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Salome, Deutsche Oper, BBC Prom 58, Royal Albert Hall, review: 'overwhelming' + MORE

Rupert Christiansen on a supremely confident interpretation of Richard Strauss's decadent masterpiece.... More »
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Exclusive clip: 'What Difference Does It Make?' + MORE

In this clip, the composer speaks about the power of music and when it first affected him..... More »
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String Theory 16: 17 Quartets, some with voices, tapes, etc. + MORE

Grant Chu Covell[January 2016.]Sofia GUBAIDULINA: String Quartet No. 1 (1971); String Quartet No. 2 (1987); String Quartet No. 3 (1987); String Quartet No. 4 (1993); Reflections on the theme B-A-C-H (2002); Quintet for Piano and Strings (1957); String Trio (1988); Sonata for Violin and Cello, “Rej.... More »
symphonies

The closure of the Ravel museum would be an act of cultural sabotage + MORE

The charming, eclectic museum in the French composer’s house at Montfort-l’Amaury has been abruptly closed and its future is in doubtAn eccentric little house called Le Belvédère – shaped like a narrowboat and perched on the edge of the small town of Montfort-l’Amaury, 40km south-west of P.... More »
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Roman Rabinovich and a Clown on a Bicycle + MORE

Schumann, Michael Brown, Haydn, Stravinsky: Roman Rabinovich (piano), RWCMD, Cardiff, 12.6.2016. (LJ) Robert Schumann: Papillons, Op. 2, (1831); Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26, (1839) Michael Brown: Surfaces, (2015) Josef Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat, Hob. XVI 49, (1790) Igor Stravinsky: Three M.... More »

“It’s a crazy ride’ for the Gurnee native, sought after by the world’s top opera companies.

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Brahms: Symphonies 3 & 4 – review

– www.guardian.co.uk

London Philharmonic Orchestra/Jurowski(LPO)Every conductor wants to make their mark on the four symphonies of Brahms – recently Riccardo Chailly at the Barbican, currently Andris Nelsons at the Southbank – and then, if they have the chance, commit them to disc. None will be definitive: when it comes to Brahms interpretations, so much comes down to taste…

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Estonian-born composer Udo Kasamets died in January 2014, aged ninety-four

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What dramatic tension from the Overture onwards! No mere curtain-raiser, but as Gluck/Calzabigi demanded in the Preface to Alceste, an integral part of the drama. And then the noble, heartrending simplicity of the obsequies, already looking towards Les Troyens…

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Invigorating, Colourful Music in Selmeczi’s New Opera

– www.seenandheard-international.com

  György Selmeczi, Spiritisti:  Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Hungarian State Opera/János Kovács (conductor), Hungarian State Opera House, Budapest, 19.1.2014. (RD)   Spiritisti (Spiritiszták – seemingly ‘Spiritualists’) is a new Hungarian State Opera commission from composer György Selmeczi, a significant senior figure in the country’s arts scene, who was born in Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvár), in what was the […]

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Stand Up And Be Conti’d

– lietofinelondon.wordpress.com

Review – L’Issipile (Wigmore Hall, Wednesday 22 January 2014)
Issipile – Lucy Crowe
Eurinome – Diana Montague
Rodope – Rebecca Bottone
Toante – John Mark Ainsley
Learco – Flavio Ferri-Benedetti
Giasone – Lawrence Zazzo
La Nuova Musica
David Bates (Director)
Generally unknown, Francesco Bartolomeno Conti is the latest composer to be ‘rediscovered’ and we are fortunately that L’Issipile is seeing the light of day once again…

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Helping Complete the Symphonic Picture

– entartetemusik.blogspot.com

Helping Complete the Symphonic PictureI’m guilty of oversights. Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler… it’s a symphony trajectory I repeat ad absurdum. Of course I include the final Mozart Symphonies, a handful of Haydn’s and maybe a Mendelssohn or two along the way. Schumann doesn’t enthral and Bruckner still evades me. But while I’ll venture out of Central Europe once or twice – Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Sibelius – the trunks, the totems remain the same…

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Tune in Saturday, Jan. 25, at noon to hear the Metropolitan Opera perform Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore" ("The Elixir of Love").

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Stainer’s grandson yields two music winners

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Stainer’s grandson yields two music winnersJohn Ranald Stainer, former registrar of the Royal College of Music who has died aged 98, was the grandson of Sir John Stainer, composer of The Crucifixion. That much we knew. But diligent family research by his local newspaper, the Shropshire Star, reveals that two of his grandchildren are outstanding members of the music community…

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ColumbiaTribune.com: 'Blind Tom' Wiggins' 1880 piano 'duel' with John William Boone in Columbia, MO to be reenacted March 3, 2014The Ballad of Blind Tom, Slave Pianist by Deirdre O’Connellhas been partially excerpted at AfriClassical Blog.Thomas “Blind Tom” Wiggins (1849-1908) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a complete Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma…

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Male fraud

– parterre.com

Male fraudHas Los Angeles Opera mentioned lately that Billy Budd has an all-male cast?

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Minister of Culture attacks Maestro’s salary

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Minister of Culture attacks Maestro’s salaryThe Minister of Education and Culture in Andalusia, Luciano Alonso, has voiced outrage at the fees paid to Pedro Halffter, music director of the Royal Seville symphony orchestra. ‘I disagree with his salary, which is excessive. No one in the public sector of Andalusia should earn more than the president,’ said Alonso…

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'Seven Traceries Suite' of William Grant Still on 'Rarely Performed Piano Works, Vol. 2' by Pianist Seta Karakashian on Romeo Records[William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com. Recordings, sheet music and books of William Grant Still are available at www.WilliamGrantStill.com, which is operated by the composer’s daughter Judith Anne Still]Rarely Performed Piano Works, Vol…

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