Ryan Muncy Breaks New Sonic Ground for Saxophone in Chicago + MORE Oct 18th


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From the classical archive September 1963: Michael Roll wins the first ever Leeds Piano Competition + MORE

23 September 1963: The Guardian reports on the final of the first Leeds Pianoforte Competition, won by a local boy and, at 17, the youngest of all 94 competitorsDelight was exceeded only by surprise in Leeds at the victory in the International Piano Competition of a local boy, Michael Roll, who, at .... More »
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Ensemble. Nicely Varied + MORE

Beethoven, Mozart, Crusell, Françaix and Schubert from members of Sinfonia Viva, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler.... More »

Jennifer Larmore: ‘ I was waitressing, I worked at a Candy shop…’ + MORE

Exclusive to Slipped Disc readers as a treat for your weekend, we publish an extract from the new tell-all memoirs of the outstanding international mezzo-soprano. Jennifer writes here about what she calls ‘The Abyss’ period between college and career when nothing is happening… and .... More »

Encounters with Britten + MORE

Over at ArtsJournal, Terry Teachout has a posting up about his first encounter with Britten's music, which happened to have been the great Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings. I am reasonably certain my own first Britten was the Variations on a Theme of Henry Purcell, better known as the Young Per.... More »
Ryan Muncy Breaks New Sonic Ground for Saxophone in ChicagoMichael Lewanski, conductor of Chicago’s Ensemble Dal Niente, introduced saxophonist (and EDN Executive Director) Ryan Muncy with his tongue in his cheek and a point to make. He reeled off a list of famous saxophone practitioners from Charlie Parker, to John Coltrane, to Bill Clinton, to Kenny G and Lisa Simpson, without naming a single classical musician…

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We talk Berlioz with Karen CargillMezzo-soprano Karen Cargill will be joining the LSO and Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev for four concerts at the Barbican in October and November, plus a tour to Europe. As part of this autumn’s Berlioz series, she’ll be singing the composer’s song cycle Les nuits d’été and the dramatic cantata The Death of Cleopatra…

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Sergio Mims forwards from OZY.com: 'Opera's Newest (And Most Unconventional) Star' Alicia Hall Moran

Alicia Hall Moran

Mims sends this link on Alicia Hall Moran:

I came across this article about her




October 16, 2013  By Ayana Byrd

If you’d asked Alicia Hall Moran how
she was feeling a year ago, fresh off the heels of a Broadway run, the
Harlem-based opera singer would sigh and say it was like finally getting
“off the treadmill…

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Video of the day: Mahagonny

– www.therestisnoise.com

Gotham Chamber Opera's production Baden-Baden 1927—re-creating the legendary quadruple bill of Milhaud's L'Enlèvement d'Europe, Hindemith's Hin und zurück, Toch's Die Prinzessin auf der Erbse, and Weill's Mahagonny Songspiel—opens next week. Paul Curran directs, with stage designs by Georg Baselitz; Helen Donath, in a rare New York appearance, takes the Lotte Lenya role in Mahagonny.

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Did Anna Nicole kill City Opera?

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Did Anna Nicole kill City Opera?A report in the impeccably named Non-Profit Quarterly suggests that the last production staged by New York City Opera was actually the nail in its coffin: As a somewhat bizarre coda to these events, the final production put on by the NYCO may have led to its demise. The last work performed was “Anna Nicole,” a […]

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V.com Interview with Martin Wulfhorst: The Orchestral Violinist's CompanionBy Laurie Niles: It’s time to throw away the old attitude that orchestral playing is the last resort of a failed soloist. In fact, orchestral violin playing is a competitive field that requires a great deal of training and experience, and for many, it’s their first-choice career.

“It’s a great job to have,” said German violinist Martin Wulfhorst, who was not even out of high school when he began his professional orchestra career…

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Les Violons du Roy

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Charles T. Downey, Les Violons du Roy concert at Strathmore: Stellar early-music ensemble’s time to shine
Washington Post, October 17, 2013

Handel and Bach Arias, S. Blythe, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, J. Nelson
Les Violons du Roy, perhaps the best early music ensemble in North America? Check…

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Wigmore Hall


Ferneyhough – Intermedia alla ciaconna
Robert HP Platz – strings (Echo VII) (UK premiere)
Hilda Paredes – Cuerdas del destino (UK premiere)
Francisco Guerrero – Zayin I + II
Cage – Eight Whiskus
Akira Nishimura – String Quartet
no.5, ‘Shesha’ (world premiere)

Irvine Arditti, Ashot Sarkissjan (violins)

Ralf Ehlers (viola)

Lucas Fels (cello)


To say that the world of
contemporary music owes Irvine Arditti and the Arditti Quartet an incalculable
debt, whilst true, somewhat misses the point; we might be better to say that of
the world of music…

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The production is a disappointment but the opera is a gem, says Rupert Christiansen    

Continue Reading On www.telegraph.co.uk »

City Music Foundation Showcase Concert 2013

The City Music Foundation is a new initiative intended to support musicians as they launch their professional careers, providing performance opportunities, mentoring, marketing and technical advice.  The foundation brings together expertise from the City of London’s music and arts community, including the Barbican Arts Centre, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the London Symphony Orchestra, the City of London Festival and the Worshipful Company of Musicians, all based within the square mile of the city…

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Canadian pianist rushed to hospital in mid-recital

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Canadian pianist rushed to hospital in mid-recitalThe Austrian-born Canadian pianist Anton Kuerti was helped off stage during a Florida recital last night after meandering and repeating passages during a Beethoven recital. A medical emergency was identified and he was taken by ambulance to hospital. Here’s an eyewitness account from our friends at South Florida Classical Review: Kuerti’s growing disorientation and numerous […]

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Alina Pogostkina and the importance of learningBy Jacqueline Vanasse: One evening in September, my grandmother left me a voicemail while I was practicing in my room. The message was nothing but the Sibelius violin Concerto. It was so unreservedly beautiful that I had to stop and sit down to listen. Soon I called my grandmother back to hear the rest of the concerto, and for nearly half an hour I stood mesmerized, listening to this incredible music…

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Gergiev, Mariinsky—and a Speed-Demon Pianist

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff: Denis Matsuev (piano), Timur Martynov (trumpet), Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (conductor), Carnegie Hall, New York City, 11/15.10.2013 (BH) Shostakovich: Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings, Op. 35 (1933) Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 65 (1943) Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No…

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