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Stephen Paulus wrote and shared glorious music + MORE

The Minnesota composer made accessible music that explored new ideas. He wrote pieces that players could play, but also challenged them. Paulus died Sunday. MPR News' Dan Olson has more..... More »
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Poulenc Les mamelles de Tirésias, BBC SO, Barbican + MORE

Francis Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites starts at the Royal Opera House this week. In complete contrast, Poulenc's  Les Mamelles de Tirésias, at the Barbican, conducted by Ludovic Morlot, with the BBC SO, BBC Singers and a good cast of soloists. Dialogues des Carmélites presents Poul.... More »
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Koma, Schwetzingen Festival, Germany — ‘Overwhelming’ + MORE

Georg Friedrich Haas’s new opera is dense, sensual and engrossing.... More »
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La Seine Musicale launches + MORE

La Seine MusicaleNew concert halls seem to continue coming thick and fast. Paris's latest hall opens on 22 April 2017, the 1100-seater auditorium which is part of La Seine Musicale, the new concert venue on L'Ile de Seguin. La Seine Musicale will be the new home for Laurence Equilbey's Insula Orches.... More »
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Renata Pokupić: Songs by Tomášek CD review – the eloquent mezzo shines a light on an eclipsed composer + MORE

Pokupić/Vignoles (Hyperion)Czech composer Václav Tomášek was born more than two decades before Schubert and outlived him by a similar time, but is always destined to be eclipsed by him. If you want to know why, listen to Tomášek’s setting of Erlkönig, one of many Goeth.... More »
Guest post: Frances Wilson introduces a special artist in a rather wonderful venuePlease welcome Frances Wilson of The Cross-Eyed Pianist blog, with news of a wonderful young artist playing in a very special place… Great to see the South London Concert Series having to upgrade to a bigger venue, too!Emmanuel Vass at Brunswick House Guest post by Frances WilsonHard to believe it’s six months since I introduced readers of JDCMB to the South London Concert Series (SLCS), an innovative concept which gives amateur pianists the chance to take to the stage alongside the professionals…

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Inside tips: How to pass an orchestra audition

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Inside tips: How to pass an orchestra auditionInternational soloist David Cohen, former principal cello of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, has seen young musicians arrive time and again for audition high on hope and low on preparation. He offers here, exclusive to Slipped Disc, some useful advice on winning an audition. How to Prepare and Perform Optimally for Orchestral Audition My eight […]

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4 Trombones

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4 TrombonesParis, 2014
Arnold Schoenberg gave Rudolf Serkin an assignment. (This story is hearsay; worthy of attention, in my opinion.) Consider the opening of Mozart’s A-Minor piano sonata, Schoenberg asked Serkin. What is the right instrumentation for this music, if it were to be scored for orchestral instruments?

Mozart: Sonata in A Minor, KV 310 (300d)
Serkin’s answer included an oboe playing the upper melody line, and strings taking the repeated chords below…

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Gerhaher/Huber – Schumann, 15 March 2014

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Wigmore HallMyrten, op.25: ‘Freisinn’, ‘Talismane’, ‘Aus den hebräischen Gesängen’, ‘Venetianisches Lieder’ I and II, ‘Aus den “Östlicken Rosen”’, ‘Zum Schluß’Liederkreis, op.39Die Löwenbraut, op.31 no.1Kerner-Lieder, op.35Christian Gerhaher (baritone)Gerold Huber (piano) No surprises here in one sense: an excellent recital from start to finish…

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The Royal Festival Hall organ will sound its voice in public for the first time in almost ten years at the launch of the Pull Out All The Stops organ festival tomorrow.
On Tuesday 18 March, celebrated organists John Scott, Isabelle Demers, Jane Parker Smith and David Goode will perform alongside trumpeter Alison Balsom and the brass sections of the Southbank Centre’s resident orchestras, the Philharmonia Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra…

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San Francisco Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas – reviewRoyal Festival Hall, LondonTilson Thomas presided over a programme that, until a memorable rendition of Mahler’s Third, was high on energy but low on emotional engagementMichael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony brought a couple of American pieces on their UK visit, one of which they commissioned and premiered in 2012…

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Zehetmair Quartet – review

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Zehetmair Quartet – reviewWigmore Hall, LondonA programme of Janáček, Debussy and Schubert showcased the merits, as well as the occasional pitfalls, of the Zehetmair Quartet’s reliance on memoryHow much does the way the Zehetmair Quartet play affect the way they perform? Each player memorises the music before they even begin rehearsing together…

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The official classical chart

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Week ending 15 March 2014
 


1

Aranjuez
Miloš Karadaglić (guitar)
Mercury Classics 4810811
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2

Angel
Choir of New College Oxford; RPO/Patrick Hawes
Decca 374 2046
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3

L'Amour
Juan Diego Flórez; Bologna Coro & Orchestra
Decca 478 5948
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4

JS Bach: Easter Oratorio
Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner
SDG 719
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5

Hilary Hahn Encores
Hilary Hahn, Cory Smyth
Deutsche Grammophon
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6

Adams
Los Angeles Philharmonic/Gustavo Dudamel
Deutsche Grammophon 4792243
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7

Your Tuneful Voice
Iestyn Davies (countertenor); The King's Consort/Robert King
Vivat VIVAT105
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8

Schubert: Winterreise
Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)
Sony Classical 88883795632
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9

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 25 & 20
Martha Argerich; Orchestra Mozart/Claudio Abbado
Deutsch Grammophon 479 1033
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10

Piano Reflections
Ji Liu
Classic FM CFMD33
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11

Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Jennifer Pike; Bergen Philharmonic/Sir Andrew Davis
Chandos CHSA5134
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12

A Tale of Two Cellos
Julian & Jiaxin Lloyd Webber
Naxos 8573251
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13

JS Bach: Lutheran Masses, Vol…

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Sumptuous Singing from Anne Schwanewilms

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Mahler, Liszt, R. Strauss, Anne Schwanewilms (soprano), Charles Spencer (piano)., Wigmore Hall, London, 13.3.2014 (CC) Mahler: Four Lieder from Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen; Ablösung im Sommer; Ich ging mit Lust; Verlorne Müh Liszt :     Oh! Quand je dors, S282/2…

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Under Michael Tilson Thomas the ensemble’s performances were technically proficient but short on emotional engagement

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Eileen Joyce: Cyril Scott’s Lotus Land for piano.

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Eileen Joyce: Cyril Scott’s Lotus Land for piano.On 14th April 1937 Eileen Joyce made a recording of Cyril Scott’s (1879-1970) best known piano piece, ‘Lotus Land’ for Parlophone records. It was issued on a 12ʺ 78 rpm record (E11333) and was coupled with ‘Danse Negre’ by the same composer as well as the ‘Tarantelle’, which was reputedly by Harry Farjeon…

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Every Monday morning at about 9:15, I’ll be joining John Birge on Classical MPR to discuss some of the fun and fascinating stories we’re featuring on our site. Here are three stories we’ll be talking about this morning.

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Sale to feature costumes, props from productions

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