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Steve Reich's 80th birthday celebration review – patchy tribute to music icon + MORE

A slew of pieces threw up some hits and misses, yet all served to remind us of the challenging and daring oeuvre that the experimental composer still mastersSteve Reich’s late period has been one of the great ongoing delights of New York’s contemporary music scene. The onetime hardcore minimalis.... More »
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A Christmas Carol, Houston Grand Opera, Wortham Theater Center, Houston, Texas — review + MORE

Iain Bell’s brilliant new Dickens opera is given an astounding performance by Jay Hunter Morris.... More »
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Sergio A. Mims: Chineke! Orchestra concert which was held last month at the Southbank Centre in London is on the BBC Radio 3 website until November 3 + MORE

Sergio A. Mims writes:This is just great, Everyone now can listen to the Chineke! Orchestra concert which was held last month at the Southbank Centre in London  on the BBC Radio 3 website podcast. It's available until November 3.Here is the link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07xhvz7Sergio.... More »
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Eric Conway: What an extraordinary musical event was held this weekend at the Murphy Fine Arts Center! The vision of Vincent Stringer and James Lee was finally realized. + MORE

James Lee IIIhttp://www.jameslee3.com/Vincent Dion Stringerwww.bach-cantatas.comEric Conway writes:Hello Morgan Fine and Performing Arts Community,What an extraordinary musical event was held this weekend at the Murphy Fine Arts Center!  The vision of Vincent Stringer and James Lee was finall.... More »
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Review: Surprise guests attend Michael Tilson Thomas's 70th birthday gala + MORE

Elvis Costello, Boz Scaggs and Phil Lesh part of the celebration for San Francisco Symphony conductor who was feted with noted pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Marc-André Hamelin, Emanuel Ax, Jeremy Denk and Yuja Wang..... More »
This stripped-down version of Verdi’s opera is inspired, says Rupert Christiansen

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Can we divine the future of classical music? Amidst the falling popularity of orchestras and the financial instability of historic institutions, the d…
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Holocaust survivor organized performances by the Three Tenors in such unconventional locales as Dodger Stadium, the Eiffel Tower

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Not much clickbait in this post

– www.overgrownpath.com

Not much clickbait in this postA footnote in the newly published Resonances of the Raj: India in the English Musical Imagination,1897-1947 refers to my anecdote about Alex Ross broadcasting Kaikhosru Sorabji’s monumental Opus Clavicembalisticum on Harvard’s student radio station WHRB shortly after the composer’s death in 1988. The anecdote appeared in a post titled Talk about immortal masterpieces is rather ridiculous, and the book’s author Nalini Ghuman deserve praise for shunning immortal masterpieces and, instead, devoting a scholarly but readable volume to dispelling the myth that Indian music was ‘discovered’ in the post-colonial era…

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Schumann: Symphonies Nos 14 CD review  Robin Ticciati delivers an irresistible performanceScottish CO/Ticciati(Linn, 2 CDs)Robin Ticciatis Schumann cycle is the third complete set to appear in the last six months, following Yannick Nézet-Séguins version with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for Deutsche Grammophon and Simon Rattles with the Berlin Philharmoniker on the orchestras own label…

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This gala programme of Italian film music from movies such as ‘La dolce vita’ and ‘Il Postino’ was pleasing but largely insubstantial

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Tristissimus Thursday

– parterre.com

Tristissimus ThursdayOn this day in 14 AD, Tiberius was confirmed as Roman Emperor by the Roman Senate, following the death of Augustus.

Born on this day in 1852 poet and librettist Francis Burdett Money-Coutts

Born on this day in 1860 composer Alberto Franchetti

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ArtsBeat: Classical Playlist: Puccini, Messiaen, Schubert and MoreTimes critics share what they’ve been listening to lately.

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Chailly wins Record of the Year

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Chailly wins Record of the YearThe Gramophone magazine awards have been announced:
 
 

 
 
 
 
·         Sir James Galway awarded Lifetime Achievement
 
·         Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the world’s oldest orchestra, win Recording of the Year for Brahms symphony cycle – 150 years after relationship with composer began
·         Sir Neville Marriner awarded Outstanding Achievement in his 90th year
 
·         Leonidas Kavakos crowned Artist of the Year in international public vote
Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig’s monumental cycle of Brahms’s four symphonies has been crowned Recording of the Year and was presented to the conductor at the event…

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Spare us Lebrecht's Scottish fantasia

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Spare us Lebrecht's Scottish fantasia John Purser’s book seen above tells the story of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBCSSO) from 1935 to 1987, and covers in detail the attempt in 1980 by the BBC’s London management to disband the orchestra. The story of how that decision was overturned following a strike by all the BBC orchestras and support from leading musicians including Colin Davis, Pierre Boulez and Carlo Maria Giulini has been told here before…

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Handel's Xerxes

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Handel's XerxesAlice Coote as Xerxes Handel Xerxes; Alice Coote, Sarah Tynan, Andrew Watts, cond: Michael Hofstetter; English National Opera Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Sep 15 2014 Star rating: 4.5Fine revival of Nicholas Hytner’s classic productionNicholas Hytner’s production of Handel’s Xerxes (Serse) at English National Opera (ENO) is nearly 30 years old, and is the oldest production in ENO’s stable…

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Souffler les bougies : L'année Rameau

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Souffler les bougies : L'année RameauBlow out the candles It’s Rameau’s 250th birthday on 25th September. To celebrate Arte TV is screening four classic productionsAll of these are very well known, so anyone with theslightest interest in Rameau will have seen them already. But my goodness, they are so good that you want to enjoy them ovrr and over…

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No tittering at Anna Nicole

– jessicamusic.blogspot.com

No tittering at Anna NicoleWent to Anna Nicole last night at the Royal Opera House, and took with me an American friend who was seeing it for the first time. She thought Richard Thomas’s libretto was brilliant, which it is, and she laughed at the jokes, of which there are many.At the start of the interval, the besuited guy in front of us turned round and told her to stop laughing…

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