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Michael Hersch’s New Opera Reflects on a Friend’s Death + MORE

Michael Hersch’s new opera, “On the Threshold of Winter,” was inspired by a friend’s lost battle with ovarian cancer and a dying Romanian poet’s diary..... More »
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Briefly Noted: More of Sibelius's Theater Music + MORE

Sibelius, Incidental Music, Vol. 4, Turku Philharmonic, L. Segerstam (released on September 11, 2015) Naxos 8.573340 | 72'50" [Vol. 5 | Vol. 6] Last Tuesday a massed choir of Finns marked the 150th birthday of Jean Sibelius by singing his choral version of the Finlandia hymn in Helsinki's Sena.... More »
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More composers in fast cars + MORE

These five come courtesy of Mogens Madsen and Bart Diels, to add to our original collection pack. First, that Danish racer Carl Nielsen… followed by Mr & Mrs Paul Hindemith in an open top (she won’t give up the wheel), Roberto Gerhard out for a ride with his brother, and Hans-Wern.... More »
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Alberto Remedios obituary + MORE

Operatic tenor known for his lyrical interpretation of Siegfried in Wagner’s RingRising from an apprenticeship as a welder in Liverpool’s dockyards to a pinnacle of international success on the world’s opera stages, Alberto Remedios, who has died aged 81, traced an almost mythological career p.... More »
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Was Sibelius a secret Nazi sympathiser? + MORE

A debate has erupted in the Hensingin Sanomat between two Sibelius biographers, war historian Martti Turtola who has a new book ‘Rakastan Sibeliusta’ (I love Sibelius) and Vesa Siren, whose Sibelius biography will appear in a couple of months. Turtola argues that the relationship between.... More »
Gidon Kremer’s ensemble focused on works by the Warsaw-born composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg, including a heroic performance of the Symphony No. 10

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Riccardo Muti is steadfast in his search to connect the musical past and present in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s mission

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Audio Book & Text: A Wagner Matinée. Willa Cather“The first number was the Tannhäuser overture. When the violins drew out the first strain of the Pilgrim’s chorus, my Aunt Georgiana clutched my coat-sleeve. Then it was that I first realized that for her this singing of basses and stinging frenzy of lighter strings broke a silence of thirty years, the inconceivable silence of the plains…

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Who gives the best concerts in Japan?

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Who gives the best concerts in Japan?A panel of 44 music critics and journalists picked the best classical concerts held in Japan from December 1, 2012 to November 30, 2013. The winner is pictured below. Here’s the list: 1. 16 points / City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons 2. 15 points / Nissei Theater – Reimann’s “Lear” 3…

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Rameau minus one elitist convention

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Rameau minus one elitist conventionFellow blogger Jessica Duchen offers admirable advocacy of the Rameau anniversary. However my antipathy towards composer anniversaries means I have little enthusiasm for the 250th anniversary of Rameau’s death, despite a profound admiration for his music. But, in view of the general acceptance that formal dress is one of classical music’s elitist conventions, I do have one wish for the Rameau anniversary: that Warner reissues Scott Ross’ masterly 1988 recording of the complete harpsichord music using the original artwork seen above…

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One of the stranger aspects of the last twenty years of operatic history is that one of the most provocative of all productions was not of an opera at all. In hisTheodora for Glyndebourne in 1996, Peter Sellars set Handel’s quiet reflection on virtue, martyrdom, and execution in the modern United States…

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Soul of the Nation

– www.newmusicbox.org

The artist Boris Schatz once famously said that “art is the soul of a nation.” Working as a composer and presenter of new music in Washington, D.C., where our business is the nation, I tend to think of this phrase a lot.

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Conductor is fired in Hungary. Politics suspected.

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Conductor is fired in Hungary. Politics suspected. Laszlo Kovacs was dismissed last week as artistic director and conductor of the North Hungarian Symphony Orchestra in Miskolc. He has held the job for 30 years and his contract was only renewed last August. It appears that an incoming new manager decided that Kovacs did conform to the political realities…

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Meet Class Notes Artists Odelia Trio

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Meet Classical MPR's Class Notes Artists the Odelia Trio, who have been visiting elementary schools in Rochester, Minn., to teach students about chamber music.

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The maestro’s nose: Fabio Luisi is making smellsFabio Luisi and his FL Parfums — photo by Barbara Luisi
A silly title, to grab your attention, about the very serious hobby of one of the world’s top conductors: Fabio Luisi creates perfumes.
Luisi’s pastime has recently taken on a more professional aspect, as he’s decided to sell his creations commercially: FL Parfums…

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Reinhard Goebel and Mirijam Contzen talk To Edward Seckerson about the new recording of Six Mozart Violin Concertos In Leopold Mozart’s old house (now a museum) in the Bavarian city of Augsburg a piano tuner is hard at work tuning one of the working exhibits – a venerable clavichord. Enter Reinhard Goebel and Mirijam Contzen whose new Oehms Classics recording of the Six Mozart Violin Concertos with the Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie is sure to stimulate lively debate and maybe even raise eyebrow or two in the coming months…

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Symphony guide: Mozart's 31st ('Paris')‘I hope that even these idiots will find something in it to like’, wrote the young composer of his Parisian audience. Calculated to please, Mozart’s brilliantly wrought and supremely confident symphony is still delighting audiences nearly 250 years later. • All articles in this series Paris, spring 1778…

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