake – and giardiniera – gardener – are key elements in a show where Arcadian bliss is not even glimpsed until the counterfeit facade of 18th century manners and deceit has quite literally crumbled away…
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Judith Weir has been announced as the first ever female Master of the Queen’s music, taking over from Sir Peter Maxwell Davies who has been in the role since 2004.
Weir has composed several acclaimed operas, including A Night at the Chinese Opera and Blond Eckbert, and was resident composer with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in the 1990s…
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Hall One, Kings PlaceBartók – Seven pieces from ‘Mikrokosmos’, for two pianos, four hands, Sz.108Sonata for two pianos and percusson, Sz.110Stravinsky – The Soldier’s TaleFlorian Mitrea, Alexandra Vaduva (piano)Tom Lee, Paul Stoneman, Oliver Butterworth (percussion)Kate Suthers (violin)Felix Lashmar (double bass)Leonie Bluett (clarinet)Hannah Rankin (bassoon)Matthew Williams (trumpet)Elliot Pooley (trombone)Dame Harriet Walter (narrator) Simon Wright (conductor) What a treat, to hear not just one but two of Bartók’s two-piano works, followed by The Soldier’s Tale, especially in excellent performances from Royal Academy students! Florian Mitrea and Alexandra Vaduva followed in the hallowed footsteps of Bartók himself and his wife, Ditta Pásztory…
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Debussy, Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, Bach, Bartok: Agata Szymczewska, Alexandra Soumm (violins), Seiji Ozawa International Academy, Seiji Ozawa (conductor), Victoria Hall, Geneva, 28.6.2014 (AL) Debussy: String Quartet 1st Mouvement Animé et très décidé Beethoven: String Quartet op 18 nr 3 2nd Movement, Andante con moto Schumann: String Quartet op 41 nr 3 3rd Movement, Adagio […]
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Mendelssohn Symphony No 1, with Elliott Carter’s Instances for chamber orchestra (2012), written shortly before his death aged 103. Trust Oliver Knussen to come up with a programme that blends Mendelssohn, Dallapiccola, Carter, Webern and Ligeti, conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Maltings, Snape, Aldeburgh, part of this year’s Aldeburgh Music Festival…
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The Salomon Orchestra at their 50th anniversary concert at St John’s This year’s centenary celebrations for Andrzej Panufnik are provoking something of a reassessment. But the centenary has not called for quite such a torrent of Panufnik’s large scale works, so it was pleasing to encounter his Sinfonia Sacra at a concert by the enterprising Salomon Orchestra at St Johns Smith Square on Wednesday 25 June 2014…
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Kaija Saariaho’s new piece, here given its UK premiere, may be be scored for organ and orchestra – but it is emphatically not an organ concerto
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George LePauw, the festival’s director, has received a stiff letter from the Chicago Federation of Musicians. He is threatened with a musicians boycott unless he pays up.
George Lepauw, President and Artistic Director
International Beethoven Project
P.O. Box 14149
Chicago, Illinois 60614
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As a once aspiring composer myself I know how difficult it is for women to enter never mind succeed in this professionJudith Weir is to be appointed Master of the Queen’s Music. Weir, 60, will be the first woman ever appointed to this role, which has existed for nearly 400 years. The title may be archaic, the job’s implied responsibilities establishmentarian, but given the struggles for recognition that have faced women composers over the centuries it is still a significant crack in a crystal ceiling…
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Orchestra of the Americas performing in Chile.(Contributed)Michael S. Wright writes:Hi Bill,I picked this up in this weeks Jamaica Gleaner. ‘The National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica (NYOJ) will be collaborating with the Orchestra of the Americas (YOA) on the final leg of their month long Caribbean tour…
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Listen to the French premiere of the chamber version of Kaija Saariaho’s La Passion de Simone, with Clément Mao-Takacs
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