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Book Review: Gilmore, "Claude Vivier: A Composer's Life" + MORE

First published in I Care If You Listen Magazine on 2/20/15.Claude Vivier: A Composer’s Lifeby Bob GilmoreUniversity of Rochester Press, 330pp., $34.95Some of the most rewarding passages in Bob Gilmore’s long-anticipated biography of Claude Vivier, the Québécois composer whose reputa.... More »
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Dresden vs Vienna : New Year concert Thielemann + MORE

New Year concerts in Dresden, Vienna, Berlin, Venice, Leipzig and much else - it takes planning to catch them all.  The Silvesterkonzert from Staatskapelle Dresden with Christian Thielemann capped them all: genuinely satisfying as a musical experience as opposed to a fun way to fill time. .... More »
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Chat: Otello + MORE

Welcome, cher public, to the real-time chat for this afternoon’s Met broadcast of Otello, starting at 1:00 PM.  Photo by Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera..... More »
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Is a label boss the right person to run an opera house? + MORE

Bogdan Roscic, who was announced this morning as the next director of the Vienna State Opera, is the second successive head of the Sony Classical label to run an international house. His predecessor, Peter Gelb, has been general manager of the Metropolitan Opera since 2006. Neither Gelb nor Roscic h.... More »
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My visit to Istanbul this week... + MORE

Here's where I'm going tomorrow......and here's what I'm doing, for the Istanbul Music Festival, in a series of pre-concert talks in the gardens of the Hagia Eirene Museum, Topkapi Palace.22 June The Young Chopin. This evening Daniil Trifonov performs Chopin's Piano Concerto No.1 as part of a progra.... More »

North loses much-loved toot

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

North loses much-loved tootRon Marlowe, piccolo player in the Halle Orchestra for almost 40 years, has died. Players were informed at rehearsal in Manchester and are reported to be ‘very sad’. Ron can be heard here in a history of the Halle’s flute section. Here’s a biography from Pearl Flutes:   Ronald Marlowe was born in London but […]

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The Supervirtuoso Strikes Again

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Hamelin, Medtner, Schubert: Marc-André Hamelin (piano), Zankel Hall, New York City, 27.1.2014 (BH) Hamelin: Barcarolle (2012, New York Premiere) Medtner: Piano Sonata in E Minor, Op. 25, No. 2, “Night Wind” (1910-1911) Schubert: Four Impromptus, D. 935 (1827)   “It’s like hearing every climax Rachmaninoff ever wrote, crammed into one piece,” said a friend after […]

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Kirill Petrenko’s conducting – taut, profound and beautifully structured – redeems an otherwise problematic production of Mozart’s opera

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Mamoru Samuragochi, who had confessed that a ghostwriter wrote his best-known compositions, admitted that he had regained some of his hearing three years ago.    

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Interview: James Gaffigan

– blog.lso.co.uk

We catch up with James Gaffigan, the New Yorker currently serving as Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, after the first rehearsal ahead of his LSO debut on Thursday 13 February. He talks to us about the thrills and spills of being an international conductor, his first impressions of the LSO and electrifying star pianist Yuja Wang…

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Rolando on telly again

– intermezzo.typepad.com

Straight after finishing his recent run as Don Ottavio at the Vienna State Opera, Rolando Villazón dashed off to Prague to shoot a TV documentary about the premiere of Don Giovanni. The BBC are expected to air it in April or May.
Of his recent Vienna performance, the Kurier said "Villazón's a fighter who compensates for any vocal shortcomings with such charisma and commitment that he can shape even a pallid character like Don Ottavio…

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A great program played by pianist Emanuele Arciuli, tomorrow night, February 12, 7 p.m. at Columbia’s Italian Academy:Variations in f minor – HaydnOut of Doors – BartókHymne à la Nuit – LisztIshi’s Song – Martin Bresnick (b. 1946)Earth-Preserving Chant – Kyle Gann (b. 1955)Phrygian Gates – John Adams (b…

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Walter Widdop the Great Yorkshire Tenor by Michael LetchfordThe great English tenor Walter Widdop (1892 – 1949) is perhaps not as well known nowadays as his contemporaries, such as Heddle Nash (1894 – 1961) and Isobel Baillie (1895 – 1983). This is probably because Widdop made few recordings after 1930. But Widdop was one of the few English singers to have an international career before the Second World War and made a remarkable leap into being a Wagnerian tenor with very little experience…

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John Malveaux: 'Young violinist Annelle Gregory will perform the 1st movementt of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 on Mar. 30, 2014 with the San Diego Symphony'Annelle K. GregoryJohn Malveauxofwww.MusicUNTOLD.comwrites:Young violinist Annelle Gregory will perform the 1st mvt of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 on Mar. 30 with the San Diego Symphony. This is the San Diego Symphony “Best and Brightest” annual concert in which they feature the winners of last year’s concerto competition…

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14 Tips to Creating your Violin Love AffairBy Heather Broadbent:

1. Get Your Juices Flowing
After you have had your green juice in the morning or while you are making and drinking – Listen to motivational music to get you inspired on the first day of the rest of your life.  Hey if this is Mozart or Eminem – it doesn’t matter – Whatever floats your boat, gets your goat and you can’t stop moving literally…

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Mayhem In Memphis

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Mayhem In Memphis

It looks like the Memphis Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has officially entered into cycle of panic induced fundraising coupled with all but certain massive budget cuts. The MSO released a press statement on 1/30/2014 asserting that the economic downturn and fickle patron habits have forced the organization into financial crisis…

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La Traviata – review

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La Traviata – reviewMillennium Centre, CardiffAlan Opie brought a much-needed emotional boost to this visually stunning revival of David McVicar’s popular productionHot on the heels of the sordid affair that was Manon Lescaut, Welsh National Opera’s revival of David McVicar’s highly evocative production of La Traviata should have been balm…

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ArtsBeat: Classical Playlist: Danish String Quartet, Thomas Meglioranza, Gidon Kremer and MoreTimes critics share what they’ve been listening to lately.    

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