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Hilary slays Berlin in last concerts before birth + MORE

Christiane Peitz in the Tagesspiegel says Ms Hahn had the Philharmonic audience at her feet in the penultimate concert before she retires to give birth to her first child. ‘An unbelievable woman,’ raves Christiane. Read her review here (auf Deutsch). Thursday night she plays Vienna, and .... More »
virtuosos

BBC Proms, Cadogan Hall and Royal Albert Hall, London + MORE

Violinists Janine Jansen and Sakari Oramo were a virtuoso violin duo in the lunchtime recital, but Strauss fell flat in the evening.... More »
conductors

Something extramarital + MORE

Saturday evening conductor Will Crutchfield revived Donizetti’s La Favorite—unheard in New York for fifteen years—as part of his invaluable series “Bel Canto at Caramoor” leading an appealing cast and making a strong case as he had two years ago with Verdi’s Les Vêpres Siciliennes and D.... More »
operas

Impressive Music-Making Outside the Top-Orchestra Circuit + MORE

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 »
symphonies

Ionarts at Large: Blomstedt and Pires in San Francisco + MORE

Many thanks to Robert R. Reilly for this review from Davies Hall in San Francisco. Bruckner, Symphonies 1-9, Cologne RSO, G. Wand Bruckner, Symphonies, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, H. Blomstedt Last Thursday, February 25, 2016, I joined a largely geriatric crowd (meant descriptively, not crit.... More »

Salonen Mahler 8 – not a Symphony of a Thousand

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Salonen Mahler 8  - not a Symphony of a ThousandMahler’s Symphony no 8 was given its title “The Symphony of a Thousand” by a promoter who wanted to attract the kind of crowd who like blockbusters, but don’t necessarily care much about music. Judging from the delirious applause at last night’s Royal Festival Hall concert, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, that kind of audience is all too common these days, too…

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Beyond the serious financial plight of the unpaid 2013 Beethoven Festival musicians, the larger conversation drives home that both performing artists and their employers need to be educated and held accountable by the community at large, and there is some serious work to do on that score.

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Symphony guide: Liszt's Faust SymphonyLiszt’s Faust Symphony blows the bogus symphonic vs programme music debate out of the waterA notional symphonic principle has implicitly underscored much of the discussion of the pieces in this series thus far. The idea of symphonic integrity (another word that needs to be in quotation marks!) is often contrasted in music-historical writing with its orchestral antipode in the 19th century, programme music – music that sets out to tell an extra-musical narrative, such as attempting to describe a work from literature, or a natural phenomenon, or a painterly image in sound; as if the former were the one true faith of music history, and the latter were a somehow less pure (quotation marks again, sorry) form of music…

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A ubiquitous presence on the Bay Area’s underground music scene, Lisa Mezzacappa has toured with Donovan and recently founded her own record label, Queen Bee. On any given night, she is likely to be performing in some small venue you didn’t know existed, around the corner from where you live.

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Music and memories at RVW's family home

– www.planethugill.com

Music and memories at RVW's family homeLeith Hill Place from the South(c) National Trust Images / Andrew ButlerOn Sunday we spent a happy hour or two at Leith Hill Place near Dorking. Situated on Leith Hall, with fabulous views over the Downs, the house is on the Leith Hill estate and has been owned by the National Trust since the 1940’s when the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams gave it to the National Trust…

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The Vienna Philharmonic Recalls World War I in SarajevoThe Vienna Philharmonic chose its material carefully for a concert held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, that remembered World War I.

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Almost Back To Normal

– www.adaptistration.com

Almost Back To Normal

There’s nothing quite as refreshing as having main power almost within reach after operating on auxiliary power for several days and to that end, I’m still occupied with getting everything shipshape so there’s only a quick pointer to an article in the 6/29/2014 edition of the Green Bay Press Gazette by Paul Srubas that reports the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra’s (GBSO) board and executive leadership have made it quite clear that they are resolved to shut the organization down after next season…

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Start off 31 Days of Classical music with one of the happiest pieces of music you'll ever hear.

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Wagner epic rings up $15.8m

– www.theaustralian.com.au

WAGNERITES who descended on Melbourne for Opera Australia’s Ring cycle have boosted spending in the state by $15.8m.

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Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 28

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Paavali Jumppanen performs the Adagio from the Sonata in A major, Op. 101

'[Paavali] Jumppanen is prodigiously gifted, and he provides deeply felt accounts of the slow movements, and dazzling pianism of the outer movements of the A major and C major Sonatas,' writes Misha Donat in his review of this recording in the May issue of BBC Music Magazine…

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Birmingham Treasures the Moment with Nelsons and Mozart

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Mozart: Soloists, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and CBSO Chorus / Andris Nelsons (conductor), Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 26.6.2014 (GR). Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K.550 isero! O sogno – Aura che intorno spin, K431 Per questa bella mano, K612 Mass in C Minor, K427 Soloists: Malin Christensson (Soprano I); Christine Rice (Soprano II); Ben […]

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LABA Presents: New Strings Attached Multi-faceted guitar virtuoso and a 2013/14 LABA fellow Nadav Lev brings forth a diverse selection of pieces for guitar and various ensembles, all written for him by some of the most prominent young composers to emerge from Israel. Monday, June 30 at 8 PM Tickets $15 The Theater at the […

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Tadias.com: "Girma Yifrashewa will celebrate the release of his new solo piano album, 'Love and Peace,' with a live performance on July 30th," Bethesda, MDPianist and Composer Girma Yifrashewa (b. 1967) (Tadias Magazine)Unseen Worlds 13Love & Peace is available in LP, CD or Digital Format:http://www.unseenworlds.net/UW13/Girma Yifrashewa has a website at: http://www.GirmaYifrashewa.com and has been featured for more than a decade at AfriClassical…

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