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Superb Playing of Russian Music by Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia + MORE

Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Borodin: Alice Sara Ott (piano), Philharmonia Orchestra / Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor), St David’s Hall, Cardiff, 18.11.2016. (PCG) Borodin – Prince Igor: Overture Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor Op.23 Rachmaninov – Symphony No.1 in D minor Op.13.... More »
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A Rather Brief but Enjoyable Recital by Klaus Florian Vogt + MORE

 Klaus Florian Vogt, Jobst Schneiderat (piano), Iglesia del Carmen, Festival Castell Peralada, 31.7.2015 (JMI) There’s no doubt that the Festival Castell Peralada is one of the most important summer festivals in Spain, and it always offers a varied and interesting program. This year there is a ve.... More »

Andriessen Overload 1: "La Commedia" + MORE

Gerrit van Honthorst, Het concert (1623)National Gallery of ArtApril 6, 2014Louis Andriessen: La Commedia (2004-08)Cristina Zavalloni (voice)Lindsay Kesselman (soprano)Andrew Sauvageau (voice)Jacob Perry, Jr. (tenor)Children’s Chorus of Washington (chorus master: Joan Gregoryk)Third Practice (chor.... More »

Tricia Baldwin has been an omnipresence to Tafelmusik + MORE

Managing director of period instrument orchestra for 14 years, Baldwin leaving to manage Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts in Kingston.... More »
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2015 Orchestra Compensation Reports: Introduction + MORE

As is the case with every annual orchestra compensation report, the most important element to keep in mind is these figures encompass the 2012/13 season. Although it isn’t unusual to expect that the most recent figures available would cover the previous season, in this case 2013/14, that.... More »

Andris Nelsons leaves on a Beethoven high

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Andris Nelsons leaves on a Beethoven highThe Latvian conductor is leaving the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, where he made his name. He is leaving with some reluctance, having apparently asked the Boston Symphony if he could retain a formal attachment to his previous band. Boston said no.
So Andris is launchuing his final season with a six-day Beethoven cycle, the biggest high music can buy…

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Autumn season at the Handel House MuseumCevanne Horrocks-HopayianThe autumn season at the Handel House Museum includes not only music by the master, but a series of concerts with a French theme as well as a contemporary series curated by the the current composer in residence, Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian and of course a selection of baroque Christmas music…

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The Vienna Philharmonic does not have a music director or any kind of principal conductor. The orchestra is managed by the players themselves. So being asked to guest conduct for more than a single program, and better still being invited to tour with the orchestra, is one of the great honors in…

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Art and politics, Strauss and Pound

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As If Music Could Do No Harm. New Yorker website.

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Bells and Guns : Rachmaninov Tchaikovsky Stravinsky Gardner Prom 43Blockbuster Prom 43, sure to be seared into the memory of all who were there. Queues round the block, punters turned away in droves. Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture s such a showpiece that it usually gets played at open-air events, complete with fireworks. the presence  of “Sexy Ed”, the charismatic Edward Gardner, and the prospect of big band massed choirs and big orchestras – no wonder the Royal Albert Hall was packed to capacity…

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Opera’s tough. You can’t just stand there and sing. The minimum requirement for an opera singer is the ability to both sing and act—and that’s plenty, for most. The number of opera singers who would also be prepared to undergo an intensive training program with an ex-pro boxer, solely in order to be able to […

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   Salzburg Festival (4) – Schubert and Bruckner:Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Riccardo Muti (conductor). Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 15.8.2014 (MB) Schubert – Symphony no.4 in C minor, D.417, ‘Tragic’ Bruckner – Symphony no.6 in A major   A disturbing feature of recent years has been the distinctly mixed quality of performances heard from the Vienna Philharmonic; I […]

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Bernd Weikl: Why Richard Wagner needs to be banned in GermanyBernd Weikl, yes the baritone well known for his Wagner roles, argues that Wagner’s work not only should but must be banned in Germany. Why? Well, it seems that after a very, financially, successful career performing Wagner, he has just discovered that Wagner was anti-Semitic [must have come as a surprise that, after all these years – Ed]…

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Salzburg Festival (5) - Don Giovanni, 15 August 2014Images: © Salzburger Festspiele / Michael Pöhn  Haus für MozartDonna Anna – Lenneke RuitenDonna Elvira – Anett FritschZerlina – Valentina NafornitaDon Giovanni – Ildebrando d’ArcangeloLeporello – Luca PisaroniCommendatore – Tomasz KoniecznyDon Ottavio – Andrew StaplesMasetto – Alessio ArduiniSven-Eric Bechtolf (director)Rolf Glittenberg (set designs)Marianne Glittenberg (costumes)Friedrich Rorn (lighting)Ronny Dietrich (dramaturgy)Philharmonia Chorus Vienna (chorus master: Walter Zeh)Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraChristoph Eschenbach (conductor)Why, o why, is it apparently so difficult for directors to come up with a vaguely coherent staging of Don Giovanni? Why, moreover, do so many of them seem so uninterested in, even contemptuous of, the work? It is an opera of such overflowing richness that one would have expected directors to be spoilt for choice when it came to options for staging…

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More Details On The Met Agreements

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More Details On The Met Agreements

Things seem to be rolling along for the Metropolitan Opera (Met); once the company reached tentative four year agreements with the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) it only took a day to reach a similar agreement with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)…

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Orchestra violinist shot dead. Conductor mourns.

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Orchestra violinist shot dead. Conductor mourns.Mary Whitaker, a violinist in the Westchester Philharmonic and the Chautaqua Symphony, has died in tragic, horrific circumstances.
Details are still sketchy, but it appears she was shot in Chautaqua during the course of a robbery.
She was a close friend of Marin Alsop and played at her parents’ memorial tributes…

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The 16-strong cast of popular South African soap opera Generations is sacked after a long-running dispute over pay and contracts.

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Michael Houstoun performs Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin for the Edinburgh international festivalIn this exclusive video for the Guardian, New Zealand pianist Michael Houstoun introduces Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin his piano suite dedicated to friends who were killed in the first world war. Houstoun performs the 5th movement from the suite, a menuet, dedicated to Jean Dreyfus. Produced in association with the Edinburgh Film Company and the Edinburgh international festival…

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