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Signum Quartet/BCMG review – a double bill of Kevin Volans world premieres + MORE

CBSO Centre, BirminghamVolans’ intricate and unconventional 12th String Quartet and Fourth Piano Concerto were given astonishingly assured first performancesTwo works by Kevin Volans, both substantial, both first performances, made up Birmingham Contemporary Music Group’s latest concert, which w.... More »
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Perfectly Franco + MORE

It’s Corelli two ways and across nearly two decades in this dream double bill of Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci. Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana Metropolitan Opera Carlo Felice Cillario, conductor 18 June 1973 In-house recording Santuzza – Elinor Ross Turiddu – Franco Corelli Al.... More »
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CD Spotlight. Sheer Delight + MORE

C P E Bach complete solo piano music, appreciated by Robert Anderson. '... Ana-Marija Markovina has the technique and sensitivity do it full justice.'.... More »
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Are You Aware Of The Women Composer Database Project? + MORE

On 3/16/2012, composer and arts administrator Rob Deemer wrote an article for NewMusicBox that included a list of women composers. His motivation was rooted in discussions from that time about women composers and since then, that simple list has grown into a full-fledged database project. I co.... More »
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My Favorite Page: ‘It Demands Everything of You’: Alisa Weilerstein on Bach + MORE

Ms. Weilerstein, set to perform all six of Bach’s solo cello suites in a single concert on Saturday, chooses her favorite page of the score..... More »

A Cozy Evening with Von Otter, Ax, and Brahms

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 Brahms, Tor Aulin, Nico Muhly: Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-Soprano), Emanuel Ax (piano), Carnegie Hall, New York City. 28.1.2014 (DS) Brahms: “Erlaube mir, feins Mädchen” Es wohnet ein Fiedler” from Deutsche Volkslieder, No. 2 “Mädchenlied,” Op. 85, No. 3 Tor Aulin: “Till en rose” from Fyra serbiska folksanger Brahms: “Trennung,” Op…

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  Bach, Schuman, Prokofiev:  Beatrice Rana (piano), Istanbul Recitals at ‘the Seed’, Istanbul 15.02.14 (AM) Bach: Keyboard Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 Schumann: Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13 Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 6, Op. 82   2013 Van Cliburn Competition silver medalist Beatrice Rana’s take on the evening’s opener, Bach’s Partita No…

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Gustavo Dudamel: A statement on Venezuela violence

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Gustavo Dudamel: A statement on Venezuela violenceThe conductor issued the following statement to his orchestra on arriving in Los Angeles from Caracas. He has also denied to the LA Times reports that the country’s beleaguered president attended his concerts     TO MY LA PHILHARMONIC FAMILY I abhor and renounce all violence.  I love my country and its people, and what […]

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Richard Eyre’s production of Massenet’s opera favours dramatic bravado over lyrical grace, though Jonas Kaufmann pines nobly in the title role

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Off to Canada this afternoon!

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Up the Chicago River from Michigan Avenue Bridge 1:30 pm February 19 2014
But I spent the morning in downtown Chicago – and a lovely day it is – bright and not too cold.  I had a good lunch with Scott Gilmore and Andrew Eggert, the pillars of the Chicago College of the Performing Arts opera program…

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Since before the term “bucket list” was a thing, it’s been on my bucket list to listen to the entirety of the Beethoven Bicentennial Collection. With Beethoven’s sestercentennial coming up in six years, I figure that if I start now, I can proceed at a nice leisurely pace and still wrap up right around his 250th birthday on December 16, 2020.

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Birtwistle: The Moth Requiem; The Ring Dance of the Nazarene, On the Sheer Threshold of the Night, etc – reviewWilliams/BBC Singers/Nash Ensemble Kok(Signum)The centrepiece of this outstanding disc of choral works by Harrison Birtwistle, all recorded for the first time, is one of the beautiful and most intensely personal of his recent scores. The Moth Requiem was first performed in 2012, and brought to the UK at last summer’s Proms…

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Cantus Cölln at the Wigmore Hall

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Cantus Cölln at the Wigmore HallCantus Cölln and Konrad Junghänelphoto Wolf Nolting Cantus Cölln and Konrad Junghänel: The Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Feb 18 2014 Star rating: 3.5All Bach programme for the German vocal ensemble’s Wigmore Hall debutCantus Cölln and Konrad Junghänel were amazingly making their Wigmore Hall debut at their concert on 18 February 2014…

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Flash! Kiev Conservatoire is on fire

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Flash! Kiev Conservatoire is on fireThe building, on the edge of the Maidan, has caught fire during clashes between police and demonstrators. The National Music Academy is named after Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and founded in 1913. Police and protesters have been hurling firebombs and stun grenades at each other. UPDATE: Our correspondent adds: The building was evacuated and the fire extinguished…

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A Goethe Palindrome Wigmore Hall Sunday 23rd

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Royal Academy of Music Song Circle, Sunday 23/2 4pm Wigmore HallChristina Gansch soprano Rozanna Madylus mezzo-soprano Richard Dowling tenor Ed Ballard baritone Samuel Queen baritoneThomas Primrose piano Chad Vindin piano The Academy Song Circle makes its annual Wigmore Hall appearance for this group of ten Goethe poems, set to music by two of the following : Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt, Loewe, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann and Wolf…

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Family Day at the Opera

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March 22, 2014 | Ellie Caulkins Opera House Lobby

Denver, CO — (February 17, 2014) In collaboration with and sponsored by Arts & Venues Denver, Opera Colorado presents Family Day at the Opera on March 22 at 10:00 a.m. in the lobby of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House…

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Edgar: O gloria, o voluttà

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Edgar: O gloria, o voluttàOper Frankfurt assembled a luxurious cast for two concert performances of Puccini's second opera this week. Not knowing when I'd get the chance to hear Edgar live again, I jumped at the chance to do so, especially since it also offered the opportunity to hear Angela Meade again, and Bryan Hymel for the first time…

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Teresa Palmer and Mark Webber have welcomed their son Bodhi Rain. “Thank you God for blessing us with the most divine gift of our baby son Bodhi Rain Palmer born safely & naturally,” the “Warm Bodies” star tweeted yesterday. She continued, “Bodhi means “Awakened one” Rain “Abundant Blessings From Above” and our babies will be Palmer’s as Marks firstborn didn’t take his name…

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