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Vindicated at Salzburg: Harnoncourt's magnificent Mozart 2012 + MORE

Why is it "news" that Karajan hated Harnoncourt's guts? Surprise, surprise. Harnoncourt stood for everything Karajan wasn't.  The thought of Bernstein and Harnoncourt, well...;.   Harnoncourt, like most truly original personages,  didn't need anyone else to prove himself.  H.... More »

Somewhere for the weekend - JAM on the Marsh + MORE

JAM on the Marsh is becoming an regular feature of summer on Romney Marsh. This year the festival runs from 7 to 17 July 2016. The Mousai Singers, the London Mozart Players and Daniel Cook will be giving the premiere of a Festival commission, The Shadows of War by Paul Mealor.Other concerts include .... More »

Barely an Anglophone singer in sight - Handel's Messiah from Prague + MORE

Collegium 1704, Vacslav Luks in PragueIt is not so long ago that non-Anglophone performers shied away from recording Handel's English oratorios, with the occasional exception of Scandinavian or German performers. Anniversaries would be celebrated with performances of the Italian oratorios. In this, .... More »
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2015 Aldeburgh Festival + MORE

Three major contemporary composing talents form the centre-piece of this year's Aldeburgh Festival. The Cure a new opera by Harrison Birtwistle (80 last year) receives its premiere in a double bill with his opera The Corridor which was premiered at the 2009 festival. The festival also features a ret.... More »

David France: Benefit for the Roxbury Youth Orchestra Friday June 2nd 6:30 PM-9:30 PM + MORE

David France    You're invited to the 3rd annual Aspire Young Professionals Party!!  Fu.... More »

Charles Owen at Rhinegold Live

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Charles Owen at Rhinegold Live Mendelssohn, Bach, Muhly, Debussy; Charles Owen; Rhinegold Live at the Conway Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Sep 9 2014 Star rating: 4.0Varied and engrossing rush-hour concert from talented young pianistThe Rhinegold Live series of rush-hour concerts continued on Tuesday 9 September 2014 at the Conway Hall, with pianist Charles Owen playing a programme of music by Mendelssohn, Bach, Debussy and Nico Muhly…

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Prom 70: SCO/Gernon - Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, 80th birthday concert, 8 September 2014Royal Albert HallConcert Overture: Ebb of Winter (London premiere)Strathclyde Concerto no.4An Orkney Wedding with SunriseDmitri Ashkenazy (clarinet)Robert Jordan (bagpipes)Scottish Chamber OrchestraBen Gernon (conductor)Image: Chris Christodoulou/BBC  Unlike many such occasions, this concert actually did take place on the composer’s birthday, albeit banished to a ‘late-night’ slot…

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Michael S. Wright: Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste and Choir are doing their UK tourBBC.com: The Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste has been rehearsing with the Halle Orchestra in ManchesterMichael S. Wright writes:Dear Bill,Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste and Choir are doing their UK tour and this is expected to draw much attention. I am not sure whether all your readers are aware of these events which will take place in Royal Festival Hall, London- 14th September, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester – 11th Sept, Colston Hall, Bristol – 16th Sept and Dora Stoutzker Hall, Cardiff – 15th Sept…

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Panufnik and Lutoslawski quartets

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Panufnik and Lutoslawski quartets Panufnik String Quartets, Lutoslawski String Quartet; Tippett Quartet; Naxos Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Sep 2 2014 Star rating: 4.0Quartets by two remarkable Polish 20th century contemporariesThis new disc from the Tippett Quartet has quartets from two of the major voices in 20th century music, both Polish…

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Andris Nelsons Gets Ready to Lead the Boston SymphonyOn Sept. 27, Mr. Nelsons will make his first appearance in Boston as the orchestra’s music director, taking his place in a youth movement that has swept across American podiums.

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Strauss: Josephslegende CD review  beautifully performed rarityWeimar Staatskapelle/Solyom(CPO)Premiered in Paris in May, Josephslegende was Richard Strausss first completed ballet score. Its history was vexed, and there is still considerable disagreement as to its qualities and worth. Composed to a scenario by Strausss regular librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal and his friend, the diarist Harry Kessler, it was originally commissioned by Diaghilev as a vehicle for Nijinsky to be both choreographer and principal dancer…

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Haitink 60th Jubilee Mahler 4 broadcast RFO not RCO

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Haitink 60th Jubilee Mahler 4 broadcast RFO not RCO Last night, Bernard Haitink conducted Mahler Symphony no 4  to celebrate the 60th anniversary of his debut as a conductor. It’s ONLINE NOW, in full video ! Listen soon because it won’t be up long. Mahler 4 is very close to Haitink’s heart, so this is a wonderful performance,. But it’s even more poignant because, on this very important occasion, he’s conducting the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra…

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15 penniless composers

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Money. Dosh. Wonga. Call it what you will, but all too often when it comes to art we like to ignore this unpalatable necessity. Ever since Beethoven, we’ve harboured the Romantic idea that composers simply live for their art alone, unfettered by everyday trivialities such as paying the bills or buying food…

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ArtsBeat: Classical Playlist: Strauss, Bartok, John Dowland and MoreTimes critics share what they’ve been listening to lately.

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Berlin’s Neuköllner Oper has created an engaging, refreshing new opera drawn from the everyday lives of the company’s unglamorous home district

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Vocal standards are high and the orchestra gives an exhilarating reading, but the production only partially papers over the cracks in Strauss’s opera

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A Quick Update on Bernd Weikl's Book

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A Quick Update on Bernd Weikl's BookIn the last post, we welcomed the publication of the latest Nazi opera conspiracy book by Bernd Weikl calling for Wagner to be banned in Germany. It was Weikl’s great misfortune that the book’s publication was severely undermined by the simultaneous retraction of charges against Wagner of allegedly having single-handedly caused the Holocaust by Joachim Köhler…

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Atlanta shuts down comment

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Atlanta shuts down commentThe Atlanta Symphony Orchestra shut down the ‘comments’ facility on its website last night after being deluged with negative responses to its lockout. Soon, its board and management may resort to using bodyguards, as they did in Minnesota.
All so unnecessary.
These are peaceful musicians…

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