András Schiff, Wigmore Hall – music review + MORE Nov 27th

 

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All the ladies are doing it + MORE

I rolled my eyes a little bit when James Levine was recently described in the Times as “somebody who may be the greatest opera conductor in history.” But after last night’s Così, the fourth performance in his triumphant return to the Met, I can at least understand the thinking behind it (thou.... More »
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After rough year, Diana Krall blooms with 'Wallflower' + MORE

Singer/pianist's album, delayed by her ailment, features mostly cover tunes         .... More »
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Prom 65: Paloma Faith review endearingly camp retro-soul pastiche + MORE

Royal Albert Hall, LondonMotown beats and soul mannerisms mark Faith's entertaining Proms debutPaloma Faith seems to have become an omnipresent showbiz star a kooky and charming presence on TV chat shows, Radio 2 and the tabloids without ever setting the singles chart alight. One suspects most of .... More »
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Music Theatre Wales goes international + MORE

Music Theatre Wales goes international !  Britain's most adventurous smaller opera company presents two productions, on the same day on opposite sides of the world. On April 2nd, Philip Glass The Trial opens at Theater Madgeberg, Germany, while Mark Anthony Turnage's Greek opens at the 2015 Ton.... More »
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Music Review: ‘Alcyone’ Emerges From a Tafelmusik Grab Bag + MORE

The Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra offered a program of what its music director called “our favorites of the past 30 years” at Zankel Hall on Monday evening.    .... More »
Laurent Pelly’s production is taxing on the eyes – but it has musical strengths, most notably Michele Mariotti’s impressive conducting

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Alice Herz-Sommer at 110

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The Woman Who Remembers Mahler.

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Four Quartets of Songs and Arias

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Released this week, a new CD of my complete songs featuring Juliana Gondek, soprano and William Lumpkin, piano: FOUR QUARTETS OF SONGS AND ARIAS.The YouTube clip above will give you a little preview. The album is available as an enhanced CD anywhere you buy CDs, and as a download anywhere you download music…

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Music Review: Juilliard String Quartet Performs at Alice Tully HallJuilliard String Quartet performed the New York Premiere of Jesse Jones’s “String Quartet No. 3” and works by Beethoven and Schubert at Lincoln Center.    

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Harold Jones Leads Antara Ensemble in Program Including Ulysses Kay’s 'Suite for Flute and Oboe' 8 PM December 17, 2013 at St. Peter's Church, NYCUlysses Kay (1917-1995) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com. Lil’ Light O’ MineHarold Jones, fluteColette Valentine, pianoThe Antara EnsemblePerforms works by Roussel, Handel-Halvorsen,Kay, Chausson and Piazzolla Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 8:00 p…

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Scraping the Bottom

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Scraping the BottomScraping the Bottom is a follow up to Christopher Gillett’s previous book Who’s My Bottom, charting the further adventures in the life of an itinerant operatic tenor. Gillett has a nice eye for the telling anecdote, and the book combines reportage on various engagements in Montpelier, Paris, Amsterdam and Milan…

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Some Great Singing, a Pity about the Production and Set

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  Gaetano Donizetti, Maria Stuarda: (Sung in Italian with surtitles in English and Welsh). Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera (on tour) / Robin Newton (conductor), Venue Cymru (North Wales Theatre), Llandudno, 21.11.2013. (RJW) Cast: Elizabetta – Camilla Roberts Maria Stuarda – Judith Howarth Roberto – Bruce Sledge Giorgio Talbot- Alastair Miles Guglielmo […]

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András Schiff, Wigmore Hall - music reviewBoth for admirers of András Schiff and for completists, the next few weeks are happy times. In the second recital of his Bach Series last night the Hungarian pianist presented all six keyboard Partitas, BWV 825–30, in a programme that tested artist and audience alike. Leaving aside the question of whether such blockbusters are the best way to appreciate the music, one has to admire the exceptional technique and concentration that allow Schiff to hold his audience enthralled for well-nigh three hours.

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Marc-André Hamelin

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N. Medtner, Complete Piano Sonatas / Forgotten Melodies, M.-A. Hamelin (Hyperion, 1998)
Music is an ephemeral and mysterious thing, some lines and circles laid out, inert on the page. You know exactly how the thing goes, in theory, because you push the keys in the right order and out comes Schubert’s last piano sonata, D…

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Music with Minnesotans: Chris Gennaula

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Software engineer by day and successful composer by night, Chris Gennaula tells stories with wit and a smile.

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On the Air This Week

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Highlights from Nov. 26 to Dec. 3 Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Stillwater Area High School Concert Orchestra. Tuesday, 5:30 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Composer Chris Gennaula. Tuesday, 7:15 pm: School Spotlight: Stillwater Area High School Concert Orchestra. Tuesday, 8…

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Great European Organs No.85: Daniel Cook plays the T.C. Lewis Organ of St. George's Church, CullercoatsAlan GRAY (1855-1935) Fantasia in D minor William MCKIE (1901-1984) Romance in B flat Charles H. LLOYD (1849-1919) Sonata in D minor John STAINER (1840-1901) Andante PathetiqueGordon PHILLIPS (1908-1991) Postlude for a Festival Alec ROWLEY (1892-1958) Soliloquy Walter ALCOCK (1861-1947) Introduction and Fughetta (from The Organ)) Alec ROWLEY Second Benedictus York BOWEN (1884-1961) Melody in G minorArthur MILNER (1894-1972)Introduction and Fugue Prelude on a theme of Palestrina, ToccataDaniel Cook (organ) PRIORY PRCD1083I was reminded of Cullercoats a few years ago when I was in New York…

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The Week in Reviews, Op. 10: Karen Gomyo, Joshua Bell, Frank Peter Zimmermann in concertBy Robert Niles: Each week, Violinist.com brings you links to reviews of professional violin performances from around the world.

Joshua Bell performed the Sibelius with the Dallas Symphony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President KennedyD Magazine: “Bell gave an impassioned and technically awe-inspiring rendition of the Sibelius…

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