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Two World Premieres from Ballet Black + MORE

  Various composers, To Fetch a Pail of Water, Depouillement, Second Coming: Ballet Black, Royal Opera House (Linbury Studio Theatre), London, 11.2.2015 (J.O’D) To Fetch a Pail of Water Dancers: Kanika Carr, Jacob Wye Choreography: Kit HolderMusic: Clark: Mother McKnight, Nostalgic Oblong and Sk.... More »
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Gower Festival’s First Accordionist Gets Standing Ovation + MORE

   Schnittke, Bach, Lobos, Piazzolla, Bartok, Monti: Ksenja Sidorova (accordion) and Thomas Gould (violin), Swansea, 2,7.2014 (LJ). Alfred Schnittke, Suite in the Old Style J. S. Bach, Sonata for violin & keyboard No. 6 in G BMV 1019 Heitor Villa Lobos, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 Astor Piaz.... More »
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VIDEO: Musical ties that bind US and Cuba + MORE

The Minnesota Orchestra prepares for Havana debut.... More »
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Crystalline Chopin from Wang, and Focus in Bruckner 7 + MORE

Tilson Thomas, Chopin, Bruckner: Yuja Wang (piano), San Francisco Symphony / Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor), Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. 1.11.2016. (HS) Tilson Thomas – Agnegram (revised 2016) Chopin – Concerto No. 2 in F Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 21 Bruckner – Symphon.... More »
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Magnitude Ensemble/Volkov review Stewart Lee lends his voice to experimental evening + MORE

Village Underground, LondonA concert of new and improvised work ranged from extraordinary to excruciating but it was certainly never predictableThis concert of new work and improvisation, put together by the pianist Tania Chen, was entitled Familiar/Unfamiliar, but there was little evidence of the .... More »
Scott Worthington, Even the Light Itself Falls on Populist RecordsScott Worthington is a busy and visible figure in LA’s tight new music scene, both as a composer and contemporary music bassist. He occupies both roles with his own ensemble et cetera, along with clarinetist Curt Miller and percussionist Dustin Donahue. Even the Light Itself Falls, their September 2013 release on emerging experimental label Populist Records, showcases both Worthington’s formidable artistry as a chamber musician and his unique compositional vision…

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Firm support for Richard Wagner

– intermezzo.typepad.com

Opera-going can be bad for your health. Especially if the composer is Richard Wagner and the opera is five hours long. "Prolonged sitting inhibits venous function, blood pools in the legs and they can swell. Also, the risk of thrombosis may increase, as in a long-haul flight"
So say Medi Gmbh, "one of the world's leading companies in the field of compression stocking supplies" and a sponsor of the Bayreuth Festival…

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Project runway

– parterre.com

Project runwaySome ideas are so absurd that the only way to describe them is to simply use the liner notes: “On 26 August 2013, Hangar-7 of Salzburg Airport was transformed into a vibrant cultural venue for a special live broadcast of Mozart’s Enführung aus dem Serail in a coproduction for television with ServusTV…

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 Rawsthorne, Elgar, Vaughan Williams: James Ehnes (violin), BBC Philharmonic/Sir Andrew Davis, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 23.5.2014 (MC) Rawsthorne: Overture ‘Street Corner’ Elgar: Violin Concerto Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 9   Programmes of English music in English concert halls are a lot rarer than one might imagine…

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‘Show Boat,’ which opened in 1927 at Broadway’s Ziegfield Theatre, is embedded in America’s cultural bones. Composer Jerome Kern — described in his time as ‘the American Schubert’ — had a supreme gift for melody, and the show is lined with hit numbers, performed here in their original, lush orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett…

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The official classical chart

– www.classical-music.com

Week ending 24 May 2014
 



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Jenkins: Motets
Polyphony/Stephen Layton
Deutsche Grammophon
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Miloš: Aranjuez
Miloš Karadaglic
Mercury Classics 4810811
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Elgar: Symphony No…

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BCMG/Knussen review  Harrison Birtwistle as confrontational as everMilton Court, LondonOliver Knussen and the BCMG bring edge-of-the-seat drama to works from the first half of Birtwistle’s seven-decade careerThe Barbican Centre’s celebration of Harrison Birtwistle’s 80th birthday ranges right across all seven decades of his career as a composer, and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group’s contribution to it, conducted by Oliver Knussen, focused on key works from the first half of that period…

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Thrilling 2015, 2016 – Garsington Opera at Wormsley

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

Thrilling 2015, 2016 - Garsington Opera at WormsleyThrilling 2015 and 2016 for Garsington Opera at Wormsley, showing how it’s maturing, and developing a unique niche in the British opera world. As the curtain goes up on Garsington Opera’s 25th anniversary season, Douglas Boyd, artistic director, has announced two major developments – partnerships with The Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre, Stratford, and the Philharmonia Orchestra, London…

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Symphony guide: Mozart's 41st ('Jupiter')Mozart’s 41st symphony – the last he composed – is full of postmodernism, palimpsests, and pure exhilarationYoure a little dull/ My dear Pompeo/The ways of the world/Go study them. The words of the aria, Un bacio di mano (A kiss on the hand), composed as an insert for Pasquale Anfossis opera Le gelosie fortunate by Mozart in 1788, to words probably by Lorenzo da Ponte…

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 Tan Dun, «The Tears of Nature»
Concert for Percussion and Orchestra (2012)

Martin Grubinger (percussion) / Wiener Symphoniker / Krzysztof Urbanski

Performed on Friday, April 25th, 2014 at the Grosser Saal of the Wiener Konzerthaus ¶

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Anthony McGill, Principal Clarinet of New York Philharmonic, Joins Pacifica Quartet on 'Mozart & Brahms Clarinet Quintets' on Cedille CD; free Brahms downloadMozart & Brahms Clarinet QuintetsAnthony McGill & Pacifica QuartetCedille CDR 90000 147 (2014)Anthony McGill www.anthonymcgill.com & Pacifica Quartethttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqxiGFOAAnE#t=18Cedille Records  (Click link to hear free excerpts)The dynamic, Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra’s superstar principal clarinetist Anthony McGill join forces for the clarinet quintets of Mozart and Brahms — widely considered the greatest chamber works for this combination of instruments…

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Former Chetham’s teacher is charged with sexual offenceThe conductor Nicholas Smith, a former head of chorus at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, has been charged with indecent assault on a teenaged girl, a pupil at the school, between between 4 May 1976 and 3 June 1978.
Smith, 65, who once conducted the Ulster Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic, lives in France…

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Quentin Tarantino might be saddling up to direct his ensemble western “The Hateful Eight” — which he emphatically mothballed after a script leak and sued Gawker Media over — after all.

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