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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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Renee' Baker: 'Sunyata: Towards Absolute Emptiness' review by Howard Reich, May 4, 2015 in Chicago Tribune + MORE

Renee' Baker, ConductorSunyata OrchestraChicago TribuneHoward ReichMay 4, 2015SUNYATA: TOWARDS ABSOLUTE EMPTINESSMay 3, 2015Museum of Contemporary Art ChicagoOn Sunday evening, Baker presided over a still more ambitious enterprise, leading her vast Chicago Modern Orchestra Project – including si.... More »
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Appearances + MORE

On Nov. 26, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, I will be part of the multitudinous cavalcade of Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders, at the City Winery in NYC. My contribution will be a short discourse on Sibelius. On Dec. 8, at the Deutsches Haus at Columbia, I will give a lecture entitled "G.... More »
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S Korean wins Chopin piano competition + MORE

South Korea's Seong-Jin Cho wins first prize at the 17th international Frederic Chopin piano competition in the Polish capital, Warsaw..... More »
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La Cenerentola review – high camp, modern irony and huge fun + MORE

Opera Holland Park, LondonSilly voices, silly walks and gags about Hollywood kisses abound in Oliver Platt’s production of Rossini’s comic take on CinderellaLike the fairytale on which Rossini’s opera is based, Opera Holland Park’s new La Cenerentola feels familiar – and it’s a lot of fu.... More »

Lorin Maazel was my mentor: a violinist’s tale

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Lorin Maazel was my mentor: a violinist’s taleThe rising American violinist Eric Silberger has asked us to share some of his close memories of the late maestro:

 
 
He once told me, “always remain humble, our friendship depends on it.”
In front of the music, he was extremely humble and always dedicated to achieving the highest standards possible…

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Gifted viola player is silenced by rude passerby

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Gifted viola player is silenced by rude passerbyKim Becker, 17, is a viola player in the National Youth Orchestra, which plays next month at the BBC Proms. She is a student at Cardinal Newman College and studies music at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music every Saturday.
 

 
For the past two years she has been busking in her home town, Chorley, to raise funds for a new viola…

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Symphony leaders and philharmonic enthusiasts have long pondered how classical music havens can attract a young, contemporary audience. It seems as th…
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Briefly Noted: Gunnar Idenstam

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Ravel / Debussy (arrangements for organ), G. Idenstam
(released on July 8, 2014)
BIS-2049 | 73’46"Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel wrote no music for the organ. That bothered Swedish organist Gunnar Idenstam, who decided to make his own arrangements of some of his favorite pieces. With inventive registrations on the 1912/2002 Stahlhuth/Jann organ of St…

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Ensemble. Steely Force

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A devastatingly fresh take on ‘Orfeo ed Eurydice’, admired by Mike Wheeler

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Graham Vick emphasises the human drama in Prokofiev’s daunting opera, with chorus and orchestra giving a sterling performance under Valery Gergiev

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Ensemble. Delicate Sensitivity

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The Innovation Chamber Ensemble at Buxton, heard by Mike Wheeler

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Christiane Karg/Wolfram Rieger review  a breathtaking emotional journeyWigmore Hall, LondonSinging lieder from Wolf, Ravel, Poulenc and Duparc, the soprano traversed a complex stylistic range in ways that often approached perfectionTalking to the audience at encore time, the soprano Christiane Karg described her recital as a "journey", and she had indeed taken us on an extraordinary one, both musically and emotionally…

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Zemlinsky's A Florentine Tragedy

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Zemlinsky's A Florentine Tragedy Zemlinsky A Florentine Tragedy, Six Maeterlinck Songs; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski Reviewed by Robert Hugillon Jul 9 2014 Star rating: 4.0Thrilling performances of two of Zemlinsky’s major operatic and vocal worksListening to Alexander Zemlinsky’s A Florentine Tragedy it is difficult to get Richard Strauss’s Salome out of one’s head, both the overheated plot and soundworld, and the common origins in Oscar Wild…

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ArtsBeat: Classical Playlist: Schumann, Mozart, Brahms and MoreTimes critics share what they’ve been listening to lately.

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31 Days of Classical, Day 16: Take this waltz

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31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Today, we're cleaning the house with a Josef Strauss waltz.

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Stars in the Making 1: Luis Gomes (tenor) interviewed by Margarida Mota Bull   The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme of the Royal Opera House is designed to support the artistic development of young professional singers, conductors, directors and répétiteurs, as per information kindly provided by the Administrator…

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Schumann: the Symphonies review  Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic disappointBerliner Philharmoniker/Rattle(Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings, 2 CDs and Blu-Ray disc)The Berlin Philharmonic is arguably the most famous orchestral brand in the musical world today, but that, it seems, is no longer enough to ensure that it can enjoy a comfortable relationship with the classical recording industry…

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