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Since 2011 two posts about Philippa Schuyler On An Overgrown Path have reached a very wide audience. One is a portrait by me of the controversial child prodigy, pianist and composer and the equally controversial treatment of her by the American establishment. The other post featured an embedded audi.... More »
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The official classical chart + MORE

Week ending 9 August 2014 1 Piano Reflections Ji Liu (piano) Classic FM CFMD33 Buy from Amazon Download on iT.... More »
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South African opera star PRETTY YENDE made a surprise appearance on GOOD MORNING AMERICA today! + MORE

Pretty Yende: A JourneyOrchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Della RAIMarco Armiliato, ConductorRelease Date: 09/16/2016  Sony 532169 (69 mins.) South African opera star PRETTY YENDE made a surprise appearance on GOOD MORNING AMERICA today!  She is currently starring in Romeo an.... More »
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Francis Chagrin: Symphony No. 1 (1966) + MORE

Earlier this year, I was looking at ‘symphonic anniversaries’ and discovered that Francis Chagrin’s Symphony No.1 was first heard in its present form on 15th March 1966 – 50 years ago.  I also found a sketch of the work penned by the composer in that months Musical Events journal. I hav.... More »
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Minnesota Orchestra Live from Cuba + MORE

Hear the Minnesota Orchestra perform two distinct programs live from Havana, Cuba on Friday, May 15 and 16, at 7 p.m. CDT..... More »
Taken direct from the ROH website without editing, here are the 2014-15 season details.
No real surprises, except in the excellent formatting. All operas, including dates and casts, on the same page. By far the best of any season announcement so far this year.  Have they been reading our whinging?

Autumn Season
Anna NicoleMark-Anthony Turnage
Dir: Richard JonesCond: Antonio Pappano
A tale of sex, celebrity and scandal: Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera explores the dramatic life and death of Anna Nicole Smith…

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Anxiety, Doubt and Terror in Honeck’s Bruckner

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Vivier, Bruckner: New York Philharmonic, Manfred Honeck (conductor), Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, 29.3.2014 (DA) Vivier: Orion Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor (ed. Nowak) Just a few months after his one-night-only turn upstaging Anne-Sophie Mutter in Dvořák, this last-minute substitute job on behalf of a flu-stricken Gustavo Dudamel again showed Manfred […]

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Books on Wagner that Needs Translating into EnglishToday, I decided I compile a wishlist of books that desperately need to be translated into English. So for those of you involved in Wagner societies etc who might want to try to organise for something like this to happen please consider these titles.1. Richard Wagner im Dritten Reich (Richard Wagner in the Dritte Reich/Third Empire):Paperback: 373 pagesPublisher: C…

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Wall Street Journal: 'Artis Wodehouse practices her harmonium'; MELODEON: Marti Newland April 6 in 'Masters of the Harmonium', 1393 York Ave., NYCSoprano Marti Newlandwww.martinewland.comArtis Wodehouse practices her harmonium at her home in the Bronx; she will perform for the public on Sunday.  (Photo: Corinne Ramey)Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street JournalWall Street JournalPulling Out the Stops to Revive Keyboard RelicsPianist Has Nearly a Dozen Antique Instruments; Concert Planned for SundayThe pianist Artis Wodehouse collects keyboard instruments that history left behind…

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A new partnership will bring students from the academy to study with Philharmonic musicians and Alan Gilbert, the music director, in California and New York.    

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Woolf and Pappano at the ROH

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

Woolf and Pappano at the ROHThe Royal Opera House announced its plans for the the 2014/15 season this morning. On the dance side, there are enticing propositions from Wayne McGregor, who’s creating a full-length work for The Royal Ballet based on Virginia Woolf’s output, with a new score by Max Richter. There are also new one-act works from Hofesh Shechter, who’s this year’s Brighton Festival Guest Director, and in-house favourite Liam Scarlett…

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Free Tickets and CD Giveaway: Jonathan Estabrooks CD Launch at Toronto's Drake Hotel on April 4Last July I mentioned University of Toronto and Juilliard graduate Jonathan Estabrooks’ Kickstarter campaign to create a crossover first album with Oran Elder, Jonathan Antoine, and Jennifer Thomas. Well, the campaign was successful, and Jonathan’s album These Miles was expanded to include 5-time Grammy Award winning producer Dave Reitzas, the Macedonian Radio Orchestra, and production at LA’s Westlake Studios…

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The Royal Opera House says more people will watch its performances on cinema screens next season than at Covent Garden    

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Provisionally good news out of San Diego: the board of the opera has voted to postpone closure while it considers various options. They say they need $10 million to mount a 2015 season. Meanwhile, in Minnesota, the board of the Minnesota Orchestra is pondering whether Osmo Vänskä should be reinstated as the orchestra's music director…

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Gil Shaham Releases 'Music to Drive Away Loiterers' on April 1By Laurie Niles: When I received this press release, I thought, this has to be a joke:

It’s happening all around the world: train stations, shopping malls, and local governments have found themselves forced to turn to classical music in their efforts to keep loiterers at bay. As the Los Angeles Times reports, “Whether it’s Handel piped into New York’s Port Authority or Tchaikovsky at a public library in London, the sound of classical music is apparently so repellent to teenagers that it sends them scurrying away like frightened mice…

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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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Learning to Listen: Clara Wieck Schumann

– minnesota.publicradio.org

In an era where women were kept out of the spotlight, Clara Wieck Schumann had a successful career as a pianist and composer. Hear her music and story on today's Learning to Listen on Classical MPR.

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Reinier van Houdt Performs in Los AngelesOn Saturday, March 22, 2014 Dutch pianist Reinier van Houdt appeared at the Wulf in downtown Los Angeles for a night of experimental music that was intended, according to the concert notes, “… to question the act of composing.” A capacity crowd of the knowledgeable gathered to hear a series of eight piano works by European and local contemporary composers that lasted over 2 hours…

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