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Meet...Jeremy Denk. Tomorrow. + MORE

Tomorrow at LSO St Luke's the one and only Jeremy Denk is giving a recital of Bach's Goldberg Variations and some of Ligeti's unbelievable piano Etudes. I am interviewing him on stage afterwards. Please come and join us. Above, a taster. Here's the website (the talk is not on it, but it is definitel.... More »
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Thomas Larcher: What Becomes; A Padmore Cycle review beautifully tailored bespoke songs + MORE

Padmore/Stefanovich/Larcher(Harmonia Mundi)A Padmore Cycle, Thomas Larcher's songs written in 2011 for tenor Mark Padmore, sets poems by Hans Aschenwald and Alois Hotschnig. The gnomic texts sometimes seem to occupy similar territory to those of Schubert's great song cycles. But if Larcher's setting.... More »
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Ensemble. An Annual Event? + MORE

Cathedral organ high jinks from Peter Gould, Tom Corfield, Christopher Johns, Sachin Gunga and Ben Bloor, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler.... More »
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In My Dreams + MORE

I keep thinking about this self-indulgent course I want to teach, all European music. My Advanced Analysis seminars usually encompass three pieces from different historical periods, analyzed in depth. And I desperately want to teach one based around the unfinished fugue from Bach’s The Art of .... More »
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Dwyer: Scenes from Crow – review + MORE

Vox21 Ensemble/Dunne(Diatribe)Now in his late 40s, Benjamin Dwyer is a guitarist and academic as well as a composer. He currently seems obsessed with Crow, the collection of poems, part ritual, part creation myth, that Ted Hughes published in 1974. Scenes from Crow is Dwyer's musical respo.... More »

Andrew Norman: Empowering Performance

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For composer Andrew Norman, the process of composing feels like a tug-of-war between opposing forces. From start to finish, he is constantly questioning, and pushing back on his own ideas in his efforts to create meaningful musical experiences for performers and for audiences. He revels in the visceral experiences of music making, and thoughtfully challenges performers to bring their own ideas to the interpretation of his music.

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Join American Opera Projects (and Google) in honoring Harriet Tubman for Black History Month.Harriet TubmanONLY 18 DAYS LEFT!Click HERE to visit the Lines of Freedom Kickstarter Campaign and watch a video previewing the fantastic music of both shows.

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Ronald Binge: Listings of Music recorded on the Guild Light Music Series.At the time of writing this post (February 2014) there are some 22 CDs listed in the Arkiv catalogue featuring the music of Ronald Binge.  There are also about 22 individual works listed.  Unfortunately only one disc is currently dedicated to the composer –Marco Polo 8.223515 – which was released 20 years ago…

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Rameau 250: don't just sit there, do something!Jean-Philippe Rameau died 250 years ago, so there’s a nice anniversary to provide an excuse to spotlight him. He’s an absolute magician – just as his later successors, Ravel and Debussy, would be. I’m a late convert to French Baroque: I’ve grown to love the richness of its musical invention, its startling originality, its mellifluous beauty and its dizzying range of emotion – excitement, humour, sparkle, pathos and more – and Rameau is one of its reigning triumvirate, alongside Lully and Couperin…

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Peter Grimes; Tippett Quartet – reviewColiseum; Kings Place, LondonThe ‘risk and courage’ of Britten’s 1945 masterpiece are ever apparent in ENO’s revival of David Alden’s productionNowhere is the jeer of moral rectitude, hissed from the collective guts of a vengeful crowd, more deafening than in Britten’s Peter Grimes. At the moment of crisis this Suffolk community, bigots all, spits out the accused’s name three times, each instant a massed choral utterance with a deathly silence in between, save for a solitary, muted brass note eerily sounding from the orchestra pit…

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February on the South Bank

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February on the South BankFebruary on the South Bank includes major choral works from Elgar, Verdi, Poulenc and Brahms along with Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe, there is also rare repertoire from Balakirev, Khachaturian and Kalinnikov plus a portrait of Karin Rehnqvist. As well as a rare appearance from Maurizio Pollini and some South Asian Dance from Akademi…

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John Malveaux: African Americans & The Metropolitan OperaJohn Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites:I recently chatted with a woman who excitedly shared the benefits of attending ‘LIVE in HD’ (Metropolitan Opera) in movie theaters. I generally listen to broadcast over KUSC Classical Radio but have not seen a production in High Definition. I wondered if ‘LIVE in HD’ may present an opportunity for MusicUNTOLD to promote opera and establish greater identity/awareness within the African American community  of African American opera stars…

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Muti’s daughter to direct Netrebko in Manon Lescaut

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Muti’s daughter to direct Netrebko in Manon LescautAnna Netrebko has told Corriere  della Sera that she has signed up for a Rome Opera debut in September, to be conducted by its music director and directed by his daughter Chiara. It will be the first time Anna works with any of the Muti family. Chiara, 40, a film and theatre actress who is […]

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Minnesota boss takes 15% pay cut in bid to save his job

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Minnesota boss takes 15% pay cut in bid to save his jobMichael Henson, the vastly unpopular president and CEO of the Minnesota Orchestra, has announced that he will fulfil a pledge to take the same pay reduction as the musicians. Whether this will save his seat is other matter. The musicians are due to meet the new chairman, Gordon Sprenger, next week and Henson’s future will be […]

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Don Giovanni – review

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Don Giovanni – reviewRoyal Opera House, LondonKasper Holten’s new production is visually spectacular, but amid uneven performances, the drama and music lack fizzKasper Holten’s new production of Don Giovanni plays its trump card before the overture has even ended. As the names in Leporello’s catalogue proliferate like ivy over the facades of Es Devlin’s set, it’s clear that this is going to be an evening of technological virtuosity, and that Luke Halls’ video designs are going to figure very prominently…

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ETO On Tour: The Magic Flute March - May 2014“Meanwhile Wagner had been doing his best to raise the standard of opera in Zurich. As we have seen, he opened the season on the 4th October, 1850, with Der Freischutz. He further conducted La Dame Blanche of Boieldieu on the llth and 18th, Norma on the 21st, Freischutz again on the 27th, Don Giovanni on the 8th and 18th November (again on the 26th March, 1851), the Magic Flute on the 29th November”THE LIFE OF RICHARD WAGNER VOLUME TWO 1848 1860 – Newman”I was furious “, Bulow wrote to his father, ” when I remembered how it used to be said in Dresden that Wagner conducted Mozart’s operas badly on purpose, because in his vain self-esteem he could not tolerate this music! He shows towards Mozart a warm, living, unselfish, but rational piety to which none of Mozart’s pseudo-worshippers will ever attain…

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Review: The Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia. With An Extensive PreviewThe Cambridge Wagner EncyclopediaEDITOR: Nicholas VazsonyiDATE PUBLISHED: November 2013FORMAT: HardbackISBN: 9781107004252Encyclopedias, especially specialist, one volume sets, are works fraught with risks. There is of course the question of what to include and what to exclude. The intrepid editor is unlikely to satisfy all readers with what is given inclusion and worse will be those facts that are left in the editors waste basket…

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Review: Hilary Hahn plays the Nielsen Violin Concerto with the LA PhilBy Laurie Niles: Something I love about Hilary Hahn is that she asks more of her listener than to sit back and be entertained.

Sure, she can whip up the best of traditionally palatable and entertaining virtuoso fare. But she also can make the unlikely seem inevitable, like a chef who makes spinach ice cream seem like the most delectable creation since buttered toast…

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