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Dame Gwyneth Jones Discusses "The Wagner Experince" + MORE

We have had many guest authors here over the years but surely none can be as special  as that of Dame Gwyneth Jones. In this review, Dame Gwyneth takes time from what remains an incredibly  busy schedule to review Paul Dawson-Bowling's book "The Wagner Experience"  Not only does it pr.... More »
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Francesconi Quartett Linbury Royal Opera House + MORE

Luca Francesconi's Quartett has at last made it to Britain. Francesconi is hardly obscure. His music has long been championed by Irvine Arditti and the Arditti Quartet , and is regularly heard in European new music circles. There's even a Francesconi premiere at this year's BBC Proms.  Maybe th.... More »
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JDCMB Top 12 Posts of 2014 + MORE

A little recap on some of the JDCMB highlights of 2014Mourning, anxiety, flashmobs, victimisation of one sort or another and an April Fool's joke proved dominant in this year's reader stats. Glad to say that also scoring highly (so to speak) are a certain wonderful tenor, a great composer to whom I .... More »
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Breaking: Anti-gay Tamar to sing at fund-raiser for victims of oppression + MORE

Tamar Iveri, the Georgian soprano hustled out of Australia after homophobic sentiments were found on her Facebook page, is starting to rebuild her career. She called a press conference in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, to announce she will give a charity concert on National Coming Out Day, October .... More »
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The Arditti Quartet, 40 Years Young + MORE

The Arditti Quartet hosted a day long 40th Birthday celebration on 26 April 2014 in the recently opened Milton Court Concert Hall at The Barbican in London.  It would be difficult to overestimate the impact the Arditti Quartet have had on contemporary music.  The day contained music by Brian Fe.... More »
Constantin Frantz: Offener Brief an Richard WagnerVolltext aus dem Bayreuther Blätter, Juni 1878. Constantin Frantz (12. Sep 1817 – 2. Mai 1891) gehört ursprünglich um den Junghegelianer wie Max Stirner, David Strauß, Ludwig Feuerbach, Arnold Ruge sowie Marx und Engels. Später aber tritt Frantz von Hegelianismus zurrück und ging zu einer reaktionäre schellingianische Seite über…

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When Peter Racine Fricker wrote his Violin Concerto for small orchestra he was regarded being something of an énfant terrible – writing music that owed more to Schoenberg and Weber rather than Vaughan Williams and Walton.  Yet he was deemed to be one of the most important composers writing at the time (along with Humphrey Searle and Iain Hamilton)…

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 Schumann, Kurtág, Berg, Robin Members of the Ensemble Intercontemporain (Odile Auboin, viola; Alain Billard, clarinet/bass clarinet; Dimitri Vassilakis (piano) Wigmore Hall, London, 27.04.2014 (CC) Schumann                   Märchenerzählerungen, Op. 132 Kurtág                         Korál Berg                            Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op…

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ArtsBeat: Gelb Joins French Legion of HonorPeter Gelb, the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, was honored by the French ambassador.

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Did Hitler ever say "whoever wants to understand National Socialist Germany must know Wagner"?Is there evidence that Hitler ever said: “whoever wants to understand National Socialist Germany must know Wagner”? The simple answer to this question is: no, there is currently no evidence that Hitler ever said this. The quotation is likely to be apocryphal. I will go into the authenticity of this quotation in some detail, as we attempt to track down the elusive primary source for this oft-repeated quote…

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Frank McGuinness: how I turned Oedipus into an operaFor his first opera, Frank McGuinness has turned Sophocles’s Oedipus trilogy into a single piece. He explains how his own family and politics helped him tap into Thebans’ themes of vengeance and murderI’m a relative newcomer to opera.Seeing films some years ago of Carmen and Don Giovanni whetted my appetite for this music because I could read its meaning on the screen, and since then I have developed a passionate interest…

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Scotland’s foremost composer attacks secessionist fellow-travellersJames MacMillan, the most successful composer ever to emerge from the northern kingdom has published a lacerating attack on artists who promote independence from Great Britain, denouncing their reliance on the great poet Hugh MacDiarmid, an outspoken Fascist sympathiser. Read him here.    

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ENO Season Launch 2014/2015

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Yesterday morning the English National Opera launched their new season as the last two years I popped in to see what the company has in store for the next year. The usual pitch by John Berry surely felt more confident but it was definitely missing the customary report on finances, which was relegated to a […]

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Pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim has launched a digital-only record label in collaboration with Universal Music.
Peral Music will, eventually, comprehensively showcase Barenboim’s career as a conductor, pianist and chamber musician…

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Composer Dave Malloy took NYC musical theater by storm with his Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, but his path to Off-Broadway success began in San Francisco’s experimental theater community—and he’s holding on tightly to that non-traditional approach.

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ArtsBeat: Classical Playlist: Stravinsky, Mendelssohn, Harrison Birtwistle and MoreTimes critics share what they’ve been listening to lately.

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 Brahms, Beethoven, Debussy, Prokofiev, Chopin, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Ginastera: Sergio Tiempo (piano), Queen Elizabeth Hall,  29.04.2014 (RB) Brahms – Intermezzo in B Minor Op 119, No. 1 Waltz in A Flat Op 39, No 15 Beethoven – Sonata No. 23 in F Minor Op 57 ‘Appassionata’ Debussy – Images: Reflets dans l’eau Prokofiev – Excerpts from Pieces […]
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(Reuters) – The Colorado Symphony is giving new meaning to hitting a high note, announcing on Tuesday a bring-your-own marijuana concert series, the first of which features its chamber ensemble and South-of-the-border food and booze.

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