A closer look at the Barbican 2014-2015 season (1) LSO + MORE Jan 16th


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Cheryl North: West Edge Opera dusts off Donizetti's rarely heard 'Poliuto' + MORE

East Bay-based company devotes a season to uncovering hidden gems of the genre.... More »

WATCH Don Giovanni from Glyndebourne + MORE

Watch: Mozart's Don Giovanni live from Glyndebourne from 3pm.... More »

Laurence Vittes: Auryn Quartet Affirms Haydn's Humanity Amidst Hungarian Migrant Crisis + MORE

In 1785, Joseph Haydn was commissioned by a canon in Cádiz, the ancient port city in southwest Spain, to write sacred instrumental music for Holy Week illustrating the "seven last words of the Lord." Read more: Hungary, Migrant Crisis, Culture and Morality, Classical Music, Classical M.... More »

Composer Corner: Dvorak + MORE

September’s composer of the month is Antonín Dvořák (AN-tuh-nin DVOR-zhak).   Born: September 8, 1841 Died: May 1, 1904   Five facts: • Dvořák was born in a small village north of Prague — the eldest of 14 children. • In 1873, he married his wife Anna Čermáková — only .... More »

Stringendo on "Here's One": "a varied selection of American violin and piano music beautifully interpreted by Zina Schiff and her associate artist Cameron Grant." + MORE

William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com. The composer's recordings, sheet music and books are available from William Grant Still Music, operated by his daughter Jud.... More »
LPO/Jurowski, Festival Hall - music reviewIt’s not every day that a new viola concerto is added to the repertoire, and such is the reputation of composer James MacMillan and dedicatee Lawrence Power that four orchestras wanted a stake in the latest, given its world premiere by the LPO last night.

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Manon at ROH

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Manon at ROH14/01/14Few operas are so obviously relevant to our own times than Massenet’s Manon. The story is not dissimilar from Mark-Anthony Turnage’s recent Anna Nicole which tackles the same spiritual/psychological themes but fails to address them with any depth or warmth. Massenet is not a composer we turn to to plumb the depths and scale the heights of the human condition, but he was the ideal composer to tackle a story centred on greed, fame for fame’s sake, and the power of sensuality, lust and sexuality over morality and religion…

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Classical Coffee Mornings at the Royal Albert HallAbby BowenThe Royal Albert Hall is presenting a series of Sunday Classical Coffee Mornings starting on 26 January 2014 as part of their More at the Hall strand. Taking place in the Hall’s Elgar Room, tickets are £11 and include a hot drink and a pastry, with music for an hour 11am. The performers all come from the Royal College of Music and give you a chance to hear some striking young talent…

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How Does a Musician Know It's Time to Quit?

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That’s a serious question. We’ve all heard singers who were still on stage years after their voices had become threadbare; we also all know of singers who retired, tantalizingly, when they were in prime form, apparently with years of good work ahead of them.I’m raising this question because of a concert I attended by a veteran ensemble where it quickly became evident that one member of this ensemble was having serious, and all-too-obvious, technical problems…

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Shoes in Opera

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This article first appeared in auditionoracle.comAre you standing comfortably? Then I’ll begin!Recently I was passed a clip of Anna Netrebko singing Verdi at the Mariinsky. The aria, Veni t’afretta from Macbeth, is seriously demanding yet the remarkable Russian soprano performs in a pair of high-heeled shoes that would scare off vertiginously challenged catwalk models…

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I am grateful – I think! – to Will Robin (his excellent blog may be found by clicking here) for having drawn to my attention the following programme description. Though I can make no comment whatsoever on the programme itself, given that it has yet to be broadcast, BBC Radio 4 should be thoroughly ashamed of itself for having published these words:The Composer Gabriel Prokofiev (grandson of Sergei Prokofiev) looks at the increasing disconnection between classical music and its audience…

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Detroit sets new benchmark in orchestra relations

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Detroit sets new benchmark in orchestra relationsThe Detroit Symphony Orchestra and its musicians agreed a new contract last night, eight months ahead of schedule. Three years ago, the orch was almost pushed out of business by a six-month musicians strike in a city where negative equity is a daily fact of life. Now, players and board are singing in perfect harmony […]

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Lockout Over, Minnesota Orchestra Faces Challenges as It Salvages Its SeasonA new contract agreement ended a long-running labor battle, but Minnesota Orchestra musicians will return to a leaderless ensemble.    

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The other Lloyd Webber

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That was Aurora by William Lloyd Webber – the most substantial piece of orchestral music, as far as we know, by the father of Andrew and Julian. His centenary falls this year, on 11 March, and there’s to be a big celebratory concert that day in St Martin-in-the-Fields, led by Julian. I’ve been exploring William’s music and, in short, am quite in love with it…

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Tour of Ontario

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By Christian Vachon: First off, I would like to wish everyone here the very best for 2014! I hope that you have an exciting, prosperous, musically filled and successful year.

For me, 2014 is off to an exciting start. I will be doing a tour of Ontario, Canada, over the next few weeks with Canadian pianist Frédéric Lacroix…

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Die Winterreise at the Wigmore Hall

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Die Winterreise at the Wigmore HallGerald FinleyPhoto Sim Canetty-Clarke Die Winterreise: Gerald Finley and Julius Drake at the Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jan 15 2014 Star rating: 5.0 Sombre grave beauty and a sense of bleak inner calm in the face of adversity. Bass-baritone Gerald Finley and pianist Julius Drake performed Schubert’s Die Winterreise at the Wigmore Hall last night (16 January 2014) at the start of a 10 date tour (to Spain, Canada and the USA)…

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A closer look at the Barbican 2014-2015 season (1) LSO

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The Barbican’s 2014-2015 season’s just been announced. It’s not wildly glamorous, but, on closer examination, it’s a more solid season than expected. Last year the South Bank chose commercial pull over music, handing the place over to marketing The Rest is Noise. The South Bank once was a hothouse of artistic vision,  pioneering ventures like the Messiaen year, the Bartók series, the Nono series and so on…

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Manon, Royal Opera House, review

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A spark is missing from this bleak production of Massenet’s opera, says Rupert Christiansen    

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