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James Last, who wrote ‘happy music’ and sold 80 million albums worldwide, died today aged 86.
He learned to play brass instruments and piano in the Wehrmacht and formed his band in 1948. He retired just three months ago.
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Works by Chopin written in 1846, recommended by Gerald Fenech. 'A positive artistic experience ...'.... More »
Chartreuse ensemble is a tricoastal new music string trio formed by violinist Myra Hinrichs (Chicago), violist Carrie Frey (New York),..
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You don't have to go to a resort or a spa to relax: classical music can help you take the stress out of everyday chores and routines. Here are ten times when music by your favorite composer can help you breathe a little more easily..... More »
Three armed teenagers held up two chorus members as they left Symphony Hall at 10.40 pm Monday night.
No-one got hurt but the area’s unsafe and moves are being discussed to instal extra lighting.
Report, with video, here.
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Pure Handel: European Union Baroque Orchestra, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Maria Keohane: Estonian Record Productions ERP 6212 Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Mar 30 2014 Star rating: 5.0EUBO in fine from in Handel cantatas, concerto grosso and Water MusicThis disc showcases the European Baroque Orchestra under their music director Lars Ulrik Mortensen in a programme of Handel, with the Overture from Admeto HWV 22, Water Music Suite no…
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I was delighted to hear Marcus Dods’ delightfully evocative Highland Fancy on Classic FM the other day. It is rare to hear music that muses on the landscape of Scotland unless it is Hamish MacCunn’s ubiquitous Land of the Mountain Flood Overture, Mendelssohn’s great ‘Scottish’ Symphony or the Northampton composer Malcolm Arnold’s ‘Scottish Dances’ or ‘Tam O’ Shanter Overture’…
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In my debut on CLASSIC FM I’ll be popping up regularly on Charlotte Green’s Culture Club – Sunday 3-5pm – with selective tips for all that’s best in live Classical Music, Opera, and Musical Theatre. Short and sweet but hopefully lively and informative, too. Expect the odd anecdote…
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Lane/Goldner String Quartet(Hyperion)While the Takács work their way through the core chamber repertoire for Hyperion, the Goldner, the other great quartet on the label’s books, explores its fringes, often in partnership with pianist Piers Lane. Gabriel Pierné (1863-1937) and Louis Vierne (1870-1937) may be familiar names from 20th-century music, but with the exception of Vierne’s organ pieces, their works are little known now…
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Sharleen Joynt is a 29-year-old coloratura soprano. Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Joynt has sung in operas by Mozart and Wolfgang Rihm and sung the role of Marie in Donizetti's Daughter of the Regiment. She's currently covering a role in Strauss's Arabella at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City…
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Lately I’ve been reflecting more and more on how I’ve dealt with rejections and supposed failure as a young composer. Because I now teach at a small liberal arts college, I constantly see and interact with a sea of undergrads. And because of their presence, I am reminded of how I dealt with what I perceived as devastating defeat upon experiencing rejection.
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It is time for the Easter holidays so family comes first for a bit! And I will be at the Barbican tomorrow for Master Class by the principal oboe of the Concertgebouw Orchestra which is in residence this week with Mariss Jansons and Anton Bruckner. I will bring my 10 year old oboist daughter to get a taste of the best…
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When California was hit by a 5.1 last weekend, the Los Angeles Philharmonic played through it unperturbed under the baton of Charles Dutoit. Elsewhere, there was panic. The Cal State Long Beach Symphony Orchestra was in the middle of a tuba concerto by John Williams when the earth moved. On the video, the conductor is […]
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02/04/14copyright Tristram KentonBorodin’s Prince Igor is an absolute mishmash of a score, and even if you didn’t know that it was completed by many others (as I didn’t before listening to the first act), you can hear its stylistic incoherence in every bar. In this and many other ways, it presages many aspects of 20th century Modernism and is strongly representative of the gradual replacement of the Teutonic line with the Franco-Russian line as the centre of artform from the late 19th onwards…
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Quoth the Met: “Javier Camarena will sing the role of Prince Ramiro in the season’s three initial performances of Rossini’s La Cenerentola on April 21, 25, and 28, replacing Juan Diego Flórez, who is ill. Flórez is scheduled to return for the three final performances of the opera, on May 2, May 6, and the May 10 matinee, which will be transmitted worldwide as part of the Met’s Live in HD series…
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CO of Europe/Nézet-Séguin(Deutsche Grammophon, 2 CDs)From historically informed accounts to the most unreconstructed modern symphony-orchestra performances, there’s no shortage of fine sets of Schumann’s four symphonies already on disc. Where Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s versions with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe slot in among them, or whether they are needed at all, is another matter…
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