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When You're Not a Cute Kid Anymore + MORE

By Sarah Hemm: I was a Suzuki kid from age 3 – so my childhood was filled with people exclaiming how wonderful and talented and cute I was for playing the violin. Everything was going great. I was very serious about violin but still having fun. In 6th grade I was accepted into the Wisconsin Youth .... More »
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Betrothal in a Monastery review humour survives concert performance + MORE

Millennium Centre, CardiffWithout staging, it wasnt easy keeping track of the lovers in Prokofievs comic opera, but Gergievs cast and orchestra filled in at least some of the gaps Continue reading....... More »
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London English Song Festival 2014 + MORE

Judith Weirphoto credit Chris ChristodoulouThe London English Song Festival was started in 2011 by Artistic Director William Vann to promote and celebrate the wide and varied repertoire of English Song.This year's festival kicks off on the 5th June at St James Piccadilly with the Irish mezzo-soprano.... More »
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Sir Charles Villiers Stanford: The Complete Organ Works, Volume 4. Daniel Cook: The Organ of Westminster Abbey + MORE

When I reviewed the first volumeof this important series, I conceded that I was not familiar with the ‘organ’ section of Charles Villiers Stanford’s catalogue. Since then, I have had the pleasure of exploring three further instalments of Daniel Cook’s survey of the composer’s ‘complete o.... More »
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Guildhall Gold Medal Winner - Oliver Wass + MORE

Harpist Oliver Wass has won the 2016 Gold Medal from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the School’s most prestigious prize for outstanding soloists. The prize is awarded to singers and instrumentalists in alternate years and this year was the turn of the instrumentalists. Oliver Wass’ win.... More »
  Bach, Schuman, Prokofiev:  Beatrice Rana (piano), Istanbul Recitals at ‘the Seed’, Istanbul 15.02.14 (AM) Bach: Keyboard Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 Schumann: Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13 Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 6, Op. 82   2013 Van Cliburn Competition silver medalist Beatrice Rana’s take on the evening’s opener, Bach’s Partita No…

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Will Henson Stay Or Will He Go?

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Will Henson Stay Or Will He Go?

There has been no shortage of speculation on whether or not Minnesota Orchestra Association (MOA) President Michael Henson will remain as the orchestra’s executive administrator in the wake of what is arguably the field’s most acrimonious work stoppage. There are no shortage of voices calling for his removal, including former MOA music director Osmo Vanska; moreover, the musicians recently reaffirmed their 11/27/2012 vote of no-confidence in Henson in an interview with the New York Times’ James Oestreich on 2/7/2014…

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The Perth festival podcast: episode twoAndrew Frost looks at an exhibition of works from Anne Ferran, Andrew P Street gives us a new band to watch in Lilt, and Vicky Frost shares her thoughts on Situation Rooms. Plus, we join the Kelemen Quartet in rehearsal and talk to composer Ross Edwards

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Hallé/Wigglesworth – review

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Hallé/Wigglesworth – reviewBridgewater Hall, ManchesterRyan Wigglesworth conducted his own spare and spacious violin concerto, confirming a sensibility that prizes beauty above technical displayRyan Wigglesworth first fell in love with orchestral music when the Hallé performed Dukas’s the Sorcerer’s Apprentice in his home town of Sheffield under Sir Charles Groves…

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The Week in Reviews, Op. 19: Jennifer Frautschi, Julia Fischer, and Vanessa Mae and Charlie White at the OlympicsBy Robert Niles: In an effort to promote the coverage of classical music, each week Violinist.com brings you links to reviews of notable violin performances from around the world. We’d love to hear about any recent concerts and recitals you’ve attended, too. Or just tell us what you think about these reviews!

Jennifer Frautschi performed Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto with the St…

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Robert Rattray, who has long experience in artist management, has been appointed the Metropolitan Opera’s next assistant general manager for artistic affairs.    

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A stroll around downtown Omaha

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Omaha is a wealthy place, home to many prosperous businesses, not least in the financial services sector.  Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is based here, and is not the only major presence in town.
However downtown Omaha is a bleak place, at any rate in the immediate vicinity of the Orpheum where the opera plays…

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Alfred Rosenberg Contra Richard Wagner

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Alfred Rosenberg Contra Richard WagnerOne of the publications by a prominent member of the National Socialist (“Nazi”) Party during the years of the German Third Empire (Dritte Reich) that has been least studied is that of The Myth of the Twentieth Century, which had sold over a million copies by 1944. Rosenberg was also for a while a contributor to the Völkischer Beobachter during its early years…

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Agata Zubel

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The formidably gifted composer-vocalist, whose website is here, just performed Fausto Romitelli's An Index of Metals at On the Boards in Seattle, with the Seattle Chamber Players. Above is Zubel's own work Not I, based on the Beckett monologue. More on contemporary Polish music in The New Yorker next week.

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A Cozy Evening with Von Otter, Ax, and Brahms

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 Brahms, Tor Aulin, Nico Muhly: Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-Soprano), Emanuel Ax (piano), Carnegie Hall, New York City. 28.1.2014 (DS) Brahms: “Erlaube mir, feins Mädchen” Es wohnet ein Fiedler” from Deutsche Volkslieder, No. 2 “Mädchenlied,” Op. 85, No. 3 Tor Aulin: “Till en rose” from Fyra serbiska folksanger Brahms: “Trennung,” Op…

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Members of Harlem Chamber Players in 'The Appointed Time' of James Lee III & Perkinson's 'Calvary Quartet' at Brooklyn Public Library, 4 PM Sun. Feb. 23James Lee IIIwww.jameslee3.comMembers of The Harlem Chamber Players – Ashley Horne, Orlando Wells, Amadi Azikiwe and Lawrence Zoernig – perform Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s “Calvary” Quartet, James Lee III’s “The Appointed Time” (a New York Premiere) and Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major this Sunday, February 23 at 4 PM as part of Brooklyn Public Library’s Classical Interludes Series…

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English Touring Opera’s chamber version of Tippett’s work is surprisingly effective – but this lofty Homeric tale remains hard to love

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Jonas's Winter Journey

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Jonas's Winter JourneyThe CD you’ve been waiting for is out at last – the official release date in the UK was yesterday – and sure enough, it’s a humdinger.Winterreise is a piece that has scared us, devastated us and left us musing on Schubert’s state of mind: why was he drawn to create art that evokes emotions so far beyond despair? I was in a seminar group for it during my student days and we analysed it every which way, but there is always a kernel within it that eludes such treatment…

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