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We received today a round-robin from a young British pianist whose talent is unquestioned. A Gramophone reviewer called his current series of recordings ‘a triumphant achievement’. Others, in Europe, have written of his ‘creative mastery’. We have heard his performances; they.... More »
In 1945, German Diez received a letter from the great Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau, granting him a scholarship to study in the US for the next ten years. Aside from Arrau and his assistant Rafael de Silva, Diez also took lessons with Carl Friedberg and Eduard Steuermann.
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Queen Elizabeth Hall, LondonThis high-voltage concert revival of Bellini's version of Romeo and Juliet was one of the group's finest achievementsI Capuleti e i Montecchi was reckoned to be Bellini's problem piece until recently, and even though its popularity has grown in recent years, we are still .... More »
The opera director Peter Sellars warns a new generation prefer intimate theatre to mass art forms 'dying like vast dinosaurs'.... More »
The Lyric Opera in Chicago has enjoyed a happy season.
Ticket sales rose to $28.8 million, up from $26.6 million in 2013.
Of 284,440 tickets sold, 67,485 were purchased by first-timers.
Lyric also beat its $23.6 million annual fund-raising goal by $100,000.
Anthony Freud, formerly of Welssh Natio.... More »
In late January there was Oslo, courtesy of the fabulous Barokksolistene, a city completely new to me. Sentry on duty at the Akershus Fortress:Then it was back to Reykjavík for the Dark Music Days Festival, the city almost unfamiliar in the freeze after our glorious summer initiation. Whooper swans on Tjörnin, which, believe it or not, is in the middle of town:Flanking those were return visits to Glasgow and the Borders, where host Christopher took me with my two beloved oldest godchildren to Stobo Castle’s Japanese Water Garden:and to Edinburgh for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s 40th birthday concert, where the situation of my hotel, the very characteristic Parliament House on Calton Hill, led me on a walk I’d never taken during my four student years in the city, past the Burns monument with stunning views over Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags:Glasgow is always a delight to visit, however gloomy the weather, and my talks before BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra concerts have become regular fixtures…
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Maya Beiser, dubbed a “cello goddess” by the New York Times, is heading for London to play David Lang’s concerto World to Come next week. Here’s my interview with a fascinating and ground-breaking figure whose effect on the contemporary repertoire for her instrument is simply immeasurable. The performance, with the BBC Concert Orchestra, is on 24 February at the QEH, booking here…
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It is always a pleasure to encounter music that serves as a reminder of some basic creative ideas: that music is a physical thing, connected to the body and to breath; that simplicity is often the most satisfying option; that the present moment and all that it holds is important. All of these notions are present in composer Keeril Makan’s latest release on Mode Records, Afterglow.
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Barbican, LondonYuja Wang’s elegantly phrased crescendos left the audience wanting more, while Jaan van Zweden kept the LSO’s momentum fierceIt was Beethoven that gave the teenage Yuja Wang her European debut, then her big North American break when she stepped in for pianist Radu Lupu in Ottawa. The latter was seven years ago, during which time she hasn’t made the composer her own, preferring to concentrate on the pyrotechnics of the Prokofiev and Rachmaninov concertos that she is due to tackle later in her LSO Artist Portrait mini-residency…
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Tonight, Tuesday, February, 11, piano virtuoso Murray Perahia takes stage in the Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall to play a program of Purcell/Stucky, Schumann and Brahms live at 7 p.m. CST/8 p.m. EST.
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Helene Tulva Arboles lloran por lluvia: ECM new series Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Feb7 2014 Star rating: 3.0Fascinating timbres and fluid writing in this showcase of works by contemporary Estonian composer Helena TulvaThis disc showcases the music of the Estonian composer Helena Tulve. In a diverse group of five works, her fondness for exotic Eastern texts along with an fine ear for unusual instruments are showcased in performances of Reyah hadas ‘ala, silences/larmes, L’Equinoxe de l’ame, Arboles lloran por lluvia and Extinction des choses with performers including soprano Arianna Savall, counter-tenors Charles Barbier and Taniel Krirkal, with Ensemble Vox Clamantis, Ensemble Hortus Musicus and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jaan-Eik Tulve and Olari Elts…
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Mozart, Britten, Mahler and Shostakovich: Jane Irwin (mezzo-soprano), Andrew Staples (tenor), Nicolas Fleury (horn), Aurora Orchestra, Andrew Gourlay (conductor), Wigmore Hall, London, 9.2.2014 (CS) Mozart: Serenade in G K.525 Eine kleine Nachtmusik Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn and strings Op…
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In 1974 the only orchestral work by Herbert Howells available on LP was his Concerto for string orchestra. It had been issued on the EMI label (ASD 3020) and featured the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Adrian Boult. The other work on this disc was Sir Arthur Bliss’s rare Music for Strings…
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George ShirleyRick Robinson writes:CutTime celebrates black-American music with strong beat. This FREE evening program features the world premiere of The Legacy of Roland Hayes by star producer Patrice Rushen with the renowned tenor George Shirley and versatile pianist Alvin Waddles who will improvise solo…
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Oper Leipzig has announced its 2014/15 season. There are no fewer than six new opera stagings: the first, Gounod’s Faust, which opens in October; Non Rota’s Aladino e la lampada magica, in German translation, continuing the company’s commitment to children’s opera; Madama Butterfly; Gordon Getty’s The Canterville Ghost; I pagliacci; and, perhaps most eagerly awaited, the third instalment of the new Leipzig Ring, as it reaches Siegfried…
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We hear (from a very happy boyfriend) that the Cologne-based Schumann Quartet – three German brothers and a gorgeous Estonian viola – have been awarded the Jürgen Ponto-Stiftung music prize. It’s worth 60,000 Euros and plenty more in German media attention. Well done, bros and beauty…
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