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The end of time in Clapham: Messiaen at Omnibus + MORE

Michael Foyle, Maksim Štšura - photo Alastair Merrill Messiaen Quatuor pour le fin du temps Maksim Štšura, Michael Foyle, Joseph Shiner, Yelian He Omnibus, Clapham Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 2 2016 Star rating: 4.0Young artists bring Messiaen's intense masterpiece to Clapham.... More »
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V!ola Day 2.0 + MORE

By Kate Little: P!ty the poor violinist who loves the sound of viola, but is too small to ever play the instrument. The next best thing she can do is hang out with violists, a glorious lot. Enter V!ola Day 2.0. V!ola Day, a production of the Utah Viola Society (rocking the alto clef in the beehive.... More »
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Mahler's First Symphony: Victory and Paradise + MORE

Gustav Mahler’s symphonies rank among the most challenging and rewarding pieces of orchestral music ever composed. If you listen to them often and gain the familiarity that comes with repeated hearings, you will gain a deep understanding of music that is inspirational and spiritually rewarding —.... More »
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Dip Your Ears, No. 20 (The Lindsays in Schubert) + MORE

In Memory of Peter Cropper (first Violinist of The Lindsays), who passed away today (Mini-obit via The Violin Channel), we push this entry, originally posted Monday, November 29, 2004, up. F.Schubert, Late String Quartets & String Quintet, The Lindsays Alliance Judging by output in any on.... More »
The Salzburg Festival has been for decades a reference for Mozartian singing – here the world’s greatest conductors had some of the most famous singers of their days performing for an audience paying very expensive tickets without complaining, for they knew that they were seeing the truly best…

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The mystery of George Butterworth

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The mystery of George ButterworthRoderick Williams sang George Butterworth Songs from A Shropshire Lad at tonight’s BBC Prom 41 at the Royal Albert Hall. Williams is by far the best best British song specialist around. He has such a warm. conversational style which makes his singing direct and personal. (Read more here) .The photo at right show George Butterworth  in civilian days…

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The Polish-funded youth ensemble played war-themed symphonies by Panufnik and Shostakovich, but struggled to get to the music’s heart

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This time I won’t reproduce Caruso’s quote, but only mention that the Salzburger Festspiele presented Verdi’s Il Trovatore only once in 1962 when Karajan had Leontyne Price, Giulietta Simionato, Franco Corelli and Ettore Bastianini (and the next year, without Corelli). Some would say that you will never have a cast like that again, but the Festival has decided that you can always try something different when you cannot offer the traditional choice…

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Don't let the spandex pants, bejeweled shoes and modified mohawk fool you: Cameron Carpenter is a serious musician. He's a modern-day throwback to the flamboyant virtuosos of the 19th century. Like Liszt or Paganini, Carpenter dazzles audiences with blazing technique, igniting enthusiasm for his music and his instrument, the pipe organ.

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The Russians were coming – and the prospect of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, even without the added attraction of hearing it in Igor Buketoff’s questionable choral arrangement where the Tsarist hymn is taken at its word and does a Boris Godunov on us, the promenade queues were fast stretching towards South Kensington…

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The Met Has A Tentative Deal, What Happens Next?

Although it took all parties working through the night, it appears that the Metropolitan Opera (Met) and two of its three largest unions, American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and American Federation of Musicians (AFM), managed to reach a tentative four year agreement around 6:15am ET on 8/18/14…

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 Prom 42: Stephan, Kelly, Butterworth, Vaughan Williams: Allan Clayton (tenor), Roderick Williams (baritone); BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Manze, (conductor) Royal Albert Hall, London, 17.8.2014 (CS) Rudi Stephan: Music for Orchestra (1912) F.S. Kelly: Elegy for Strings, in memoriam Rupert Brooke George Butterworth: Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad (orch…

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Staircases made of superhuman strength

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THE artists of circus ensemble Casus perform their miracles quietly — a defining feature of their first show, Knee Deep.

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The official classical chart

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Week ending 16 August 2014

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Dances
Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)
Decca 478 5334
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Piano Reflections
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Bruckner: Symphony No…

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Symphony guide: Hector Berlioz's Symphonie FantastiqueThe most innovative symphony of the 19th century was born from diabolical passionsSomething a little different this week: our symphony is Berliozs Symphonie Fantastique, a piece that lays legitimate claim to adjectives such as revolutionary, radical and unprecedented perhaps as much as, or even more than any other piece in this series so far…

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Sergio A. Mims: SlippedDisc.com: Afro-Venezuelan Conductor Rafael Payare to conduct Vienna Philharmonic in Vienna and Paris in January 2015Rafael Payare(Askonas Holt)On May 31, 2014 AfriClassical posted:Sergio A. Mims: Afro-Venezuelan Conductor Rafael Payare Appointed Chief Conductor of Ulster Orchestra From September 2014Today Sergio sends this link:Slipped DiscAugust 18, 2014 by Norman LebrechtVienna picks Venezuelan to replace MaazelWe hear that Rafael Payare, chief conductor of the Ulster Orchestra has been approached by the Vienna Philharmonic to take over three concerts in January 2015 from the late Lorin Maazel…

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A bizarre late-night Prom featuring a performance of Benedict Mason’s gigantic ‘Meld’ was preceded by one of freshness and light

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