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Eric Coates: Last Love -Romance + MORE

Last Love: Romance is one of Eric Coates delightful miniature tone poems. It was written in 1939, and received its first broadcast during an evening concert on the BBC Home Service on 8 December of that year. The BBC Theatre Orchestra was conducted by Stanford Robinson. The liner notes of The Defini.... More »

Robert's crowd-funding update: Quickening ahead + MORE

Many thanks to everyone who has supported the crowd-funding for Quickening, our disc of my songs to English and Welsh poets performed by Anna Huntley (mezzo-soprano), Rosalind Ventris (viola), Johnny Herford (baritone) and William Vann (piano). We have made a great start, and if you have not yet sup.... More »

Olio + MORE

On this day in 1913 the Palace Theater opened at 1564 Broadway in New York City. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFAVURK9mZE Born on this day in 1912 bass Fritz Ollendorf http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgmOGh-O4L0 Happy 83rd birthday soprano Christiane Eda-Pierre http://www.youtube.com/watch?.... More »

The bassoonist's view of the orchestra + MORE

The Minnesota Orchestra's Norbert Nielubowski shares an up-close-and-personal look at the bassoon to help us better understand what some may consider an orchestral oddball. For starters, it's not an oboe..... More »

Dutch pianist dies + MORE

We regret to report the death of Ton Hartsuiker, one on the leading interpreters of contemporary music in the Netherlands. He was 81. pictured with his wife, Inge Fröhlich .... More »

Menotti's The Medium

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Menotti's The MediumJulia Stikovetsky and Grainne Gillis photo Yannis Katsaris Gian Carlo Menotti The Medium; Operaview, director Natalie Katsou, Musical Director Maite Aguirre; Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Aug 14 2014 Star rating: 3.5Rare outing for Menotti’s opera in a small scale productionThe Grimeborn Festival is now underway at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston, showcasing a wide variety of smaller scale operatic productions…

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Plácido Domingo is a surefire audience draw for Los Angeles Opera whether he’s singing on stage or conducting in the orchestra pit. On Thursday, the company said it is adding an additional performance of its upcoming revival staging of “La Traviata,” which stars Domingo and soprano Nino…

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Sibelius Maxwell Davies Bridge Storgårds Prom 38

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Sibelius Maxwell Davies Bridge Storgårds Prom 38Like Prom 36, (more here) Prom 38 demonstrated why some composers are first rank while others aren’t. John Storgårds conducted the BBC Philharmonic in a programme which contrasted  Jean Sibelius and Frank Bridge with Sir Peter Maxwell Davis.Finlandia effectively changed the course of world history…

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Pollini’s Masterly Salzburg Recital

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 Salzburg Festival (2) – Chopin and Debussy:Maurizio Pollini (piano). Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 13.8.2014 (MB) Chopin – Preludes, op.28 Debussy – Préludes, Book I   Rankings are absurd, but if anyone were to have doubted the identity of our greatest living pianist, this recital should have made the answer clear…

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Opera Candy – the blog dedicated to “anything sweet, yummy, or sticky about opera” – is holding what it considers (probably accurately) the “first ever swim suit competition for opera conductors.”

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One World Symphony: 2014–2015 Season Vocal Auditions  —  One Night Only Sunday, September 7, 2014, 5:00–8:00 p.m.InstrumentalistsFor principal, section, and substitute positions, please email your cover letter and résumé to staff@oneworldsymphony.org 2014–2015 Season Vocal AuditionsAuditions — One Night OnlySunday, September 7, 2014, 5:00–8:00 p.m.Holy Apostles Church296 Ninth Avenue at West 28th StreetManhattan All solo and cover roles in One World Symphony’s 2014–2015 season repertoire are available…

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EnVisitParisRegion.com: Violinist Tai Murray performs works of Schubert and Beethoven at 45th Orange Tree Festival in Paris, France, 15 August 2014www.Festival-Orangerie.FR(Tous droits reserves)Tai Murrayhttp://taimurray.com/http://www.festival-orangerie.frViolinist Tai Murray performs works of Schubert and Beethoven on opening day of The 45th Orange Tree Festival in Paris, France, 15 August 2014 EnVisitParisRegion.comThe Orange Tree Festival of Sceaux15 August – 21 SeptemberFor 45 years this festival has celebrated chamber music and its cultures while organising concerts within the framework of the domain of seals…

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Prom 38: BBC Philharmonic/Storgårds review  heart-on-sleeve SibeliusRoyal Albert Hall, LondonJohn Storgårds delivers a thrilling finale to compatriot Sibelius’s Second Symphony, rounding out his Proms appearance with solid performances of Peter Maxwell Davies and Frank BridgeJohn Storgårds’s Prom with the BBC Philharmonic flanked two lesser-known British works (Peter Maxwell Davies’s Fifth Symphony, Frank Bridge’s Oration) with two of Sibelius’s most popular pieces, Finlandia and the Second Symphony…

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PROM 37: Steve Reich Classics in a Late-Night Prom 

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 Prom 37 Steve Reich, BBC Singers, Endymion, David Hill (conductor) Royal Albert Hall, London, 13.8.2014 (RB) It’s Gonna Rain The Desert Music (chamber version) Because this late-night Prom started at 1015 and ended at 11.30 I was unable to attend the whole of the concert and also catch the last train from Liverpool Street…

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Grosses FestspielhausChopin – Preludes, op.28Debussy – Préludes, Book IMaurizio Pollini (piano) Rankings are absurd, but if anyone were to have doubted the identity of our greatest living pianist, this recital should have made the answer clear. The programme was wonderful: supremely challenging, of course, but one which one might have expected some other of our more thoughtful pianists to have essayed…

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The world’s foremost Chopin authority died today, aged 100Professor Jan Ekier, pianist, composer and Chopin editor of the Polish National edition, died today, a fortnight short of his 101st birthday. His death has just been reported on Polish radio.
Jan, born August 1913, came eighth in the 1937 Chopin competition in Warsaw and made his name more as a scholar than as a performer…

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Our Don review  Donald Bradman's symphonic tribute hits for sixAdelaide Town Hall, AdelaideComposer Natalie Williamss portrait of the Test cricketer is as rewarding as the sound of leather on willow, after a delightful performance by Bradmans soprano granddaughterThe Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Sir Donald Bradman are synonymous with big scores. The Don amassed 6,996 Test runs, achieved a record first-class cricket score of 452 (not out), scored 29 Test tons, and ended his illustrious career with an untouchable Test batting average of 99…

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Celebrity look-alike photographer Alison Jackson speaks to BBC Breakfast about her latest project.

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