Elgar & Sawyers Violin Sonatas on Nimbus Alliance + MORE


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Big Trouble at the Golden Pavilion–Talking to RAkU Composer Shinji Eshima + MORE

Meeting someone out of cyberspace can be fun. And so it was after a flurry of e- mails that San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet double bassist and composer Shinji Eshima and I met on a brisk April Sunday just before his 2pm curtain for its Balanchine Masterworks Program, to talk about his S.... More »

Minnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - Alexandra Sophocleus + MORE

Alexandra Sophocleus from MInneapolis was a Minnesota Varsity 2013 Showcase Artist with Luna String Quartet. She recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share her latest news..... More »
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Flypaper.Soundfly.com: Leo Brouwer is Among The 14 Most Influential South & Central American Composers of the 20th Century; Hear His Quintet + MORE

Leo Brouwer (b. 1939) is featured at AfriClassical.comAhmed Dickinson Cardenashttp://www.ahmeddickinson.comAhmed Dickinson Cardenas, an Afro-Cuban Classical Guitarist, joins the Santiago Quartet to play the Quintet (16:49) of the Afro-Cuban Composer, Guitarist and Conductor Leo BrouwerJere.... More »

BBC Proms 2014: Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic + MORE

I thought I knew Bach’s St Matthew Passion. I also thought I knew this ‘ritualisation’ by Peter Sellars with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle, having seen.... More »

Ensemble. Something More Fluid + MORE

Mike Wheeler listens to Stephen Johnson 'discovering music', and to the BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena.... More »

Time for Three Takes on Bullying with Stronger

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Time for Three is a string trio originally from the Curtis Institute but now in residence with the Indianapolis Symphony. Their unique style blends first-rate playing with some imaginative arrangements and video concepts. Their video for Stronger looks at the important issues of music education and bullying in the schools: You can check out the backstory for Stronger here…

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The enduring appeal of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto

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Elgar & Sawyers Violin Sonatas on Nimbus Alliance

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Elgar & Sawyers Violin Sonatas on Nimbus AllianceThere are currently some 24 recordings of the Elgar Violin Sonata in E minor listed in the Arkiv catalogues. When these include such ‘big’ names as Nigel Kennedy, Hugh Bean, Tasmin Little and Lydia Mordkovitch, it has to be a special new release that would prompt me to purchase yet another version of this great, late chamber work…

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Berg • Strauss • Ravel • Esa-Pekka Salonen • Lawrence Power • Max Hornung
Power-ful, Wonderful, Versatile

After attending the very, very fine Philharmonia concert with Chirstoph Dohnányi, the orchestra’s appearance two days later, Saturday August 9th, with their other main conductor,

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Sergio A. Mims: PopWatch:  Watch Norm Lewis as Broadway's first African-American 'Phantom' “Norm Lewis as Broadway’s first African-American ‘Phantom'”Image Credit: Matthew MurphyNorm Lewiswww.normlewis.comSergio A. Mims:I thought you would be interested in this:PopWatchBy Jason Clark on Aug 20, 2014 On May 12 of this year, Norm Lewis became the first-ever African-American actor to take on the lead role of The Phantom of the Opera on (ahem) the Great White Way…

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John Malveaux: Albany Records has posted new videos on YouTube of George Walker, pianoGeorge Walker (b. 1922) has a website at http://georgetwalker.com/and is featured at AfriClassical.comJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Albany Records has posted new videos on Youtube of George Walker, piano. Albany Records continues its series of recordings by George Walker, who has achieved international recognition as a pianist and as a composer…

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Brian Reitzell is one of the best-kept secrets in Hollywood, but 2014 might be a turning point for this composer with numerous albums released this year, representing years of work. One of his many recent releases is music for the video game Watch Dogs, which has been in development since 2011.

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Great shakes

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Great shakesThe little opera companies of New York are like chanterelles: Some years they sprout everywhere and you can savor the scent in the woodsy air; other seasons they’re hard to find and unsatisfying when you stumble on a patch. New York’s got lots of untapped vocal talent but you never know which companies will have their ears screwed on straight…

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The battle with the unions may be over, but the Met’s crisis rumbles on

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Once upon a Thames

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Once upon a Thames“Houston Grand Opera’s 2014–15 season, the company’s 60th anniversary season, includes the world premiere of A Christmas Carol by Iain Bell… from award-winning Dickens authority Simon Callow… the American premieres of Sir Nicholas Hytner’s The Magic Flute and Lee Blakeley’s Sweeney Todd……

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Massenet's Werther at Grimeborn

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Massenet's Werther at GrimebornKatie Bray as Charlotte Massenet Werther; Adam Tunnifliffe, Katie Bray, dir. Aylin Bozok; Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Aug 20 2014 Star rating: 4.0Stylish and imaginative chamber version of Massenet’s romantic dramaAylin Bozok’s new production of Massenet’s Werther at the Arcola Theatre’s Grimeborn Festival was inevitably something of a chamber affair (Seen 20 August 2014)…

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Illuminating Britten War Requiem Nelsons CBSO Prom

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Illuminating Britten War Requiem Nelsons CBSO PromAndris Nelsons conducted Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem at Prom 47. Nelsons’ War Requiem with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Birmingham is legendary, but the Royal Albert Hall is a unique setting. It illuminates even relatively straightforward performances, like Bychkov’s on 11/11/13 more here)  But whatever the reason, Nelsons’ Prom Britten War Requiem was exceptional…

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Concerto Italiano/Alessandrini review  a finely shaped programme of Monteverdi songsGreyfriars Kirk, EdinburghBold and stylish instrumental playing gave this performance its brilliant vivacity adding to its dramatic, raunchy storytellingThere are few performers better-versed in the music of Claudio Monteverdi than Rinaldo Alessandrini and the ensemble he founded 30 years ago, Concerto Italiano…

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