Southbank Centre, London: Sunday 14 September 2014 Kinshasa Symphony: The Kimbanguiste Orchestra and Chorus, Congo, Royal Festival Hall + MORE

 

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‘A Curate’s Egg’: Langrée Achieves Mixed Results + MORE

Schnittke, Beethoven, Brahms: Midori, Juliette Kang and Kimberly Fisher (violins), Philadelphia Orchestra / Louis Langrée (conductor), Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, 5.11.2016. (BJ) Schnittke – Moz-Art à la Haydn Beethoven – Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 Brahms –.... More »
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CD Spotlight. Entrancing Imagery + MORE

Sibelius tone poems enthrall Gerald Fenech. 'A magically enthralling foray into Finnish mythology.'.... More »
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Soap opera actor describes brutal Thanksgiving beat down + MORE

“Young and the Restless” actor Corey Sligh is just thankful to be alive after getting run over and pummeled on Thanksgiving Day..... More »
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Tchaikovsky piano winner cancels first date + MORE

We hear from Mikkeli, in Finland that Dmitry Masleev cancelled his concert last night. His mother died during the Tchaikovsky Competition and Dmitry is taking time out to mourn with his family. He was replaced as zero notice by the American prize winner, George Li.   .... More »
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Schumann Quartet release 2nd CD – Liisa Randalu talks to Edward Seckerson + MORE

The brothers Erik, Ken, and Mark Schumann founded the SCHUMANN QUARTET in 2007 and it might well have been an all-family affair had the cellist’s twin sister chosen to switch from violin to viola and join them. The Schumann brothers are of German/Japanese heritage – an interesting mix of tem.... More »

Out of this World

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Cuban pianist Marcos Madrigal plays Schumann, Beethoven, Poulenc, de Séverac and Lecuona, heard by Bill Newman

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Southbank Centre, London:  Sunday 14 September 2014 Kinshasa Symphony: The Kimbanguiste Orchestra and Chorus, Congo, Royal Festival HallSouthbank Centre, London, U.K.Kinshasha SymphonyJean Sibelius: FinlandiaCongolese choral worksGeorge Shearing: Songs and Sonnets of ShakespeareCongolese orchestral worksIntervalHector Berlioz: March to the scaffold (4th movement) from Symphonie FantastiqueHector Berlioz: Dreams of a witches’ Sabbath (5th movement) from Symphonie FantastiqueLudwig Van Beethoven: Presto – Allegro assai (4th movement) from Symphony No…

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Der Rosenkavalier BBC Prom 6

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Der Rosenkavalier BBC Prom 6Glyndebourne’s Der Rosenkavalier came to BBC Prom 6. I was at the premiere (read my review here), captivated by Lars Woldt’s unusual but singularly perceptive Baron Ochs. What a pity the Baron Ochs of the media were more focused on whether Octavian was sexually attractive to them, “either as man or woman”…

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Carlo Bergonzi, Masterful Operatic Tenor, Dies at 90Mr. Bergonzi, small and admittedly without leading-man looks or acting skills, was considered to have a vocal elegance that more than compensated for perceived shortcomings.

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Barenboim: a Chopin recital

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…And while I continued to hunt for Barenboim playing Schubert, after I found the two-pianos trailer with Argerich, I then found him in a sensational Chopin recital from Warsaw in Chopin year, 2010.Listen to the way Barenboim seems to orchestrate at the piano; the range of colour he can draw from the instrument, as if controlling woodwinds and string sections; the way he builds a sense of narrative and allows absolute logic to meld with on-stage spontaneity – e…

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No opera!!

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I am neglecting my business after my short break in Northumberland.  I feel particularly bad about not geting to Tête à Tête's terrific enterprise up in Kings Cross.  I hope to get there more than once before they finish on August 10 but for the time being I have to concentrate on keeping my contractor on the job…

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Meet Prokofiev and Stravinsky, London's hottest classical music talentsWITH the BBC Proms in full swing, we discover the descendants of the Russian composers alive and well in London, where they are busy creating new music…

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Daniel Behle (tenor), Armonia Atenea, George Decca Petrou(Decca)Three hundred years since his birth, Gluck is still remembered for a mere handful of arias, yet he was the most powerful operatic reformer of his time. It is amazing to find in Daniel Behle’s fine recital previously unrecorded items from Antigono and Semiramide…

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Carlo Bergonzi 1924-2014

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Carlo Bergonzi 1924-2014The legendary and beloved Italian tenor died earlier today. He was 90.
Coloraturafan contributes this video tribute to Maestro Bergonzi.

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Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi died in July 2014, aged ninety

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The BBC Philharmonic is staging the first ever Cbeebies event at the Proms.

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Among the young string ensembles making their mark in classical music, the Danish String Quartet is the enfant terrible. It plays with an urgency that can feel dangerous, and with a unity of intention that makes familiar material stand out in bold relief, as if it were brand new territory. Friday night at the Music@Menlo festival in Atherton, it left its mark on Beethoven…

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Great tenor Carlo Bergonzi dies at 90Carlo Bergonzi, one of the greatest tenors of the 20th Century, died last night in Milan’s Auxologico Institute, just two weeks after celebrating his 90th birthday on 13 July.Bergonzi was born in Vidalenzo di Polesine Parmense near Parma in 1924 and at 16 he studied as a baritone in Parma’s Arrigo Boito Conservatoire…

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