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Thomas Larcher: What Becomes; A Padmore Cycle review beautifully tailored bespoke songs + MORE

Padmore/Stefanovich/Larcher(Harmonia Mundi)A Padmore Cycle, Thomas Larcher's songs written in 2011 for tenor Mark Padmore, sets poems by Hans Aschenwald and Alois Hotschnig. The gnomic texts sometimes seem to occupy similar territory to those of Schubert's great song cycles. But if Larcher's setting.... More »

Music Into Words, 2 February 2016 + MORE

Delighted to have been invited to join the panel for this interesting evening, devised and presented by pianist, teacher and writer Frances Wilson (who blogs as The Cross-Eyed Pianist). It takes place in the Court Room of the Senate House, London, 2 Feb, 7pm. Tickets are £5, and it's free to studen.... More »
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Five of the best… John Wilson Proms + MORE

Rating:  0 Since 2009, when the John Wilson Orchestra impressed the nation with its special BBC Prom dedicated to th.... More »

West Edge Opera Lulu: Close to a Sellout + MORE

If you haven't got a ticket yet for the West Edge Opera production of Alban Berg's Expressionist masterpiece Lulu, well, I hope you order one right now. For one thing, it is nearly sold out.For another, it is sensational. WEO was kind enough to invite me to last week's piano dress rehearsal, and wha.... More »

Gordon Getty: 'My dad thought music was something I could do on the side' + MORE

As his opera Usher House premieres for the Welsh National Opera, Gordon Getty talks to Rupert Christiansen about his famous family and his musical passions.... More »
John Malveaux: Cellist Kristen Yeon-ji Yun at SYMPHONY of BROTHERHOOD Concert on August 18, 2013, Los Angeles produced by MusicUNTOLD Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (1932-2004): A Celebration Chicago Sinfonietta et al. Paul Freeman, Conductor Cedille 90000 087 (2005)[Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (1932-2004) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Dr…

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John Malveaux: 'The Academy Celebrates The Black Movie Soundtrack'Marcus MillerJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:From Stormy Weather to Superfly, The Academy Celebrates the Black Movie Soundtrack with this concert under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl. Grammy-winning musician and composer Marcus Miller teams up with award-winning producer/director Reginald Hudlin for a soulful celebration of music and movies, with clips on the Bowl’s big screen…

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Piano Factory 13.

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Piano Factory 13.Grant Chu Covell[May 2014.]“Mahnkopf Edition 2: Piano Works.” Claus-Steffen MAHNKOPF: Rhizom (1988-89); 5 kleine Lakunaritäten (1994-95); Kammerminiatur (1995); Kammerstück (1995); Le rêve d’ange nouveau (1999); Beethoven-Kommentar (2004); Prospero-Fragmente (2005). Ermis Theodorakis (pno). NEOS 11207 (1 CD) (http://www…

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There is not a lot on now I am back from Germany – just odds and ends.
It was a treat yesterday evening to have dinner at the Garrick with a good friend from Chicago, the economist Adolfo Laurenti. Adolfo comes from Bergamo, the birthplace of Donizetti.  He is a passionate opera lover and was a cheeful supporter and enthusiastic audience member for all my time in Chicago…

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Gus Christie and Danielle de Niese are the glamorous couple about to take up their annual place at the helm of the Glyndebourne Opera Festival

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Two takes on Cinderella: Disney versus Rossini

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What would be left of the Cinderella story if you took away the glass slippers, the pumpkin and the fairy godmother? Classical MPR's Rex Levang and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato point out some differences. 'La Cenerentola' airs Saturday, May 10, at noon on Classical MPR.

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All you ever wanted to know about The RingDivas and Scholars’ History of Opera Champagne Evenings continue next week with Richard Peirson talking about Wagner’s Ring Cycle. On 13 May Peirson is joined by soprano Rachel Nicholls to provide sung excerpts from the Cycle. Divas and Scholars address another 19th century landmark on 11 June, when Sandy Burnett talks about Bizet’s Carmen with Sophie Goldrick and Christian Dawson providing the musical excerpts…

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Hidden From the Opera’s Crowd Is a Human Safety NetFrom a small box poking up onto the Met’s stage, Donna Racik helps performers with their lines and pitch, and occasionally even whole songs.

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The Week Ahead | Classical: Still Elusive: Brahms, in ConcertThe master pianist Emanuel Ax will focus on different dimensions of Brahms in a Carnegie Hall recital on Thursday.

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Orchestral Music as Paradox

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A brilliant composer friend of mine recently had a reading of a piece done by a major orchestra. All the other composers, she said, and the orchestra management, went around talking about how the orchestra desperately needs to come up with new ideas, so they can build up a new audience. Her piece was very […]

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Richard Strauss’s greatest champion

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Richard Strauss’s greatest championThe Dresden music director Ernst von Schuch died 100 years ago today, on May 10, 1914, at the age of 67. Austrian born and a Wagner specialist, Schuch joined the Semper Oper in 1873 and led its orchestra until his death. He conducted the world premieres of Feuersnot (1901), Salome (1905),Elektra (1909) and Der Rosenkavalier (1911)…

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In Focus: Tarik O’Regan

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Charles T. Downey, Washington Chorus performs work of British composer Tarik O’Regan to admirable effect
Washington Post, May 10, 2014

T. O’Regan, Scattered Rhymes (inter alia), Orlando Consort, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, P. Hillier (Harmonia Mundi, 2008)
When Julian Wachner took over the Washington Chorus, he introduced more contemporary music into the ensemble’s often staid

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Julia Lezhneva’s Star Remains Firmly in the Ascendant

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 Handel, Geminiani: Julia Lezhneva (soprano), Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Anotonini (violin/director). Barbican Hall, London, 7.5.2014  (CC) Handel:         Sinfonia from Agrippina  ‘Pugneran con noi le stelle’ from Rodrigo  ‘Carmelitarum…O nox dulcis’ – Recitativo & Aria from Saeviat tellus Concerto grosso in G minor Op 6 No 6 Salve Regina Geminiani:    Concerto Grosso in D minor No 6, La Follia […]

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