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Salzburg Festival (8): EIC/Pintscher - Boulez, Répons, 15 August 2015 + MORE

LehrbauhofRépons (two performances)Soloists:Hidéki Nagano (piano)Sébastien Vichard (piano)Frédérique Cambreling (harp)Luigi Gaggero (cimbalom)Samuel Favre (vibraphone)Gilles Durot (xylophone)Ensemble IntercontemporainAndrew Gerzso/Gilbert Nouno (IRCAM electronic realisation)Matthias Pintscher (.... More »

Ensemble. Whipped Cream + MORE

Buxton Festival's 2014 Opera Gala, attended by Mike Wheeler.... More »

Classical music moves towards a single market + MORE

The London Symphony Orchestra is one of Classic FM's partner orchestras. There has been much media spin linked to Simon Rattle's 2017 Barbican concerts as the LSO's incoming music director. The spin includes a shower of anti-Brexit and pro-new London concert hall tweets from Classic FM quoting him, .... More »

Tchaikovsky: Snegurochka CD review – very fine performance of a neglected work + MORE

MDR Leipzig RSO/Järvi(Sony)The folk tale of the Snow Maiden, Snegurochka – the girl of the forest, daughter of Grandfather Frost and the Spring Fairy, who cannot love because her heart is made of ice – became the source for one of the greatest of 19th-century Russian operas, by Rimsky-Korsakov,.... More »
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Joshua Bell: The Man With the Violin + MORE

By Laurie Niles: Who could have predicted that Joshua Bell's 43-minute busking experiment in a D.C. Metro station would still be inspiring stories more than 10 years later? And yet it is -- beyond the 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning story in the Washington Post, a children's book in 2013 and a host of .... More »

Avner Dorman and Martin Grubinger @ NSO

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When was the last time someone composed a concerto for percussion that really caught my fancy? Not Jennifer Higdon (2005); and not Michael Daugherty (1999). Maybe when the percussion concerto becomes a more substantial piece that features a lot of percussion, like Erkki-Sven Tüür’s fourth symphony (2002), which is the one I remember most fondly…

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Songs of Dawn

– www.theaustralian.com.au

AMERICAN soprano Dawn Upshaw talks about the song cycle she recorded with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

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Women are held back in classical music, says Southbank Centre directorJude Kelly, artistic director of leading music venue, says male orchestra directors must encourage female musiciansWomen are being held back in the classical music world by deliberate prejudice and refusal to introduce family-friendly work policies, according to Jude Kelly, artistic director of the Southbank Centre, which is among the country’s leading classical music venues…

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La Scala will stream Abbado tribute and Milan will plant 90,000 treesTeatro alla Scala
In honour of Claudio Abbado, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala will stream a live event for the first time, an event which has a particular importance for the theatre, and a symbolic one for the music world. On Monday 27 January, at 6 pm, the funeral march (Adagio assai) from Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony, the Eroica, will be performed to an empty theatre with open doors, in recognition of the greatness of Abbado, its Music Director between 1968 and 1986…

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Being complicit in ticket touting should be illegal, Alex Beard says, as he argues it is “desperately unfair” on would-be audience members    

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Estonian Classical Music Networking eventIn between Wednesday’s (22 January 2014) CD launch for Roxanna Panufnik’s Dance of Life: Tallinn Mass (see my article) and the evening’s concert by the Estonia Philharmonic Chamber Choir (see my review) there was a networking event at St Giles Cripplegate designed to showcase Estonian music making and bring Estonian classical music professionals together with counterparts from the UK…

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CD Spotlight. Fascinating Work

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Grieg and Finnissy for piano quintet, heard by Robert Anderson. ‘… the whole disc is an unexpected serendipity.’

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Playing with the orchestra fulfills a childhood dream for the group’s trumpet player

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Culture does not die – it reincarnates

– www.overgrownpath.com

Culture does not die - it reincarnates Those who value wisdom and insight will be saddened that John Terauds’s Musical Toronto blog is lapsing into silence. John’s decision to break the news and then go out blogging – which he does so well – is a model of humility in an age of histrionics and remorseless self-promotion. In another post Musical Toronto describes classical music as “an artform in profound transition” and the same applies to blogging…

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Ready, Aim,

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Duck!A writer named Mark Vanhoenacker wrote some really stupid things in Slate.  What’s so dumb? Well, asserting that classical music is dead, relying on selective quotations, failing to do his own research (or thinking), and an overreliance on unsupported assertions from Greg Sandow.Andy Doe had a few things to say to him in response (boy, howdy!)…

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Music director turns to stand-up comedy. Sit-down, actually.Peter Oundjian, music director of the Toronto Symphony, is a cousin of Monty Python star Eric Idle. Faced with a season launch, he tapped deep into family DNA in a set-up with two comedians. So how many stars do we give him? As of this moment, the video has managed fewer than 400 views. Come on, […]

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Mozart Requiem Sing-Along

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The St. Paul Civic Symphony will be offering a Mozart ‘Requiem’ Community Sing-along at the Landmark Center, conducted by Kathy Saltzman Romey. Sunday, January 26th, 3pm. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js =…

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Lucier in Los Angeles

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Lucier in Los AngelesOn Tuesday, January 21, 2014 several of the lesser-known works of composer Alvin Lucier were performed by the Southland Ensemble at Monk Space in the Koreatown district of central Los Angeles.
About 35 people attended with only a few empty seats in the compact venue that also doubles as a movie and video location…

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