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Aida Garifullina at Rosenblatt Recitals + MORE

Aida Garifullina and Iain Burnside the Wigmore Hall (c) Jonathan Rose Rimsky Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Delibes, Bellini, Rachmaninov, Gounod, Leoncavallo, Puccini; Aida Garifullina, Iain Burnside; Rosenblatt Recitals at the Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Dec 3 2014 Star rating: .... More »

Met Opera: La Traviata + MORE

The Met Opera presents Verdi's timeless masterwork, "La Traviata," with rising soprano Marina Rebeka in the role of the title heroine. Stephen Costello is Alfredo, Quinn Kelsey is Germont, and Marco Armiliato conducts. Tune in Saturday, Dec. 27, at noon..... More »

New York audience applauds ode to North Korean leader + MORE

Among the bizarre stories of 2016, this one takes the last biscuit in the Pyongyang tin. The musicians, it seems, were just doing a day’s work. But who were the audience that paid good money to hear a pick-up orchestra conducted by a sworn supporter of the Dear Leader, who lives in Teaneck, N.... More »
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Andrew Clements' top 10 classical CDs of 2015 + MORE

The best of this year’s releases, from Simon Rattle conducting Lutosławski’s Piano Concerto to Steve Reich’s minimal masterpiece Music for 18 MusiciansKrystian Zimerman’s wondrously supple second recording of the Lutosławski Piano Concerto that he premiered in 1988 confirms the composer’.... More »

Salonen Turns Late Stravinsky Pieces into Vehicles of Fervent and Expressive Beauty + MORE

Stravinsky: Allan Clayton (tenor), Hélène Hébrard (mezzo-soprano), David Soar (bass), Philharmonia Voices, Philharmonia Orchestra,/Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor), St John’s Smith Square, London, 2.6.2016. (AS)Stravinsky, Requiem Canticles; Introitus (T S Eliot In memoriam); In memoriam Dylan Tho.... More »
Kristjan Järvi and the MDR Orchestra premiered new settings by the arch-minimalist – but his oldest and smallest piece was the evening’s highlight

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The Oratorio Society of Minnesota take their audience on a journey through the Underground Railroad this weekend with a concert-length oratorio by composer Donald McCullough that draws from African-American spiritual traditions.

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Composer Julian Anderson and librettist Frank McGuinness’s operatic take on Sophocles is lucid and intelligent – but skimps on the human element

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The Walnut Creek orchestra’s latest performance — featuring Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘Scheherazade,’ Rachmaninov’s ‘Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini’ and the world premiere of D.J. Sparr’s ‘Dreams of the Old Believers’ — shows the symphony thriving with Cabrera as conductor.

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Questions as Odessa ballerinas dance anti-Putin Swan LakeIn a clip shown on Ukraine television, four members of the Odessa Ballet danced Tchaikovsky in front of tanks. Although the protest was supposed to be anti-totalitarian, it bore all the hallmarks of Soviet-era propaganda and there is no way of knowing if the cygnets pranced of their own free will. Oleksiy Hon­char­enko, who presents them […]

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M is for Material

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In the early 90s, the composer and physicist Hauke Harder and I started a new music publishing project. I spontaneously came up with the name Material Press and Hauke just as spontaneously agreed to it, without any discussion. We both understood something about the name and its applicability to the kind of repertoire we were interested in as well the the plain fact that we would be in the business of providing material — sheet music, audio recordings, mostly — required for performing the music we’d have in the catalog…

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OA in red despite critical success

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THE most ambitious season in Opera Australia’s history has landed the company with a $2.4 million operating loss.

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A rare sighting of Pierre Boulez in blue jeans

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The stricken composer, 89, turned out today in Freiburg for a rehearsal of Explosante-fixe, conducted by Francois Xavier Roth with the Experimental Studio and Emmanuel Pahud.

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5 Questions to Jamie Leigh Sampson (bassoonist, composer, author) Jamie Leigh Sampson wears enough hats to open her own millinery shop. An active new music bassoonist, composer, and entrepreneur, on April 12, 2014, she added “author” to that list with publication of her first book, Contemporary Techniques for the Bassoon: Multiphonics. 
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Bassoon multiphonics seems like a thorny topic; how did you decide to write a book about it?
Sofia Gubaidulina’s Duo Sonata for two bassoons first sparked my interest in multiphonics when I was an undergraduate student at SUNY Fredonia…

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Critic’s Notebook: Opera Stars and the Revival of Bel CantoThe bel canto tenors Lawrence Brownlee, Javier Camarena and Juan Diego Flórez delight fans at the Metropolitan Opera.

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Just because: Sir Henry Wood records Vaughan Williams

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From a British Pathé newsreel, Sir Henry Wood and the BBC Symphony make the first recording of Ralph Vaughan Williams’…

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First opera triumph - Julian Anderson's ThebansChristopher Ainslie and Roland WoodThebans, act 3picture credit Tristan Kenton Julian Anderson and Frank McGuinness – Thebans: director Pierre Audi, conductor Edward Gardner: ENO at the London Coliseum Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Mar 20 2014 Star rating: 5.0Triumphant first outing for composer Julian Anderson’s first operaJulian Anderson’s much anticipated first opera, Thebans, premiered at the London Coliseum on 3 May 2014, in a production by English National Opera…

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ENO new season – 2014/15

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ENO new season - 2014/15English National Opera’s new season is a cunning mixture of exploration and commercialisation. Having finished 2013/14 in financially buoyant mood thanks to a combination of box office sales, co-production partnerships and a judicious one-off donation, their plans released for 2014/15 are clearly aimed at altering the financial base of the company…

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