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The Eye of the Storm: Beethoven All in Himself + MORE

The score of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 28 is marked with phrases like, 'with innermost sensibility' and 'slow and longingly.' Pianist Roman Rabinovich plays just like that. His performance from a Frederic Chopin Society recital given last month is in this week's Regional Spotlight..... More »

Les Troyens: 3.5 + MORE

Tickets and programAfter some back and forth with myself, I took Wednesday, July 1, off work and went to the last Troyens performance. I also dragged a friend there, which involved offering her my ticket in the Dress Circle, buying one of two remaining seats in the orchestra, and getting my gir.... More »
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Autumn from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons + MORE

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

But you don’t really care for music, Du ja? + MORE

It has long been accepted as truism that no other composer so captures the magical spirit of Christmas in Vienna like Leonard Cohen. That is why his evergreen “Hallelujah” will kick off this year’s annual holiday concert in The Imperial City, presumably sung by the event’s he.... More »

Wise Blood: 'Opera exhibition' at the Soap Factory is a stunner + MORE

Anthony Gatto's world-premiere opera based on Flannery O'Connor's 1952 novel unfolds in an immersive set created by artist Chris Larson..... More »

David Lang

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Crowd Out, David Lang’s new work for 1000 untrained voices, was inspired by the experience of an Arsenal football match. The American composer and Bang-on-a Can founder talks to Helen Wallace about the ideas behind the piece and how he plans to be ‘yelling as loudly as everyone else’ at the Birmingham premiere on 8 June…

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Bernanos and Robinson: states of grace

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Bernanos and Robinson: states of graceThe strange world of Georges Bernanos has enveloped me since I began City Lit Opera in Focus classes on Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, a work I’m now more convinced than ever is one of the great 20th century masterpieces. It’s already prompted the most probing conversations with the students on essential matters of life, terminal illness and faith; I look forward to seeing Robert Carsen’s already celebrated production at the Royal Opera next week…

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Must watch: Rite of Spring goes Gangnam

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Must watch: Rite of Spring goes GangnamEat your hearts out, Berlin Phil. This is San Francisco’s take on Stravinsky.

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Dialogues des Carmélites, Royal Opera, 2 June 2014Images: Stephen Cummiskey/Royal Opera House  Royal Opera HouseChevalier de la Force – Yann BeuronMarquis de la Force – Sir Thomas AllenBlanche de la Force – Sally MatthewsThierry – Neil GillespieMme de Croissy – Deborah PolaskiSister Constance – Anna ProhaskaMother Marie – Sophie KochM…

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Music Review: Diverse Disciples Flock to an Arvo Pärt TributeThe Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Court presented an all-Arvo Pärt concert on Saturday with the composer on hand at Carnegie Hall.

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Terry Gilliam's opera diary: 'We have a big head problem'Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini is incoherent, bombastic and nigh on unperformable. The perfect project, then, for Terry Gilliam to direct. We asked him to keep a diary as he brought the work to the English National Opera stage. Strap in for a bumpy rideJune 2011 The Damnation of Faust closes at the Coliseum…

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Maestro Stephen Layton and the Holst Singers bring new life to Handel’s ‘Israel in Egypt’, as Classical MPR’s Choral Stream Producer Tesfa Wondemagegnehu reports from London.

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 Beethoven, Henze, and Schumann:Veronika Eberle (violin), Anna Prohaska (soprano), London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor). Barbican Hall, London, 1.6.2014 (MB) Beethoven – Violin Concerto in D major, op.61 Henze – Being Beauteous Schumann – Symphony no.2 in C major, op.61   This was very much a concert of two halves…

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Remembering David Nadien (1926-2014)By Laurie Niles: Violinists are remembering David Nadien, who died last week at the age of 88. Nadien, who was concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein, was also known as the violinist on the Suzuki recordings, teacher at Mannes College of Music, and New York studio musician with legendary sight-reading abilities…

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Terry Gilliam's production of  Benvenuto Cellini - in picturesA selection of rehearsal, behind-the-scenes images and costume designs from Terry Gilliam’s production of Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini that opens at English National Opera on 5 June 2014. Read Terry Gilliam’s production diary Continue reading…

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The underage orchestra: a definitive list

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The underage orchestra: a definitive listAfter the London Symphony Orchestra appointed a school-leaver as its co-principal trombone last week, we put out a call for the youngest-ever players in an international class orchestra.
Setting aside 14 year old Duaa Majid Azzawi who was appointed second oboe in the Iraq National Symphoy Orchestra in 2009, this is what our readers have offered by way of a definitive listing:
At 15 years old:
Barry Tuckwell, principal 3rd horn with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (later with LSO)
Gregor Piatigorsky, principal cellist in the Bolshoi Theatre orchestra (later at Berlin Philharmonic)…

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Barbican HallBeethoven – Violin Concerto in D major, op.61Henze – Being BeauteousSchumann – Symphony no.2 in C major, op.61Veronika Eberle (violin)London Symphony OrchestraSir Simon Rattle (conductor) This was very much a concert of two halves. A well-nigh unlistenable performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto was arbitrarily pulled about to an extent I had never heard before, and hope never to hear again…

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“Too Tired to Attend Opening Night of the Opera”“Even Mary Garden herself is said to be in a state of mind because Mme. Bourskaya has been given several of Mary’s best roles.” [The Washington Times]

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