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Ksenija Siderova Continues to Push the Accordion Enticingly Forward + MORE

Modern Compositions and Transcriptions for Accordion: Ksenija Siderova (accordion), Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver, 18.9.2016. (GN) Mozart – Twelve Variations on ‘Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman’ K.265 Rachmaninov – Barcarolle Op.10 No.3 Piotr Londonov – Scherzo-Toccata (1979) Anatoly Kusyakov .... More »
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“Did You Know We Were Paying The Musicians?” + MORE

Updates are a good thing. So are interns. Put them together and you get a brand new layout for Who’s Minding The Score?. The funniest satire-fortified carton about orchestra life to grace the intertubes. The new design sports lazy loading which means you can get through each cartoon in t.... More »
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Song Cycle within a Song Symphony : Goerne, Mahler Eisler + MORE

A song cycle within a song symphony - Matthias Goerne's intriuging approach to Mahler song, with  Marcus Hinterhäuser, at the Wigmore Hall, London.  Mahler's entire output can be described as one vast symphony, spanning an arc that stretches from his earliest songs to the sketches for wha.... More »
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Maestro’s possible return to Montreal Symphony may not be harmonious + MORE

Charles Dutoit left on such acrimonious terms that the MSO is expected to give its musicians the choice not to perform with him.... More »
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Crystalline Chopin from Wang, and Focus in Bruckner 7 + MORE

Tilson Thomas, Chopin, Bruckner: Yuja Wang (piano), San Francisco Symphony / Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor), Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. 1.11.2016. (HS) Tilson Thomas – Agnegram (revised 2016) Chopin – Concerto No. 2 in F Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 21 Bruckner – Symphon.... More »
Baritone Lawrence Mitchell-Matthews of Indiana University, South Bend, will be a featured soloist at Shiloh Baptist Church (Washington, DC) 2014 Handel's 'Messiah'Lawrence Mitchell-Matthews(IUSB.edu)Jeanette M. Pollard writes:Dear Bill: Just spoke with up and coming young singer Lawrence Mitchell-Matthews (Baritone), who told me of his appearance last year at the Colour of Music Festival in Charleston.  Wanted to let AfriClassical blog also know that this Detroit native and senior at Indiana University, South Bend, will be a featured soloist at Shiloh Baptist Church (Washington, DC) 2014 Handel’s Messiah…

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In Performance: Conrad Tao

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The pianist and composer Conrad Tao performs the third movement of Prokofiev’s Seventh Piano Sonata.

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Justin Elie, Haitian Composer & Pianist, Was Born September 1, 1883; Hear Violinist Jean R Perrault in 'Légende Créole' (5:22) on YouTubeJustin Elie, Cover photo of sheet music for NostalgieLégende Créole (also known as Haytian Legend) (5:22) by Justin Eliehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP3JS3D_vE8&index=3&list=PLy6dFoiD8hz5rIMhwcoY6Alb9WfwNdftE Uploaded on Apr 20, 2011 Jean R Perrault (violin) and Jeanne Doty (piano) perform Légende Créole for violin and piano (also known as Haytian Legend) by Haitian composer Justin Elie…

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Classical Music Agenda (November 2014)

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One of my pet peeves about planning the month’s review schedule is the occasional pile-up of Concerts Not to Be Missed. Concerts or operas with a string of performances allow some flexibility in the calendar, but occasionally, as in November, there are days where I need to bi- or trilocate. Choices, choices!

Bach, Well-Tempered Clavier, P…

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An orchestra sensation at age 23. Published by 30. Then a Pulitzer Prize and a Grawemeyer. Now a biography. What’s left after someone writes up the story of your life? Aaron Jay Kernis just keeps on going, continuing to balance composing, teaching, and raising a family.

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Orchestra in harmony with its audience

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THE WA Symphony Orchestra’s Beethoven Festival concluded with performances of the final four symphonies over two nights.

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On the eve of his 20th season as music director and conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas discussed his life, his philosophy of performing and his plans for the upcoming landmark season. In a 90-minute conversation at his home, he touched on 1,000 years of classical music history, paying special attention to Beethoven and Schumann and leaping from Wagner to Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys in a single sentence…

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Roaring our heads off

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Roaring our heads off…for these two, Nina Stemme and Donald Runnicles (which also means the Deutsche Oper Berlin orchestra), in a shatteringly great Proms Salome. No need to add much to the rave over on The Arts Desk but I wanted to include a few more of Chris Christodoulou’s photos, which arrived as usual punktlich not long after I got back from the Albert Hall last night…

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Electriifying Elektra Goerke Bychkov Prom part 2 as promisedElectrifying Strauss Elektra at the Proms: Bychkov, Christine Goerke. Amazing on radio asnd even more so live. Indeed, this was one of those rare occasions when you can say, in awe, “I was THERE!”. The Royal Albert Hall is a huge barn of a hall.  Six thousand seats placed round a hollow space that rises upwards, culminating in a dome that used to suck up sound until they added those space-age acoustic baffles…

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Strauss Elektra Prom 59 – part ONE, part 2 follows

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Strauss Elektra Prom 59 - part ONE, part 2 followsMy review, as pronised, is HERE.  Richard Strauss Elektra, BBC Prom 53 – an amazing experience!  Semyon Bychkov, Christine Goerke, Felicity Palmer and a cast who could hardly be faulted.  Christine Goerke “is not one of those Elektras who start the opera as demented and raddled. From the opening she projected youth and a certain rapture in the vocal line…

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 Prom 58, Richard Strauss, Salome:soloists and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Donald Runnicles (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London 30.8.2014. (JPr) Strauss: Salome Cast: Burkhard Ulrich (Herod) Doris Soffel (Herodias) Nina Stemme (Salome) Samuel Youn (Jokanaan) Thomas Blondelle (Narraboth) Ronnita Miller (Herodias’s Page) Paul Kaufmann (1st Jew) Gideon Poppe (2nd Jew) Jörg Schörner (3rd Jew) […]

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Don Giovanni The Predator In Buenos Aires

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  Mozart, Don Giovanni: Buenos AiresLírica. Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Buenos AiresLírica,Conductor:Pedro-Pablo Prudencio. Teatro Avenida, Buenos Aires. 22.8.2014. (JSJ) Cast: Don Giovanni: Nahuel Di Pierro Donna Anna: Oriana Favaro Leporello: Iván García Donna Elvira: Victoria Gaeta Don Ottavio: Santiago Bürgi Masetto: Mariano Fernández Bustinza Zerlina: Cecilia Pastawski Commendatore: Hernán Iturralde   Production:  Director: Marcelo […]

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Autumn from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

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Kati Debretzeni leads the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Autumn is officially here and what better way to celebrate than with a movement of ‘Autumn’ from Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons?

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