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#morninglistening: Grieg 'n' Grainger, Works for Cello & Piano + MORE

#morninglistening to #Grieg et al. with Christian Ihle Hadland and Andreas Brantelid. #cla… http://t.co/0pIXjh3zbQ pic.twitter.com/BRG5YhT7vI— Jens F. Laurson (@ClassicalCritic) September 20, 2015 E.Grieg, P.Grainger, Works for Cello & Piano A.Brantelid (cello) & Christian Ihle Hadl.... More »
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Don Giovanni: the beginning and the end + MORE

Or rather, after Mozart's Overture and before the survivors' final sextet. Aren't these two scenes - Donna Anna rushing out of her father's house with Giovanni in hot pursuit, and the libertine's final meeting with the statue of the Commendatore - the big question marks for any director today? Richa.... More »
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Death of an award-winning US violinist + MORE

The violinist Betty-Jean Hagen died on December 27, 2016 in Poughkeepsie, New York, at the age of 86. She won the 1955 Leventritt Competition, earning concerto dates with the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony. In Europe she played with the Concertgebouw, th.... More »
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A New Opera Illuminates The 'Lavender Scare,' A Little-Explored Era In Gay History + MORE

'Fellow Travelers' is based on Thomas Mallon's historical novel of the same name. It takes place during the McCarthy 1950s, when intense scrutiny fell not only on suspected communists but gays as well..... More »
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Tom Quick: Black History Month, Black Women in Music, Part II on FM 98.5 Live Streamed on www.ckwr.com, Monday, February 8, 2016, 9-11 PM ET + MORE

I, too; Icy Simpson, soprano [R]; Dr. Artina McCain, piano [L]; Longhorn Music LHM2012001Althea Waites: Celebration, Music of American Composers,Seven Traceries, William Grant Still Kuumba Music (2012)Black Women in Music for February 8/2016.Black History Month Part II on FM 98.5 www.ckw.... More »
“Wagner’s Acquittal” by Joachim Köhler: the Death of the AuthorAs many readers will already know, the latest news in Wagner studies is the publication in the July, 2014 edition of The Wagner Journal of an article entitled Wagner’s Acquittal written by none other than Joachim Köhler, author of Wagner’s Hitler—The Prophet and his Disciple. It represents something of a dramatic and rather astonishing complete about-turn from Köhler, who now writes:Anti-Semitism, allegedly Wagner’s most important concern, did not stand at the centre of his life…

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Great news for two wonderful composers, who happen to be womenAs of this morning, Judith Weir is officially Master of the Queen’s Music. She is off to Buckingham Palace today for an audience with HM.She is also launching a blog, which you can follow from her website.Here’s Tom Service’s interview with her about what she plans to do with the post. Meanwhile, here is my interview from today’s Independent with another marvellous British composer: the one and only Errollyn Wallen…

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Valery Gergiev and his musical forces attacked Mahler’s Sixth Symphony with unremitting brutality, trampling anything resembling subtlety underfoot

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The Week in Reviews, Op. 40: Julia Fischer plays the PromsBy 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.

Julia Fischer performed the Dvorák at the BBC PromsThe Telegraph: “In the following piece, Dvorák’s violin concerto, the limelight was seized by a very different kind of musicianship, as imperiously virtuoso and blazingly energised as Zinman was relaxed…

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Gergiev World Orchestra for Peace Prom 4

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Gergiev World Orchestra for Peace Prom 4In the aftermath of  MH 17, it’s hard to think of any ally of Vladimir Putin as an ambassador for world peace.  On the other hand, because I genuinely believe in freedom of speech, I can’t condemn him for having opinions on subjects he’s bound to know more about than I do. Plus, the Gergiev/Putin connection means support for the arts in Russia…

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Sophie of the moment

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Sophie of the momentThat’s not our Sophe, La Sarina, who is ALWAYS of the moment (read her very moving latest blogpost about how her father’s fellow Swedish woodsmen chipped in to fund the annual trachoma operations she organises in rural Mali), but the latest singer stepping in to portray Strauss and Hofmannthal’s Mamsel Sophie Anna Barbara Faninal…

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5 Questions to Tobias Picker (Composer)

– www.icareifyoulisten.com

On July 20, 2014, the Glimmerglass Festival presented the premiere of a new version of composer Tobias Picker and librettist Gene Scheer’s An American Tragedy, originally commissioned by and premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 2005. Nine performances in total will be presented until August 9…

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A large-scale 20th-century Finnish classic, superbly sung and beautifully played in the extraordinary surroundings of Olavinlinna Castle

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 Salzburg Festival (1) – Haydn: Die Schöpfung.Soloists, Bavarian Radio Chorus (chorus master: Peter Dijkstra), Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor). Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 18.7.2014 (MB) Camilla Tilling (soprano) Mark Padmore (tenor) Hanno Müller-Brachmann (bass-baritone) Bernard Haitink has waited until late his career to perform some of the greatest masterpieces of the choral repertoire…

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How the BBC is distorting the classical music marketAttention has been drawn by Norman Lebrecht to the poor ticket sales for Freiburg Opera performances of Parsifal and Tannhäuser this week at the Norwich Theatre Royal. In a comment on the story Sunday Times music critic Hugh Canning describes the publicity for the Freiburg Opera residency in Norwich as “woeful”, a description that has an element of truth but which needs to be put into perspective…

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ArtsAtl.com: Review: “Sweet Chariot” conveys Atlanta composer Alvin Singleton’s unique musical visionA younger Singleton with the legendary Leonard Bernstein www.ArtsAtl.comAlvin Singleton writes of his latest recording, Sweet Chariot, Albany Records Troy 1501 (2014):Sweet Chariot CD review just outhttp://www.artsatl.com/2014/07/review-sweet-chariot-alvin-singleton/ArtsAtlJuly 22, 2014By Mark Gresham[Excerpts]Alvin Singleton’s latest CD, Sweet Chariot, featuring seven works by the Atlanta-based composer, is out this month on Albany Records…

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Death sucks, not for the person who dies—it’s mostly a rational solution—but for the people who live on with the absence of a favorite living, breathing creature. There is a creepy scrawled note on my desk with “call Charlie” crossed off. For the past few years, we had been talking about making another Liberation Music Orchestra album.

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One London orch, maybe two, loses manager

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

One London orch, maybe two, loses managerWe hear that the ultra-democratic Orchestra of the Age of Elightenment has parted company with its manager, Stephen Carpenter (pictured).
His letter of resignation was circulated among the players a few days ago. He’s telling friends he ‘has other projects in mind’.
We’re awaiting confirmation of a similar situation at another ensemble…

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