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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 »

Balsom, Karadaglic a cool match at Hollywood Bowl + MORE

The Hollywood Bowl has always been a venue for trying out new talent. With high-definition video now part of the equation, the temptation for the Los Angeles Philharmonic to entice the most attractive young performers must be greater than ever..... More »

Gravity and Commitment from Hallė in Elgar’s Second Symphony + MORE

 Schumann, Elgar: Martin Stadtfeld (piano), Hallé Orchestra / Sir Mark Elder (conductor), City Hall, Sheffield, 24.1.2015 (JK) Schumann: Piano Concerto Elgar: Second Symphony Audiences expecting a substantial first half of this concert were disappointed in finding that they were being presented wi.... More »

My Favorite Page: Schubert’s Final Acceptance, Rueful as Always + MORE

Asked to choose a single page of Schubert’s music, the pianist Paul Lewis discussed one from the Sonata in B flat: “It’s anything but a resolution.”.... More »
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Finally, words and music find true consort in opera-play mash-up + MORE

The Folger Consort and Folger Theatre mingle Shakespeare with Purcell in a successful alliance. .... More »
Sam Scranton’s Detritivore is an evening-length ensemble work that is both theatrical and restrained, simultaneously epic and intimate, and was so absorbing that I could not write about it without participating in the reverberations of the piece itself.

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Dialogues des Carmélites, Royal Opera HousePoulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites is a special and very particular opera. There is nothing else quite like it. Just as the drama – set to the composer’s own libretto – teeters between fear and faith so too does Poulenc’s score, an extraordinary apposition of austerity and lushness where belief is harmonically consonant, festooned in seraphic harp glissandi and warmly homogeneous middle-voices, but fear is omnipresent in the shadows punctuating the score with a succession of precipitous dissonances and the alien sonorities of instruments like the piano…

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A Conversation About Orchestra Musicians, PR, And Change

There was a terrific comment from a long time reader, Robert Simonds, the other day in response to the post about the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Musician website and communication initiatives. Always the deep thinker, Simonds presents some intriguing points that I took some time to address in a reply (albeit belatedly)…

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Jeremy Denk, in words and music

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The MacArthur-knighted pianist has a busy schedule of performing and writing projects. And, coming up, the Ojai Music Festival to lead. He’s bringing an unusual opera with him.The MacArthur-knighted pianist has a busy schedule of performing and writing projects. And, coming up, the Ojai Music Festival to lead…

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David Bedford: The Tentacles of the Dark Nebula

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David Bedford: The Tentacles of the Dark NebulaDuring the 1960s David Bedford (1937-2011) produced a considerable array of important compositions including Music for Albion Moonlight (1965), Piece for Mo (1963) and A Dream of the Seven Lost Stars(1964-65). In 1969 he wrote The Tentacles of the Dark Nebula as a commission from Peter Pears. The work was conceived for tenor and string group…

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Opera Review: ‘Gloria — A Pig Tale’ Brings Opera to the Met MuseumH K Gruber’s opera “Gloria — A Pig Tale” opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Thursday as part of the 11-day NY Phil Biennial.

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Dialogues des Carmélites review - a production that leaves you with a lump in your throatRoyal Opera House, LondonA strong cast of singers and a sparse but stylish staging for Poulenc’s opera about Carmelite nunsPoulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites is a true one-off, an uneasy, sometimes queasy mixture of the sensual and the spiritual. Before the lights go down, it’s easy to be flippant about an opera that ends with 16 nuns getting their heads chopped off…

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The LSO appoints its youngest ever member: 18-year-old  Peter MooreThe trombonist – who won the BBC Young Musician competition in 2008 aged only 12 – has more recently been part of the LSO’s visionary Academy projectProof that its not just in the Premiership that youth academies work in developing the next generation of talent: the London Symphony Orchestra have just appointed their youngest-ever member, 18-year-old Peter Moore, as co-principal trombone…

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Music Review: A New York Philharmonic Biennial Program From Austria“Beyond Recall,” the latest installment of Contact! and part of the NY Phil Biennial, spread out in the soaring Agnes Gund Garden Lobby at the Museum of Modern Art on Thursday.

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An impressive all-Berlioz programme from the period-instrument ensemble, culminating in a blazing performance of the ‘Symphonie fantastique’

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Pacifica Quartet Partners with Met Opera's Anthony McGill for Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets on Cedille RecordsMozart & Brahms Clarinet QuintetsAnthony McGill www.anthonymcgill.com & Pacifica Quartet Cedille CDR 90000 147 (2014)On May 27, 2014 AfriClassical posted:Anthony McGill, Principal Clarinet of New York Philharmonic, Joins Pacifica Quartet on ‘Mozart & Brahms Clarinet Quintets’ on Cedille CD; free Brahms downloadToday we post a press release on the recording from CedilleRecords…

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newEar’s Distant Travels in Kansas City

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Kansas City’s  newEar Contemporary Music Ensemble concluded its 21st season Saturday, May 3 at All Souls Unitarian Church with “Distant Travels”, a concert celebrating the influences of nature and different cultures in music. Dan Coleman described the opening work, his Sad and Ancient Phrases (1999) for violin and piano as a melancholy, nostalgic journey through musical […

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For Francesco d’Avalos

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The composer, conductor, and author Francesco d'Avalos, Prince d’Avalos and Marquis of Vasto and Pescara, great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson of the uncle of Maria d'Avalos, the unlucky first wife of Carlo Gesualdo, died on May 26th at the age of eighty-four, at his palazzo in Naples…

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