PROM 68: Lack of Intensity (and Humour) in  Brahms Performances + 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 »
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An Inexhaustible Source of Superb Quartets   + MORE

 Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Brahms: Dover Quartet, Roberto Diaz (viola), Benjamin Franklin Hall, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, 9.12.2014 (BJ) Beethoven: String Quartet in A major, Op. 18 No. 5 Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 7 Brahms: String Quintet in G major, Op. 111 The Philad.... More »
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A Rather Disappointing Recital from Rafal Blechacz + MORE

 Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin. Rafal Blechacz (piano) Wigmore Hall, London, 8.1.2015 (CC) Mozart: Piano Sonata in D, K311 Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 13 “Pathétique” Chopin:Three Mazurkas, Op. 56. Three Waltzes, Op. 64. Polonaise in F sharp minor, Op. 44 I wonder if the original idea .... More »
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Nathan Vale at Temple Music + MORE

Nathan Vale Schubert, Wolf, folksongs; Nathan Vale, Audrey Hyland; Temple Music at Inner Temple Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Oct 21 2014 Poised and stylish performance from young tenor in a new Emerging Artists SeriesTemple Music launched a new Emerging Artists Series with the recital by t.... More »
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Bursaries for Orchestra Course: Our training pathway has been created to nurture the musical development of South Africa’s finest young musicians + MORE

Bursaries for Orchestra CourseA Campaign for South African National Youth Orchestra FoundationOur musicians (past and present) are doing chamber music concerts "Chamber Music for Change" across South Africa and the world to raise funds for bursaries for young musicians who could otherwise not affo.... More »

John Malveaux: The One and Only Martha Reeves

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John Malveaux:  The One and Only Martha ReevesJohn Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Martha Reeves is an astute business woman and remarkable vocal artist. Martha recalls the legendary opera tenor George Shirley teaching music in the Detroit school system. It is my opinion, Martha could also have been a great opera soprano…

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As always, Columbia’s Italian Academy for Advanced Studies has a lineup that I wish were down the block from me. Just a copy & paste here; the performers and repertory speak for themselves. BERIO IN NYC(1965-1972)Two concerts featuring music Luciano Berio composed while living in New Yorkensemble mise-enMoon Young-Ha, DirectorSequenza III, IV, V, VI, VIIb,Chemins IVWednesday, October 22, 20147 PMSARAH CAHILL andADAM TENDLER, pianoWasserklavier, Rounds, Sequenza IV, 5 Variazioni, Erdenklavier, MemoryWednesday, December 10, 20147 PMJACK QUARTETNew music by William Anderson, Jonathan Dawe, Matthew Greenbaum, Charles WuorinenWith Miranda Cuckson, violin and Jay Campbell, celloThursday, October 30, 20147 PMBENJAMIN HOCHMAN, pianoMusic of Bach, Berio, Busoni, Dallapiccola, and SchumannWednesday, November 19, 20147 PMIN THE TEATRO OF THE ITALIAN ACADEMY1161 AMSTERDAM AVENUE, NYC

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Academy of Ancient Music 2014/15

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Academy of Ancient Music 2014/15Richard Egarr & the Academy of Ancient Music© Patrick HarrisonThe Academy of Ancient Music’s 2014/15 London season starts on 4 October at the Barbican when, directed by Richard Egarr, they give a performance of Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea with Lynne Dawson and Sarah Connolly as Poppea and Nerone, Iestyn Davies as Ottone and Marina de Liso as Ottavia, directed from the keyboard by Richard Egarr with staging by Alexander Oliver…

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Prom 68: Cleveland Orchestra/Welser-Möst review  mellow and expansiveRoyal Albert Hall, LondonA Jörg Widmann premiere was sandwiched by jubilant but polite BrahmsThe Cleveland Orchestra arrived at the Proms for the first time in nearly a decade with its conductor back in the headlines. On Friday, Franz Welser-Möst abruptly walked out of his other music-director job at the Vienna State Opera…

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 Prom 68     Brahms,  Jorg Widmann:  Joshua Smith (flute), Cleveland Orchestra / Franz Welser-Most (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London, 7.9.2014   Brahms:  Academic Festival Overture Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op. 68 Jorg Widmann  Flute en suite ( UK Premiere)   This was the first Prom of two by the Cleveland Orchestra and its chief conductor Franz Welser-Most, […]

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The Week in Reviews, Op. 47: Simone Porter, Maxim Vengerov in concertBy Robert Niles: In an effort to promote the coverage of live music, each week Violinist.com brings you links to reviews of notable violin performances from around the world. Photo: Philip PiroloSimone Porter performed the Barber with the Los Angeles PhilharmonicLos Angeles Times: “The remarkably mature Porter easily encompassed every aspect of this bipolar concerto…

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English Sprechstimme : Walton Facade Prom

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English Sprechstimme : Walton Facade PromCalling Facade: an Entertainment the creation of William Walton is a bit unfair. The music in the piece comes primarily from Edith Sitwell’s bizarre texts where meaning is subservient to the strange syntax and rhythms of the spoken word.  In this version of Facade, Walton’s contribution serves as understated background   Everything in Facade predicates on the text, which isn’t illustrated like song, and not even sung or spoken in a normal way, but in a kind of English Sprechstimme…

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Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians, which represents the players in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, announced on Tuesday that its members had ratified the labor agreement that the union negotiated with the Met last month.

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   Richard Strauss,  
Der Rosenkavalier: Soloists, Opera in a Days Bay Garden Company, Opera in a Days Bay Garden Orchestra (Leader:  Blythe Press) / Michaerl Vintin (conductor), Wellesley College Hall, Days Bay, Wellington
, 24.8.2014 (PM) Cast:   Rhona Fraser (Marshallin) Bianca Andrew  (Octavian) James Clayton (Baron Ochs) Barbara Graham  (Sophie von  Faninal) Matt Landreth  (Herr […]

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Music Teacher Feature: Ed Schaefle

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Back for its second year, Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Ed Schaefle, orchestra teacher at Blaine High School in Blaine, Minn.

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La Scala pays tribute to Magda Olivero who has died at 104Theatrical to the last, the great soprano Magda Olivero died on La Scala’s opening after the summer break. Before Maria Agresta’s recital a beautifully worded tribute to Olivero’s career, voice and life was read out, and then the audience stood for a minute’s silence.Although Olivero started having difficulties in walking as she reached her 100th birthday – which she celebrated with a conference on her life and art in Mantova – she remained active mentally and participated in a few radio and television shows by phone until recently…

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50 essential symphonies: what have we missed from our list?As Tom Services symphony blog reaches its conclusion with Beethovens Ninth, we asked the rest of our classical critics what theyd like to add to the list. Do you agree with their suggestions? Tell us what you might have included – or excluded – in our symphony survey in the comments below.All articles in this series Continue reading…

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Under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst, twinned programmes of Brahms and Widmann revealed an ensemble of impressive discipline but little warmth

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