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Tchaikovsky Competition winners, Cadogan Hall, London + MORE

Impressive performances from winners in three categories — though the piano section was problematic.... More »

Gergiev gets silver-plated + MORE

This is his farewell gift from the London Symphony Orchestra, whom he conducted tonight for the last time as principal conductor. No more residue from those eight years than you can see on the plate. .... More »

Bruckner chief signs on with Putin + MORE

Hans Joachim Frey, head of the Brucknerhaus in Linz, Austria, will leave next year to turn the Sochi Winter Olympics site – a Putin propaganda project – into an international cultural and festivals centre. Frey, 51, says he wants to create a ‘Salzburg on the Black Sea’.  .... More »

Barber, Hillborg, Björk: Distant Light + MORE

Renée Fleming sings alluring songs, her siren-like soprano drawing the listener on to the unknown.... More »

Stephen Hough Champions Dvořák; Andris Nelsons Memorable in Rachmaninov + MORE

 Dvořák, Rachmaninov. Stephen Hough (piano), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons (conductor), Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 18.3.2015 (JQ) Dvořák – Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33 (B 63) Rachmaninov – Symphony No 2 in E minor, Op, 27   This concert, pairing a less well-.... More »
LPO/Jurowski/Bavouzet review  delicacy and energyRoyal Festival Hall, LondonJean-Efflam Bavouzets flawless account of Prokofievs Third Piano Concerto was a highlight of the London Philharmonics season-opening concertDuring the long and somewhat discursive speech with which he introduced the opening concert of the London Philharmonics 2014-15 season, the principal conductor, Vladimir Jurowski, welcomed the appointment of Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg as the orchestras composer-in-residence…

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WNO: Guillaume Tell; ROH: Barbiere

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[From The Spectator, September 27] Is there a fundamental, insuperable problem with staging Rossini’s Guillaume Tell on a budget, without the resources to conjure up the sense of scale that was part of grand opéra’s appeal and raison d’être? Take away the special effects, whip away the phantasmagorical curtain, and, as with any Hollywood blockbuster, you are left with a modest little plot whirring away at its centre…

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We are appalled to see the orchestra’s supremely talented players locked out from playing their concerts while at the same time being asked to accept painful salary cuts and submitting to the reduction in the size and quality of their ensemble.

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Inspired by Shakespeare

– www.planethugill.com

Inspired by ShakespeareCity of London Sinfonia photo credit James Berry.City of London Sinfonia (CLS) is celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary with a series of concerts featuring music from film and theatre inspired by his plays. Running from 8 October to 1 November, there are four concerts which feature music by Purcell, Mendelssohn, Korngold, Walton and RVW…

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 Berlin Musikfest 2014 – J. S. Bach, György Ligeti, Gustav Mahler: Vocalconsort Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin / Iván Fischer (conductor), Philharmonie, Berlin 21.9.14 (MC) J.S. Bach: Church Cantata, Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit Deinem Knecht (Lord, do not pass judgment on Your Servant), BWV 105 (1723) György Ligeti: Hamburg Concerto (Hamburgisches Konzert) for solo horn […]

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The problem with programming Charles Ives’ Fourth Symphony – and only the very bold and resourceful and/or the BBC are ever likely to do so – is that it eclipses everything, and I mean everything, in its proximity. And if it was my 90th birthday – as indeed it was on this day for the BBC Singers – I’m not sure I’d want to bask in its aura, especially since the world premiere commissioned for this big birthday – Kevan Volans The Mountain That Left – had to be postponed due to the indisposition of its soprano soloist, Pumeza Matshikiza…

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Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood is to play cruel orphanage supervisor Miss Hannigan in the stage musical Annie next year.

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Bohemian girl

– parterre.com

Bohemian girlThe Met press office announces: “Hei-Kyung Hong will sing the role of Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème on September 26 and 29, replacing Ekaterina Scherbachenko, who is ill.”

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A selected, critical guide to classical performances in New York City.

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With her resonantly beautiful voice, Anna Netrebko is a riveting presence in Verdi’s opera

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Chloe Hanslip and Igor Tchetuev

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Chloe Hanslip and Igor TchetuevChloe Hanslip Schnittke, Medtner, Beethoven; Chloe Hanslip, Igor Tchetuev; The Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Sep 25 2014 Star rating: 5.0Medtner’s vividly romantic sonata at the centre of a lovely lunchtime recital.British violinist Chloe Hanslip and Russian pianist Igor Tchetuev have won plaudits recently for their disc of Medtner violin sonatas, so I ent along with interest to their recital at the Wigmore Hall on Thursday 25 September 2014, which launched the 2014/15 season of lunchtime showcase recitals from Lisa Peacock Concert Management…

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Malcolm Arnold Third Symphony & Scottish Dances on EverestI first came across Malcolm Arnold at grammar school. Mr Mclean, the music teacher, let us hear a recording of the fantastic ‘Tam O’Shanter’ Overture.  Shortly afterwards, I discovered the delicious English Danceson a Decca Eclipse LP, Festival of English Music Volume 1. Not many years later, I heard this version of the Scottish Dances played by the LPO with composer conducting…

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"Deafening Silence"

– www.therestisnoise.com

The Atlanta Symphony musicians are holding an event tonight outside the Woodruff Center, where they have been locked out by a management that seems to have learned absolutely nothing from the recent debacle of the Minnesota Orchestra. Meanwhile, John Adams, John Corigliano, and other leading American composers have published an open letter at NewMusicBox; Robert Spano, Altanta’s music director, speaks up for the musicians in an interview with the Times’s Michael Cooper; and Donald Runnicles, the principal guest conductor, does the same in an interview with the Guardian’s Tom Service…

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