And the Snowman came too – piano music by Howard Blake played by Vladimir Ashkenazy + MORE

 

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Royal College of Music honours Reich, Norrington and Jurowski + MORE

At the college’s annual awards, presided over by HRH The Prince of Wales, the US composer praised the state funding that in the early days of his career made it easier to perform here than in CaliforniaThe Royal College of Music today honoured a number of outstanding figures in international music.... More »
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Elgar and Martinů: Cello Concertos + MORE

Sol Gabetta gives a heartfelt performance of the former and has all the quickness of response in the latter.... More »
maestros

Sergio Mims: Cellist Seth Parker Woods' Performance at University of Huddersfield UK Friday 25 November @ 12pm includes "Argoru II" of Alvin Singleton + MORE

Seth Parker WoodsAlvin SingletonSergio A. Mims sends this link about Chineke! Orchestra cellist Seth Parker Woods:http://hcmf.co.uk/event/seth-parker-woods/Friday 25 November @ 12pm | Tickets £12 (£9 concession / online) Seth Parker Woods cello   Edward Hamel Gray Neon Life Pierre Alexandre T.... More »
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Ukrainian ballerinas perform anti-Putin Swan Lake in front of tanks + MORE

In Odessa four brave cygnets danced to Tchaikovsky’s music in front of military tanks. The Ukrainian ballerinas were outside Odessa’s military history museum, and, reports The Moscow Times, “was a nod to a Soviet-era tradition” when “state-run television traditionally aired classical mu.... More »
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ECM has a lot to answer for + MORE

In the Telegraph Ivan Hewett nominates the collaboration between Tunisian oud virtuoso Dhafer Youssef and the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kristjan Jarvi as one of his five worst classical moments of 2014. I wasn't at the Barbican concert which Iven Hewett describes as a "toe-curling examp.... More »

DVD Spotlight. Sweeping Drama

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Wagner’s Götterdämmerung from La Scala Milan impresses Gerald Fenech. ‘The singing is at a constantly high level throughout …’

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And the Snowman came too - piano music by Howard Blake played by Vladimir Ashkenazy Walking in the Air – piano music by Howard Blake: Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vovka Ashkenazy: Decca Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Apr 24 2014 Star rating: 4.0Fine survey of Blake’s piano music covering his entire careerThis new disc of piano music by Howard Blake  on Decca could be seen as a survey of the composer’s varied career as it not only includes recent music (his Parting, op…

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Massenet Thérèse Wexford broadcast

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Massenet Thérèse  Wexford broadcastLast year’s Wexford Festival  Massenet’s Thérèse on BBC Radio 3. Claire Seymour reviewed it for Opera Today (link HERE) :”Set in Revolutionary France, during the Terror of 1793-94, Thérèse (1907) is a melodrama which pits public against private, loyalty against love. As with Foroni’s Cristina, the eponymous heroine is based on a historical figure, in this case, Lucille Desmoulins who was executed in 1793, eight days after her husband, Camille…

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'Alkebulan's Son: The Piano Works of James Lee III' given recording premieres by pianist Rochelle Sennet on Albany Records Troy 1494Alkebulan’s Son: The Piano Works of James Lee IIIAlbany Records Troy 1494 (2014)James Lee III, D.M.A., www.jameslee3.com, is Associate Professor – Theory and Composition, at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MarylandRochelle Sennet, D.M.A. is an Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Illinois School of Music, Urbana-Champaign…

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Reading List: Warum Oper?

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The last few weeks of my reading-on-public-transit time have been spent with "Warum Oper?" (Why Opera?) a collection of interviews with opera directors which was published in 2005. Barbara Beyer, herself an opera director, leads 14 conversations circling around this question. "Why opera?" quickly splits into "Why do you dedicate yourself to engaging with opera?" or "Why does (or should) society engage with opera?" The answers provided by those interviewed are remarkable for being both rigorously thought out and intensely personal…

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Hearing loss among musicians: the statistical data

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Hearing loss among musicians: the statistical dataThere has been a lot of media chatter this week to the effect musicians are four times as likely as others to suffer hearing loss. No distinction has been made between solo musicians and ensemble, acoustic and amplified. If you want the source of the chatter, it’s available here in this research paper.

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An Odd News Week For The Colorado Symphony

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An Odd News Week For The Colorado Symphony

Oscar Wilde said “There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about” and that particular problem isn’t one the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has had to worry about this past week.
Oh, Give Me A Home…
The orchestra appears to be in genuine peril over whether or not they will return to their long time concert venue, Boettcher Concert Hall, following the impending season long renovation…

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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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May at Kings Place

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May at Kings PlaceWajahat KhanHaving opened with RE:Naissance curated by Matthew Sharp, May at Kings Place continues with the Allegri String Quartet being joined by sarod virtuoso Wajahat Khan for Khan’s own Roog Desh for sarod and string quartet (11/5).Their Chamber Classics Unwrapped continues with a group of concerts exploring major chamber works…

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Verbrechen und Geheimnisse und Schuld: Reimann's GespenstersonateOn the outside looking in: the student ArkenholzPhoto © Oper FrankfurtYesterday, I attended the last performance in Oper Frankfurt's premiere run of Die Gespenstersonate, Aribert Reimann's 1984 opera based on Strindberg's play of the same name. Walter Sutcliffe's production, making use of a stage placed diagonally between two tribunes in the Bockenheimer Depot, was sleek, with appropriate twists of the surreal and the claustrophobic…

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Julian Anderson – "visual" composer

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Julian Anderson - "visual" composerJulian Anderson’s Thebans comes to the ENO Saturday. I’m intrigued because Anderson has always been a good “visual” composer. Eden, for example, translates Brancusi’s The Kiss. Two solid figures become one : viola and cello curl sensuously around each other, embracing, so to speak, in melody…

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London Sinfonietta/Brönnimann/Van der Aa world premiere - reviewMichel van der Aa’s inventive and distinctive clarinet concerto made a thrilling display piece, virtuosically played by Mark van de WielHysteresis, the title of Michel van der Aa’s new clarinet concerto which here received its world premiere performance given by Mark van de Wiel with the London Sinfonietta under Baldur Brönnimann – is a term that refers to an apparent sense of memory demonstrated by physical objects, such as metals subjected to magnetisation…

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Michael Schade gets some Hope

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Michael Schade gets some HopeTenor Michael Schade has paired up with violinist Daniel Hope in Georgia.

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