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ArtsBeat: Philharmonic Chooses Anna Thorvaldsdottir for Emerging Composer Program + MORE

Ms. Thorvaldsdottir, who has enjoyed a growing profile in recent years, will receive $50,000 and a commission to write for the New York Philharmonic..... More »
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Herbert Howells: Three Figures: Triptych for Brass Band (1960) + MORE

Herbert Howells (1892-1983) is typically regarded as a composer of liturgical and organ music. In recent years, many of his early orchestral and chamber works have been rediscovered and proved to be a rich source of romantic music that reflects the composer’s love of the English countryside as wel.... More »
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Royal College of Music honours Reich, Norrington and Jurowski + MORE

At the college’s annual awards, presided over by HRH The Prince of Wales, the US composer praised the state funding that in the early days of his career made it easier to perform here than in CaliforniaThe Royal College of Music today honoured a number of outstanding figures in international music.... More »
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Vaughan Williams Weekend St John's Smith Square + MORE

Ralph Vaughan Williams and Friends Weekend at St John's Smith Square, a glorious three-day celebration of British music. This follows on the success of previous SJSS weekends devoted to Schubert and Schumann.  Curated by Anna Tilbrook, the RVW/SJSS weekend features The Holst Singers, James Gilc.... More »
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Robert Tuggle + MORE

Robert TuggleMetropolitan Opera PhotoLinked from the Met home pageI just got the sad news that Robert Tuggle, Director of Archives at the Metropolitan Opera since 1982, died yesterday. The Met has a news flash up about this; there are some remembrances of Bob at opera-l and, at Opera Nostalgia, Char.... More »
 Birtwistle: Katrien Baerts (soprano), Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Oliver Knussen (conductor). Milton Court Concert Hall, London, 25.5.2014 (MB) Cantus Iambeus (2004) Cantata (1969) Tragœdia (1965) Monody for Corpus Christi (1959) Fantasia on all the Notes (2011) Four Poems by Jaan Kaplinski (1991) Silbury Air (1977)   What a joy it is to attend an intelligently-programmed […]

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Ray Chen Debuts with BSO

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Mozart, Violin Concertos and Sonata, R. Chen, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra, C. Eschenbach (Sony, 2014)

Tchaikovsky / Mendelssohn, Violin Concertos, R. Chen, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, D. Harding (Sony, 2012)
Reviews of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra have become less and less common in these pages, because the programming of their concerts in the last few years has been

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The New York Youth Symphony closed its 51st season on Sunday by playing Copland’s Third Symphony at Carnegie Hall.

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Potential Energies: 5 questions to Sugar Vendil & Trevor GureckisOn Thursday, May 29, 2014 (8pm), the Nouveau Classical Project is presenting the world premiere of Potential Energies, a ballet conceived and directed by NCP Artistic Director Sugar Vendil with choreographer Barbie Diewald and composer Trevor Gureckis. We asked 5 questions to Vendil and Gureckis about this new production…

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Premiere of intriguing new chamber opera by Edward LambertSix Characters in Search of  a StagePhoto Credit Edward LambertComposer Edward Lambert, well known for his work at Covent Garden and his youth opera commissioned by W11 Opera (‘All in the Mind’ for the Britten Theatre 2004), has just had his puzzling new chamber opera ‘Six Characters in Search of a Stage’ premiered at Brighton Fringe by his very own Music Troupe of London with a cast including Jon Stainsby, Olivia Clarke, Sheridan Edward and Max Beesley…

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MELODEON: Soprano Marti Newland in Works of Dana Suesse, Arthur Bird, William Grant Still & Louis M. Gottschalk 4 PM Sun. June 1, 74th & York Ave., NYCDana Suesse[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…

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Julian Anderson's Thebans, ENO – BBC Broadcast

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Julian Anderson's Thebans, ENO - BBC BroadcastJulian Anderson’s Thebans, from the ENO can be heard on BBC Radio 3 HERE. Anderson is . adventurous, but by no means difficult. His work is approachable and very “visual” so it was inevitable that he’d get around to writing opera,. I chose the photo above (c Tristam Kenton) because it gives an idea of the layers and colours in the music and the way the textures interweave…

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Magnum forza

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Magnum forzaOur Own Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin has unearthed a hunk of prime Verdiana: a live 1972 Forza del Destino starring Leontyne Price and Franco Corelli.
Giuseppe Verdi: La forza del destino
Metropolitan Opera
Michelangelo Veltri, conductor
21 January 1972
Leonora – Leontyne Price
Don Alvaro – Franco Corelli
Don Carlo – Mario Sereni
Padre Guardiano – Ezio Flagello
Fra Melitone – Fernando Corena
Preziosilla – Judith Forst
Marquis de Calatrava – James Morris
Curra – Carlotta Ordassy
Trabuco – Robert Schmorr
In-house recording

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Richard Wagner Supports Constantin Frantz's Denunciation of Prussian Militarism and Pan-GermanismWahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn!Wohin ich forschend blick’in Stadt- und Weltchronik,den Grund mir aufzufinden,warum gar bis aufs Blutdie Leut’ sich quälen und schindenin unnütz toller Wut! Madness! Madness! Everywhere madness!Wherever my searching eye does gaze,In chronicles of cities and the world,The grounds thereof to find,Why, to the point of drawing blood,People torment and mistreat each otherIn senseless frenzied rage!Hans Sachs’ Monologue from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg In 1869, Richard Wagner dedicated the second edition of his Oper und Drama to the Young Hegelian thinker, Constantin Frantz (1817–1891)…

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Lang Lang smells

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Lang Lang smellsThe pianist tweets:
Very excited to announce the launch of my first fragrance!! Will sell in Europe in the fall and China next year.

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New Music Theatre in London this May

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New Music Theatre in London this MayOne is able to see new music drama performances in London at almost any time. Usually the summer sees a spike in this sort of activity with the Grimeborn and Tete a Tete opera festivals. However, this May seems to have served up more than our fair share of diverse and probing musical theatrics. Or maybe I’ve just had the opportunity to go to plenty of them…

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Believe it: a composer makes a TV ad

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Believe it: a composer makes a TV adIt’s Esa-Pekka Salonen and he’s selling i-Pads. But the ad is so ultra-cool and so close to musical process that it does almost as much to promote serious music as it does to sell gizmos. Watch.

 
 
 

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An ‘opera’ without voices and a birdwatching trip were among the items on the programme for this Dutch festival of the unconventional

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