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WATCH: April 8, 1983: Roger Moore on the difference between American and English film industries + MORE

"In England, they stop shooting at 5:30 ... because the English like to go home at 6 o'clock and watch whatever their favorite soap opera is and have their steak and kidney pie," Roger Moore told ABC News..... More »
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Five of the best... classical concerts + MORE

London Sinfonietta | São Paulo Orchestra | Così Fan Tutte | Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla | Shakespeare ScenesThe Roundhouse has always been a fine venue for new music. The Proms return there for the first time in more than 30 years for an afternoon programme that includes music by Sinfonietta regulars s.... More »
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Stravinsky Oedipus Rex Salonen Royal Festival Hall + MORE

Stravinsky Oedipus Rex, the culmination of Esa-Pekka Salonen's traverse through themes in Stravinsky with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall.  Sophocles's Oedipus Rex defines the very idea of Tragedy. Oedipus is cursed by Fate and cannot escape. He and those around him will b.... More »
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Yuja Wang on Scintillating Form in Tchaikovsky + MORE

Rossini, Tchaikovsky and Respighi: Yuja Wang (piano), Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma / Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor), Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, 11.5.2017. (AS) Rossini – Le siège de Corinthe, Overture Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No.1 .... More »
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Daily Download: Johann Nepomuk Hummel - Trumpet Concerto: III. Rondo + MORE

Get a free MP3 of Johann Nepomuk Hummel - Trumpet Concerto: III. Rondo, performed by Swedish Chamber Orchestra..... More »
Royal Albert Hall Brahms – Tragic Overture, op.81Widmann – Teufel Amor (UK premiere)Brahms – Symphony no.2 in D major, op.73Cleveland OrchestraFranz Welser-Möst (conductor) Sadly, one of the most striking things about this concert was the small attendance. I should have assumed that a major American orchestra, with a renowned if not necessarily universally lauded conductor, playing a programme of mostly Brahms would have sold out, or near enough…

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This new trip, hosted by Performance Today's Fred Child, travels to venues, concerts and activities along the Danube River. It features an exclusive private concert at Vienna's Mozarthaus, where Mozart lived for three years. Learn more about the itinerary.

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Strauss: Josephslegende CD review  beautifully performed rarityWeimar Staatskapelle/Solyom(CPO)Premiered in Paris in May, Josephslegende was Richard Strausss first completed ballet score. Its history was vexed, and there is still considerable disagreement as to its qualities and worth. Composed to a scenario by Strausss regular librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal and his friend, the diarist Harry Kessler, it was originally commissioned by Diaghilev as a vehicle for Nijinsky to be both choreographer and principal dancer…

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Tippett yes, but Rozsa, Schubert and Mendelssohn tooThe Tippett Quartet – photo credit Thurstan Redding(John Mills, Lydia Lowndes-Northcott, Jeremy Isaac, Bozidar Vukotic)An encounter with members of the Tippett QuartetThe Tippett Quartet (John Mills – violin, Jeremy Isaac – violin, Lydia Lowndes-Northcott – viola, Bozidar Vukotic – cello) has recently released a disc of string quartets by Andrzej Panufnik and Witold Lutoslawski and whilst their name might suggest that they specialise in 20th century quartets, if you look at their repertoire it is of far greater range, stretching from Haydn and Mozart, to Miklos Rozsa and Bernard Herrmann…

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Sibelius tone poems enthrall Gerald Fenech. ‘A magically enthralling foray into Finnish mythology.’

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A tale of two resignations: conductors Franz Welser-Möst and Han-Na ChangOver the weekend, both Franz Welser-Möst and Han-Na Chang, both coincidentally performing at the Proms on Sunday, resigned their conducting posts. Whats surprising in Welser-Mösts case is how long he lastedA tale of two resignations: the irreconcilable artistic differences that led to Franz Welser-Möst leaving his post in charge of the Vienna Staatsoper over the weekend, on the eve of his two Proms with his other institution, the Cleveland Orchestra; and the, well, irreconcilable artistic differences (theres a lot of it about at the moment) that meant Han-Na Chang resigned from the music directorship of the Qatar Philharmonic just hours after the orchestras debut performance at the Proms – a concert that Tim Ashley, and many others, enjoyed immensely, and felt could have heralded a bright future for this newest of all international orchestras, set up by the Qatar Foundation to seed classical music in Qatari culture…

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A girl’s best friend

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A girl’s best friendOn this day in 1846, Elias Howe was granted a patent for the sewing machine.

Born on this day in 1659 composer Henry Purcell
Happy 73rd birthday conductor Christopher Hogwood

Born on this day in 1714 composer Niccolò Jommelli

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Prom 70: SCO/Gernon - Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, 80th birthday concert, 8 September 2014Royal Albert HallConcert Overture: Ebb of Winter (London premiere)Strathclyde Concerto no.4An Orkney Wedding with SunriseDmitri Ashkenazy (clarinet)Robert Jordan (bagpipes)Scottish Chamber OrchestraBen Gernon (conductor)Image: Chris Christodoulou/BBC  Unlike many such occasions, this concert actually did take place on the composer’s birthday, albeit banished to a ‘late-night’ slot…

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Berlin’s Neuköllner Oper has created an engaging, refreshing new opera drawn from the everyday lives of the company’s unglamorous home district

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ArtsBeat: Classical Playlist: Strauss, Bartok, John Dowland and MoreTimes critics share what they’ve been listening to lately.

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Michael S. Wright: Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste and Choir are doing their UK tourBBC.com: The Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste has been rehearsing with the Halle Orchestra in ManchesterMichael S. Wright writes:Dear Bill,Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste and Choir are doing their UK tour and this is expected to draw much attention. I am not sure whether all your readers are aware of these events which will take place in Royal Festival Hall, London- 14th September, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester – 11th Sept, Colston Hall, Bristol – 16th Sept and Dora Stoutzker Hall, Cardiff – 15th Sept…

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Win Tickets – Our Latest Competition

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Win Tickets - Our Latest CompetitionRosalind Plowright in Giordano’s Andrea Chenier at Bregenz in 2011Courtesy of Divas & Scholars we have two tickets to give away for their Autumn season of lectures and study days. The winner will receive two tickets for the event of their choice, either the champagne opera evenings on Verdi’s Otello (24/9) or Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur (12/11), or the study day on Verismo: Puccini and his contemporaries (15/10) which includes a lecture by me, and a masterclass and talk by mezzo-soprano Rosalind Plowright…

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How to make the dollars sing

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THE government’s review of opera should be welcomed by all who love the art form, and equally by those with diva envy.

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