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Herbert Howells: Three Figures: Triptych for Brass Band (1960) + MORE

Herbert Howells (1892-1983) is typically regarded as a composer of liturgical and organ music. In recent years, many of his early orchestral and chamber works have been rediscovered and proved to be a rich source of romantic music that reflects the composer’s love of the English countryside as wel.... More »

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 »

Ensemble. Compellingly Memorable + MORE

Schubert and Liszt from Ian Tindale and Nick Pritchard impress Mike Wheeler.... More »

After rough year, Diana Krall blooms with 'Wallflower' + MORE

Singer/pianist's album, delayed by her ailment, features mostly cover tunes         .... More »
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GRAMOPHONE Review: Legrand Concertos for Piano & Cello – Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Frank + MORE

I have long adored the songs and admired the talent of Michel Legrand, inflected as it is with a jazzer’s free-ranging melodies and oblique harmonies – but the devilish inventiveness of these concert pieces took even me by surprise. The fact is they don’t really sound like anyone else, and.... More »
When the Royal Opera announced their 2013-14 season last year, this new production of Strauss’s too rarely performed masterpiece was the highlight for me. However, from the outset I had my doubts – not about the musical team which promised to be (and was) superb, but about the production, judging from reviews of performances at La Scala…

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Ensemble. A Little More Human

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Jack Perla’s ‘Jonah and the Whale’, enjoyed by Maria Nockin

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Pollini – Beethoven, 2 April 2014

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Royal Festival Hall Piano Sonata no.17 in D minor, op.31 no.2, ‘The Tempest’Piano Sonata no.21 in C major, op.53, ‘Waldstein’Piano Sonata no.29 in B-flat major, op.106, ‘Hammerklavier’Maurizio Pollini (piano) This would have been an ambitious programme, technically but still more so musically, for any pianist…

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James Gandolfini echoes Tony Soprano in trailer for final film, 'The Drop'The trailer for James Gandolfini’s final film, "The Drop," was released online Tuesday, with scenes featuring the grizzled star acting like a slightly more laid-back, Brooklyn-based Tony Soprano.    

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Sir Neville Marriner’s 90th-Birthday Celebration Concert

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 Saint-Saëns, Mozart, and Elgar: Murray Perahia (piano), Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Joshua Bell (violin/director), Sir Neville Marriner (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London, 1.4.2014 (MB) Saint-Saëns – Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, op.28 Mozart – Piano Concerto no.20 in D minor, KV 466 Elgar – Enigma Variations, op…

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Russian opera without the Russians

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For those who find Polovtsian Dances in sequinned Hammer pants too saccharine for their tastes, Graham Vick's Birmingham Opera Company present a hardcore alternative later this month – an English language adaptation of Musorgsky's Khovanshchina.
Like Prince Igor, KHOVANSKYGATE: A National Enquiry is an Official UK – Russia Year of Culture 2014 Event…

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Opera is declared off-colour

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Opera is declared off-colourThe imposing facade of the Oslo opera house, opened only in 2008, is in need of a refit. The proud white marble has turned streaky grey and needs to be restored. The Government will pay. It’s a matter of national pride.

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Alisa Weilerstein's new CD is the culmination of a dream that began in early childhood. Her recording of Dvorak's cello concerto is featured on this week's New Classical Tracks.

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From among 112 eligible applicants, 8 composers have been awarded $12,500 to support the development of their compositions as part of a two-year initiative to increase diversity across the field.

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Sculptural Opera: Claudia Hart’s Alices (Walking) at EyeBeamIn Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice falls into a fantasy world populated by strange creatures and surreal distortions; she finds losing control both liberating and vexing. In The Alices (Walking), Claudia Hart overlays the Alice story on contemporary culture in what she calls a “sculptural opera,” using the confusion, nonsense, and whimsy of Carroll’s tale as a metaphor for life in the digital era…

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NAC Orchestra tour to honour WWI soldiersThe fall tour of the UK, led by maestro Pinchas Zukerman, includes a performance at the historic Salisbury Cathedral and a joint concert with the Royal Philharmonic.

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Compelling Dvořák from Efe Baltacigil (with Bach Digestif)

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 Dvořák, Varèse, and Debussy: Efe Baltacigil (cello), Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot (conductor), Benaroya Hall, Seattle, 27.3.2014 (BJ) Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor Varèse: Déserts Debussy: La Mer   Along with Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Strauss’s Don Quixote, Dvořák’s great B-minor concerto poses the most taxing challenge in the orchestral repertoire for a cello soloist…

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April at King's Place

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April at King's PlaceImogen CooperPhoto sam e studiosApril at Kings Place gives us the chance to hear Imogen Cooper in Rachmaninov, rare Richard Strauss, a family quartet from Germany and duets for actor and instrument.Imogen Cooper and Sonia Wieder-Atherton perform Rachmaninov’s wonderful Cello Sonata, plus music by Janacek, Beethoven, Webern and Shostakovich (12/4)…

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