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A Top-Class Mozart Prom from the Budapest Festival Orchestra + MORE

Prom 54: Mozart. Ákos Ács (basset clarinet); Zsolt Fejérvári (double bass); Lucy Crowe (soprano); Barbara Kozelj (mezzo-soprano); Jeremy Oven (tenor); Hanno Müller-Brachmann (bass); Collegium Vocale Gent; Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London. 26.8.20.... More »
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Avner Dorman: Point of View, Personal Choice, and Duty + MORE

For the Israeli-born American composer Avner Dorman, being true to his own personal artistic point of view has never meant remaining in any particular aesthetic comfort zone. His music is constantly evolving and he is constantly challenging himself to go places he has never gone before—even someti.... More »

Matthew Shilvock appointed general director of San Francisco Opera + MORE

Associate general director to step into the job being vacated by his boss, David Gockley.... More »
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Maestro woes: Timpanist takes over from two sick conductors + MORE

The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France should have been conducted this week by French whizzkid Lionel Bringuier, music director at Zurich’s Tonhalle. But he fell sick. So incoming music director Mikko Franck offered to step in. Then he fell sick. Step up orchestra timpanist Adrien Per.... More »

Bursaries for Orchestra Course: Our training pathway has been created to nurture the musical development of South Africa’s finest young musicians + MORE

Bursaries for Orchestra CourseA Campaign for South African National Youth Orchestra FoundationOur musicians (past and present) are doing chamber music concerts "Chamber Music for Change" across South Africa and the world to raise funds for bursaries for young musicians who could otherwise not affo.... More »

A long long way to run

– parterre.com

A long long way to runOn this day in 490 BC, the Athenians and their Plataean allies defeated the first Persian invasion force of Greece at the Battle of Marathon. 

Born on this day in 1872 composer Ralph Vaughan Williams

Born on this day in 1892 soprano Gilda Dalla Rizza


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It is a great delight that so many concert halls around the world are filled with the music of the very greatest composers to have lived. But it can be easy to forget that those names, so familiar to today’s concert-goers, make up just a tiny proportion of the overall compositional output. The pressures of filling a concert hall mean that Orchestras will always return to those well-known names and pieces, but it is important to the art form that musicians continue to rediscover and reinterpret that work which lies beyond, new and old…

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Daniel Barenboim’s Wagnerian credentials are unanimously acknowledged, and his Wagner performances with the Staatskapelle Berlin are seen by many as reference in this repertoire. Even if I had my share of below-average performances with this Argentinian conductor in this repertoire, I have never heard a performance of Tristan und Isolde conducted by him that seemed less than excellent…

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Superficial Perceptions Are Permanent

– www.artsjournal.com/postclassic

“[Composer Rinaldo Di Capua] thinks composers have nothing to do now but to write themselves and others over again, and the only chance they have for obtaining the reputation of novelty or invention must arise either from the ignorance or want of memory in the public – as everything both in melody and modulation that […]

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Scottish Orchestra Creates  Authentic Bruckner Sound

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Mozart, Elgar, Bruckner: Aleksei Kiseliov (cello), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Peter Oundjian (conductor), Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 10.10.14 (SRT) Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro Elgar: Cello Concerto Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 This summer I took my first visit to the Salzburg Festival, where I was lucky enough to hear the Vienna Philharmonic playing two […]

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Keeping my head in the clouds

– www.overgrownpath.com

Keeping my head in the cloudsShall I share with the world the ten pieces of music I’d rather not hear again, or the ten pieces I’d like to hear more often? Should I widen my horizons by reading about the ten pieces a celebrity maestro won’t conduct again? Perhaps I should boost On An Overgrown Path’s readership by starting a new thread about the ten most stupid things to do on social media? Or should I continue to sit here on a remote hillside drinking in the view of Mont Ventoux seen above – it has been a vintage year for mountains – while reading Satish Kumar’s autobiographical You Are Therefore I Am…

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What’s that lap-dancer doing on my pianist?

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

What’s that lap-dancer doing on my pianist?Did George Antheil really write one into his score? Whatever, the New World Symphony booked one for the weekend.
Read review here.


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Bewitched. Beguiled. Bedazzled.

– lietofinelondon.wordpress.com

Review – Alcina (Barbican Centre, Friday 10 October 2014)
Alcina – Joyce DiDonato
Ruggiero – Alice Coote
Morgana – Anna Christy
Bradamante – Christine Rice
Oronte – Ben Johnson
Oberto – Anna Devin
Melisso – Wojtek Gierlach
The English Concert
Harry Bicket (Director/Harpsichord)
Alcina is – for me – Handel’s greatest opera…

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Penticton.ca: Afro-Brazilian Guitarist Celso Machado: 'Sounds of the Rainforest' presented by Children's Showcase, October 26, 2014 2-3 PMCelso Machado (b. 1953) is an Afro-Brazilian classical guitarist and composer who makes his home in Canada. His website is: http://www.CelsoMachado.com. He is also featured at AfriClassical.com.Children’s ShowcasePenticton, British Columbia, CanadaChildren’s Showcase presents Celso Machado: Sounds of the Rainforest, Sunday, October 26 at the Cleland Community Theatre…

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Rupert Christiansen wishes Philip Glass could build dramatic momentum into his opera

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Tom Cairns’s touring production of Verdi’s La Traviata is smart yet under-characterised, says John Allison

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What’s a TV news crew doing at orchestra auditions?

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

What’s a TV news crew doing at orchestra auditions?That’s what the union wants to know. See below.
Fri Oct 10, 2014 3:14 pm (PDT) . Posted by:
Dear ROPA, ICSOM and OCSM e-lists,
During the past week I have received multiple reports and numerous complaints of local news TV cameras showing up, without prior knowledge or approval by either locals or committees to local symphony auditions in the warm up rooms, and elsewhere at the audition site…

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Director Guy Joosten believes that the Egyptian setting is almost irrelevant to the story of Aida: there was very little knowledge about pharaonic Egypt in Verdi’s days and Verdi and his librettists were rather interested in the public/private conflicts in times of war. Although this was my first non-Egyptian Aida, I believe Mr…

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