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Some Important British Works that are Celebrating Half-Centenaries (Composed, First Performed or Published) Part 1 + MORE

A selection of works that were composed, published or premiered in 1965. I acknowledge Eric Gilder’s The Dictionary of Composers and their Musicas being an invaluable source for musical history. I present these listings in two parts. Part 1:Malcolm Arnold: Five Fantasies, for bassoon, clarinet, fl.... More »
operas

Arthur Butterworth: The Path across the Moors- some further thoughts + MORE

I recently wrote an appreciation of Arthur Butterworth’s excellent tone-poem The Path across the Moors, in which I suggested that in spite of it having been issued on a ‘light music’ CD, it had considerable depth and emotional content beyond what is normally considered belonging to that genre..... More »
classical music

Appearance + MORE

On May 1 I will appear with the Portland ensemble Third Angle, reading some texts in support of a program devoted to West Coast composers, from Henry Cowell to John Luther Adams..... More »
opera news

Franz Liszt, 13, delights Manchester audience: archive, 25 June 1825 + MORE

25 June 1825: The performance of Master Liszt was received with a warmth of applause which must have been highly gratifying to his feelingsMessrs. Ward and Andrews’s second concert took place on Monday evening last, when the theatre was filled nearly in every part by one of the most respectable au.... More »
classical music recital

Music Review: Trifonov and the Philharmonic, Together Again at Avery Fisher + MORE

The young Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov has returned to Avery Fisher Hall for a program of Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky with the New York Philharmonic..... More »
British politicians are scared to show their faces at the opening night of opera, the Royal Opera House’s music director argues

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Musical mysteries of the Upper West Side

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A year ago, I perpetrated an online piece entitled "A Walking Tour of Wagner's New York," tracing a curious itinerary in a city that Wagner himself never saw. I hadn't imagined anyone following in my eccentric footsteps, but Amelia Lester, the editor of the Goings On About Town section of the magazine, had the idea of concocting a walkable tour, as part of a series of New York audio guides that can be found on the Goings On smartphone and tablet app…

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James Brawn in recital

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James Brawn in recital Mussorgsky, Liszt, Bach/Busoni, Rachmaninoff: James Brawn: MSR Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugillon May 11 2014 Star rating: 4.0Bravura recital from young pianist James BrawnOn pianist James Brawn’s 2012 recital disc he pairs Mussorgsky’s virtuoso tour de force Pictures at an Exhibition with piano show pieces, with Feruccio Busoni’s arrangement of Bach’s Chaconne from the Violin Partita No…

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Tosca, Royal Opera, 10 May 2014

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Tosca, Royal Opera, 10 May 2014Royal Opera HouseCesare Angelotti – Michel de SouzaSacristan – Jeremy WhiteMario Cavaradossi – Roberto AlagnaFloria Tosca – Oksana DykaBaron Scarpia – Marco VratognaSpoletta – Martyn HillSciarrone – Jihoon KimShepherd Boy – Michael Clayton-JollyGaoler – Olle ZetterströmJonathan Kent (director)Andrew Sinclair (revival director)Paul Brown (designs)Mark Henderson (lighting)Royal Opera Chorus and Extra Chorus (chorus master: Renato Balsadonna)Orchestra of the Royal Opera HouseOleg Caetani (conductor) Scarpia (Marco Vratogna) and Tosca (Oksana Dyka)Copyright: ROH/Catherine Ashmore  All in all, a dispiriting evening, this…

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Hye-Youn Lee brought an assertive edge to the title role, while Marco Guidarini energised an orchestra that has long been starved of inspiration

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Susanna Malkki led Ensemble ACJW on Saturday at Zankel Hall in a portrait of the chamber orchestra over the last 100 years.

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On the eve

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On January 6, 1933, three weeks before Hitler took power, Howard Hanson led the Berlin Philharmonic in an all-American program. Included was the third movement of William Grant Still's Afro-American Symphony. "The audience demanded a repetition of Still's scherzo," the Times reported.

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New Music Buff: 'Tawawa House in Modesto? A New Staging of Zenobia Perry’s Opera'.Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, CA (New Music Buff)Dramatically staged scene from the second act. (New Music Buff)On May 8, 2014 AfriClassical posted:World Premiere: Zenobia Powell Perry’s ‘TAWAWA HOUSE’ presented May 2, 2014 by Townsend Opera, Modesto, CaliforniaOn May 6, 2014 New Music Buff reviewed the Townsend Opera production:[Excerpt]It is difficult to say where this work will take its place in musical history but it certainly deserves to be revived…

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Louder Sang that Ghost, “What Then?”

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My major composerly event of the season is the premiere of my septet Sang Plato’s Ghost by the Ghost Ensemble, conducted by David Bloom, this Saturday night (Satie’s birthday, propitiously enough). The ensemble was formed by one of my former composition students Ben Richter, who plays the accordion, and I’ve always wanted to write for […]

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Beethoven and Romberg explored, heard by Andrew Schartmann. ‘… stellar performance …’

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Down By the Greenwood Side review  Birtwistle's opera disturbs as much as it entertainsHarvey’s Depot, LewesHarrison Birtwistle’s 1969 opera returns to the Brighton festival as part of his 80th birthday celebrations, and much of its aggressive unpredictability remainsPremiered on the West Pier during the 1969 Brighton festival, Harrison Birtwistle’s early music-theatre piece returns for this year’s event as part of the celebrations surrounding the composer’s 80th birthday…

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Coptic epic - Peeter Vähi's Maria MagdaleneThe Estonian composer Peeter Vähi has a catalogue of works which encompass Oriental and Western, avant-garde and archaic, acoustic and electroni. He is also artistic director of ERP (Estonian Record Productions). Amongst his works issued on disc by the company is his oratorio Maria Magdalena (Peuangelion Kata Marihamm)…

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Stellar Singers, Elder and the LSO in Sumptuous Strauss

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 Mozart and Richard Strauss: Anne Schwanewilms (soprano), Lucy Crowe (soprano), Sarah Connolly (mezzo soprano), London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Mark Elder (conductor), Barbican Hall, London, 8.5.2014 (CS) Mozart: Symphony No 38 (Prague) Strauss: Extracts from Der Rosenkavalier   Marschallin – Anne Schwanewilms Octavian – Sarah Connolly Sophie – Lucy Crowe   I left the Barbican Centre […]

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