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Lei Liang – “Luminous” (CD Review) + MORE

Lei Liang Luminous The Formosa Quartet, Aleck Karis, piano; Third Coast Percussion, Daniel Schlosberg, piano; Michael Lewanski, conductor; Mark Dresser, contrabass solo; The Palimpsest Ensemble, Steven Schick, percussion, conductor New World CD Luminous, composer Lei Liang’s latest CD f.... More »

Boston SO/Nelsons review – there's work to do for Nelsons' new band + MORE

Royal Albert Hall, LondonAs he returned to the Proms, comparisons with Andris Nelsons’ previous orchestra, the CBSO, were inevitable Five weeks after he made his last appearance as the City of Birmingham Symphony’s music director, conducting Beethoven’s Ninth during the opening weekend of this.... More »

Magnificent Melbourne! + MORE

Lines for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Prom August 19 2014 The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra made their Proms debut this evening as part of a whirlwind European tour including Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Copenhagen.  And if this evening's concert is a guide they should have a wild receptio.... More »
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Review: Beethoven Gets a Sequel at the New York Philharmonic + MORE

Timo Andres’s piano concerto “The Blind Banister,” performed by Jonathan Biss and conducted by Courtney Lewis, is inspired by a Beethoven cadenza..... More »

Review: David Kaplan Riffs on Schumann’s Spirit + MORE

The pianist David Kaplan played “New Dances of the League of David” at Le Poisson Rouge, in homage to Schumann..... More »
This month, concertgoers can experience the magic of Handel performed by the Minnesota Chorale; the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; St. John's Oratorio Chorus; the Dakota Valley Symphony Chorus; and the combined choirs of Brooklyn United Methodist Church, Family of God Lutheran Church, and North Hennepin Community College.

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2013 British Composer Awards

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2013 British Composer AwardsHarrison BirtwistleAccepting Instrumental Solo or Duo award2013 British Composer AwardsPhoto Mark AllanThe 2013 British Composer Awards were presented last night at an awards ceremony at the Goldsmiths Hall hosted by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA). The event was introduced by Sarah Rogers, the chairman of the British Composer Awards Ceremony, who in her opening remarks recalled the three major talents who had died in the past year, Jonathan Harvey, Richard Rodney Bennett and John Tavener…

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Sacrifices on the Altar

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Sacrifices on the AltarNigel Simeone’s edition of The Leonard Bernstein Letters is a veritable treasure trove. Bernstein may not be the greatest composer of the 20th century (though West Side Story is surely at the top of the tree when it comes to the century’s musical theatre works), nor is he as fine a conductor as was made out (though Philip Hensher’s petulant, myopic dismissal overlooks his extraordinary contribution to the Mahler revival), yet he was an extraordinary and influential figure, which is what makes this volume such a boon…

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Giuseppe Pennisi attended a successful performance of Verdi’s ‘Ernani’ in Rome

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Now in their fourth season, Spektral Quartet is currently ensemble-in-residence at the University of Chicago and already a well-known champion of Chicago composers, including the six whose works are featured on the group’s first commercial disc release.

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This new 31-album collection underlines the Chicago-born pianist’s huge contribution to music technology and his profound musicianship

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Wagner, on screen, in London

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More films have been made about Richard Wagner (and his works) than any other composer – not that you'd guess it from the peculiar dearth of Wagnerversary screenings. This is soon to be remedied.
First up is Der fliegende Holländer at the Barbican on 7 December. Joachim Herz's 1964 film (extract above) is a movie version of the opera, mimed to a soundtrack from the Gewandhaus Orchester and a host of DDR star singers…

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Satyagraha at ENO

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Satyagraha at ENO25/11/2013Of the American minimalists, Glass is the composer with the least native talent perhaps, but he is the one with the most unmistakable musical profile. Where Reich and Riley have continued to explore and develop their particular musical interests over the past half century, each producing a varied and wide ranging oeuvre, Glass has stuck steadfastly and virtually exclusively to his energetic yet static arpeggiated diatonic chords…

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Apology & Correction: Wagner Is Not To Be Replaced By Aging Hippies After AllCorrectionPink Floyd?We recently reported the blight of Dalhalla Opera, whose productions, including a continuation of their Ring cycle, would not be able to continue in 2014 after owners of the Dalhalla venue  informed them that they had decided to rent their allotted time to other “artists”. We also noted at that time, that Dalhalla Opera had responded, noting that it would impact upon hundreds of artists already committed to the event…

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Bolshoi maestro explains his walkout: ‘It was intolerable, unbearable, boring…’Vasily Sinaisky, who quit yesterday as chief conductor, tells Ria-Novosti that working with the Bolshoi general director, Vladimir Urin, was ‘uninteresting and intolerable’. My departure, he adds, ‘is the result of four months working with Mr Urin.’ Read here. We wonder what passes for normal at the Bolshoi.

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TT: Snapshot

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The Dutch National Ballet dances the first movement of George Balanchine’s Symphony in C, set to the music of Georges…

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Parterre at 20

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Parterre Box, the formidable online hub for opera critique and chatter, celebrates today its twentieth anniversary. The publication began life as a zine — youngsters may have to look up the word — and found a robust second life on the Internet. I treasure my stack of vintage Parterres, with their juicy backstage stories, salacious illustrations, and learned jeremiads by the likes of Dawn Fatale, Dr…

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Alexei Ratmansky’s Opera at La ScalaAlexei Ratmansky with Roberto Bolle creating ‘Opera’ — Photo by Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano, Copyright Teatro alla Scala
If an Alexei Ratmansky ballet is something to look forward to; a new Ratmansky ballet is very good news indeed. Rather like a film with Meryl Streep, Ratmansky’s presence is something of a guarantee — maybe it won’t be the best ballet ever created, but it’s never going to be a bummer…

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