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Nørgård: Symphonies 2 & 6; 4 & 5 CD review – an exhilarating musical journey + MORE

Oslo PO/Storgårds(Da Capo, two CDs)Per Nørgård has written eight symphonies, just one element in an output of more than 400 works that ranges across nearly every conceivable genre. At the age of almost 84, his productivity shows little sign of slackening off. There may well be more to come, and t.... More »

Briefly Noted: Telemann's Cantatas + MORE

G.P. Telemann, Festive Cantatas, M. Feuersinger, F. Vitzthum, K. Mertens, Collegium Vocale Siegen, Hannoversche Hofkapelle, U. Stötzel (released on February 10, 2015) Hänssler Classic CD98.047 | 58'04"The story is guaranteed to get a laugh, that the Leipzig town council, when searching for it.... More »

Much to admire - ENO 2016-17 Season Launch + MORE

Daniel Kramer - photo Tristram KentonTo say that English National Opera's press launch of its 2016-17 season was eagerly anticipated is very much an understatement. After all the turmoil of the last year, it was some achievement to present such a coherent, interestingly cast season rounded off with .... More »

How I came to write a cello concerto, aged 14 + MORE

Teenage cellist and composer Anoushka Sharp's cello concerto gets its world premiere on 18 May. She tells us how she had the ambition to compose the work, and why it's dedicated to Steven IsserlisOn Sunday 18 May, my cello concerto gets its world premiere at a concert in East London with the Docklan.... More »

Gifted violinist Jacques Israelievitch ‘played with his heart’ + MORE

Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s longest-serving concertmaster was with the ensemble for 20 years.... More »
By Banff International String Quartet Competition: Watch and Listen to ten extraordinary performances from the Romantic Round of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition on YouTube.

Performances from BISQC 2013 – Romantic Round

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Nikolaj Znaider, London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican 1 May 2014 Strauss: Don JuanBrahms: Double ConcertoStrauss: Also Sprach ZarathustraNikolaj Znaider (conductor), Roman Simovic (violin), Tim Hugh (cello), London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, London, 1 May 2014 If you are one of the greatest violinists of your generation, pursuing a second career as a conductor is always going to involve overcoming prejudices…

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Paul Lewis might be seen as a young lion in sheep’s clothing. The Liverpool-born pianist, who turns 42 this month, is slight of build with a head of curls, and large, soulful eyes…

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Music Review: ‘War Requiem’ by Britten, With an Angelic TouchCarnegie Hall’s Britten festival came to a close with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus’s presentation of his “War Requiem.”

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Season-finale concerts by Angelica Cantanti youth choirs and by Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies bring more than 700 kids onto the Orchestra Hall stage the weekend of May 3 and 4.

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Cal Bach & New Esterhazy Quartet

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The New Esterhazy Quartet and the California Bach Society are performing this weekend, together and, for New Esterhazy, separately; a long weekend for the quartet! Here are the details, alas, later than I’d planned to post them.Cal Bach and the New Esterhazy Quartet in Mozart and Haydn RediscoveredProgram:Misericordias Domini, K…

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Arabella – Metropolitan Opera, 4/3, 4/11, 4/19 & 4/24/2014Byström/Wall, Banse, Volle, Luna, Saccà/Sorensen / AuguinThis final Richard Strauss/Hugo von Hofmannsthal collaboration is, disconcertingly for the foolish or first-time listener, a piece of two halves. The first act is thoroughly Hofmannsthal: germinated from his prewar story “Lucidor” — in which the characters now called Matteo and Zdenka were the leads and Arabella herself a cutout — it draws his characteristic passive/reflective heroine at a point of crucial suspension and ambivalence from/with a rather more “vulgar and dubious” social order than the Marschallin’s rococo Vienna…

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Haydn in plain sight

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Haydn in plain sightThe operas of Franz Josef Haydn are seldom presented in the great opera houses of the world, but then, they weren’t composed for the great opera houses of his own world. Esterháza is a country house with a 400-seat theater; Haydn was on staff and on call. He had a troupe of singers and musicians and was expected to keep them occupied…

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Yoncheva Withdraws From Traviata & Boheme

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Soprano Sonya Yoncheva, who was scheduled to appear at San Francisco Opera as Violetta in six performances of La Traviata this summer and as Mimì in seven performances of La Bohème this fall, has withdrawn from the productions because she is expecting a baby. She is to be replaced by Nicole Cabell (pictured left) in the former production and Alexia Voulgaridou in the latter…

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A non-political practical question……

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I was listening yesterday evening, on a welcome evening off after my stressful last 36 hours, to a concert by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra concert from the City Halls Glasgow broadcast live by the BBC. A special programme of music by Janacek, Dvorak and Bartok. 
My UK readers will be aware that there is to be a referendum later this year which could make Scotland a separate country, not part of the United Kingdom…

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Speaking of Christopher Rouse…

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Sign up for the New York Philharmonic’s eNews for a chance to win   a pair of tickets to hear the New York Philharmonic in a concert featuring the World Premiere of Christopher Rouse’s Symphony No. 4 and Violinist Midori on your choice of Thursday, June 5, 2014, at 7:30 PM or Saturday, June 7, 2014, at 8pm at the first-ever NYPHIL BIENNIAL!   2 winners will be selected on May 31, 2014…

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New video: Why the viola is instrument of the year

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New video: Why the viola is instrument of the yearAnton Bruckner said the viola is ‘the heart and soul of the orchestra’. (What did he know?) Members of the viola section of the Berlin Konzerthaus orchestra believe their instrument reaches parts others can but dream of, and they are determined to prove it. German humour warning: There is a short hooter blast near the […]

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Music Review: ‘Pixar in Concert’ From the New York PhilharmonicThe New York Philharmonic, conducted by David Newman, plays scores from Pixar’s animated films.

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