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5 Questions to Yair Klartag (composer) + MORE

Yair Klartag is one of four composers commissioned by MATA, this year. His piece There’s no lack of void will be premiered on.. Visit I CARE IF YOU LISTEN's Blog to read more!.... More »
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RNCM’s Vibrant Performance and Slick Production of Weill’s Street Scene + MORE

Kurt Weill, Street Scene: Royal Northern College of Music Theatre, Manchester  2.12.2015. (RJW) This American opera of 1946, with well-written book by Elmer Rice and additional lyrics by Langston Hughes is a good romp for today’s students for there is a large cast that are all given opportunitie.... More »

Ensemble. Challenging, Versatile and Unexpected + MORE

Roderic Dunnett visits Hungarian State Opera.... 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 »

All that is important is that music speaks to the listener + MORE

Most recently of all, I've been contemplating the return of that great theme at the end of the Elgar's First Symphony, asking myself whence come those extraordinary chords that intermittently add stresses. Tangentially, there is a video of Tod Handley conducting the work on YouTube, and I wish I cou.... More »
Shostakovich and Schnittke string quartets, heard by Howard Smith. ‘… vivid sonic immediacy.’

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Judith Weir to be appointed first female master of Queen's musicScottish-born composer will succeed Peter Maxwell-Davies in role described as musical equivalent of poet laureateBuckingham Palace is set to appoint the first ever woman as master of the Queen’s music. Judith Weir, a 60-year-old Scottish-born composer of several successful operas, will be announced this month as the successor to Peter Maxwell-Davies…

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Rupert Christiansen reviews Glyndebourne’s new production of La Finta Giardiniera, an early work by Mozart

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Knussen Aldeburgh – Carter, Webern – and Mendelssohn ?

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Knussen Aldeburgh - Carter, Webern - and Mendelssohn ?Mendelssohn Symphony No 1, with Elliott Carter’s Instances for chamber orchestra (2012), written shortly before his death aged 103. Trust Oliver Knussen to come up with a programme that blends Mendelssohn, Dallapiccola, Carter, Webern and Ligeti, conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Maltings, Snape, Aldeburgh, part of this year’s Aldeburgh Music Festival…

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Kaija Saariaho’s new piece, here given its UK premiere, may be be scored for organ and orchestra – but it is emphatically not an organ concerto

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In Brief: End of June Edition

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Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio, online video, and other good things in Blogville and Beyond. (After clicking to an audio or video stream, press the "Play" button to start the broadcast.) Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.

Listen to the French premiere of the chamber version of Kaija Saariaho’s La Passion de Simone, with Clément Mao-Takacs

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Joachim Köhler & Why Wagner Did Not Cause The Holocaust.“Wagner always considered himself a spiritual revolutionary whose concern was the liberation of human beings, including the Jews, from their so-called ‘curse’. Joachim Köhler. The Wagner JournalWhile there is much of interest in the July issue of the Wagner Journal, perhaps Joachim Köhler’s reversal on the centrality of Wagner’s antisemitism in his work, his influence on the the Third Reich and the persecution of the Jews is one of the most interesting, extraordinary and “brave” “turn-a-rounds” in Wagner research…

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Fizzing with fun: Rossini's La gazzetta

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Fizzing with fun: Rossini's La gazzettaKelly Mathieson and Timothy Nelson Rossini La gazzetta; Royal College of Music< Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jun 27 2014 Star rating: 4.0Lively account of one of Rossini’s neglected comic operasRossini’s comic opera La gazzetta was written in 1815, between Il barbiere di Siviglia and La Cenerentola but it is far less famous then these two and has, until recently, been rarely performed…

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Maestro rising: Philly assistant wins top Paris prize

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Maestro rising: Philly assistant wins top Paris prizeLio Kuokman, recently appointed assistant conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, has been declared winner of the Evgeny Svetlanov Competition.
The first prize was not awarded. Kuokman was second. A British conductor, Samuel Burstyn, came third.
The winner gets 15,000 Euros and a second chance to conduct the radio philharmonic orchestra of France…

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As some happy news for women in music – well, really for Judith Weir – leaked out in the Sunday Times earlier today, I’ve been writing this piece for The Guardian’s Comment is Free. Bet you didn’t know I once wanted to be a composer. It was a short-lived dream a long time ago, but never entirely forgotten.

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Further Shameless Self-Promotion

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Further Shameless Self-PromotionI’m delighted to announce that a new disc of premieres by the late Peter Lieberson, with liner notes by yours truly, has just been released on Bridge Records. Including performances by pianist Steven Beck, violist Roberto Díaz, and the Odense Symphony Orchestra conducted by Scott Yoo, these are first rate renditions of some really worthy music…

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I recently wrote an appreciation of Arthur Butterworth’s excellent tone-poem The Path across the Moors, in which I suggested that in spite of it having been issued on a ‘light music’ CD, it had considerable depth and emotional content beyond what is normally considered belonging to that genre. I sent the composer a copy of my article and fortunately he approved of what I had written…

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Union steps in over Chicago’s unpaid Beethoven Fest

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Union steps in over Chicago’s unpaid Beethoven FestGeorge LePauw, the festival’s director, has received a stiff letter from the Chicago Federation of Musicians. He is threatened with a musicians boycott unless he pays up.

George Lepauw, President and Artistic Director
International Beethoven Project
P.O. Box 14149
Chicago, Illinois 60614
Dear Mr…

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