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Facing the music: Renaud Capuçon + MORE

Mahler, Brel, Brahms and Woody Allen – the violinist reveals the music and musicians that inspire himHow do you mostly listen to music?Most of the time in my head! And sometimes at home, especially on vinyl records. I love the vinyl sound. The revival in recent years is really exciting.What was th.... More »

Carnival of Pianos Oxford Lieder Festival Schumann + MORE

This year's Oxford Lieder Festival is an immersion in Robert Schumann, but any intensive focus on Schumann would feature his music for piano, and his wife, Clara Schumann, one of the first celebrity pianists, and a pioneer in her own right.  Thus the "Carnival of Pianos" on  Friday, 14th O.... More »
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Leo Nucci on the Rome Opera crisis: closure could be a good opportunity + MORE

I was born a labourer, before I was a singer I was a blacksmith and a mechanic. My father was a miner. I was in the chorus. Obviously I understand the trade unions. But this is another story altogether.Leo Nucci is commenting on the continuous threats by the unions in Rome, resulting in performances.... More »
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Negro at home, maestro abroad + MORE

Dean Dixon, who is seen above, has featured in no less than sixteen Overgrown Path posts. By one of those auspicious coincidences that power this blog, just before I uploaded the most recent post - which recounts how he gave the the premiere of Richard Arnell's suite The Land with the NBC Symphony O.... More »

Bucharest latest: Opera chief is out – again + MORE

It’s anarchy at the Bucharest National Opera. George Călin, reinstated yesterday as head of the opera company, was removed again today. Falstaff has been cancelled and the opera is apparently on strike. .... More »

Substitutes Nielsen, Svendsen and Jensen Greeted with Cheers

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 Nielsen, Tchaikovsky, Svendsen:Leonard Elschenbroch (cello), BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Eivind Gullberg Jensen (conductor). Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff. 19.4.2014 (PCG) Nielsen – Aladdin: Suite (1926) Tchaikovsky –Rococo Variations, Op.33 (1876) Svendsen – Symphony No 1 in D, Op.4 (1866)   The belated change of the conductor for this concert entailed some substantial alterations to the originally […]
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Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han took Beethovern’s five sonatas Tuesday evening in a powerful and enlightening experience.

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Constantin Frantz: Offener Brief an Richard WagnerVolltext aus dem Bayreuther Blätter, Juni 1878. Constantin Frantz (12. Sep 1817 – 2. Mai 1891) gehört ursprünglich um den Junghegelianer wie Max Stirner, David Strauß, Ludwig Feuerbach, Arnold Ruge sowie Marx und Engels. Später aber tritt Frantz von Hegelianismus zurrück und ging zu einer reaktionäre schellingianische Seite über…

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Swiss Orchestra Brings Adams, Glass, Pärt to Cardiff

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 Adams, Glass, Pärt:  Matt Haimovitz (cello), Basel Symphony Orchestra / Dennis Russell Davies (conductor). St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 19.4.2014 (PCG) Pärt – These words… (2008) Glass – Cello Concerto No 2 Naqoyqatsi (2012) Adams – Harmonielehre (1985)   Many of the foreign orchestras who play in the international seasons at St David’s Hall seem to […]
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Regional Spotlight: Inon Barnatan

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This week's Regional Spotlight features another virtuoso performance from Inon Barnatan's Frederic Chopin Society recital from March 16.

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Scotland’s foremost composer attacks secessionist fellow-travellersJames MacMillan, the most successful composer ever to emerge from the northern kingdom has published a lacerating attack on artists who promote independence from Great Britain, denouncing their reliance on the great poet Hugh MacDiarmid, an outspoken Fascist sympathiser. Read him here.    

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Composer Dave Malloy took NYC musical theater by storm with his Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, but his path to Off-Broadway success began in San Francisco’s experimental theater community—and he’s holding on tightly to that non-traditional approach.

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Crumb: Voices from the Heartland review  touchingly honestCrumb/Mason/Barrone/Orchestra 2001/Freeman(Bridge)George Crumb will be 85 in October. Over the past decade, his output has been almost exclusively vocal, concentrated in a series of song cycles and arrangements he has subtitled American Songbook. Recently, he began a Spanish songbook, and one instalment from each project appears on this latest issue, the 16th, in Bridge’s Complete Crumb Edition…

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Did Hitler ever say "whoever wants to understand National Socialist Germany must know Wagner"?Is there evidence that Hitler ever said: “whoever wants to understand National Socialist Germany must know Wagner”? The simple answer to this question is: no, there is currently no evidence that Hitler ever said this. The quotation is likely to be apocryphal. I will go into the authenticity of this quotation in some detail, as we attempt to track down the elusive primary source for this oft-repeated quote…

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The established model of presenting new works to audiences is changing and the audiences are changing dramatically too. An entire generation of composers and performers are taking the presentation of their works into their own hands.
Read more: Boston, Classical Music, Metropolitan Opera, Contemporary Classical, San Francisco Symphony, Opera, Boston-Opera, Contemporary Classical Music, Mohammed-Fairouz, New Opera, Music, Boston-Lyric-Opera, New Music, Composers, Arts News

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When Peter Racine Fricker wrote his Violin Concerto for small orchestra he was regarded being something of an énfant terrible – writing music that owed more to Schoenberg and Weber rather than Vaughan Williams and Walton.  Yet he was deemed to be one of the most important composers writing at the time (along with Humphrey Searle and Iain Hamilton)…

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A critical guide to performances of classical music in the New York City area.

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Norn yesterday

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Norn yesterdayThe final day of the Buenos Aires Ring dawns in our latest sampling from the Mike Richter’s trove of CD-ROMs.
Wagner: Götterdämmerung, Prologue and Act One
Teatro Colón, October 26, 1962
Brünnhilde: Birgit Nilsson
Siegfried: Hans Hopf
Hagen: Arnold van Mill
Gunther: Angel Mattielo
Waltraute: Ursula Boese
Gutrune: Gré Brouwenstijn
Erste Norne: Marga Hoeffgen
Zweite Norne: Isabel Casey
Dritte Norne: Gré Brouwenstijn
Conductor: Heinz Wallberg
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