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An Austrian Maestro’s Career, Seen Through His Recordings + MORE

The cellist, conductor and scholar Nikolaus Harnoncourt died last March. Sony Classical gives a nod to his passing his complete Sony recordings..... More »
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Glass: Two Pages; Music in Fifths, etc CD review – the evolution of Philip Glass + MORE

Cluster Ensemble(Orange Mountain Music)It was Music in 12 Parts, composed between 1971 and 1974, that really put Philip Glass on the map. That huge, four-hour score is now recognised as one of the landmarks in the history of minimalism, alongside such scores as Terry Riley’s In C and Steve Reich.... More »
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Angela Hewitt receives Canada’s highest honour + MORE

The UK-based pianist is among the new members appointed Companion of the Order of Canada, the highest rank of national honours. .... More »
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Impressionism and Symbolism + MORE

Debussy, by Eric Jensen, read by Robert Anderson.... More »
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The name’s the same + MORE

Three weeks ago “Trove Thursday” presented Mozart’s Lucio Silla and today we have Bach’s—Johann Christian Bach’s, that is—featuring Julia Varady and Sylvia Geszty as its star-crossed lovers.  Tomorrow the Met unveils its new production of Manon Lescaut, a rare instance of two operas o.... More »

Light tomorrow with today

– parterre.com

Light tomorrow with todayOn this day in 1846, Elizabeth Barrett eloped with Robert Browning.

Born on this day in 1801 composer and singing teacher Giuseppe Concone

Born on this day in 1890 composer Guido Guerrini

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Met showdown seals swift San Fran deal

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Met showdown seals swift San Fran dealSan Francisco Opera and its musicians are singing off the same hymn sheet: ‘Following almost four months of bargaining, characterized by both parties as collegial, respectful and dedicated to shared problem-solving, the new agreement creates a stable working framework now through July 31, 2018,’ said a joint announcement (below)…

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Royal Albert HallMahler – Symphony no.3 Gerhild Romberger (mezzo-soprano)Leipzig Gewandhaus Children’s Choir (chorus master: Frank-Steffen Elster)Ladies of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Choir (chorus master: Gregor Meyer)Ladies of the Leipzig Opera Chorus (chorus master: Alessandro Zuppardo)Leipzig Gewandhaus OrchestraAlan Gilbert (conductor) It would be unfair, but one could summarise this concert with the words, ‘Senator, you’re no Leonard Bernstein…

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The Cleveland Orchestra Welser-Möst Brahms Proms London

– classical-iconoclast.blogspot.com

The Cleveland Orchestra Welser-Möst Brahms Proms LondonThe Cleveland Orchestra, with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, made a most welcome return to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.  Are the Clevelanders the best orchestra in the United States today? Their two Proms certainly made the case. Superlative finesse and poise, generated by genuine musicality…

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Masterpieces of Music Guides

– irontongue.blogspot.com

A friend in the business called the new Masterpieces of Music guides to my attention a couple of months ago, and I have finally taken a look at the first of the guides. It’s an electronic book introduction to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.” The text and analysis are by music writer Matthew Rye, and the guide includes Andrew Manze’s Harmonia Mundi recording with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra…

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Rule Britannia: Will it still be sung at the Proms in the event of a Yes Vote? Why is it sung at all?Rule Britannia, its words by a Scot and its tune from an opera about Englands king Arthur, is far from a straightforward song of imperialist triumphalism, writes Tom ServiceRoderick Williams interview: Maybe I should dress as BritanniaA time of dissent in the North, of rebellion sweeping down from Scotland, an attempt to unseat the King, to repeal the Union, and to return the rightful blood line to the throne…

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Scottish composers fear independence split

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Scottish composers fear independence splitA group of leading Scottish musicians, most of them composers, have published a letter in the Herald warning that a Yes vote could cost them valuable support from the BBC. The signatories are:
Rory Boyle, composer; Helen Grime, composer; James Loughran, former Principal Conductor, BBC SSO; Eddie McGuire, composer; John McLeod, composer; James MacMillan, composer; George McPhee, organist and Master of the Choristers, Paisley Abbey; Stuart MacRae, composer; Paul Mealor, composer; Hugh Macdonald, former director, BBC SSO, 4 Balvie Road, Milngavie…

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Music Review: Paul Jacobs, Organist, Plays Max Reger’s Works at JuilliardThe organist Paul Jacobs told a Juilliard audience that he holds the “difficult” composer Max Reger “near and dear to my heart.”

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Opera Parallèle’s 2015 Season

– operatattler.typepad.com

Opera Parallèle presents Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts from February 20 to 22, 2015. The cast features Jennifer Rivera (Sister Helen Prejean), Michael Mayes (Joe DeRocher), Catherine Cook (Mrs. DeRocher), Talise Trevigne (Sister Rose), and Robert Orth (Owen Hart)…

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Deconstructing Some Spin From Atlanta

– www.adaptistration.com

Deconstructing Some Spin From Atlanta

One of the more confusing aspects related to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) lockout is how the relationship between the ASO and the Woodruff Arts Center (WAC) impacts the organization as a whole. We’ll be diving into those issues as they relate to board governance in a future article but for today, we’ll examine the administrative piece of the puzzle…

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The Metropolitan Opera is modifying its program that offers $25 tickets in some of the priciest sections of the opera house by moving it onto the web this season, rather than having patrons physically wait in line for a chance at seats.

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Alison Balsom

– www.classical-music.com

Alison Balsom's new recording is an eclectic mix of works by Satie, Piazzolla, Messiaen, Ravel and more. We catch up with her before her next tour of concerts.
 
How did your latest disc, Paris, evolve?
I wanted to collaborate with a non-classical musician and to do something that’s very different from what is expected from a classical trumpet player…

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The San Francisco Symphony’s Beethoven and Bates Festival returned to Davies Symphony Hall for a third (and final) program. It’s a gas. With Michael Tilson Thomas on the podium, the program featured composer Mason Bates as the soloist, on laptop, for his ‘Alternative Energy’ symphony. Then came Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No…

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